UPDATE: Youth Gathering Cancelled for 2022
After much prayer, conversation and tears, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2022
Gathering, MYLE and the tAble due to the ongoing pandemic, the recent COVID-19 surge and public health
considerations. We know there are thousands of young people who will not get to experience the Gathering, and our hearts break for them. This was not an easy decision, and we ask for your prayers and your grace.
We understand the impact this decision will have on our youth, volunteers and planning teams, and we hope to return to Minneapolis for a future Gathering.
Registered congregations can visit their registration accounts starting Monday, Feb. 7, to select their desired
refund option. For more information and FAQs, please visit elca.org/Gathering.
With God’s power at work in and through us, we can do far more than we dare ask or imagine! The ELCA is fully committed to supporting the young people of our church and to seeing that the ministry of the Gathering, MYLE and the tAble continue for years to come. With that assurance, we are turning our attention toward 2024 for the next Gathering. Stay tuned to Gathering communications for a location announcement this summer.
Grace and peace.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
• Why is the Gathering canceled?
Our planning teams felt like it was no longer a safe decision to move forward with an in-person event because
of the ongoing pandemic and recent surges of COVID-19. With a unique event where participants are sharing
hotel rooms with members not in their households, there was a great concern of the Gathering becoming a
superspreader event. As people of faith, we feel like canceling was the best decision.
Like everywhere in the country and in our churches, there were a variety of opinions expressed about the
ability to host the Gathering safely. After much deliberation and prayer, leadership concluded it could not
happen. Until the Omicron variant, many thought it still might be possible. This latest development in
COVID-19 revealed its unpredictability. The only thing worse that canceling now would be doing so weeks or
even days before the event
How do we request a refund?
All registered congregations will be able to log into their registration accounts and request a refund starting
Monday, Feb. 7. There will also be an option to donate a portion of your deposits to the ministry of the
Gathering, MYLE and the tAble. All refunds will be made by direct deposit and will require account and routing
numbers to be entered. Please log into your accounts before March 4.
Will there be a Gathering in 2024?
Yes. The ELCA is deeply committed to the young people of our church and in providing a meaningful faith
formation event in 2024 and beyond.
When is the 2024 Gathering?
The 2024 Gathering will take place July 16-20, 2024, with the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and
the tAble taking place July 13-16, 2024.
What happens to those who were never given an opportunity to attend a Gathering because it was postponed
in 2021 and then canceled in 2022?
We know that there are thousands of young people who did not get to experience the Gathering. It was not an
easy decision to cancel, and our hearts break for these young people. We encourage young adults to connect
with ELCA Young Adult Ministries to learn more about exciting opportunities such as Young Adults in Global
Mission (YAGM), ABIDE small groups, and a new domestic fellowship program that is in the works. We also
hope to have young adult opportunities at the 2024 Gathering and encourage them to apply to serve on
What are other summer ministry programs that my group can participate in this summer?
We strongly encourage you to connect with your local outdoor ministry site to explore God’s boundless
creation with your young people. Many outdoor ministries are using our shared theme of boundless: God
beyond measure. To learn more or find your closest outdoor ministry site, please visit lomnetwork.org/sites.
To get a comprehensive list of FAQ’s, click GATHERING FAQ’s