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Fall 2015

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March 1, 2016

Theologian: Male-Female Relationship Is Foundational

by Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

Dr.-GagnonTheologian Robert Gagnon has been the subject of both praise and contempt for his stance equating homosexual acts with sin.

The notoriety followed his appearances and prolific writings across myriad media, where the Dartmouth College alumnus of 1981 unabashedly declared that God designed men and women to complement one another and join together to form a whole.

"The twoness of the sexes is the foundation for the twoness of the sexual bond," said Gagnon during a recent lecture.

At its core, a male-female relationship is a prerequisite for a godly sexual union.

January 4, 2016

Article shows despair some residents experience

by Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

abortion-trainingFor medical residents in obstetrics-gynecology, abortion training can prompt deep soul searching.

That scenario was well illustrated when a Brown University clinical instructor and pro-choice advocate recently penned a disturbing article for a leading medical journal reflecting the divergent experiences of young doctors as they confronted the realities of abortion training.

December 31, 2015

Students Invited to Pick their Pronoun

According to an Associated Press Article, students registering at Harvard this fall were entitled to choose from various pronouns to describe themselves on their forms. The offerings included: he, she, and the "gender-neutral" options of they and ze.

December 31, 2015

Yale Paper Identifies Religious Trends

By Eileen Scott, Senior Writer

class-of-2019-1A Yale Daily News survey of the class of 2019 revealed that, while a majority of students identify with some form of religious belief, a large portion of the incoming class has no spiritual moorings.

December 31, 2015

NYCU Hosts Lecture by Anthony Bradley

by Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

anthony-bradleyLaboring in the marketplace is part of a divine calling.

That was the message from scholar and theologian Anthony Bradley when he spoke to a crowd of professionals at a New York City Christian Union Forum this summer in Midtown Manhattan.

December 31, 2015

Q & A with Caitlin La Ruffa

caitlin-la-ruffaChristian Union: The Magazine interviewed Caitlin La Ruffa, the director of the Love and Fidelity Network in Princeton, New Jersey.

The mission of the Love and Fidelity Network (LFN) is "to equip college students with the resources, support, and arguments they need to uphold the institution of marriage, the special role of the family, and sexual integrity within their university communities."

On October 30-31, the LFN hosted the Sexuality, Integrity, and the University Conference at Princeton University. Over 300 students attended the event, and nearly 300 more watched via live video stream.

December 30, 2015

Cause and Effect

by Nick Nowalk, Christian Union Teaching Fellow

nick web"A soul that turns away from You therefore lapses into sexual immorality when it seeks apart from You what it can never find in pure and serene form except by returning to You. All those who wander far away and set themselves up against You are imitating You, but in a perverse way; yet by this very mimicry they proclaim that you are the Creator of the whole of nature, and that in consequence there is no place whatever where we can hide from Your presence." − Augustine
Sooner or later, all thoughtful and sensitive Christians who are immersed in the stunning biblical vision for the flourishing of human sexuality must ask a simple yet pressing question: What went wrong? 

December 30, 2015

Panel Discussion Features Princeton Alumni, Civic Leaders

by Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

Rhinold Ponder is using his skills as an attorney, talk show host, and artist to advance dialogues about race in Princeton, New Jersey.

"My major focus is how we talk to each other to facilitate the conversation," said Ponder, Princeton '81. "We have a difficult time speaking to each other about race because we don't have a public language we all understand."

On September 20, Ponder appeared in a panel discussion entitled Getting Beyond Racism on behalf of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization inside the Suzanne Patterson Center.

December 29, 2015

Kayla & Andrew Ferguson, Harvard Law School '17

kayla andrew ferguson"We had only recently become engaged when we both applied and were admitted to Harvard Law School—and still only newlyweds when we began our studies.

We were inspired by the rich Christian legacy at Harvard, and we felt called to rekindle spiritual passion at this historic law school while training to live out our faith in the legal field.