As you begin to plan your winter/spring calendar, be sure to mark your calendars with the following Upper House events:
January 21: “Best of” The Global Leadership Summit
For those interested in receiving a taste of what The Global Leadership Summit is about, or for those hoping to be renewed by speakers from the previous year, the “Best of” The Global Leadership Summit is an opportunity to be encouraged and energized for 2017. Pre-recorded content includes Bill Hybels, Patrick Lencioni, Chris McChesney, and Erin Meyer. Register today for this interactive event.
February 2: Dr. William Cavanaugh on Religious Violence: Phenomena, Fact & Fiction
Is religion a deeply rooted cause of violence throughout history? Are the core convictions of religious movements inherently prone to divisiveness? Dr. William Cavanaugh, professor of Catholic Studies and director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University, will explore these ideas and unearth the typical roots of conflict throughout history. Join us for this free event, held on the UW-Madison campus, and in partnership with Badger Catholic, Geneva Campus Church, InterVarsity Midwest Region Grad/Faculty Ministries, Pres House, and St. Francis House. Registration is now open!
February 3: Dr. William Cavanaugh on Politics of Humility
In the United States, our moral and political consciousness is largely shaped by the idea that we can, and should, change the world. But looking at the absence of humility in our current political and global landscape, Dr. William Cavanaugh, professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University, offers an alternative vision for political engagement that resists the temptation to remake the world in our own image. Join us for this free event, in partnership with Badger Catholic, Geneva Campus Church, InterVarsity Midwest Region Grad/Faculty Ministries, Pres House, and St. Francis House. Registration is now open!
February 7: Race & Faith Storytelling: Seeing Color (at Pres House)
27 organizations will come together to host the second annual “Race and Faith” event at UW—Madison. This year, the campus faith community is partnering for an evening of storytelling from members of the UW—Madison community on the theme, “Seeing Color.” Stories have the power to engage, transform, and motivate people to action. This evening of storytelling is designed to build community and spark new connections that will be a hopeful witness on campus. Featured story tellers include: Bobbie Kelsey-Grayson, former UW Madison Women’s Basketball Coach; Maria Ahmad, Assistant Director at the Multicultural Student Center; Mike Hughes, Blackhawk College Pastor; and two students to be announced. Join us for the large group gathering followed by dinner together. Registration is now open!
February 18: Concert featuring Mike Mangione & The Kin
Mike Mangione & The Kin are an orchestral-folk group based in Milwaukee. Mike is a graduate of Marquette University and has recorded five albums. He suggests his music might not be appropriate for church, but that it can take you there. Featured local opening musicians are Hannah Busse and Travis Agnew. This event is held in partnership with St. Paul University Catholic Center. Registration is now open!
February 25: Kingdom Justice Summit #soallmayflourish
In partnership with Door Creek Church, the Kingdom Justice Summit is an annual event that asks the questions: “What is Kingdom Justice?” and “What might it look like in our city?” Speakers include Scott Arbeiter, president of World Relief; Kathy Kang, author and speaker; and Roberto Rivera, artist and president of The Good Life Organization. This year we are giving away all registration fees to local non-profits that are doing great work in our community. The eight selected organizations (Big Brothers Big Sisters, Centro Hispano, Force for Freedom, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, Lilada’s Living Room, Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, Shelter from the Storm Ministries, and The River Food Pantry) will be present at the Kingdom Justice Summit to share their stories and provide opportunities to get involved. Registration is now open!
February 23, March 2, & March 9: Strong and Weak Reading Group and Discussion
Do you want to become the kind of person whose influence leads to healthy organizations and communities? Are you a leader who uses your authority for the benefit of others, even in seasons of significant challenge and suffering? This fall, Andy Crouch joined us at Upper House to explore themes in his book, Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing. Join us for these follow-up events as we discuss Andy’s book in three sections. We encourage participants to attend all three discussions. Light snacks provided. Registration is now open!
March 3: Luncheon with Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, astronomer and author, on Science & Faith in Dialogue
Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is an accomplished NASA astrophysicist, author, and speaker, who studies star forming regions of our galaxy using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes. Join us for a luncheon as we hear Dr. Wiseman describe recent discoveries about black holes, distant galaxies, and even planets beyond Earth that could be habitable for life. We will discuss how these discoveries can inspire and shape our understanding of what it means to be human beings in a vast, dynamic, and fruitful universe. Registration is now open!
March 11: A contemplative Lenten retreat considering the Passion of Christ
This morning retreat will be led by the Benedictine Women of Madison of Holy Wisdom Monastery, who weave prayer, hospitality, justice, and care for the earth into a shared way of life. This Lenten retreat will provide a window into the Rule of Benedict in preparation of Easter, with a focus on personal preparation and the Passion of Christ. Registration is now open!
April 3: Joshua Ryan Butler on The Skeletons in God’s Closet
How can a loving God send people to Hell? Isn’t it arrogant to believe Jesus is the only way to God? Why is there so much violence in the Old Testament? Joshua Ryan Butler, author, speaker, and pastor of local and global outreach at Imago Dei Community in Portland, Oregon, tackles these questions head on in his paradigm-shifting book, The Skeletons in God’s Closet. Join us for this free event as we wrestle with these topics – these skeletons – and discover how they are proclamations of a God who is good in both his actions and his very nature. This event is held in partnership with Blackhawk Church. Registration is now open!
April 4: Joshua Ryan Butler and The Pursuing God
Is God lost? Many of us feel that way – as if it is our job to search for God and to find our faith. But what if we have it backward? Joshua Ryan Butler, author, speaker, and pastor of local and global outreach at Imago Dei Community in Portland, Oregon, tackles these questions in his book The Pursuing God, highlighting that Jesus reveals a God who comes after us. The question then becomes, “Do we want to be found?” Join us for this free event as we explore the revelation of a reconciling God who is in pursuit of us. This event is held in partnership with Blackhawk Church. Registration is now open!
April 7: Reimagining the Sacred & the Cool: A Literary Symposium
At a time when the study of literature—and the humanities more broadly—have become increasingly marginalized in academic environments, we will explore the reimaginative possibilities within contemporary literary expression, criticism, and scholarship. In this full day symposium, we welcome Lisa Ruddick (University of Chicago), Jon Baskin (The Point Magazine), G.C. Waldrep (Bucknell College and The Kenyon Review), John Wilson (Education & Culture), and Richard Kearney (Boston College), who will help us reconsider the sustaining, transformative, and perhaps sacred power of literature in our world today. Registration is now open!
April 21: Luncheon with Dr. Ashley Woodiwiss on Faithful Politics in an Age of Confrontation
Dr. Ashley Woodiwiss is the Grady Patterson Professor of Politics at Erskine College (formerly at Wheaton College). Join us for this free event as Dr. Woodiwiss explores practical, gracious, Christian approaches to political dialog in our unsettled time.
May 5-12: Study Week at Upper House
Upper House, in partnership with campus ministry and church organizations, will have extended open study hours and refreshments during finals week. Group study rooms are available for reservation. Join us as we finish the spring semester strong.
June 1: Dr. John Inazu on Confident Pluralism
Dr. John Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law & Religion and a Professor of Political Science at Washington University. Dr. Inazu’s book, Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference, provides an avenue toward civil discourse and living peaceably together in a polarized society. Join us for a conversation on how we can learn to thrive amidst deep difference.