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May 17, 2018

Conference Is Refreshing for Dartmouth Students

A winter conference for Christian Union at Dartmouth featured a teaching that helped students better absorb the Word of God. In January at Singing Hills Christian Camp in Plainfield, New Hampshire, Ministry Fellow Julia Carlisle introduced the multi-step, contemplative prayer activity known as Lectio Divina, or divine reading. “It’s an ancient practice of slowing down while reading Scripture and meditating on it several times, paying attention to what the Holy Spirit calls your heart to and then praying into that,” she said. Carlisle’s exercise focused on Romans 5 and its themes of justification by faith and peace with God.

May 17, 2018

Hein ’20 Is Persistent in Pursuing God 

Adrienne Hein is a leader with the Seeking God Team for Christian Union at Cornell. During the 40 days of Lent, Hein ’20 led by example. The Hotel Administration and French major joined Christians from various campus ministries at 10 p.m. for 45 minutes of prayer each evening. Hein made the uphill trek from her dorm to the Cornell House of Prayer to intercede on behalf of the campus community with approximately 20-30 other students. The Cornell House of Prayer is a place near campus where Christians gather “to glorify God and establish His Presence at Cornell University through intercession and worship.” Climbing the “Cornell Slope” every night was quite a mountaintop experience that changed Hein’s outlook on prayer. “She kept going. And the Lord met her there every time,” said Carrie Jussely, a Christian Union ministry fellow at Cornell.

May 17, 2018

Beck and Curtis Are Interns in Washington, D.C.

A pair of Harvard Law School students are widening their professional horizons and skill sets while exploring careers within the public sector.  Kaitlyn Beck ’19 and Kelsey Curtis ’18 are spending the spring semester in Washington, D.C., where they are completing internships with the U.S. Department of Justice. The pair view such experiences as foundational to careers that will involve government service.  Beck and Curtis, who are participants in Christian Union’s ministry to Harvard law students, aspire to use their intellectual talents to reflect their faith in professional spheres.

May 17, 2018

Retreat Has Special Meaning for Christian Union at Brown 

Christian Union at Brown hosted a historic and joyous senior retreat this spring. Ministry fellows gathered on Cape Cod with the 12 students who comprise the first graduating class since the organization was launched four years ago. “It was a really great time to celebrate all they have done here at Brown in the last four years,” said Matt Woodard, Christian Union’s ministry director at Brown. “These 12 students were instrumental in getting this ministry started. It was great to see how God is working in their lives, to hear their stories, and reflect together.”

May 17, 2018

Kao ’18 Reflects on Stellar Swimming Season, Spiritual Growth 

As a student athlete, Derek Kao readily has embraced the importance of teamwork and brotherhood, priorities the Yale College senior hopes to take into the medical field.As a member of the men’s swimming team, the California native was proud to make a splash for the Bulldogs at meets across the region, including the 2018 Ivy League Championships. Likewise, Kao also sports a growing passion for reflecting his faith, both in and out of the pool. “Yale swimming has taught me what it means to be part of a greater cause and purpose,” said Kao. Notably, the pre-med student has flourished spiritually since arriving at Yale, especially via the mentorship he has received from Christian Union’s ministry.

May 17, 2018

Students Cheer on Classmates at Nexus

A low hum of energy thrummed through the room in anticipation of the Spoken Word competition at the Nexus Conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In a darkened ballroom-turned concert hall at the Hyatt Regency, nearly 300 attendees from Penn, Princeton, Cornell, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford gathered to listen to and cheer on fellow students.

May 17, 2018

Christian Union Hosts Nexus Student Conference  

The early apostles gained a reputation for boldly proclaiming the Word of God and upsetting the status quo. Acts 17:6 reveals how the authorities in Thessalonica were concerned that “the men who turned the world upside down have come here also.

May 9, 2018

A Call for Prayer Revival

On May 9, 2018, Christian Union New York gathered graduate students and professionals in New York City for an hour of prayer. The prayer time was led by Pastor Dimas Salaberrios, Bill Hwang, Matt Bennett and Eric Metaxas.

May 9, 2018
The Art of One-on-One Conversation; He Gave His Life For a Stranger; Not Meant to Be AloneAspects of a Christian Worldview, Part 1; The Secret Benefit of Fasting and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.  A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.— Proverbs 25:11

May 7, 2018
by James M. GarretsonMost Christians give little consideration to formation of a Christian worldview.In the absence of formal training at a Christian college or lack of familiarity with Christian authors who have written extensively on the topic such as Francis Schaeffer or Arthur Holmes, interest in the subject is often limited to questions of personal morality or public policy that supports, even if it does not endorse, Christian values.

April 26, 2018
Are Human Embryos Human Beings? Are They 'Persons'?; A Power With (Part 2); How History's Revivals Teach Us to Pray; A Feast of Grace: Art, Faith, and Generosity in Babette’s Feast; The Blindness of Social Wealth; Yes, California Is on the Verge of Banning Some Christian Books, Here’s How and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.  In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.— Hebrews 5:7

April 23, 2018
By Justin Doyle We'll scorch the earth Set fire to the sky We stoop so low to reach so high A link is lost The chain undone We wait all day For night to come And it comes Like a hunter child - Bono (Christ Jesus) had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! ...He lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion. - Phil. 2:6-8 (The Message) In part one of this post, I began to explore the meaning of the subdue/rule language of the Creation Mandate in Genesis 1:26-28 with the help of Richard Middleton’s book, The Liberating Image: The Imago Dei in Genesis 1. If you haven’t already done so, I invite you to take a few minutes to go back and read that post and catch up before continuing with this post.

April 19, 2018

Forum Explores Art, Faith, and Generosity in Babette’s Feast

On April 17, 2018, Christian Union partnered with The Trinity Forum to co-host an evening of rich conversation centered on the off-Broadway production of Babette’s Feast, a timeless tale of lavish generosity and community-transforming grace. (1:16:45)

April 12, 2018
Christian Union New York was delighted to partner with Generous Giving to host a Journey of Generosity on April 7th, 2018.

April 11, 2018
Turn the World Upside Down; A Power With (Part 1); Dietrich Bonhoeffer: German Theologian and Resister; MLK50; The Great Experiment; Gospel of the Kingdom Events in April and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.  Teach me to do your will,   for you are my God!Let your good Spirit lead me   on level ground!— Psalm 143:10

April 9, 2018
by Justin Doyle    "And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion/rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” - Genesis 1:28Certain words have a way of grabbing our attention – some are rich and full of meaning, others trigger memories, good or bad, and still others disorient you for one reason or another. For years, my attention has been drawn to the mandate given to humanity in Genesis 1:26-28, particularly the command to subdue and have dominion/rule. In a post-colonial world, those words, when applied to humanity, have a way of punching me in the gut and disorienting me.

April 4, 2018
Christian Union New York was delighted to welcome Jeff Smith for a salon on March 29, 2018 titled, "Faith in Giving: A Paradigm Shift for the City."

March 29, 2018
A Progressive Surrender; A Generation Emerging from the Wreckage; Forcing Pro-Life Pregnancy Care Centers to Advertise for Abortion is Unjust and Unconstitutional; Believe, That You May Understand; Harvard Update and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.  ...for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.— Ephesians 5:8-10

March 26, 2018
By Qwynn GrossWhen I gave my life to Christ I found myself in Scripture often, and from my readings I began a transformation process that I would say was the groundwork to many blessings. I was impacted so much by the written Word that I naïvely thought I had mastered some of the directives given in Scripture, like the fruit of the Spirit, for instance. What I didn’t realize was that the change on the inside was not complete, but that I was being refined, more and more.

March 23, 2018

Nexus 2018 Plenary Speaker

So, you want to change the world for Jesus Christ? First, your own world must be turned upside down by a vision of "the greatness and glory, the majesty and supremacy, and the wonders of the love and saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ"!