Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders gather for a week of faith formation and service. This is known as a Gathering. Coming from all across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, they spend the days in interactive learning, worship, bible study, service and fellowship. For years, this Gathering has allowed young people to grow in faith and has challenged and inspired youth to live their faith in their daily lives.
The logo for this year incorporates the coming together of a mosaic to reflect the diversity of the host city, Houston, and the idea that we are a church where ALL are imperfect and incomplete, but we each belong in God’s masterpiece.
The theme for this year’s Youth Gathering will be, “This Changes Everything” eluding to the primary scripture from Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”Grace is a fundamental and distinctive piece of the Lutheran faith. With this gift, undeserved and freely given, it changes lives and perspectives. It is our goal for the youth that, upon embarking on this journey, they understand the fierce love that God has for exactly who they are and that by grace, and through faith, they have been saved. When we embrace this simple reality, it indeed CHANGES EVERTHING.