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Christian Union Lumine LogoThe ministry at Columbia — now called Christian Union Lumine — is a student organization that is focused on Christian leadership development.

Christian Union Lumine provides in-depth study of Scripture, leadership training, fellowship, and support for Christian students, as well as resources to help any interested students — regardless of their spiritual background — learn about Christianity.

The group's main activities include intellectually rigorous Bible courses, a weekly lecture series called Illumina, conferences, and various outreaches on campus. If you are a current or prospective student, or have a question about Christian Union at Columbia, please contact our ministry faculty there via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Christian Union is an independent Christian ministry.

Christian Union Faculty

Christian Union's faculty mentor, disciple and train students involved in the ministry. Meet the Christian Union faculty team that works with Columbia students. 

Christian Union Lumine Cornerstone Partners

If you would be interested in helping support the work of Christian Union at Columbia, please consider becoming a Christian Union Lumine Cornerstone Parnter.


  • In 2019-20,183 undergraduate students at Columbia enrolled in Christian Union's rigorous, weekly Bible courses. 
  • This year, one full-time Christian Union ministry faculty works directly with students, providing Bible course instruction, mentorship and leadership coaching.
  • The leadership lecture series, Illumina, addressed a host of challenging, inspiring topics throughout the year like Is God Sexist?; Our Justice Calling; and If We Have Science, Why Do We Need God?
  • Conferences took students off campus twice and provided stellar teaching on the book of John, times of worship and community building.
  • The outreach team organized a Holy Week fast and daily devotional in which 50 students took part.
  • Weekly Sunday night dinners and prayer were a community cornerstone and the foundation for Lumine's seeking God culture.


Columbia University
Founded 1754
Spiritual Heritage New York City and the Anglicans initially disagreed as to what Columbia's religious affiliation would be, but eventually, all constituencies agreed to commit themselves to principles of religious liberty. 
Motto In Lumine Tuo Videbimus Lumen; "In thy Light, We Shall See the Light."
Undergraduate Students 6,202
Graduate Students 22,861
Faculty 4,370
Staff 18,430

Christian Union at Columbia
Year the ministry was founded 2011
Full-time Christian Union ministry faculty 1
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