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Speakers at Lutheran youth gathering hit the tough issues

Thursday, July 5, 2007

When youth from Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) meet in Ottawa this weekend they will hear about issues they deal with daily—things like self-image, sexuality, addictions, anxiety, loneliness, peer pressure, and family relationships. But they will also learn how their Christian faith and identity provides the foundation to work through life’s problems.

At a time when self-image is important, the teens will hear Joel Sonnenberg’s story about his life following a car accident fire which left him burned beyond recognition. Sonnenberg has told his inspiring story on numerous TV and radio programs, including The Today Show and 48 Hours.

They will also hear from church members who have battled with such things as alcohol addition, sexual issues and eating disorders. At the same time, they will also hear stories of forgiveness, trust, faith, and overcoming problems.

“The teens need to know they are not alone in their struggles,” explained Lori Schultz, the event coordinator. “Not only will they learn how others have gone through the same things, but also how faith in God and His forgiveness provides the strength for life.”

The triennial LCC gathering brings together teens and their leaders from across Canada for inspiration and fun. Through stories, music, drama, mulit-media presentations, special events and Bible study they receive encouragement in their Christian faith.

ADVISORY: Joel Sonnenberg will be available for interviews Friday, July 6 at 3:30 p.m. at Centrepointe Theatre. A complete listing of events and topics is available at: http://www.lutheranchurch.ca/media/mediaopschart.pdf.

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