Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry

 

(please see accompanying articles linked at the bottom of this article):

A message from ELCA Pastor Gordon Myers, a Chair of the Tennessee Poor People’s Campaign:

To my friends, 

As many of you know, I serve as a chair for the Tennessee Poor People’s Campaign, and right now that is pretty exciting.

We are working with a local grass-roots Memphis organization, Memphis Community Against the Pipeline (MCAP) who have come together in order to oppose the intrusion of a high-volume/high pressure crude oil pipeline proposed to go through a historic African American neighborhood already suffering from ecological devastation and a high rate of poverty. 

The spokesperson for the pipeline company explained that it was projected to go through their community because it was “the path of least resistance".   Their struggle to preserve their community, homes, property and water supply has come to the attention of the Poor People’s Campaign A National Call for Moral Revival.

The Co-Chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign recently wrote a letter to the Memphis City Council, which in part reads:
This crude oil pipeline is a textbook case of environmental racism, injustice, and environmental degradation. In targeting the Southwest Memphis neighborhood, and the greater Memphis area, this project hopes to force low-wealth Black communities to carry this billion-dollar corporation’s oil barrels on their backs with no public benefit. In the US, between 1986 and 2013, there have been nearly 8,000 incidents of pipeline leaks (around 300 per year). If this pipeline were to leak it would contaminate the local aquifer, which provides drinking water to Memphis and the North Mississippi counties of DeSoto and Marshall, with carcinogenic crude oil. Not only is the Byhalia Connection Pipeline plan proposing the construction of a high-pressure crude oil pipeline above your city’s water aquifer, it is along an active earthquake zone, greatly increasing the potential for a spill. In the case of an earthquake, the impacts to the community from this project would be devastating.” 


This Sunday, MCAP and the Tennessee Poor People’s Campaign are holding a rally on Sunday April 18th and the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II has agreed to be our keynote speaker. 

I invite you to come out and join in our support of this community effort not only to protect their neighborhood and property, but to keep safe the fresh water supply which serves a great part of the Memphis metro area.

If you are not able to join us in person, please use the information in the graphic above and participate on-line.

Most importantly, this visit by Dr. Barber comes in advance of an important vote by the Memphis City Council on whether to adopt an ordinance to protect the Memphis Sand Aquifer which would protect Memphis’s drinking supply and require any pipelines or companies threatening the drinking water to have further review. 

We would invite you to stand with us and use your power to fight this pipeline and protect future generations from environmental racism. 

The Memphis City Council votes April 20th.  Please email to encourage them to pass the Resolution Opposing the Byhalia Connection Pipeline.

I have included some additional information below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a shout.

Blessings,

Rev. Gordon Myers

Here are 3 articles that will help to inform you of this work:

ALL TENNESSEE 2020 - November 14

For all youth in 6th through 12th grades

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 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.