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Symbols of faith in times of recovery

A discarded bathtub from New Orleans served as a focal point at worship Sunday at the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE). * * * * *

Building up in the Big Easy

MYLE (Multicultural Youth Leadership Event) and DAYLE (Definitely Abled Youth Leadership Event) are in full swing–more pictures and news are coming as we speak. Even while they’re at work, others are working hard to prepare for everyone’s arrival for the...

Stepping to God’s beat

Apu Seyenkulo, 17, of Chicago, rehearses a liturgical dance before worship on Sunday evening. She’s participating in a three-day ELCA multicultural youth event in New Orleans known as MYLE. “The worship is more diverse,” Seyenkulo said. “The  people that come...

A banner welcome

Talk about a welcome. The city of New Orleans is displaying street banners along Convention Center Boulevard that say, “We’re jazzed you’re here!” Another sign reads: Welcome ELCA Youth.

Outtakes: Day 1, New Orleans

Lutherans teens spilled into the fifth floor hallway of the Sheraton Hotel on Sunday night. Two shy boys from Puerto Rico leaned against a pillar on the right side of the hall. A young woman originally from Taiwan stood next...

Bright beads, big hearts

Perhaps the most colorful Lutherans in all of New Orleans today were at the airport. As they arrived in the city, greeters welcomed them by placing bright purple, gold and green Mardi Gras beads around their necks. These smiling young...