October Compassion Offering: The Crossing Campus Ministry
The Crossing is a progressive Christian campus ministry on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The mission of The Crossing is to provide a Christian campus ministry where students can explore, question, understand, develop and affirm their relationship to God, each other and the world. This mission includes being a diverse and theologically open-minded Christian ministry that allows members of the university community the freedom to grasp anew the love and grace of God through an understanding of, and commitment to, living the gospel of Jesus Christ with a particular focus on his life and teachings. In short, The Crossing is a place where students can belong in community, explore their faith, and become their authentic selves.
At The Crossing when we say “ALL ARE WELCOME”, we mean it. The Crossing is a Reconciling in Christ, Open, Welcoming and Affirming ministry. We celebrate God’s diversity in sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, different abilities, faith tradition or lack of faith, national origin, racial, ethnic and economic background and any other difference.
During the 2021-2022 academic year The Crossing hosted around 125 students per week in the study/community spaces and over 75 students participated in worship and small group programs. In addition, The Crossing fed around 150 students per week through the Food Recovery Network and the Frozen Meal Program, not including the hundreds of students and community members that our longtime friends from Slow Food UW host in the building.
Events planned for this Fall include:
- Welcome Back Pie Extravaganza & Concert
- Open Mic Night
- Weekly Dinner+Worship
- Weekly Bible Study
- Fellowship & support groups for Freshman and Graduate students
- Queer Students of Faith exploring queer theology
- Food Recovery Meals – Free hot meals are served on Tuesday evenings & Friday lunch-time
- UW Frozen Meals – Frozen meals from the UW dining halls are delivered weekly; available when the building is open