July 20, 2012
“Day Four” 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering
Day Four Highlights • 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering
– Breakfast together at Veranda Restaurant
– Practice Justice Day
- Large gathering in LutherDome learning a little about what justice is and how we are called to live it out in the world today
- Attended a Cultural Event in a local high school called “The Origin of Life” that interpreted the Creation Story from west African tribes.
- Walked through this experience with a group of students and adults from a church in South Carolina.
- Part of living out justice in our faith is appreciation and respect for other cultures and traditions. We spent a little time reflecting how the interpretation we saw in the play was similar and/or different from the two creation accounts that Christians share in the first two chapters of the book of Genesis.
– Quick stop for a bite to eat at the world famous New Orleans restaurant, McDonald’s
– Ran to Walgreens for umbrellas and ponchos. It was raining – again… J
– LutherDome Night Two with seats almost at the ceiling of the dome
– Powerful message from Bishop Mark Hanson and Shane Claiborne tonight
– Devotions to close the day
– Tomorrow is “Practice Discipleship” day
Check out the video highlights of the day by clicking on this link – http://youtu.be/X1T6LGQdXZc
About Bishop Craig Schweitzer
The Rev. Craig Schweitzer, of Bismarck, was elected as bishop of the Western North Dakota Synod on July 17, 2020, in the first-ever digital Synod Assembly. A historic event, Schweitzer is the first bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to be elected in an online assembly.
Bishop Craig Schweitzer began serving the Western North Dakota Synod-ELCA on September 1, 2020. He has always seen himself as an easy-going person who seeks to daily discover anew how God is present in his life and the world in which he lives and serves.
Prior to service in the Office of Bishop of the Western North Dakota Synod, Bishop Craig served at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck, ND as Music and Worship Minister (lay staff from 2002-2010), Associate Pastor (2010-2014), and Senior Pastor (2014-2020). Beyond his service in the church, he has an eclectic background that is a diverse collection of musical, educational, and business experiences ranging from live concert production and promotion to recording studios and live performance to music education.
Throughout all of his professional and personal experiences, the Apostle Paul’s words to the church in Rome have been a guiding light that has kept him grounded in whatever work God was calling him into – “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7)
Bishop Craig is a graduate of the University of Mary in Bismarck with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership. He also holds a certificate degree in Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. He was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament on September 16, 2010.
Outside of his life as Bishop, Bishop Craig enjoys reading, all music, a little golf, a cold beverage with friends, and intentional times of quiet. And, of course, spending time with his wife Wendy and their adult twin daughters Ilia and Taegan.
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