Welcome to the LRC Youth Section!

LRC Youth Ministry Coordinator: Kaila Hochhalter

I feel so blessed not only to be called by the Holy Spirit to serve as Pastor at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer and in the community of Fort Morgan, Brush, and Wiggins in Northern Colorado but also to have another calling to care for God’s creation and let everything/one know that they are loved and a part of God’s precious, unique and beautiful creation. St. Francis of Assisi has this saying attributed to him: “Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary use words!” This is one of my favorite quotes. For me this means to preach the good news of Christ not only inside the church walls, but with all you do, all you say and all that you are. Everywhere you go and at no matter what age, you can make a difference in caring for God’s amazing world! Please contact with any questions: kailahochhalter@gmail.com 

Lux Summer Theological Institute for Youth  (Free - Apply BY May 1st!) 

Sunday, July 15-Sunday, July 29, 2018

Who: Theologically curious high school students (rising sophomores through graduated seniors)

Caring for God’s Creation: Thinking Theologically About Ecology and Justice
Students will study the ways in which Christians through history have thought about nature and the earth that we say is entrusted to our care. More importantly, the Institute will consider how Christians think about the natural environment today and what we can do about the profound changes that are occurring on earth. The Institute will also explore the impact of environmental changes on our common home and human relationships.

Know trash? No trash!
Try this youth program

Put on a youth program about Trash!
How well do you know your trash? How can your youth group become more eco-friendly on the congregational level?
Lutherans Restoring Creation and Lutheran Community Foundation (now InFaith Community Foundation) worked together to provide an exhibit about Trash at the National Youth Gathering. (see above)
Would you like to host a similar exhibit in your home congregation? 
Use our Know Trash No Trash Manual as a launching off point (this PDF can also be downloaded from the bottom of this page). 
Movies about Trash
Additional Resources to explore your human footprint

NEW COMPASS Navigating Faith and Finances
Engaging young adults in conversations about faith and finance

Check out the Lutheran World Federation Youth Blog 
Read posts about Climate Change and Eco-Justice from Lutheran youth around the world.

LRC at National Youth Gathering
The LRC/LCF exhibit at the Youth Gathering in New Orleans, summer 2012 was a great success. About 2000 youth and adults came through our exhibit, many in groups.
  • We displayed striking facts about trash.
  • We gave out “Know Trash/ No Trash!” stickers.
  • We shared stories about care for creation in congregations.
  • We asked participants to make a pledge.
Thanks to Stephanie Wood, Kaila Hochhalter and Rebecca Westermeyer for all their wonderful work!!!

ELCA Youth at the Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa in December.

United Nations International Climate Conference in December in Durban, South Africa.
ELCA youth participated in this global event. Our LRC representatives was Pastor Brian Konkol, who recently served in South Africa as ELCA Country Coordinator of the Young Adults in Global Mission program and who attended the Durban Conference.

Youth for Eco-Justice Read Brian's mid-conference report.

"Climate Change and Poverty" by Brian Konkol. Read Brian's reflection on the interconnections between climate justice and social justice.

COP17. A post-Durban reflection by Isaac Wittman, an ELCA Young Adult in Global Mission

High School Student Environmental Summit in Summer 2014
Find out about an environmental summit for high school students on "Redesigning our Future!"
What Youth are doing around the country to help CARE FOR CREATION!

Working their Beliefs into the Public Sphere

On Earth Day 2016, Lydia Holleck, an eighth grader from Harwich, MA, and Thea Morad, an 8 year old from Braintree, MA, were initiated into the practice of public involvement.  

They were part of a small group of people of faith who visited Massachusetts' Senator Ed Markey's office in Boston to detail their hopes for the protection of a special part of the Atlantic ocean habitat. Lydia and Thea were at the table as people of faith, proclaiming the moral imperative to steward our oceans. 

Months later, these advocates, and thousands of their peers, were grateful to hear that the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts area was declared a Marine National Monument by President Obama as part of the Antiquities ActUpon hearing the news of the President's determination from her science teacher earlier this fall, Lydia was blessed with a feeling few citizens get to have in their lifetime. Read her story (and make one of your own).  

I Thirst -- Youth Eco-Reflection for Good Friday

After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, Jesus said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.”  -- John 19:28

 On Good Friday the youth of United in Christ, Lewisburg, PA, designed a service of darkness focused on the seven last words of Christ. The youth worked in pairs on their sermons which they preached in a dialogical style. This sermon was written by two middle school youth from an ecological perspective, focusing on the need for clean water. 

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Confirmation Students Write Haiku Reflections on The Holy Spirit: Creator of Life

Fire, Wind and the Dove.
Creating the Life within
And the endless Love
-- Marianne Murray


Confirmation students at United in Christ Lutheran Church in Lewisburg, PA, completed their unit on the Apostle’s Creed with a session on the Holy Spirit.  After reading Bible passages, discussing the Apostle’s Creed, and meditating on the Spirit, they went to the Island at Milton State Park and wrote haiku poetry about the Holy Spirit. "Children will learn to protect what they love. Connect youth to the Creation of God and cultivate their appreciation for the power of the Holy Spirit to create new life in them and all around them," says the students' pastor, Rev. Dr. Leah Schade.  [Read more of the students' haiku and watch a video about the session.]

Youth Volunteers Improve Energy Efficiency at Koinonia

How many young people does it take to screw in a light bulb? What sounds like the start to an overused joke was in fact a serious question last weekend when high school youth recruited by Metropolitan NewYork Synod's Environmental Stewardship Committee volunteered to help improve energy efficiency at Koinonia Camp. Led by Pastor John Flack of Christ, Floral Park, and Brandon Chenevert, staff member at Koinonia, the team of ten youth spent two days making simple improvements to the camp's facilities that will save both energy and money in the long term. [Read More]

Student Presentation Ignites Organizational Green Efforts

In high school, Chris Burrell (pictured right) volunteered at Artman Lutheran Home in Ambler, Pennsylvania. He served food to the elderly residents. When he started college at Temple University, he remained connected to Artman while majoring in philosophy and environmental studies.[Read More]

Gardens Bring Community Together

In October 2011 members of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Vancouver, Washington began meeting to explore the possibility of installing a community garden on their property.  On March 24 of this year, those plans became a reality as over 30 people – some St. Andrew members and some not – worked to install 20 raised beds.  There was such a high demand for the garden plots that four additional beds have since been added, and all have been sold out.  [Read More]

Do you have a story to share? 
If so contact Kaila at kailahochhalter@gmail.com
Stephanie Wood,
Jul 21, 2012, 10:04 AM