Each year at this time, the eighth grade confirmation students of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and Wilton Presbyterian Church visit two other Wilton faith institutions to attend services there and speak with their clergy leaders. The confirmands find these visits to be high points in their churches’ year-long confirmation programs. It’s not surprising that they find them so since they receive during these visits very special insights into the differences, for sure, but also the many similarities among the various faith traditions especially in the view of their role for the good both in this community and in the larger world.
The visits are to Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church and to Reform Jewish Temple B’nai Chaim. On each visit, the confirmands get a very warm welcome, the opportunity to participate in a worship experience there, and a lot of information and insights from the parish’s and temple’s clergy leaders as they ask their questions and participate in discussions with them.