Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry

ALL TENNESSEE 2021

SAVE THE DATE:  November 13-14, 2021

Location:  TBA

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

especially those from Tennessee

 

 

 


 

Discussion on HIV/Aids Awareness is not new. Many people first became aware of this health crisis during the 1980s. With the worldwide push for us to learn about the disease and how it impacts the lives of people around the world, musicians banded together for a concert. Since that time, the push for a cure and public awareness has never stopped.

National Faith HIV/Aids Awareness Day was founded in 2017. The organization RAHMA (whose name is the Arabic word for “mercy'') instituted an annual day of awareness. They say,  “It is important to have mercy and compassion when supporting those living with HIV and spearheading educational efforts.” (http://haverahma.org/what-we-do).  Mercy and justice, through compassion, are primary teachings of Jesus. In the ELCA, we know that it is our call to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a hurting world; Advocacy is often how we answer that call.

This year faith advocacy day will be recognized Sunday, August 29th. “The observance is intended to engage faith communities to work together for HIV/AIDS education, prevention, treatment, care and support, and to reduce and eliminate stigma and discrimination.” (https://www.hiv.gov/events/awareness-days/faith).  At The Table we will partner with Vanderbilt Medical Center to host a gathering for folks to learn about the status of the vaccine, gain resources to testing and healthcare, and ask questions to further their understanding of how much stigma and misinformation surrounds this disease.

Finally, you are invited to explore more about this advocacy effort and how the ELCA  is involved in doing our part to care for those who suffer along with their loved ones. I encourage you to visit the resources below to further your understanding and then, hopefully, become part of National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
 

Resources:
 
https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/HIV-AIDS-Ministry
https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/statistics/health-data/hiv-data.html
https://dph.georgia.gov/epidemiology/georgias-hivaids-epidemiology-section/georgia-hiv-surveillance-data
https://www.aidsalabama.org/
https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,150.html
http://haverahma.org/what-we-do
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_Aid

 

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.