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Shaped by 'Jesus, Justice, Jazz'

Youth are told: 'In God's eyes, you count'

Thirty-six thousand Lutheran teenagers and youth leaders from across the country came together for five days of faith, service and fun during the ELCA Youth Gathering , July 22-26 in New Orleans. Under the theme “Jesus, Justice, Jazz,” participants spent three days doing Bible study, service projects and more.

JOSH MILLER<BR><BR>A 100-foot cross
A 100-foot cross was central to the “Jesus, Justice, Jazz ‘09” backdrop at the New Orleans Superdome during the ELCA National Youth Gathering, July 22-26.
On the “Jesus,” or learning day, youth attended workshops, experienced self-guided or Learning Center activities, and participated in informal learning and reflection sessions. During the learning experiences, youth focused on varied perceptions of church, spirituality and Bible study.

A “Justice” day, called “ServantLife,” provided service projects in and around New Orleans. Youth groups chose from areas of interest before the gathering: health and wellness, the environment, art and culture, housing, wealth and poverty, and literacy.


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