The ELCA Youth Gathering will meet in New Orleans July 18-22, 2012 — the first time it has returned to a city consecutively. In 2009 about 37,000 teenagers helped in the rebuilding of the city after Hurricane Katrina.
"I don't think that we have learned all we can from New Orleans yet," said Heidi Hagstrom, gathering director. "New Orleans has so much to teach us about practicing God's hospitality."
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