Every three years, thousands of high school youth and their adult leaders from across the ELCA 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.
We know that this ministry changes lives and enriches congregational youth ministry, and we hope your congregation will join us at the 2022 Gathering, from July 24 to 28 in Minneapolis, Minn. We’ve heard time and again that the Gathering “belongs on the timeline of your faith journey.”
Many congregations are just now getting ready to attend the 2022 Gathering, so you aren’t behind! We’ve put together a list of 10 things you should know as you prepare to get your group together. When you’re ready to register your group, you’ll need to head over to the Gathering’s website and enter your five-digit congregation ID. If you don’t know it, contact your synod office or email the Gathering’s office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Once you’re in, you’ll be able to start registering your participants and filling out the congregational details section. Register and pay the $150 deposit for each participant before Nov. 21 to stay within the early-bird rate of $350 per person. Starting on Nov. 22, registration costs rise to $390 per person.
Important to the Gathering’s ministry are our two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble. We encourage you to think about who in your community would benefit from either of these events.
The Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) serves as a faith formation and leadership development event, primarily for youth of color. The theme for the 2022 MYLE is “Made Free.” MYLE will take place July 21-24, 2022, at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn. For more information, visit elca.org/MYLE.
As a pre-event to the Gathering, the tAble blesses and empowers young people who live with a wide range of physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities so that they might grow as faithful, wise and courageous witnesses. Under the theme “Limitless,” the tAble will take place July 21-24, 2022, in the Minneapolis–St. Paul metropolitan area. For more information visit elca.org/thetAble.
If you’d like to learn more about what the week will look like at the Gathering, we encourage you to watch our video “What Is the ELCA Youth Gathering?” and check out the wealth of information on our website. Please know that you and your congregation have been in Gathering leadership’s prayers as you consider your attendance next summer.
Also, be in touch with the Northern Illinois Synod Gathering Coordinator, Melinda Alekna, and watch https://nisynod.org/gathering for more local information.