Connecting faith and public life is what we know as advocacy and as Lutheran Christians, we believe that we are freed in
Christ to serve and love our neighbor. God uses our hands, through our direct service work and our voices, through our advocacy efforts, to restore and reconcile our world. Through faithful advocacy, the ELCA lives out our Lutheran belief that governments can help advance the common good.
We in the Southeastern Synod take seriously what it means to connect our faith and public life. We have been blessed for the past five years by the faithful service of Mr. Hilton Austin. Mr. Austin has served as the Director for Advocacy for our synod and helped to cultivate, craft, and curate a vision and plan for how we as a synod can actively engage our faith and public life as advocates for all of God’s children. Under his faithful leadership, we have flourished as a synod and because of this, we now have the creation of the Georgia Interfaith Policy Council, a stronger synod advocacy focus, and the equipping of many among our four states who have felt called to do this work in their local communities.
At the end of January, Mr. Austin will end his tenure in this role and we give abundant thanks for his work and ministry among us in this way. Because of his building these foundations, we will be able to continue with a person serving in this role. On February 1st, we welcome The Rev. Matt Steinhauer who will become the Assistant to the Bishop and Director for Advocacy for our synod. Pastor Steinhauer will be serving in this role 15 hours a week and continue as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Lebanon, TN.
Please join me in giving thanks for Mr. Austin’s work and ministry and welcoming Pastor Steinhauer to our staff. Thanks be to God!
Bishop Kevin L. Strickland
ALL TENNESSEE 2020 - November 14
For a HYBRID event (part in-home / part online)
For all youth in 6th through 12th grades
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.
In the midst of COVID-19, we are all looking for a way to share God's love with everyone.
We are wondering how to Accept. Embrace. Spread Grace.
We are combining some online events with some in-home activities to engage in All TN this year.
REGISTRATION COMING SOON!!!
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.