While we weren’t able to be in the Minneapolis Convention Center connecting with our amazing Interactive Learning partners this summer, we wanted to feature a few of our partners who are doing amazing work in our church. As you go through each partner, we invite you to ponder the question connected to each partner as well as explore their website and learn about how you can create change in your own communities.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has a vision that all migrants and refugees are protected, embraced, and empowered in a world of just and welcoming communities.
Thought Question: What does radical hospitality look like for your congregation?
Connect with LIRS!
Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry provides access to quality education for people at the margins— especially women and girls. They work together with global partners to listen, respond, and bear witness to local needs and priorities.
Thought Question: How can you build relationships that transform boundaries across the globe, and provide access to quality education for people at the margins—especially women and girls?
Connect with Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry!
The Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science, and Technology is dedicated to expanding awareness and promoting conversation about the implications of science and technology for Christian faith and life.
Thought Question: What is the role of faith in science?
Connect with the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science, and Technology!
YouthWorks provides Christ-centered mission trips in a way of serving God’s multidenominational Church. They want to help empower every teenager to know God and be like Jesus in the ways they love and serve others, and their desire is the same for churches, families, staff, and communities. YouthWorks aim to create experiences that broaden perspectives, ignite passions, expose possibilities, and inspire pursuits.
Thought Question: Are there intentional learning opportunities to deepen your understanding of the people and place you are serving?
Connect with YouthWorks!
At Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, you'll find nearly 600 Christian leaders from around the world that are engaging with extraordinary faculty. Luther Seminary is a community centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their mission is to educate leaders for Christian Communities.
Thought Question: What is your next best most faithful step as you discern God's call in your life?
Connect with Luther Seminary!
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) develops leaders in the Lutheran tradition for a complex and changing world. Based out of Berkeley, CA, they equip people to put their faith into action as the church and culture face dramatic change; because people who follow their purpose can transform a community — and the world.
Thought Question: Have you ever thought that God might be calling you to serve in ministry?
Connect with Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary!
The word “amparo” in Spanish means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage. The ELCA’s strategy to Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) was envisioned after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
Thought Question: What connections with migrant communities can you make around accompaniment?
Connect with ELCA AMMPARO!
God Loves Geeks is a network of people of diverse faith backgrounds who love the geeky genres of comic books, graphic novels, gaming, Dungeons and Dragons, sci-fi, and fantasy. They allow pop culture and fandom to help us dive deeper into questions the revolve around the human condition, society, and faith. It doesn't have to be "either, or"... Am I a geek or a person who has faith? It can be a "both, and." God Loves Geeks gives you permission to be both a geek and a person of faith!
Thought Question: What connections can you draw between your faith and your favorite sci-fi or fantasy movie?
Connect with God Loves Geeks!
The Southeastern Synod is made up of 160 congregations and new starts across Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. As one of the 65 synods of the ELCA, they are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the communities that they serve. As a synod, their vision is "to equip, empower, and engage God's people to love and serve the world." (Based on Ephesians 4:12)
Thought Question: Where is God in your story? Where is God in your highs and lows?
Connect with Southeastern Synod of the ELCA!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElcaSoutheasternSynod YoungAdultAndYouthMinistry
United Lutheran Seminary's vision is to be an innovative and vibrant seminary centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ, forming faithful servant leaders bold in public witness and action in welcoming learning environments that are Lutheran in focus, ecumenical in practice, and led by grace. Located in Gettysburg and Philadelphia, United Lutheran Seminary is a place of rich history and excellent theological education.
Thought Question: Thinking of studying theology someday? Do you have a spark of fire from the Holy Spirit living in your spirit?
Connect with United Lutheran Seminary!
Lutheran Disaster Response shares God's hope, healing and renewal with people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, they stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need.
Thought Question: What can Lutheran Disaster Response do to support you in building resilience for climate-related disasters in your community?
Connect with ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response!
Working with and through our congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Lutheran churches overseas and other partners, ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty.
Thought Question: How can you help end hunger through ELCA World Hunger’s Global Farm Challenge?
Connect with ELCA World Hunger!