“Walk In” the Chapel – March 14 at 10 am

A compelling youth-led group from Florida and Connecticut has called for “students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies” to take part in a national school walkout (#Enough, #NationalSchoolWalkout, #neveragain) on March 14th in remembrance of the victims, and in protest against the Parkland, FL shootings and gun violence more broadly. The goal is for students and staff across the country to walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes at 10:00 amthat day “to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.” We know that scores of students and teachers in Chapel Hill and Carrboro are already planning to take part and might do so as a matter of conscience.

In solidarity with those who do chose to do so, we invite you to “walk in” the chapel where we will have silent prayer and toll the bell 17 times for those killed by gun violence in Parkland, FL.

Chapel of the Cross calls new Music Director and Organist

Joe Causby will join staff in August 2018


Joe Causby, a native of North Carolina and current organist and choirmaster at St. Mark’s, San Antonio, has accepted the call to serve as the next music director and organist at the Chapel of the Cross.

A highly talented musician who believes in the power of collaboration and inclusivity, Joe has built one of the most active music programs in the country at St. Mark’s, working with the Choral Society of San Antonio, the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, Trinity University, and Montessori Schools.

His choirs—more than 120 strong—participate in the Royal School of Church Music training curriculum and have served residencies in England at Exeter Cathedral, Durham Cathedral, and St. Alban’s Abbey.

“I am thrilled to have Joe joining our ministerial team at the parish,” said Rector Elizabeth Marie Melchionna.  “He is a leader who, through the tool of music that glorifies God, seeks to form faithful disciples of Jesus.  Joe has also used music as a tool for evangelism and I am excited for the ways in which we will reach into and collaborate with our community musically.”

When Joe arrived at St. Mark’s in 2011, there were about 30 adults and 25 children in the parish choirs.  He set about building a program through collaboration with the university, the symphony, and the opera.  But the pivotal moment, according to Joe, was the taping of A Festival of Lessons and Carols for broadcast on Texas public television.

“We had to pay for it, and we weren’t really ready for it, but we seized the moment,” Joe said.  “Once the service was televised, it brought us new, better, and younger singers who saw that we were open and inclusive to all people.”

Preparing for the broadcast helped raise the bar for his choirs and challenged the singers in a good way.  Children flocked to the program, and their parents joined the church.  The choirs grew to 70 adults and 50 children.

Joe grew up in Morganton and holds a bachelor of music from Appalachian and his master’s degree from Rice University.  He was the first American Organ Scholar at Durham Cathedral, in Durham, England, where he received his PhD.

Prior to his tenure at St. Mark’s, Joe served as organist and choirmaster at Trinity Church, Houston.

He is quite happy to be returning to North Carolina.  When he arrived at RDU for his interview at Chapel of the Cross, he says he knew when he got off the plane that he was home.

What attracted him to COTC besides its location in his home state? “The church and university relationship, the musical legacy of Van Quinn, the parish’s history, and its leadership on social justice issues,” said Joe.

“There is excitement in the building,” he added.  “Elizabeth Marie and I clicked instantly—I felt like I had known her forever after the first 10 minutes.”

Joe will be coming to Chapel Hill mid-summer, in time for an August 6 start date.  Joe’s husband, Bob Brewer, will follow with pugs Aggie and Lily and cat, Angel.  Bob, who is an organist, conductor, and professor of music, is also very pleased to be coming to Chapel Hill.

“We had many strong applications for our position, but Joe Causby quickly rose to the top, a status that was confirmed at every step of the process, said search committee chair James Moeser.  “Joe is a superb musician, a person of spiritual depth, and a wonderful human being. I am confident that our people will love him.”

Instructed Eucharist on March 14

An Instructed Eucharist for Families will be held on Wednesday, March 14, at 5:15.  Though all are welcome, this Instructed Eucharist is designed especially for families with children.  A potluck meal will follow.

William Mercer Green Planned Giving Society – Reception and Organ Concert

All are invited to the William Mercer Green Planned Giving Society reception and concert on Friday, March 16 at 6 p.m.

A reception and social in the Great Hall will be followed by an organ recital featuring our own Dr. David Danielson Eaton in the church.

Since its inception, the Chapel of the Cross has been buoyed by visionary leadership, by people who could see beyond the present to the great things that our parish could be and do in the world.

William Mercer Green, whom we think of as our “founding priest,” was the first of those visionary leaders.  Not only did he lead with intangible gifts, he also provided the kiln to fire the original bricks of our chapel.

To that end, we have created the William Mercer Green Society to recognize those who have made planned gifts to the Chapel of the Cross, as well as to educate those who are interested in supporting COTC ministries in perpetuity.

Everyone is invited to the reception and the concert.  Please let us know if you plan to attend.  Email wmabe@thechapelofthecross.org or phone 919-442-2566.

Project 5000

Two thousand years after Jesus fed hungry people there are still people who need to be fed physically and spiritually. Through this project we work with the Inter-Faith Council Food Pantry to provide food to those in need in our community. Here is a way you can share God’s love!

Boxes for canned goods will be available in the Great Hall from Feb. 14 – March 18.  Each box will have a list of items to purchase.  Bring the full box back to the Chapel of the Cross prior to March 20.  Do not seal the top of the box.

Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story.

Are you seeking God in a deeper way in 2018? Join us Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7:45pm as we look at “Listen to My Life:  Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story.”  Written from a biblical perspective, this portfolio of visual maps helps you explore your purpose. As you invite God into the process of documenting your story you may sense God providing fresh insights into your life.


Come January 10th to find out more information and to look at the curriculum. This 12-week class will start on January 17th. For more information contact Jan Krause (jankrause216@gmail.com) or visit www.onelifemaps.com. Space is limited.


You can register for the class by clicking this link.