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ELCA Youth Gathering



From June 27 to July 1, 2018, more than 30,000 youth and adult leaders met in Houston for the previous ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service, and fellowship, young people grew in faith and were challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives. The next Gathering will be July 24-28, 2022, in Minneapolis, MN. View a welcome video from the Rev. Ann Svennungsen, bishop of the Minneapolis Area Synod.

Theme: “boundless: God beyond measure.”

Scripture: Ephesians 3:19 CEV: “I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is.

We are bound. Bound by our sin, by the expectations of others, by poverty, by -isms that try to divide us, and by so much more. In a life that often feels like it has young people in a suffocating grip, we want them to imagine the boundlessness of God: boundless love, boundless mercy, boundless freedom, boundless creation, boundless strength. All offered from a gracious and loving God who knows and adores them. All so abundant and endless it cannot be measured.

Our logo is a visual representation of the theme, boundless. With letters that stretch beyond the normal limitations of the written word, the logo reminds us of the immeasurable — and sometimes unexpected — reach of God in our lives and the greater world. The textures used as design elements — from a starry night sky to boundary waters to human diversity — will reflect both Minneapolis as well as the tangible ways we can witness the boundlessness of God’s creation, love, strength and grace in our own lives.

* September 2021 update: After much prayer and conversation, Gathering leadership have decided to require full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative test result (likely 72 hours before arrival) to attend the 2022 Gathering, MYLE and the tAble. As of now, leadership have not decided on any additional safety measures. We commit to continued transparency in the decision-making process and will release information as it becomes available regarding additional safety measures or adjustments to key dates. Any updates will be communicated via Gathering social media, gNews, and the Gathering website. For a list of updated Frequently Asked Questions, we encourage you to visit: elca.org/YouthGathering/COVID19. *


July 24
July 28
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