Chapel of the Cross seeks Associate Rector


Chapel of the Cross has posted a job description through the Diocesan Office of Transitional Ministry for an Associate Rector.  The position is also being advertised through the Episcopal News Service and the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes.  Application materials will be accepted through May 18.  The posting is as follows:

Founded in 1842, the Chapel of the Cross is an Episcopal parish in Chapel Hill, located downtown and directly beside the campus of the University of North Carolina. With about 2000 members, the parish is a vibrant community of faith where worship, university ministry, and outreach are central. The parish has a history of strong engagement with the Diocese and the wider church.

The priest who joins our staff as an Associate Rector will make a significant contribution to the clergy team and professional staff at the Chapel of the Cross, including all aspects of formation, liturgy, pastoral care, and leadership. Our new associate rector will join us in helping create a place of transformation to form disciples for Jesus Christ. The position involves participation with our clergy team in the full range of clerical responsibilities including (but not limited to) preaching, teaching, liturgy, pastoral care, hospital visitation, marriages, funerals, and general ministry oversight. This is a job for someone who loves God, loves being a priest, loves the church, and seeks to be an agent of change and engagement.

Coupled with these foundational expectations is the opportunity to help lead and shape lay engagement in significant areas of ministry such as Faith in Action, pastoral care, or cultivation of spiritual practices. We have a rich history of engagement with the university and local community. How do we continue to reach out and build relationships in new ways? How do we cultivate our inner life and spiritual practices to sustain our work in the world? If you have wanted to try something innovative, creative, or even risky to help people follow Jesus, then this is your opportunity.

Our ideal candidate is someone who has ordained leadership experience in the Episcopal Church, strong communication skills, loves people, practices self-care, is a self-starter, and gets energy from collaboration. This position is full time, and is designed in job description, compensation, and benefits for someone who wants to come and invest in our community and serve with us.

The rector will receive names through Friday, May 18th. Please send a cover letter of interest and a complete OTM profile with “Associate Rector Search” in the subject line to the chief administrator, Walker Mabe at

Chapel of the Cross wins Green Grant

The Chapel of the Cross has won a $5000 Green Grant from the NC Episcopal Church Foundation for the replacement of the boiler that makes the hot water for our HVAC system. The grant request was written by Alan Rimer, former chair of the buildings and grounds committee and COTC’s project representative for the parish house project.

The Green Grants Program is an incentive that helps congregations make physical plant improvements that will conserve natural resources, reduce energy consumption, and shrink carbon footprint. The program encourages faithful stewardship of the earth God has created.

The Chapel of the Cross achieved significant operational savings in energy use when it constructed its new building three years ago. The increased capital costs to save those operational dollars has proven to be a wise decision. Energy consumption (electricity and natural gas) rose only slightly (less than 7%) although we increased total square footage of our facilities from 36,249 to 61,024 square feet (about 68% increase.) This was in large part due to more efficient lighting, excellent insulation in the new construction, and a very efficient HVAC system.

At the time, the only element of the HVAC system which was not replaced was our steam boiler. That boiler was downgraded to create hot water only, but not replaced because it had useful service life.  Meanwhile, we planned for eventual replacement of the boiler by setting aside capital dollars and funding a deferred maintenance program to keep our facilities in excellent condition.  The replacement of the aging boiler is estimated to reduce our natural gas costs by more than 35%.

Congratulations to everyone involved in securing this grant!

The Bishop’s Visit: April 22

Service of Confirmation, Reception, and Baptism at 10 a.m.

In order to accommodate the Bishop’s schedule on her return from Holy Land, there will be one, combined service of confirmation, reception, and baptism at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 22. 

There will be no adult formation on that day. The 10 AM service will be followed by our traditional reception.

The 7:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. services will meet as regularly scheduled.