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November 2019

Tell a Better Story: Discovering, Writing, and Sharing Your Life Story

November 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dottie’s Ranch, 4136 Rutland Dunn Town Line Road
Oregon, Wisconsin 53575
$40

What is the story God is writing through your life? In this one-day writer’s workshop, Leslie Leyland Fields, award-wining author, editor, teacher, and international speaker, will lead participants through creative writing exercises that seek to discover and trace God’s hands through the messiness and complexities of our lives. With that goal in mind, Leslie will present the dynamic writing process she has used as a writer and a teacher of writing that is both practical and inspiring, from accessing memory and…

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Making All Things New: God’s Dream for Global Justice

November 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Upper House, 365 East Campus Mall, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53715

There are many injustices in the world: human trafficking, young girls trapped in brothels, child soldiers forced to become killers, unchecked plagues and diseases, economic disparities, and the oppression of the poor. We might feel helpless to do anything about it, but God has a dream to bring healing and justice to the world. How is God making all things new? How can we partner with God as he brings his dream to reality? York Moore will join us at Upper…

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Do Something Beautiful: The Story of Everything & Finding Your Place in It

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Upper House, 365 East Campus Mall, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53715

Do you find yourself chasing "something more"? We seem to be people seized by longings we can't satisfy. This longing is built into our very nature. We were created with an innate desire to be part of a story bigger than our own. Sadly, most of us spend our lives blind to the fact that this story is right in front of us, beckoning us to come and play our part. Still, we continue to pursue everything else and remain…

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Hold Fast: Theology, Art, and the Book of Revelation

November 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Upper House, 365 East Campus Mall, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53715

Through all its prophetic imagery, what is happening in the Book of Revelation, and what does it mean for us today? How do you artistically represent the Book of Revelation? In this conversation, InterVarsity Urbana Program Director, Úna Lucey-Lee, and Urbana Artist in Residence, Leslie Iwai, will discuss the theology behind and within Hold Fast, an art installation originally commissioned for InterVarsity’s Urbana 2018 Conference, and how it uniquely communicates the story of the seven churches from the Book of Revelation.  This event is designed to…

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Hold Fast: An Art Experience

November 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Upper House, 365 East Campus Mall, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53715

“But hold fast what you have till I come." The Book of Revelation opens with a compelling vision of holiness, light and intimacy.  The author John describes his vision of Jesus Christ standing amidst seven golden lampstands, which represent the seven churches in Asia Minor to whom the book is written. From his place among the lampstands, Jesus admonished, commended, and made promises to each of the seven churches. Leslie's art installation of seven woolen garments, entitled Hold Fast, reflects each of the…

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The Church in “Post-Christian” Dane County: New Survey Data

November 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Upper House, 365 East Campus Mall, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53715

Madison was recently ranked by the Barna Group as the eleventh most “post-Christian city in America,” a designation that presents opportunities as well as challenges to the Church. Based on research exploring the 300+ churches in Dane County, covering everything from demographics and worship styles to correlations between location, theology, and political alignment, Christopher James will present his new findings on the state of Christianity in and around the Madison area. Moving past nostalgic reminisces and laments of decline, James’ research…

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December 2019

Hope is Alive Christmas Concert with Ellie Holcomb

December 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Upper House, 365 East Campus Mall, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53715
$20 – $75

Join us for an intimate concert with singer-songwriter Ellie Holcomb, a Nashville native, who began her musical career by touring the country with her husband in Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. After eight years, and with the birth of their daughter, Emmylou, Ellie opted to step out of the role of heavy touring. From that space came her debut solo album, As Sure As The Sun, which charted at #1 on the iTunes Christian chart and helped deem Holcomb the “Best…

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Extended Study Hours during Finals Week

December 12 - December 19

Finals can be stressful. Finding study space shouldn't be. Study for your finals at Upper House and enjoy: One of the best study environments on campus: comfy seating, great aesthetics, and beautiful views. Extended study hours: see the schedule below. Heart-felt hospitality: food to fuel the studying. During finals week, we partner with campus ministries and churches to provide study space and food so that you can successfully prepare for your final exams. Throughout the week, our friends from A Just…

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