The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Youth Gathering leaves some behind

It was a case of good news-bad news concerning the 1997 National Youth Gathering of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

ELCA youth gatherings always draw thousands of youth, who plan for months and hold fund-raising events so they can attend the triennial gathering.The good news: Enough requests were sent in the first day of registration (Nov. 1) to fill the 35,000 open spots for this summer's New Orleans gathering.

The bad news: Some 4,000 more requests also came in that first day.

Blindfolded Youth Gathering staff made a draw of the first-day entries and sent apology notices to those who were not chosen, along with a list of alternative events.

Several congregations not chosen wonder why their youth — many of whom spent months planning and raising money for the trip — were excluded.

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