The New Building and Christian Mission Upcoming Musical Events
Journal of the Chapel of the Cross X June 2011
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The New Building and Christian Mission: a theological vision and a dream
Living in a Parallel Universe in a Time of Change
Upcoming Musical Events at the Chapel of the Cross
Martha Brimm’s Path to Ordination
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Christian Education: Volunteer Leadership
Adult Education Programs
Vestry Assignments 2011 – 2012 Vestry Actions
Vacation Church School 2011: How to Plant a Garden Sabbatical Plans for Victoria Jamieson-Drake
[ Dates to Remember ] June 5
Junior Choir Concert at 7:00 p.m. in the church
Summer Service Schedule Begins
Holy Eucharist on Sundays at 8:00 a.m.. 10:00 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.
Dinner on the Grounds after the 10:00 a.m. service
Cathedral Church of the Advent Choir Concert at 7:00 p.m. in the church
Martha Brimm’s Ordination at 11:00 a.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd in Raleigh
Pauli Murray Service at St. Titus, Durham
For a service schedule and information about the various ministries of the Chapel of the Cross visit: www.thechapelofthecross.org
Last month our Assistant Bishop, William Gregg, visited us. As is standard each year when we receive an episcopal visitation, after the services the Vestry and I met with the Bishop over lunch to inform him about three areas of parish ministry. This year I chose Global Mission, Environmental Stewardship, and Christian Formation as it has related to the other two. I always find it encouraging to hear in one sitting what has been recently accomplished, and I thought you might as well. Alice Cotton, our Vestry liaison to the Global Missions Committee, reminded us about its formation just six years ago. Several parishioners had come back inspired from a presentation on global mission at the Annual Conference of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes. We had had a variety of mission trips over the years, but we had never really developed any stability and continuity to our efforts. Through a series of meetings of interested parishioners, the Global Missions Committee was born, with goals of developing immediate connections in Central America and eventual relationships in further away Africa. In just a few years, a sister parish relationship has been activated with San Patricio in Honduras, including sponsorship of La Esperanza de Jesús orphanage. Their new chapel, La Capilla de la Cruz, has been named to honor this parish, with a plaque put up to honor Blanche and Henry Clark, parishioners who provided funds to support both this important work and a dental clinic. A mission trip has gone to Honduras nearly every year, and several years ago we hosted the Bishop of Honduras in our parish. Connections have also been made in South Africa with the Kwasa School and in Botswana, our companion diocese. Three parishioners have made trips there, and we have hosted a delegation from each country on their visits here. A full mission trip is being conceived for the future. The personal relationships being formed with people in all these countries has certainly been widening our perspective and increasing our understanding and compassion. Gretchen Jordan and Boykin Bell then talked about the emphasis being given to the Millennium Development Goals. That was the focus of the intergenerational event kicking off the Church School year, complete with the
famed mosquito costumes that continue to be borrowed around the diocese! It will also be the theme for the upcoming Vacation Church School. A concrete project has been to participate in Nets for Life, raising money, especially during Lent, for mosquito nets to prevent malaria. Linda Rimer finished the presentations by talking about the Environmental Stewardship Committee. They have focused primarily on education and consciousness raising, through Cross Roads articles, weekly green tips in the bulletin, and various adult education forums. Other projects have included a building energy audit, helping people calculate their carbon footprint, and recycling fallen trees by cutting them up and distributing them to those in need of firewood. Their most visible effort has been coordinating the liturgical Creation Cycle (which we will do for the third time this fall), integrating the use of local foods and flowers, arranging speakers, etc. These are but three areas of parish ministry; much is being done in other arenas as well. For example, a few nights after meeting with Bishop Gregg, I attended an Orange County Habitat for Humanity dinner, where it was announced that our parish partnerships over the years have built 33 of the 201 houses completed in Orange County – far more than any other group! At times likes these I am even more aware than ever of the day to day lived out commitment of all of you. It is amazing what God can accomplish when we all work together, and I give thanks to God for so many manifestations of amazing, efficacious grace. –
The New Building and Christian Mission: a theological vision and a dream By David Frazelle
“What does the proposed new building have to do with our mission?” This is a necessary question that many people have asked in numerous ways at the Chapel of the Cross in the past five years or more. In this article, I will offer a distinction between two traditional forms of mission, and a dream for how the proposed new space at our parish could help advance both. The Christian Tradition offers two primary models of mission and ministry, most commonly known as “centripetal mission” and “centrifugal mission.” Centrifugal mission seeks to draw people in from the outside. The prime example of this approach to ministry is the monastic tradition. In this model, the Church puts its people and resources into a community that worships, prays, studies, shows hospitality, and does acts of mercy in a fixed location, and people come. History shows that people do indeed come. Most of Western Europe was evangelized by Benedictine and other monastic communities, and much of our Prayer Book comes from that tradition of centrifugal mission, or “mission on church property.” Centripetal mission, by contrast, flings people and resources out from a community of faith. The prime example of this approach to mission and ministry is St. Paul and his first-century colleagues. Paul never stayed in the same place more than a year. He covered vast territories to preach, teach, and lead new communities of faith in worship and acts of mercy. Paul founded and strengthened many of the first Christian communities, and he wrote or inspired a good portion of our New Testament. In other words, both approaches to mission and ministry have deep roots in the living Christian Tradition. Both centrifugal and centripetal mission are effective. Both localized and dispersed ministries are faithful responses to the gospel. Moreover, both visions of mission and ministry complement one another, depend upon one another, and strengthen one another. Even monasteries perform outreach ministries in their communities, send missionaries to new 4
places, and engage society outside their walls. Even Paul – the most outwardly focused missionary in the history of Christianity – taught in synagogues, went to the established Church at Jerusalem to brush up on his teaching, and worked fervently to support that mother church financially. Centrifugal and centripetal mission are inextricably linked. These two ministry paradigms fuel, strengthen, and vitalize each another. People come back from mission and outreach work with new insight and zeal for parish mission and ministry. Ministries within the parish strengthen us for sacramental presence and service outside the parish. On May 15, these two sides of the mission coin came together at the Chapel of the Cross. At the Stop Hunger Now event, dozens of parishioners converged to engage in the outreach ministry of feeding people, but we did so right here in our own building. With the proposed new fellowship hall, hundreds rather than dozens of us could do this ministry in the same space and time. Once per month, perhaps more often in Lent, the whole parish could be invited to the fellowship hall on Sundays between services to prepare meals together, as an intergenerational event, with sacred music playing in the background and a loud gong to ring every time we reach another thousand meals packaged,
Living in a Parallel Universe in a Time of Change By Linda B. Rimer and with prayers for the poor and for the mission of the church read every half-hour over the PA system. With the proposed new educational space, we could also have a community-wide feeding station going all the time in a room dedicated as a hunger relief mission center. Educational posters on hunger and the Millennium Development Goals would hang on the walls along with pictures of people who have been fed, and pictures of our parishioners who have traveled to be with folks whom we have fed. The dozens of outside groups who come use our space could be invited into this ministry. Other downtown congregations of all denominations and faiths, and other campus groups with an interest in social engagement, would be invited to use our space as a mission center in this way. The EYC, CrossTies, Church School classes, adult formation groups, prayer groups, outreach groups, Vestry – everyone could come to this room for 10 minutes whenever they came together to meet, and we could feed a million people every year. We would be a model for the diocese to inspire other resourcesized congregations to join with faith groups in their communities to do the same. The Living Church would pick up the story, along with some local news stations. Such is my dream for one way in which centrifugal and centripetal mission could be integrated and enhanced in our new building. The dream is one answer to the question, “What could the proposed new building have to do with our mission?” What is your answer? What is your dream?
David is Associate for Parish Ministry. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scientists realized in the 19th century that gases in the atmosphere caused a “greenhouse effect” which could affect the temperature of the Earth. In 1859, John Tyndall identified water vapor and carbon dioxide as two of the most important of these “heat trapping” gases. In 1896, Svante Arrhenius calculated that the emissions from industry might someday warm the planet. In 1938, G. S. Callendar noted that the level of carbon dioxide was climbing, and associated this with increasing global temperatures. Then in the early 1960s, C.D. Keeling attempted to measure “baseline” carbon dioxide levels by collecting data from two pristine monitoring stations, one in Antarctica and one in Hawaii. Rather than the expected flat baseline, Keeling’s data demonstrated a steady increase in carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere. Over time, researchers studying the carbon cycle began working with atmospheric scientists who were studying weather prediction. One product of this interdisciplinary research was a model, developed at Princeton in 1967, which roughly simulated the actual climate of the Earth. When the researchers doubled the amount of carbon dioxide in their simulated atmosphere, the simulated global temperature rose two degrees.* In 1988, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was created to assess “the scientific, technical and socioeconomic information relevant for the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change.” For its first task, the IPCC was asked to prepare a report on all aspects of climate change and its impacts on the planet, and to formulate realistic response strategies. Since then, the IPCC has completed and published four Assessment Reports: 1990, 1995, 2001 and 2007. Scientists are currently working on Report Five which is due in 2014. There has been a significant amount of work done on the subject of climate change by scientists, policy analysts, government officials, and citizens. Historically, the majority of this work has focused on measuring the amount of
greenhouse gases emitted by industry, transportation, agriculture, and individuals, and on developing strategies to reduce those emissions. With sea levels rising, droughts, floods, and wildfires increasing in frequency, and more extreme weather events occurring, more recent work has focused on adaptation planning, i.e. how do we plan for, and develop strategies to reduce the risk to communities from a changing climate and to increase the resilience of our built and natural environment. Here are some examples of activities currently underway to address the impacts of climate change. • Countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, India, Brazil, China and Mexico have adopted climate action plans. • Thirty-six US states have completed climate plans, mostly focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. North Carolina completed such a plan in 2007. • Thirteen states have completed plans that include adaptation to climate change impacts. ** • Over 1051 mayors have joined the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, vowing to reduce carbon emissions in their cities below 1990 levels, in line with the Kyoto Protocol.*** • In February, 2010, the Pentagon released its Quadrennial Defense Review, noting that climate change will affect the Department of Defense in two major ways. First, it will shape the operating environment and missions by acting as “an accelerant of instability or conflict, placing a burden to respond on civilian institutions and militaries around the world.” And second, “the military will need to adjust to the impacts of climate change on its facilities and capabilities.” **** • The Department of the Navy is aggressively pursuing climate change adaptation strategies for two major reasons: there are millions of dollars at risk in naval infrastructure in Norfolk, VA from sea level rise and salt
water intrusion, and….the Arctic ice pack is melting, opening the Arctic Ocean to increased exploration and navigation. • Multiple federal agencies have published climate adaptation plans, including the Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.***** • In North Carolina, climate change is being incorporated into the state’s Wildlife Resource Action Plan, the state Emergency Management Plan and the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan; the Department of Health and Human Services is developing a plan for addressing climate change impacts to public health; and a Science Panel, convened by the NC Coastal Resources Commission, reported that a minimum of three feet of sea level rise can be expected in parts of coastal North Carolina by 2100. • Here on the “church-front” our Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, has testified before Congress on the urgent need for the United States to address climate change. And then one reads quotes from some members of Congress expressing skepticism…the most notable one being a Senator who called climate change the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people”. And therein lies the parallel universe. *http://www.aip.org/history/climate/co2.htm **http://www.pewclimate.org/what_s_being_done/in_the_states/ action_plan_map.cfm ***http://www.usmayors.org/climateprotection/revised/ ****http://www.defense.gov/qdr/ *****http://www.pewclimate.org/publications/report/climate-changeadaptation-what-federal-agencies-are-doing
Linda is Junior Warden and former chair of the Environmental Stewardship Committee. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Upcoming Musical Events at the Chapel of the Cross Thursday, June 2, at 8:00 p.m. Solemn Eucharist for the Feast of the Ascension. The Feast of the Ascension, falling always on the Thursday forty days after Easter Day, is one of the seven Principal Feasts of the liturgical year and it leads to completion the season of Easter. At this service the Senior Choir will sing movements from William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices as the “Ordinary.” The anthems will be “God is gone up” by 20th. Century composer Gerald Finzi, and Ascendit Deus by Tudor composer Peter Philips. Organ music will include compositions by Olivier Messiaen and Jean Langlais.
Dreamcoat.” The concert this year will be the occasion for a sad, but proud, farewell to our graduating seniors. This Gang of Four – Emma Lo, Annie and Maggie Poole, and Emily Morris – are remarkable not only for their longevity, but also for the excellence of their singing and musicianship, as well as for their dedication to the Junior Choir and its mission. This year’s concert will feature a movement from Mendelssohn’s Elijah sung by these four great girls alone. The evening will conclude with a candlelight reception honoring the choir. Please come and bring your family and friends.
Sunday, June 5, at 7:00 p.m. A Sacred Concert by the Junior Choir. This eagerly awaited annual concert (dating at least from 1981) has become a long-standing tradition in our parish. There are even those who refer to it as “The Junior Choir’s Greatest Hits,” reflecting perhaps the popular recording culture of the ‘70s. As usual, the program will consist of around 15 selections from the approximately 40 anthems the 36 voice choir has performed since last August, plus a rousing rendition of a medley of tunes from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. A Concert by the Choir of the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham, Alabama. The Cathedral Church of the Advent is one of the largest Episcopal churches in the country (4,000 communicants) and has a spectacular choir of professional and volunteer singers conducted by their Organist and Choirmaster, Dr. Stephen Schaeffer. Dr. Schaeffer is Gretchen Jordan’s brother and a long-time friend from college days of Van Quinn. The choir of 30 voices (for purposes of their tour) will sing at several places of interest (besides the Chapel of the Cross) including St. Paul’s in Winston-Salem, the National Cathedral in Washington, and St. Thomas’ Church, Fifth Avenue, in New York. This concert will include music from the standard cathedral repertoire as well as some secular music. This program is free and open to all. Please bring your family and friends. Our parish is providing housing for the 32 adult musicians who will perform. If you can provide housing for one or more persons on June 14, please contact Van Quinn as soon as possible at 929-2193 or vquinn@thechapelofthecross. Housing is for one night only. Hosts will need to pick up their guest(s) after the concert, give them breakfast, and return them to the church by 9:00 a.m.
Martha Brimm’s Path to Ordination By Frances Widmann
July 7, at 7:30 p.m. A Concert of Early Music for Two Sopranos and Continuo This exciting concert will be presented by Chapel Hill’s own Molly Quinn and Jolle Greenleaf, another of New York City’s leading early music (eg.Monteverdi, Purcell, Bach, Handel) singers. They will be accompanied by Hank Heijink on the theorbo (a bass or “arch” lute), and harpsichordist Avi Stein, from the Yale School of Music. More details will follow. The concert is free and open to all, although generous donations are needed and encouraged. For more information about and photographs of the performers, see this website: TENET Vocal Ensemble (tenetnyc.com). If you would like to be a sponsor, please write or call Van Quinn (929-2193 or vquinn@thechapelofthecross).
In ministering to women in prisons, Martha Brimm says that all she does is listen; the women do the heavy work, by telling their stories and tracing their journeys from troubled past to spiritual openness and the hope of grace. Martha wasn’t always a listener. For years she did all the talking, inspecting commercial and medical enterprises for compliance with regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It wasn’t grace her clients wanted; it was a certificate of non-deficiency. The Chapel of the Cross is sponsoring Martha Brimm for ordination, on June 18, 2011, as a transitional deacon, in which role she hopes to continue her prison work and achieve chaplaincy certification through Clinical Pastoral Education. This will be her third career, following a stint as an FDA inspector and then a rewarding interval as a stay-at-home mother. Martha’s discernment journey began with a stay at Pendle Hill, a Quaker center for study and contemplation. This led her to spend two years at Candler School of Theology, at Emory University, an environment in which she could think, talk, and write about personal and universal concerns with persons at various stages of the same journey. Her path becoming clearer, she achieved endorsement from the parish Discernment Committee at St. Stephen’s, in Durham, and was appointed a diocesan intern at Chapel of the Cross, in 2007-2008. The next step was another two years at Candler, expanding her spiritual and intellectual maturity and, through work with the women at the Metro Atlanta State Women’s Prison, recognizing her chosen area of pastoral service. The result was increasing validation of her call, and confidence to apply for postulancy. In the Episcopal Church, bishops decide who may enter Holy Orders, taking into account sponsorship statements from an individual’s parish. In October, 2009, the Vestry of the Chapel of the Cross endorsed Martha’s application to become a postulant, the first step on the formal road to priesthood. Bishop Curry approved this request in November, 2009. An individual aspiring to
ordination in the Episcopal Church must have at least a year of study at an Episcopal seminary. Martha’s time in Atlanta enriched her spiritual and intellectual life but, as a Methodist institution, Candler did not meet this requirement. For the past year, Martha has been in New York City, studying at General Theological Seminary, attending worship services at St. Mary’s in Harlem, and working with the women at Bayview Correctional Facility. In September, 2010, the Chapel of the Cross Vestry recommended approval of Martha’s candidacy, and at its March 2011 meeting, the Vestry endorsed her for ordination as a transitional deacon. On June 18, 2011, at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Raleigh, Bishop Curry will ordain Martha and two other candidates to the diaconate. The word deacon comes from the Greek diakonos, which means servant. The diaconate is the first of the three clerical orders (deacon, priest, bishop), and can be either a destination in itself, or a stepping stone to the priesthood. Vocational Deacons, whose training focuses on the servant
nature of holy orders, are often described as having one foot in the world and one foot in the Church. In our own parish, Bill Joyner and Maggie Silton are vocational deacons. Those planning to become priests must serve a minimum of six months in the transitional diaconate; the actual timetable of ordination depends upon recommendation of the Vestry of the sponsoring parish, and the decision of the Bishop. Martha does not yet know what her diaconal assignment will be, but she hopes to be assigned to a parish in the Triangle, to continue work with women prison inmates, and to enroll in a program of clinical pastoral education. Transitional deacons do not, ordinarily, serve in the parish that has sponsored them, so we are unlikely to be seeing very much of Martha at the Chapel of the Cross. Her hope and plan is to expand upon the insights and service opportunities of her prison ministry. “There is,” she says, “so much hope and life inside the prison.” What Martha has found particularly striking, in Atlanta, in Manhattan, and – she confidently expects – in North Carolina prisons as well, is the almost universal prominence of domestic violence in women prisoners’ backgrounds. The violence cannot be erased, but as a minister of God’s word, Martha hopes to use her skills, her training, and the gift of grace to help these women become the best they can be. As members of her presenting parish, we are all invited to Martha’s ordination on June 18 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Raleigh. She will serve as deacon at the 10:00 a.m. service at the Chapel of the Cross on June 19.
Christian Education: Volunteer Leadership By Lila Wolff
Did you know that the Chapel of the Cross has offered thousands of adult education programs over many decades? These have included not only Sunday morning programs but also evening, Lenten, and summer programs. Hundreds of hours of preparation have gone into planning and executing the programs; and hundreds of speakers have shared their knowledge, insight, and experiences with attendees. Did you also know that Nancy Tunnessen has chaired the Office of Christian Formation’s Adult Education Committee for the last 13 years? Nancy, an Episcopalian since birth, has had a lifelong passion for Christian education and community. Wherever she’s lived, she has served the church in many capacities. These include the development of adult education programs, service on the vestry, and the running of a Sunday school to name a few. Contributions As Chair of Adult Education for the last 13 years, Nancy has worked tirelessly and enthusiastically with Gretchen Jordan, Christian Formation Director; Adult Education Committee members; the clergy; and members of the community to offer more than 500 timely programs on a variety of topics. Speakers have provided rich learning opportunities about the Bible, the liturgy, other faiths, social and ethical issues, and agencies serving those in need. Minds and hearts have been opened to the beauties of poetry and the riches of books, poems, and films. Nancy’s leadership has fostered the building of a faith community through Lenten prayer and discussion groups, shared meals, and the very popular Women’s Retreats. Along with Gretchen and Boykin Bell, Nancy and her committee have met monthly to plan adult education programs. All can enthusiastically attest to Nancy’s openness to new ideas, creativity, energy, and commitment. She has left no stone unturned in finding engaging, knowledgeable speakers; inviting, “prepping”, and introducing them; serving meals; and welcoming all. Gretchen Jordan spoke about Nancy’s work. “Nancy 10
has been a dream to work with! The knowledge and experience she brought to Adult Education was like having another staff person in the office. She’s been a joy and inspiration to work with! There’s no doubt that she’ll be a wonderful asset to the Vestry.” Dr. Al Guckes, a member of the Adult Education Committee for many years, said, “I found Nancy’s dedicated leadership, continued enthusiasm, wealth of ideas, ability to listen to and consider all view points, and to then work agreeably with all committee members a model of how a Chair should function.” Boykin shared her enthusiasm and appreciation for Nancy’s work. “I love working with Nancy because she combines ticking off the tasks with hospitality, brainstorming, and community building. When a small group of us planned the 2010 Women’s Retreat, we met regularly for delicious soups and warm bread and seasonal fruit at Nancy’s house. We would sit in her breakfast room and throw out all sorts of ideas - some pretty good, some a lot better - while we laughed and ate a wonderful meal. We felt comfortable sharing unformed thoughts, running (sometimes in the wrong direction) with another person’s idea, and tinkering collaboratively. Nancy was instrumental in making community a central part of the planning so that at the retreat, community became a central part of the experience. I know she has done the same thing for other groups she’s worked with - the ABC sale, Lenten prayer groups, Naomi’s Network, etc.” Influences When asked about her passion for building community, Nancy recalled attending St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a small church in Centerville, MD, where she grew up: “I remember how important the sense of community was to me as a child. I had a wonderfully affirming experience as a gawky, tall teenager with glasses who attended marvelous intergenerational square dances. My time at St. Paul’s showed me how affirming a church community can be.”
After Nancy graduated from Goucher College and married Walt, a pediatrician, her appreciation of the church as a vital source of community continued to grow. When she and Walt moved to Syracuse, Nancy ran the Sunday school. She described the deep and meaningful bonds she and Walt shared with the church’s teachers. Another important influence on Nancy’s commitment to the church came from the four-year Education for Ministry (EFM) course, a program of theological educationat-a-distance of the School of Theology of the University of the South. In this course, she studied the Old and New Testaments, church history and liturgy, and theological writers. Nancy said, “I saw that if something’s important, you work for it.” Nancy’s deeply held beliefs about the importance of a welcoming church community strongly influenced her decision to give the beautiful, inviting glass doors to the church in memory of Walt.
on the Hill: Building to Serve. She is also excited about serving on the Vestry and the Rector’s invitation to chair the Transition Committee. This committee will be charged with anticipating the impacts of upcoming construction on clergy, staff, parishioners, and programs. Thanksgiving The parish is profoundly grateful to Nancy for her outstanding 13-year chairmanship of Adult Education and for the many spiritual blessings she has brought and continues to bring to the Chapel of the Cross. Through her splendid work, the Chapel of the Cross has grown as a faith community. Thank you, Nancy, for your presence among us and for your extraordinary talents which you have shared so abundantly. Lila Wolff served with Nancy on the Adult Education Committee. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reflections Nancy shared that during the last 13 years, Adult Education has become a formalized component of the budget for Christian formation. A variety of Lenten programs have been developed, and a sound system has been added to the chapel. When asked about her greatest satisfactions leading Adult Education, Nancy said, “I’m proud of the broad mix of programs that we’ve offered about the Bible, the liturgy, the Creation Cycle, social justice and other ethical issues, outreach, other faiths, and spiritual autobiographies. I’m especially grateful to our clergy and outside speakers for their wonderful willingness to participate and teach. We have many marvelous teachers! Gretchen’s extensive knowledge about community resources made my job much easier.” While Nancy expressed regret about the lack of space for small group discussions for Sunday morning Adult Education programs, she said she’s excited about the future educational space that will be created through the planned expansion from the Capital Campaign, A Light 11
Adult Education Programs Sunday Mornings 10:20 - 11:05 a.m. June 5, 10:20 - 11:05 a.m. Loved that Book! Summer time: a fine time to settle in with a good book and read. This Sunday, we ask you to share with others a book you have read that had an impact on your life as a Christian. If you still have the book, bring it and tell us a bit about it, so others might learn of a wonderful book. If you no longer have the book, please find the title and author and still tell us about it. Everyone, bring your paper and pens for some hot tips.
Awakening Heart May 7 at 9:00 a.m. This group gathers monthly to sit in silence with one another. All are welcome. Contact Jane Dyer at email@example.com for more information. Centering Prayer Tuesdays, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in room 1 This group gathers weekly to sit in silence with each other. All are welcome. Contact Pat Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Rev. David Frazelle at email@example.com for more information.
Vestry Assignments 2011 – 2012 Senior Warden Ford Worthy Junior Warden Linda Rimer Buildings and Grounds Committee Alan Rimer, Chair Valerie Bateman Joel Wagoner Finance Committee Dick Taylor, Chair Joe Ferrell James Moeser Linda Rimer Ford Worthy
Personnel Committee James Moeser, Chair Hugh Morrison Nancy McGuffin Stewardship Formation Committee Linda Rimer, Chair Hugh Morrison Joel Wagoner Outreach Liaison Alice Cotten
Master Plan Steering Liaison Joe Ferrell Linda Rimer Dick Taylor Ford Worthy Building Transition Nancy Tunnessen Preschool Liaison Nancy McGuffin
Global Ministry Liaison Alice Cotten Communications Liaison Alice Cotten
At its April 12 meeting, the Vestry: • Accepted with gratitude a designated bequest of $10,000 from the estate of Phyllis Barrett, these funds to be placed in the principal of the Stoudemire Chapel Fund, in keeping with the intention of the bequest • Approved the request of Victoria Jamieson-Drake for a sabbatical for the period from May 15 to September 6 • Approved recommendations of the Outreach Ministry Committee for disbursement of funds from the Community Organizations line item in the amounts of $2,000 to A Helping Hand, $4,000 to Orange Alamance Prison Ministry, $2,500 to Alliance of AIDS - Carolina, $1,000 to Orange County Rape Crisis Center, $1,000 to the Augustine Project, $1,000 to Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County, $4,000 to Freedom House Recovery Center, $2,500 to Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Chatham County, $2,000 to Club Nova, and $1,000 to Meals on Wheels • Approved recommendations of the Outreach Ministry Committee for disbursement of fund from the Discretionary Outreach line item in the amounts of $2,000 to Justice United and $2,000 to Oxford House.
Vacation Church School 2011: How to Plant a Garden By Boykin Bell
A successful garden can’t be planted without preparing the soil. That’s why the Children and Family Ministry Committee started working on our Vacation Church School when the ground was still hard and the precipitation was frozen. As soon as the costumes from the Children’s Christmas Pageant were put away, members of the committee started imaging the summer and the “garden” our parish could grow. We began with a new curriculum published by Episcopal Relief and Development entitled, “The Abundant Life Garden.” The curriculum encourages a better understanding of the Millennium Development Goals, especially Goal #1: Eradicate Extreme Hunger and Poverty. The premise is simple: in order to end hunger, the world’s people must grow adequate amounts of nutritious food and ensure that the food reaches every person’s table. The conclusion (a world where no one is hungry) is much more difficult. But Episcopal Relief and Development believes that even young children can understand that God has given us gifts such as water, soil, seeds, animals, and harvests. If we appreciate and care for these gifts, then we can achieve the goals. Discussions about the Millennium Development Goals tend to focus on the people of developing nations. Unfortunately, we have neighbors in North Carolina who face food insecurity, too. In Vacation Church School, we’ll recognize the needs of all our neighbors – whether they live in sub-Saharan Africa, Honduras, or Orange County. We’ll also recognize the work some of our parishioners are already doing to help the hungry and feed the poor.
This spring, for instance, the Episcopal Youth Community packed meals for Stop Hunger Now. Those meals are now in Zambia, at schools where 1200 children are provided free educations and vitamin-rich meals. During VCS, children will taste a Stop Hunger Now meal and imagine the opportunities that education gives boys and girls who might otherwise grow up in poverty. VCS kids will also learn about Farmer Foodshare, a program started by church member Margaret Gifford. Farmer Foodshare has built a community of local farmers, farmers’ market shoppers, and North Carolina residents at risk for hunger. Through Farmer Foodshare, fresh produce is donated by farmers and market shoppers to people with limited food supplies. In VCS, we’ll compare emergency nutrition (like Stop Hunger Now meals) to fresh, local foods and discuss the benefits of both. Finally, we’ll learn how to love God’s gifts and grow the food the world needs. We’ll discover why clean water is important for healthy plants, how seeds protect and share themselves, how compost is created, and how animals and crops can produce not just food but job opportunities for those living in poverty. We’ll also put our hands in the dirt and have fun. Because even when the themes are serious, Vacation Church School is a week of fellowship, games, hands-on activities, songs, and this year … worms. Worms, I think, are always fun! Boykin is Associate for Christian Formation. She can be reached at bbell@ thechapelofthecross.org
Sabbatical Plans for Victoria Jamieson-Drake Dear Friends,
I’ll be away on sabbatical from May 15 through September 6. This includes a few weeks of vacation. I am extremely grateful to the church for this gift of time. The purpose of clergy sabbaticals is to allow for an extended period of rest, prayer, study, reflection, and recreation, so that ministry may be enhanced. The Episcopal Church, as well as other denominations, began promoting sabbaticals to encourage clergy to develop practices that sustain them in the demanding work of ministry and to avoid clergy burn-out. The Biblical concept of sabbatical recognizes the healthy practice of balancing times of work and productivity with periods of joyful recreation, rest, prayer, and simply lying fallow. Jesus himself sets a good example, frequently going apart from his work of preaching and healing to pray and take refreshment with close friends. During my sabbatical, I am looking forward to the opportunity for deepening my prayer life, particularly my practice of centering prayer. I plan to make a retreat in early June. Then in July, my husband David and I will spend a week at Holy Cross Monastery in the Hudson River Valley. In addition to entering into the rhythm of the monastic life, we’ll do some hiking in the Catskills and visit the home of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painters noted for their appreciation of the natural world as an expression of the divine. Over the summer, I’ll also be working on my preaching with Dr. Richard Lischer, James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of Preaching at Duke University. Even after 25 years at it, preaching is still a daunting
process. My hope is that I will not only become a better homilist, but that sermon preparation will become less draining and more enjoyable for me. I’ll also be doing some concentrated reading in Biblical studies and theology, taking advantage of the close proximity of the Duke Divinity School library. Besides study, I plan to be very intentional about recreation with friends and family, being sure to get plenty of physical exercise. I’ve lived in Durham for 30 years, but have walked only a fraction of the Duke Forest and Eno River Park trails. There are over 40 miles of trails in Durham, Orange, and Alamance Counties that I want to explore with a couple of my favorite walking partners, our dogs, Callie and Caz. I have promised Dave that I’ll spend at least a little time playing golf with him, a game he is very passionate about. We’re looking into some travel adventures, but have not made any definite plans. But we do plan to spend some time visiting family in New England where our daughter Rebeccah is in graduate school and in Northern Michigan where my family has vacationed for years. We may also head out to California to visit David’s family and where the Sierra’s always beckon. So that’s the plan so far – prayer, study, play, rest. I hope to return spiritually replenished, refreshed, and revitalized for my work with you here at the Chapel of the Cross. -
A Parish in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina 304 East Franklin Street Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
The Vestry Terms end 2012 Valerie Bateman James Moeser Linda Rimer (Jr. Warden) Ford Worthy (Sr. Warden) Terms end 2013 Alice Cotten Nancy McGuffin Dick Taylor Joel Wagoner Terms end 2014 Joe Ferrell Hugh Morrison Alan Rimer Nancy Tunnessen David Joseph, Treasurer Nancy Kelly, Clerk The vestry regularly meets on the third Thursday of each month. Assignments, contact information, and photos of the vestry members may be found on the parish web site (www. thechapelofthecross.org), and on the board across the hall from the parish office.
The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Bishop The Rt. Rev. William O. Gregg, Assistant Bishop The Rt. Rev. Alfred C. “Chip” Marble, Jr., Assisting Bishop
The Clergy The Rev. Stephen Elkins-Williams, Rector The Rev. Tambria E. Lee, Associate for University Ministry The Rev. Victoria Jamieson-Drake, Associate for Pastoral Ministry The Rev. David Frazelle, Associate for Parish Ministry The Rev. Dr. William H. Joyner, Deacon The Rev. Margaret Silton, Deacon The Rev. Dr. Richard W. Pfaff, Priest Associate The Rev. Dr. William H. Morley, Priest Associate The Rev. John M. Keith, Priest Associate
Parish Office hours: Mon.—Fri., 9 am to 5 pm. Phone: 919-929-2193 Fax: 919-933-9187 Web: www.thechapelofthecross.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Staff Dr. Wylie S. Quinn III, Organist/Choirmaster Gretchen Jordan, Associate for Christian Formation Boykin Bell, Associate for Christian Formation Caren Parker, Youth Ministry Assistant Mary Anne Handy, Parish Administrator Marsha Pate, Parish Administrative Assistant Marty Rogers, Comm. and Tech. Manager Debby Kulik, Parish Accountant Ron McGill, Facilities Manager Joy Gattis, Sunday Morning Child Care Director Sarah McRae Anna Lorenz Wedding Coordinators Rebecca Rogers Susan Gladin, Johnson Intern Program Director
June 2011 Cross Roads