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!





July 30, 2020, update:
COVID-19 Podcast Updates
Dr. Michael Osterhom, one of the nation’s top infectious disease epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious Disease at the University of Minnesota host podcast that can be found here on the continuing challenges of COVID-19.  Dr. Osterhom, as well as being an expert in his field is also an ELCA Lutheran. 

July 14, 2020 update:
This map shows the risk level of attending an event, given the event size and location (assuming 10:1 ascertainment bias).

The risk level is the estimated chance (0-100%) that at least 1 COVID-19 positive individual will be present at an event in a county, given the size of the event

Choose an event size. Use the drop-down menu to choose a county you would like to zoom in on.

July 8, 2020 update:

Bishop Strickland provides another pastoral update on the COVID-19 pandemic:


Signage for Returning to your Building

June 8, 2020 update:


May 23, 2020 update:


May 14, 2020 update:




The Bishop and Synod Council is pleased to announce the availability of the

Southeastern Synod COVID-19 Grant

This grant is to address the immediate financial need of a small number of congregations in the Southeastern Synod.

These grants are not intended to be long term but only address a very immediate need with a one-time grant, providing a breath of support in the midst of this pandemic.
Applications can be found here.

The deadline for application is June 30, 2020.

Updates from your Synod Leadership

Items are in chronological order, with most recent items towards the top of this page.

Here is our third COVID-19 response video from 4/20/2020. 
Please take some time to watch this important video.
Click here to see a PDF copy of the slides used in this third video from our coronavirus response team in our synod .
See Bishop Kevin Strickland's Pastoral Letter from April 20, 2020, giving guidance to congregations for May 2020.  (4/20/2020)


See Bishop Kevin Strickland's Pastoral Letter Concerning Holy Communion Practices in this unprecedented time (4/3/2020)

Coping with COVID-19 - A Pyscho-Spiritual Approach (Posted 3/27/2020)

Read Bishop Strickland's Letter to Rostered Ministers about Worship in a Virtual Age  (Posted 3/20/2020)

Here is our second COVID-19 response video.  Please take a few minutes to watch this important video.

Click here to see a PDF copy of the slides used in this second, and very important video from our coronavirus response team in our synod .

A Statement from Timothy Wengert regarding Holy Communion  (mentioned in Bishop Strickland's Letter about Worship in a Virtual Age)   (Posted 3/20/2020)

Letter from our synod's COVID-19 Response Team Leader, Dr. Erica Bjornstad (3/19/2020)

VIDEO:  Pastor Tom Clark to SES congregations RE COVID-19 response  (3/22/2020)

VIDEO:  Bishop Kevin Strickland and VP Imran Siddiqui share a pastoral word  (3/20/2020)

VIDEO:  Assistant to the Bishop Pr. Jill Henning, and Dr. Erica Bjornstad give guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic (and the PDF of PPT slides found in video)   (3/20/2020)

See this letter from Bishop Kevin Strickland and staff  (Posted 3/12/2020, 10:10pm EST)

Bishop Kevin Strickland's Pastoral Letter Regarding Coronavirus(Posted 3/8/2020; Includes responses from other church leaders, as well.)​

BLOG (Pr. Morgan Gordy):  How to care for our most vulnerable during a pandemic. (Posted 3/13/2020)


ELCA-Related Updates related to Coronavirus:

PDF:  Considerations for Returning to In-Person Worship (May 13, 2020)

PDF:  [SPANISH] Considerations for Return to In-Person Worship (May 20, 2020)

VIDEO: Message from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton | March 28, 2020:


ELCA Worship in the Home Blog (updated weekly)

FAQs in time of COVID-19 for faith-based leaders from DHHS (3/27/2020)

ELCA Public Health page

LEAD - a group dedicated to resourcing faith leaders - is helping to provide holistic care for faith leaders in this difficult time of crisis.

Worship in Times of Public Health Concerns  (A resource from the ELCA)

ELCA Executive for Worship in the ELCA recommends no intinction for Holy Communion (NPR radio spot).

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton addresses concerns about COVID-19​.

Congregational Planning Checklist for a Pandemic  (A Lutheran Disaster Response resource)

Other resources related to Coronavirus:

CDC's Response on preventing Coronavirus.

Click here to sign up to make cloth Face Mask Covers

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.