Student Vespers Worship and Meal – Sundays at 5:00 p.m.

For Spring 2018, Vespers begins Sunday  January 28!

We welcome and invite you to begin your week with music and reflection in the midst of a welcoming and inclusive community of students. Our Vesper services take place each Sunday (except for academic breaks and summer) from 5-6 pm in the Wesley Chapel.

Vesper services are friendly, informal, and participatory. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome!  Our Sunday evening Vespers are always followed by a no-cost homemade dinner, around 6 pm, so bring your appetite and your friends!  Whether you make it to Vespers beforehand or not, you are more than welcome to enjoy the good food and comfortable hospitality offered by our Sunday meals.  We thank these local congregations for providing delicious meals!


If you would like to get more information on any of our Small Groups or Quest Opportunities, fill out the Interest Form below and hit send. We’ll also be glad to meet you in person!

BadgerQuest is one of our key programs. Check out our upcoming Winter Break trip to Costa Rica where we live and work on a sustainable working farm.  Then for Spring Break we will be going back to the North Dakota Badlands to explore sustainability issues there.  For more information checkout go to BadgerQuest!

Apply to QUEST Badlands May Trip!
Join fellow UW students this May camping and working in the backcountry wilderness of Theodore Roosevelt National Park! Located in the Badlands, North Dakota, national park ranger John Heiser will serve as our host and guide as we explore this awe-inspiring landscape. Quest Badlands is rooted in a sense of place—what it means to know the land and to love one’s home. You’ll get your hands dirty, see some of our country’s marvelous wildlife, and learn about the most pressing environmental issues facing our world.  Apply today! Click here  for more information or email the Quest Coordinator, Karli Wagner


Study Space

We invite you to make the Crossing your home for study (individually and group projects).  We provide rooms, free Wi-Fi, tables, couches, snacks and even a piano! For more information on building hours and study space, click here.


Fight Waste, Feed People Free Student Meal
Tuesdays Noon – 1 pm

Come early before all the food is gone!
The Crossing is partnering with the Food Recovery Network Student Org to serve free lunches to students with food leftover from dorm dining halls. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING  to help set up or clean up, contact our student leaders Andi and Hope.


Spring Break Service Trip

Spring Break Trip to Appalachia Service Project
Interested in using your Spring Break to help make a home in Appalachia warmer, safer, and drier — as well as make new friends and connections? Join others from The Crossing for this opportunity from Sunday March 25 – Friday March 30th in Jonesville, VA! Cost will be $450 (includes transportation, work fees, lodging, and Sunday dinner as well as all meals from Mon – Thursday). Space is limited. Deadline to register is February 11th. A non-refundable fee of $100 is required to register. Payment of remaining balance must be in by March 18th. Invite your friends! For more information or to register, contact Campus Minister Karla.


Local Service Projects

These are scheduled regularly and you can watch for more information on our calendar and the Weekly Message.  For more information on our Helping the Homeless project (supporting students who are without adequate housing), contact our Campus Minister


Special Worship Services

Ash Wednesday Service
Feb. 14, 6:00 -6:30 pm
As the season of Lent begins, we invite you to begin with a time of reflection, music, prayer, and (for those who wish) ashes on forehead or hands.


Special Events

Periodically we offer special one time events:  retreats, speakers, . . . These will be announced on our Weekly Message, Facebook Page, website calendar, and website Featured Events page.  Check out the speakers we have hosted at the Crossing!

Spring 2018 includes these special events:

Do Good Better: A Conversation with Global Activist Chris Heuertz
March 1, 6:30 -7:30 pm (Free event, includes student dinner at 6 pm)
Chris Heuertz is an author, speaker, Enneagram coach, non-profit consultant, and anti-human trafficking activist.  He is a contemplative activist, ecclesial provocateur, curator of unlikely friendships, instigator for good, witness to hope, and clergy for common people. Come for an interactive evening to reflect on what it means to be a person of faith seeking to do good in our world, as Chris shares from all that he has learned working throughout the world, including with Mother Theresa. His books will be available for purchase.

Discovering Identity Through the Enneagram
Free workshop for students
March 2, 1-3 pm with Enneagram Teacher, Chris Heuertz

Author of The Sacred Enneagram, Chris will introduce the Enneagram and speak on how it can be used to discover our Essence and deepen our spiritual practices. Whether your are new to the Enneagram or already have knowledge, there will be something for every student who comes with a willingness to grow in self understanding.  If you want to begin to explore your Enneagram type, go to The Enneagram Institute. 

Nonviolence Training Workshops
March 17th, 9 am – 5 pm; Registration is required.
We are called to “love our enemies” while standing up for justice. This requires serious training and spiritual discipline. Led by trainers from Eastpoint Peace Academy, we will learn about Kingian Nonviolence Theory, gain tools to organize, and explore how to take specific steps in creating a more just world.  Application is required (deadline is Feb. 25). Co-sponsored by The Crossing.


Small Groups

Small groups are at the heart of our community.

Students can participate in small groups at any time throughout the semester. Feel free to attend as many or as few as interest you! All are welcome in our space regardless of beliefs, gender, race, sexuality, ability, or any other identity.

New opportunities will be added throughout the year, so check our Calendar or Facebook page or sign up for the Weekly Message to stay updated.  Check out our groups below:

Student Activities Leadership Team; Bible Study; Art N’ Unwind; Queer Students of Faith; Food for Thought; Game Nights; Meditation CircleInterfaith Programming; Music Team


Student Activities Leadership Team (SALT)

Want to help plan social and service activities?  We would be excited to welcome you to the Team.  For more information check here.  Contact our co-presidents, Andi or Hope.





Bible Study:  Wednesdays from 5:45 -6:45 pm beginning Feb. 21.    Led by student Intern Kelly.

Have you ever questioned Jesus’ death? Did he have to die? Was death the culmination of his life? Are we supposed to learn something from his death? Did God always intend to send Jesus to die? Join us in confronting these tough questions and questions of your own as we explore different justifications theologians give for the crucifixion of Jesus. Surprisingly, many Biblical explanations exist for why Jesus chose to die on the cross, and perhaps there is a bit of truth in each.



Art N’ Unwind – Thursdays 7-8pm, February 1st – May 3rd

Come to de-stress, find community, and create with Art N’ Unwind! College life is busy, but it’s important to take time for yourself to relax in good company and get creative. At Art N’ Unwind, students are welcome to bring their own art projects or to use The Crossing’s supplies to begin a new project. For those like myself who are not as artistically inclined, feel free to think outside the box with your projects (knitting, coloring, crafting, graphic design, etc).  For more information, contact Kelly.


Queer Students of Faith LGBTQ+ Discussion and Support Group

To be scheduled. Meets in the LGBT Campus Center (inside the Red Gym). A safe space to learn, share experiences, find spiritual support and grow as a queer person of faith (held in partnership with the LGBT Campus Center).  Students of all faith traditions are welcome!  For more information, contact Collin.



Food for Thought 

Come check out Food for Thought, a monthly cooking, and nutrition class run by students, for the students! Join us, once a month, as we gather to learn how to cook a nutritious, and easy meal on a busy student schedule, and tight budget! We will be covering some important Nutrition 101 topics to help students learn how to fuel their bodies and brains, to be as healthy as possible; and working on recipes that are kind to your schedules, and even kinder to your budget!  There will be a free meal at each class, but donations to The Crossing toward the cost of ingredients are welcome! For Questions, please email Amanda,  Our First class will be Friday, February 23, at 5-6:30 PM. We will be doing Build Your Own Buddha Bowls!  (Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly)


Game Nights  – Friday Feb. 9, 7-10 pm will be our first game night of the semester! 

Join us once a month for laughs, community, and a bit of light hearted competition! The Crossing offers an array of games, but students are always welcome to bring new games to introduce to the group. All students are welcome at this laid back evening of fun.   Contact our Intern student Kelly.





 Meditation Circle

 Meets Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 pm.  If you are looking for a bit of holy silence in your life, please join us weekly on.  Contact Campus Minister Karla





Interfaith Programming

Students from the Crossing, Hillel, and the Muslim Student Association are planning activities for this Fall.  Watch for more information. Contact Campus Minister Karla.






Music Team

We enjoy a variety of musical styles in worship:  hymns, Taize, folk, contemporary, . . . even songs written by former Crossing students and local musicians. If you have musical talent you would like to share, contact our Music Director, Maria, to explore possibilities.




Interest Form:  Please fill out the form below and hit send.  We will reply with more information.  PLEASE NOTE THIS FORM IS CURRENTLY NOT ACTIVATED.  CHECK BACK or just send an email with your request for information to our Campus Minister Karla.