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It is difficult to say no. Particularly to yourself. Donna and Tom, two government employees on NBC's television show Parks and Rec have an annual "Treat Yo Self" day in which they allow themselves to be selfish. They pamper themselves, treat themselves to expensive and useless items, and do whatever makes them happy. What makes Tom and Donna's "Treat Yo Self" day so apropos is that these two, more than any other characters on the show, clearly treat themselves all the time.

It is the natural inclination of the human heart to be selfish.

Professor to Explore Fasting at Upcoming Event

The upcoming Salon will take place Wednesday, February, 27, 2019, at 7 pm. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for event location.

Fasting: Personal Torture or Connection to God?

"I hate fasting!" is an almost universal response to this spiritual discipline. Usually, however, it is followed by "but I love what it does for me." Join us at this salon with Professor of Theology at Nyack College, Dr. Amy Davis Abdallah, as we explore the biblical underpinnings of fasting, ancient and modern writers on it, best practices, and its connection to Lent. Hopefully, it will develop a "hunger" for what fasting does for our connection to God.

A Special Invitation from Eric Metaxas; Emotions for the Christian Life; Should Religious Belief Inform Public Policy?; Don't Miss the Great Experiment this March; Move Over Sex and Drugs. Ease is the New Vice; Penn Parents Share and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
— John 15:13

Brown Student Artists Explore Meaning Together

Sarah Camp
Director of Marketing and Communications

Students involved in Christian Union at Brown recently collaborated with several campus ministries to execute on an engaging, arts-based outreach concept.
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The multi-faceted exhibit took place on February 6. Students secured a gallery in the student union and put out a request for submissions across Brown and RISD. The show would include painting, music, and poetry, and artist talks.

The Director of the Zacharias Institute to address June conference in NYC.

Registation is live for the CU Cities Conference, taking place June 21-22, 2019. Register today at CU Cities Conference

The conference theme is "Courageous in the Ways of the Lord." New and seasoned professionals, and graduate students, are warmly welcome. Speakers are announced each week. Revealed speakers are...

Join thousands in the Great Experiment, March 1-10. 

You are invited to take part in The Great Experiment, a ten-day commitment to seek God with thousands of other Christians across America.

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Learn more and sign up at CU Day & Night.

Geoff Sackett
Christian Union Ministry Director
Cornell University

Moments away from giving birth to our third child, my wife’s blood pressure dropped significantly. With two nurses, her doctor, and me by her side, her words to us in that moment were, “I feel like I am dying.” I feared the worst, but fortunately my fear was soon allayed. She was given medication, her blood pressure rebounded to a healthy range, and she, and our son, made it through safely. Speaking from my own point of view (the only point of view I can speak from), my wife’s desperate situation touched one of my concerns. It touched my concern for her. A particular emotion, specifically the emotion of fear, enabled me, we might say, to ‘perceive’ my wife’s distress.

What Emotions Are For

Freely borrowing from Christian philosopher Robert C. Roberts, we can say that an emotion is a ‘perception’ of a ‘touched’ concern (Roberts, 11).

2019 Christian Union Summer Getaway

Join Christian Union leaders, staff, alumni, friends, and ministry partners (and their families) for the third annual Christian Union Summer Getaway, July 13 - 20, 2019. Enjoy the beautiful CAMP-of-the-WOODS, in the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York, for a week of spiritual and physical refreshment. Registration is now open at www.CUSummerGetaway.org

Christian Union's friend Eric Metaxas will be there, and he invites you to join him!

Learn more about the getaway details:

Thankful for Son's Engagement with Christian Union

"My wife, Miryan, and I met at Penn (many more years ago than either of us would care to admit). Miryan found the Lord there. Our oldest, Matthew, is a sophomore transfer (from Rice) who just finished his first semester as a Politics, Philosophy, and Economics major at Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences.

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When he left our home in Los Angeles last year and headed to school, one of our most fervent prayers for Matthew was that he might find a committed community of faith, willing and able to confirm, strengthen, and encourage him in his walk.


All is quiet here on Brown’s campus. Students are still away for winter break but will soon return to begin the spring semester. Given the absence of students on campus, we don’t have much in the way of stories or updates, but would love if you would join us in praying for the following: