The “Interactive Learning” takes place in dozens of stations/booths/activity areas and you should be concerned over who the ELCA has decided will speak to and instruct your children, as well as the content that will be communicated.
One option the ELCA offers attendees is hosted by the ELCA church of the extremely troubling, ELCA youth gathering keynote speaker, Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber. The description provided is ridiculous:
“What I wish I’d known: Lessons on spirituality and sexuality
Take a break in a relaxing space and ask anonymous questions
about sexuality. Participate in learning activities on consent, healthy
relationships, birth-control methods, anatomy, boundaries, sexuality
and spirituality. We are not teaching a particular values system
about sexuality. Rather, this is answering questions with medically
accurate information and helping youth determine how they form
their values regarding sexuality.”
This group answering students questions is described in the ELCA materials:
“HFASS Denver - House for All Sinners and Saints (HFASS)
is a group of folks figuring out how to be a liturgical, Christo-
centric, social justice-oriented, queer inclusive, incarnational,
contemplative, irreverent, ancient-future church with a progressive
but deeply rooted theological imagination. We are here to explore
healthy and life-giving connections between spirituality and
sexuality and answer teens' questions about sexuality.” (page 20)
Another “Interactive Learning” activity is hosted by an LGBT advocacy group, Reconciling Works. The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Guide Book tells us about it:
“God adores you!
Come and be part of sharing the news that God adores you just the
way you are! Join in the affirmation and celebration of the diversity of
people. Learn how to extend welcome and inclusion to LGBTQIA+
people in your congregation!
ReconcilingWorks - An independent Lutheran nonprofit that
works for the full welcome, inclusion and celebration of lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQIA+) people in the
Lutheran church. It is our vision that the church is a place where
LGBTQ people and their families can worship and thrive, bringing
all their God-given gifts to mission and ministry for the world.” (page 27)
The radical group #decolonizeLutheranism is interacting with the youth at their "Interactive Learning" activity:
“Bracelets of fortune: Identity and intersectionality in Scripture
and beyond.” Here the youth will learn the following:
“Scripture talks about how personal characteristics precious to us (e.g.
gender, age, race, dis/ability) are often despised by others. What’s
more, some of these characteristics overlap, making us even more
beautiful and vulnerable. Explore the lives of Bible characters and find
how these crisscrossing identities impact us and those around us.
Here is the description of the group leading this session:
“#decolonizeLutheranism - We are a group of Lutherans across
the spectrum of race and ethnicities, ages, gender expressions,
sexualities and abilities who have been moved by the Holy Spirit to
make our communities more welcoming of the diversity in them –
be those communities individual congregations or neighborhoods,
cities and nations.” (page 27)
Other “Interactive Learning” experiences for the students include “Refugee integration obstacle course” and “People on the move: A migrant and refugee experience.”
And finally, why not indoctrinate the youth against the Jewish-state? At the falsely titled booth/experience “Peace with justice in the Holy Land” the 30,000 young people will learn:
“What does life under military occupation look like? What is peace
with justice? Hear from Palestinian youth from the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, learn about the
conflict in Israel and Palestine, and learn how you can help make a
It is put on by the ELCA, as a part of their “Peace Not Walls” campaign. (page 26)
Wild. Sad. Concerning. These young people are impressionable. Pray for God to move in the hearts of all who attend that they may discern truth from lies and stand up against falsehoods so that they may boldly follow the Lord Jesus in the face of false teaching and deception.
Here is a link to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Guide Book where you can read all the details referenced above.