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Winter 2016

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February 24, 2016

Andrew Bean '17 Adds His Voice to the Conversation

by Eileen Scott, Senior Writer

andrew-beanWhen the American Association of Universities released a study about the sexual climate on 27 campuses around the country, Andrew Bean '17 thought the results were "horrifying."

The survey was designed "to assess the incidence, prevalence, and characteristics of incidents of sexual assault and misconduct" on campuses across the nation.

And after reading that an estimated 18 percent of Yale undergraduates reported an undesired sexual encounter involving force or incapacitation, this member of Christian Union's ministry at Yale knew it was a problem he wanted to address.

February 16, 2016

With Our Whole Heart, Soul, and Mind

by Justin Mills

But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find Him, if you search after Him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 4:29).

The Bible is full of such promises as this one in Deuteronomy 4:29, with a straightforward equation for intimacy with God. Unsurprisingly, these promises of seeking the Lord and finding Him include conditionality, such as the requirement that you seek after Him with all your heart and soul.

We know of God's holiness and the need, as the preacher says, to guard our steps when we go to the house of God (Ecclesiastes 5:1).

February 16, 2016

Columbia Sophomore Perseveres through Trials

by Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

rivera-articleA Columbia University undergraduate is sharing the lessons she gleaned from the trenches of extraordinary financial hardships to inspire participants in Christian Union's leadership development ministry on campus.

Migueyli Rivera '18 readily offers fellow students some of the spiritual and practical insights she gained as a strapped, often displaced teen in Lawrence, Massachusetts. "When I was going through homelessness, I really hung onto my faith," said Rivera.

February 16, 2016

Inter-Ministry Task Force Responds to Campus Tension

Editor's note: The following letter, reprinted from the Website www.loveforyale.com, was written by an inter-ministry task force at Yale in response to racial tension and protests on campus in the fall semester. The document was signed by over 100 Yale students and staff members from various ministries, including Athletes in Action, Living Water, Yale Christian Fellowship, Chi Alpha, Yale Graduate Christian Fellowship, Yale Faith and Action, Yale Students for Christ, Yale Gospel Choir, and United Church of Westville.

To Our Campus:

We are writing to you as a family of brothers and sisters in Christ. We have been deeply moved and affected by the pain experienced by many on our campus. We affirm that there is real, legitimate, and deep pain endured by communities of color here at Yale, not just as a result of recent events, but rather the result of lifelong experiences.

February 16, 2016

University Cites Program as Part of 150th Anniversary Celebration

By Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

cornell-missionaryAs part of its sesquicentennial celebration, Cornell University recently spotlighted the institution's former training program for missionaries on furlough, including the course's ties to a global evangelist.

In November, the university's official newspaper paid tribute to the Cornell School for Missionaries, which operated from 1930 to 1964.

February 16, 2016
"My wife, Judy, and I became aware of Christian Union in its early years on the Princeton campus," shares Dennis Sweeney. 

"Matt Bennett (Christian Union founder and CEO) contacted us and explained what Christian Union was doing. We felt a clear, immediate, strong call to become supporters," he said.

Dennis, Class of 1975, was an economics major at Princeton and a member of Cottage Club, one of the university's storied eating clubs.

February 15, 2016

Historian Notes Link between Prayer and Revival

by Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

At their core, major manifestations from God involve prayer movements.

"Prayer movements have been fundamental to the advancement of Christ's kingdom as long as we can trace," says Bob Bakke, a church historian, author, and pastor.

"God is drawn to united prayer."