The Advocate Tithe Applications

Each year, the Episcopal Church of the Advocate is committed to giving a minimum of 10% of our pledged income and plate offering received each Sunday to organizations in the community that help those in need and those working for peace and justice in the world. In other words, for every $10 given to us, $1 will be given to others. This offering is called the Advocate Tithe.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Advocate Tithe distribution.
Applications are due to the Advocate by December 1.
Distribution of the Advocate Tithe is determined at the recommendation of a seasonal committee of Advocates meeting the first week of December.


The Advocate Tithe for 2016 will be $16,000.

The Advocate Tithe for 2015 was distributed as follows:
IFC                                                                                      $2000
Justice United                                                                     $1000
NAACPNC                                                                            $1000
Coalition for Peace with Justice                                           $500
Compass Center                                                                   $1000
Club Nova                                                                            $1000
Johnson Service Corps                                                         $1000
EmPOWerment Inc.                                                              $500
Church World Service (refugee resettlement)                      $3500
Episcopal Hospital in Gaza                                                  $1600
Community Empowerment Fund                                         $800
Autism Society of NC                                                           $500
Vicar’s Discretionary Fund                                                  $1600                                                                                                                $16000 total

Procedures for Requesting Support
  • An Application for Support from the Advocate Tithe is posted  below for those who would like to request support from the Advocate — whether that support be in the form of volunteer labor or logistical help, advocacy work, financial assistance, or other support from the church.
  • Completed forms may be sent to the church at: The Advocate Tithe; The Episcopal Church of the Advocate, 8410 Merin road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516; or left in the collection plate at a church service.
  • Proposals will be evaluated by how closely they match the Advocate’s Core Values (Compassion, Justice, and Transformation) as well as the priorities for giving and involvement identified  by the congregation.

Decisions about supporting proposals are made by consensus among those present at meetings of the Community Engagement Facilitators. All proposals for financial or other support will be reviewed and approved on the basis of their fulfillment of our core values.

In our decisions about how to engage with the community around us, we prefer to:

  • Support projects that give voice to people who are marginalized and have very little voice.
  • Provide not only financial support, but also the time and talent of members of the congregation.
  • Support projects in which members of the congregation are already involved.
  • Support projects and organizations that are accountable, sustainable, and willing to teach us about their outcomes.
  • Support projects and organizations that are willing to send representatives to visit and help educate the congregation about their issues of concern.
  • Support groups that promote change, as well as those that meet direct needs.
  • 10% of our Tithe grants are given in the spirit of the Millennium Development Goals, usually supporting a ministry overseas.

tithe proposal form

All Saints Sunday, November 6 at 10 AM

imagesSunday, November 6: All Saints Sunday. 

Please plan to join us for our celebration of the Saints – past, present and yet to come – at the Advocate on Sunday, November 6 at 10 AM.

The Festival of All the Saints is one of the 7 major Festivals of the Church Year, and (along with Pentecost) is truly a celebration of the Church.  As such, it is our custom to worship together for a single liturgy on this day.

img_9307It is also our custom to visually surround ourselves with images of the great Cloud of Witnesses, the Communion of Saints on All Saints Sunday. As you are led, please bring photos of those you have loved or admired who have gone before. We will post or place these photos and icons all around our worship space.

Also, if you would like prayers offered in the context of the Eucharist for particular loved ones who have gone before, please send their names to before November 6.

The liturgy will be followed by an All Saints Festival Potluck. As you are able, please bring a dish to share.  In honor of All Saints, consider (but don’t feel obligated) sharing a recipe used by a previous generation and passed on to you.

The Divine Dance — a webcast with Richard Rohr and William Paul Young — October 26


Come and join us, Wednesday evening, October 26th, as we watch and discuss The Divine Dance, a live webcast with Richard Rohr and William Paul Young (author of the best-selling novel, The Shack).

Rohr and Young bring the transcendent doctrine of the Trinity down to earth and into your life.

Be prepared to have your basic notion of God, reality, salvation, and prayer challenged and filled with hope.

For more information about the webcast, check out

Autumn at the Advocate!

signHere’s some of what’s ahead at the Advocate. Check back for updates as the season goes along!

Wed, Sept 7      (and all Wednesdays after)
Simple Holy Eucharist with readings from Holy
Women; Holy Men. 5:30-6:15 PM
Contemplative Prayer. 6:15-7 PM

Sunday September 11  (note: this will be our last Sunday with the Summer Service schedule. New Schedule begins September 18)
8:30 AM    Said Prayer Book Eucharist, followed by coffee and conversation.
2-4 PM    
Pounding Party for the 2016-2017 Johnson Service Corps.
       A 75-minute liturgy of Holy Eucharist, sermon and song.(Child Care offered during the first part of the service). Followed by a simple supper (provided). Commissioning the 2016-2017 Johnson Service Corps  in the context of the 5 PM liturgy.

Wednesday, Sept 14     Bridging The Political Divide: An Evening Video Course
featuring Parker Palmer. 7 – 8:15 PM

Thursday, September 15  Orange Justice United Assembly for Affordable Housing on land owned by faith organizations (like the Advocate!) and for reduced fines from random traffic stops. At St. Thomas More Church. 6:30-8:30 PM.

Sunday, September 18       New Fall Schedule Begins!
8:15 AM     Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer
9 AM
 Classic TEC (Holy Eucharist from the BCP and songs from the Hymnal 1982
9:45-10:45 AM  Coffee, A Teachable Moment, and Godly Play for the kids
11 AM    Traditioned Innovation (TI) Liturgy: Holy Eucharist with Sermon, featuring prayers and songs from across the Church, and an emphasis on participation and formation/transformation) Child care provided. This week: A Celtic Mass                                                                                                                     
12:20 PM  
  Lunch fellowship (food provided)
After Church, all are welcome to join the Vicar and head to The  Episcopal Farmworker   Ministry in Newton Grove for the annual Farmworker Festival

Sunday, September 25 (Regular Sunday schedule as noted above on September 18).  
TI (Traditioned Innovation)
 this week: A Blue Grass Mass

Sunday October 2            Regular Sunday Schedule
Then….. Square Dance with Kathy Anderson & The Hushpuppies. In the Advocate Chapel. 7:00PM – 10:00 PM

Sunday, October 16          Regular Sunday Schedule
Then…. Autumn Unplugged Returns! Join us for an afternoon filled with food, fun and music on the Advocate grounds. 1-6 PM

Saturday, October 29        A Salon with author Barbara Claypole White
 presenting her book, Echoes of Family. 6:30-8:30 PM
(note: this is the first of an Advocate series, “Let’s Talk About It: Conversations About Our Invisible                                                                                                             Diversity”)                 

Sunday, November 6       All Saints Sunday with Litany of the Saints, Holy Eucharist, and Baptism
(one liturgy time tba)

Wednesday, November 23   A Thanksgiving Eve Eucharist (time tba)

Looking ahead!     Sunday, December 11    Advent III       The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee will be providing our annual Bishop’s visitation.


The Sweet History of Iced Tea — September 1


The North Carolina Humanities Council and The Episcopal Church of the Advocate Present: Erin Coyle telling the story of “The Sweet History of Iced Tea”
Thursday, September 1 at 7 PM
In the Advocate Chapel
Erin Coyle, story-teller and sweet tea aficionado, will illuminate the history of tea in America, from the hot tea brewed in the original 13 colonies (remember that famous Boston Tea Party?) to the convergence of prohibition and the common delivery of ice in the 1930’s, securing the popularity of the drink. While Erin brews up the ORIGINAL iced tea – a blend dating back to the Civil War – to share with the audience, she’ll talk about tea’s impact on North Carolina’s culture and about North Carolina’s “budding” tea nursery, located in Chapel Hill.
You’ll never look at your glass of iced tea the same way again.
All are welcome. Bring a friend and come on by.
Tea and cake will be served!

Every day, all across North Carolina, people sit down together and share their meals, their stories, their hopes, and their dreams over a frosty glass of good ol’ Southern Iced Tea! Tea, the favorite drink of many cultures and the official drink of the American South, has many a story to tell.  But how did the “house wine of the South,” Sweet Iced Tea, come to be?  The origins of that tall glass of sweet iced tea served up in all our favorite restaurants has a vast, ancient, and even mystical past. Humans have been drinking the stuff for over 4000 years!

55009_1729786044199_3602451_oErin begins the story of tea in her Irish grandmother’s house, where a cup of tea (served hot, sweet, and with a generous amount of milk) was a vital ingredient to every family gathering.  She will illuminate the history of tea in America, starting with the hot tea brewed in the original 13 colonies (remember that famous Boston Tea Party?). Then she’ll tell the fascinating story of how tea in the South became iced tea, and how the convergence of prohibition and the common delivery of ice in the 1930’s helped to make this new drink popular. While Erin brews up the ORIGINAL iced tea — a blend dating back to the Civil War — to share with the audience, she’ll talk about tea’s impact on North Carolina’s culture and about North Carolina’s “budding” tea nursery, located in Chapel Hill.

So raise a glass of your sweetest, and sip a millennia of stories.

Invite a friend and come on over.
Tea and cake will be served!

This Sunday at 8:30: Eucharist with Special Intention for Peace

From Baton Rouge to St. Paul to Dallas to Nice, stories of violence dominate our news and haunt our hearts. Join the community of the Advocate this Sunday, July 24, at 8:30 a.m. for a Eucharist with special intention of praying for peace in our lives, our neighborhoods, our cities, and our world.

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the
strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

This July: The Advocate Invites a Conversation

On Wednesday evenings in July, you are invited to join an Advocate conversation about the theological questions that matter to the members of our community. We will gather at 7 p.m. by the Advocate pond. Come with your convictions and your questions (and a beverage of your choice). The conversation will last until 8:15 or until we have said what needs to be said.

The conversation will be facilitated by Nathan Kirkpatrick, the Advocate’s priest associate.  Hope to see you there!


IMG_0371#movingchurch is a hashtag to be used whenever you find yourself part of an event or liturgy or action that represents the church moving into the 21st century. Something new old. Something rooted in the tradition of the church but not bound by it.

Maybe you are worshipping in a downtown park, or collaborating with those outside the church in order to bring justice to the oppressed. Maybe you are finding new ways to teach the church’s story or new ways to live it.

The Advocate was created in 2003 to be a church for those who might not be drawn to a more established church setting. We rented worship space, met for worship at 5 PM on Sundays, and determined to “be paperless” in our communications from the start. And we realized that some ways of being church in the past, even the recent past, just didn’t seem as significant as they used to be. We were focused on welcoming questions, introducing Jesus, presenting the mystery of the ancient sacraments, and having fun.

We were a “new church” for the 21st century.

Getting A Move OnBut in 2012 we moved a 19th century carpenter gothic chapel from Germanton NC to Chapel Hill NC and restored it for adaptive re-use. We kept it a original as we could, but added heating, AC, plumbing and electricity. We also brought it up to ADA code so it could be accessed by all.

Suddenly, we were a “new old church”.

The Advocate literally moved a church. And that church move became a metaphor for moving the church into the 21st century. Some parts of the old building were so rotted, they needed to be left behind. Other parts were okay, but needed some restoration. Most of the windows were in this category. And the threshold.

The floors and interior steps were just fine the way they were. Then there were parts that needed to be added and built from scratch. Like the bathrooms! And the access ramp.

You see the metaphor?

Some of the church’s structures are worn out and simply do not function well any more. Mimeograph machine Sunday bulletins are long gone. But maybe certain committee structures need to go by the wayside as well. Some hymn tones or words simply will not function for the building up of the community any more.

Other aspects of our church life simply need to be restored. We’ve forgotten about them, or we didn’t think they worked very well for a century or two, and now they have a retro appeal, or now we see that we were wrong to let them go. Baptism by immersion, for example. Processions through the city streets.

You get the idea.

IMG_7501House church? Prayers in the public square? New ways of determining “membership” …. if you are thinking about membership at all? Liturgies without vestments? New hymnody that draws the congregation closer to God and one another? Clergy that are only paid part time by the church because they are doing something else in the world to make known the love of God in Jesus? Finding new ways to enhance “the authority of the laity”?

As you tweet away, consider letting others know of ways you are experiencing the new old church, of ways you perceive the church is moving.