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Crosswise Summer Experience

2019 Theme: Friends and Enemies

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Friends and Enemies: The Quest for Authentic Relationships

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The Quest for Authentic Relationships

What Happens at Crosswise?

Crosswise Institute is an intensive six-day summer experience for high school students who are willing to grapple with the most remarkable issues confronting our communities both now and into the future. The 2019 theme will explore what it means to have meaningful relationships in an uncertain world. What kind of risks are you willing to take to get to know someone? Are you willing to be known? Come be a part of the conversation!

Save the Date

  • June 23-28, 2019 at Concordia University Irvine
  • Crosswise is open to current High School students (grades 9-12).
  • Registration includes 5 nights in the CUI dorms, meals and “SoCal” excursions.

Speakers

Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D.

Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. is Professor of Biology at John Jay College of the City University of New York, where he explores the structure, function, and evolution of the human genome in search of hidden secrets, both for forensic and non-forensic purposes. He’s published 40-some research articles and book chapters and his work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, The National Science Foundation, and the US Department of Education. He’s also a very busy science writer. He blogs for Psychology Today and maintains The Human Evolution Blog, and his musings on human origins have appeared in Science, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Skeptic Magazine, and others. He is also the author of two popular science books: Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals and Human Errors: A Panorama of our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes.


Miroslav Volf

Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. He was educated in his native Croatia, the United States, and Germany, earning doctoral and post-doctoral degrees (with highest honors) from the University of Tübingen, Germany. He has written or edited more than 20 books and over 100 scholarly articles. His most significant books include Exclusion and Embrace (1996), winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, and one of Christianity Today’s 100 most important religious books of the 20th century; Allah: A Christian Response (2011), on whether Muslims and Christians have a common God; A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good (2011); and Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World (2016). His latest book, For the Life of the World: Theology that Makes a Difference, co-authored with Matthew Croasmun, was released in January (2019).


LT Charles S. Mallie, Chaplain, USN

Charlie Mallie, an alum of Concordia University, Irvine, is an ordained pastor in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, currently serving as a chaplain in the US Navy. Prior to his role with the military Rev. Mallie served as a parish pastor both in Laguna Beach, California and Tomball, Texas. Rev. Mallie’s first chaplaincy assignment for the Navy was to serve with Naval Support during Operation Enduring Freedom and Odyssey Dawn. He has also served as a team chaplain for SEAL Team 4 and SEAL Team 8. Today he serves as a base chaplain and division officer in Virginia Beach where he lives with his wife and three children.


Featuring the artistic talents of:

Micah Bournes

Micah Bournes is a poet and musician from Long Beach, California. He's most known for his dynamic performance of spoken word poetry. He writes often on themes of culture, justice, and faith.


Lucee

My name is Lucee, I am a singer-songwriter from LA. I started singing and writing 3 years ago after running from music my entire life. My inspiration to begin started with a group of young girls who, I could see, had recieved seeds of self-doubt and insecurity from the world. Seeing this broke my heart and made me realize those same seeds were also planted in me at a young age and I allowed them to grow into fear. I decided, if there was anything I could do to plant seeds of hope and life instead, I would. Music was my answer.

Registration for Crosswise Summer Experience

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* Your registration is complete when your pastor or youth worker submits a nomination. You may share this link where they will be directed to the form.





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Why should my son or daughter attend the Summer Experience at Crosswise?

The short answer is simple. Crosswise is a place where your son or daughter can practice wisdom. Crosswise will model what it means to be in dialogue: we explore how to think deeply, how to engage topics biblically, and how to serve God with our mind. It is our job to provide a rich variety of opportunities to have these important conversations over a six-day span. The topics we talk about aren’t going to have easy answers. In fact, we expect that many of the participants will come to differing conclusions on the presented material.

In case that’s not enough, there’s more:

  1. For $400, your son or daughter receives room, board, program and special activities for 6 days (Sunday evening through Friday morning).
  2. Participants will have a wide range of learning experiences: Big sessions, small groups, breakout sessions, planned activities, and special events.
  3. Each student will live on campus, getting a taste of collegiate life in a relaxed, but controlled, environment.
  4. Crosswise has sought nationally known presenters who are leaders in their respected fields, as well as established Lutheran theologians to use as conversation partners.
  5. The event will be led from a confessional Lutheran perspective, though we expect a wide variety of denominations represented.
  6. Travel scholarships are available for out-of-state participants. Contact us at crosswise@cui.edu for more information.

*Early bird registration price of $300 by March 1, 2019
*Full registration price of $400 by June 1, 2019

Essentials

Details about our Summer Experience and what to expect during your six-day stay at Concordia University Irvine.

Facilities

Crosswise is strategically located at the Concordia University Campus in Irvine, California.

Concordia’s hilltop setting is located fifty miles south of Los Angeles, eighty miles north of San Diego, and six miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The beautiful campus is sits atop a spectacular plateau overlooking Orange County.

And because it’s a university campus, all 70 acres of it is designed for students. Modern dorms, gated grounds, convenient food services, athletic fields, a student union, and fabulous meeting spaces. Easy to find, and quick to get to, the private college campus is an ideal setting for engaging the minds of high-schoolers as they come together from diverse locations and backgrounds to give voice to their ideas.

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Chaperones

At Crosswise, local church workers and Concordia students will serve as facilitators, supervisors, and guides during our time together.

Mentoring

Each Crosswise student participates in small group discussions led by a Concordia professor. In addition, the students can experience the academic and communal life of Concordia by attending breakout sessions that advance the theme of the event in the multiple disciplines of the liberal arts. These sessions promote an atmosphere of question-asking, critical thinking, and personal interaction with our professors and staff. Finally, every Crosswise main speaker is made available for individual questions and conversation after his/her presentation to encourage ongoing relationship building.

Activities

Each day we will have a variety of Community Life Activities.  Some of these will happen off campus to nearby places of interest.  Excursions in the past have included a beach trip, a Major League Baseball game and more.  Excursions for this year's Summer Experience will be revealed in the registration confirmation send a few weeks prior to the event date.

Worship

The themes we explore at Crosswise are always considered through the lens of Scripture. Here, we will cultivate an attitude of worship each day as we exalt our Creator God and refocus our minds on Him.

Getting Ready

Getting Ready for Your Trip

LIABILITY WAIVER and MEDICAL RELEASE FORM

You need to fill it out and have them signed by your parents. You absolutely need to print and bring this with you, and when you arrive we will collect them. If you don’t bring yours, your participation in the week will be seriously limited. If you want to scan and return it by email, that’s great too!

DON’T FORGET A PHOTO ID

You’ll need it to get through airport security. You should allow extra time to get through security at most airports. Allow yourself plenty of time.

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS/SPECIAL NEEDS

We will do our best to accommodate them by knowing this by June 10.

Arriving in Irvine

PLEASE ARRIVE FOR CHECK IN

Arrive for check in at the residence halls (see map buildings #23 & #26). This will also be your pick up spot for Friday at Noon.

FLYING

If you are flying, you will be arriving at the Orange County Airport (SNA). Please email your arrival information to crosswise@cui.edu. If you do not send us your arrival information, we won’t know when to pick you up! We will make every effort to meet you when you come through the security exit. If we miss you, find the baggage return downstairs, retrieve your bag(s) and look for our CUI students who are in charge of pick up and will be wearing Crosswise shirts and making themselves noticeable.

DRIVING

If you are driving, you will need to check in with the gate attendant when you arrive on campus. You will receive a parking permit (even if you are being dropped off) and will also note where you are allowed to park. Tell them you are here for “Crosswise” and they can show you on the map how to get to the Rho/Sigma dorms for check in.

STUDENTS DRIVING THEMSELVES

Students driving themselves are not allowed to leave campus in their vehicle for any reason while attending Crosswise. Cars left on campus for the week must have a valid parking pass from the attendant and it will be parked through Friday.

AT CONCORDIA IRVINE

FOR THE FOLKS BACK HOME

This is where you’re staying:

Concordia University Irvine
1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612

Campus Security: (949) 214-3000

We know most people at Crosswise will come equipped with their own cell phones which is fine. We just need them off during sessions. Please, no texting during sessions.

Concordia Irvine is a great place! Students will be housed with three other students in one of our dorm suites - sharing a bathroom. Rooms are equipped with mini fridges and microwaves. Laundry facilities are available for a small fee, bring your own detergent.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Dress is school clothes casual. Please keep in mind that you are attending an event for Crosswise Institute and we expect your dress to reflect the quality of participants that have registered to attend. Please don’t be sloppy. Bring your toothbrush and whatever it takes to make yourself presentable. Remember to cover the Five B’s when packing --- we don’t wanna see your butt, belly, bra, boobs, boxers!
  • Beach stuff (sunscreen, hat, sandals. Girls: modest suit. Guys: speedon'ts)
  • 1 outfit per day, socks, underwear (+ 1 extra of each)
  • Pajamas
  • Shoes
  • Sweatshirt (for cooler evenings at ball game and the beach)
  • Toiletries: shampoo/conditioner, soap, bath towel/washcloth, toothbrush/toothpaste, comb/brush, deodorant, any medications needed
  • Bedding (twin sheets/blanket, pillow or sleeping bag)
  • Bible & something to write with

MEDICATION

If you require medication don’t forget to bring it. Make sure the Crosswise staff is aware of any medical concerns and if you will have prescription med with you. If you take a prescription medicine, be sure to bring it in its original container.

WHAT YOU DON’T NEED

What you don’t need is anything in your bag that will jeopardize your attendance with us! You shouldn’t really need personal entertainment devices. If you plan to listen to music to fall asleep, use earbuds to be respectful to your sleeping roommate.

MONEY???

You shouldn’t need much if any. All meals and activities listed on the schedule are provided. Anything additional that you would like while on our off-campus excursions will be at your own expense. Basically, your needs will be met by Crosswise.

What to Expect

OFF SITE EXCURSIONS

We’ll take you to two local “hot spots” that our CUI students enjoy as well as some others to enhance your Southern California experience. All transportation is by charter bus. The dynamic duo of Rev. Mark Manning & DCE Heather Manning will be your “night life” devotional leaders along with their team of CUI students.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Begin meeting fellow participants as you prepare for Crosswise…
Twitter: @CUICrosswise
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CUICrosswise/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/cuicrosswise/

TEAM TABLE TALK

You will be in groups of 8-12 throughout the week to unpack the content shared by the plenary speakers in a smaller group led by one of our CUI Christ College professors of Theology.

Crosswise is going to be a great experience! You are going to gather with other youth and adults for an amazing week of fellowship, discussion, fun, worship, spiritual growth and a great time. You will be leading devotions, shooting hoops, swimming, expressing your creativity, and enjoying some great food...AND you are going to meet some of the coolest teenagers from across the country! Be prepared for busy days, late nights and lots of fun.

The Crosswise Team and I are looking forward to welcoming you to Irvine. Take time to check out the website again in the coming days to know our faces before you arrive. We pray for your safe travel and for a great week in Southern California.

Sample Schedule

Sunday

1 pm - 5 pm
Airport pick ups

4 - 6 pm
Check-in, room assignments, get settled, pre-evaluation
*Campus tours available for parents/families

6 pm
Community Building

6:30 pm
Dinner

7:30 pm
Welcome, Prayer & Praise
Ice Cream Fellowship
Team time

11 pm
In Rooms/Lights Out

Monday

8 am
Breakfast

9 am
Prayer/Praise
Plenary Sessions
Team Table Talk

12:30 pm
Lunch

1:30 pm
Campus Tour

2 pm
Free Time
On campus activity

3 pm
Plenary Session

5 pm
Free Time

7 pm
Dinner
On campus activity

9:30 pm
Dorm Devos
Team Time

11 pm
In Rooms / Lights Out

Tuesday

8 am
Breakfast

9 am
Prayer/Praise
Breakout Sessions

12:00 pm
Lunch

1:30 pm
Board Busses

Off-site Excursion
TBD

Dinner
Provided off-site

Return to Campus

11 pm
In Rooms / Lights Out

Wednesday

8 am
Breakfast

9 am
Prayer/Praise
Breakout Sessions

12:30 pm
Lunch

1:30 pm
Free Time
On-campus activity

3 pm
Plenary Session

5 pm
Dinner

6:45 pm
Board Busses

Off-site Excursion
TBD

Return to Campus

9:30 pm
Dorm Devos
Team Time

11 pm
In Rooms / Lights Out

Thursday

8 am
Breakfast

9 am
Prayer/Praise
Plenary Sessions
Team Table Talk

12:00 pm
Lunch

2:30 pm
Board Busses

Off-site Excursion
Volleyball, Frisbee, Tide Pools, Bonfire

5:30 pm
BBQ at the beach
Bonfire & Devos

9:30 pm
Return to Campus

10 pm
Free Time

11 pm
In Rooms / Lights Out

Friday

8 am
Breakfast

9 am
Prayer/Praise
LIVE Podcast Broadcast
Closing thoughts & Final Evaluation

11 am
Pack up /Good bye’s
Check out of rooms
Box lunches

12:00 pm
Official end of event
Parents start to arrive for pick up!

Shuttles to SNA airport as needed

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