July 22, 2009
Youth Gathering makes front page in New Orleans
The ELCA Youth Gathering, meeting today through Sunday in New Orleans, made the front page of the Times-Picayune newspaper this morning.
After Katrina, "there was no way we could not come to New Orleans, " said Donna Wiegel, a Lutheran planner and an early, passionate advocate for the city in the critical days of 2006 when church leaders had to finalize their 2009 meeting plans.
The article confirms that the ELCA Youth Gathering is the largest convention in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.