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July 15, 2021

A "Chosen" Generation

CU Lux Hosts Event with Popular Show’s Director

By kelly parks, Staff Writer

Over the past year, the internet has become an increasingly popular companion as COVID-19 restrictions kept people from socializing. According to one article by BBC, since lockdowns started in March of 2020, adults have spent nearly six and a half hours a day watching TV and online videos. This averages to watching about 45 hours of online content a week. Streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime have made this number all the more feasible as they came out with new shows and movies to keep the public entertained.

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July 7, 2021

Recent Yale Alumni - In Their Own Words

The Impact of Christian Union Lux

Editor’s Note: The following article contains first-person accounts from alumni who were actively involved in CU Lux, Christian Union’s ministry at Yale University. 

VALENTE HERNANDEZ, YALE ’21

Major: Political Science
Hometown: Houma, Louisiana
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valente edited copyThroughout most of my life, religion and faith had played small roles. In the latter half of high school, I became more interested and started attending church and reading the philosophies of religion. Then, when I came to Yale, my focus was on other things, but it did leave a sort of void. My college experience did not feel complete.

In my junior year, I joined Christian Union. It was such a welcoming community, and I was able to learn so much about the gospel and its philosophies.

Through the Bible courses, I was able to deeply engage with the text and learn what it meant on a deeper level. Through Christian Union, I have also been able to find some very good friends with whom I will most certainly keep in touch with out of college. All in all, I am so glad I decided to make it a part of my Yale experience. I feel as though I now have a better foundation to be able to meaningfully engage with Christian communities no matter where I go. 

CASSANDRA HSIAO, YALE ’21

Hometown: Walnut, California
Majors: Ethnicity, Race & Migration; Theater & Performance Studies

CUYALE2 hsaioMy time in Christian Union Lux has been incredibly formative to my development as a university student and leader over the last four years. Through this organization, I’ve not only made lifelong friends but also formed relationships with mentors that have poured endlessly into me.

When I first arrived on campus, I did not expect my faith to grow at Yale. I am so glad that could not have been further from reality: my faith has grown exponentially thanks to Christian Union’s Seeking God lifestyle, Bible course structure, and emphasis on prayer and fasting. I rediscovered the importance of walking in community.

Additionally, I’ve been transformed by my experience serving in leadership, first as a co-vice president of CU Lux in my sophomore year, then as an ABCL (Assistant Bible Course Leader) for my Bible course in junior year, and finally as director of operations. Through working closely with our ministry fellows and directors, I’ve learned leadership skills that will impact all areas of my life moving forward. I’ve matured in my faith while forming mentoring relationships with fellow students and learned to problem solve by resting in God’s grace, wisdom, and patience. I feel so blessed to call Christian Union Lux my home.

AUBREY HUANG, YALE ’21

Major: Cognitive Science
Hometown: Reston, Virginia 

Audrey Huang Headshot copyThe Christian Union community has meant a lot to me over the past four years. I've been a part of a Bible course for three of the four years. I have also been a part of planning for our weekly large group event, Rooted, participated in a summer Bible study hosted by one of our ministry fellows, and served as an ABCL for a freshman Bible study group.

All of these mini-communities within the larger body have been the foundation on which some of my best friendships have been formed during my time in college. Especially this past year, the senior women’s Bible course, which met every Friday night over Zoom, has been such a gift to my fall and spring semesters. The girls inspired me weekly, as we talked about our own faith journeys, interpersonal relationships, endeavors, insecurities, and hopes, and as we continued a daily prayer on a weekly rotation, such that we were constantly checking in and praying for one another.

I honestly believe that some of the people I've met through CU are some of the most God-fearing and inspirational people I’ve yet known in my time as a Christian. Doing life alongside these people has in many ways formed and continues to form my view of God. Thank you so much to the CU community, including our beloved ministry fellows and ministry director, for being a significant part of my college experience! I will dearly miss these people.

BRIAN LI, YALE ’21

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey

CUYALE3 brianWithout the fear of sounding hyperbolic, I can say that Christian Union Lux saved me. It was through these members of the body of Christ who call Yale their home that the Father showered his reckless love upon me, the Son shared his eternal inheritance with me, and the Holy Spirit whispered the true gospel to me.

I came to this campus utterly lost, having never known the Lord, yet curious about the figure of Jesus Christ, having felt the Lord occasionally tug on my heart. My mentors, in particular Michael Racine, Clay Cromer, and Jason Entgelmeier (who departed CU after my first year), and the brothers in my Bible course that I spontaneously joined, noticed the Lord's anointing upon me and immediately seized the opportunity to disciple me in the faith. Through their steadfast presence and Christlike example, I came to know the Lord and began to see the fruits of the Spirit in my life. Today, I am grateful to God for blessing me with this community of faithful, generous, and loving disciples to walk alongside me on our journey to seek Him more.

“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” - Matthew 5:16

SNEHA SUDHA, NAT’L UNIV. OF SINGAPORE ’21

Majors: Theatre Studies and Business Management
Homeland: Singapore

cu yale SnehaSanjay 1 edited copyAs a visiting student from Singapore, God gave me the opportunity to spend my junior year of college at Yale. On the flight to JFK, I distinctly remember writing a prayer letter to God. In that letter, I asked Him for a community (at Yale) where I could strengthen my faith and grow spiritually. Looking back, God not only gave me a Christian community, He gave me three— and CU was one of them. 

Yale has seen the highest highs and the lowest lows of my life so far. The one thing that carried me through it all was staying rooted in God and trusting that He makes all things work together for my good. I simply don’t think it would’ve been the same without the support of a community that kept me accountable and has repeatedly reminded me of God’s immense love for me. I’ve spent most of my Christian life journeying alone, or with people I didn’t consider to be in my innermost circle. It felt lonely and scary to think that everyone seemed to have church friends or some kind of community except for me.

But just when I started connecting with the people in the Christian communities that God had placed me in at Yale, COVID-19 hit and I had to abruptly fly back to Singapore. I honestly felt betrayed, lost, and jaded. It felt as though I was back to being alone in my faith and all that God had given me was snatched away abruptly without a chance to even say goodbye. Little did I know that even a global pandemic couldn’t stop this group of God-loving friends from coming together virtually to read His Word. CU has never treated me like a “visiting student.” I’ve never felt like a “temporary investment” and am always made to feel at home.

I’m overwhelmed by the love that everyone has shown me in this community and remind myself every day that God doesn’t make this happen by chance. I’m so happy to still be connected with CU and be able to say that I still feel accepted and welcome even though I’m literally thousands of miles away!

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June 25, 2021

The Valuable Role of a Mentor

Q and A with Dr. Vincent Naman

By Anne Kerhoulas, Staff Writer

 

Christian Union New York has teamed up with the ministry’s alumni engagement team to connect recent graduates and young professionals to mentors who work in the same field. Part of Christian Union’s mission is to transition college seniors into the workforce or graduate school well, linking  them with a broad Christian network to support and sustain their faith while also networking professionally. 

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June 10, 2021

Yale Virtual Reunion 2021

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Christian Union Lux, Christian Union's ministry at Yale, hosted a virtual reunion on June 6 from 3:00 - 4:00pm EST. Christian Union Lux invited participants from all classes, all denominations, and all Christian ministries to this annual event. Thanks for joining us!

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June 9, 2021

Organizational Excellence and Transformative Leaders

“Christian Union Has Been Such a Blessing”

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

 

When Dr. Ben Pascut prepared to teach a workshop on organizational excellence for CU Lux at Yale University, he did not have to look very far for subject matter—it is one of Christian Union’s core values.

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April 27, 2021

A Conference, A Community, and The Word

Despite COVID Restrictions, CU Lux Digs Deep into Scripture

By Kelly Parks, Staff Writer

Community has looked very different on college campuses these past few months than it has in years past. However, these changes have not stopped Christian Union Universities from ministering to students across the United States, in person and also through virtual connections.

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March 24, 2021

Till Death Do Us Part

A Yale Student’s Lenten Reflection

Editor’s note: The following article was reprinted with permission fromThe Yale Logos, a student-led Christian Journal.
 

By Raquel Sequeira, Yale ’21


“Die to live.”

The words had been running through my head since before Lent—since before I moved back to New Haven to finally start my senior year. After a gap semester spent living at home, I prayed for guidance into spring and tried to be genuinely open to whatever God might ask of me.

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February 17, 2021

Christian Union Introduced Me to Fasting

Yale Alumna Recalls Seeking God Lifestyle Course    

By Alisha Reginal, Yale ’15

Christian Union whet my appetite for fasting. Nine years ago, I participated in Christian Union’s Seeking God Lifestyle Bible course at Yale. The course discussed seven principles to intentionally draw near to God. The first was “humility with fasting.”

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January 5, 2021

An Apologetics Toolbox 

Yale Students Find Ways to Share their Faith Despite COVID-19

By Kelly Parks, Staff Writer


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“Why do Christians believe what they believe?” It’s a question that has intrigued our world for centuries. While cultural Christianity may have sufficed as a reason for some to associate with the Church in years past, in our increasingly secular age, Christians must think more critically about what they believe, and more importantly, why they believe it.

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September 16, 2020

‘Above All These, Put on Love’

Being Home When Home Is Hard 


by daniel chabeda, yale ’20 

Editor’s note: The following devotional was written by Daniel Chabeda, who served as a student president of Christian Union Lux at Yale University before graduating in May. This devotional was part of a series entitled “On Our Hearts, On Our Minds,” that encouraged the Christian Union community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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August 4, 2020

Q and A with Dr. Sam Kim

The Loneliness Epidemic among Young Adults

Dr. Sam Kim is a scholar at the Yale-Hasting Center, where he explores the crisis of professional burnout in academic medicine and health care. He is a recipient of the Lifelong Learning Fellowship at Yale Divinity School and Yale Medical School and worked as a research fellow in global health and social medicine at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School.

The co-founder of 180 Church in New York City, which started with students from Columbia University, Kim earned a doctorate in ethical leadership at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a regular contributor to Christianity TodayExchange and the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College.

 

You have previously written about a loneliness epidemic in society. Please elaborate on this in regards to today’s young adults.

A significant pattern related to the Cigna study of loneliness and social isolation is that Generation Z (ages 18-22) is now the loneliest generation in history. Although Gen Z is perhaps the generation that is most technologically connected, they scored the highest on the UCLA loneliness scale, an instrument that measures and assesses subjective feelings of loneliness by using a twenty-item questionnaire.

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June 21, 2020

The Collegiate Day of Prayer

Christian Union Lux Helps Produce National Event

by tom campisi, managing editor

Christian Union Lux was honored to host the Collegiate Day of Prayer at Yale University on the evening of February 27 in Dwight Chapel. The two-hour event assembled Yale ministries in united prayer, worship, and exhortation from Scripture, and also served as the national broadcast for over forty thousand online viewers.

Over two hundred years ago, Yale, along with Williams College, Brown University, and Middlebury College, established the Collegiate Day of Prayer as a regular event on their campuses. By 1823, almost every major denomination and university in America “embraced the practice of a concerted day of prayer for colleges,” according to the Collegiate Day of Prayer Web site. The event lasted for about a hundred years and helped fan the flame of various revivals and awakenings on campus.

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June 5, 2020

Zooming In

Christian Union Faculty Transitions to Online Ministry During Pandemic 


by tom campisi, managing editor

In the blink of an eye, the collegiate academic year was relegated to online courses due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March. No campus life. No spring sports or activities. No May commencement.

In the midst of the chaos, Christian Union Universities transitioned to an online ministry—Bible courses, Leadership Lecture Series, and mentoring sessions were hosted online via Zoom and other portals. Ministry Fellows were there to provide continuity by shepherding students and offering counsel to those grieving over what was lost.

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May 28, 2020

The Collegiate Day of Prayer

Christian Union Lux Helps Produce National Event

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

Christian Union Lux was honored to host the Collegiate Day of Prayer at Yale University on the evening of February 27 in Dwight Chapel. The two-hour event assembled Yale ministries in united prayer, worship, and exhortation from Scripture, and also served as the national broadcast for over forty thousand online viewers.

Over two hundred years ago, Yale, along with Williams College, Brown University, and Middlebury College, established the Collegiate Day of Prayer as a regular event on their campuses. By 1823, almost every major denomination and university in America “embraced the practice of a concerted day of prayer for colleges,” according to the Collegiate Day of Prayer Web site. The event lasted for about a hundred years and helped fan the flame of various revivals and awakenings on campus.

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May 20, 2020

Yale Virtual Reunion 2020

May 30, 2020 and May 31, 2020

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Christian Union Lux, Christian Union's ministry at Yale, hosted a virtual reunion for the Class of 2014 and the Class of 2015 on May 30, 2020 from 4:00 - 5:00pm EST.

Christian Union Lux hosted a virtual reunion for all alumni on Sunday, May 31, 2020 from 4:00 - 5:00pm. Christian Union Lux invited participants from all classes, all denominations, and all Christian ministries to this annual event. Thanks for joining us!

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For questions about how to get involved with alumni groups or Christian Union Lux on campus, contact Christian Union's VP of Alumni Engagement Christine Foster: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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February 26, 2020

“I Lift up My Eyes to the Hills”

Strong Roots Help Sharla Moody ’22 Find Her Place at Yale

by kayla bartsch, yale ’20


While the rural hills of southern Ohio may seem a world away from the ivory towers of Yale University, Sharla Moody ’22 bridges the two with thoughtfulness and grace.

When she came to campus as a first-year in 2018, Moody’s transition to college life was starker than that of most Yale undergraduates. Her hometown, Gallipolis, Ohio, is nestled on the northern banks of the Ohio River, facing the shores of West Virginia to the south. Gallipolis is something of a quintessential Appalachian town, home to picturesque river valley views, a charming Main Street, and about 3,500 residents.

However, having experienced a slow and steady decline in its population since the 1960s, Gallipolis faces the same trials as other Appalachian towns in contemporary American life. From this quiet, tight-knit community, Moody was thrown into a loud, heterogenous, and opulent campus. 

Yet, even if unconventional, Moody’s path to Yale from small-town Ohio seems providential. In her junior year of high school, she read Hillbilly Elegy– a memoir written by J. D. Vance, a Yale Law school graduate from a small town in Ohio similar to Moody’s. The book, lauded for its raw depiction of the cultural and economic decay faced by the rural, white working class, became a near-instant best-seller.

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January 7, 2020

Choose Life at Yale Hosts Annual Conference

Vita et Veritas

By Luke Brown, Dartmouth ’18

 

Yale students are seeking to change the moral, cultural, and political landscape surrounding abortion on their campus and beyond. 

 

Through Vita et Veritas, a pro-life conference in its seventh year, the student organizers from Choose Life at Yale (CLAY) aimed to provide a venue for thoughtful, productive, and nonpartisan discussion of the abortion issue and its broader implications for scholars, activists, and students. CLAY members “believe the right to life is fundamental, and we design our conference to help and inspire others to advocate for the lives of the unborn,” according to its website.

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December 14, 2019

Giving Up Darwin

Yale Professor: Theory of Evolution Is “Religion” to Most Scholars  

By Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

 

Renowned Yale University professor is openly questioning academia’s unwavering allegiance to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

 

David Gelernter recently sparked controversy when the Yale alumnus of 1976 published a candid, favorable review of several books dismantling core aspects of Darwin’s theory. The professor of computer science highlighted gaps in the theory of evolution by natural selection, despite its status within academic circles as the bedrock of science’s modern worldview.

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November 30, 2019

Appreciating the Gifts of the Spirit

Christian Union Fall Conference Energizes Yale Students

Students involved with Christian Union’s ministry at Yale College displayed a penchant for prayer and a sensitivity to promptings of the Holy Spirit in the fall semester. 

“There is a corporate sense of expectation for God to move in more profound ways,” said Clay Cromer, ministry director of Christian Union Lux.

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September 18, 2019

A Magnanimous Soul

In Memoriam: John Aroutiounian 

By Kayla Bartsch, Yale ’20

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John Aroutiounian was remembered as a Christian who made an impact on campus.

 

The first time I met John Aroutiounian was at an alumni reunion for the Federalist Party, my debating society within the Yale Political Union. He gallivanted into our makeshift debate hall  wearing a black cloak, his signature horn-rimmed spectacles, with a mischievous twinkle in his eye. On the debate floor, he commanded attention by his unmatched eloquence and exuberance. With a coy smile and the gargantuan lexicon of an accomplished polyglot, he ravaged the position of his opponents, nonchalantly weaving in historical anecdotes about the bygone Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia to accentuate his point. John, however, wreaked destruction in a manner so charismatic and so kind, that his opposition often found themselves conceding with a smile.

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