Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry

 

The ELCA Southeastern Synod will be hosting a hearing on the text of the “Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice” at its Synod Assembly on Saturday, June 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. in Meeting Room 18 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

This hearing is a special opportunity to respond to the text of the draft statement and to hear the perspectives of others, as well. A representative of the ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ will be present at the hearing.

An appointed recorder will keep track of everything said (without names) and submit a report to the task force. Members of the task force will read all the reports as they prepare to revise the text in the late fall of 2018. The task force will conclude its work by issuing a revised statement in February 2019.

“It is important that we have as many members as possible participating in this step of the process,” said Bishop H. Julian Gordy. “Participation in this hearing is part of how we develop social statements in this church. The hearing is a chance to both speak and listen. This is part of who we are as church together.”

The draft social statement was written by members of the task force. Since 2012, the task force has conducted over 100 listening events and consulted with specialists who have provided insight on Scripture, theology, economics, history, media and much more. The task force also issued a study document in 2016 for use in congregations.

A copy of the draft of the social statement on women and justice may be ordered by calling the ELCA resource line at 800-638-3522. It is also can be downloaded at ELCA.org/WomenandJustice. Multiple copies for group study are available from the ELCA online resource catalog at bit.ly/OrderWJDraft.

If you have any questions regarding your synodical hearing, please visit ELCA.org/WomenandJustice or contact the synod process builder Bethany Fayard, bethathy.fayard@gmail.com or the synod office at 404-589-1977.
 
 
 

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.