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!

In June 2022, we are holding a special monthly giving focus for you to consider supporting: 

The Table, Nashville


Open Seating: Good Food for Hungry Folks is our weekly service. We gather EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT around 6:45pm to visit and service begins at 7 pm. Every person is affirmed and welcome.     We read scripture, hear affirming messages, sing affirming songs and gather around the Lord’s Table for communion (Eucharist). ALL people are welcome to participate and commune. We hope you’ll consider offering your gift (presence, music, reading, poetry, financial support, prayer…you know what’s right for you)

Weekly Gathering:  We will meet IN- PERSON & ONLINE for SERVICE the stream begins promptly at 7pm
KEEP UP with what’s happening:  Table Talk Newsletter located in the Activities menu
The Table’s Welcome Statement: The Table is an LGBTQIA+ centered faith collective committed to the work of social justice and racial equity. We welcome those who are seeking God’s love and grace as a first-timer or a lifer. Everyone has a seat at our table and we affirm people of all races, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, age, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and relationship status. We strive for whole-person wellness without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic status, or that which divides. We actively seek unity.
The Table’s Mission Statement: The Table promotes spiritual well-being for LGBTQIA+ and minority people groups in the exploration of self, faith, community, and the deeper issues of being and belonging.
The Table’s Vision Statement: The Table centers the voices of LGBTQIA+ people and vulnerable identities as we form intentional faith communities and opportunities for engagement that are inclusive of all and alienating of none.
Outreach Ministries
  • Queer & Sober AA, Tuesday nights @ 7 pm
  • Community Hope Chest, for LGBTQ+ folks experiencing a barrier to clothes, shoes, wigs and accessories
  • Transgender Support Gathering, Adults
  • Stomp H8 Prom for LGBTQ+ youth
  • Community Partnerships for advocacy
Contact Info
The Table
113 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
Rev. Dawn Bennett, Pastor Developer
(615) 264-8600    call or text, same line

Believe it or not I found you through my parent who was having a hard time with my coming out. Someone gave it to her and she gave it to me.
And now things are much better.
You know I found you in the middle of the night right? Like Nicodemus.
I've been 30 years in the pulpit and I realize how much harm I have done to
other people in God's name. I'm so thankful to be in a relationship with you because you're guiding me on to the greater love
I think God's been trying to tell me that has existed for so long.
I don't like church. I used to, but now I don't.
But The Table isn't like church it's like, a lifeline. And that's cool.
The day you told me about God's radical grace I really didn't believe you.
It doesn't seem possible that I'm not going to hell.
I'm really trying to believe that God is good and that God loves me.
Easter seems like a good day if it really is true,  God loves me as I am.
I first met you at the Pride parade and I thought it was hilarious that you had that pink shirt on talking about ‘how Jesus didn’t say that’.
And you're definitely the only Pastor I know who tells the world that you're bisexual. Keep it up, we need to hear more of that.
I first found out about you in a Tennessean article talking about the bad legislation bills. I like the way you stood up to the Governor to let him know how those bills hurt people. It's confusing when he calls himself a Christian and does stuff like that. So I'm really glad you help me see that there's different kinds of Christians.
I never knew there were gay bishops and gay pastors that serve publicly. It's so inspiring to know that God uses us in ways that are helpful.
Thank you for being online. Please do whatever you have to to keep it up because I don't live in TN.
It's strange to me that you play secular music in worship. But what I'm learning is that God loves all of me, not only the spiritual parts.
I like your preaching. You're not fake like preachers on TV. I also like that you tell me that God misses me; I miss God too.  I never had a preacher tell me that. Thank you for leading me back to God.
I don't consider The Table my church, I consider it my community.
Since coming out I have lost my community. You're doing really good work and it's not easy. Please don't stop.
I saw you in a local brewery. You had your collar on (because I overheard you say you forgot to take it off before you came in). Then, you spilled your beer. That’s when I turned to you with all my friends at our table and said ‘hello.’ I still had a picture in my phone that we took together at Pride last year. You remembered me and my husband, that was great. I’m glad to know you are still spreading this positive light. Thank you.
I don’t live in TN and I join you online each week. I grew up in a terribly conservative denomination. Most of what I heard has left me scarred and scared. I don’t remember how I found you and I don't care.
What I care about is that I did. You came along at just the right time.
I’ve been separated for so long from God. I feel like I can breathe now.
It’s Easter and after almost a decade, I can say out loud, “Hallelujah.”


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