– Jake Putala
As a rural Michigander, the Detroit ELCA Youth Gathering was an eye-opener. Yes, I live in Michigan, but I didn’t understand what the people of Motor City were going through. I never saw how we can do God’s work with our very own hands until I went on this trip—and I am forever grateful that I did.
– Vanessa Young
Hey Gathering blog readers. My name is Vanessa Young, and I’m excited to serve as the Team Leader for Gathering Synod Coordinators (GSCs) for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston.
– Chris Marien
Greetings from the Mass Gathering Team. My name is Chris, and I have the honor of leading the team that creates and shapes the mass gathering sessions each night and worship on Sunday morning. With my own eyes, I have seen the transforming power and work of God through the ELCA Youth Gathering.
Carmen Cobo, Mission Investment Fund Mission Investment Fund (MIF) comes to each Gathering because we are church, and because we believe in lifting up the youth of this church.
– Bishop Tracie Bartholomew
Rise Up! A fitting theme for the first Gathering I attended as bishop of the New Jersey Synod. This had been a theme in New Jersey following Superstorm Sandy, which leveled homes and businesses across our state. Rise Up was not a command to get your act together, but rather a promise that God in Christ lifts you from the depths of despair so you can soar with the wind of the Holy Spirit.