Many young adults in the ELCA are eager to shape the current and future of the church, locally and globally
Students at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota
share what they hope will change about our world in the next five years. Many expressed concern for public healthcare pertaining to the current national debate. Many expressed a desire for greater gender equality and less discrimination of people. Students would like to see more sustainable and renewable energy options in the future. And a deep desire for more peaceable relationships between peoples and countries. Sharing/proclaiming the love of Christ was named as vital for changing the world and church.
University of Minnesota Lutheran Campus Ministry-Twin Cities
highlighted the application of faith in daily life. We joined them in learning about food insecurity in a local neighborhood. Many elders and refugee families living in subsidized housing have difficulty accessing food. Through Community Emergency Services we packed and delivered groceries. The young people expressed how wonderful it would be to see more young people involved in Campus Ministry as a safe place to ask questions, wrestle with faith, and build a community that builds relationship among neighbors.
ELCA Outdoor Ministries
is a place for young leadership development and creativity. Meeting with Alana Butler, Executive Director of Camp Amnicon we learned that many of the young adults who become summer camp counselors share that camp is one of their most important faith experiences. As a former camp staff, I can say that is true for me.
The ELCA national office
has a significant number of young people in leadership roles. Young Adults are engaged in world hunger, gender justice, global mission, social media/communication and marketing, theological education, ecumenical and interfaith affairs and church-wide council. Young adults are changing the image of church leadership. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton is excited by the contributions of young leadership and looks forward to seeing growth in the participation of young people.
The Global Young Reformers Network raises opportunities for young adults to further change the image of church through active engagement of life and faith in a global context. We are freed by God’s love to change the world. Your voice and action is important.