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Crosswise Summer Experience

2018 Theme: God and the Brain

June 24-29, 2018

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2018 Crosswise Summer Experience Highlights

Future Issues. Enduring Faith.

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. This year’s theme will explore the relationship between our brains, our biology, and our beliefs.

Matt Popovits

Matt Popovits serves as Pastor of Our Saviour New York as well as the host of “The Spiritual Howcast” and “THREDPops” on YouTube, which offer insightful yet simple answers to the cultural and spiritual questions of skeptical people. He’s also the author of “Tough Call: A Little Book on Making Big Decisions” available at Amazon.com and the founder of VoxCon, a conference designed to help people become communicators that can’t be ignored. He and his high school sweetheart Lisa proudly live in the borough of Queens with their two children, Ava and Jack Matthew. You can connect with Matt via Twitter: @MattPopovits or at mattpopovits.com


Destin Sandlin

Destin Sandlin is an American engineer best known for his educational video series Smarter Every Day (SED), hosted on a YouTube channel of the same name launched in 2007.

Sandlin's YouTube channel garners over 5 million subscribers and over 425 million views. In early 2016, Sandlin was one of three YouTube personalities chosen to conduct a one-on-one interview with then-president Barack Obama after his final State of the Union address. The interviews were sponsored by Google and were part of a White House initiative to reach Millennial audiences.

Sandlin has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama and an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). He is currently a Ph.D. student in Engineering at UAH and a full-time Missile Flight Test Engineer at Redstone Arsenal. Destin is married with four children (two daughters and two sons).


S. Joshua Swamidass (MD, PhD)

S. Joshua Swamidass is a physician, scientist, and Assistant Professor of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis. He leads a computational biology group that studies information at the intersection of biology, chemistry, and medicine. He also is a speaker for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Veritas Forums. Recently, he served as a Science Advisor for AAAS Science for Seminaries, and now blogs at Peaceful Science


William Struthers

Dr. Struthers' lab research interests are in the neural mechanisms that underlie behavioral arousal and the processing of novel environments. His research employs the use of stereotaxic surgery, immunochemistry, and behavioral manipulations to investigate gene expression in the cingulate cortex and basal ganglia.

He recently received a grant from the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, an interdisciplinary research enterprise based at St Edmund's College, Cambridge University (UK) to examine uses and abuses of neuroscience research in society. Dr. Struthers has also been named a Visiting Research Fellow to Biola University's Center for Christian Thought in 2014 for his work on the impact of sexual exploitation on spirituality, and is part of the Oxford Interdisciplinary Seminars in Science and Religion: Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities.


Steve Young

Steve Young is a Professor of Music at Concordia University Irvine where he directs the Commercial Music and Worship Band programs. He teaches music theory, music technology, ensemble leadership, worship arts, composition and keyboard performance.

Steve has been a clinician and conference speaker throughout the country for over 20 years in the areas of music and worship arts and comes to Concordia Irvine with more than 25 years of professional experience as a studio and touring musician, composer, arranger, producer, creative consultant and church leader. His book, All About Music Technology in Worship (Hal Leonard) was published in 2004.
Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT, MFA, Music Composition
Concordia University, Irvine, CA, BA, Liberal Studies: Music
Grove School of Music, Los Angeles, CA, Music Composition
Grove School of Music, Los Angeles, CA, Keyboard Performance


Featuring the artistic talents of:

Micah Bournes

Micah Bournes is a poet, rapper, and blues singer from Long Beach, California. His work often touches on themes of culture, justice, and faith. Over the last 5 years, he’s grateful for the opportunities he’s had to share his work all over the world.


Blake Flattley

Blake Flattley is a singer, songwriter, liturgist and multi-instrumentalist. After 12 years serving churches as a Director of Parish Music (Southern California, New York City, Houston and Phoenix), Blake founded CommunionArts in 2017, an organization committed to providing training and creative resources to churches and empowering artists to create fulfilling works that enrich their communities. You can learn more about Blake and his music at BlakeFlattley.com and Communionarts.org
Concordia University, Irvine, California, M.A. 2017 (Theology)
Concordia University, Irvine, California, B.A. 2007 (Humanities: Music)

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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 $300, 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 by March 1, 2018

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 group activity. We are planning supervised outings to nearby places of interest such as a beach trips, a Major League Baseball game, a Movie Night, and more.

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.

BALANCE DUE

Please pay any remaining balance due by June 1 on our website.

Arriving in Irvine

PLEASE ARRIVE FOR CHECK IN

Arrive for check in between 4 - 5:30pm 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>/h4>

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.

PODCAST

You will have a chance to be part of a LIVE podcast from our event Friday.

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

Student Registration for Crosswise Summer Experience

Register for the event and we'll send you more information about how to attend.

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