• 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Annoucement

    Posted on July 19, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering will be held in Houston, Texas!


    Bishop Mike Rinehart of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod welcomes us in this short video:


  • Day 5: Closing Worship… and we’re heading home!

    Posted on July 19, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Today was the final day of the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering.   

    After checking out of our hotel rooms super early, we headed downtown for our closing worship service. We got great seats! 


    Here’s a time-lapse video of the procession from worship. There was a cross, candles, glitter, doves, kites, blocks, streamers, dancers, worship leaders, and more! (Did we miss anything?)

    The announcement for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering is next!

  • Day 4: Proclaim Story!

    Posted on July 19, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    On Saturday, all 350 Youth Gathering participants from the New England Synod, including Bishop James Hazelwood, joined together for Proclaim Story. 


    We met at the very elaborate MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit.


    Youth and adult leaders studied Mark 2:1-14, reading, sharing, reflecting, and praying. We closed the day with worship. On a very hot day (unseasonable in Detroit) it was nice to be indoors!


    Immediately after Proclaim Story, we quickly went over to Ford Field to get in line for floor seats for the evening program. Only 5,000 out of 30,000 are admitted to the floor each night! 


    Rachel Kurtz sang, which is always fabulous:

    The night ended with a live concert by Skillet!

  • Day 3: Proclaim Justice!

    Posted on July 17, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Today was Proclaim Justice day!


    10,000 Lutherans youth and adult leaders assembled in Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit to be sent across the city for work projects. 


    Our group (two bus loads) was assigned to a project in the west part of Detroit. We cleared overgrown trees, debris, and other objects from a path that is often traveled by kids in the neighborhood, making the path safer.  


    Other members of the group went across the street to help clear debris around his burned out house. The windows and doors had just been boarded up by a Proclaim Justice group on Thursday. 


    Architectural side note: this is a gorgeous church building that’s also in the neighborhood. 


    And a quick mention of the event at Ford Field: in addition to great speakers, the evening turned into (another) all out dance party with an awesome Motown group!

    Tomorrow is Proclaim Story, and we gather as the New England Synod!

  • “Why Downtown Detroit ‘Is Going to Look Like Disney World for a Few Days”

    Posted on July 17, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Here’s a great piece on our presence in Detroit by local blogger Alan Stamm. Our favorite line: he quotes a Facebook post in which the author identifies the youth as “insufferably cheerful.”

    We’ll take it! 🙂


  • Day 2: Proclaim Community!

    Posted on July 17, 2015 at 9:05 am

    We’re a little behind with the blog… there’s just too much happening! Yesterday (Thursday) was Proclaim Community, a chance to participate in a “holy playground” with 1/3 of the Youth Gathering participants (10,000). 

    We started with breakfast at the Renaissance Center (“RenCen”). 


    And we got a selfie on the riverfront! (Yes, that’s Canada behind us.)


    Proclaim Community was great! Our group played mini golf, drove the bumper cars, and there was even an epic game of dodge ball (there’s no sound so you can feel free to imagine your favorite championship movie theme):

    We also reenacted the Last Supper, ala Da Vinci, you know, because:


    We had a very different view in Ford Field last night. 


    And in true Youth Gathering fashion, there was a dance party on the floor!

    Oh, and it’s worth noting we had a MUCH easier walk to the busses last night. 


    Today is Proclaim Justice!

  • Day 1: Travel, more travel, and Ford Field!

    Posted on July 16, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    We made it to Detroit on Wednesday! All 30,000 of us!


    How do you get 10,000 youth and adult leaders from the Detroit airport to one of the hundreds of hotel properties being used by the Youth Gathering… in one day?

    Buses. Lots of busses. 

    We eventually got to our hotel in Southfield (a first ring suburb of Detroit) where our entire group met for the first time. Here’s Miriam from Nativity Lutheran showing us the map as we plan the rest of our day. 

    We had a great meal at a barbecue restaurant in Greektown. And we met Jesus along the roadway! (Sound familiar?)


     The only “official” Youth Gathering event on day 1 is the first mass gathering in Ford Field. It’s always an incredible event. Our opening night speakers included  Presiding g Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Mikka McCracken, and Luke Powery. 

     And would it really be a Youth Gathering without pandemonium afterwards?! (No.) Over 20,000 youth and adult leaders staying in outlying hotels (including us!) made their way down the street to catch their busses. 

     If the pictures don’t quite cover it, we have video:

    Thursday is Proclaim Community!

  • “See you in Detroit!”

    Posted on July 12, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    A video message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton:

  • Watch Ford Field Events LIVE!

    Posted on July 12, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Each evening, all the youth, adult leaders, and volunteers gather in Ford Field for a main stage event featuring engaging speakers, videos, and musicians. These events will be streamed live at http://www.elca.org/gathering!

    On Wednesday-Saturday, July 18-21, the Ford Field main stage events will be streamed online 8:00-9:30pm Eastern Time, with additional pre-show events streamed beginning at 6:30pm.

    On Sunday, July 19, our closing worship with Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will be streamed 9:30-11:30am, with additional pre-worship events streamed beginning at 8:30am.

    Watch here: http://www.elca.org/gathering!

  • Follow with Facebook, Twitter, and more

    Posted on July 12, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    The ELCA Youth Gathering communications team has set up accounts on each of these social media services. Click to find even more photos and videos gathered throughout the week!





  • We’re going to Detroit!

    Posted on July 11, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    2015 Youth Gathering Poster
    And this is the first post in our blog!

    Twelve youth and adult leaders from Zion Lutheran Church (Pittsfield, MA), Christ the King Lutheran (Wilbraham, MA), and the Lutheran Church of the Nativity (North Conway, NH) are teaming up for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering, July 15-19 in Detroit, Michigan!

    In total, nearly 350 youth and adults from the New England Synod will be going to Detroit.

    With his iPhone in hand, Pastor Tim Weisman from Zion Lutheran will be updating this blog throughout the week on behalf of our multi-church group.

    You’ll find written posts, photos, and videos of what we’re up to in Detroit. Check back here for updates!

    You can also check for updates over on our Facebook page.