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June 27, 2017

Ministry Director Exhorts Seniors

By Catherine Elvy

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

By Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

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

By Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

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

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

It was Jesus Week in New York City. And 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

By Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

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

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

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

By Catherine Elvy, Staff Writer

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

By Ayleen Sanchez, Brown '19

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.