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January 20, 2020

Monday, January 20 - Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Join fellow Christians across America in a ten-day fast (fasting from food). Participants will follow the example of men and women of Scripture who humbled themselves and sought the Lord through fasting. Our country needs the spiritual renewal that only God can bring. May He hear our cry and answer!

Starting Monday, January 20, 2020, participants will seek God through the biblical practice of fasting. You may choose to fast from all foods for the entire ten days—drinking only liquids—or you may choose to fast one or two meals each day. For some, health limitations will require a different type of fast (see fasting resources). However God leads you, we are thrilled to have you be a part.

January 16, 2020
Join Me and Believers from Across America for a Ten-Day Fast; Where Do We Stand on Abortion?; His Sister Was Sex-Trafficked for 6 Years — Here’s How He’s Devoted His Life to Fighting It; C.S. Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert; Tolkien’s Deadly Dragons; China Sentences Pastor Wang Yi to Nine Years in Prison and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He also is to be feared above all gods.
— 1 Chronicles 16:25

January 7, 2020
Yale students are seeking to change the moral, cultural, and political landscape surrounding abortion on their campus and beyond. 

Vita et Veritas

By Luke Brown, Dartmouth ’18

 

Yale students are seeking to change the moral, cultural, and political landscape surrounding abortion on their campus and beyond. 

 

Through Vita et Veritas, a pro-life conference in its seventh year, the student organizers from Choose Life at Yale (CLAY) aimed to provide a venue for thoughtful, productive, and nonpartisan discussion of the abortion issue and its broader implications for scholars, activists, and students. CLAY members “believe the right to life is fundamental, and we design our conference to help and inspire others to advocate for the lives of the unborn,” according to its website.

January 2, 2020

Princeton Students Lead National March for Life 

By Jon Garaffa, Princeton ’20

 

On Friday, January 18, students from Princeton University were at the forefront of the March for Life in Washington, D.C., an annual rally aiming to protest peacefully the practice and legality of abortion in the United States. The rally started in 1974 and takes places annually near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the decision of the Supreme Court to decriminalize abortion.

 

This year, students from Princeton Pro-Life led the march, chanting in the front row as they proceeded through the city. Many Princeton students had come to the march in previous years. “It was really different to be able to march in the front and see all the people we were leading,” stated Allie Burton ’17, who served as past vice president of Princeton Pro-Life and made her third trip back to D.C. this year. “Personally, it was a very special moment for me when we marched past the Supreme Court.” Ally Cavazos ’19, the president emerita of Princeton Pro-Life, gave a speech to the crowd to fit the pro-science theme of the March for 2019: “Unique from Day One.”

January 1, 2020

January 20 - January 29, 2020

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“But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.” - Daniel 1:8

Who can stand against the living God when He chooses to act? No matter where our culture is currently, everything will change in a heartbeat when the God of the nations acts - and He acts when His people rise up, repent of sins, pray and fast and seek His face. What could be better than joining with so many others across the U.S. to fight in the spiritual realms through prayer and fasting?

December 31, 2019
The Sexual State; Fast with Believers Across America; Ten Questions for the New Year; When Passion Leads to Burnout; Last Chance to Make an End of the Year Gift and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways.
— Haggai 1:5

December 19, 2019
The New Testament in Its World: How History Can Revitalize Faith; Christmas Doesn't Ignore Your Pain; Pressing Toward the Mark at Princeton; The Dark Psychology of Social Networks; Faculty Call for Ideological Diversity; Trevin Wax's 10 Favorite Reads of 2019 and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
 
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She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.
— Matthew 1:21

December 14, 2019
Renowned Yale University professor is openly questioning academia’s unwavering allegiance to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Yale Professor: Theory of Evolution Is “Religion” to Most Scholars  

By Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

 

Renowned Yale University professor is openly questioning academia’s unwavering allegiance to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

 

David Gelernter recently sparked controversy when the Yale alumnus of 1976 published a candid, favorable review of several books dismantling core aspects of Darwin’s theory. The professor of computer science highlighted gaps in the theory of evolution by natural selection, despite its status within academic circles as the bedrock of science’s modern worldview.

December 14, 2019
Harvard Chaplains Pat and Tammy McLeod are sharing the account of their son’s traumatic brain injury.

Harvard Chaplains Pat and Tammy McLeod are sharing the account of their son’s traumatic brain injury and resulting disability in a new book entitled, Hit Hard: One Family’s Journey of Letting Go of What Was – and Learning to Live Well with What Is.

December 14, 2019

“Whose Are We?”

By Aidan Stoddart, Harvard ’21

 

Editor’s note: The following staff editorial is reprinted with permission from The Harvard Ichthus, a journal of Christian thought and expression produced by undergraduates at Harvard University. This editorial is part one in the journal’s three-part series (to read parts two and three, visit http://harvardichthus.org).

 

In an article published in October of last year, The Harvard Crimson explored the ramifications of a new study from Harvard Medical School Professor Cindy Hsin-Ju Liu. A national survey conducted by Liu and her colleagues found that 20 percent of college students reported suicidal thoughts, 25 percent reported diagnosis or treatment for a mental health disorder in the previous year, 20 percent reported self-harm, and 10 percent reported having attempted suicide. 

 

December 13, 2019
Christian A Cappella Group Welcomes Stanford Students

Testifying in Song

By Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

 

Stanford Testimony Christian A Cappella kicked off the new academic year by welcoming members of the class of 2023 during a spirited performance on the opening evening of classes.


On September 23, Testimony joined with nine other student a cappella groups to stage the annual O-Show, Stanford University’s biggest a cappella event of the year. Each of the groups performed two songs during the 9 p.m. show at Memorial Auditorium. Stanford’s largest indoor performance facility was nearly filled to its 1,705-seat capacity for the annual gathering. The a cappella organizations banded together to greet students, especially frosh, and to invite undergraduates to audition for the coveted slots in the celebrated choirs. Per tradition, alumni of the musical groups returned for the back-to-school event. The O-Show is “one of the best ways we reach out to the campus broadly,” said Nate Marshall, president of Testimony. “We bring together the larger community. It’s a big a cappella scene.”

 

December 13, 2019
Princeton Students Inspired by Spring Semester ‘Boot Camp’

'Go and Make Disciples'

By Shelby Brainard, Princeton ’22

 

Most Princeton students spend their summers engaged in activities such as internships, summer jobs, or backpacking trips, but undergraduates Jack Monaco and John Smith dedicated their long break to sharing the Gospel.

The students’ spiritual fervor on summer break was the direct result of an effort at advanced discipleship by then-Princeton senior Mikal Walcott. During the latter half of the 2019 spring semester, Walcott led a group of five underclassmen (including Monaco and Smith) in an intensive, seven-week spiritual “boot camp” that included an hour of morning prayer and two hours of afternoon instruction, Monday through Friday.

Walcott created this cohort after feeling called by God to pass along his knowledge and experience in advancing God’s kingdom to younger disciples. Although the commitment of nearly fifteen hours a week to prayer and instruction was difficult at a university like Princeton, the five young men immediately began to testify to incredible fruit and growth in their lives as a result of their commitment to the Lord and to each other during those six weeks. 

December 13, 2019
Institute for Catholic Life Fosters Religious Discourse

Institute for Catholic Life Fosters Religious Discourse

By Jon Garaffa, Princeton ’20

 

The Aquinas Institute for Catholic Life is a new initiative that will focus on the faith formation of Princeton students. Directed by married couple Alexi Sargeant and Leah Libresco Sargeant, and coordinated by Dr. R.J. Snell, the initiative comes out of the Aquinas Institute, the Catholic campus ministry at Princeton. Focusing on members of the undergraduate community, the Institute for Catholic Life offers a variety of seminars and guest speakers and hopes to create new conversations on campus related to faith and religious scholarship. 

 

“As we develop, the vision is to provide a full range of formation,” explained Dr. Snell. “This includes liturgy and sacraments, small groups, Bible study, mentoring and spiritual direction, prayer, and also solid intellectual offerings in theology, philosophy, arts, and literature dealing with perennial Christian themes, as well as responding to contemporary questions and topics.”

December 13, 2019
Penn Campus Stunned by Administrator’s Suicide

Ministry Leaders Seek to Foster Hope, Community 

By Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

 

In the wake of the suicide of Gregory Eells, the University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, local campus ministry leaders pledged to actively support students battling depression.

Christians with ties to Penn also expressed a desire to help foster a better sense of community and to emulate the hope of Christ to their collegiate peers.

“Community is a big help. Welcoming people in and being especially attentive to those who are struggling is important,” said Patrick Travers, a director with the Penn Catholic Newman Community (newman.upenn.edu). In light of eternal matters, “the good news of the Gospel and the new life that Christ invites us to is quite different from the ‘successful life’ that Penn preaches.”

December 13, 2019

Penn for Jesus Hosts Edifying Event 

By Avery Johnston, Penn ’23

 

Colossians 3:16 proclaims the fullness of joy and wisdom that can be gleaned from worshiping with other followers of the Lord: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (ESV)

 

The Scriptures make it clear how worship and fellowship will be used for building up one another. The All-Campus Worship Night at the University of Pennsylvania on September 28, 2019, certainly worked to rejuvenate the local community of Christians. The event, held at beautiful Christ Community Church, was hosted by Penn for Jesus, an organization with a mission of connecting and unifying all Christians on campus, irrespective of denomination, participation in any specific on-campus ministry, and church background.

December 13, 2019

Late Journalist Remembered for His “Gracious Spirit”

By Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer


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One of the nation’s leading newspapers recently shared the remarkable story of the Harvard-educated journalist behind one of its prestigious awards.

 

The New York Times highlighted the memory of Nathaniel Nash and the paper’s efforts to create an award in his honor for a business journalist who exemplifies professional excellence and exceptional character. The publication also designated a Nathaniel C. Nash room to pay tribute to the reporter who died in 1996 while traveling with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ronald Brown and his delegation of business leaders and government officials.

December 13, 2019

Prayer Room Is Open for Students, Ministries, and Churches 

By Luke Brown, Dartmouth ’18

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Empowered by the Prayer Room, Dartmouth students are interceding for each other, their campus, and the world. 

Nestled among second floor apartments on Main Street in Hanover, New Hampshire, the Prayer Room stands humbly and boldly as a space to seek the Lord in silence and solitude or in praise. Started in 2009 by two community members, its mission is “to promote the expansion of God’s kingdom in Hanover by providing students and others a sacred space dedicated to enabling them to encounter Christ, equipping them in the work of intercession, and empowering them to be His ambassadors in this world.”

December 13, 2019

Campus Ministry Is Tight-Knit Community 

By Luke Brown, Dartmouth ’18

Agape
Agape Christian Fellowship celebrated the seniors during their Senior Sendoff event in the spring.


Agape Christian Fellowship is providing a loving and welcoming place in which Dartmouth students can seek the Lord. 

Agape, living out the meaning of its Greek name, seeks to shower the campus in God’s sacrificial love. The ministry’s vision proclaims that “even the slightest contact with agape love transforms... Knowing God’s love brings us gently toward a joyful surrender and commitment to sacrificial love for others. God’s love creates family, and that’s what we strive to be.”

Liz Choi, Dartmouth ’20, the student president of Agape, said, “When people enter our space, I want them to feel loved and I hope that, as Christians, we can be vessels for God to use on this campus.”

December 13, 2019
Dave Evans Lectures at Dyson School

Dave Evans Lectures at Dyson School

By Zachary Lee, Cornell ’20 

 

In September, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University hosted Stanford Professor and author Dave Evans, who spoke about how the application of design thinking can bring fulfillment and meaning. Evans, co-author of the New York Times’ bestseller, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, appeared as part of the Dyson Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

 

Featuring his signature rapid-fire wit and humor, Evans lit up a full Statler Auditorium with anecdotes and constructive advice, speaking right to Cornell students’ penchant for problem solving and strategy. Even though he did not share specifically about his faith, an astute ear could catch allusions to Christianity. Evans previously wrote a companion to Designing Your Life that dives deeper into the themes of the book and examines their place within the Christian worldview.

December 13, 2019

She Could Not Look Away

By Francine Barchett, Cornell ’20

 

Dr. Mary Li Ma never expected to be a whistleblower against abuse in China’s churches. She hadn’t even encountered a Christian nor seen a Bible until fifteen years ago.

 

Life as Ma knew it began to unravel as she was studying at Cornell for her doctorate in sociology. Relationship after failed relationship rekindled memories of her own abusive father. Soon, her clear-cut academic trajectory, which had led her from China to Oxford and then all the way to Ithaca, started to take a downward spiral. Then depression flooded in, leading to months and months of utter hopelessness.

 
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