Weekly Message

Greetings from the Crossing (March 14, 2017)

The Wisconsin Idea proposes that what is learned in the classroom should have a real-life impact beyond the confines of the academia. The Wisconsin Idea influences the way in which the UW system does academia by making sure that what is talked about, researched, and discussed in the classroom, gets out to the real world. This is why the UW system has been so influential in the United States’ public square.

Yet, as many of you know, this influence is always being threatened by whatever political whim controls the State Legislature. Politicians left and right often use public education systems as a “hot potato”; never offering true autonomy to the systems nor taking responsibility for what goes wrong when financial cuts are made to education budgets. How can we respond when these things happen? What is the responsibility of people of faith to threats to systems of education that offer real-life solutions to problems, and that are open to all members of society to access topnotch education?

This coming Thursday, March 16th at 6:00 p.m., The Crossing welcomes a well-known journalist, activist, and native Madisonian to speak about this issue. The Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush serves as the Senior Vice-President for Public Engagement at Auburn Seminary in New York City. Prior to this, Rev. Raushenbush was the Executive Editor of Global Spirituality and Religion for Huffington Post. He knows a thing or two about the Wisconsin Idea… his parents were both Economic professors at the UW-Madison! As an openly gay, theologically progressive Baptist minister in the American Baptist tradition, Rev. Raushenbush has written extensively on matters of faith, politics, and social movements, and social change.

It is also important to note that Rev. Raushenbush comes from a long line of champions of progressive causes within the faith communities. His great-grandfather was the Rev. Walter Rauschenbusch who, while serving a church in a poor neighborhood of New York City, came up with the idea of a “social gospel.” This idea of the social gospel had profound influences in the development of the more well-known liberation theologies in Latin America as well as the work of other social and liberating movements within the United States.

I know that we are in the midst of the season of Lent. Perhaps I should be encouraging you to fast, slow down, and center in God. But right now, I would love for all of our students to take a break from fasting – in the spiritual sense, you can still go on with your Lenten sacrifices – and join us for this wonderful feast of plenty this Thursday, March 16th at 6:00 p.m. for the Ingraham Lecture with Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush. The title of the talk is “Progressive Faith and the Wisconsin Idea: A Vision of Justice for the People. I sure hope to see you all there!

Blessings and peace,

P.S. We wish you a wonderful Spring Break!  Vespers will resume March 26th!

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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Crossing Shout Outs . . .

Vespers Weekly Worship   
Meets Sundays at 5:00 pm  (no Vespers on March 19 for Spring Break)
Free student meal follows at 6:00 pm
YOU are welcome — please join us!

Weather Cancellations
It is winter in Wisconsin and that could mean we will need to cancel activities.  We will post any cancellation on social media. If Vespers is cancelled, we will also send out an email to those who are on our Weekly Message List Serve (if you get the Weekly Message in your inbox each week, then you are on this list serve).


Nicaragua Quest Trip in May
We have four spots available on our May trip to study education in Nicaragua with Seeds of Learning! Interested in education, international development, or Latin American culture? Join us as we build an after-school center, work with youth, and live with homestay families this May 14th-23rd. Scholarships of $1,000 are available to lower the cost of the trip for active Crossing students. Interested in learning more? Contact sam@crossingministries.org or visit http://www.badgerquest.org/nicaragua.html

Progressive Faith and the Wisconsin Idea: A Vision of Justice for the People
Ingraham Lecture 2017
Thursday, March 16th at 6:00 p.m. at The Crossing
Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, speaker
Senior Vice-President for Public Engagement at Auburn Seminary
Former Executive Editor of Global Spirituality and Religion, The Huffington Post

A conversation on faith, religion, politics, and the public square. How do we keep the Wisconsin Idea alive in a hostile climate? Can we continue to cast a vision of a progressive faith in today’s society? How do all this is informed by our faith? Join us for a conversation with the Rev. Paul Raushenbush, who has extensive experience engaging in conversations around faith, religion, politics, and progressive values.

Spring Retreat — March 31-April 1
Watch for more information

Study at the Crossing
Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 8 pm;
Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday, 2 – 7:00 pm
Make the Crossing your place to study, relax, and hang out
Tables, couches, piano, Free Wi-Fi and snacks

Small Groups at the Crossing: 

Yarn Time Circle — Meets the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from 3:30-4:45 pm.   Bring your yarn projects any Sunday and enjoy crafting with others.  For more information, contact Karla

Spiritual Exploration Circle — NEW TIME:  Mondays 4-5 pm.  For more information, contact Hope.

Student Activities Leadership Team — Meets alternating Sundays after Vespers and meal.  If interested, contact Brooklyn

Meditation Circle NEW TIME Fridays 4-5 pm.  New and seasoned meditators welcome.  We use the Christian practices of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina.  For more information, contact Karla

Queer Students of Faith LGBTQ+ Discussion and Support Group Meets every other Tuesday 6-6:45 pm  beginning February 28th (March 14, 28; April 11, 25; and May 9).  Led by Rev. Manny Santiago.  A safe space to learn, share experiences, find spiritual support and grow as a queer person of faith.  Students of all faith traditions are welcome!

Bible Study –  Re-Framing Jesus: A Progressive Perspective
NEW TIME:  Mondays 6-7 pm  If you have any questions,  contact Cody.

Interfaith Programming — Students from the Crossing, Hillel, and the Muslim Student Association are working with WUD to plan activities this Spring. Contact Jasmine.

Graduate Student Cider and Check-In 4-5 pm on first Sundays of month. For more information, contact Karla

Community Shout Outs . . .

Summer Camp Positions
Wisconsin United Methodist Camps are seeking college students and graduating high school seniors who are looking for a summer opportunity for ministry, service, and fun. Counselor and program support positions are available at Pine Lake and Lake Lucerne, with no previous camping experience required. The summer season for staff is from May 29 to August 12, 2017.
More information, full job descriptions, and online application are available

Shane Claiborne in Madison

Come spend the day with one of Christianity’s most powerful and inspiring speakers!  Saturday April 8 at First Baptist Church

Shane Claiborne is one of contemporary Christianity’s most powerful speaker/activists, and we are confident that we will all end the day changed and inspired.

Student cost is only $5 (with student id, does not include dinner)

1:30 — Session #1, “The Irresistible Revolution”

3:30 — Session #2, “Extremists for Love”

Dinner Break — Purchase your dinner tickets on the registration page.

6:45 — Session #3, “Swords Into Plowshares: A Faithful Response to the Plague of Gun Violence”

To learn more or register, check here.

Wisdom Madison Action Day
Thursday March 30th
WISDOM (a statewide, grassroots, interfaith, organizing network) will convene in Madison to speak out from a faith perspective to our government officials.  We are looking for a turn out of nearly 1,000 concerned citizens…and anyone and everyone can be a part of it! During the day long event, we will gather at a church near the capitol. We will hear inspirational speakers; we will identify and discuss urgent matters surrounding Mass Incarceration, Immigration, Environmental Concerns, and other issues that affect us right here and now. Contact Rev. Kathy Gloff with questions.  View event website and register

Hope for Creation, March 18, 2017 At First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave. Madison.  In an age of climate change, ecological degradation, and the growing environmental movement, how might Christians contribute to the regenerative healing of creation? This one-day workshop, led by Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart, assistant professor of theology and ecology at Garrett-Evangelical, will attend to the realities of humanity’s destructive impact on the environment, examine the relevance of Christian beliefs to an ecological worldview, and explore practical ways people of faith are engaging in mission and justice for the good of the earth.  Free childcare is available for children ages 10 and under. Lunch will be provided for all participants and for all children in childcare. To help in our sustainability efforts please bring your own reusable water bottle. Water will be provided. Registration deadline March 14th. For more information and to register.

Slow Food UW
Meets in the lower level of the Crossing
Serves during the semesters (closed during breaks)
Monday Family Dinner Nights 6:30 pm
Wednesday Cafe. 11:30 – 2:00   For more information

Tergar Meditation Community
Tuesdays from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Crossing — all year round.
Under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Tergar Madison holds a weekly drop-in meditation group, as well as periodic retreats, workshops, and classes on meditation and Tibetan Buddhism. Please join us!

Bulletin Board
Check our website bulletin board for additional opportunities



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