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.

 

Mind The Gap(s): City Life and Accompaniment along the Green Line (Fall 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.

 

This fall, young adults (ages 19-29) from across the Saint Paul Area Synod are invited to ride the line…and mind the gaps. Whether you are new to the Twin Cities or a longtime resident eager to see things in a new way, this is an opportunity to learn, to observe, to connect, and to celebrate the life that we share together. Using the theory and practice of accompaniment as a framework for engaging our neighbors, we’ll gather weekly at Christ Lutheran on Capitol Hill (105 University Ave, St. Paul) for discussion before heading out along the Green Line to share meals and conversations with leaders of local faith communities in neighborhood restaurants. From the hipster-haven of Lowertown all the way to the East African communities near Cedar-Riverside, we’ll catch the flavor and meet with a variety of our neighbors who, like us, call this place home.

 

 

 

Road Trip: Atlanta, An exploration of Race, Privilege, and Justice (Winter 2018)

Our congregations are engaging more and more in the difficult and necessary conversations about race, privilege and justice. At the outset of 2018, a cohort of young adults from the synod are invited into deep learning together around these important topics. The cohort will culminate in a trip to Atlanta where we will meet with local leaders, learn about civil rights history, wrestle with what it means to live in this time, and reflect on how God is calling us to work for racial justice.

 

  • Dates: January 13-17, 2018 (Martin Luther King Jr. weekend)
  • More Information and Registration Coming Soon
  • With questions, contact the Rev. Justin Grimm at justin.grimm@elca.org

 

 

Immersion Trip: Iringa, Tanzania (ongoing)

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.

 

This May, following the practice of accompaniment, young adults (ages 19-29) from across the Saint Paul Area Synod are walking 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.