ELCA Youth Gathering

June 29-July 3, 2021

Every three years, 30,000 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 gathers, blesses and empowers youth with disabilities.



Volunteer Applications:

Due to the impact of COVID-19, applications for the Gathering Volunteer Corps and Local Volunteers will not open on May 21 as previously scheduled. Gathering staff and leadership are continuing to monitor the pandemic and working through several scenarios on how this will impact the 2021 Gathering.

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What's New?

PASSAGE Small Groups:

The ELCA Faith Formation team is excited to launch a special small-group series for recently graduated high school students. Based on Isaiah 43, PASSAGE will be centered on mutual support and wrestling with faith and life in times of transition. Registration opens May 27, with small groups beginning the week of June 15. 

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2021 ELCA Youth Gathering Theme

The ELCA Youth Gathering team announces the theme of the 2021 Gathering, “boundless: God beyond measure,” based on 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.”

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