Nicole Kiefer will be a sophomore this fall at Luther College.  She is a Northeastern Iowa Synod WIYLDE Alumna and Synod Lutheran Youth Network leader. In this guest post she shares her experience as a volunteer at the ELCA Youth Gathering, held July June 27-July 1 in Houston. This fall I will begin my sophomore […]

Three international students, two from Namibia and one from Hungary, have been invited to travel with Northeastern Iowa Synod youth to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas this summer. Marian Torodis will be coming from the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Republic of Namibia (ELCRN). Bishop Ernst GAMXAMUB from ELCRN was a guest of the Northeastern […]

As I mentioned in last week’s post about Social Media at the ELCA Youth Gathering, the popularity of Snapchat turned out to be the biggest surprise.  In 2012 it was Instagram, this year it was Snapchat.  Photos posted on Snapchat would get more than 2000 views. Team member, Tracy Apps, became “Snapchat” at the Gathering […]

Photo by Christopher Harris   As 30,000 youth and adults made their way to Detroit for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering, many excitedly tweeted and posted on social media.     And to their surprise just about everyone who mentioned the gathering or used the Gathering hashtag #RiseUpELCA received a reply that the Gathering was […]

What happens when 30,000 ELCA youth and their adult chaperones show up in one place? 650 people donated at least 8 inches of hair (that’s about 433 feet of hair)   $402,000 was raised for the ELCA Walk for Hunger   1 million diapers collected 1,425 backpacks distributed 3,200 vacant lots cleared of debris 26 dumpsters filled […]

If you are taking youth to the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering this summer, you should already know about the Getting Ready Bible Studies. What you may not be aware of is that these are great bible studies that can be used in a variety of settings.  The third lesson is about Detroit itself and may […]