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What is the Gathering?

Every three years, thousands of high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service, and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.

An important part of the Gathering’s ministry are the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE), a faith formation and leadership development event primarily for youth of color, and the tAble, a gathering that brings together, blesses, and empowers youth with disabilities.

The ministry of the Gathering is excited to partner with Young Adult Ministries to host the first-ever ELCA Young Adult Gathering for individuals who will be 18-35 at the time of the Gathering.

Can the synod office answer my questions?

The synod office staff have no active role in Gathering preparations. However, we can tell you that Rev. Ally Bowman (Zion, Stewartville) is the Southeastern Minnesota Synod Champion! She will be receiving all the news and information and will be the best person to contact at the synod level.



Below, you will find resources deemed particularly helpful and shared by our Synod Champion. This list will be continuously updated as materials become available, so check back regularly.

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Getting your group together:

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Information Sessions

Gather virtually on Zoom with your Synod Champion to learn more about the 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering. There will be time for questions.

Topic: Gathering Info

  • Option 1: Tuesday, 9/5/23 at 6 PM
  • Option 2: Thursday, 9/7/23 at 6 PM

Topic: Gathering 201

  • Option 1: Thursday, 10/12/23 at 6 PM
  • Option 2: Monday, 10/16/23 at 6 PM