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“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Dear CU Gloria Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Greetings from Cambridge!

The pace has quickened as we have crossed the marker into April and lean into the final lap. What an unusual and challenging race! When we gathered in the fall, only the senior class had logged more than one (normal) semester on campus. Student leaders, recognizing the need to gather and build a community, majored in hospitality and friendship. They prayed to reclaim what was lost. They believed God for growth – depth and breadth. They were determined to make the most of the time (Eph. 5:15-17).

This semester, the subsequent burst of activity has been encouraging, multifaceted and balanced. For each Bible course there is a discipleship group meeting to encourage application. For every one-on-one meeting over coffee there is a nighttime shift at the Y2Y shelter. For every social gathering there is an outreach oriented initiative.

When I asked our new Exec team about the current pulse of the organization they immediately highlighted several things. They noted that their friends were becoming increasingly transparent (i.e. admitting weakness and struggles). Easier said than done in a place where you are supposed to be amazing at everything all the time. Many are longing to better hear God’s voice and they are demonstrating an increased hunger for the word of God. Lastly, our leaders also mentioned how noisy it is at Harvard, figuratively speaking. The Square is literally noisy for sure. But for many, the myriad of opportunities and social temptations are an unrelenting challenge. The din not only threatens to undercut academic achievements, but also bullies spiritual sensibilities.

Finishing Well: Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for our Student Executive Team (2022-23): Felix Perez Diener, Katherine Wang, Ava Swanson, Braedon Price. Lord, may your grace abound; pour your love afresh into their hearts afresh, and may they discern your ways and your will.
  • Pray that the many seeds sown will bear much fruit. As mentioned, the worries and cares of this world, coupled with the robbery of the enemy of our souls, can rather quickly deliver a one-two punch.

Thank you!


Don Weiss
Ministry Director
Christian Union Gloria

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