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Concordia University Irvine’s campus is open to resident students for Fall 2020.

Here you will find links to free enriching and inspiring content for you to Connect, Watch, Listen, Learn, Read, and Browse at home.

Our first priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, visitors, and community. Learn more about Concordia’s response to COVID-19.

A Word of Encouragement

In John 14:1-14, Jesus comforts his troubled disciples, assuring them that he would take them to be with himself. But the disciples are confused. How can they know the way? Jesus responds, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” Jesus doesn’t give them a road map or a detailed list of directions. He gives them himself. He is the way – the only way to God the Father. This is eternally true. He reassures us just as he spoke to his first disciples. We have many questions in these challenging times. He doesn’t give us an encyclopedia of responses to each one. But he gives us something greater. Himself. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And He is with us.

In your prayers, remember those who serve in the government that they may make wise choices and lead faithfully.

Chapel is available every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on the abbey west website.

A Blessing

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God. 
(Psalm 146:5)

We are #CUItogether

Steve Mueller

Steven P. Mueller, S.T.M., Ph.D.
Chief Mission Officer
Professor of Theology & Dean of Christ College

Let Us Pray for You

We want to pray for you. Send us your prayer requests through the form below or email [email protected]. If you would like your request to be confidential, please indicate this in your email.


Online activities for CUI students & community


Videos, virtual tours, and interviews

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Articles, stories, and projects

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    Students Travel to University of Washington to Assist with COVID-19 Tests

    Two CUI Biology majors, Hannah Hopkins ('20) and Anna Chao ('21), were recruited to travel to the University of Washington, where they have been working in the academic labs to help process COVID-19 tests.

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    Finding Ways to Help During Crisis

    CUI nursing students began hearing from CUI nursing program alumni on the frontlines about various needs. Teddi Lamons and other students began organizing to help from their homes.

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    Three Positives in This Pandemic

    Yes, there are positives in this pandemic though we may have to look closely to find them. Here are a few of the observations that Professor Kane has made that are surprising, inspiring, and provide confidence that we will get through this.

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    Becoming America: The Constitutional Convention of 1787

    When Benjamin Franklin was asked, “What kind of government have you given us?” he responded, “A Constitution, if you can keep it.” To keep it we have to understand it. What better way to understand it than to follow the Founding Fathers day by day from May 25 to September 17, 1787 as they debated the future of the United States. Join us online each day as we retrace those momentous days and meet the men who sought to create “a more perfect union.”

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    The Aerie 2020

    The Aerie is an annual journal which showcases work being done in creative writing and art by Concordia University Irvine students, alumni, faculty and staff. In addition, it provides students from both the English and Art departments a hands-on experience working collaboratively to produce a quality literary and arts journal. Students are involved in every aspect of the production from the call for submissions, to the selection of creative work and the design of the journal.

  • President Thomas with a faculty member

    CU-P Employee Assistance Fund

    Over 100 donors, individuals and churches, have come together to raise over $50,000 to support employees of Concordia University - Portland.

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    A Sonnet a Day: Shakespeare!

    This time of isolation can be disheartening and troubling. I’ve started a new blog series called “Hope in a Time of Uncertainty” that involves an informal and personal review of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets— one sonnet per day. My hope and prayer is that by the time I finish this project the virus will be behind us, but we will carry forward some wonderful insights from one of the greatest minds in history: William Shakespeare. Check out my daily sonnet blogs, read with me, make comments, connect!

  • Featured Story

    Working Remotely: Tips & Tricks

    Making the transition to working from home full time can be daunting. CUI alumna Ali Fordonski '14 shares 10 tips to help you to be successful while working remotely.

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    Loving Our Neighbor in a Time of Pandemic

    In times like these, it is especially important to remember God’s promise to be with us. He who made us, and gave his own Son for the salvation of the world, will not leave his children in this time of need.

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    Psychological Tips for Managing Coronavirus Concerns

    "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:6)

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Online lectures and resources

Creativity Breaks

  • Art for Kids Hub: Drawing, painting, sculpting, origami, and so much more!
  • The Kennedy Center: Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.
  • Yaymaker Virtual Events: Painting, drawing, and so much more!
  • Google Arts & Culture: Learn something new every day! Find the best stories and featured content curated by experts.
  • Make Chalk Drawings on sideways with encouraging messages & pictures.
  • Paint rocks and place them along commonly traveled paths.

Healthy Living At-Home



  • Free resource for staying healthy at home with recipes, workouts, and more! Friend Stephanie Bartell-Vadas ‘03 and request to join #healthyhomebodies Group.
  • Peloton: Get what you need to meet your goals, with a mix of running, strength, toning, cycling, yoga, meditation and outdoor workouts. Try the app free for 90 days.

Educational Experiences & Resources


  • Youcubed: How to Learn Math is a free class for learners of all levels of mathematics. There are 6 sessions, the first three are approximately 10 minutes long and the last three are approximately 20 mins long.





  • Typing: FREE Keyboarding, Digital Literacy, & Coding with lessons and games to promote proper typing skills.

All in One Resources

  • Scholastic: Learn at Home: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
  • Khan Academy: Daily schedules for students ages 4-18 to keep them learning, including math, grammar, science, history, SAT®, AP®, and more.
  • PBS Learning Media: Pre-K through High School.

Learn a New Language

  • Duolingo: Learn a language for free. Forever.


  • ScratchJr: Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.
  • Scratch: Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
  • Hour of Code: Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code.

Virtual Field Trips

Mental Health

  • Join Dr. Townsend weekly on Facebook Live on Wednesdays at 1:30pm PT! Follow his series: “Tools for Living in Crisis” for live content and get your questions answered live. Attendees will get a ton of practical tips and encouragement on making it through these days.
  • Psychological Tips for Managing Coronavirus Concerns
  • How to talk with your kids about coronavirus: PBS KIDS for Parents offers free resources and information from articles like “How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus” to family learning activities. All PBS KIDS for Parents content is created by expert educators and child development professionals and vetted by PBS.

CUI Connect: Business Directory & Book Club

CUI Connect is the gateway to the Eagle Network where students, alumni, parents, faculty, and staff can ask for and offer help in a variety of ways to others in our Eagle family. Register with your LinkedIn profile or email address at

  • One of the best and easiest ways that you can provide support to our Eagle network alumni-related businesses. To help facilitate that, we have launched a brand new, FREE online business directory that will allow us to promote businesses and make special offers to CUI Connect users. List your business and view other Eagle businesses today!
  • CUI Book Club: Read any good books lately? We'd love to hear about it. Share the title, author, what age it would be most appropriate for (kid/ teen/ adult), and any thoughts or commentary. This book club is open for all ages and we encourage getting your kids involved in the fun!

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Discover #CUItogether


🏠#cuiathome IG contest 🏠 Here’s how to enter: 1. Take a photo of your best #cuiathome moment 2. Post a photo of your at home online learning “classroom” in your feed or share to your Instagram Story and tag @cui_reslife 3. Include the following hashtags in your post #cuiathome #wearecui #cuitogether Prize: One $10 Amazon gift card Rules: Contest runs from today, April 14, 2020, through Friday, April 17, 2020. Entries must be submitted by 5:00 pm PST on Friday, April 17, 2020. One winner will be selected at random from the @cui_reslife Instagram and announced via a Story or in Feed post of the winning photo on April 17, 2020. Entries must be posted via a public Instagram account to qualify. The winners will be contacted via Instagram Direct Message. The $10 Amazon gift card will be emailed to the winner’s Eagles email. The decisions by judges are final. Contest open to all currently enrolled CUI students age 18 and up. Entrants release Instagram of responsibility. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or any other brands mentioned.

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