Tag: Youth Gathering

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10 Tips for a Great ELCA Youth Gathering

In just a few weeks, in journeys that make the Exodus out of Egypt pale in logistical comparison, 30,000 people are going to load buses, planes and vans and head to Detroit for the ELCA Youth Gathering.  It’s going to be 5 days (plus travel, plus side trips) of amazing opportunities for all involved to ...

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Why You Should Watch the Live Stream from Detroit (and ideas for doing so)

Guest blog post by Rev. Paul Amlin, Program Director for Youth Ministry; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Chicago, Illinois I was texting back and forth with a seminary friend this morning and the topic of the ELCA Youth Gathering, Detroit, and how the Gathering will address issues like the Charleston killings and racism during our ...

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ELCA is Seeking a Director for the Youth Gathering

Heidi Hagstrom has announced her intent to leave her position as the Director of the ELCA Youth Gathering following the 2015 event next summer.  Heidi has been studying in the M.Div program at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque and intends to pursue rostered ministry as an ordained pastor within the ELCA.  The ELCA has posted the ...

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“Pastrix”

I will select very carefully who I recommend reads this book.  I’ll do so for two reasons: The language Nadia uses in her book is going to cause problems for some people.  She is raw, she is honest, she is herself.  And she can express herself with colorful metaphors better than any other pastor I’ve met.  For those who ...

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Detroit 2015: Everyone Please Take a Breath

It was with some dismay and a bit of disappointment that I’ve been reading the ongoing comments and conversation in blogs and on Facebook about the City of Detroit as the site of the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering.  I know that the news about the legal bankruptcy of the City of Detroit is very big ...

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Nadia is Going on the Road!

At the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans last summer, something unusual happened.  First, understand that the main stage program is always good.  Speakers…music…video…production…it’s all done really really well.  But in the years that I have been at the event, the ideas are what people walk away with.  A year later, I’ll hear our young ...

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Practice Discipleship Launches!

The second phase of the Practice Discipleship Initiative will launch in January of 2013.  This project is the result of a dynamic partnership between the ELCA Youth Ministry Network, the ELCA and its Youth Gathering, ELCA Lutheran seminaries and colleges and their faculty who teach children, youth and family ministry, and resource providers of the ...

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The 800 Pound Gorilla

I was talking with a friend who serves in a different congregation in a different state earlier in the week.  He said that he was looking forward to the next couple of weeks with a sense of dread.  “Why is that?” I asked.  “Because it’s all going to be about the ELCA Youth Gathering.  The ...

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It’s Not About Us

There is a new webinar that has been added to the catalog of webinars that are a part of the “Practice Discipleship Project” done cooperatively by the Network and the ELCA Youth Gathering. I’m really excited about the webinar.  It is titled “Compassionate Justice and Service Learning.” I’d like to give you the description, and ...

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The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts

There are moments when you suddenly realize that you are in the middle of an organizational “sweet spot.”  Things click.  Visions are realized.  Goals are achieved.  And you look around and say to yourself “I can’t believe that I’m here, in this spot at this time.  I will always remember this time.” I’ve experienced that ...