Interaction Center

On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, stop by the Interaction Center to relax, connect, and have fun. In this space you will find:

  • The Oasis-sponsored by W/ELCA with refreshments and free wifi
  • ELCA coaches for stewardship and faith practices
  • Social Media Consulting
  • Art Station and Games
  • Neck/Shoulder Massage Stations (free!)
  • ELCA World Hunger – Walk for Water

Nearby, you will find contemplative spaces with prayer stations, a prayer labyrinth, and on-site chaplain. Spiritual Direction APPOINTMENTS ARE available TO SIGN UP FOR AT THE REGISTRATION DESK. (1 hr. appointment/$25).


Service Learning

(Note there is a $10 additional cost for each service learning activity)

Visit the award winning Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, the only Presidential Library in the Southeast.  Learn about the life and career of our 39th president and experience a day in the life of a president.  Explore the work he and Rosalynn Carter have done as they traveled throughout the world following the presidency in order to fight disease and promote democracy. See the Nobel Peace Prize received for his important peace work.  Enjoy a stroll on the 35 acres of beautiful grounds with two lakes and Japanese Gardens. Other traveling exhibits are also on display.
Carter Library

Martin Luther King, Jr., a young boy grows up in a time of segregation and becomes a dreamer who is moved by destiny into leadership of the modern civil rights movement. Come hear his story and learn about his birth home and where he played as a child.  Walk in his footsteps, and hear his voice in the church where he moved hearts and minds.  Marvel at how he was an instrument for social change. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site is a part of the National Park System and one of Atlanta’s top tourist destinations.

Martin Luther King boyhood home

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is one of the few places in the world educating visitors on the bridge between the American Civil Rights Movement and the contemporary struggle for human rights around the world.  Come and explore the fundamental rights of all human beings. Through sharing stories of courage and struggle around the world, gain a deeper understanding of the role you play in helping to protect the rights of all people. Leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in your own community.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Service Project Opportunities


Each of these are limited to 15 people and will run from 2-5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Sign-up takes place at the Registration Booth during the Gathering on Monday, August 7th.

  1. Atlanta’s Mercy Community Church: (Tuesday, August 8th 2-5pm) Spend an afternoon with Atlanta's Mercy Community Church family at St. John's Lutheran Church.  Serving the Ponce Corridor for over 11 years, Mercy seeks to work along with neighbors on the streets or in low-income housing in the struggle for life.  Participants in this service learning activity will spend the afternoon learning about the ministry, and will assist in preparing a meal for the Mercy family, and guests.

  2. Gateway Center: (Tuesday, August 8th 2-5pm) Engage with the Gateway Center in downtown Atlanta, which provides homeless support services to over 5,000 individuals per year.  Participants will receive an orientation followed by service in the clothes closet, the shelter, or meal preparation.

  3. Lutheran Services of Georgia: (Wednesday, August 9th 2-5pm) Letters of Hope:  Be a Compassionate Presence to Immigrants in Detention. View the award-winning documentary Locked in a Box about the U.S. Immigration Detention System and learn about immigration detention, the Friends in Hope Visitation Ministry of Lutheran Services of Georgia and resources available from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service for beginning a detention visitation ministry.  Then write letters of hope to asylum-seekers and immigrants in detention centers in Georgia. Led by:  Deacon Melanie Johnson of Lutheran Service of Georgia's Refugee and Immigration Services, Rock of Ages Lutheran Church 


Beer and Hymns Concert: 20th Anniversary ELCA Fund for Leaders Benefit

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the ELCA Fund for Leaders program. This scholarship program makes it possible for more and more folks attending seminary to do so affordably. During the first ever Rostered Ministers Gathering, we will have an opportunity to gather for fun and fellowship on Tuesday, August 8th from 8-9:30pm at the Sheraton for "Beer (or your choice of beverage) and Hymns" concert. Jonathan Rundman, Rachel Kurtz, Peter Meyer, Chris Clay, AGAPE, Joe Davis, Justin Rimbo and others will be leading this event. You will be able to hear some of their own music and all of these great musicians leading us in singing some of the great hymns of faith. A free-will offering will be received and will be given to the ELCA Fund for Leaders Program. This concert is part of your registration for this event, so there is not any additional costs. There will be cash bars available.