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ELCA Youth Gathering 2018

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June 25 - July 2, 2018
ELCA National Youth Gathering — Houston, TX
June 25 – July 2, 2018

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth from across America gather for a week of radical service, worship, and friendship known as the National Youth Gathering. In this once-in-a-lifetime experience, God Spirit transforms the lives of our young people. http://elca.org/YouthGathering/about/overview


“I am a part of this whole thing!” one youth marveled. “I didn’t know our church was so big! Look at all these people!” To see and hear the prayers and praise of your peers, to dance and sing in worship, to listen to the wisdom of amazing teachers is to experience the awesomeness, the immensity of God at work.


“I really feel like close to these people like really no one else. I trust them.” This trip to Houston builds youth group togetherness in a powerful and lasting way. Eating, traveling, serving, worshiping, learning, playing gives our kids a true sense of belonging to God and God’s people.


“God needs me. This matters.” Our young people will be helping Houston recover from the hurricane, working alongside neighborhoods and service partners to house, feed, and cloth people. They will connect with locals and truly see the impact their presence makes in God’s world.

Video Links

ELCA National Youth Gathering Houston 2018 Preview 

Nadia Bolz-Weber, a Houston key-note speaker
Pastor House for All Sinners and Saints Lutheran Church, Denver, CO
Watch here talk from the 2012 Gathering here

Pastor Aaron’s Video from National Gathering in Detroit, MI