Arche: A Witnessing Community of Hope

What does it look like to follow Jesus in graduate school? One thing is for sure - it is best done in community! Arche is the Greek word for "beginning." As we begin a new school year, we invite you to consider connecting with a community of graduate students seeking to bear witness to the kingdom of God in the university context. At this one-day fall retreat we'll unpack what it might look like to be a "witnessing community of hope" - looking together for ways that Jesus is still very much at work today and remaining hopeful that he is in the process of making all things new.

We are excited to host this in-person event for grad students in the NYC area. Please select your preferred location when you register and enjoy this time of fellowship with your community.

We look forward to hearing from Nick Nowalk who will teach on Acts 1. Click here to learn more about Nick.


  • Introduction &  Musical Worship
  • Manuscript study (Luke 24)
  • personal reflection time
  • Noon lunch
  • Fun Activity
  • Musical Worship
  • Student Testimony (Jalin)
  • Holistic Witness in the University (Nick Nowalk, Acts 1)
  • Small Group Reflection
  • Charge/Commissioning

Because this retreat is being held in multiple locations and at different start times, the timing of the schedule will vary. Please register where you'd like to attend and mark your calendar with the correct date, times, and location. Thank you!

Dates, times and locations:

Columbia University on Sat 9/24 from 12pm-7:30pm will meet at Earl Hall (Broadway & 117th St)

New York University on Sat 9/24 from 10am-5:30pm will meet at Neighborhood Church (269 Bleecker)

Stony Brook University on Sat 10/22 from 11am-4:30pm and the location is To Be Announced


  • Please contact your staff minister if cost is an obstacle for you.

  • We will do internal transfers for staff/volunteer attendance.

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  • Columbia University

    Columbia University

    Sat 9/24 12pm-7:30pm
    Earl Hall (Broadway & 117th St)

  • New York University

    New York University

    Sat 9/24 10am-5:30pm
    Neighborhood Church (269 Bleecker)

  • Stony Brook University

    Stony Brook University

    Sat 10/22 11am-4:30pm

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