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My Spiritual Awakening: Programs for Undergraduates

My Spiritual Awakening is a Lilly Endowment, Inc. funded set of programs that provides opportunities for reflection, resources and vocational discernment for undergraduate students.

Projects are planned and implemented by our Lilly Leaders group of parishioners and students, co-chaired by The Rev. Mary Cat Young and Meredith Dockery, UNC ’21. To learn more about engaging with the My Spiritual Awakening projects and leadership opportunities, contact: The Rev. Mary Cat Young

My Spiritual Awakening Speaker Series

Accomplished leaders across a variety of professional areas discuss their journey to the profession they hold and their spiritual journey along the way.

Upcoming speakers:

Tuesday, October 5, 5:30 PM, Kaze Thomas, Arts and Culture Director for Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership

Tuesday, November 9, 5:30 PM, Kelsey Davis, Program Director for Blue Ridge Episcopal Service Corps and founder of Christian Athlete Circles

View past speaker: Sarah Ogletree, Program Coordinator, North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light, livestreamed Tuesday, April 13, 2021

View past speaker: Allen Buansi, Civil Rights Attorney and Chapel Hill City Council, livestreamed Tuesday, March 2, 2021

View past speaker: Jennifer Player, CEO of Orange County Habitat for Humanity, livestreamed Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Walk in Love Mentors

The Chapel of the Cross parishioners are paired with students who are glad to have an adult in their life to walk with them through a season of learning, exploration and vocational discernment throughout the academic year.

Students looking to connect with a mentor for 2020-2021: Please email ecm@unc.edu to learn more.

Namaste: Mind + Body + Spirit integration

Offerings such as Yoga for Wholeness and Healthy Eating sessions will give students practical experience in self-care and reflection on integration of the whole self while currently students and preparing to transition to post-college/professional life.

In February 2021, an online Painting and Prayer event was created to give students the invitation and permission to be creative in their prayer practices while allowing that experience to inform their discernment and vocational reflection work. See glimpses of the virtual event for below.

Transformative Travel

Retreats and Service-learning oriented travel opportunities will provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on, real-world experience with non-profit, direct service and ministry work, while also learning practices for self-reflection and vocational discovery. Students have traveled to England and Tennessee. In March 2020 students were scheduled to travel to New York City.

2021 Update: In March of 2021 two students participated in a Virtual Short-term Mission Experience in conjunction with Education Equals Hope with COTC ministry partners at Cristo Liberador Episcopal Church in Quito, Ecuador.

Vocational Internships

Students are given an opportunity to delve deeply into an internship in a vocational field they are discerning about with the companionship of spiritual reflection, mentors and, leadership and study opportunities. In 2019-2020 this project provides funding for a Choral Scholar who participates in the full musical life of the parish of The Chapel of the Cross. This choral scholar has opportunities to learn, lead and reflect on the calling of Church music as a profession.

2020/2021 Internships Include:

  • Student Athlete Outreach Chaplain (January – June, 2020)
  • Choral Scholar (August 2020 – May 2021)
  • Digital Ministry Internship (October 2020 – May 2021)

Veteran Outreach

Working in companionship with the Carolina Veterans Resource Center, connect with our volunteer corps in outreach, snack brigade, mentoring and other ways of showing our care and supporting our veterans who are students at UNC.

Due to the current health crisis, this project is on hold for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Finding Your Purpose Forum

Completed in 2019, this daylong event consisting of speakers, workshops and small groups enabled students to try on a variety of spiritual practices to use in support of their vocational reflection. Additional mini-forums will be scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Interested in learning more or volunteering? Contact The Rev. Mary Cat Young.