I had two other pieces written for this month's blog, but when I read about Maya Angelou's death I knew I had to write something else. Dr. Angelou, a poet, storyteller, civil rights activist and educator, was a keynote speaker at the 1991 ELCA Youth Gathering in Dallas, Texas. Two years later, in 1993, she recited her poem, "On the Pulse...
"We are not served by getting away from the grubbiness of suffering." This sentence comes from a new book by Anne Lamott titled “Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair.” It jumped off the page when I read it because it describes the vision for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit.
By choosing to
hold the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit, we are choosing to stand with
Detroiters in the truth of our own grubbiness (read that as a fancy new word...
When young people step off the bus, plane or van inNew Orleansnext summer, I want them to step into a community of the beloved that operates according to God’s economy of grace. I want them, and me, to experience a community wherein the rules of merit are broken, a moment in time when God is completely in charge for a while.
In our culture we base almost everything on “achievement,
performance, accomplishment, payment, exchange value, or worthiness of
some sort.” * In God’s economy of grace we are released from the
“internalized merit-badge system” that holds...
“So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.”
(1 Thessalonians 2:8) This verse from the second lesson on Sunday,
October 23, 2011, jumped out at me. Youth and adults who attended the
2009 ELCA Youth Gathering could have written that to the people ofNew
Part of the Living Into the Future Together [taskforce's report] http://tinyurl.com/3ad5eyw included the call for every ELCA congregation to have a mission strategy by the end of 2012. This resolution was adopted by the 2011
Churchwide Assembly. It is the responsibility of the Congregational and
Synodical Mission unit of the ELCA, the churchwide unit in which the
Youth Gathering is housed, to fulfill that legislation. I am assuming
that the bulk...
I just returned from a large group bible study at the youth gathering of one of our ecumenical partners. The opening band had the audience of teens jumping in unison with raised-arm praise, singing lyrics about their God being greater, stronger and higher than any other. In fact, most of the songs the group has sung for two days have been about how awesome God is, and how awesome they are in God’s eyes.
When I got back to my hotel room I spent some time in prayer, trying to discern my discomfort with what I was hearing and witnessing. Not that I don’t think God...