Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry

 

The Rev. Dr. Ruth E. Hamilton, pastor of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Atlanta, and synod secretary, has been invited to serve as recording secretary for Round XII of the U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue.  The invitation was extended by the co-chairs of the dialogue, the Most Reverend Lee A. Piché, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and the Rev. Lowell G. Almen, former secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Round XII of the dialogue, “Faithful Teaching,” examines the ministries of teaching within the Catholic and Lutheran churches through (1) study of official statements and documents as well as the findings of previous dialogues regarding the respective practices of the churches for such ministries; (2) exploration of the sources, structures, and patterns for discerning the truth coming to us in God’s Word and communicating this truth in normative teaching for today; and (3) assessment of the dialogue’s conclusions regarding the ministries of teaching for long-term ecumenical relationships.The dialogue meets twice a year to worship together, listen to and discuss papers and case studies on particular issues within the topic, determine further issues for study, and ultimately prepare a report.  The dialogue next meets October 9-12 in Chicago.

ALL TENNESSEE 2018

122 youth and adults met November 10 & 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hixson, Tennessee for All Tennessee.  During the event youth from across Tennessee gathered to learn more about the "GODISNOWHERE" theme by participating in different activities throughout Saturday afternoon.  Youth looked at where God was through an interactive Stations of the Cross activity, they also got to ask Pastor Ed Myers and Pastor Katherine Museus any question they wanted to ask, they learned about how we can be God's hands in the midst of disasters through the work of Lutheran Disaster Relief and put together hygiene kits for Lutheran World Relief.  To finish out their service that day they moved mulch on to the church's playground.  Worship started with a group of youth from Christ Kiswahili Lutheran Mission leading in song and during the confession participants were invited to take a piece of string to represent their confession and tie it on nails that formed "GODISNOWHERE" - a powerful way to see that God comes to us in the midst of our brokenness and as we communed together we saw God come once again in the body and blood of Christ. Special thanks to the volunteers of Trinity Lutheran Church for their hospitality and meals, as well as the ALL Tennessee planning team for their hard work putting it all together.