Young Adult Initiative

The synod is here to help congregations and ministry settings listen to and live into God’s call for them. By equipping ministries with the resources and tools that they need, the synod focuses on how we can be reforming to be church, here & now.


One area of focus is to continually equip young adult leaders to engage with and be the witness of the church in this new day. Through immersion trips, experiential learning opportunities, and co-horts, the young adult initiative works to build local and global partnerships, embolden public witness to justice and service, and welcome new possibilities.


Past Trips & Immersion Experiences


  • Road Trip: Atlanta, An exploration of Race, Privilege, and Justice (January 2018)
    • Our congregations are engaging more and more in the difficult and necessary conversations about race, privilege and justice. At the outset of 2018, an intergenerational cohort from the synod are invited into deep learning together around these important topics. This cohort invited participants to read & view media about racial justice and privilege in  America, including foundational writings of black theology, contemporary films and essays from a variety of perspectives. The cohort then culminated in a trip to Atlanta where they met with local faith and nonprofit leaders, visited landmarks of the civil rights movement, shared communal meals, and wrestled with what it means to live in this time, and reflect on how God is calling us to work for racial justice.


  • Mind The Gap(s): City Life and Accompaniment along the Green Line (Autumn 2017)
    • Since opening in June 2014, the Metro Transit Green Line has been slowly stitching the Twin Cities back together. Connecting downtown Saint Paul with downtown Minneapolis, it carries 40,000 people a day – college students and immigrants, professional and retail workers, politicians and the homeless. Moving through a diversity of communities, the green line crosses many boundaries of culture, race, and class. As it does so, this line of connection can also call our attention to the shifting demographics of the Twin Cities and ongoing disparities in access to housing, education, and other human needs.
    • Using the theory and practice of accompaniment as a framework for engaging our neighbors, the young adult cohort gathered weekly at Christ Lutheran on Capitol Hill for discussion before heading out along the Green Line to share meals and conversations with leaders of local faith communities in neighborhood restaurants.


  • Immersion Trip: Iringa, Tanzania (May 2017)
    • Sub-Saharan Africa is a part of the planet known – at least in pop culture – as a place of heartbreaking need. At the same time, as it experiences rapid economic and technological growth, is it also an area marked by tremendous opportunity. With 70 percent of its population under the age of thirty it is, without a doubt, the youngest region of the world.
    • In May 2017, following the practice of accompaniment, young adults (ages 19-29) from across the Saint Paul Area Synod walked shoulder-to-shoulder with their young adult counterparts in Tanzania as they navigate, together, the shifting world in which they find themselves. By connecting change-makers there with change-makers here, we’ll see what new thing God might be calling us all to.
    • Pictures and stories were posted on our Bega Kwa Bega Facebook page