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Greetings from the Crossing (February 23, 2018)

We are excited that this coming week on Thursday we will be welcoming Global Activist Chris Heuertz to The Crossing where he will be leading us in a conversation titled Do Good Better — and inviting us to reflect on how we are to Be the Change in the world (this is the theme of our Lenten Sunday series).  Then on Friday he will lead an Enneagram workshop giving us all a chance to Discover Identity through the Enneagram!  Click on the links about these amazing opportunities and come join us!

This Sunday, student Hope Peterson, will be inviting us to reflect on the theme Be the Change, as she focuses on Matthew 16:21-23 where Peter challenges (even tempts Jesus?).  I think in this story Jesus is showing the kind of leadership that author Parker Palmer is speaking about in his wonderful little book, Let Your Life Speak (Mallory referred to this book in a recent Vespers message). Palmer believes that we are all leaders in different settings in our lives and world so he speaks to all of us when he writes:

“A leader is someone with the power to project either shadow or light onto some part of the world and onto the lives of the people who dwell there.  A leader shapes the ethos in which others must live, an ethos as light-filled as heaven or as shadowy as hell.  A good leader is intensely aware of the interplay of inner shadow and light, lest the act of leadership do more harm than good. . . . Leaders need not only the technical skills to manage the external world but also the spiritual skills to journey inward toward the source of both shadow and light”

Join us on Sunday as we reflect on the Matthew 16 passage — and for Chris Heuertz’s events as he helps us develop spiritual skills to journey inward.

Please note that Race & Faith 2018 is happening next week.  This year it will be a chance to express yourself using art (non artist friendly too) — you have three opportunities to choose from (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday).  See below for more information.

Lenten Blessings,

Crossing Calendar

Check our calendar or our Facebook page. Some of our activities (Bible Studies, service outings . . . ) are still being scheduled, so watch for more information in this message, on Facebook, on our website, or at Sunday Vespers.

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Meets Sundays at 5 pm
Followed by a FREE meal for students



Quest Badlands Trip | May 2018 
Application deadline: February 28th, 2018
Kick off your summer vacation by volunteering in the backcountry, camping in a national park, and learning about conservation and public land issues from a seasoned National Park Ranger! Learn more and apply today at Badger Quest  or email the Quest Coordinator, Karli Wagner,

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.Weekly Small Groups:
Bible Study on Wednesdays 5:45-6:45 pm, begins Feb. 21
Art N’ Unwind Thursdays 7-8 pm
Meditation Circle Tuesdays 4:3-5:30 pm
Queer Students of Faith –,meets every other Thursday 7:30 -8:3- pm at the LGBT Campus Center (next meeting March 8)

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.

Race and Faith 2018
The Crossing is sponsoring this along with several other faith organizations and the Multicultural Student Center.
DROP IN to ONE of THREE host sites for an interactive visual art experience of self-guided stations for reflection, discussion, and expression on the intersection of race and faith. Using a variety of art media, the evening will be captured for a collaborative digital media piece by student and community artists. We recommend 30-45 minutes to experience the self-guided stations. Let us know which night you’re coming!

Tuesday, Feb 27, 7-9 pm –  at University of Wisconsin Hillel Foundation-
Wednesday, Feb 28, 7-9 pm – at Multicultural Student Center


Community Shout Outs . . .

Slow Food UW (held in lower level of Crossing building)
Monday 6:30 pm Family Dinner Night
Wednesday Cafe
Workshops and other opportunities

ACT Now! Unite to End Racism
-Awaken to the truth that racism is evil and hurts us all
-Confront racism through truth-telling and action to right the wrong
-Transform the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people and institutions
ACT Now: Unite to End Racism in the areas of church life and practices, criminal, economic and social justice, civil and human rights, environmental justice, media, and education. Join in the clarion call to heal the soul of the nation as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. Let’s finish the work!
Where: At sites across Washington, DC, including the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall
When: April 3-5, 2018

The Sojourners Internship Program  is a spiritual formation program that embodies Sojourners’ commitment to Christian discipleship, community, and vocation. Currently in its 34th year, the yearlong program combines full-time jobs in our office with an opportunity to live in an intentional Christian community. Between 9 and 10 interns are selected into the program each year. The deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 cohort is February 15, 2018.

Bulletin Board Check our website bulletin board for additional opportunities