We, the staff of Columbia Crown & Cross, are Christians from across church traditions who seek to explore our faith through writing and art. As undergraduate students of Columbia University, we draw inspiration from Low Library’s inscription that Columbia exists “for the advancement of the public good and the glory of almighty God” and Columbia’s motto from Psalm 36:9, “In thy light shall we see light.” As we ponder the ways in which God informs different aspects of our lives, we want to share our realizations with others.
We aim to engage our diverse academic community with discussions related to our faith. Through sharing Christian perspectives, we endeavor to convey Christianity as something that appeals to both the mind and the heart.
We welcome people of all beliefs to join with us as we think critically about what we believe, reflect deeply on our personal experiences, wrestle intensely with difficult questions in our world today, and search earnestly for answers.
Columbia Crown & Cross exists to share Christian perspectives in our academic and largely secular environment. Through our print issues, blog, and public events, we aim to engage our community with thoughtful discussions about our diverse worldviews.
We believe that the biblical narrative of God’s creation and our redemption is the most beautiful story in existence; it reveals God’s love for humanity that still can change lives today. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to rescue, redeem, and renew everyone and everything. It is our sincere belief in this premise that motivates us to share our perspectives with others.
We adopt the Apostles’ Creed as our basic profession of faith:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
* that is, the Christian church of all times and all places