WSYG 2020

In the face of an uncertain future where our limits will be tested and our focus strained, it is the decision of the Western States Youth Gathering (WSYG) and Western States Youth Leaders (WYLE) planning teams to cancel the upcoming youth gathering scheduled to be held at California Lutheran University June 24th – June 29th, 2020. We did not arrive at this decision easily.

While we do not have all the answers to your pressing questions, we can offer this:

View our updated FAQ sheet

To our attendees –

– Please cancel all your travel plans.

To our supporters –

– Please distribute this announcement widely.

To all –

– Please accept our apology for denying an opportunity for the community of Christ to gather.

In all its painful sincerity,

Desta Goehner

Scott Maxwell-Doherty

WSYG20 Promo Video

June 25 – 29, 2020 at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA.

  • Over 650 high school youth and adults attended WSYG 2017!
  • ELCA Congregations from Regions 1-4
  • Large gatherings with speakers & musicians
  • Creative worship
  • Living and learning
  • SoCal Adventures
  • Other events are in the planning stage

Update: Registration is open online until June 1, 2020.

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Watch our 2017 main sessions and hear our amazing speakers on our YouTube Channel. Check out our Facebook page and photo gallery.

As a youth pastor, I appreciate the opportunity to bring our young people to the Western States Youth Gathering because I know it gives them an unique opportunity to explore their faith. Growing up with just the other “Lutherans” at your church is one thing, but coming to a gathering where you have the opportunity to experience the energy, diversity, and belonging of being together with hundreds of other kids is really exciting. Cal Lutheran provides a fun, safe and open atmosphere for the gathering where our youth can learn, grow, and explore faith together. I’m thankful to the organizers for providing this opportunity.

Adam Knudson
Associate Pastor for Youth and Families
Hope Lutheran Church