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Leaders Matter

Leaders developed at  Columbia University shape the future of our country by determining what media gets disseminated, what laws get passed, and how major decisions get made. Columbia has produced three United States presidents, 125 Pulitzer Prize winners and 39 Oscar winners, as well as countless other leaders including investor Warren Buffett, author J.D. Salinger, and economist Milton Friedman.

Today, however, we see many examples of failing leadership. We are a country that does not always protect the most vulnerable among us, that worships idols, such as money and fame, and that is focused on secular, earthly goals rather than spiritual and eternal ones. Raising up godly leaders at Columbia is the start of having God at the center of our culture. Christian Union Lumine, which ministers to Columbia University, invites you to become a partner in creating faithful leaders to transform our nation.


Who is shaping tomorrow's leaders?
A handful of universities and cities have an outsized influence on our nation’s culture. Nearly 70 percent of the nation’s most influential leaders come from just one percent of schools. Many of these institutions, including Columbia, were founded on Christian principles. Columbia’s charter stipulated that the president “shall forever hereafter be a member of, and in communion with the Church of England.”

There is also an emphasis placed on the importance of perpetual prayer on the campus. The charter states: “We do further will, ordain, and direct, that there shall be forever hereafter publick morning and evening service constantly performed.” Today, however, Columbia is decidedly secular and, in many cases, overtly antagonistic to the Christian faith. This rocky ground is where Christian Union Lumine sets its stake.

Become a partner in developing and connecting these Christian leaders.

Christian Union Lumine believes that widespread proclamation of the Gospel and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit will transform Columbia and as a result, our nation. This new spiritual vitality will be built by students shaped at Columbia. The ministry develops leaders through mentoring and in-depth biblical study that honors the needs of the intellectual, intensely motivated students.

Highly-qualified ministry faculty guide students in a deep understanding of their Christian faith. Through Bible courses and discipleship they learn to seek God’s purpose for their lives and graduate ready to do His work in the world. After graduation, Christian Union continues to nurture Columbia alumni with the faith and power to reshape our institutions through our alumni engagement programs and through CU New York.

Today you can help us make all this possible.

Christian Union Lumine Cornerstone Partners make these goals a reality. A charitable gift of $25 or more enables ministry faculty to develop and equip our nation's future leaders. Becoming a Christian Union Lumine Cornerstone Partner also affords you these unique benefits:

CU Lumine Cornerstone Partners are listed in Christian Union’s annual report if giving at the Bronze level or above. These Partners are also honored with their names posted prominently in the CU Lumine ministry center  for students to take courage that people around the world care about their Christian development and the witness of Christ at Columbia.
Special invitations
Christian Union honors CU Cornerstone Partners with invitations to select special events free of charge. Those who are Partners at CU Lumine also receive invitations to special CU events at Columbia.
Christian Union recognizes that those who are partners in the ministry appreciate special updates. The ministry provides CU Lumine Cornerstone Partners with regular updates on the work, including communications from CEO and Founder Matt Bennett and from the CU Lumine Ministry Director and students.  Please know that CU associates pray for partners and their families every month. 

Become a CU Lumine Cornerstone Partner now.

With your generous charitable gift of $25 or more, you will help Christian Union lay the foundation for revival and spiritual health in our nation. Simply complete the form below and you will be a partner in this vital work.

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Christian Union Lumine derives its name from the Latin word for light which is Lumine. Columbia’s motto is In lumine Tuo videbimus lumen which translates to In Thy light shall we see light. The ministry hopes to see Christ’s light shine in the lives of Columbia students and in the work they go on to do in the world.

Christian Union is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations are tax-deductible as to the extent allowed by applicable law. To learn more about the benefits, and rights and responsibilities, of Cornerstone Partners, please go to www.ChristianUnion.org/cp-benefitsandrights.

ecfa memberThe ministry is a member of the Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability (ECFA) and has its finances audited annually. Charges to credit cards appear as “Christian Union 6098740040.”

If you have questions, please contact a partner representative at (609) 874-0040, or email us at giving@ChristianUnion.org.