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July 13, 2017
The biweekly eNewsletter from Christian Union Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. — James 5:16

July 6, 2017

How Can Christians Be Most Strategic in Impacting Culture?

Out of the 3,039 four-year colleges and universities in the country, 63 percent of the most influential leaders in our nation come from just twenty universities. Christian Union develops Christian leaders at the leading universities in America, in the most culturally strategic cities, and through the Christian Union Day and Night initiative. The ministry is confident that this three-pronged approach will have extraordinary influence on our culture and society, transforming the landscape of the entire nation, for God’s glory. Nearly 1,400 students from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Harvard Law, Princeton, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale are enrolled in one of more than 250 semester-long Christian Union faculty-led Bible courses.

July 5, 2017

Princeton Ministries Host Women’s Wellness Event

God designed women to enjoy a profound sense of wholeness and peace as the fruit of yielding their hearts to a loving savior.  That was one of the major themes from Ellen Dykas when the women’s ministry coordinator for Harvest USA appeared at Princeton University at the invitation of four campus ministries. 

July 5, 2017

Addenbrooke ’17 Has Burden for the Lost, for Yale

As the editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News, Stephanie Addenbrooke often worked until 4 a.m. to oversee the production of the next edition of the newspaper. It was an exhausting, trying time for Addenbrooke, who had to attend classes later in the day and balance other responsibilities while assuming the helm of “The Oldest College Daily” in the United States. On campus, things were tumultuous. She noted how headlines often focused on “racism, sexual assault, crime, discrimination, depression, injustice, and overwhelming dissatisfaction.” 

July 5, 2017

Ministry Director Thankful His Family Stepped out in Faith

Hey Jim, hope all is well with you. Just thought I’d reach out to let you know how grateful I am for the guidance you gave me throughout undergrad. I’ve been meeting with a guy here at graduate school every so often… and it’s been good. But it reminded me of how huge it was to have that from you (and your family) during a pivotal four years of my personal growth. Love you all — Josh A dear friend and former student sent me that text this morning and it caused me to reflect on God’s kindness and faithfulness to me over the last six years of surprising service in Christian Union. You see, in the summer of 2011, my family and I made a remarkable transition. I had been joyfully serving as the senior pastor of a church in the Houston, Texas area for a number of years. I loved being a pastor and felt very content in my calling.  

July 5, 2017

Christian Union Alumni Look Back 

Christian Union was founded in 2002 in Princeton, New Jersey. Over the next 15 years, Christian Union, by God's grace, has launched leadership development ministries at some of the nation's most influential universities. Here are reflections from four alumni.

June 29, 2017
The biweekly eNewsletter from Christian Union He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. — Ecclesiastes 3:11

June 27, 2017

Ministry Director Exhorts Seniors

As the class of 2017 prepared for commencement, Christian Union’s undergraduate ministry director at Harvard emphasized the significance of seeking God above personal advancement.  “I hope that you have encountered  – and enjoyed  – the Living God,” Don Weiss told students during the ministry’s leadership lecture series on April 28. “Do not give up in pursuing God.”

June 26, 2017

Green '84 is the Christian Leader of the Year

Since graduating from Princeton University in 1984, Elizabeth Stevenson Green has gained recognition for her remarkable efforts to homeschool her 12 children, including a girl adopted from China and sibling groups of four and two from Ethiopia. The former campus minister with Cru also serves as a Christian role model by hosting Bible studies and mentoring young women. As well, Elizabeth and Howard Green have directed youth and young adult fellowship groups and guided engaged and married couples through pre- and post-marital counseling. 

June 24, 2017

Christian Union Ministry at Princeton Hosts Seminars, Lectures

Galileo Galilei, the Italian astronomer and physicist, once opined that mathematics is the “language in which God has written the universe.” With that quotation as a launching point, a Princeton University senior recently led a seminar on behalf of Christian Union for students to probe the idea that the field of mathematics reflects a divine blueprint of the universe.  “Math seems to be incredibly powerful for describing God’s creation,” said Matt O’Rourke ’17. “Physicists have thought this for a while. Nobody really quite understands why.” The physics major led the discussion on April 22 in East Pyne Hall as part of a series from Christian Union’s ministry at Princeton exploring the relationship between Christianity and the sciences and mathematics. The META initiative, which began in October, aimed to foster conversations on Christianity and culture. 

June 24, 2017

Christian Union Join City-Wide Outreach

It was Jesus Week in New York City. Scott Crosby had the honor of closing in prayer at the culminating event, a massive praise and proclamation rally to lift up the name of Jesus in Times Square. Crosby, the ministry director for Christian Union New York, looked over the crowd of thousands of believers, seekers, and onlookers, and prayed the words of Psalm 107. 

June 24, 2017

Manion ’18 Inspired by Summer Bible Study

As an emerging leader at Columbia University, Kerry Manion ’18 was struck by the relevance of the lessons inside the ancient book of Judges. Throughout the tumultuous Old Testament chronology, God positioned champions to rescue the Israelites from formidable enemies. “The judges were all chosen by God,” said Manion, who has growing responsibilities across Columbia’s spiritual, sports, and service arenas.

June 24, 2017

Jeffery Gao '18 Gears Up for Senior Year

Jeffrey Gao, a rising senior and member of the lightweight rowing team, is on  the final lap of his Dartmouth College days.  It’s been three fantastic years for the San Diego native, who is a co-president of Christian Union’s ministry on campus. With the wind at his back, Gao is preparing for the start of his senior year, welcoming incoming freshmen, and continuing to be an ambassador for Christ on the rowing team. A computer science and economics double major, he enjoyed a summer internship with a research and experience management company in downtown Seattle, but is eager to return to campus in Hanover, New Hampshire and his role with Christian Union’s leadership development ministry.

June 24, 2017

Christian Union Dedicates Robert L. Melrose Center

Christian Union marked the much-anticipated opening of the Robert L. Melrose Center for Christian Leadership with a jubilant but touching celebration. On June 2, representatives and supporters of Christian Union attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the commissioning of the Melrose Center, which is adjacent to Princeton University.    “This is a really, really wonderful day,” Christian Union Founder and CEO Matt Bennett told a crowd on the lawn of 19 Vandeventer Avenue. “This center is going to do so much for the purposes of Jesus Christ…

June 22, 2017

Students Deliver Sandwiches, Answers to Hard Questions

As final exams were approaching, Christian Union at Brown University organized a “Text for Chick-fil-A” event in an effort to engage students in open discussions about Christianity.   The leadership development ministry also sought to ease the stress of finals with the free sandwiches. During the two-hour event, students were invited to text a question about Christianity, God, or spirituality, along with their location on campus. A representative from the ministry would then hand-deliver a Chick-fil-A sandwich along with an answer to their question.

June 14, 2017
The biweekly eNewsletter from Christian Union You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so thatb they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. — Matthew 5:14-16

June 1, 2017
The biweekly eNewsletter from Christian Union Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. — Psalm 119:105

May 30, 2017

Christian Union Celebrates Fifteen Years of Ministry

On Saturday night, April 8, Christian Union celebrated its 15th anniversary with a huge cake served to all the attendees of its Nexus Conference at the Marriott Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut. Approximately 250 students from some of the leading universities in the United States joined marketplace professionals and Christian Union's faculty and staff for a sweet time of jubilation and thankfulness to the grace of God.

May 30, 2017

Harvard Law Student Will Work in JAG Corps

by Tom CampisiGregory Escobar, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and a member of Christian Union's ministry, is ready for deployment.Escobar will graduate in May and has accepted a position with the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps as a staff officer in the United States Navy. It's a law career and a calling."One of the big reasons I am in the military is that I believe, as Christians, we are called to serve," Escobar said.

May 17, 2017
The biweekly eNewsletter from Christian Union Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ. — Ephesians 4:15