We are excited to see that registration numbers for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering are higher than we anticipated. We cannot wait to be in Houston with you all this summer! That being said, our team is still working on getting everyone housed, and we will not be able to upload hotel assignments on Jan. 15th as we previously hoped. We will have the information ready and available in your account by the start of the Extravaganza, Jan. 26th.

We appreciate your patience and grace as we continue to work on your housing. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at

Registration is now open! All ELCA congregations are eligible to register for the Gathering. Congregations should select one adult to be the primary adult leader, the one who coordinates registration, payments, transportation and rooming lists for the group. Learn more.


"I think for me in both places was this idea of accompaniment lived out. People would ask 'Well why are you here, what are you doing here?' And just the opportunity that that provides to engage in the communities that are welcoming us.”



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8765 W. Higgins Rd, Chicago IL 60631


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