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Emma’s surprise

Meet Emma Sieling. She’s 17 years old and from Alexander, Minn. She’s attending the 2009 ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans with about 30 other teens from her town. They’re hoping to do volunteer work on Saturday at a health...

N’awlins nosh

It’s time for lunch, so let’s talk food. New Orleans is famous for its restaurants. Yesterday, I enjoyed an yummy and affordable meal at Lil Dizzy’s. It’s in the Treme neighborhood, a culturally rich area — one of the seedbeds of the African American...

Willie returns home

Willie Franklin hadn’t been home for four years. He fled to Texas the day before Hurricane Katrina struck. Franklin’s small house is on a patch of land not far from the Clairborne levee. The levee was high enough to handle...

“Slinky!”

I learned something new this morning.  Actually, I’ve probably learned all sorts of new things since arriving in New Orleans, but I’ll limit myself to just this one.  You may be familiar with the song “Lions,” aka “The Slinky Song.” ...

A New Orleans centerpiece

“Lifting, Loving, Learning” read the headline in this morning’s New Orleans Times-Picayune. Underneath was a large photo of Lutherans streaming into the downtown convention center. A long story about 2009 ELCA Youth Gathering followed. The event is a hopeful sign...

Volunteers told: “Be God’s hands”

Pastor Sean Ewbank told a room full of youths that Lutherans are scarce in the New Orleans area. With only a few congregations around, many people aren’t aware of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. But this week, they’ll learn....