Giving Thanks for the Kingdom Justice Summit 2018

We are grateful for the rich conversations and learning that took place at this year’s Kingdom Justice Summit. Read Alexandria Joy Millet’s reflections on the dialogue that took place on the opening evening, Friday, March 2, between Tim Mackie and Propaganda. Also, read Phil Haslanger’s reflections on Nicole Baker Fulgham’s keynote on Saturday, March 3, on churches serving schools.

Consortium of Christian Study Centers Regent College Summer School Scholarship

The Consortium of Christian Study Centers (CCSC), of which Upper House is a part, is proud to sponsor a program held at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, which provides scholarship money for two week’s full audit tuition, lodging, and a food stipend at Regent’s summer school. The recipients also participate in discussions on vocation, coordinated by the Consortium’s executive director, Drew Trotter, and led by him and some of the summer school visiting faculty. The program also includes a number of other opportunities, such as a Bard on the Beach presentation of a Shakespearean play, hikes in spectacular forests surrounding Vancouver, and a number of private meals with Regent professors and visiting professors like Steve Garber, Ralph Wood, and George Marsden.

This rich experience is particularly designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students participating in member study centers, such as Upper House. The deadline to apply is March 15. You can learn more and apply here.

Upper House Mentioned in Religion News Service Story on Christian Study Centers

Religion News Service recently published a story on the Christian Study Center movement. Upper House was one of the study centers mentioned in the piece. We invite you to read the story here.

Howard Thurman Conference Set for April 26-27

Howard Thurman was a philosopher and theologian who helped shape the twentieth century by capturing the imaginations of educational, political, ecclesial, and judicial leaders. In his role as a teacher and mentor, Thurman’s vision of social justice, rooted in the requirements of reconciliation and love, was one of the pillars of the Civil Rights movement. As an advisor to the likes of James Farmer, Vernon Jordan, and Martin Luther King Jr., he worked in search of common ground by deepening relationships, and promoting non-violent political action in the face of stark social, racial, and class divisions. On April 26-27, 2018, we will gather at Upper House to explore Howard Thurman’s vital legacy for our most pressing issues today. Learn more about this important experience and register today!

Join Us This Thursday, January 25, as we ask: What is Church for?

Our friends at The Point Magazine hold two core convictions: that humane thinking is essential in contemporary life, and that our lives are full of experiences worth thinking about. In the magazine’s most recent print issue, they asked a question central to our mission at Upper House; namely, What Is Church for? On Thursday, January 25, we are excited to learn more about this question as we help launch The Point’s 15th issue. We invite you to join us for hors d’oeuvres and a panel discussion with Point editors, Jon Baskin, Rachel Wiseman, and (our own) Robert Kehoe. This event is free of charge. Learn more and register.

Grateful for an Excellent Veritas Forum

The Upper House team is grateful for wonderful collaborators in planning/hosting UW-Madison’s Veritas Forum, which took place on October 10, 2017. Dr. John Lennox (University of Oxford) and Dr. Larry Shapiro (UW-Madison Philosophy) engaged in a spirited conversation that reflected a generosity of spirit and commitment to civility that, unfortunately, is increasingly rare in our contentious culture. A deep sentiment of gratitude also goes to Dr. Jeff Hardin (UW-Madison Integrative Biology) for moderating the discussion. Our friend, Phil Haslanger, wrote a story on the event for Selfless Ambition. You can read it here.

Jamie Smith on “You Are What You Love” (Plus Radio Interview about visit to Upper House)

James K.A. Smith is a leader in Christian thought, whose books and lectures have challenged and inspired for over a decade. We’re thrilled to have Jamie with us at Upper House on September 29, 2017, for a full day of presentations and dialogue exploring timeless theological and philosophical questions in light of contemporary cultural dynamics. In his most recent book, You Are What You Love, the driving questions Jamie wants us to consider is the extent to which we shape culture, and the extent to which culture shapes us. How we answer those questions, whether we know it or not, will be a reflection of who and what we love.

For a snapshot of Jamie’s work and to listen to a recent Faith Radio appearance about his time at Upper House click here, then scroll down to September 22, 2017, hour #2.

Millennials Bring a Fresh View to Science and Theology (An Evening with Greg Cootsona)

Upper House hosted Dr. Greg Cootsona on September 21-22, 2017. The following article appeared in Selfless Ambition and featured his enlightening remarks on the future of the science and faith dialogue, especially as shaped by the changing attitudes and experiences of Millennials.

Join us on Tuesday, September 5 for an All-Campus Worship Night & Open House, featuring Adoration House

UW-Madison students! Upper House welcomes YOU back to campus – whether you’ve walked through our doors just once, attended a couple events, or if you have daily found yourself studying on one of our orange couches, we want to gather together to kick off the year! 

Join us for an all-campus worship night, led by Adoration House. Come together to adore Jesus and reunite with your campus community doing life with Jesus and with each other. Worship starts at 7:00 pm followed by an open house with free food!  

Adoration House is a weekly gathering of friends who worship, pray, and grow together. It all started when Chris and Emily Castrova simply wanted to create a space in their home for other believers to come together and adore Jesus. From this place, they hope to foster a family-like community who does life with Jesus and with each other. At the core of it all, they desire to gather deeply rooted believers and invite them into a space where they can go deeper in worship and prayer. Adoration House seeks to bring together young adult Christ followers in this city who hunger for more of Him and for like-minded friends.