On Faith

Chapel of the Cross set for expansion

April 30, 2013 

Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp will join Rector Stephen Elkins-Williams, members of the Vestry and parishioners at Chapel of the Cross on Sunday for the official ground turning for construction of a new parish hall.

The 10:30 a.m. ceremony will be attended by representatives from Barnhill Contracting, financial partner BB&T and architects Mary Kay Lanzillotta and Lee Becker of Hartman-Cox. Construction is set to begin Monday..

“This additional beautiful space, the culmination of over a decade of planning and work, will help us at the Chapel of the Cross to serve more fully the community and the university,” said Elkins-Williams.

The project continues a tradition of renovation while honoring history at the 171-year-old parish. The Hartman-Cox design will increase outreach and education space by 90 percent. New construction will include a new fellowship hall and kitchen, updates to the campus ministry center, a new library, playground, parlor, preschool and church school classrooms, meeting rooms and choir rehearsal and support spaces.

A new terrace facing the UNC-Chapel Hill Arboretum will open the church to the campus it serves. The historic church and chapel buildings will not be affected by the construction. All services and other activities will continue as usual.

The original parish chapel at Chapel of the Cross was consecrated in 1848. The Battle wing, named for Dr. Kemp Plummer Battle, was added in 1916. The Hobart Upjohn church building was built in 1925. In 1958, the Yates classroom wing was constructed and in the early ’90s the courtyard linking Yates and Battle was completed.

The Chapel of the Cross is located at 304 E. Franklin St. and is a member of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. The church has 1,800 communicants.

Price on the Middle East

Kehillah Synagogue will host Rep. David Price for a 7 p.m. discussion May 19. The event is sponsored by the synagogue and J-Street Triangle and is free and open to the public.

Price has represented the Fourth Congressional District for 24 years. As chairman of the House Democracy Partnership, he is a leading advocate for Middle East Peace and a recognized expert on foreign policy issues. He will offer his perspective on President Obama’s recent trip to Israel and Secretary of State John Kerry’s negotiations in the Middle East.

J-Street Triangle is the local chapter of J-Street, the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans fighting for the future of Israel as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people. Its supporters believe Israel’s Jewish and democratic character depends on a two-state solution, resulting in a Palestinian state living alongside Israel in peace and security.

Kehillah Synagogue at 1200 Mason Farm Road, where Jennifer Feldman is the rabbi, is an inclusive and engaged Jewish community that offers inspiration and Jewish involvement through celebration, worship, education, social action and values.

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