Youth Gathering Preparations: Theologians of the Cross

As we continue to prepare ourselves for the Gathering, the youth and adult leaders took some time to discover the Theology of the Cross and why that is important to us as Lutheran Christians.

We learned first that God in the person of Jesus Christ is calling us to live by:

  • faith, not by sight
  • hope, not consummation
  • love, not power

Once we explored these ideas, we discovered that they came as a product of four acts of God through Christ’s death on the cross:

  • Solidarity: God actively pursues solidarity with humanity in Christ.
  • Suffering: Christ intentionally suffers with, for and because of us.
  • Reality: Christ’s solidarity and suffering exposes the reality of evil.
  • Resurrection: In Christ, God redeems, bringing new life from suffering and death.

We saw that as we travel to Detroit this summer, and throughout the rest of our lives, we are called to be theologians of the cross. Continue reading

Youth Gathering Preparations: The Gospel of Mark

Youth Gatherings typically have a theme verse. However, in 2015, the ELCA has decided to use a theme book, Mark! In our first preparation meeting students took time looking through the book of Mark and developing their Kingdom Specs (a way of looking at the world through the lenses of Jesus and Discipleship using the experiences of the people throughout the Gospel.

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