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September 28, 2019

CU New York Fall Kick-Off


On Saturday, CU New York hosted its 3rd annual fall kickoff event. A group of over 50 young professionals enjoyed a cruise on the Hudson. Recent graduates were excited for the opportunity to connect with other like-minded professionals as they search for a church home and a fruitful community amidst the bustling culture of New York.

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June 20, 2019

CU Cities Conference 2019

June 20-21, 2019

New York City, New York

The CU Cities Conference 2019 convened graduate students and diverse professionals, from recent graduates to seasoned pros, from across industries, to explore compelling ideas about faith and its relevance to every facet of our lives. You can find video recordings from our plenary speakers here and audio recordings from our breakout speakers here from the CU Cities Conference in 2019. 


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May 20, 2019

True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World

Forum with David Skeel

Christian Union New York was excited to hold its first Forum of the year on Monday, May 20. The night’s speaker was David Skeel, S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Drawing on his wide range of expertise, Professor Skeel spoke to the audience, not on bankruptcy law, but on an approach to apologetics fit for our postmodern era.


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May 9, 2019

Vocation and the Kingdom of God

Breakfast with N.T. Wright

On Thursday, 9 May, Christian Union New York was delighted to host Professor N.T. Wright for a breakfast discussion on Vocation and the Kingdom of God. Drawing from his Gifford Lectures (delivered at the University of Aberdeen in 2018) and ideas penned in several of his books (primarily Surprised by Hope and Simply Christian), Professor Wright gave an insightful call to all Christians to advance the Kingdom of God through our vocations by enacting justice, creating beauty and “standing at the dangerous intersection of Heaven and Earth.”



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May 7, 2019

God and the Newsroom

Salon with Paul Glader

Twenty-four attendees gathered on Tuesday night to hear from Paul Glader at Christian Union New York’s latest salon. Glader, Associate Professor of Journalism, Media and Entrepreneurship at The King's College, spoke on God and the Newsroom, highlighting both the current tensions between the media and religion and the potential that exists for a mutually beneficial relationship.


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May 6, 2019

A Night of Glorious Praise

Local Ministries, Musicians Unite for Worthy ’19

By Grace Choi, Cornell ’22

Loud echoes of worship could be heard from Barnes Hall on Saturday, March 9, as a crowd gathered for Worthy ’19, a campus and community-wide effort that drew musicians, singers, artists, and performers from Cornell University, Ithaca College, local churches, and community organizations during the Lent season.


Jazz musician and visiting lecturer Joe Salzano organized the unique, multimedia worship night.

This year’s event, titled “Song of Salvation,” featured a mini-orchestra, a brass ensemble, members of Christian Union and Cru’s worship teams, and two of Cornell’s a cappella groups: Measureless A Cappella and Baraka Kwa Wimbo Gospel Ensemble. The event was sponsored by Campus On A Hill, Cornell Worship Workshop, and the Cornell Department of Music and was well attended by students. 

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April 18, 2019

Biblical Literacy in America

By Matt Allen

On Thursday 18 April, Christian Union New York invited Chuck Stetson to speak on Biblical Literacy. With George Barna’s research showing that only 7 percent of Americans have a biblical worldview (whereby the Bible is the primary resource through which one understands the world), Stetson took the evening to tell his audience what can be done to see that number increase and why this endeavor is so important.


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March 29, 2019

How (And How Not) to Watch a Movie

Salon with Caleb Brown 

by Matt Allen

Christian Union New York adopted a new format for their latest salon on March 26, 2019, when they invited guest speaker Caleb Brown to speak on the topic How (And How Not) to Watch a Movie. Rather than the usual lecture followed by Q&A format, Brown led a room of nearly thirty attendees through the pilot episode of Downton Abbey, taking regular pauses to point to the expertly crafted use of camera-angles, iconography, and audio that casual viewers (i.e. the majority of us) rarely pick up on. A short but lively discussion followed.

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February 27, 2019

Fasting: Personal Torture or Connection with God?

Salon with Professor Amy Davis Abdallah

On Wednesday February 27, Christian Union New York hosted a salon on the important, though not overly popular, spiritual discipline of fasting. With Lent commencing on March 6, this discussion, led by Professor Amy Davis Abdallah of Nyack College, explored the biblical underpinnings of fasting, best practices, and its connection to Lent. Over thirty attendees were present.

Professor Davis suggested that one way of looking at the Fall is to see it as Adam and Eve breaking a partial fast, choosing a forbidden food over total reliance on God. Jesus then redeemed this wrong at the start of his ministry by successfully fasting, declaring before the tempter that “One does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

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January 21, 2019

The New Frontier of Mission

Salon with Mark Reynolds

On Thursday January 17, Christian Union New York welcomed over thirty guests to hear Mark Reynolds (of Redeemer City to City) teach on church planting in global cities. Through a Salon entitled The New Frontier of Mission, Reynolds outlined effective ways for Church planters and Christian leaders to engage the city around them, along with advice on how to avoid common pitfalls.

The central point of the discussion focused on what Reynolds described as the “Two-Cities” theory. 

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As outlined in a simple diagram Reynolds handed out at the start of his talk, the church can often be described as one smaller “second city” within the larger “first city.” 

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December 4, 2018

The Fall of the Household

Salon with Aaron Renn

Christian Union New York hosted a salon titled, "The Fall of the Household" on December 4, 2018. Aaron Renn discussed the challenges posed to the family and the church by the changing nature and function of the household.


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November 29, 2018

Salon with Justin Whitmel Earley

Habits of Purpose in an Age of Distraction

Christian Union Washington, DC, was delighted to host Justin Whitmel Earley on November 29, 2018, for the second of two salons that he led this month. Earlier this month, Justin led a hugely popular salon in New York City titled, "Habits of Purpose in an Age of Distraction." Justin led a second salon on the same topic for graduate students and young professionals in Washington, DC. 

If you missed the details from the New York City salon, the following is what Early shared in Washington, DC, including the audio recording from the event. 

DCSalonJasonWEarleyEarley’s topic, “Habits of Purpose in an Age of Distraction” is practical, but he began the discussion by sharing his personal story.  Once a missionary in Asia, Earley returned to the US to follow a call from the Lord to become a lawyer.  After excelling at Georgetown Law School, landing his dream job, and starting a family all seemed to well.  Yet one day in that first year of work he was overcome by a sense of existential paranoia – he couldn’t sleep, he could no longer handle basic household tasks, his heart and mind raced.  A trip to the ER only diagnosed severe anxiety – but no solution.  Crippling anxiety began to tear down the good life he had established.

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November 19, 2018

To Change the World

Salon with James Davison Hunter

By Scott Crosby

The social analysis and theory of culture contained within James Davison Hunter’s book To Change The World comprises much of the academic foundation upon which Christian Union New York’s mission is built. Being so heavily informed by this work, CU New York was excited to host a breakfast discussion on To Change The World at the Union League Club on Friday, October 26, 2018. Over twenty of CU New York’s young professionals were in attendance.

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November 13, 2018

Habits of Purpose in an Age of Distraction

Salon with Justin Whitmel Earley

By Matt Allen

Christian Union New York was delighted to host Justin Whitmel Earley on November 13, 2018, for the first of two salons that he is leading this month. Salons can typically accomodate up to 20 participants. This event was hugely popular, with twenty-five in attendance and many more on the waitlist. Graduate students and professionals gathered to learn about the topic, "Habits of Purpose in an Age of Distraction."


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October 4, 2018

Christian Union New York’s Second Annual Fall Kick-Off Cruise

Saturday, September 29, 2018

New York City, New York

Over fifty recent graduates and young professionals crowded onto the Manhattan II yacht for a wonderful night of fellowship facilitated by “CU Mingle Bingo” (both an icebreaker and tongue-twister in one), delicious appetizers, and perfect fall weather.


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September 27, 2018

Prayer, Revival, and Societal Transformation

Q and A with George Otis

The Christian Union Cities Conference in New York this summer, George Otis, Jr.  spoke about the great awakenings in the United States and the ensuing socio-economical impact that followed in various cities and communities that were “overwhelmed by the grace and presence of God.” Christian Union: The Magazine recently interviewed him regarding the role of individual and corporate prayer in these outpourings.

Otis is the founder and president of the Sentinel Group, a U.S.-based Christian research, media, and training agency “dedicated to helping revival-hungry communities discover the pathway to societal transformation.”


Best known as the producer of the award-winning Transformations documentaries − a series that has been viewed by an estimated 250 million people in 175 nations − Otis has also authored six books and is a frequent speaker at international conferences and symposia.

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September 26, 2018

Washington, DC, September Salon

Christ, Culture and Clapham:
 A Discussion of Cobelligerency and Creativity to Seek the Common Good

On September 25, 2018, Christian Union hosted its first DC salon, an evening with Mark Rodgers on the theory of social change pursued by William Wilberforce and Hannah More in their efforts to "reform the manners" of late eighteenth-century England.


Rodgers is Principal of a company known as the The Clapham Group, which is inspired by the original Clapham Sect, a group made up of Wilberforce, More and like-minded friends. Rodgers discussed how the approach of the original Clapham Sect impacts his work today, and how we ought to engage society should we wish to achieve similar results.

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June 5, 2018

A Deeper Walk

Overcoming Blocks to Intimacy with God

On June 5, 2018 CU New York was delighted to feature chair of the board of Christian Healing Ministries, Lee Ann Rummell, for a powerful night of encouragement to align our lives with God’s ways.  


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May 26, 2018

Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Led by Dr. Stamenka Antonova

Christian Union New York hosted salon tours of the Met on May 25 and June 1, 2018 titled, "The Cradle of Early Christianity: Ancient Mediterranean Culture and Religious Art at the Met."


Dr. Stamenka Antonova shared rich insight into the museum's ancient exhibits. Professionals and graduate students in New York connected with fellow Christians during an evening of lively conversation and learning. 

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May 9, 2018

Christian Union New York Prayer Gathering

A Call for Prayer Revival

On May 9, 2018, Christian Union New York gathered graduate students and professionals in New York City for an hour of prayer. The prayer time was led by Pastor Dimas Salaberrios, Bill Hwang, Matt Bennett and Eric Metaxas.


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