Chaperoning a handful of teens to the ELCA Youth Gathering can be a headache. You might secretly be glad it only comes around every three years. From fundraising tirelessly to traveling to the gathering to waiting in lines thousands deep once you’re there, the experience can be overwhelming and downright exhausting.
I’ve witnessed this spectacle through two different lenses — as a youth six years ago in Atlanta and this year as an chaperone in New Orleans. I have one insight on the hard work and headaches: it’s worth it.
|Community leaders erected three crosses to represent the Trinity near a mountaintop removal site outside Charleston, W.Va.|
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