Preparing for the Gathering
The Practice Justice processOn the Practice Justice Day, we will put our faith into action in a city that has persevered through one of the biggest natural disasters in our world. Visit the Practice Justice page and watch the video to know what to expect. We will learn from the people of New Orleans about their struggles and their strength, we will discover places of amazing resilience and places of neglect, violence and pain. Now, six years after Katrina, New Orleans is slowly recovering, yet the need is still great. There are a number of project areas. Find out more about these.
Practice Discipleship Tour brochureView the Practice Discipleship Tour brochure to learn more about how your day will unfold.
Streamlining the registration processA short video, a little over five minutes, explains exactly how the registration process will work for the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering. Watch the video.
Download the mapA wonderful map has been put together that includes the Daily Schedule, Practice Peacemaking Zones and Champions Square (the area outside of the dome). The Champions Square map includes prices for food and beverages.
Preparing our mindsetYes, you have raised, earned, collected and paid a lot to attend the Gathering and it is helpful for all leaders to remember we are a part of more than 33,000. Everything will not go our way. That moment might be the greatest learning moment. For example: We might not get the Practice Justice assignment we want, but we can be open to it as a potentially great opportunity. What we get out of anything depends upon what we put into it. One of the greatest challenges for Adult Leaders is helping youth to have attitudes of gratitude and seeing all that comes their way as opportunity. It’s definitely not easy, but it is helpful.
Here are some quick tips to remember.
Interested in donating your hair?The organization, Children with Hairloss, is based out of Michigan and serves people all across the country. Visit http://www.childrenwithhairloss.us/our-mission for more information.
Director's blog It is my prayer that all young people feel the communal embrace of Christ's church when they are together in the Superdome in a few weeks.
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Discuss safety with your groupThe ELCA Youth Gathering's Safety and Security Team has put together some wonderful tips and thoughts about safety throughout the Gathering.
Airport shuttle reservationsDon't forget that you must make your airport shuttle reservations ahead of time. Visit the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering airport shuttle to sign up your group.
Packing listWondering what to pack for yourself or what to tell participants in your group to pack? Check out this list of things that will be good to have.
New Orleans welcomes the youth of the ELCA
Connecting to the congregation
Live streamingLive streaming of dome events returns for this year’s Gathering. Streams will begin at 6:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday, July 18, through Saturday, July 21. Sunday’s worship will begin at 9:30 a.m.Blessing litanyA wonderful way for congregations to connect with the Gathering is to enact a formal sending in worship the Sunday before groups depart for the ELCA Youth Gathering. We have provided an outline that you may use. Congregational leaders may also adapt it for their particular context. We are providing a Word version and a PDF version.
Coming in AugustA week from today those attending the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering will learn about a God of sacrificial love. They will be reminded of the claim that God in Christ makes on our lives in the world. When the Gathering is over, it really will have just begun. We will make available resources in August to help you encourage the faith discoveries that will have begun in New Orleans. Watch for more information in the August gNews.
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