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Greetings from the Crossing (February 13, 2018)

As the season of Lent begins on Wednesday this year, Be the Change is the theme for our Vespers services during Lent. It all begins with Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) and we invite you to observe this holy day with us from 6-6:30 pm for a service of scripture, song, reflection, prayer stations, and, of course for those who wish, the imposition of ashes on your forehead or hand.

Then this coming Sunday we will continue the exploration of Vocation and Call that we began last Sunday, especially focusing on the call story of Moses — remember that Burning Bush?  Moses was definitely being called by God to Be the Change!  What does his story and his burning bush reveal to us about our own call to Be the Change?

Lent is a season to open ourselves to God’s gifts of change and transformation in our lives. It’s very common to adopt a spiritual practice to open ourselves to God’s work in us. If you are looking for one, here are a few to consider:

40Acts – 40 days, 40 reflections, 40 challenges to make a difference
Lenten Photo-a-day practice (ReThink Church, United Methodist)
A Daily online Devotional – United Church of Christ
A Disabled God: A Lenten Weekly Devotional – Our Bible App

I’d like to leave you with an inspiring poem for Ash Wednesday.  Here is an excerpt of the poem Blessing the Dust  by Jan Richardson:“So let us be marked
not for sorrow.
And let us be marked
not for shame.
Let us be marked
not for false humility
or for thinking
we are less
than we are

but for claiming
what God can do
within the dust,
within the dirt,
within the stuff
of which the world
is made
and the stars that blaze
in our bones
and the galaxies that spiral
inside the smudge
we bear.”

Lenten Blessings,


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



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.

Food for Thought Cooking Class!
Buddha Bowls on Friday Feb. 23, 5-6:30 pm

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)

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.

Quest Badlands Trip | May 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, Application deadline: February 28th, 2018

Apply for Spring Break Quest Badlands Student Leader position
If you have gone on a Quest trip in the past and would like to pursue a leadership opportunity with Quest, consider applying for the Quest Badlands Student Leader position. Contact our Quest Coordinator Karli. Applications are due at the end of November.

Weekly Small Groups:
Bible Study on Wednesdays 5:45-6:45 pm, begins Feb. 21
Art N’ Unwind Thursdays 7-8 pm
Spiritual Reflection Circle Fridays 2:30-3:30 pm
Meditation Circle Tuesdays 4:3-5:30 pm
Cooking Healthy on a Budget classes — Feb. 23, 5-6:30 pm
Queer Students of Faith –,meets every other Thursday 7:30 -8:3- pm at the LGBT Campus Center (begins Thursday Feb. 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.

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

Tuesday, February 20:
Film and Discussion: The Occupation of the American Mind
7 pm, Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin Street, Madison
Jewish Voice for Peace-Madison presents a showing of the film The Occupation of the American Mind. Co-sponsored by Madison-Rafah Sister City Project and American Friends Service Committee of Madison. Free and open to the public.  The Occupation of the American Mind provides a sweeping analysis of Israel’s decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people — a battle that has only intensified over the past few years in the face of widening international condemnation of Israel’s increasingly right-wing policies. (Trailer and Website here) For details and updates check Jewish Voice for Peace Madison.

The Institutes for the Healing of Racism, Inc, is offering a  10-week series aims to raise consciousness about the history and pathology of racism and help heal racism in individuals, communities, and institutions in Madison. We work cooperatively to educate ourselves about the disease of racism through facilitated and voluntary sharing. Please come with an open mind and open heart. A 10 week commitment is required (not missing more than 2 sessions).  All sessions will be held at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street, Madison, WI, Room: Bolz B. Space is limited. Open to all regardless of race/ethnicity/religion/political affiliations/sexual orientation/gender expression.  Minimum age of 16 years old. Registration Fee $50.00 — Scholarships are available. For more information (including scholarship, Face to Face Saturdays, and reading list), please email
Spring 2018 Series
Tuesdays, February 20, 2018 – May 1, 2018; 6:30 to 8:30 pm
OR  Wednesdays, February 21, 2018 – May 2, 2018; 6:30 to 8:30 pm
To Register, click here

The Future of Interreligious Dialogue
Feb. 13, 5-7 pm at Upper House
co-sponsored by the Center for Religion and Global Citizenry

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.

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