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Christian Union

At Columbia University

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


  • In 2018-19, 123 undergraduate students at Columbia enrolled in Christian Union's rigorous, weekly Bible courses. 
  • This year, four full-time Christian Union ministry faculty work directly with students, providing Bible course instruction, mentorship and leadership coaching.
  • The leadership lecture series, Illumina, addresses a host of challenging, inspiring topics throughout the year. 
  • Daily prayer gatherings take place throughout the year, and many students also fast together as they seek the Lord for themselves and their campus. 


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 themsleves to principles of religious liberty. 
Motto In Lumine Tuo Videbimus Lumen; "In thy Light, We Shall See the Light."
Undergraduate Students 6,000
Graduate Students 15,206
Faculty 3,999
Staff 16,613

Christian Union at Columbia
Year the ministry was founded 2011
Full-time Christian Union ministry faculty 4
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