Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry

 

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Under the theme "Together in Spirit. Forward in Faith.", the ELCA Southeastern Synod will hold its 2019 Synod Assembly, May 31 - June 2, 2019, at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN.

Together in spirit, at the 2018 Assembly, we prayerfully responded to the call of a year-long conversation about the Southeastern Synod Bishop of the future. We continued conversations in our deaneries, discerning the needs of the synod and developing a profile for our future bishop.  

It is in that same spirit that we now pray, as a synod, for discernment for those who are called to stand as nominees and those who are called to serve as voting members. We pray for the one who is elected to serve and for Bishop Gordy as he embarks upon a new chapter in his life. We offer our prayers of thanksgiving for the families of Bishop Gordy and the Bishop-elect for their roles in this journey. 

Moving forward in faith, Ms. Mikka McCracken, our Churchwide Representative, will guide us through the bishop election procedures and preside over the Assembly during each phase of the election. Ms. McCracken serves with ELCA World Hunger as Director for Planning Engagement.

The Rev. James (Jim) Mauney, Bishop Emeritus, Virginia Synod, will keep us focused in faith with a Bible Study during Plenary.  

The success of our Assembly is largely dependent upon the participation of all who attend. In particular this year, voting members are asked to check-in at the Assembly Registration Office to secure credentials as early as possible on Friday morning to be able to vote on the first ballot for bishop. To that end, the Assembly Registration Office will close at 11:45 a.m. EDT and will reopen after the completion of the first ballot for bishop. 

Voting members are also asked to attend additional plenary sessions on Friday afternoon and evening. You will find details of the plenary sessions in the Draft Agenda posted in the Assembly App and website. 

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.