My name is Christopher Craun. I have been an ordained Episcopal priest since 2006 and I serve as Rector at St. Michael & All Angels in Portland, Oregon. I am excited to join the Confirm not Conform team! I was raised at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oakland, California. St. John’s is a church that values youth in such a way that every time I walked into the sanctuary, I felt like I belonged. It’s no wonder at least five of us who grew up in that youth group have become ordained pastors. It is a church, like I imagine many of your churches, where questions are encouraged, unconditional love is given, and social justice is at work.
From this place, Confirm not Conform was created.
I am so honored to be given the opportunity to engage with faith communities across the country who are using CnC or are interested to learn more about it. I hope that you will help me by sharing your favorite moments and sending me your photos so they can be posted to our social media outlets. I would love to create networks to brainstorm our best approaches and practices to continue to offer spaces for the next generation of youth looking to belong to your faith community.