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January 25, 2021

Freshmen Enjoy Leadership Roles During Annual Dinner 

Thanksgiving was a different holiday for most people this year, but thanks to the leadership and creativity of the freshman class, Christian Union Vox’s turkey dinner was one of the highlights of a socially-distanced semester. The annual event offers a unique chance for the freshmen to lead as well as an opportunity to invite non-Christian students to share a meal and hear the Gospel. With this year’s challenges due to COVID-19, the freshmen pulled off an impressive and impactful event. 

January 13, 2021
Demons and Disease, Healing and Deliverance; The Beauty of God's Home; An Apologetics Toolbox; Mental Health Improved For Only One Group During COVID: Those Who Attended Church Weekly; God, Freedom, and Love and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief. I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.—  1 Corinthians 1:10

January 12, 2021

Report Details ‘Pivotal Moment’ for Gen Z and Millennials

With its report, The Great Opportunity: The American Church in 2050, the Pinetops Foundation examines the fruitfulness, or lack thereof, when it comes to the engagement of today’s teens and young adults. According to its 2018 report, approximately one million young people are leaving the church each year—but a “great opportunity” exists if we can reverse the current trends assigned to Generation Z and younger Millennials. 

January 5, 2021

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

“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.

December 23, 2020
The Most Important Habit; Thinking of Penn As An Unreached People Group; The Surprising Ministry of Encouragement; Join 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting for 2021; Through a Looking Glass Darkly and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.—  Isaiah 9:6

December 23, 2020

Christian Union Gloria Hosts Lecture with Ryan Gregg 

This fall, CU Gloria, Christian Union’s ministry at Harvard, virtually hosted Ryan Gregg as a speaker for their Leadership Lecture Series, Doxa. As former co-president at the Harvard Graduate Christian Fellowship, Gregg discussed how to approach Christianity from an intellectual perspective.

December 15, 2020

Christian Union New York

Due to technical issues, the recording begins a couple minutes into the conversation.

December 9, 2020
Rethinking Missions and Missionaries; The Case for Vocational Singleness; Nine Nonobvious Ways to Have Deeper Conversations; Walk in the Light. Expose the Darkness.; Everything Changes When Christ Appears; The Gifts of the Holy Spirit and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. —  Isaiah 40:4

December 1, 2020

You can help!

You can do even more to help Christian Union thrive. Help the ministry bring on more Cornerstone Partners on Giving Tuesday (December 1, 2020) by sharing why you value the ministry. Here are six easy steps:

November 30, 2020

Working Relationships and Relationships that Work: Fostering A Redemptive Corporate Culture

Christian Union New York invited Christian Union Alumni, CU New York participants, and friends of Christian Union to join us on November 30 at 7:30pm for a virtual forum with Vince Vitale. 

November 25, 2020
Two Skeptics' Journey to Christ; The Bible Makes a Fashion Statement; Pursuing God, Pursuing TruthGene Editing and Planned Personhood; A Virtuous Society Involves You: Faith and Work in Perspective; Healing and Word of Knowledge and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. —  1 Chronicles 16:34

November 11, 2020
The Plausibility of Miracles in a Materialistic Age; The Underwhelming God; Distance Makes the Heart Dig Deeper; Salting the World; Malcolm Gladwell: How I Rediscovered Faith; Mentored by the Dead and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief. I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. —  Ephesians 4:1-7

November 10, 2020

A discipleship program and personal touches to Bible course bring students together across the globe

The women of Christian Union Libertas at Brown University are using this season to dig deep. Although the current fall semester is very different than in previous years, with no freshmen on campus, no large group Leadership Lecture Series, and most students taking classes remotely, the women’s side of the ministry has found ways to deepen their connections with one another. Ministry Fellow Laurel Copp realized that things would need to look different this semester in order to engage students well, so she took two of the Chrisitan Union foundations, Bible course, and discipleship, and reimagined them. While much is the same, a lot is different, as Copp believes this year can be one of substantial growth.

October 28, 2020
Finding Joy While Locked Up; You Can't Be a Saint by Yourself; I Took Drugs to a Church Conference. Then God Found Me.; The Disturbing Lack of Christian Audacity; What Was the Azusa Street Revival?; Study Suggests Unconscious Learning Underlies Belief in God and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief. “Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy.” —  Psalm 126:5

October 14, 2020
God Our Dwelling Place; "You Will Be My Witnesses"; What is the Basis for Christian Ethics?; Why Doubt Can Give You Hope; The Discipline of Remembering; How Garbage Collectors Can Refresh Our Theology and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief. “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you will also appear with him in glory.” —  Colossians 3:3-4

October 12, 2020

Christian Union Gloria (Harvard College)

Christian Union Ministry Fellow, Fady Ghobrial, encourages and equips Harvard students as they seek for practical ways to improve their prayer lives.

September 23, 2020
Truth in a Time of Crisis; Rowan Williams: Theological Education Is For Everyone; A Legacy of Faith; Can Faith Healing Work by Phone? Charismatic Christians Try Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus; Spiritual Consultants at the Gates of a Great Unraveling;  Don't Lose Heart in Prayer and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. —  2 Corinthians 4:5-6

September 21, 2020

Incoming First-Year Students Already in Bible Courses 

As the COVID-19 pandemic pushed Bible courses to Zoom and students and staff scrambled to adjust to the new normal, Christian Union Vox experienced an unexpected silver lining. A multitude of incoming freshmen from the class of 2024 began reaching out to the Vox team via social media, interested in being a part of the Christian community. A few months later, and through the boldness of the incoming freshmen and the openness of current students and staff, sixteen members of the Class of 2024 are already seeking the Lord in Christian Union Bible Courses. 
As the COVID-19 pandemic pushed Bible courses to Zoom and students and staff scrambled to adjust to the new normal, Christian Union Vox experienced an unexpected silver lining. A multitude of incoming freshmen from the class of 2024 began reaching out to the Vox team via social media, interested in being a part of the Christian community. A few months later, and through the boldness of the incoming freshmen and the openness of current students and staff, sixteen members of the Class of 2024 are already seeking the Lord in Christian Union Bible Courses. 

September 18, 2020

Tanaka ’23 Serves with Lumine, John Jay Society

Tanaka appreciates the ministry center as a spiritual getaway from the normal life of a Columbia student, but also realizes that one of the unique and most influential aspects of Christian Union is how the ministry combines spirituality and intellectualism. 
In his Summa Theologica, Thomas Aquinas said, “There is no greater act of charity than to lead a neighbor to truth.” Jonathan Tanaka, Columbia ’23, is passionately seeking this greatest act of charity in a bold and wholehearted way. “I believe that since God is the perfect, supreme arbiter of truth–He is truth. It is not only a good thing to pursue Him by pursuing truth, but it is my duty to do so,” said Tanaka, who will serve on Christian Union Lumine’s student executive team this upcoming year as a sophomore. “Likewise, it is my duty to embody the theological virtue of charity by leading others to truth both in direct debate and by providing a place in which arguments are given and resolutions are reached.”

September 16, 2020

Reaching out to Young Professionals

The COVID-19 pandemic did not prevent Christian Union’s ministry to professionals from sharing its core mission with recent college graduates.
The COVID-19 pandemic did not prevent Christian Union’s ministry to professionals from sharing its core mission with recent college graduates. In May, Christian Union New York coordinated virtual introductory meetings with graduating seniors at top universities. During the spring, the ministry typically reaches out to seniors involved in Christian Union Universities to help facilitate connections for graduates within certain professional and geographic networks in various cities. In New York City, the ministry offers emerging and established leaders an array of community groups, mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as enriching events including forums, lectures, and conferences.