Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry


November 12-13, 2022

Location: TBA (but definitely in-person)


Saturday, November 13, 2021

10am-12noon ET / 9-11am CT

via ZOOM

an ONLINE gathering of all youth (6th-12th grade) of the Southeastern Synod, 

especially those from Tennessee

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We will explore what it means to SHARE OUR GOSPEL STORY together by gathering online and learning how God is active in our lives, even when we don't realize it!   

And this is what sets our SOUL ON FIRE!

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:
If you would like to sign up for notifications for future Advocacy opportunities for the many issues the Southeastern Synod Advocacy Policy Council Addresses, you may do so here:  Be sure to select the Advocacy list.
Matt Steinhauer
Assistant to the Bishop, Director of Advocacy

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