There were more than 900 youth at this gathering and something like 750 of them were Lutheran. Who knew there were 750 Lutheran youth in Canada! That is a much more optimistic number than I expected.
But more than merely the good news that there are way more Lutheran youth than I thought… the young people I have talked to have come home motivated by their faith to talk about vital political issues – how their consumer choices affect the world, their connections to human trafficking and the exploitation of creation, God’s grace as far more incredible then the problematic cliché “Jesus saves.”
I guess I am just saying that even though it was impossible to get a babysitter last week (all the good ones were at CLAY or Edgewood!) I want more of this. If this is what we can be as a church then I am all in, and I can’t wait until my kids get to have these experiences.