The Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology is putting the finishing touches on its booth design for the National Youth Gathering that will bring 30,000 high school youth and youth leaders to Houston on June 27 through July 1.
The theme of the week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering is “This Changes Everything.” Organizers say days will be spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, as young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.
The Lutheran Alliance’s exhibit is titled, “Exploring God’s Worlds – Seeing the world through the lenses of both faith and science opens up a new dimension.”
Participants will have a chance to hold pieces of other worlds, engage in interactive computer simulations of space, view God’s worlds with 3-D glasses, engage in interactive play with science toys, and take selfies with the Mars Pathfinder lander and pose as an astronaut on the Moon.
The team putting together the booth say one of their goals is to have youth “learn how science and technology help us explore, understand and care for God’s creation.” They also hope that youth will gain familiarity about how science and faith complement one another.
An Alliance booth is not novel. At the last National Youth Gathering held in Detroit, the Alliance was present and got attendees thinking with “I wonder” questions on a mythbusting quiz.
The Lutheran Alliance, which is the publisher of this newsletter, is an Independent Lutheran Organization recognized by the ELCA. It is comprised of rostered and lay professionals focused on expanding awareness and promoting conversation about the implications of science and technology for Christian faith and life.