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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.

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 2021.

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.

Save the dates: Tuesday, March 2 and Tuesday, April 13, 2021 and join us for our livestreamed guest speaker events.

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

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.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, most Namaste offerings will be virtual.

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.

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

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.

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 Internships Include:

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

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.

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