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Learning How to "Walk the Talk"

Heidi
07/01/2014

Clara is a young adult from Germany, who moved to the Chicago area to intern for the Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Ill.  In a recent blog entry, Clara reflects on being German and expresses some uncertainty about  tending to the holocaust survivors she meets at the museum. “Should I say, ‘I am really sorry’? or ‘It’s terrible what happened to you’?” Clara wrote.

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Still I Rise

Heidi Hagstrom
06/06/2014

I had two other pieces written for this month's blog, but when I read about Maya Angelou's death I knew I had to write something else. Dr. Angelou, a poet, storyteller, civil rights activist and educator, was a keynote speaker at the 1991 ELCA Youth Gathering in Dallas, Texas. Two years later, in 1993, she recited her poem, "On the Pulse...

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Standing at the foot of the cross together

Heidi Hagstrom
05/02/2014

"We are not served by getting away from the grubbiness of suffering." This sentence comes from a new book by Anne Lamott titled “Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair.” It jumped off the page when I read it because it describes the vision for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit.

By choosing to hold the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit, we are choosing to stand with Detroiters in the truth of our own grubbiness (read that as a fancy new word...

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God’s economy of grace, December, 2011

Heidi Hagstrom
11/30/2011

​When young people step off the bus, plane or van inNew Orleansnext summer, I want them to step into a community of the beloved that operates according to God’s economy of grace. I want them, and me, to experience a community wherein the rules of merit are broken, a moment in time when God is completely in charge for a while.

 In our culture we base almost everything on “achievement, performance, accomplishment, payment, exchange value, or worthiness of some sort.” * In God’s economy of grace we are released from the “internalized merit-badge system” that holds...

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…because you have become very dear to us. (1 Thessalonians 2:8) November, 2011

Heidi Hagstrom
11/09/2011

“So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.”​

(1 Thessalonians 2:8) This verse from the second lesson on Sunday, October 23, 2011, jumped out at me. Youth and adults who attended the 2009 ELCA Youth Gathering could have written that to the people ofNew Orleans...

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October 2011

Heidi Hagstrom
10/03/2011

​Part of the Living Into the Future Together [taskforce's report] http://tinyurl.com/3ad5eyw  included the call for every ELCA congregation to have a mission strategy by the end of 2012. This resolution was adopted by the 2011 Churchwide Assembly. It is the responsibility of the Congregational and Synodical Mission unit of the ELCA, the churchwide unit in which the Youth Gathering is housed, to fulfill that legislation. I am assuming that the bulk...

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