Beyond the Crossing

This is our online “Bulletin Board” where we post opportunities from partnership and supporting organizations.  Check them out:


Lessons and Carols for Advent in Support of Bright Stars of Bethlehem

Sunday, December 2 at 7:00pm

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1609 University Avenue, Madison (Free parking available in UW Lot 17 and at the UW Engineering Bldg.)

All are welcome to this special ecumenical Advent event, now in its fifth year. It will offer you a truly meaningful way to prepare for Christmas, as you hear and participate in music and readings that bring to life both the Bethlehem of Jesus’ birth and the Bethlehem of today. Join together with Madison area congregations for this special event that gives witness to the hope we share. The evening will conclude with a time of refreshments and fellowship.

Our siblings in the Holy Land today need our prayers and support so that they too might experience hope. A free-will offering will be collected to support Bright Stars of Bethlehem and the work of educating the next generation of creative leaders for Palestine. Offerings will be directed for student scholarships to Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem. Your presence and gifts will make a difference for many in the Holy Land.


Conscious Communication

A Community of Practice  based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg and Robert Gonzales.  Join us at Friends’ House, 1704 Roberts Court,  from 7-8:30 pm  on four consecutive Wednesday evenings, Sept. 12, 19 and 26th and Oct. 3rd, 2018 for an introduction to Conscious Communication, based primarily on Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication and Robert Gonzales’ Living Compassion
 Our introductory sessions are intended to give you a taste of what it feels like to communicate in this way, when the intention is connection in order to meet everyone’s needs. Come to any or (preferably) all of the introductory sessions described below.  They are designed as ‘stand alone’ sessions and also build upon one another for a more complete idea of what this practice is like.  They should give you a good idea of whether this is something you would enjoy doing with us throughout the year as we work our way through the material in Marshall’s book, Nonviolent Communication. For a taste of the NVC (Nonviolent Communication) process, check out The Toilet Seat Argument on You Tube or The Traveling Peacemaker, an Interview with Marshall Rosenberg. One of the exercises we do is similar to Louise Evans “Master Your Success” Ted Talk (14+ minutes) if you’d like a preview. The Introductory Series includes:  Part 1:  Empathy Poker:   At this session we will define our terms and practice with a game called “Empathy Poker.”  You will get a taste of what it feels like to communicate from this perspective.  Part 2:  Thoughts Get in the Way:  A fun exercise that demonstrates how thoughts can get in the way of effective communication and connection.  Part 3:  Take Back Your Power – How to Never Be Insulted Again: We will continue our exploration of the basic principles of Conscious Communication with our real life ‘trigger statements’ in order to experience what it can feel like to communicate in this fashion in a challenging situation with another person.  Part 4:  Working with ‘Enemy’ or Fixed Images: Communication without words – an embodied practice to quickly release difficult or repetitive patterns in a challenging relationship.



Madison Wisconsin Institutes for the Healing of Racism, Inc:  Facing Racism with knowledge, love, compassion, fearlessness, forgiveness,action and intervention

This 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.   Led by Richard Davis (

Fall 2018 Series

Tuesdays, September 11, 2018 – November 13, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Space is limited.
All sessions will be held at Goodman Community Center
149 Waubesa Street, Madison
Open to all regardless of race/ethnicity/religion/
political affiliations/sexual orientation/ gender expression
Minimum age of 16 years old
A ten week commitment is required for full understanding and impact.

Please wait for the Spring 2019 series if you believe
you may miss more than two sessions.
Registration Fee $50.00 — Scholarships are available
For more scholarship information, please email

For more information on suggested readings and the special optional Saturday, contact the Institutes volunteers at Phone: 608-251-0776 Email:
To Register, click here



American Baptist
Global Mission Opportunities

Summer US opportunities

Bridges of Hope is a global initiative that aims to open lines of communication by encouraging intercultural understanding between Arab and American college students both at home and abroad. In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and Bright Stars of Bethlehem, join the international network of student leaders who are bridging the gap between Americans and our Arab neighbors.  Bridges of Hope provides you with opportunities to build life-long relationships, study abroad, obtain internships abroad, be a Clinton Global Initiative representative, attend annual networking and motivational conferences and so much more!

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


UCC Young Adult Service Communities

Have you just graduated from college, and aren’t sure what’s next? Have you been working for a few years, but just don’t feel like you’re changing the world? The UCC Young Adult Service Communities need you. Ages 21-35. Openings in Seattle, WA; Carlsbad, CA; Philadelphia, PA. Housing, food stipend, health insurance provided. Americorps education grants are available for positions in direct social service. Read more about the UCC Young Adult Service Communities here.


City Wide Christian Fellowship Group for LGBT Singles.

We lend support to each other, socialize together and pray with one another.

Second and Fourth Sundays of the month at 7:00pm
The First Baptist Church 518 N Franklin Ave. (Just off University Ave near Qdoba) Please park and enter in the back .

Contact: Rhianna Tibbetts email:


Benedictine Women of Madison

Benedictine Women of Madison offers unique opportunities for single, Christian women
to experience the rhythm and balance of community life in our ecumenical Benedictine monastery and to take that experience back into their daily life.
Upcoming opportunities for single, Christian women include:

Benedictine Sojourner
6-12 month experience
dates arranged on request


5 “Habits of the Heart” for Personal & Political Wellbeing Online Workshop — Led by author, Parker Palmer

If I am not for myself, who is for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when? – Hillel the Elder

Many of us are committed to ongoing personal growth, but not in a way that makes us self-centered and self-absorbed. We are equally committed to the common good. We know that a life well-lived includes caring for self and caring about the needs of others.  In this workshop we’ll revisit the old adage, “The personal is political.” We’ll focus on developing five habits of the heart that enhance our own wellbeing and our capacity to help create a world that works for everyone. The five habits are:

1. An understanding that we are all in this together
2. An appreciation of the value of “otherness.”
3. An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways.
4. A sense of personal voice and agency.
5. A capacity to create community.

Dates & Timing: You can watch workshop videos and participate online at any time that fits your schedule. Virtual Meetings will be coordinated by Cojourneo staff. We will do our best to accommodate a variety of meeting preferences and timezones.Creating Your Own Circle: If you’d like to create your own private small group for your organization, colleagues or friends, please email as at and we’ll be happy to help you coordinate.