Join CU New York*Update* Due to COVID-19 this event has been postponed. Unfortunately given the current situation with COVID-19, Dr. Yoon's professional demands have greatly increased and this event has been postponed until further notice. We look forward to hosting Dr. Margaret Yoon sometime in the future and are grateful to her for her care of those in need during this time.
Please join CU New York for a forum with Dr. Yoon. She will discuss clinical observations on these trends in emotional and psychological health, and the key role of our spiritual life and growth in regaining and sustaining mental health in challenging environments.
Date, Time, and Location
July 8, 2020 *Tentative*
7 - 9pm
58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016
June 19 - 20, 2020
*Due to COVID19, CU Cities will not be hosting the conference this summer.*
Christian Union will host the CU Cities Conference in New York City from June 19 - 20, 2020. Graduate students, young professionals, seasoned professionals are invited from across industries, to explore compelling ideas about faith and its relevance to every facet of our lives.
CU New York Forum with Dr. Lydia DugdalePlease join us on a zoom call from 7:30 - 8:45pm on Monday, April 13th. Dr. Lydia Dugdale is a Columbia University physician and medical ethicist; is in the frontlines of caring for patients in New York City with the coronavirus. In this talk, Lydia will draw from a medieval text to offer guidance and hope during this anxious time.
Click here to register. This will be a zoom conference.
Repent of Loving Money
Friday, April 10, 2020
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. - 1 Timothy 6:6-10, ESV
“It is for our own good that we are warned,” a friend of mine quipped in response to my question, “What is it about the love of money that is so dangerous?”
Ministry in the Midst of a PandemicThe letter immediately below is the most recent coronavirus update from Matt Bennett, Christian Union's founder and CEO. At the end of his letter is a list of prayer requests. Please pray. If you'd like to see Matt's previous update, from March 17, 2020, click the link to jump down to the bottom of this page.
April 9, 2020 Update
Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,
I know that many of you who are reading this letter may be facing uncertain or difficult times. If you have suffered personal loss of some kind in this season, as so many have, my heart goes out to you.
My prayer for you is that you will draw near to God, knowing that He will keep His promise to draw near to you. Even if you haven’t suffered loss, but are facing tremendous uncertainty professionally, financially, or health-wise, I will pray you’d cling to Christ and that you’d cast your burden upon the LORD and allow Him to sustain you. This is His promise from Psalm 55:22: “He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”
God’s Promise: I Am with You!Thursday, April 9, 2020
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved. Be still, and know that I am God. The Lord of hosts is with us. - Psalm 46: 1-2, 4-5, 10-11 (ESV)
It might seem like our whole world is falling apart around us. We are facing uncertain times; a pandemic, an uncertain market, isolation from friends and family, a shortage of medical supplies, to name a few. These realities cause real fear. It was in the middle of a similar upheaval that the psalmist wrote the words of Psalm 46. In the midst of disaster, the psalmist reminds the people that they do not have to fear because God promises to be present. When our world seems to be collapsing, we are offered the hope of turning our eyes to the God who promises “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock."
— Isaiah 26:3-4
Shock and AweWednesday, April 8, 2020
See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. - Hebrews 12:25-29 (ESV)
As we fast during this time of global crisis, we wake up each morning to a world that is changing rapidly. The structures, the rhythms, and the pursuits that we all take for granted have been in many ways taken away. We might safely assume these are temporary changes, and yet there may be a lingering wake left behind. We have been changed, shaken.
Dress for Action and Wait with JoyTuesday, April 7, 2020
“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” - Luke 12:35-40 (ESV)
When my wife was pregnant with each of our three children and as her due date neared, my job was to get us ready for the trip to the hospital. This entailed having our bags packed, gas in the car, and the house in order. Each night I readied our things for our eventual hospital visit. When it’s three in the morning and the baby is coming, no one wants to be caught unprepared, frantically packing, or worse, stopping for gas. We prepared because the birth of our child was certain and imminent.
Repent of Spiritual Complacency: The Call
Monday, April 6, 2020
“I know your works, that you have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.” - Revelation 3:1 (ESV)
The book of Revelation offers the good news of a triumphant end! It’s the projection of ultimate victory and the clarion call for every believer to persevere in faith, examine the heart with diligence and to remain watchful. The tenor and tone of the book leave no stone unturned as it even calls the most earnest of believers to address easily ignored stumbling blocks; snags, like that of complacency.