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November 22, 2017
Christian Union develops Christian leaders to transform culture for God’s glory. We serve and resource student organizations at some of the most strategic universities in America.
Peter and Linda Cline are partners, advocates, and great friends of Christian Union. Most recently, the Clines have helped to facilitate a generous $700,000 matching gift through the BridgeHead Foundation, where Peter serves as a trustee. This gift is supporting the ministry’s campaign to acquire a permanent ministry center at Columbia University in the heart of New York City. The BridgeHead Foundation exists “to assist Christian organizations in fulfilling the redemptive mission of the Gospel in bringing restoration of life to people and their communities through the thoughtful and strategic application of Christian values.” 

November 22, 2017

Christian Union New York Hosts Welcoming Events

Christian Union New York extended a heartfelt welcome to recent graduates as they began new vocations and ventures in the city. In late September, some alumni of Christian Union’s ministries at top universities and other young professionals boarded a yacht for a two-hour excursion in New York Harbor against the stunning backdrop of Manhattan’s illuminated skyline. In addition to building connections with fellow believers, the young adults heard about Christian Union New York’s slate of leadership development opportunities and other resources to assist with adjustment to life in the world’s financial and cultural hub.

November 22, 2017

CU Ministry Mentors Basketball, Football Players

As a former basketball coach, Christian Union’s interim ministry director at Princeton University knows the extraordinary influence and reach of athletes upon their teammates and classmates.
As a former basketball coach, Christian Union’s interim ministry director at Princeton University knows the extraordinary influence and reach of athletes upon their teammates and classmates. As such, James Fields was pleased to see 10 players from the men’s basketball team at the ministry’s open house at the Campus Club early in the fall semester. The appearance was especially welcome as Princeton dominated the Ivy League during 2016-17 by going undefeated in conference play and captured the inaugural conference tournament. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Tigers lost a heartbreaker to Notre Dame, 60-58. “These guys have a lot of social capital. They just came off a phenomenal year. They are the ones who are on the front lines and leading our athletic community,” said Fields. “In the midst of their success, they are still looking for Jesus. That’s really exciting.

November 22, 2017

Student's Faith Invigorated by Christian Union Holy Land Tour

Next to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and writing a book, visiting Israel was at the top of my bucket list. Because my grandparents had an unforgettable experience, they would often tell me, “Francine, if you ever get a chance to go to Israel, by golly go!” Like King Arthur questing for the Holy Grail, like an intrepid explorer journeying to his ancestors’ homeland, this would be my once-in-a-lifetime, spiritually awakening, Christian pilgrimage. Little did I know this trip, which I imagined occurring decades in the future, would happen this past summer, following my freshman year at Cornell! In June, I joined 83 students and four Christian Union ministry fellows for the Passages: Experience Israel trip. We drew on the nation’s biblical foundation and modern development. We traveled far and wide, from Christ’s ministry headquarters in Capernaum to the Dead Sea, sampling rich Middle Eastern foods, wandering traditional marketplaces, and hearing guest speakers from around the country. While what I learned those 10 days could easily fill a novel, I thought of five main takeaways:

November 22, 2017

Christian Union Welcomes Class of 2021

Students involved with Christian Union’s ministry at Harvard College eagerly welcomed members of the class of 2021 as they descended upon Cambridge.
Students involved with Christian Union’s ministry at Harvard College eagerly welcomed members of the class of 2021 as they descended upon Cambridge. During late August and early September, ministry fellows and returning students hosted a series of events to greet freshmen, including a pizza party, waterfront picnic, and ice cream social. “The upperclassmen and ministry fellows are hungry for a harvest,” said Tyler Parker, a Christian Union intern and Harvard alumnus of 2017. “We are motivated in our mission.”

November 22, 2017

Christian Union Hosts Forum with Ravi Zacharias, Abdu Murray at Yale

Christian Union develops Christian leaders to transform culture for God’s glory. We serve and resource student organizations at some of the most strategic universities in America.
Why does the truth matter?This was the question posed by renowned apologists, authors, and scholars Abdu Murray and Ravi Zacharias to skeptics and believers alike at Yale University on the evening of October 10th. In the woody, warm sanctuary of Battell Chapel, a full house of 650 Yale students, local community members, and travelers from across the region congregated to hear Murray and Zacharias discuss “The Quest for Meaning in a Post-Truth Culture.” The Yale University Open Forum was made possible through the sponsorship of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and Christian Union at Yale. 

November 16, 2017
Columbia Ministry Center Update; Faithful to Christ in Hollywood: An Oscar-Nominated Director Shares; Sit with Me': Currents of Grief in Wind River; Balancing Rhythms of Rest and Work; Are You Hearing God's Voice? Five Ways You Can Hear God Speak Directly to You and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.  I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. — Psalm 9:1

November 1, 2017
Until Midnight Nov. 1, Your Gift to a Columbia Ministry Center Will Be Tripled; Advice That’s Better Than ‘Follow Your Passion’; C.S. Lewis’s Famous Mud Pies: How Imagination Opens the Heart to Truth; A Reformation Day for American Christianity and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.  I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.— Philippians 1:3-6

October 18, 2017
The Great Experiment; Serious Dating That Works; Hundreds Attend Christian Union Sponsored Open Forum with Ravi Zacharias at Yale; Please Give Today to Open the Columbia Ministry Center and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.  Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!— Psalm 150:2

October 13, 2017

October 10th Event with Abdu Murray Draws 650

On Tuesday, October 10th, Christian Union's ministry at Yale hosted world-renowned Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, and the North American director of Ravi Zacharias Ministries, Abdu Murray, who addressed an audience of approximately 650 at Yale's historic Battell Chapel. Watch the event, or find quotes from their talk and Q&A, below.

October 5, 2017
Tragedy in Las Vegas; Science, Mathematics, and Christianity; Alvin Plantinga: a Transformative Christian Leader; Let’s Save the University from Secular Privilege; Speaking Ill of Hugh Hefner and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.  The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.  — Psalm 34:18

October 3, 2017

A Yale Alumna Shares

"Growing up, I imagined Christianity was about being right, and I sought to understand God intellectually. It was only in college that God became real, as I was nearly 10,000 miles away from home and constantly challenged about my faith. I had to figure out what I actually believed.  Christian Union’s ministry at Yale was a safe refuge to bring my questions and doubts.

September 30, 2017
Christian Union New York hosted an evening of fellowship and fun for young professionals on Saturday, September 30, 2017.Christian Union's campus ministries, as well as other young professionals and recent graduates (classes of 2011-2017) to sailed down the Hudson and into New York Harbor on the yacht Manhattan II.Guests enjoyed snacks, beer, wine, and soft drinks as they got to know other Christians in the city and hear more about what Christian Union has to offer professionals to thrive in the city and engage redemptively in work and culture. This was an opportunity for professionals in New York City to build connections with other Christians while enjoying an evening together on the Hudson River. Questions For questions regarding upcoming events or the Christian Union New York City ministry, please email CUNewYork@christianunion.org.
September 20, 2017
You are Invited to Christian Union's 2018 Summer Getaway; Pluralism and the Art of Disagreement; A Great Book for Thoughtful Outsiders; Why is Work Good? Six Quick Reminders; Want Less Sexual Trauma on Campus? Stop Telling the Big Lies; A New Look for ChristianUnion.org and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.  Now therefore, O kings, be wise;    be warned, O rulers of the earth.Serve the Lord with fear,    and rejoice with trembling. — Psalm 2:10-11

September 7, 2017
The Closing of the Modern Mind; Lessons in Leadership; We Can Be Hopeful for Houston: The Church is There; The Magnanimous Man: In Remembrance of Michael Cromartie; No One Actually Follows Their Heart; and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.  The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.. — Nahum 1:7

August 25, 2017
A Student's Perspective Molly Richmond, Class of 2018, is involved with Christian Union's ministry at Harvard. The History and Literature hails from Watertown, Massachusetts.

August 25, 2017
Christian Union New York hosted an evening of fellowship and fun for young professionals on Saturday, September 30, 2017.Christian Union's campus ministries, as well as other young professionals and recent graduates (classes of 2011-2017) to sailed down the Hudson and into New York Harbor on the yacht Manhattan II.Guests enjoyed snacks, beer, wine, and soft drinks as they got to know other Christians in the city and hear more about what Christian Union has to offer professionals to thrive in the city and engage redemptively in work and culture. This was an opportunity for professionals in New York City to build connections with other Christians while enjoying an evening together on the Hudson River.Contact: Scott.Crosby@christianunion.org
August 24, 2017
The Damsel and the Villain; N.T. Wright Answers 5 of Life's Biggest Questions; Mourning Charlottesville: A Domestic Sorrow, a National Woe; The Prayer-Obedience Relationship; and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. — Titus 3:4-7

August 10, 2017
Susan Gonzalez on Recent Yale graduatate Stephanie Siow; Jean M. Twenge on Smartphones; Joni Eareckson Tada on the 50th anniversary of her diving accident; and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.  — 1 Thessalonians 5:11

July 29, 2017
Carol Kaminski on Approaching God with Confidence; Mark Dever on Discipling; Roland Warren on Pro-Abundant Life; and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bimonthly email brief.  I give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify Your name forever.  — Psalm 86:12