The Tree of Life is a collaborative project designed for the Rocky Mountain Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The Rocky Mountain synod is the geographical area of ELCA Lutheran churches in the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The tree was featured at the annual church-wide synod assembly for 2013 and 2014. Project participants were invited to respond to the conference theme by writing messages on leaves and pieces of bark to cover the tree. Over 1,000 contributions were submitted to the project..