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September 1, 2023

Come and See

God is at Work Through CU's Freshman Welcoming Campaign

By erin conner

 

The great commission of Jesus Christ, to his followers, is to “go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

At universities across America, students entering college can discover a culture that seems to silence discourse about existential purpose and meaning; about faith and God. This is especially true at the ten academic institutions where Christian Union serves. To follow the great commission in these contexts requires courage to resist the pattern of this world. 

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August 31, 2023

No Hope in Dead Grass

A Devotional

By dr. Marcus buckley

 

Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” – 1 Peter 1:23-25 

“The grass is always greener on the other side.” It has been said that cliches which linger in our vocabulary do so because they have a strong element of truth, and the endurance of this statement is good evidence. How many times have we been enticed to wander off to pastures a deeper shade of emerald, only to find that they are filled with problems not readily visible from a distance?

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August 7, 2023

CU's National Fast Continues

An Update

By erin conner

 

Fasting and prayer are two spiritual disciplines recorded in Scripture that help to align people’s hearts with the Lord’s. Which is why, in part, Christian Union America leads two nationwide fasts each year toward its mission to develop and connect transformative Christian leaders for national revival and reformation. As Chuck Hetzler, Vice President of Biblical theology for Christian Union, states, “the Scriptures are clear: God is moved by the humility that fasting demonstrates when it is combined with proper attitudes and actions surrendered to God’s ways.” 

 

Currently, one of CU America’s bi-annual fasts is underway. It began on Tuesday, August 1 with 5,175 participants from across the country and will continue through Monday, August 14, 2023. Approximately a quarter of the participants involved in this fast are alumni from our nation’s top 30 colleges and universities. 

 

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March 28, 2023

CU Rise Campaign Seeks “To Make Jesus The Most Talked About Name On Campus”

Christian Union Embarks On Second Massive Evangelism Initiative 


By Anne Kerhoulas

Last spring, Christian Union launched CU Rise, an evangelism campaign designed to share the gospel with students at ten of the nation’s most influential universities more boldly, strategically, and frequently than ever before. This week, Christian Union is at it again as CU Rise takes form for its second iteration.

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February 22, 2023

God's Not Dead—At Harvard Or Any College Campus

Universities Experience Spiritual Awakening

By Anne Kerhoulas


Editors Note: In light of the recent moves of the Spirit at Asbury University, Lee University, and Samford University, this article from the spring of 2022 is more relevant than ever.

“They say Aslan is on the move—perhaps he has already landed.” 


And now a very curious thing happened. None of the children knew who Aslan was any more than you do; but the moment the Beaver had spoken these words everyone felt quite different....At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in its inside. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer. - C.S. Lewis, 
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

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January 18, 2023

Monday Morning Revival

CU Vita Leaders Pray Weekly With Other Ministry Leaders


By Anne Kerhoulas
 

It’s 7:15 on Monday morning and the sun hasn’t yet risen. Most Cornell students are still in bed, groggily awakening from the weekend to face another week of classes and problem sets and essays.

7:15 on Monday morning is a bleak time for most, but for a handful of CU Vita students and leaders from other campus ministries, it’s a time to be awake, alert, and engaged. It’s a time for prayer—prayer for revival on campus. And for the group that gathers, it’s one of the most important times of their week.

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October 13, 2022

Transformation Through Leadership

The Heart of Christian Union's Mission

Learn more about how Christian Union is promoting national revival and reformation for a spiritually vibrant America through Christian leadership. That’s been the heart of Christian Union’s vision and mission all along through two strategic ministries: Christian Union Universities (CUU) and Christian Union America (CUA). The aim is not just to endure our current trials, but to recapture the Christ-centered spiritual vibrancy that blessed the world for generations.

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July 29, 2022

The Supernatural Power of Christian Unity

A Nationwide Fast from August 1-14 Calls Believers to Concerted Prayer

By Dr. Chuck Hetzler


Christian Union’s next extended period of prayer and fasting begins Monday, August 1, and runs for two weeks through Sunday, August 14, 2022. The spiritual condition of our day demands a serious and wholehearted response from the Church; The nation and the people of God in America need a fresh work of the Spirit of God. Please sign up today for our fourteen-day fast and join thousands of other Christians as we draw near to God for ourselves, for the Body of Christ, and for the lost.  

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June 29, 2022

Seeking the Lord Fervently at Spiritus

Christian Union Hosts Impactful Student Conference

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

 

At the conclusion of the academic year, Christian Union hosted Spiritus, a two-week-long, invitation-only conference that introduced students to Daniel Spirituality and inspired them to be transformative Christian leaders. Spiritus, held at the D.L. Moody Center in Northfield, Massachusetts, featured doctrinal teaching with an emphasis on prayer, fasting, and repentance.

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April 28, 2022

God’s Not Dead - He’s on the Move at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Brown and Beyond

Christian Union Celebrates 20th Anniversary

By Anne Kerhoulas, Staff Writer

 

“They say Aslan is on the move—perhaps he has already landed.” 

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April 19, 2022

Why I Believe in the Life-Changing Potential and Power of CU Rise

Fondly Remembering An Evangelistic Blitz from 1985

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

Christian Union is currently in the midst of an ambitious evangelistic initiative called CU Rise, which includes social media campaigns and outreaches at the nine universities where it hosts leadership development ministries. CU Rise will run for eight weeks.

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April 11, 2022

The Social Network: Bold Testimonies Highlight CU Rise

Campaign Features Answers to Tough Questions

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

This spring, Christian Union is mobilizing students on its ten campuses to share the gospel more boldly, strategically, and frequently than ever.

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March 25, 2022

Growing in Grace at Cornell University and NYC

Holsey ’22, a Student of the Word, Starts New Chapter of Life

By Anne Kerhoulas, Staff Writer

Christian Union ministry fellows pour time, love, and energy into the students in their ministries with the hope that when they graduate and move into the next stage of life they will be equipped, spiritually mature, and grounded in Christ. Savannah Holsey, Cornell ’22, is a representation of just that.

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March 10, 2022

CU Rise Campaign Is Good News for Influential Universities!

Christian Union Unveils Historic Evangelistic Outreach

By Anne Kerhoulas, Staff Writer

 

You have one business on earth - to save souls. - John Wesley

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March 3, 2022

Calling, Courage, and Christ

Students Challenged to Be Salt and Light at 2019 Nexus Conference

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

Editor's note: This article, which features coverage of Christian Union's Nexus Conference, originally appeared in the Spring 2019 edition of  Christian Union: The Magazine and is reprinted in conjuction with the publication's "Throwback Thursday" series.  

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January 5, 2022

Christian Union Book Recommendations for 2022

From New Releases to Classics

Everyone needs a good book on hand. To help you decide where to start in the new year, Christian Union ministry faculty and staff have put together a recommended booklist for 2022. Ranging from new releases to old classics, there is sure to be something that will bless and challenge you this year. Take a look! 

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December 22, 2021

Christian Union Vita Celebrates A Fruitful Season

Mott Center Christmas Party Is One of Many Highlights

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

Christian Union Vita enjoyed a warm, festive Christmas celebration at the John R. Mott Center in December. Students decorated Christian Union’s ministry home at Cornell, complete with a hand-cut Christmas tree. They wore ugly sweaters, built gingerbread houses, and exchanged gifts through a white elephant.

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December 2, 2021

Shining the Light of the Gospel at Cornell

Simoni '23 Has a Passion for Evangelism

By Anne Kerhoulas, Staff Writer

Many Christians get nervous when they think about evangelism. Thoughts of difficult questions they cannot answer well or the possibility of offending another often lead believers to say less than they ought, and often to say nothing at all of the riches of Christ. 

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October 27, 2021

A Seeking God Lifestyle Seminar for Students

Christian Union Event Inspires Young Leaders

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

Students with Christian Union ministries at some of the nation’s most influential universities gathered virtually last spring for a Seeking God Lifestyle Seminar. For eight evenings, attendees heard inspiring teaching on topics ranging from repentance to revival, gathered in cohorts, and sought to draw closer to the Lord.
 

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August 11, 2021

Wings and Wisdom

Where Does Our Help Come From?

By Chloe Cropper, Cornell ’23


Editor’s note: This article was reprinted with permission fromCornell Claritas, “an ecumenical, interdenominational Christian publication that was founded on the hope of starting thoughtful Christian conversations within the academic community at Cornell University.”

There are few things that elicit such pure joy within me as the first bite of boneless wings with Boom Boom sauce do, under the fluorescent lights of a crowded Sheetz dining room. For those unfortunate enough to have never encountered this fine dining establishment, Sheetz is the East Coast’s premier location for gourmet gas station food. What’s so special about a gas station, you might ask?

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