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14The Tar Heel Thursday, August 19, 1985
By Kevin Meredith
Although religion may seem hope
lessly irrelevant against the backdrop
of frat parties, never ending assign
ments and the rigors of being on your
own, you will find religious organ
izations in Chapel Hill' to be a special
kind of animal.
The following description of
churches and foundations around the
U niversity of North Carolina campus
in Chapel Hill is far from complete.
pecause oi ine constraints oi ume
and space, many deserving churches
and programs have been left out.
: But a more complete review of
organizations, on campus or off, can,
be done now that you are in Chapel
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doubting and growing for almost two
centuries at UNC, and the churches
and foundations that have survived
have done so through open
minded ness and respect for what
students have to offer.
But the students, in turn, must
recognize what these institutions
have to offer. Of course, what is
written here barely scratches the
surface, and there is no substitute for
finding out about it firsthand
Newman Catholic Student Center
The Newman Catholic Student
Center, at 218 Pittsboro St., a block
west of campus, is particularly geared
toward the college student. Catholic
The center is named after John
Cardinal Newman, a 19th century
British thinker and cardinal in the
Catholic church who believed the
years one spends in college can be
challenging and difficult, and, the
church should be a part of them.
There are Newman centers near
many colleges and universities in the
United ' States and throughout the
Dale Renguette, a secretary at the
center, describes the programs as
being spiritual, social or based on
interaction with the larger
For example, a Bible study, a
prayer group every Sunday at 7 p.m.
and a variety of retreats are available
for spiritual needs.
Student Night, beginning with a
meal Wednesday at 5:30, parties and
an intramural team are some of the
social programs of the Newman
Center. After dinner on Student
Night, student or guest speakers, or
even prisoners singing in a Gospel
quartet, present the program;
Community-wide activities include
student-faculty get-togethers, an
adopt a parent program, in which
students are matched with local
families, and programs to address
Services at the center are held
Saturday at 5:15 p.m., and Sunday
at 9:15 a.m., 1 1 a. m. and 9 p.m.
Two student ministers on campus
oversee student programs. This year,
the ministers will be Cathy Rusim
and Roger Schlegel. -
Cathy Rusim, a senior business
major at UNC-Chapel Hill, describes
the center as "a real suportive place,
a community , , . where people can
Cathy, who played softball for the
center's intramural team last year,
added, "It offers a different perspec
tive from the pressures of school."
Father Tim O'Connor serves the
center as priest and considers his
ministry a unique one. "My ministry
begins where most minister's end
- at the end of the day."
Father Tim, as he is known to
others at the center, says he aims to'
help students through counseling,
ministry, special programs and
simply by being there.
Concerning the special needs of
college students, he says, "You realize
that there's a lot more going on than
studies during those years." " -
"1 would consider myself a mod
erate,"" he says. "While I hold to the
principles, if a student can't reach
those principles, that's okay."
Although the Newman Center was
established specifically for. students,
many non-students belong. "Being
around students creates a very
stimulating atmosphere" for them,
Father Tim explains.
On Sunday, August 25 at 1 p.m.,
the Newman Center wilHiold a picnic
for all new and returning students.
The Center's first Student Night will
be held Wednesday, August 28.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
The earliest Lutheran activity in
Chapel Hill has been traced to 191 1,
when J. L. Morgan, a missionary
from Raleigh, made pastoral calls to "
a few students on campus.
Nowadays, Lutheran activity
claims its own church, Holy Trinity
Lutheran Church, and a congrega
tion of students, faculty and
Larry Hartsell, campus pastor at
the church, believes that students .
represent special needs for the church
to fill. "Students come to Carolina
not only to learn, but to learn about
themselves," Hartsell explains
Hartsell, who has served at Trinity
Lutheran for three years, was a
student at the University of Georgia
when, he says, "campus ministry
helped me. The people in campus
ministry took me in. They enabled
me to make a new start. That's the
function of campus" ministry."
Hartsell says that some students at
UNC-Chapel Hill "get caught up in
the perfectionism trap," believing
they must be perfect academically
and socially, and some come to get
good grades without getting a good
education. These are the special
problems of the students that he tries
Hartsell describes Lutheranism as
based on salvation through grace.
"Our lives aren't built upon living up
to any legal code. What we do is out
of appreciation for God, not fear,"
Kathy Franklin, a graduate stu
dent in art and teaching, says Holy
Trinity's Campus Center "gives you
a place to meet. It's a nice place to
Last year, Campus Center activ
ities included Friday night movies,
informal Wednesday night dinners
and discussions ranging from world
hunger to Dante.
The Campus Center also has
couches, a telivision and piano for
students who just want to study or
Holy Trinity, at 300 E. Rosemary
Street, a block north of campus, will
be hosting a Welcome to Carolina
Party on Friday, August 23 at 7 p.m.
Pizza and a movie are planned.
On Sunday, August 25, a free
cookout will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Ongoing activities include Fellow
ship Meals at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays,
and worship services at 8:30 and 1 1
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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Chapel of the Cross Episcopal
One of the most striking churches
in Chapel Hill is the Chapel of the
Cross Episcopal Church, fronted
with two towers in which the bells
are still rung by hand on Sundays.
Chapel of the Cross, which stands
next to Morehead Planetarium on
the UNC-CH campus, at 304 E.
Franklin Street, is also the oldest
church in Chapel Hill.
Reverend William Mercer Green,
who later co-founded the University
of the South at Sewanee, taught at
UNC-Chapel Hill and directed con
struction of Chapel of the Cross. The
bricks which still make up the old
chapel, completed in 1848, were fired
in kilns at his farm.
The newer part of Chapel, of the
Cross was built in the 1920s. Original
plans called for a flat roof, but the
University, which had a say in the
matter, didn't approve. The roof was
given an arch and the rest of the
church was completed soon after.
The Chapel of the Cross takes its
name from the pre-Revolutionary
Chapel of Ease, which stood on the
present site of the Carolina Inn.
Rev. David Stanford, who is the
associate for campus ministry at
Chapel of the Cross, feels that
students are a unique group because
they are feeling a search of identity
"You don't get into this commun
ity unless you excel. The pressures
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