Thank You for Your Advocacy Work!
On May 21, Bishop Kevin Strickland moderated the webinar Becoming the Body of Christ Where All Bodies are Valued:A conversation around the ELCA's resolution to condemn White Supremacy
, to give voice to the cries for justice for Ahmaud Arbery, who had been murdered in late February, while jogging in Brunswick Georgia. The webinar included a “call to action,” of contacting elected officials in Georgia, to ask for the passage of HB426, a Hate Crimes Bill, which had been passed in the State House, but had not received a hearing in the State Senate.
Certainly the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshad Brooks, in the immediate aftermath of the reports of the videos of the Arbery Murder, added momentum to the public cries for passing the legislation. We may never know what impact members of the ELCA Southeastern Synod, who made phone calls, sent emails, and snail-mail communications, had on the passage of HB426, but we do know that we are called to do this work, even if we know we are climbing a steep hill of opposition.
Advocacy is about being the voice of the voiceless, and being a voice of justice. There are many scripture verses in the Old Testament and New Testament that bear witness to the People of God acting on behalf of the Kingdom of God. There are also baptismal vows “…to proclaim Christ through word and deed, care for others and the world God made, and work for justice and peace.” This is work that every Christian is called to do.
On June 26, 2020, Georgia Governor, Brian Kemp, signed HB426 into law. Here is a link to thank the Governor: https://gov.georgia.gov/contact-us/constituent-services
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Assistant to the Bishop, Director of Advocacy
ALL TENNESSEE 2020 - November 14
For a HYBRID event (part in-home / part online)
For all youth in 6th through 12th grades
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.
In the midst of COVID-19, we are all looking for a way to share God's love with everyone.
We are wondering how to Accept. Embrace. Spread Grace.
We are combining some online events with some in-home activities to engage in All TN this year.
REGISTRATION COMING SOON!!!
To see information from prior years, scroll down...
ALL TENNESSEE 2019 - November 9-10
Check out the pictures from 2019 All TN HERE
All TN 2019 took place at Trinity LC, Tullahoma, TN
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.