The NE MN Synod Journey to the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering
June 27 - July 3, 2021
Duluth/Superior - Minneapolis
Join us Fall 2020 for a year-long Journey that will deeply root your youth, adult leaders and congregation on a Boundless adventure of faith, to see God's power at work in ways beyond our imagination!
The Synod Journey begins at home, in your congregation, with Bible studies, group builders, faith and leadership development. On June 27, 2021 groups will be sent from worship in their congregation to the Duluth/Superior area for service events, learning, community building, fun activities and worship before we travel to Minneapolis on June 29, 2021 to join the ELCA Youth Gathering.
Updates to the Synod Journey Timeline Due to COVID-19: These are unprecedented times and we know congregation leaders are doing unprecedented work as you manage changes to your ministry settings. To help you focus on the needs of your congregation and communities and give you time to catch your breath before returning to long range planning, we are making some adjustments to the spring timeline for the Synod Journey.
Registration Packets will now be mailed the beginning of May.
The Spring Information and Training meetings are cancelled, and we will replace them with an online webinar in mid-May. We will post the date later in April. The webinar will be recorded and available to view the day after the live webinar.
At this time, our fall registration timeline remains the same. We will monitor changes and make adjustments as needed in the coming weeks.
TIMELINE: Early May 2020: Registration Packets Sent to Congregations
Mid-May 2020: Information Webinar:
Information and Training Webinar (Watch live, or view later)
September 24, 2020: Synod Journey Registration Opens September 30, 2020: Synod Journey Registration Closes
Fall 2020: Adult Leader Trainings
Spring 2021: Adult Leader Trainings
June 27 - July 3, 2021: The NE MN Synod Journey to the ELCA Youth Gathering
Introducing the 2021 Synod Journey Theme...
DEEPLY ROOTED in a BOUNDLESS GOD BEYOND MEASURE
In the coming days as we face uncertainty, changes, and the anxiety they bring…we pray that you remember that we are deeply rooted in a God who loves us, stands with us, weeps with us, strengthens us and holds us in ways that are beyond our imagination. May you have God’s peace beyond measure. May you be filled with God’s strength beyond measure. May you feel God’s love beyond measure. May you be deeply rooted in a Boundless God Beyond Measure.
Who is Eligible? The NE MN Synod Journey is open to youth in grades 8-12* at the time of registration (September 2020) and their adult leaders. All congregations and members are invited to grow in faith alongside these young people throughout the year using resources provided!
*Yes! You heard that correctly. We are including 8th graders for the 2021 Synod Journey! It is helpful to remember that the Synod Journey and the ELCA Youth Gathering require a high level of commitment from young people. Youth will be expected to be highly dedicated throughout the year in fundraising, group building and Bible study events. The trip itself is demanding physically, emotionally and spiritually, as young people live in close quarters and are taken out of their usual life rhythms in order to be challenged to grow in faith and understanding. Resources will be provided in the registration packet and at the spring information meetings to help congregations, parents and youth discern if youth are ready for the level of commitment expected by the Synod Journey.