Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry


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!




Earlier this month, we observed Indigenous People’s Day, which in some parts used to be known as Columbus Day. I don’t remember it being a big deal while growing up in Alabama—we didn’t even get a day off from school! 

I ran across an interesting article which noted that Columbus Day was started in the 1890s partly in response to widespread anti-Italian persecution, which was marked the lynching of 11 Italian-American prisoners in New Orleans—still on record as one of the largest mass lynchings in our nation’s history. 

Proclaiming a national holiday honoring Columbus, however intentioned, must have felt like yet one more gross injustice to Native Americans. Over the last 30 years or so, we have moved toward a collective realization that America wasn’t “discovered” by European explorers, and acknowledgement that Native American societies were robust, thriving cultures that didn’t need “help” from outside.

This is even more in our minds this year, as this summer mass graves containing the remains of Native children were discovered at several residential schools across North America. It is saddening, as we recognize the role of the Church in removing children from their homes and placing them in these schools, to assimilate them into white culture while stripping away their Indigenous identity. This is but one of the sins against Native peoples in which the Church has been complicit or had a leading role. If you missed it, this letter from the American Indian Alaska Native Lutheran Association calls the congregations of the ELCA into collective confession and lament of these sins, and into work advocating for acknowledgment and policy change from the US government.

While serving as my congregation’s assisting minister the Sunday before Indigenous People’s Day, I scratched out a version of this prayer during the service and offered it during our prayers of intercession:

Forgiving God, as we observe Indigenous People’s Day, we lament the many wrongs done to the Native peoples of this land, especially those committed in the name of Christ or the Church. Move us to stand in solidarity with each other as we work toward justice for everyone. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Forgive us, renew us, and lead us. Amen.

Submitted by Stephen Schrader, member of the Diversity & Justice Task Force

ALL TENNESSEE 2020 - November 14

For all youth in 6th through 12th grades


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


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.