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Greetings from the Crossing (Oct. 14, 2017)

Last Saturday when a tornado touched down in Madison, I was leaving Ella’s Deli and looked up into the sky as I heard others around me pointing to a tornado!  Fortunately we were far enough away that, although we could watch it, we weren’t affected by it the way those in the storm path were — and I am so grateful that no one was hurt in this unexpected stormy moment.

Unfortunately, that’s not true for so many who have been caught in the ‘storms’ of late – yes, the hurricanes and the fires, but also ‘storms’ of racism, terrorism, xenophobia, homophobia, . . . What are the ‘storms’ of our society and world that most affect/concern you?  What are the personal ‘storms’ you are facing?

The story of Jesus walking on the water in the midst of the storm on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 14:22-33) is a powerful reminder to us that we are not alone in the ‘storms’ we face in life.  Four things that move me deeply about this story are:

  1. Peter is reactionary but then he discerns if it is Jesus walking on the water by first connecting with Jesus – discerning and listening for God’s call to action is vital to living by faith.
  2. Peter commits to action (instead of staying in the boat afraid) – and Jesus believes in him (in his identity as “The Light of the World”) and calls him forth to act (to walking on the water – on the chaos – in trust that Jesus was with him).
  3. Even as Peter falters in faith, Jesus supports his growing in faith.
  4. When Peter and Jesus are back in the boat with the others, the storm subsides.  Could this be a reminder to us that it is in community with others that we find solace in the midst of the storms of life — as well as the strength to live out our calling as a community and as individuals?. 

What are some of the insights you gain from this story?  Join us this Sunday as we reflect further on it and on its meaning for our lives and our times.  Meanwhile, please check out the opportunities below.

May this week bring you a sense of God’s gracious strength with you as you face the ‘storms’ and challenges in your life.

Campus Minister

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

UPCOMING Opportunities

Interfaith Recreational Sports
Meets select Thursdays, 5-6 pm!

Sign up with our student intern Kelly 

Leaf Raking for Senior Citizens
Sunday, Oct. 22, 1-3 pm
If you would like to volunteer, contact our student intern Kelly

Corn Maze Outing
Saturday Oct. 21, 7-9:30 pm
Come along to a SpOoKy corn maze with the Crossing! We will leave from the Crossing at 6:45pm to go to Fitchburg Farms and return around 9:30pm. Be sure to bring $10 for the admission fee, a flashlight or a fully charged phone, and dress for the weather. Let us know if you are willing to help drive students, but we will provide transportation if you don’t have a vehicle (until cars are filled up – so sign up early!).  Sign up with our student intern Kelly 

Fall Retreat — Nov. 3-4
Watch for more information.
Sign up with our student intern Kelly

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.

Study at the Crossing
Monday – Thursday, 9 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


Bible Study –  Following the Rabbi Jesus
Mondays from 5:15-6:15 pm (begins Sept. 18).  Journey with us as we explore Jesus’ teachings from his Jewish perspective! Transitioning our minds back to the time period, we will consider how understanding Jesus’ culture and background can help us to better grasp the meaning of his teachings.  We will meet weekly but feel free to participate as you’re schedules/lives allow or at any point throughout the semester.  We look forward to meeting you and learning from other another!  If you wish, join others from the Bible Study for a Slow Food Meal at 6:30 pm in the lower level (only $5)!  For more information, contact the leader, our student intern Kelly.

Interfaith Recreational Sports   Are you looking for a fun, chill group to play sports with? Join us and students from other interfaith student organizations as we play a different sport each month ranging from badminton to volleyball to frisbee to dodgeball. Great for individuals seeking community and exercise amongst the busyness of college life! Feel free to participate as your schedule allows and as the sport interests you. Games will typically take place at the Natatorium on Thursday evenings. Contact our Intern student Kelly.

Queer Students of Faith LGBTQ+ Discussion and Support Group meets every other Tuesday from 5-6:15 pm in the LGBT Campus Center (inside the Red Gym). The dates are 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28, and 12/TBD. 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.

Yarn Circle — Meets Sundays of the month from 3:45-4:45 pm. Yarn Circle is a fun, easy-going group that meets upstairs in front of the fireplace.  Our goal this semester is to knit hats and blankets for Knots of Love while building a sense of community and getting to know one another.  Anyone is welcome to join (regardless of experience level).  If you’re new to knitting, the more experienced knitters would love to help you.  There will also be a few meetings when teachers will stop by to instruct us on proper technique, knots, knitting flowers, etc. For more information, contact Tiffany

Spiritual Exploration Circle — Meets Mondays from 2:30-3:30 pm as we discuss whatever spiritual questions and ideas that we are pondering.  For more information, contact Hope.

Meditation Circle – Meets Fridays from 4-5 pm beginning Sept. 22. New and seasoned meditators welcome.  We use the Christian practices of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina.  For more information, contact Karla

Student Activities Leadership Team (SALT)
Want to help plan social and service activities?  We will resume meeting in the Fall and would be excited to welcome you to the Team.  Contact our co-presidents,  Andi or Hope.

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. Rehearses on Sundays from 3 – 4:30 and then leads music at 5 pm Vespers service.

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

Community Shout Outs . . .

Faith in the Heart of the City with Parker Palmer
How does faith inform the work of our civic, academic, and marketplace leaders? What faith-inspired lessons have our key leaders learned throughout their lives and how do they play out in the everyday demands of public engagement? Join us for our continuing Upper House series entitled, Faith in the Heart of the City. Parker Palmer is founder and senior partner emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal, a world-renowned writer, speaker, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality, and social change. He is the author of nine books, most recently Healing the Heart of Democracy. He has a tenth book coming out next year titled, On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old. Parker holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as eleven honorary… A member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), Parker and his wife, Sharon, live in Madison.Mt. Zion Baptist Church 5th Sunday Musical Concert
Oct. 29, at 4 pm

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

Bulletin Board Check our website bulletin board for additional opportunities