Youth at the ELCA Youth Gathering were guided through a section called The Wall, with exhibits from places in the world where there are actual or metaphorical walls between people. There were examples of how God is helping to tear down the walls between people. The Palestinian exhibit had 12-foot walls, information, maps, history and videos about the situation. Many were detained in a prison for a short-time due to lack of proper permits and many added graffiti to the walls in paint.
All of the youth exited through a section called “Making us Whole,” a chance to act, reflect and pray about what they had seen. An advocacy station allowed people to write letters to their members of congress. Here Jenna Dwierzma prepares to write a letter about ending Palestinian home demolitions by Israelis, as a recent action alert from the ELCA Washington office requested.