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December 2, 2019

Christian Union Prayerfully Welcomes New Students

A cookout was one of many events hosted by Christian Union at Dartmouth during its Freshman Welcoming Campaign.
Through hard work, perseverance, prayer, and the grace of God, Christian Union’s faculty members and student leaders at Dartmouth rejoiced after a successful Freshman Welcoming Campaign. Ministry Fellow Noah Crane was encouraged by the number of first-year students who wanted to be involved. “We’ve seen a strong response from the freshman class and have already seen many people connect with our ministry and with our returning students,” Crane said.

December 2, 2019

Ministry Fellows, Student Leaders Host Welcoming Campaign

In August, Christian Union at Cornell hosted its annual pre-retreat, a strategic event for students and ministry fellows in preparation of its three-week Freshman Welcoming Campaign at the beginning of the academic year.
In August, Christian Union at Cornell hosted its annual pre-retreat, a strategic event for students and ministry fellows in preparation of its three-week Freshman Welcoming Campaign at the beginning of the academic year. At the retreat, students were reminded of the importance of being centered on the Gospel as the motive for all that they do. Ministry Fellow Jordan Cooper spoke on Romans 1:16, emphasizing that Jesus ought to have the highest priority in our lives. Ministry Fellow Liz Thomforde echoed the sentiment, and reiterated the importance of being mindful that Christ’s sacrifice is why we serve in our different roles within the ministry. Through prayer, worship, devotionals, large group discussions, and conversations around the campfire, the focus was on Jesus Christ, and how He is the ultimate reason for reaching out to freshmen and welcoming them to Cornell.

December 2, 2019

Tehn-Addy ’21 Interns with NYC Department of Health

A Columbia University junior is jumpstarting a career focused on delivering medical services to disadvantaged patients.  Anne-Marie Tehn-Addy ’21 spent the summer interning for New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she worked with the Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Unit. As part of her role, Tehn-Addy helped immigrant mothers manage and prevent the spread of the potentially life-threatening infection.
A Columbia University junior is jumpstarting a career focused on delivering medical services to disadvantaged patients. Anne-Marie Tehn-Addy ’21 spent the summer interning for New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she worked with the Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Unit. As part of her role, Tehn-Addy helped immigrant mothers manage and prevent the spread of the potentially life-threatening infection.

December 2, 2019

Christian Union Celebrates Five Years at Brown 

At the Christian Union Staff Conference this summer, the organization celebrated a major milestone—five years of ministry at Brown University.
At the Christian Union Staff Conference this summer, the organization celebrated a major milestone—five years of ministry at Brown University. A few weeks later, Ministry Director Matt Woodard and Ministry Fellows Laurel Copp and Ben Pascut began earnestly to prepare for year six and the annual Freshmen Welcoming Campaign.

December 2, 2019

Richmond ’18 Is a 1L at Harvard Law School 

A Harvard College and Christian Union alumna plans to integrate her  passions for faith and justice by pursuing a career in law.   In August, Molly Richmond ’18 entered Harvard Law School with a sense of a calling to become a public interest lawyer.
A Harvard College and Christian Union alumna plans to integrate her  passions for faith and justice by pursuing a career in law. In August, Molly Richmond ’18 entered Harvard Law School with a sense of a calling to become a public interest lawyer.   But first, Richmond paused to share her heart for justice by serving as a keynote speaker for the Christian youth conference she co-founded in 2013. In June, Richmond explained a biblical view of justice during The Micah Conference, an annual student-led event affiliated with her high school, Boston Trinity Academy.

December 2, 2019

Drummond ’20 Is Executive Vice President at Stanford

For the last two years, Isaiah Drummond has served as the vice president of Caritas, Christian Union’s ministry to students at Stanford University. Drummond, a mechanical engineering major, helped build the ministry, along with other students when it launched in the fall of 2016. Now a senior, the Houston, Texas, native is still a key member of Caritas, but also has a heart and vision to serve the entire student body. Last spring, he was elected as Executive Vice President of  Associated Students of Stanford University. Drummond and President Erica Scott ’20 oversee a team of cabinet members who are responsible for specific initiatives, and provide leadership to the student senate. Cabinet member Remy Gordon ’20, the Executive Chief of Staff, is also one of Caritas’ core students.  Drummond said being exposed to a wide array of aspects of student life—from his role with Caritas and civil service organizations to exploring various majors to living in several dorms—gave him an overview of the concerns at Stanford and a burden to help solve them. More importantly, his time as a residence advisor opened his eyes to issues surrounding mental health on campus. “This campus is yearning for change; you can hear the groans for improvement scattered across every part of the student population, both undergraduate and graduate,” Drummond said. “We have had to cope with tragic student loss in the past year, and I know the main thing on all our minds is mental health and well-being. I feel confident that the president and I have compiled an extraordinary executive cabinet with subject matter experts on topics ranging from academic freedom and political engagement to affordability.” Garrett Brown, Christian Union’s ministry director at Stanford, said Drummond has a great combination of intelligence and graciousness and his character and enthusiasm make him a well-respected leader. He also embodies the vision of Christian Union, which, by God’s grace, seeks a spiritually vibrant nation marked by Christian values permeating every corner of society.  “Both in and out of Caritas, his peers follow his lead because they  recognize authenticity,” Brown said. “From the beginning, Isaiah was a gatherer, an encourager, and clearly a leader.” Likewise, Drummond is thankful for the leadership development training and teaching he has received through Caritas with various Bible courses, conferences, and one-on-one mentoring.  “The [Christian Union faculty] has helped me mature as a Christian and improve my skills in apologetics, outreach, prayer, and spiritual leadership,” he said. “Christian Union provides me with ample opportunities to grow as a leader and a follower of Christ, and I am forever grateful that I have been able to be a part of this organization throughout my entire college career.” More specifically, Drummond credits Christian Union with giving him confidence to exercise his responsibilities in the student government, where he regularly meets with senior-level leadership on behalf of the student body, delegates responsibility to the executive cabinet, and interacts with students across all segments of campus.  “Christian Union has played a tremendous role in helping me successfully complete these tasks and has been instrumental in providing me with the skills necessary to thrive as a student body leader,” he said. Drummond, who is also pursuing a minor in Spanish, is seeking to be a voice and role model to his peers.  “This position grants me access to senior-level leadership, and I believe it is my duty to speak up for the voiceless and advocate for those oft forgotten when I step into these spaces. While I want to be a champion for the student body in these meetings, I believe it is equally as important to serve as a role model in my public-facing role. I want to ensure that in everything I do, I am a positive example of Christian leadership on this campus.” In addition to student government, Drummond has also been active in the Stanford Gospel Choir, Veritas Forum, and the Stanford Society of Black Scientists and Engineers. This year with Caritas he is the ministry’s Assistant Seeking God Director and Senior Men’s Assistant Bible Course Leader. Drummond is thankful for being part of a fledgling ministry as a freshman and credits Caritas with helping him mature spiritually.  “Throughout our entire academic careers, we have invested thousands of hours into learning more about the world around us and pushing the limits of human understanding,” he said. “Yet, all too regularly, we fail to spend sufficient time growing spiritually.” “I have never felt so spiritually filled and intellectually engaged with the Word as when I am engaging in debate and dialogue during our weekly Bible courses. Whether I was studying the Gospel of Mark, reading through Philippians, or diving into Romans, I have thoroughly enjoyed being challenged to align my life around God’s instructions.” This fall, the Caritas team is reaching out to freshmen with a variety of initiatives and outreaches, such as “Waffles at Wilbur (Hall)” and weekly frosh dinners. The first Venture, the ministry’s Leadership Lecture Series, focused on Jesus’ prayer in John 17 and Christian community. Drummond is one of many key leaders who are helping first-year students and upperclassmen engage with opportunities to hear the Gospel and grow deeper in their faith.  “Christian Union has continually challenged me to actively and unashamedly seek to fulfill the tenets of the Great Commission,” he said. “Going into my fourth year, I am able to see clearly the truth in Jesus’ words when He told His disciples that, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Matt 9:37 NIV) “Stanford is replete with believers, both those deeply involved in ministries across campus and those who are not. However, I now believe more than ever that we must not timidly sit aside while our peers are crying out for a panacea that can solve their problems.”
  For the last two years, Isaiah Drummond has served as the vice president of Caritas, Christian Union’s ministry to students at Stanford University. Drummond, a mechanical engineering major, helped build the ministry, along with other students when it launched in the fall of 2016.

December 2, 2019

The Gift of Prophecy

The Gift of Prophecy
By Matt Bennett, CU Founder and CEOHarriet, a movie about the life of the famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman, was recently released in theaters, giving many a chance to know this remarkable woman for the first time. The movie highlights not only her sacrificial heroism and her Christian faith, but her dependence on God for the supernatural, helping her to evade capture and lead slaves to freedom. Many times in her life, God gave her supernatural, or prophetic revelation, to guide her to her destination. 

December 2, 2019

Q and A with Ken Fish

Demonstrations of the Spirit and of Power
Ken Fish, Princeton ’82, is the founder of Kingdom Fire Ministries. He is the featured speaker at Christian Union’s Gospel of the Kingdom Conferences, which are hosted biannually in New York City. The conferences are known for focusing on physical and emotional healing, deliverance, and prophesy, and other supernatural aspects of ministry.

December 2, 2019

Faith and Finance

Parker (Henritze) Morse '09 S'10 is vice president of the Sycamore Partners investment team. Sycamore Partners is a private equity firm based in New York specializing in consumer and retail investments. Parker has been involved in several consumer retail transactions including the take-private acquisition of The Jones Group Inc. in the Spring of 2014. The firm has more than $3.5 billion in capital under management.Parker sat down with Christian Union to share her story, and she reflects on Christian engagement and leadership in industries such as finance.

November 30, 2019

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. 
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.

November 21, 2019
Some kinds of church bodies accept only particular kinds of gifts, hence they amputate certain kinds of members. Other kinds of churches pile together the amputated members and celebrate that they are an ideal body. Yet ideally, a body that is whole welcomes all its members.
Some kinds of church bodies accept only particular kinds of gifts, hence they amputate certain kinds of members. Other kinds of churches pile together the amputated members and celebrate that they are an ideal body. Yet ideally, a body that is whole welcomes all its members.   Some value teaching but disregard prophecy (1 Thess 5:20); some exalt tongues but resent teaching; and so forth. We need to appreciate all the gifts. By definition, gifts given by God’s grace are good. We just need to make sure that we use them in the right ways!  

November 21, 2019
Mathematical Challenges to Darwin's Theory of Evolution; A Heart for Justice; Harriet; Moving Beyond "God Won't Give You More Than You Can Handle"; God, Seen and Known through Jesus and the Spirit; The Equality Act Poses an Unprecedented Threat to Religious Freedom and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.— 2 Corinthians 4:8-10

November 19, 2019

Richmond ’18 is a 1L at Harvard Law School

A Harvard College and Christian Union alumna plans to integrate her passions for faith and justice by pursuing a career in law. In August, Molly Richmond ’18 entered Harvard Law School with a sense of a calling to become a public interest lawyer.

November 14, 2019

Forum with N.T. Wright

On November 14, CU New York hosted N.T. Wright at the Salmagundi Club for a forum. Graduate students, young professionals, and seasoned professionals gathered for a night of fellowship and teaching.

November 11, 2019

Stewart Says She was Silenced Because of Religious Beliefs   

  Jannique Stewart, a pro-life advocate, was disinvited from speaking at Cornell Political Union this spring. In a Facebook post, Stewart, who was scheduled to appear in April, said her right to free speech was violated and the cancellation was due to her “outspoken beliefs regarding sexuality,” namely, that sex should be reserved for marriage, and her affirmation of marriage as a male-female relationship.   Cornell Political Union (CPU), which seeks to promote “discourse with those from both ends of the political spectrum” and discuss “today’s most pressing political issues,” invited Stewart to speak about pro-life issues.

November 7, 2019
The Questions of Culture, The Invitation of Christ; On the Loneliness Epidemic; A Class Day Discourse; The Power of Persistence; Restoring Religious Liberty and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.  Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.— Romans 12:10-13

November 4, 2019

A Med Student’s Exhortation to Live in the Moment

  Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted with permission from Cornerstone Magazine, Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design’s Christian literary arts publication.   In the spring of 2012, senioritis hit me. After reading my acceptance letter to Brown, I immediately began to daydream. Whether it was envisioning myself walking across the Main Green to class or chilling in the dorm lounge with my hallmates, I was preoccupied by thoughts of college. Before I knew it, prom and senior projects had become things of the past, and I stood next to my classmates at graduation. “Where did the time go?” I asked myself. I had been thinking about college so much that I had missed out on savoring my final moments as a high school senior.    This is something I’ve struggled with for a long time. Even at Brown, similar thoughts crept up on me. I loved many parts about college life: late night conversations in Perkins, studying at the Ratty with friends, singing worship songs on a Friday night. My faith grew exponentially through fellowship, prayer, reading God’s Word, and spending time with Him and my brothers and sisters in Christ. Still, it seemed like the pattern of wanting to move on to the next season continued.

October 31, 2019

Evangelism: Developing and Communicating Your Story of Jesus

On October 31st, CU New York had the privilege of hosting guest speaker Ken Fish for a salon focused on the topic of evangelism through conversation and testimony sharing.

October 29, 2019

John Hay Library Puts Emphasis on “Gay Pulp Fiction”

Christian alumni from Brown and other top-tier universities were disturbed, but not entirely surprised, at the news of the university’s plans to expand and catalog its massive collection of “gay pulp fiction.”   Brown University plans to catalog its massive collection of gay pulp fiction, and the John Hay Library’s curator of literary and popular culture collections would like to add “more books that cover the entire LGBTQ+ spectrum.” Brown’s more than 4,600 (and growing) volumes of cheap, highly explicit paperbacks is one of the biggest collections – or possibly the largest – of any, according to WBUR.org. The radio station noted that most of the books are “straight up pornography,” but others are categorized as “sexual lifestyle guides.” In July, Boston’s NPR news station reported on the university’s efforts to catalog its pulps. The majority of titles are geared to same-sex attracted men. Once finished, Heather Cole, the John Hay Library’s curator of literary and popular culture collections, says she is “interested in adding more books that cover the entire LGBTQ+ spectrum.”

October 24, 2019
On Thursday, October 24, Christian Union co-hosted a Finance & Faith Forum with partners The King's College and Gordon College. This panel of distinguished speakers shared their insights as to what it means to be a follower of Christ in the financial services industry. They spoke to some of the unique challenges Christians in the field face, including navigating finance culture and Christian ethics.