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February 8, 2021

Watt ’22 Is a Gracious Host and Leader

The extraordinary leadership of Caleb Watt has helped Christian Union Martus stay connected and in community for the last year, especially during the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic at the University of Pennsylvania.

January 28, 2021

Columbia Student Is a Leader with Christian Union, John Jay Society

In his Summa Theologica, Thomas Aquinas said, “There is no greater act of charity than to lead a neighbor to truth.” At Columbia University, Jonathan Tanaka ’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 serves on the executive team for Christian Union’s Lumine ministry at Columbia.

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

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 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.

September 16, 2020

Christian Union Day and Night

If we are not on guard, people that worship anything other than God can have a devastating effect on us who seek to follow our Lord Jesus Christ.
Editor’s Note: The following devotional was written to help Christians think about and respond biblically to the crisis of COVID-19. In March, Christian Union Day and Night organized a nationwide, 40-day initiative of prayer, fasting, and repentance to address the coronavirus pandemic, supported by daily devotionals.   But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.  —2 Timothy 3:1-5 (ESV)