an IN-PERSON gathering of all youth (6th-12th grade) of the Southeastern Synod,
especially those from Tennessee
The Southeastern Synod Nominating Committee is currently seeking nominees for several positions which were to be elected at the 2020 Synod Assembly. Since the Synod Assembly has been canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, elections will be conducted by the Synod Council at their meeting in early June.
Positions for which nominees are needed include the Consultation Committee, the Discipline Committee, and the Synod Council.
Member of the Consultation Committee.
This committee functions primarily in an advisory role to the synod bishop, assisting the bishop in investigating situations that are potentially matters for formal discipline. Terms are 6 years in length. Nominees are needed in the following categories:
1 Rostered Minister (male or female)
1 Lay (male or female)
Members of the Discipline Committee.
This committee consists of 12 members who function as a pool of individuals available for potential participation in disciplinary hearings. Terms are 6 years in length. Nominees are needed in the following categories:
3 Rostered Ministers (male or female)
Synod Council Members.
The Synod Council is the synod's board of directors, functioning as the interim legislative authority between meetings of the Synod Assembly. Nominees should have the ability to physically attend week-day meetings three times a year plus some remote meetings during the year. Terms are 2 years in length. Nominees are being sought in the following categories:
2 At-large lay representatives (gender to be determined at the Synod council meeting)
1 At-large young adult representative (between the ages of 18 and 30, gender to be determined)
1 Youth member (nominated by SESLYO)
The Nominating Committee's goal is to nominate two to four persons for each position. The Committee will consider individual skills and qualifications, as well as the Synod's inclusivity goals. These goals address the balance between lay persons and pastors, gender, status as a youth or young adult, and racial/ethnic background. Achieving some geographical diversity of nominees will also be a factor in the Nominating Committee's decisions.
DEADLINE for submission of biographical forms to be considered by the Nominating Committee: May 23, 2020. Questions may be directed to the Nominating Committee Chairperson, Pr. Tom Clark, or Pastor Karen Boda, Staff Liaison to the Committee.
THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD IN A HYBRID FORMAT!!!
MORNING SESSION: on your own, in your household, or with your youth group (if you are gathering in-person, physically distanced, of course). Suggested start time is 10:00am EST / 9:00am CST.
AFTERNOON SESSION: we gather via ZOOM at 3:00-4:30pm EST / 2:00-3:30pm CST
CONCERT WITH RACHEL KURTZ: after our afternoon session, Rachel Kurtz will join in our ZOOM call to lead a concert!!!
So cool! So excited!
PLUS, we get to reveal the theme that SESLYO developed for our 2020-2021 youth events for the synod...Accept. Embrace. Spread Grace.
Cost? FREE, since this event is a hybrid event, with part in-person / part-online
Who Can Come? This gathering is for 6th-12th graders from congregations in the WHOLE SOUTHEASTERN SYNOD,
but especially for the Lutherans and friends of TENNESSEE. ALL are welcome.
This year, we are taking registrations on an INDIVIDUAL BASIS, NOT through a congregational registration.
To see information from prior years, scroll down...
All TN 2019 took place at Trinity LC, Tullahoma, TN
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.