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Greetings from the Crossing (April 13, 2018)

It’s Friday the 13th!  For some throughout history this date induces fear.  Apparently there is a name for it: paraskevidekatriaphobia.  Feeling fear/anxiety is part of being human (whether it is the day or what might be happening in the day that triggers the fear/anxiety within us).  How do we respond to this fear or anxiety?  When the interviewer of Typology podcast asked Sarah Thebarge (author of Invisible Children and Well: Healing our Beautiful Broken World from a Hospital in West Africa), “How have you lived a life where you are not reactive out of fear but responsive out of love?”, she said:

You feel the fear . . . but then you have to decide what matters more. . . .asking that question helps me overcome fear and become more loving and have my eyes open to see other people. . . . I go to 1st John 4:18, “There is no fear in Love”. . . The more often I do that the easier it gets . . . and that becomes the instinct as soon as I feel the fear. Find a ‘place’ to go that’s greater than fear . . .

This Sunday in Vespers we will be reflection on a scripture passage that gives us a ‘place’ to go that gives us strength to live in courage (heart strength). Student Brooklyn Carlson will be giving a message on Isaiah 41:8-13, which in verse 10 reminds us: “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”.  Please join us as we reflect on this passage.

Meanwhile, if you are curious about the history behind Friday the 13th fears, check out this article.  The author basically ended it with the same response as Sarah Thebarge, inviting us to go to a ‘place’ that is greater than the fear:

When tempted to buy into a negative way of thinking or to believe something sinister is in the air on Friday the 13th, it might help to learn to pronounce paraskevidekatriaphobia.  It will be far more effective however, to remember the words of scripture, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24 NRSV). Even when it is Friday the 13th.

Do check out the announcements below – there are some great new opportunities coming up, beginning with GAME NIGHT tonight at the Crossing!


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 . . .

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



Game Night
April 13, 7- 10 pm!
Take some time from studies and drop in for Fun, Friends, and Food!  Bring your friends!

Food for Thought: Make Muffin Tin Frittatas
Friday April 20, 5:30-7:00 pm
Sign up with Amanda by Tuesday April 17
(vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free)
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.

Food Recovery Meals at The Crossing
Come early before all the food is gone!
Tuesdays Noon – 1 pm:  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  Andi.and Hope
Select Thursdays, 6-7 pm (April 5, 19, and May 3):  Food Recovery Network and Campus Kitchens Project are partnering to serve this dinner using food leftover from dorm dining halls.

Morgridge Center Day of Service April 24th
Race and Faith 2018 
(at The Crossing)
3:00 pm and 3:30 pm

The Crossing will host this Morgridge Center Day of Service event on April 24th. Come for one of both showings of the 15 minute Race and Faith 2018 film which shares interviews and artwork of the UW-Madison community.  An interfaith group of campus ministries and the Multicultural Center invited artists Claire Marie Embil and Kara Gacovino to facilitate Race & Faith creative events in early March. Claire provided artwork visuals as prompts for people to reflect on  (which will be available to view on April 24th), and Kara put it all together in a video.  After viewing the video, you are invited to create your own artwork, if you wish.  Come alone or with friends to view the video and reflect on the intersection of race and faith – and how you feel called to be of service.

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 April 19)

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

Appalachia Service Project Mission Trip
July 14, 2018-July 22, 2018 to Jonesville, Virginia
Cost is $400 (with plans for summer fundraisers)
If you are interested in this, contact Breanna for more information.
This trip is sponsored by First United Methodist Church

Postracial Blues with Dr. J. Kameron Carter
Saturday April 21 at First United Methodist Church 9 am – 2:30 pm
J. Kameron Carter is an Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke University Divinity School. In a time when we can ill afford not to listen, Carter offers us a new way to engage race, theology, and our experience of the sacred.
Register here (by April 16 if you want lunch).
Students w/o lunch – $10; Students with lunch – $20

Friday, April 13th at 7pm: Amal Kassir will be on campus to speak about her activism with refugee assistance and the power of poetry in activism. She is most well-known for her poetry that incorporates her identity as Syrian-American woman and activist, but her TEDX Talk has also gone viral with more than one million views.
Event will be in Ingraham Hall 19
Facebook event:

Bulletin Board Check our website bulletin board for additional opportunities