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!




New Diversity and Justice Task Force!

This summer Bishop Strickland prayed into being the new Diversity and Justice Task Force of the Southeastern Synod. We are charged with lifting up issues around race, gender, disability, and sexual orientation and gender identity. In our working vision statement, we are:

Aspiring  through the Holy Spirit, imagining what the community of God looks like
Comprehending and challenging our privileges and biases to break down barriers that exclude anyone
Transforming our beliefs, value, policies, actions to be a more racially just church, inclusive of all people

Our task force of twelve is representative of all the diversity mentioned above. In addition, we are geographically diverse, also representing a wide variety of ages, congregations, and life experiences. We hope that our task force looks like what the ELCA can become. At the same time, we are not trying to reinvent the wheel. Much good work in the areas of diversity and justice is happening across our synod and the larger church. Our goal is to partner with and shine a spotlight on many existing efforts to work for a more inclusive and just church. We want our page on the synod website to be a clearing house for great ideas, conferences, and resources, so if you know of an excellent event happening across the church or if your cluster or congregation is doing something around diversity and justice that others should know about, please email the details to

In the coming weeks watch for the following:
  • Details about the Martin Luther King Day worship service (in this newsletter)
  • A revamped Diversity and Justice page on the synod website:
  • Quotes and stories from ordinary African Americans across our synod on the synod Facebook page during Black History Month
  • Quotes and stories from women in ministry across our synod on the synod Facebook page during March
  • A synod-wide virtual movie-watching event and conversation in March
  • Regular articles about diversity and justice in this ENews
As Bishop Strickland likes to say, let’s make the circle so wide that we can no longer see the boundaries excluding anyone!

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.