The Western States Youth Gathering (WSYG) and Western States Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (WYLE) is back! Coming to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA from July 4-9, 2023, the Western States Youth Gathering is open to high school aged youth in Regions 1-4 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
WSYG and WYLE will gather around the theme, “Revive, Reunite, Rejoice”, grounded in Acts 2:1 “When the day [of WSYG] came, they were all together in one place.”
The Western States Multicultural Youth Leadership Pre-Event (WYLE) will be held July 4-6, 2023.
The Western States Youth Gathering (WSYG) will be held July 6-9, 2023.
With nearly 35 years of history, WSYG is a multi-day youth gathering that gives high schoolers the opportunity to explore their faith, gather as a community through creative team-building activities and workshops, and enjoy endless summer fun all under the Southern California sunshine. In 2017, the WSYG planning team hosted the first ever Western States Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (WYLE). WYLE is a pre-gathering intended for students of color and/or youth groups that makes up at least 80% persons of color, taking place the few days leading up to WSYG. This year’s event will feature an outdoor festival-style main stage, interactive and service learning opportunities, team-building activities with our lutheran outdoor ministries, creative worship elements, and exciting nightlife events.
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