NOTES FROM THE 2017 LYF ASSEMBLY
The 2017 Lutheran Youth Fellowship Assembly was held June 16-18 at Muhlenberg College. The focus for this year’s assembly was “Love in Action,” and was based on Romans 12:9-21. Pastor Nelson Quinones (St. John, Fogelsville) served as the chaplain for the assembly.
Pastor Peter Pettit (Director of the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Associate Professor of Religion Studies at Muhlenberg College) discussed the faith practices of three of the major world religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam with the assembly. Participants learned about some of the commonalities of all three faiths as well as the differences. His presentation was well-received.
WORKSHOPS AND TOPIC SESSIONS
Four workshops were offered: Music Leadership, Wonderfully Made, Quilts, and Life and Faith in College. Those who attended the music workshop learned songs to teach others at the assembly. These songs were used in the closing worship service. Wonderfully Made focused on LGBTQ history and issues. The quilts that were assembled will be given to those in need. Two former LYF leaders, Ilse Hassler and Emily Layden, spoke with the group about college life and religious life on campus.
“Love and Relationships” was the topic of one of the four topic sessions chosen by the group. “It was fantastic to tell our stories as always,” said one participant. Another said, “I liked being in a judge-free place where we could just talk. It was really helpful.” Those who chose the “Truth or Dare” topic session said that it was a fun way to get to know one another. In the “Regrets and Recoveries” topic session group one of the participants shared, “It was fun to listen and help people with their regrets and how they recovered.” “I loved how everyone was so honest and respectful,” said another. “Music” was also a popular topic session choice.
The Lutheran Youth Fellowship Board will be meeting throughout the year to look at ways to support youth ministry in the synod’s mission district and to plan the next LYF Assembly.