My Spiritual Awakening

My Spiritual Awakening – the Lilly Grant received by the Chapel of the Cross works to help people “from the cradle of the university to the grave” to discern how God is calling them into a life of service in Christ’s kingdom.

Opportunities to mentor or receive mentoring, our popular monthly Speaker Series, and our upcoming 2019 Vocare Conference are some of the ways that this grant helps parishioners and community members discern God’s call in their lives.

The 2nd Annual Chapel of the Cross Speaker Series will host:


STANLEY MEIBURG ‖ February 12, 2019 at 5:30 in the chapel

Dr. Stan Meiburg is the Director of Graduate Studies in Sustainability and associated dual degree and certificate programs at Wake Forest University.  He works with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES). From 2014 to 2017, Meiburg served as Acting Deputy Administrator for the EPA, capping a 39-year career with the agency. He joined the EPA in 1977 in Washington, D.C., and later served as deputy regional director of the EPA’s Atlanta office and as the deputy regional administrator in Dallas, Texas. He was only the second person in the agency’s history to serve as deputy regional administrator in more than one region.  From 1985 to 1990, he served with the EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards in Research Triangle Park.

Among his many honors, he received EPA’s Distinguished Career Service Award, EPA’s Gold Medal for his work on the Clean Air Act Amendments, the Commander’s Award for Public Service from the Department of the Army, and was recognized by President Barack Obama as a Distinguished Federal Executive in 2012—the highest civilian award for a Federal senior executive.  Meiburg holds a bachelor’s degree (WFU 1975), and master’s and doctoral degrees (Johns Hopkins 1977, 1986). He is known for leading efforts to protect the nation’s air and water, clean up hazardous and toxic waste sites, build collaborative relationships with state and tribal environmental programs, and promote sound management in EPA.


FRED JOINER ‖ March 19, 2019 at 5:30 in the chapel

Fred Joiner is a poet and curator based in Chapel Hill, NC. His work has appeared in Callaloo, Gargoyle, and Fledgling Rag, among other publications. Fred has read his work nationally and internationally. Joiner has received awards and fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  Most recently, one of Joiner’s poems was selected by curator and critic A.M. Weaver as part of her 5 x 5 public art project, Ceremonies of Dark Men.  Another one of Joiner’s poems recently won the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art’s Divine Comedy Poetry Contest, in response to Abdoulaye Konate’s textile work.

As a curator of literary and visual arts programming, Joiner has worked with the American Poetry Museum, Belfast Exposed Gallery (Northern Ireland), Hillyer Artspace, Honfleur Gallery, Medina Galerie (Bamako, Mali), the Phillips Collection, the Prince Georges African American Museum and Cultural Center, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and more.


He is the co-founder of The Center for Poetic Thought in Washington, DC, a Board Member for The American Poetry Museum, a member of the Artist Advisory Board for the Orange County Arts Commission and a member of the Carrboro Poet’s Council.