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HISTORY PAGE - some notes on past events       

some are placed here so people have the contact info-
( Does anyone actually read this page? Maybe it needs to be replaced by a blog, or discussion, for example.)

January 1. Open house at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Food available (charge) 9 am to 8 pm. Prayers start at 6 am.
A wonderful opportunity to visit; dress well covered, no jeans. A good chance to socialize.

January 2
First Tuesday evening:  Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbians, Pot Luck supper, all welcome. 6;30 PM. Speaker follows. Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at  Immaculate Conception Cathedral.  1695 Central Ave.    Parking lot is at the rear, around the block.

January 3, Wednesday. 8 AM - New Year's Eucharist, St. Mary's Cathedral
(And, of course, a service and breakfast with the homeless every Wednesday morning)

Jan 5, 2918. Tranquility retreat for Women (Roman Catholic sponsorship.) suggested donation $210.
(731) 548-2500  January 9, Second Tuesday:   Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic peace group, pot luck supper at 6:30 PM, meeting at 7. Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grove at Prescott. 

January 14, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Rabbi Micah Greenstein will teach at 10 AM and preach at 11 AM.  "Finding and Sharing the Light"

January 14, noon-2pm. Unity Church of Practical Christianity.
Cosmic Clock Workshop

(Dis)placed Bodies Exhibition January 4-January 30

Memphis College of Art,
1930 Poplar Ave Memphis, 38104
| Free     (Art exhibit about race in Memphis)

January 15, 2018, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the National Civil Rights Museum will host daylong performances, youth-centered edutainment, the museum experience, and opportunities for community service.

 34th International Blues Challenge January 16, 5:00 pm-January 20, 10:00 pm   
Beale Street

January 17, Wednesday, 7:30 PM Memphis Islamic Center, Panel discussion about a visit to Jerusalem.
"Please join us WEDNESDAY at 7:30 for a special panel reflection with Sh. Yasir Qadhi and members who traveled with him from Umrah to Jerusalem this past winter. Panelists will feature Sh. Yasir, Dr. Alim Khandekar, Dr. Muhammad Nizar, and Br. Abdi, who are local here in our community."

Jan 19, Friday,7-10 PM. Habitat Memphis,
fundraising dinner, music, whiskey tasting, auction, etc.
At Crosstown Concourse. $75 each, $125 couple, if reserved by Jan 18, higher at door. 
reserve at

January 19, evening, Masjid As-Salaam,
Annual Congregational Business Meeting and dinner.
(starts with brief prayer service about 5:30 PM)

January 19, Special Cantorial service (Hebrew religious music), Chabad. Also a dinner.
Service 6 PM, Dinner 6:30, please reserve for dinner by the 17th, $25 dinner

January 20, 2 PM. Indian Cultural Center and Temple
Annual Congregational Business Meeting.

January 20. Saturday 11 AM. Masjid As-Salaam. Edward Ordman will participate in a panel discussion of shared aspects of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The main subject is "Justice". Lunch follows.

January 20, 5-7 PM. Nation of Islam, Mosque 55, Annual Savior's Day Banquet. $20.
873 Vance Ave.

January 20, Saturday noon. The Juvenile Justice Project is hosting bi-monthly meetings with community members to discuss issues in Hickory Hill that are affecting our youth and how we can come together to solve them. As time goes on we will be building a youth cohort who will work with us to tackle these issues. Our next meeting will be Saturday, January 20 at 12:00 pm at Leonard's BBQ (5465 Fox Plaza Dr, Memphis, TN 38115). Please RSVP to if you or someone from your organization can attend this meeting so we know how big of a table to get. We are also open to discussing alternative times and days for future meetings to ensure as many of you can participate as possible.

January 21, Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
Prayers for Saraswathi. 10 AM, 6 PM (refreshments after)
"Goddess Saraswathi is the Goddess of learning, who is divine knowledge personified. The sound of Her celestial Veena awakens the notes of the sublime utterances of the sacred monosyllable, "OM". She bestows the Knowledge of the supreme, mystic sound, clarity of thought and nobility of ideas as represented by Her pure dazzling white clothes, with the hands holding the veena and books seated on the white lotus. We worship Goddess Saraswathi to gain knowledge, dispassion, devotion and prosperity."

January 22, Launch of Hillel at Rhodes College. Hors d'oevres at 4:45, program at 5:30
2nd floor, Palmer Hall, Rhodes College.  RSVP  crichardson at
There is a bus available from 6560 Poplar (Jewish Community Center), 4 PM, if you reserve by Jan 18.

Jan 22. Moral Mondays in Memphis
Monday, January 22 • Hope Presbyterian Church, 8000 Walnut Grove Road
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. – Speaker (Formerly Pastor of Riverside Church, NY)
TABLE TALKS, dinner and discussion, 6:15 – 7:15pm
MASS GATHERING with guest speaker, 7:30 – 9 PM
The dinner will fill up, register early.
     Register for the speaking at 7:30:

January 25, 5:30-7:30. Neighborhood meeting, Klondike Smokey City, at Dave Wells Community Center, 915 Chelsea Ave.  Food provided.  Discussion of mapping the neighborhood with a view to campaigning for more or better school bus routes.

January 25, Thursday, Hour??  Unity Church of Practical Christianity.
On January 25, we will be showing the John of God film. The next 3 days (Jan 26-28), we will have the rare opportunity to have a John of God Crystal Healing bed on our campus, with the appropriate trained practitioners. booked here.      John of God film.   Appointments will be necessary and can be  booked here.

January 28th, 4:00 pm “Citizens Check an Unchecked President: How Tennessee Can Help Prevent War with North Korea”
- a public talk by Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of FCNL(Friends Committee on National Legislation), a Quaker lobby in the public interest.  At First Congregational Church 1000 Cooper St. Memphis 38104.    Sponsored by Memphis Friends Meeting (Quakers).

Monday Jan. 29, 2018 Memphis Lynching Sites Project  meeting at
First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm

Jan 30, 3 PM. Winter Term Recital. Beethoven Club, 263 S. McLean.
(This seems not to be on their website at;
get on their mailing list!)  Clarinet, Violin, Piano. Works by Khatchaturian, Ysaye, Rosza. more.

Feb 1-28, Art Exhibit by photographer John Noliner, "A peace of my mind", Memphis Theological Seminary
Gallery talk by the artist, Feb 16, Friday, 11:30-1, Great Hall, Founders Hall, Memphis Theological Seminary

February 1, New Interim Rector arrives at St, John's Episcopal. Rev. Charles “Dean” Taylor of Atlanta, Georgia
February 2, 8:15 PM -Musical service at Temple Israel. "Join us for Unplugged Shabbat, a new way to experience Shabbat through a music-centric, relaxed service. Held at a later time than our traditional services, February's Unplugged Shabbat will feature the incredibly talented Nefesh Mountain!        Pioneers of a new sound - where Jewish Spirit and Soul meet with Bluegrass and Old-time musical traditions - husband and wife team Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff, blend their love for both of these rich traditions and create a new genre."

Feb 4, Sunday, 1-4 Jewish Historical Society of Memphis - Historical Bus Tour of Memphis.
Leaves from Memphis Jewish Community Center Parking Lot. $18 for members, $25 for nonmembers.
Limited to one busload. Contact Phyllis Griskind at 573-5701 or lorrainedwolf at

Feb 5, 7:30 PM. Monday. Organ Concert, St. Mary's Episcopal.
"From a blank staff to performance and publication"  The compositional process: a recital-presentation on transforming preliminary concepts into music that is played.

Feb 6. First Tuesday. 6:30 PM supper, 7 PM speaker.
Catholic Ministry to Gay and Lesbian Persons. (All are welcome to attend, no need to bring food on your first visit.)  Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at Immaculate Conception Cathedral (parking in rear is easiest) 
Dr. John Kaltner will be leading us in a discussion on biblical interpretations next Tuesday at 6:30 in Marian Hall.  As in previous years, Dr. Kaltner has selected specific topics for the group to discuss together and this year's topic is: "What the Qur’an has to say about human sexuality with particular attention paid to how it presents the Lot story".  Come and join us for an enlightening conversation from an excellent presenter with vast knowledge on the topic.  You will not be disappointed!"

February 7, 6:30 PM, Memphis Campaign for Nonviolence, meeting at the Commons on Merton      258 N. Merton St.  Memphis, TN 38112

Feb 7, 7 PM free film, Brooks Museum.
A person is more important than anything else...    (29 minute film)
…, is driven by the cadence and intonation of James Baldwin’s voice, for Baldwin was also an orator whose delivery was almost as forceful as his ideas.
Artist Hank Willis Thomas weaves various audio, images, and video together including news clips, speeches, and interviews, in a fluid-moving, digital stream of consciousness that connects Baldwin’s 20th century discourse with the concerns and urgencies of the 21st, highlighting issues of race, gender, class and sexuality.
Commissioned in 2014 by NY Live Arts for the Year of James Baldwin, this multi-channel installation brings history to the fore, inspiring us to re-imagine our relationship to the contemporary moment.

February 9, traditional Jewish Sabbath dinner at Chabad. Charge. (also a wedding dinner) RSVP by Feb 7.

Feb 10  11 AM. Baron Hirsch Synagogue. Rabbi Hayyim Angel, who teaches at Yeshiva Univ., will lecture on "Biblical Archaeology and Torah - Do they Have to Agree?" 
(This will be part of a service staring at 9 AM. It is OK to just come for the talk at 11.)  Rabbi Angel is a traditionalist, but my experience is that Jewish creationists and Muslim creationists rarely see any conflict with science.  Rabbi Angel will give two more talks, Saturday at 4:15 pm  and after the brief 5 PM service (with refreshments).  Enter the driveway at 500 S. Yates Rd.

February 10, 5 PM,   Concert,   Beethoven Club, 
263 S. McLean, Memphis, TN.  Adam Bowles, pianist.
         program at

February 10, 8:00 PM, The Halloran Center at the Orpheum. Jewish comedian Robert Klein, fundraiser for Temple Israel. $100 Orchestra, $75 Balcony.  901-525-3000

Feb 11, Sunday, 4 PM.  Luna Nova Concert, St. Mary's Episcopal.

Feb 11, 1 PM, First Congregational Church. Reception for art exhibit by John Noltner, "A Peace of My Mind",
sponsored by Memphis Theological Seminary.  1000   Cooper St.  Light Refreshments.
<<"A Peace of My Mind" is a multimedia arts project built around the simple question, “What does peace mean to you?” Founded in 2009 by award-winning Minnesota photographer John Noltner, the project began as his effort to rediscover humanity in an increasingly polarized world....>>

Feb 11, 1 PM. Jewish Community Center,. film, Sammy Davis Jr., I've Gotta Be Me.    100 Minutes
     $7, less for members.

Feb 12 - I'm not sure I'd regard this as "interfaith comfortable" but note it is happening. 6:30 PM, Woodmont Bible Church Pastor Lyndon Allen speaking at the U of Memphis University Center, Fountain View Room, event entitled "A night to honor Israel". Sponsored on campus by the Young Americans for Freedom.

Monday Feb. 12, 2018 Memphis Lynching Sites Project meeting  (speaker change)
at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm.  Historian Zann Nelson of Culpeper, Virginia will be speaking.  She is an award-winning journalist authoring investigative feature articles and more than 600 columns entitled "Buried Truth" and "Zann's Place".  Ms. Nelson has been doing research on a major project in African American history which includes a lynching in Virginia.  She will share the tragic account of young Allie Thompson's arrest, kidnap and murder by lynching in Culpeper County. Virginia in 1918,  She will be in Memphis on a tour of Southern States.

Feb 13, 7:30 PM. Jewish Community Center,. film, The Exception   107 Minutes (WW II, German soldier falls in love with Jewish woman in the Netherlands. See link for trailer.)
     $7, less for members.

Feb 13, 5:30 PM. Mardi Gras supper, St. Mary';s Episcopal. "We will be fundraising for Latino Memphis. Food, music, beads, FUN for people of all ages!  Bring your tastiest dessert for the dessert competition. Save the date to join us! More details to follow..."

Feb 13, 5:45 PM. Chili dinner at Holy Communion Episcopal  (Shrove Tuesday). $10, $25/family. Chili contest. Music.
Burn last year's palm branches in the patio.

Feb 13, Hooks Institute Documentary Viewing, Hooks Documents. Orange Mound Community Center,2572 Park Avenue.  Q&A to follow the films.

February 14  Shen Yun Dancers at Orpheum. (CHANGED - used to be both Feb 13 and 14. If you reserved for the 13th, call the box office. Ticketmaster issues automatic refunds for Feb 13) A spectacular show, highly recommended, but on the expensive side. I understand this to be a Fundraiser for Falun Gong, a Chinese Christian group opposed by the PRC government.

(Postponed)  Tuesday? 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Beth Sholom Synagogue. Lecture and discussion, Steve Haynes (Prof at Rhodes College) - “The Battle for Bonhoeffer: Debating Discipleship in the Era of Obama and Trump.” (IO am tiold that this is likely to be an excellent discussion of theologian Bonhoeffer's reaction to Hitler (Bonhoeffer was a minister the Nazis executed for treason), not primarily a talk about American politics.

February 14, Wednesday. ASH WEDNESDAY, the start of the Christian season of Lent. 
Many churches have special services this day; in many it is the custom to put a spot of ash on the forehead of the worshipers, often the ash is made by burning pal;m leaves saved from the previous year's Easter celebration.  This is a period of semi-mourning or at least somber reflection, recalling Jesus' time in the wilderness before he went to Jerusalem where he was executed.
Service at Balmoral Presbyterian 6:45 PM
Holy Communion Episcopal  7 AM, Noon, 6:30 PM
Immaculate Conception Cathedral 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, 7 PM
ADDRESS PAGE here has links to many other house of worship home pages,
many church home pages show service times or have links to event calendars etc.)

Feb 15, 6 - 8:30 PM. Nonviolent Communication Skills Workshop. by Mid South Peace and Justice Center, at the Crosstown Concourse. Fee (if you can afford it). Preregistration required.

Feb 15. Hooks Institute Documentary Viewing. Ida B. Wells Documentary Focus Group Viewing. Hattiloo Theater, 37 S. Cooper St.  RSVP's required, available starting January 16.

February 16. Artist's talk, see Feb 1.

February 18, Sunday, Jewish Community Center, Movie at 5 PM "Hummus The Movie"
Movie $7, less for members, Israeli, mixed language, English subtitles, 72 minutes. People of multiple faiths and nationalities find a shared love for hummus. DINNER at 6:15 PM, must RSVP for dinner by Feb 12.
Dinner $23, discount for members.

February 21, Third Wednesday. Words3, the writers group at  Holy Communion Episcopal.  5 PM

February 22, 9 AM- 3PM Youth & Adult Grassroots Leadership Conference, (by MidSouth Peace and Justice Center)
at Wooddale Middle School, 467 Castleman St, Memphis 38118
Free, but register by Feb 22.

February 22-25, Second Presbyterian Church - World Missions Conference.  Several days of programs, see
I think some talks are free, there is a charge for meals?  The main speakers has experience with mission work in Saudi Arabia and in China

Feb 22, 7:30 PM. Jewish Community Center,. film, Big Sonia   93 Minutes. US, English   $7, less for members. 
Adventures of a 91-year-old businesswoman with a history...  Info and Trailer at

Feb 22, Thursday, 7 PM. Concert, Acoustic Eidolon "Music for the Soul", Balmoral Presbyterian Church

February 23 - Lynching Sites of Memphis will be attending an event at 1 PM, a "Community Remembrance" event for Madison county - I think this will be at Jackson State Community College, but no doubt more information will arrive.

February 24, I AM A MAN March, to honor the Sanitation Workers of 1968. City Hall, Registration starts 9 AM, event at 10 AM.  Live entertainment, speakers, fellowship.

February  24, 2-5 PM at MIFA, Youth Workshop by Facing History. Sponsorship by MIFA, BRIDGES, 901 Ummah (a Muslim group.)  (An event for 50 Muslim Youth, reported here for the record. Legacy of MLK, writing letters to Meals on Wheels Recipients, etc.)

Feb 4, 11 AM. Music at Jewish Home and Rehab. Nefesh Mountain. Funny Music wit ha Jewish Twist, for kids, seniors, and all in between. Free and open to everyone.  36 Bazeberry Rd, Cordova (way out Walnut Grove...)

Feb 9-25, play opening Friday Feb 9, "The Elephant's Graveyard", at First Congregational Church.
The odd circumstances leading to the lynching of an elephant in Tennessee in 1916.
Fridays and Saturdays 8 PM, Sundays 4 PM, through Feb 25.  Spirituals by the Memphis Christian Ensemble 30 mimutes before the show; discussion afterwards on Sundays. Tickets $15-20, earn more and reserve at

Feb 14, 7:30 PM. Jewish Community Center,. film, Fever at Dawn   114 Minutes. Hungarian, English subtitles. Recovery from war and disease.  Trailer at link.     $7, less for members.

Feb 17,20,23,24 events for Black History Month at GPAC/

February 25, Purim Carnival at Temple Israel, starts 11:30 AM. No admission, children's game pass starts at $2.50, lunch $5.00

Monday Feb. 26, 2018 Lynching Sites of Memphis meeting
at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm. 

February 27, Civil Rights Museum. Free. Reception 6:00, talk and panel 6:30.  The Poverty Report: Memphis Since MLK. Brad Watkins of MSPJC, Wendi Thomas of MLK50, Rev Stacy Spencer of MICAH and New Directions,

Feb 27-28, Holmes Lecture Series of Memphis Theological Seminary. Nonviolent Social Change, 50 Years Later.
Bernard Lafayette, Jr. (Freedom Rider, SNCC, etc.) 
Tues Feb 27, 7:30 PM, St Paul Baptist Church, 2124 E Holmes Rd, 38116. 
Weds Feb 28, 11:10 AM, Lindenwood Christian Church 2400 Union (at East Parkway).
Open to all. Free. Colloquia Credit available.

Feb 27, 7:30 PM. Jewish Community Center,. film, Monsieur Mayonnaise   94 Minutes
     $7, less for members.  English language, film-noir style, Australian artist travels seeking his family's past
Feb 28th,  PurimSpiel at Temple Israel.  Purim in a minor Jewish holiday commemorating events in the Old Testament Book of Esther.  It is a fun holiday but not taken very seriously (remember that Ian Fleming, the author of James Bond, said that James Bond was based on Esther - it is fun to reread Esther with that in mind.) Temple Israel puts on a Purim Play (a comedy, "Spiel" has the same double meaning as "play" in English) which is one of the highlights of the musical year in Memphis - all music lovers should come. This year it will not as directly follow the Purim story, but will be a revue  and take-off on music of the Beatles. Refreshments start 5:45, babysitting form 6, costume parade and show at 6:30. Free,
open to all.  Arrive early for good seats.

The orthodox synagogues will have a joint Purim meal (dressing in costumes encouraged) March 1 at Baron Hirsch Synagogue. "'Round the World Grand Buffet". $25 per adult, $10 per child, $100 family cap. Reserve at synagogue office, 683-7485. Likely to be sold out, so reserve.

Wed, Feb 28th, 7:00 PM @ National Civil Rights Museum.  Indie Memphis (the independent film group) presents a program of Memphis short  films related to Martin Luther King.  (I have been told, second-hand, no charge) One of the eleven short films concerns a local lynching.

(Need I also mention that there is a Wednesday evening  2/28 program at Calvary, Rev Winnie Varghese of Calvary, 6:30,
and a wonderful talk on Biblical interpretation at the Weds. night dinner at Holy Communion?  What an evening.
Five events I wish I could go to all of...)

March 1, Thursday, Purim party and dinner, Chabad.

March 1.
reception 5:30, lecture at 6  Marcus Orr Lecture, "Zakhor", "Never Forget" and the meaning of commanded memory. Prof Marjorie Hass of Rhodes College, at University of Memphis, Memphis Room, 340 Univ Center (parking garage on Zach Curlin)

March 1.  Hooks Institute Fundraiser, ticket charge. Hooks African American Male Initiative Benefit. U of M Holiday Inn, 3700 Central Ave.  Ticket link at

Friday March 2, 2018 Bryan Stevenson, from the Equal Justice Initiative will be speaking at Hope Church (8500 Walnut Grove Rd) from 7:30 - 9:30pm 
"... Shelby County Public Defender Stephen Bush and Just City CEO Josh Spickler praised the work of social rights activist and author Bryan Stevenson. He will join author Brian Fikkert (When Helping Hurts) at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2 at Hope Presbyterian in Germantown. CHC is partnering with Agape Child & Family Services in the event. If you would like a sponsor ticket, contact Sherry Murphy at 324-8998. Additional tickets are available, $15-30, at  "

March 3. Open house at all local Mosques
. A chance to visit and talk with your Muslim neighbors.  10 AM - 3 PM. Middle east food. Free. The list of mosques is on the poster at

March 3. Saturday, American Association of University Women.
Meet & greet, 10:15 AM, speaker 10:35 AM.
 (Meeting open to all) Poplar-White Station Library, 5094 Poplar (in front of the skyscraper)

March 3, 1-4 PM.  Meet Local Candidates. (County, State, US candidates invited)
FREE and Open to the Public
1:30 p.m. Introduction of Candidates Emcee: Greg Hurst, WREG-TV News Anchor
Where: University of Memphis University Center Ballroom, 3rd floor 499 University St., Memphis, TN 38152
Parking: FREE at the Zach Curlin Parking Garage, 505 Zach Curlin Street
flier: 3_3_2018.pdf 

Sunday, March 4. Installation of Rabbi Sarit Horwitz at Beth Sholom Synagogue. Torah study at 9:30 AM, installation  at 10:15, followed by a "reservations-only" brunch.

March 6, Sunday, 8AM-7PM. Islamic Art Exhibit, Cordova Library 8457 Trinity Rd. Memphis, TN 38018

March 10  (New Date) Mid-South Peace and Justice Center annual fundraising dinner.
Living the Legacy of Nonviolence, with Rosa Clemente
First Congregational Church.  Reserve at   725-4990
suggested donation $35 with dinner, $10 general admission, no one turned away.

March 11, Sunday, 2 PM. Women of Achievement, Social and awards meeting (refreshments),
University of Memphis Holiday Inn, Central at University of Memphis. $35, RSVP.

March 12, Monday, 5:30-8:30  PM. MORAL MONDAYS IN MEMPHIS.
Temple Israel • 1376 East Massey Road    5:30pm Gathering Reception
6:30pm Worship led by Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Rev. Traci Blackmon, guest preacher
7:10pm Living the Legacy Today Panel sponsored by Yale Divinity School

Flier at

Tuesday March 13m 7 - 8:30 PM MICAH monthly meeting
at Idlewild Presbyterian Church
Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope.

March 15, Thursday reception 5:30, lecture at 6 Orr Lecture, The Discourse of Crime and Gang Violence in the Urban Landscape of Central America
by Prof Susan Berk-Seligson of VanderbiltUniv. At U of Memphis, Shelby Room, 342 Univ Center.

March 15 - Rhodes College Lecture
ISLANDOLOGY: Geography, Rhetoric, Politics 
(7pm, Blount Auditorium; 6:30pm reception)

MacArthur Fellow Marc Shell will discuss his recent book Islandology, from literary islands to contemporary environmental catastrophes.

March 15, 6 PM. Prayers at India Cultural Center and Temple, Eads.  
Masa Shivaratri - Shiva Abhishekam

March 17, 10 AM Saturday. Health and Legal Clinic. free screenings and advice.
Gaston Community Center. 
1046 S 3rd St,  Memphis, TN 38106   (Part of the 16th Annual Muslims in Memphis program)

March 17, 5 PM Family Night, Masjid Ar-Rahman. All welcome. (Part of the 16th Annual Muslims in Memphis program)
    Imam Anwar is an excellent speaker, very clear English. The topic of the talk is "Family Rights".
Potluck supper (if it is your first time, noi need to bring anything.)

March 17. How can one miss St. Patrick's Day at St. Patrick Catholic Church?,
477 South 4th St,    Mass 10 AM followed by pot luck brunch;
7 PM Organ Concert  to benefit the organ restoration fund - one of the great historic organs of Memphis

March 18 (part of 10 AM Sunday Service) Calvary Episcopal - the bell choir from Texas,

MARCH 18. Sunday FEED THE HUNGRY. meal packaging event.
One of the highlights of the interfaith year in Memphis! Starts at Noon at Pleasant View School. People
from many faiths and all over the city assemble to package emergency food packets for refugees. Several hours;
it's fine to come after church even if you arrive late.  
(Part of the 16th Annual Muslims in Memphis program)
1888 Bartlett Road, Memphis. Directions on the address page.

March 18. 7 PM. India Cultural Center and Temple.  Ugadi/Guti Padwa  (The New Year, in many parts of India)
Prayers at 7 PM followed by refreshments, hence a good chance to visit with people in addition to seeing the Temple.

March 19. Monday  Holy Communion Episcopal, Come Hear Father Greg Boyle;
 His Work with Gangs is Among Most Ambitious on the Planet!
Father Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest in Los Angeles, will speak at Holy Communion at 7 p.m. March 19.
He founded Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members through a range of businesses the nonprofit owns.

March 20 - 3rd Tuesday.  Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic Peace group (all are welcome!) meets at the Quaker meeting house, Walnut Grove at Prescott.  Potluck supper 6:30, speaker at 7.

February 15 - March 23, Lenten Lecture Series at Calvary Episcopal downtown. Talks 12:05-12:40 Tuesday through Friday, breakfast or lunch 11  - 1:30, also speakers Wednesday evenings with soup and salad (charges for meals.) Park free and free shuttle bus from St. Mary's Episcopal on Poplar, if you don't want to drive or park downtown. Here are just a  few of my personal favorites - look at the online list at  and tell me who else I need to mention here.
Tours of the church 11:30-11:45 Tuesday and Friday.
Have you missed one you want to hear? On line (also previous years!) at!/swx/pp/media_archives/202604/channel/3477

     Dan Matthews, Feb 15&16; Barbara Lindblad evening Feb 21, noon Feb 22&23.
     Sunday evening, March 7 - poets evening. (Change, Buddy Stallings has an illness in the family)
      Micah Greenstein, March 8&9.
     Becca Stevens, March 15&16, evening March 15.
     Gregory Boyle S.J., March 19 7 PM at Holy Communion Episcopal, March 20 noon Calvary
     Bashar Shala noon March 21 and March 21 evening;   Steve Stone March 22.
(Steve may have to be out of town the evening of March 21, but will be there March 22.)
    Rev, Naomi Tutu (daughter of Desmond Tutu) March 23.

March 9 - April 24, Mid South Woodturners Guild exhibit at Ross Gallery, Christian Brothers University Library.
M-Th 7:45 AM-11 PM; Fri 7:45-4:30, Sat 12-4, Sun 1-11 PM

March 9 - May 2,  Claudia Tullos-Leonard, Looking at the World,
exhibit at Ross Gallery, Christian Brothers University Library.
M-Th 7:45 AM-11 PM; Fri 7:45-4:30, Sat 12-4, Sun 1-11 PM

March 10. 11 am.  Interfaith Trilogue at Masjid As-Salaam. Love and Compassion. Muslim, Christian, Jewish panelists. Brief presentation, then discussion. Then lunch  (free, open to all)  (Edward Ordman on panel)

March 23, Friday. 7:30-9:30 PM. America, The Land for You and Me. 
A program on the Civil Rights Legacy, Main speakers are Yasir Qadhi, one of the great Muslim teachers (a Memphian) and also the daughter of Muhammad Ali. The Great Hall, Germantown. RSVP needed.  If you haven't gotten to a few other "Muslims in March" events, don't miss this one. Qadhi is a remarkable speaker.

March 24. 10 AM  "March for our Lives" -
in sympathy for the Florida shootings, so in a sense an anti-gun march.
From Clayborn Temple (290 Hernando Street)  to Civil Rights Museum, 10 AM-Noon.

March 24- 25 India Cultural Center and Temple
invites your family and friends to Akhanda Tulasi Ramayan Parayanam
 (Continuous 24 hour recitation)   Saturday, 10:30 AM to Sunday, 10:30 AM   12006 Hwy 64 E, Eads

March 24-25   On TV  "Hope and Fury: MLK, the Movement and the Media" airs Saturday night (March 24) at 7pm Central on NBC and Sunday night (March 25) 8pm Central on MSNBC.
March 24, Saturday, Muslim Fest10 AM - 6 PM, Agricenter.  7777 Walnut Grove, at Germantown Rd.
Food, speakers, entertainment, vendors. 
(Part of the 16th Annual Muslims in Memphis program)
Followed at 6 PM by COMEDY NIGHT  (Charge for the comedy show)

March 25. Jewish Historical Society. Lecture. Jewish Community Center (2 PM)
"Age Proof: Living Longer Without Running our of money or breaking a hip"
(Dr Ruizen, Chief Wellness Officer,Cleveland Clinic)

March 26, Monday, 5-7 PM, Lynching Sites of Memphis project at First Baptist Church.
(200 East Parkway North)

March 26. Movie at Clayborn Temple.  Indie Memphis, "The Quiet One"   7 pm

March 28, Wednesday, 12-1:30 Memphis Theological Seminary. Dr Henry Logan Starks Awards ceremony and luncheon (fundraiser),
at Graceland Guesthouse. Fundraiser, $120.  Sponsorships, tickets, etc., call 901-458-8232

March 31.  Saturday 4 PM Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche will be leaving for a year returning to Namdroling Monastery in South India on April 1st. There will be  a Bon Voyage party for him on Saturday, March 31st at Pema Karpo from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.
3921 Frayser Raleigh Road, Memphis, TN 38128

Easter & Passover come at the same time this year, as is not uncommon/ (Jesus went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover, leading to the Easter events, but modern church/synagogue calendars don't always agree so smoothly.)  Like the Christmas season, there are far too many events for me to list; I'll put a very small sample here.
Maundy Thursday, March 29, 6:45 PM. Service at Balmoral Presbyterian. Dr. Phyllis Blackstoner, Storyteller.

Good Friday, March 30.  Noon. There is an outdoor "Stations of the Cross" service, walking to places downtown significant in the last days of Martin Luther King, Jr.  (Meet at noon at St. Patricks, near FedEx Forum)
AT 5:30 PM  March 30 there is a remarkable interfaith (Christian) service at Lindenwood Christian Church, based on the "Seven last words", seven last sayings of Jesus, with orchestral and choral pieces in between the brief talks by ministers of different Christian groups. Program at

Saturday March 31. Easter egg hunt, 3rd grade and under, 10-11 AM, Second Presbyterian Church (many others, elsewhere)

March 31. Saturday 6 PM Passover Seder at Temple Israel.  This annual dinner is fascinating to visitors, with a lot of Jewish stories and songs. This year it will also contain a lot of Martin Luther King references.
RSVP by March 23. Charge.
Register at

Sunday  April 1.  6:30 AM (check this) Sunrise service at Memphis Botanic Garden. Also a Sunrise Mass at the Catholic cemetery.

April 2, Campaign NonViolence Memphis.

Well be gathering tomorrow evening,  Monday, April 2nd at Jasons Deli, 3473 Poplar Ave Memphis 6pm.

We'll continue our conversation on conducting our one on one meetings as part of MICAH's "listening campaign", to listen to each other's stories, passions, motivations, and priorities in terms of justice issues in Memphis.

April 3, First Tuesday, Catholic Ministry to Gay and Lesbian Persons (everyone is welcome, the food, fellowship, and speakers are wonderful, you don't have to be gay to come!)  Pot Luck supper, all welcome. 6;30 PM. Speaker follows. Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at  Immaculate Conception Cathedral.  1695 Central Ave.    Parking lot is at the rear, around the block.

April 4, 2018, will mark the 50th anniversary of the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lorraine Motel here in Memphis

There is a very useful listing of April 4 events

Civil Rights Museum events: 
April 2-3, 2018, MLK50: Where Do We Go From Here? Symposium
The first day will be a legal symposium, a joint venture with the University of Memphis, Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law. The second day will be led by thought leaders and scholars.
Monday April 2 & Tuesday April 3, 2018
MLK50:  Where Do We Go From Here? Symposium
The two-day MLK50 Symposium will convene scholars, historians and thought leaders from across the country to present on the state of civil and human rights issues and racial and economic equity 50 years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The Symposium will take place April 2-3, 2018, and will culminate with a commemorative ceremony on April 4, 2018, of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination at the historic Lorraine Motel. Click here to register for the April 2panel discussions and purchase tickets for the Keynote lunch with Eric Holder, and click here to register for the day two symposium. 

April 4, 6:01 PM. Bell Tolling, throughout the US.
Is your church participating? Contact the Civil Rights Museum.

April 4, "I AM 2018" March,
United Education Assn of Shelby County, 9 AM - 2 PM
April 4, 2018, 50th Anniversary Commemoration  MLK 50

Scholars, lawyers, practitioners, celebrities, icons and new movement makers be present for the tribute on the 50th Anniversary Commemoration. 

Wednesday April 4, 2018
New Historic Marker to be Unveiled at Site of Forrest Slave Mart.  The dedication of the marker will occur as part of a “Service of Remembrance and Reconciliation,” to be held at Calvary at 12 p.m. on April 4. 

April 4, 2018, An Evening of Storytelling A night with Civil Rights Icons who worked closely with Dr. King and New Movement Makers who are motivated by his work.

Wednesday April 4, 2018
Tim Wise, author of Dear White America, will be at the #MLK50 event co-hosted by Memphis Leaders for Kids & New Leaders.  This takes place at 6:00pm at the New Olivet Worship Center, 1000 Woodland Hills Drive, Cordova

April 6-8. Clayborn Temple. "Union", a new musical.  $20 and up. "...three preview performances of “Union: A Musical” and a community conversation that brings together community members, activists, artists, influencers, and civic leaders to discuss the ongoing work of democracy in our city and in our nation."     Tickets

April 6-8  Memphis Islamic Center, Family Enrichment Weekend. Stress on Animal Rights.  
We encourage you to join us for this exciting weekend and hope you and your family will enjoy yourselves in the company of other community members while learning about an important contemporary topic. Only the workshop requires registration. All other programs are free. Please see schedule below.
Friday April 6: Bonfire, Community Dinner & Pinewood Derby
Saturday April 7: Workshop with Sh Yasir & Youth Bonfire (register)
Sunday April 8: Sisters' Halaqa
Please watch your inbox for more details insha Allah.  For more information, please call 901-231-9340 or email

Saturday April 7, 2018 All Day
March from St. Mary's Cathedral to City Hall in commemoration of Ministers March from Cathedral to City Hall, April 5, 1968. On April 7 2018 from 11am to 4pm, there will be a full day of celebration venerating the historic gathering and march. At 11am, a Jubilee Block Party with food and fellowship in the Courtyard.  At 1pm, an Inter-Faith Worship service with a wide variety of participants including Rev. Dr. James M. Lawson, Rev. Dr. James Netters, Father Nicholas Vieron, Rust College Choir, St. Mary's Cathedral Choir.  At 2pm, march to City Hall (rally follows at 3pm).  Mayor Strickland is scheduled to meet and welcome us in a different fashion than Mayor Loeb 50 years ago.
   As Rev Dr Lawson has moved to California (active e.g. with migrant farm workers) it is a rare opportunity to see him in Memphis; he was perhaps the most major voice inducing MLK Jr. to come to Memphis.
(St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar)

April 7 (tentative). Saturday, American Association of University Women. Meet & greet, 10:15 AM, speaker 10:35 AM.
 (Meeting open to all) Poplar-White Station Library, 5094 Poplar (in front of the skyscraper)

April 8 , 3 PM  The University of Memphis Chamber Singers at St. John's Episcopal

This Sunday, April 8th at 3:00pm The Chamber Choir from the University of Memphis will be presenting their Spring choral program at Saint John's. Under the direction of Dr. Ryan Fisher, the choir will perform a variety of works including works with organ and oboe.

April 8, 1 PM. Kick It 5K, Shelby Farms Park. Festival, 1 mile walk, 5K race, plenty of other activities.
Enter Gate 10, Mullins Station Road. To benefit Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. https://www.kickit5k..comracesonline

Monday April 9, 2018  Lynching Sites of Memphis Project 
LSP Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm.
This usally has wonderful bits of local history; this meeting may well inlude a discussion of tyhe relationship with local group MICAH.

April 10, Second Tuesday. 7 PM  Monthly meeting of MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope.
Structurally, this is a grouping of representatives of about 50 local religious-and-other organizations seeking common projects to work on - they are presently surveying members to help choose projects, the choice to be made about June 24. (1) Is your organization involved?  (2) Everyone is welcome at meetings, even if not in a member organization. (Voting is by organization representatives.)  Location varies, and is announced at
April's monthly meeting will be at Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies' (MCUTS) new location inside the Union Avenue Baptist Church. 

April 11 Wednesday Speak901 Gala from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Benjamin J. Hooks Library.  Have you ever wondered about other people's experiences and how those experiences shape who they are?  Join us in a community conversation where different Memphians share their stories.  Light refreshments will be provided. 

April 12. 7 PM Vanderhaar Symposium. (One of the major Memphis Interfaith events)
Stephanie Teatro,
Tennessee Immigrant and Human Rights Coalition, speaking on
"Who Gets to be an American?  University Theater, Christian Brothers University 
(easiest place to drive in is from Central Avenue opposite Mid-South Fair Grounds; the theater is
near the corner of Central and East Parkway).

April 12  6:00 PM Memphis Jewish Community Center.  Yom HaShoah (Commemoration of the Holocaust)
Speaker at 6:30 PM: Roger Brooks, President of Facing History, speaking about the Lodz Ghetto and the Holocaust. (photographs)

April 14. Fundraising dinner for Pleasant View School (The Muslim Day School)

April 14, 2-9 PM. American Cancer Society, Relay for Life.

Sunday April 15, 2018
Reading of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Dr. Ernest L. Gibson III, Assistant Professor of English, Rhodes College at 4:00pm in the Idlewild Presbyterian Church Sanctuary.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 5:00 p.m.  Beethoven Club, 263 S. McLean, Memphis, TN
Free admission – Reception to follow. Program at

April 17, Third Tuesday.
Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic Peace group (all are welcome!) meets at the Quaker meeting house, Walnut Grove at Prescott.  Potluck supper 6:30, speaker at 7.

April 18-22. Africa in April. Festival, Robert R. Church Park at Fourth and Beale.

April 20 Friday 6 PM  Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
Sri Adi Shankaracharya's birthday is celebrated as Shankara Jayanthi. Sri Adi Shankaracharya is considered an incarnation of Lord Shiva and the greatest Guru (Jagad Guru). He purified Vedic knowledge by teaching discernment and instituted the worship of deities as worshiping different forms of the one God.  (As many of you know, I love carrying stories from one house of worship to another. Shankara stories are among my favorites. with universal appeal.)
ICCT also has a new Yoga class, Saturdays 11 AM -12.  $5 per class, starting May 5. info

April 20, 7-10 PM, Memphis Islamic Center.  $20. A special program on the legends of Abu-Bakr, by visiting scholar   Mufti Husain Kamani.
  Abu-Bakr was the first Muslim Calif,  that is, the first leader after the death of Muhammad.

April 21, Calvary Episcopal Church parking lot downtown. All day (5 am - 5 pm).
Teams warming up for the Barbecue championship. Free to come visit, $10 adults/$5 kids to sample. No charge for teams to participate.  Educational talks about barbecue. Proceeds support the community breakfast for the homeless.

April 22 2 PM Sunday  Jewish Historical Society at the Jewish Community Center.
      Panel discussion: Elvis and the Jewish Connection.
Several local Jews with Elvis connections - e.g. Lansky the  clothier, a band player, memorabilia dealer, etc.   free, open top everyone.

April 23, Monday  7 PM. Boy Choristers from St. Paul's Cathedral, London, at Calvary Episcopal. Free
 doors open 6:30./ Calvary is one of eight stops on their US tour, designed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the American Memorial Chapel in St. Paul’s—a tribute to US servicemen who gave their lives in World War II.

April 27, 7:00 PM. 

 “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet”- A sweeping history of the environmental movement. This documentary, Part II will be shown in the Chapel of The St. Patrick office complex at 7pm on April 27. At 6:30there will be refreshments available while participants gather for the conclusion of the film shown a week ago.

Saturday April 28, 2018, 7:30 PM
 79th Anniversary of the lynching of Jesse Lee Bond in Arlington.

 Candlelight prayer service to commemorate the 79th anniversary of the lynching death of Jesse Lee Bond in the town square, Depot Square, 12020 Walker St., Arlington at 7:30 p.m.  

Driving Directions: From I-40, take the Arlington, Airline Rd exit and drive northward on Airline for until it ends into US Highway 70 (about 5-6 miles). Turn right on Hwy 70 and go about one-half mile to the next light which is Chester St. Turn right on Chester and drive a long block around a curve and over the railroad tracks and the Square will be on your right. The exact address is 12020 Walker, Arlington.

April 28. 10 AM Conference on Immigration,  at the Stephen Olford Center, 4000 Riverdale Road. Organized by the group Presbyterian Women.  Conference itself is free but if you want there is a lunch for $20.
For details or to reserve lunch call Balmoral Presbyterian Church 767-7510

April 28, Prayers at Indian Cultural Center and Temple, 10:30 AM and 6 PM
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Jayanthi

April 28. Emmanuel Center Carnival. 12- 2 PM, A carnival for neighborhood  kids byu onme of Memphis's best charities for poor inner-0city education.  Donations wanted of children's books and art supplies.
604 St. Paul Avenue,

April 29. The Pema Karpo Meditation Center has a studygroup, "The Way of the Bodhisattva" meeting Sundays at 12:30PM (after their regular Sunday morning service) until 1:30 or 2 pm.

April 29,  Sunday 11 - 1:30 pm.  Memphis Islamic Center. Town hall meeting and report of building progress. Anyone welcome to come visit. Have you ever wondered about the process of building the Muslim equivalent of a "megachurch"?

April 29, noon-4 PM. Joint Spring Festival. Heartsong Church, Memphis Islamic Center, Memphis Friendship Foundation. 10225 Humphreys Rd, Cordova (just north of the eastend of Walnut Grove, a very pretty drive.) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Fun for kids, games, food to purchase, barbecue, etc.

April 29. 5 PM  Mary and Martha, The Musical. Balmoral Presbyterian Church. Potluck supper follows at 6 PM. (meat and drinks will be provided.) An original piece, readers theater style, done by the choir. Written by Fran Addicott.

May 1. Primary election for local offices.

May 1, First Tuesday, Catholic Ministry to Gay and Lesbian Persons (everyone is welcome, the food, fellowship, and speakers are wonderful, you don't have to be gay to come!)  Pot Luck supper, all welcome. 6;30 PM. Speaker follows. Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at  Immaculate Conception Cathedral.  1695 Central Ave.    Parking lot is at the rear, around the block. This week's speaker will be an early
 founder of this group and a discussion of the history of this very unusual organization.

The calendar for Memphis in May is now online, at

May 2, Noon, Temple Israel.  Lunch and Learn.
Great Jewish Renegades.  Bring lunch, drinks provided; free.

May 2, 7:30 PM. "Ramadan Revival", Memphis Islamic Center. Learn all about the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. All welcome.

May 3, 2016. "Lag B'Omer" is a minor Jewish holiday, having to do with a pause in a plague many centuries ago, often celebrated with picnics. Chabad (the orthodox but very open to visitors Jewish group on south Kirby, 2570 Kirby) is having a barbecue dinner, beer, kid games, etc., at 5:30 PM.  $12 adults, $10 for age 11 and under.  info

May 4-6, Beale St. Music Festival

May 4 - 6 to 9 PM Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser for Church Health Center. $65, at the Concourse.
In this interactive cooking class, Chef Joshua House and his team from L'Ecole Culinaire will guide you through new, delicious dishes in our beautiful teaching kitchen at Crosstown Concourse. Come with an appetite and your favorite wine or beer!  Menu featuring: 
Holy Moly Guacamole with Tortillas
Elotes: Grilled Corn with Cotija
Shrimp Tostadas with Black Beans and Anaheim Salsa Fresca
Lemon Carlota

Starting May 5, INDIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Tickets to individual events are typically $25 or $35 and up.
Poster at  (click on May 5)
May 5, 5:30   May 11  6:30,  May 13 3:30    June 23 3 PM, 
May 5, 5:30 PM Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Concert of Vocal Music (Carnatic Music)

May 4 - 6  John Pavlovitz (well known blogger, "Stuff that needs to be said") in Memphis for workshops with several organizations. Church and advocacy group leaders interested in a workshop May 4 at 6 PM call Julianne by April 27 at 753-5042 or email office(At)  Public events, highly recommended, are
May 5, 1 PM.  Avoiding Compassion Burnout, A
conversation with John Pavlovitz.

At Lindenwood Christian Church (2400 Union, at East Parkway), sponsors include Memphis Theological Seminary and Unity Church of Practical Christianity. Followed at
           6 PM: Building a Bi
gger Table with John Pavlovitz.  (same place and sponsors.)

May 5 (tentative). Saturday, American Association of University Women. Meet & greet, 10:15 AM, speaker 10:35 AM.
 (Meeting open to all) Poplar-White Station Library, 5094 Poplar (in front of the skyscraper)

May 6, 4 PM. Rutter's Requiem, at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.

St. Mary's Cathedral choir and members of Bartlett United Methodist Church choir will present the REQUIEM in its entirety on Sunday, May 6 at 4pm. Bill Skoog will conduct the choirs along with an orchestral ensemble and organ

Two good exhibits at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, May 1-31.
"I am your protector"
This powerful storytelling and photography exhibit will be displayed to share diverse stories of people who have been a “protector” of someone who is different than them.

"Barrier Free" Barrier Free is a socially-engaged art installation created by Memphis-based artist Yancy Villa-Calvo about the impact of barriers. This large installation includes three main elements: a physical barrier with portraits of families and individuals, free standing life-size mirror and cut-out silhouettes of families surrounding the wall, and an actual fence in which people can express a wish, a frustration, a solution, a thought or a prayer.

May 6. 7 PM. Beth Sholom Synagogue Concert and dessert, Steve Katz and Graham Warr. "From Beethoven to Bacharach".    $10. .   reservations 601-683-3591 or cheryl(at)

May 7, 7:30 PM, Belvedere Concert Preview, Beethoven Club, 263 S. McLean.  Free

May 8, Second Tuesday, meeting of MICAH (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Action.)
Structurally, this is a grouping of representatives of about 50 local religious-and-other organizations seeking common projects to work on - they are presently surveying members to help choose projects, the choice to be made about June 24. (1) Is your organization involved?  (2) Everyone is welcome at meetings, even if not in a member organization. (Voting is by organization representatives.)  Location varies, and is announced at

May 10, 10 AM. Temple Israel.  Prime Timers coffee and conversation. Special guest Liz Marlow will discuss: Chaim Rumkowski, Chief Elder of the Łódź, Poland Ghetto, 1940-1944.

May 10. Major Memphis In May event at the Orpheum. For many other events see

May 10, May 12, start of summer events program in Germantown. See

May 11. Concert, Indian Cultural Center and Temple.  Flute and Vocal. Tickets

May 12, Saturday.  Workshop, Masjid Ar-Rahman. Gain the Healing Benefits of Fasting. Free. 2-3 PM (presented by a registered dietician.)

May 13. 
Concert, Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Carnatic music. Tickets

May 13, Sunday, 10 AM
Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Special prayers to Shiva. Shiva Sahasra Kalasa Abhishekam is an exceptionally (visually)  colorful ceremony well worth seeing. Visitors welcome, dress conservatively. Directions on the address page. Click   Addresses      

May 14 - Temple Israel Brotherhood golf tournament (fund raiser). details

May 14, Lynching Sites of Memphis Project (2nd and 4th Mondays) 5:00pm - 7:00pm at First Baptist Church (East Parkway)  All are welcome!  There are some excellent essays online at
and a New York Times piece at

May 15, third Tuesday, 
Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic Peace group (all are welcome!) meets at the Quaker meeting house, Walnut Grove at Prescott.  Potluck supper 6:30, speaker at 7.  Msgr Kirk will be discussing the consequences of Pax Christi joining MICAH.

May 15 - Check the Concerts List Page!  Click on
  Concert Listing 

May 16. Memphis Islamic Center.
9 PM Ramadan starts in a few days, with a lot of additional programs at the mosques for the next month. For anyone who would like to look in for a sample,

Join us Wednesday evening for a study of Surah Yusuf hosted by Br. Safi Khan, where students will extract lessons from its meaning, commentary, and context. We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday at 9 pm for our first session inshaAllah.

May 16-24 Indian Cultural Center and Temple. 6 - 8 PM. Discourses by Sri Swami Abhishek Chaitanya Giri Maharaj
(Lectures on Vedanta) Free, all are welcome.

May 18, Jewish Holiday of Shavuot, also known as Pentecost.
"The feast of weeks", seven weeks of seven days after Passover - hence 50 days, hence identical in origin with the Christian holiday of Pentecost, 50 days after Easter, when the disciples returnedt o Jerusalem for Shavuot.
     Temple Israel will have a noted singer, Dan Nichols, leading services Friday at 8:15 PM and Saturday 5-7 PM. Other synagogues will have other events -Of course Chabad will have its traditional spectacular party.  And of courses some churches have special Pentecost events.

May 20, 10 AM.  Shavuot Service at Chabad. Ceremonial reading of the ten commandments (in Hebrew) followed at 11 AM by an Ice Cream Party and lunch with Blintzes, Cheesecake, etc.  (Dairy dishes are traditional for Jewish Pentecost celebrations. Y'all come!)

Foreign Languges wanted - St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
Pentecost Dove
Pentecost Voices Needed
May 20, 8 & 11 am 

If you speak another language we would like to have you be part of a group of voices to read the Acts passage for Pentecost Sunday on May 20.  Both services need readers!  If you can contribute, email

May 20, 4 PM Texas Boy Choir at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.

May 20, 4 PM  "Peace Like a River". A massive Presbyterian Choir will perform at Rhodes College/Bryan Life Center.
Followed by a reception and then a massive FOOD PACKING  planning to pack 10,000 meals (I'm not sure, but suspect this is similar to the annual programs at the Muslim Pleasant View School.)  It would help a great deal if they have an estimate of how many will come - leave a message at a participating Presbyterian Church, e.g. Balmoral P.C.-USA   901.767.7510

Sunday, May 20, 2018 5:00pm - Brief prayer service at the Ell Persons site near Summer Ave and Wolf River, for the 101st anniversary of his lynching.  (I believe people park at the Crossroads Center, Summer and I-40 interchange, and walk or carpool from there.)

May 21, Third Monday,  Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic Peace Group (all are welcome). At the Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grave at Prescott. Pot luck supper 6:30, speaker 1t 7.

May 22, MIFA (Metropolitan
Interfaith Association) Join us for MIFA’s Founders Day celebration on May 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Holy Communion’s Cheney Hall located at 4645 Walnut Grove Road.   THIS IS A MAJOR INTERFAITH EVENT AND WELL WORTH THE COST,     $35 Each
Reservations   or     (901) 529-4569.
The event, entitled MIFA at 50: Celebrating God’s Tapestry, will pay tribute to MIFA’s interfaith legacy. The keynote speaker will be The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher.  In addition, we’ll recognize outstanding donors and volunteers. The City of Memphis, Memphis Islamic Center, St. Peter Catholic Church, Temple Israel, and Church of the Holy Communion are sponsors of the event.   More details

May 26. Memphis Islamic Center Fundraiser - Woodland Hills

May 28, 2nd and 4th Mondays, Lynching Sites Project
LSP Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm.

June 1 The Art of Dinner Cooking Class: Spanish Tapas   $65, to support Church Health Center Nutrition program.
Friday, June 1, 2018 | 6-9 p.m.    Church Health Nutrition Hub     1350 Concourse Ave. | Memphis, TN | 38104
June 2, Saturday.  11:30 Am. Annual luncheon of the League of Women Voters. Open to the public, $25 luncheon. These people have excellent speakers and often local politicians pay attention to them. Well worth going to meet them. RSVP to  Luncheon will be at Seasons52

June 2. Saturday Feast of St. Columba. (Fundraiser, camp and retreat center "in the woods")
The Feast of St. Columba 
Save the date! The annual Feast of St. Columba will be June 2 at 6PM. Tickets are $75 each, purchase at Don't miss this evening of fellowship, fun and food! 

June 3. St John's Episcopal Church has announced as a sermon title "Are Muslims Saved?".  I do hope a few of my Muslim friends will turn up to hear what is said or talk with people afterwards.
    3245 Central. The main service is at 10:45 AM. For anyone interested, there will be a 9 AM presentation by the Memphis police, "Active Threat Training."

June 3, Sunday, 4PM BealeCanto concert at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.

June 3, 5 PM Evensong and supper (low country boil, charge) at Calvary Episcopal Church.

JUNE 3.  ANNUAL RAMADAN IFTAR DINNER. One of the main interfaith events of the year, always full so register early!  Free but you must reserve by the deadline.

With great pleasure we announce the scheduling of our 12th Annual Ramadan Memphis Interfaith Dinner. We would be honored if you and your guests could join us for this event on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at 6 PM.
Please be sure to RSVP by Sunday, May 19th, 2018.
You may register in one of the follwing ways:
·        Register online at or click on this link: Registration
·        Email your information to
·        Call (901) 878-2047 and leave a voicemail with your name and contact information.

June 5, first Tuesday, 6:30 PM.  Catholic Ministry to Gay and Lesbian Persons (but they have great speakers, on many issues, and everyone is welcome.) 6;30 PM. Speaker follows. Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at  Immaculate Conception Cathedral.  1695 Central Ave.    Parking lot is at the rear, around the block.

June 5, 12, 19. Temple Israel Movie Nights, 7 PM.  Free. RSVP appreciated at
(Also - kids movies for various ages on June 5, see list at
Tuesday, June 5: Wendy’s Shabbat and Lives Well Lived
Tuesday, June 12: Keep The Change
Tuesday, June 19: 
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

June 6, Wednesday. Lunch and Learn, Temple Israel. (Bring your lunch, drinks provided).  Rabbi Feival Strauss will speak about Bob Dylan.

June 5-7, Facing History Seminar, Holocaust and Human Behavior. Intended for teachers, $400.

June 7, 8:00 PM   Youth Interfaith Iftar ("Breaking Bread" after the day-long Muslim Fast), Memphis Islamic Center. The "regular" guests at this are the youth of Farmington Presbyterian Church.  Others are welcome.

June 7, Facing History, start of online course, new way to teach with "To Kill a Mockingbird".

June 9, Fundraiser ($100, $125 at the door) Civil Rights Museum. "A night at the Lorraine."
7 PM. Dancing, entertainment, etc.

June 9, Friday, 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Special prayers to to Lord Sri Venkateswara.  The picture in the e-mail is an unusual picture of the interior of the main temple building here in Memphis, suggesting how colorful this ceremony will be.   Look at the picture online at

June 9 deadline to get tickets to go to a June 10 REDBIRDS game with Memphis Theological Seminary.

Monday June 11, 2018 2nd and 4th Mondays. Lynching Sites of Memphis Project
LSP Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm.

June 11. Join the Memphis Boychoir & Girlchoir in a joint performance with the Mobile Singing Children. If you are interested in joining the Memphis Boychoir & Girlchoir, contact Brian Campbell, Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays after school.

June 12. Opening of new exhibit at the Temple Israel Museum. " Holocaust Survivors: A Pictorial Project"
Opening reception 4:30 - 6 PM Friday June 15.

June 12. Second Tuesday. Monthly meeting of MICAH, check their Facebook page for details (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope.)

June  12, 19. Temple Israel Movie Nights, 7 PM.  Free. RSVP appreciated at

Tuesday, June 5: Wendy’s Shabbat and Lives Well Lived
Tuesday, June 12: Keep The Change
Tuesday, June 19: 
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

June 14 (possible) June 15 (probable). Eid El-Fitr, major Muslim holiday. Events at Agricenter International. Prayers at 9:00 am.  Parking (all day, in-and-out) $10, arrive early as parking will be a slow process due to the large crowd at 9 am. If you just want to join the festivities later (e.g. non-Muslim visitors are welcome), come later. Food,  free kids bounce toys, child-oriented  ($5 admission) at 12:30, 3 PM, 5 PM. 

June 15, 8:30 AM - Noon, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Feast of Evelyn Underhill, poet, novelist, pacifist, mystic, saint.
  She was the English language's most widely read writer on prayer, contemplation, spirituality, worship, and mysticism in the first half of the 20th century.  This morning of June 15 will have two meditations (8:30 & 10 am) and teachings of her writings with quiet time of reflection, Holy Eucharist at 11:15 am and light lunch following. $8 (or do volunteer work).

June 15, 5 PM, Calvary Episcopal.  Special choral evensong to see the choirs off to a trip to Bristol, England.

June 15-17. Juneteenth Urban Music Festival, Robert Church Park.  Juneteenth the holiday commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States and is tied to the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas.

June 17. Play Preview, "King and the 13 Hundred."  Billed as an “urban socio-drama” honoring the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers, “King and the 13 Hundred” is slated for a presentation at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts on Sunday night (June 17). Directed by Ike Griffith, the presentation is set to begin at 6 p.m. Admission is three canned goods or one jar of peanut butter.

June 17. Circle of Faith
(a largely African-American church sharing the building of Balmoral Presbyterian Church.) The Rev. Stanley Gates will be retiring in June. On Sunday June 17, 2018, Pastor Gates will be giving his last sermon at Circle of Faith at the 8:00am service.  On Friday, June 29 at 7:00pm, there will be a special Service for Pastor Ashley Davis, the incoming pastor of Circle of Faith, and the service will include special accolades for Stanley Gates. The installation for Pastor Ashley Davis will be at 10:00am on Saturday, June 30th.

June 18.  Lynching Sites of Memphis project invites people to the Funeral Service for Mr. Charlie Morris (1921 - 2018) at Golden Gate Cathedral, located at 3240 James Rd. Memphis, TN 38128. Visitation will be from 9am - 11am, and the funeral service will begin at 11am.  (Mr Morris was the half-brother of a man lynched in 1939.)  

June 19, Tuesday, 10 AM Juneteenth. 
Historical Marker Unveiling Honoring US Color Troop and Civilians that died during the Fort Pillow Massacre of 1864 at 10am at the Memphis National Cemetery.  This ceremony will give honor to the African American soldiers and civilians that died in order to help end slavery.  June 19, 1865 is the date that the last group of slaves in Galveston, Texas found out that they were freed.    Buried in Memphis National Cemetery are the remains of 248 mostly unknown Union officers and soldiers—including 109 graves representing the U.S. Colored Troops—who fell at nearby Fort Pillow. In the spring of 1864, the Union outpost, located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, included some 600 soldiers and an unknown number of civilians.

June 19, Third Tuesday. 
Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic Peace group (all are welcome!) meets at the Quaker meeting house, Walnut Grove at Prescott.  Potluck supper 6:30, speaker at 7. The speaker this week, on problems of immigrants in Memphis,  is my good friend Daniel Connolly. He is a reporter for the Commercial Appeal but who has also written an excellent book about the life of an Hispanic school student in Memphis. (The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America - highly recommended).

June 20-23 Concerts at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, Free.
1720 Peabody.

June 19. Temple Israel Movie Nights, 7 PM.  Free. RSVP appreciated at

Tuesday, June 5: Wendy’s Shabbat and Lives Well Lived
Tuesday, June 12: Keep The Change
Tuesday, June 19: 
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

 June 20 -23 Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal, 1720 Peabody.
free concerts each evening at 7:30 and Thursday and Friday afternoons at 3:30

June 20-24. Indian Cultural Center and Temple, 24th Anniversary Celebration.

June 24, Sunday 3 PM. The major issues conference of MICAH, deciding what issues it will concentrate on.
at Lindenwood Christian Church.  This is an extremely important meeting, as MICAH has the possibility of being a major force in the city. Each organization has been allowed to put up to three issues on the ballot, and (if I understand correctly) each organization will receive up to forty votes depending on how many people show up and sign as members of that organization.

June 24-July 1 Hattiloo Theatre is running "Raisin", the Musical version of "Raisin in the Sun". Review at

Monday June 25, 2018 2nd and 4th Mondays. Lynching Sites of Memphis Project
LSP Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm.

June 26. 7 PM The Mystic: Discussion at Crosstown. Crosstown concourse, Church Health Center Community Room.
A monthly gathering to find connection through music, story, and dialogue. All are welcome. Stop by. Bring a friend. Hosted by Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Dr. John Kilzer, Chris Miner, Dr. Scott Morris, and Kirk Whalum.  The Mystic is held on the last Tuesday of each month.
June 28, The Volunteer Memphis Awards is celebrating and recognizing the city’s volunteers as a way to say "thank you." The reception will be held on June 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms.

June 29. Chabad Memphis periodically hosts a traditional Jewish Sabbath Dinner. RSVP by June 27. It's a very nice evening program. Afternoon prayers (in Hebrew) at 6:40, evening service (Hebrew) 7 PM, dinner 7:30 PM. $25 person, $50 family.

June 29-30 Circle of Faith, the Black church meeting at Balmoral Presbyterian, has a change of minister. Rev Stanley Gates is retiring, Rev Ashley  Davis is incoming. Services 7 PM June 29 (emphasis on Rev Gates) and 10 Am June 30 (emphasis on Rev Davis).

June 30 Saturday 10:30 AM. St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Ordination of Miranda Griffin Culley as Deacon. Reception to follow. Wearing red is encouraged.

June 30 10 am - noon, "Families Belong Together" Rally, Gaisman Park  (Macon Rd west between Graham and Perkins).
I know that the national Action Committee of Reform Judaism has called for nation-wide demonstrations on this day, I don't know what other organizations are sponsoring these.  See also the National Civil Rights Museum blog at

July 1 to July 7, Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Special prayers and lectures (in Hindi.) Some details at

July 2, 11 AM. Naturalization Ceremony at the Benjamin Hooks Library, 3030 Poplar.  If you've never witnessed a Naturalization Ceremony you really need to. It'll touch your heart.
If you want a parking place you might consider arriving early. The ceremony starts at 11am and is over around 12:30pm. Afterwards, the League of Women Voters has a few tables to register naturalized citizens. If you'd like to help with that, contact Peg Watkins,  

July 6. Friday 6-9 PM Church Health Center Cooking Class (fundraiser) Happy Birthday, America: The July Art of Dinner celebrates Independence Cooking!   Church Health Nutrition Hub   $65    

July 8, 7:30, Levitt Shell, Free Music Concert, Israeli band "Yemen Blues",

July 9,
2nd and 4th Mondays. Lynching Sites of Memphis Project
LSP Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm.

Bridge Lessons (beginners) Jewish Community Center Weds July 11 - Six Wednesdays, 1-3 PM, $80

Thurs. July 12 - Sun. July 15, 2018
Ida B. Wells-Barnett Social Justice Weekend at the Eddie Lee Smith Multi-Purpose Building in Holly Springs Mississippi. This event is sponsored by the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum, the city of Holly Springs, and Rust College and admission is free.  Michelle Duster, the great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells will be present.  235 N Memphis St., Holly Springs.
more info

July 15, 10 AM. A World Cup watching party
with light refreshments at the Memphis Islamic Center. I doubt that you'll find a mmore "international" group for this actuivitty anywhere in the city!

July 15 11:30 AM (after Sunday Service)  Calvary Episcopal.  A report on the doings of the just-concluding General Convention of the Episcopal Church (a once every three years annual major meeting). 
       5 PM also at Calvary, a special choral evensong to see the choir off on a choral residency at Bristol Cathedral, England.
       I can't help but note that one of the SUnday School classes at Calvary  this summer (through Auguist 5, drop in any Sunday about 11:30)  is discussing Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. by Amy-Jill Levine,  is the (Jewish) professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt and has been extremely popular whenever she has spoken in Memphis. A few of her talks are on Youtube.

Speaking of major church conventions, there is a summary report on the recent Presbyterian Church USA convention in the Balmoral Presbyterian Church Newslatter online at

July 16, Beethoven Club Concert,  5 PM
July 17. Starks Institute for Faith, Race, and Social Justice (Memphis Theological Seminary Program)
1:45 am - 1 pm. Free, open to everyone. First of a series of discussion on these issues and how they affect attendees.
Light refreshments served.

July 17, third Tuesday, Pax Christi (Roman Catholic sponsored peace group, all welcome) meets at the Quaker Meeting House, Walnut Grove at Prescott, potluck supper 6:30 PM (no need to bring anything if it is your first time there), speaker at 7 PM (discussion of Hiroshima/Nagasaki and nuclear war.)

I hope that as many people as possible will get to one of these. These are the most serious effort in some years for interfaith activism to have a real impact in Memphis!

MICAH events can always be found at and on their website,

Economic Equity Task Force Meeting
Tuesday, July 17th at 6:30pm
Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Shady Grove Rd.
RSVP by clicking here

Education Task Force Meeting
Tuesday, July 17th at 7pm
MCUTS, 2181 Union Avenue (inside Union Avenue Baptist Church)
RSVP by clicking here

Immigration & Intercultural Equity Task Force Meeting
Wednesday, July 18th at 6pm
Neshoba Unitarian Universalist Church, 7350 Raleigh Lagrange Rd., Cordova
RSVP by clicking here


July 17 or 18, whichever doesn't conflict with your MICAH group -
Elaine Blanchard will be performing "Good People" on Tuesday evening, July 17 at 7:00pm at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral and on Wednesday afternoon, July 18, at 1:30 at Theatre Memphis. Laurence Albert, bass-baritone, sings 6 pieces in the show. Anna Neal will accompany him on piano. "Good People" is based on Ms. Blanchard's childhood introduction to racism, violence and injustice. Suggested donation: $5 min.

July 18.  Crosstown Reception and Movie.  6:00 pm: Reception  7:00 pm: Movie
Enjoy a pre-movie reception at Temple Israel Crosstown, and then the 2018 Academy Award® winning film, Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, will be shown at Crosstown Arts. No cost to attend. RSVP below by Monday, July 16. Limited to the first 50 people who sign up.     

July 19.  Thursday.   Just one mention of this group, unless people want to hear it more often,. The "Dudes of St Mary's"  will meet  on Thursday, July 19th @ 7:30am, at The Cupboard (on Union), and the discussion will be the James Joyce chapter of the book God: Stories. His piece is entitled "Grace."

July 19  and just to further  illustrate the variety of things Memphis has, a class for women on "Parenting from a Muslim Perspective", Memphis Islamic Center, 7 - 8 PM

Sunday July 22, 2018
125th Anniversary of the lynching of Lee Walker north of downtown Memphis
7 PM 463 N Front Street - unveiling of historical marker.
Details and history at

July 22, 10 AM. Special prayers at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple. (Vishnu)      "Sudarsana Homam"
"Maha Sudarsanam is the divine weapon of Lord Vishnu. Performance of Sudarsana Homam confers health, wealth and prosperity on the seeker. Performing Sudarsana Homam keeps all negativity at a distance and brings in divine and auspicious energies. Couples desiring children will be blessed with children by performing Sudarsana Homam. Jobless persons will get jobs by simply performing this Homam. Devotees seeking good health will be blessed with good health, those seeking wealth will be blessed with wealth. Performing Sudarsana Homam helps in the removal of astrological flaws and annihilates all evil forces. Suffering caused by incurable diseases, sorcery or enemies are dispelled by Lord Sudarsana. All kind of problems will be eradicated by performing this powerful and effective Homam."

July 22. Tisha B'Av is a minor Jewish Holiday, a day of m,ourning for the destruction of teh Temple in ancient times.
Temple Israel at 7 PM Temple will commemorate Tisha B'Av with a special showing of the film, The Last Suit. In this bittersweet movie, an aging Jewish tailor leaves Argentina to embark on a journey to find the man who saved him from certain death at Auschwitz.
Film trailer

July 23  6 PM  Beethoven Club Concert.

July 23. 5-7 PM Lynching Sites of Memphis Project, meeting at First Baptist Church (200 E parkway North).

July 10 -- June 19 - August 7, Tuesdays, 6:30 PM. Baron Hirsch Congregation - Video series with Rabbi Meir Soloveitchik, "Jewish Ideas and American Founders." $20 for the series.

July 22 and alternate Sundays, 8:30 PM, Memphis Islamic Center. "Sacred Scrolls".
"A BRAND NEW series for college students and young professionals: Sacred Scrolls this semester will look to dive into the Ihya Uloom-Uddeen, one of the most famous works of Imam Ghazali.
     This Sunday Ust. Safi Khan will look to read through the preface and the authors note and talk about a few virtues of pursuing knowledge in Islam.   This is open to anyone 18 and above, food will be provided"

July 24-25  Annual Visit of Israel Scouts to Memphis.  (Israeli song and dance)
    july 24 2 PM Performance at Pink Palace,  6:30 PM Memphis Jewish Community Center
    July 25  12:30 PM Crosstown Concourse, 7 PM Christ United Methodist Church (Poplar near Perkins)

July 26-28.  St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral is organizing a pilgrimage to the Equal Justice Initiative Peace and Justice Museum and Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. Please contact Justin Merrick: or Laura Gettys for more details and to get on the list!   MORE DETAILS AT  2018_7_26_Pilgrimage.pdf

July 26, 10 AM.  Senior Coffee and Conversation at Temple Israel.     
(This time, discussing "Love" in the context of the Jewish fast day Tisha B'Av)

July 26. Church Health Center has a variety of valuable short courses. One example:
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach adults who regularly interact with young people how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis. Church Health Behavioral Health is offering this 8-hour course on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at Church Health. There is no charge, but you must register as space is limited. Register online at For questions, contact

July 26 - August 6. National Civil Rights Museum - "I am a Child" exhibit,  Human Rights Exhibit on Immigrant Family Separation
(included with cost of museum admission)  Th exhibit is intended to shine a light on the inhumane practice of separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border. The brainchild of creative director Paola Mendoza and photographer Kisha Bari, the display of over 30 black-and-white images of protesting children ages 3-10 peering into a camera lens evokes a visceral reaction to their sheer innocence and is a direct appeal to society’s humanity.

July 27, 6-8:30 PM (Trolly Night on Main St.) Art Exhibit opening, "Generations of Faith", Disciple Gallery, 200 South Main
Poster at  2018_07_27Faith.jpg.       
I gather that one of the photographs is this remarkable photograph of Rev Steve Stone and Dr Bashar Shala. When Rev Stone was miniter at Heartson =ng Church and Dr Shala was president of the Memphis Islamic Center, the founded and became co-leaders of the Memphis Friendship Foundation, which is fundraising to build a world-class park between those two houses of worship.

July 27, 6:30 PM Game Night at Unity Church of Practical Christianity.

July 27, 6 and 6:30 PM, special prayers at Indian Cultural Center and Temple.  "Guru Purnima is a spiritual tradition dedicated to spiritual teachers, who are evolved or enlightened humans, ready to share their wisdom, with very little or no monetary expectation, based on Karma Yoga. This festival is observed to revere one’s chosen spiritual teachers / leaders and express their gratitude. 2018 marks the centenary year of Sri Saibaba taking Maha Samadhi."

July 27 CHABAD - traditional orthodox Jewish Sabbath Dinner. Charge, Reserve by July 25.
Info and RSVP at

July 28. Saturday, 7 PM. Family night at Masjid Al-Noor  (near U of M Campus, 3529 Mynders (just off Highland). Dinner, chance to visit a mosque and meet people. The talk will involve details about the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). All welcome.  (For those who have not done this - the mosques in Memphis are just as friendly as the Methodists or Presbyterians but make less effort to convert you opr "join our church."  By all means, visit if you have not.)

July 31 6 PM Prayers at Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Sankata Hara Chaturthi - Ganesha Abhishekam. (Ganesh, the elephant-headed "god," is often regarded as imprtant to bringing finacial success).

August 2, 6 PM   Unintended Consequences:  The Death Penalty's Impact on Corrections Staff.  Join Evergreen Presbyterian Church (1567 Overton Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38112) at 6:00pm for a town hall style event featuring Frank Thompson.  Mr. Thompson served as the Superintendent of the Oregon State Penitentiary (1994-1998) and oversaw the state's only executions in the modern era of the death penalty.

August 2 - Sept 13, Thursday nights, Course in Dealing with People with Dementia. Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
600 Jefferson, 1st Floor, Conference Room 2, 8/2/18 – 9/13/18 (Thursday nights).6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Call 516-8637 to register by telephone.  This may be of interest especially to religious groups that might want to start their own programs or train one of their staff.

August 3. 6 - 9 PM Church Health Center Fundraiser, $65. The Art of Dinner ,   a very fancy "interactive cooking class", dinner, and delightful evening. 

August 4, Saturday. The Calvary Episcopal Church book club is going on a field trip! On Saturday, August 4, all are invited to meet at Grecian Gourmet Taverna on South Main at noon for lunch and a discussion about A Spy in Canaan. The author, Marc Perrusquia, will be present to discuss his book. After lunch and the book discussion, the group will visit the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery on Beale St.  A bit more info online  at    (The book is about FBI infiltration of the Civil Rights Movement).

August 5.  ASBEE (synagogue) breakfast with Penny Hardaway.
Men's Club sponsors this, Free, open to all (men and women) but must RSVP
  Prayers (Hebrew) 8 am, breakfast 8:45, Penny speaks at 9:30. RSVP 682-1611 or

August 5, 10 and 11 - Pema Karpo Meditation Center.  Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche will be back in Memphis for a short visit and everyone is invited to welcome him at the airport. (United Express, August 5, 9:56 AM).  He'll be leading the regular services Friday evening and Sunday morning while in Memphis.

August 6 - AN INTERFAITH EVENING AT RHODES COLLEGE. "The Fight For Racial Equality Through Interfaith Traditions".
6:30 - 8:30 PM,
Panel discussion, Hardie Auditorium, Palmer Hall. (The gate man at University Ave north of North Parkway will give directions if needed.)  Poster at

August 6 and 9 - Anniversaries of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the only time nucear explosions have actually been used in warfare. (That's phrased carefully, given pecetime explosions and the use of depleted uranium in ammunition.)  SOme people commemorate these occasions with black armbands, display of sunflowers, or the folding or displaying of paper-folded cranes.

August 9, 7 PM, Holy Communion Episcopal (Walnut Grove between Perkins). Book signing and Program 
Cindy McMillion spent weeks recording the histories of women recovering from addiction and prostitution in the Lisieux Community in Memphis. She has written their poignant stories in a book she illustrated with her own photography. The book will be for sale as part of a program at Holy Communion. It will include comments from Memphis Police Department, the District Attorney's Office, and Sandy and Hester.
The book is $16. All proceeds will go to the Lisieux Community, which includes a residential living facility.

August 5, 10 and 11 - Pema Karpo Meditation Center.  Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche will be back in Memphis for a short visit and everyone is invited to welcome him at the airport. (United Express, August 5, 9:56 AM).  He'll be leading the regular services Friday evening and Sunday morning while in Memphis.

August 11, 9:30 AM-4PM. Unity Church of Practical  Christianity, Workshop with Peter Woodbury. Regression Therapy, Edgar Cayce, etc. $65 in advance, $75 at door.  Poster at   

August 12, 2 PM Movie at Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church.  (FACING HISTORY EVENT)
All are invited to a special screening of “Whose History?” an episode of the docu-series America Divided on Sunday, Aug. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70 N. Bellevue, 38104. “Whose History?” featuring correspondent Jussie Smollett explores how Tennessee and Memphis, in particular, have faced our legacies of racism and white supremacy with a focus on the removal of Confederate monuments and the recognition of lynchings. The film includes interviews with Memphis activists and organizations working to create a more just and equitable city. Calvary’s new marker project and Calvary parishioner Tim Huebner are part of this film. The screening is free, but RSVP is required at

August 12, Sunday, following the 10:30 AM Service, St. John's Episcopal Picnic - Parish Family Picnic and Ministry Fair-  plans for the Fall.  BBQ. Ice cream, and more.  $7 person, $35 family

August 12, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Rummage Sale at the Episcopal Bookshop, 700 Poplar.  Big Discounts.

August 13 9 AM And 7 PM. Indian Cultural Center and Temple
    Andal Jayanti, is the celebration of Bhudevi's birthday and is dedicated to Andal or Bhudevi (Godadevi), who is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. This day is also known as Aadi Pooram. Aadi Pooram is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor during the Tamil month of ‘Aadi’. The day is also observed as the day of Goddess Shakti. It is believed that the Goddess comes to the Earth on this auspicious day, to bless the devotees. She is one of the twelve Alwars elevated as a Goddess after uniting with Lord Vishnu. She is renowned for her steadfast devotion for Sri Ranganatha (Lord Vishnu). Thiruppavai and the Nachiyar Thirumozhi are two of Her literary compositions praising Lord Vishnu.

August 13 (2nd and 4th Mondays 5-7 PM. Lynching Sites of Memphis Project.
   LSP Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm.

Monday August 13, 2018  5 PM Lynching Sites Project.
LSP Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm.
Excellent speakers and programs.

August 14, monthly Meeting of MICAH, all welcome. This month at 
St. James AME Church, 600 N. 4th St. 
     Always Second Monday of the month at 7-8:30 PM. Location rotates.  There will be a major public meetinmg, to try to influence policy, on October 21, the job now is planning for that, and recruiting support. The hope is to have over 1500 attending in October. A major interfaith effort.

August 14, 6 PM  Starks Institute for Faith, Race, and Social Justice (Memphis Theological Seminary Program)

Free, open to everyone. Second of a series of discussion on these issues and how they affect attendees.

August 15, 5:45 Wednesday, Dinner and Music, Church of the Holy Communion (Walnut Grove between Perkins).
followed at 6:30 by the writers group meeting. (change in writers group meeting
) The writers group topic is "obituary" - real or fictitious. If you want to read one, contact   Listeners are also welcome.

August 16,  6-7:30 PM Church Health Center, Jewish Cooking  (start of a series, intended apparently for mainly young adults age 21+)  $15

August 17-18 Civil Rights Museum. "Drop the Mic".

August 17, 5:30. St Mary's Cathedral. Picnic. Attention Parents: Got a closet full of games? Twister, Croquet, Horseshoes, Volleyball, and more? Dust off the games, bring a dish, and meet us at the Rainbow Lake Playground area of Overton Park on Friday, August 17, at 5:30pm. We'll start with a very brief prayer service, share our food, and have time for children to play and parents to fellowship (and play as well.) All parents with children of all ages welcome!

August 19, 8:30 AM - 1 PM,  Bloodmobile at Temple Israel.

August 19, 4 PM Brian Campbell to Play at American Guild of Organists Recital (note from St John's Episcopal)
The Memphis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Presents its Summer Recital Series on Sunday, August 19th @ 4pm at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. A Reception will follow in The Columns-next door to the church.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at the St. George’s School Memphis campus:
3745 Kimball Avenue-between Prescott Rd and Getwell Rd.

August 21, Eid El-Adha, one of the two most important Muslim Holidays. "The feast of the Sacrifice" commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son. (In the Quran this is Ishmael; in the Bible it is Isaac.)  Since the turnout is too large to fit in most of teh memphis Mosques, it is celebrated by a unified giant service at the Cook Convention Center, at 9:30 AM  Tuesday August 21. The principal speaker will be Dr. Bashar Shala. There will be a picnic August 25, below.  (For those wanting to wish friends a good holiday, the proper greeting is "Eid Mubarak", "blessings of the feast".)

August 22, 6PM, Grace-St.Lukes Episcopal, Installation of Rector Reverend Ollie Rencher. Bishop Johnson presiding.

August 23-26. baron Hirsch Synagogue will have as a guest Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth.
Dinner August 23 (reservations, charge); talks at services August 25, 9 AM and 6 PM (open no reservations needed). Sunday he will be at Anshei Sfard-Beth el Emeth, 8 AM Service, 8:45 am breakfast . talk at about 9:30 AM, Meet and Greet with pastries at 10:30 AM. No charge but please RSVP for breakfast, 682-1611.

  August 22-26. The 
Indian Cultural Center and Temple will be observing a special prayer cycle with prayers and recitations continuously, 24 hours a day. Training sessions for those willing to help recite are every Saturday until then, noon to 1 PM. Some further information at  "Ashtadasa Shakthi Peeta Sahitha Sri LALITHA Maha Yagnam"

August 23, 7 PM, Civil Rights Museum, "Preserving Your Treasures"

August 24, 6 PM. Game night at Unity Church of Practical Christianity.

August 24, 6:30 PM. Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
Suvasini Puja is traditionally conducted at India Cultural Center and Temple during major events like Kumbhabhishekam and Devi Yagnam’s. This year it will be conducted on Friday, Aug 24, 2018 @ 6.30 pm, during the Astadasa Shakthi Peeta Sahitha Sri Lalitha maha yagnam in a grand manner. Friday, August 24th is also very auspicious as its the Friday in Shravana masam when Varalakshmi puja and Vratam is performed.
      It is believed that the Goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Sarawati shower their blessings on those who worship them on this day, and help one to achieve what one needs. Suvasini puja involves worshipping a married woman, “Sumangali”, considering her as a manifestation of Goddess Durga. Suvasini Pooja is a powerful ritual performed to eliminate all sorts of relationship problems.

August 25, Picnic at the Memphis Islamic Center, to celebrate Eid El-Adha (see Aug 21 above). 3-7 PM. All are welcome, a nice chance to visit informally with Muslim friends and neighbors.

August 25 Church Health Center. Family Baking. $10. 9 AM or 11 AM.    or

August 26. Memphis Jewish Newcomers Brunch. contact ltaube (at)

August 26. Prime Timers of Church of the Holy Communion have a tour of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 1:30 PM (reserve at church office.)

Monday August 27, 2018  5 PM Lynching Sites Project.
LSP Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm.
Excellent speakers and programs.
August 28.  Church Health Center annual Giving campaign.

August 28, 7 PM, The Mystic at Crosstown Concourse. Crosstown Arts.
Join the Crosstown community for The Mystic, a monthly gathering to find connection through music, story, and dialogue. All are welcome. Stop by. Bring a friend. Hosted by Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Dr. John Kilzer, Chris Miner, Dr. Scott Morris, and Kirk Whalum. The Mystic is held on the last Tuesday of each month.

August 28, 7 PM. Women's Dinner at Chabad (pre-Rosh Hashanah, with lots of attention to recipes, I gather.) Details at    RSVP by Aug 22 

August 29, 2018.  Wednesday dinners resume at Calvary Episcopal. 5:3-7:30 PM, Brats and Beer (and stuff for kids.)
    $7 adults, $3 kids, $20 family maximum.  The August-September newsletter (concerts and other events) is online at

Feb 3 - August 19, Brooks Museum, exhibit of Civil Rights photographs by Earnest Withers. "Black Resistance"
Usual museum admission charge ($7)

Sept 1,2,3,8,9  COMMUNITY ACTION DAYS - MIFA.   Faith Groups partner with specific projects to meet community needs. Contact Linda Marks at 901-529-4560 for planning.


Monday Sept. 3rd we'll assemble at Clayborn Temple at 10:00 am, and march to AFSCME 1733's union hall on Beale. The BBQ will kick-off when we arrive at 11:00 am and run till 2:00 pm.  

Your union should bring banners and signs for the parade, and all unions are invited to enter in the cook-off to compete in any or all the categories: chicken (wings), pork shoulder, and pork ribs.  

There will be hamburgers and hotdogs for everyone and we'll also have a DJ, bounce-house, water slide and other fun. This is a day to celebrate Labor and Labor Unions and admission is free.

Sept 3, Indian Cultural Center and Temple. 8 PM Prayers. 
Shravan Somvar - Shiva Abhishekam

Sept 4. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Ministry to Gay and Lesbian Persons.

We look forward to seeing you next week for CMGLP 1st Tuesday Potluck on 9/4 the day after Labor day.
Our speaker will be Jan Kidder from Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope.  Dinner begins at 6:30 in Marian Hall! 
(under the sanctuary. Parking is easiest in back of the cathedral. Always great people and excellent speakers. All are welcome, no
need to bring food on your first visit.)

Sept 5  10:30 AM  "Small but Mighty". Children's storytelling at the Civil Rights Museum
(Underground railroad stories for ages 2 to 5)

Sept 5 5:30-6:30 PM Campaign Nonviolence.

Hope you can join us this Wednesday evening, 5:30pm at Jason's Deli on Highland and Poplar as we finalize the plans for this year's Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action September 15-23rd! 

A listing of events can be found on our  website and the flyers are attached. Please share and help spread the word!

Sept 5. Wednesday suppers have resumed at Calvary Episcopal.

Sept 6 6:30 PM MICAH Economic Equity Task Force meeting.
New Direction Christian Church. address etc. in the MICAH events listing at

Sept 7, 14,21,28 6 PM. Civil Rights Museum, MLK Soul Concert Series

Sept 7 and Nov 30, 9 AM - 12:30 PM, Quiet Retreats at Pinecrest, the Presbyterian campground an hour or so from Memphis. Led by Rev. Anne Hagler, well known to many of us. (Retired Presbyterian Minister, Teacher at Memphis Theological Seminary, assists at Balmoral Presbyterian.  More online in Balmoral Church Bulletin at

Sept 7, 7 PM Memphis Ukulele Band at Calvary Episcopal Church (downtown). Suggested donation $10

Sept 7. 7 PM. St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Concert - the Yellow Fever Epidemic.
A remarkable piece of Memphis History, highly recommended.

 St. Mary's Choir concert: The Story of Sr. Constance and 1870s Yellow Fever Epidemic Told in Letters & Music 
Reception to follow in Martyrs' Hall
Recall that St. Mary's has a  museum-quality exhibit on the history of the Memphis Yellow Fever Epidemic.
(related event the next day, a few entries down.)

Sept 7 - 8. Indian Cultural Center and Temple. As part of the major annual Ganesh celebration with many September events, there will be workshops to make clay figures of Ganesh  Fri, September 7 (5:00 pm - 7.30 pm) and Sat, September 8 (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm) Kids welcome. These figures are brought back to teh temple for immersion on Sept 22.

MIFA Community Service days has about 70 events going, I think. I can only mention a couple of them here:

Sept 8. 9 am to noon: MIFA Community Service Days has an unusual and very interfaith service opportunity, helping with clean-up and gardening at the Pema Karpo Meditation Center. The invitation comes from the Unity Church of Practical Christianity, a mainstay of hosting interfaith events reaching out to another group, so let's be supportive! Web site at
3921 Frayser-Raleigh  Road. RSVP requested, link at the link above.

Sept 8.
In honor of Sister Constance and the Martyrs of Memphis, St. Mary's Cathedral, Collins Chapel, Springdale Baptist Church and Victorian Village are sponsoring a neighborhood event on Saturday, September 8th from 11AM-1PM.
8:30am Youth Event. Constance gravesite beautification project at Elmwood Cemetery led by Justin Merrick
11 am-1 pm Song of the Sisters--Hope & Healing in Morris Park  
747 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38105
Fun, food, music, along with community resources for jobs, education and health will be offered in historic Morris Park, named for James Craik Morris, Dean of St. Mary's from 1901-1916.  

Fun, food, music, along with community resources for jobs, education and health will be offered in historic Morris Park, named for James Craik Morris, Dean of St. Mary's from 1901-1916.

Sept 8-9  Germantown Festival.

Sept 8-9 Family Weekend, Memphis Islamic Center. flier at 2018-09-08.jpg

Sept 8 - 9 Charity Bicycle ride. Note from the Temple Israel Brotherhood, but obviously other groups will be involved:
Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9
The Brotherhood Bicycle Club, made up of both sexes, will be taking part in the Multiple Sclerosis ride from Southaven to Tunica and back over the weekend of September 8 & 9. The MS 150 has both 45 and 75 mile routes and will take the riders through the lovely country roads of Mississippi. For more information about the ride and training programs, contact Vic Butcher.

September 9. Start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year 5779, special services at Temple Israel on Sept 9 7:30 PM and Sept 10 10 AM are open to all. More traditional synagogues have more services but often restrict seating due to the large crowds. This is the start of the "ten days of repentance" (e.g. good deeds count double, as they do during ten days in Ramadan for Muslims) culminating in Yom Kippur, the Day of Repentance, the most solemn Jewish fast day, sunset of Sept 18 to sunset of Sept 19.  
Sept 9 evening meal at Chabad, $25 ($50 family) RSVP by Sept 5

Sept 10. Lynching Sites Project of Memphis.

LSP Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm.

Sept 11. 7 PM. MICAH monthly meeting  Neshoba Church,  7350 Raleigh-Lagrange Rd. 

Listing of other MICAH groups at

Sept 11. Tuesday  9am-2:30pm there will be a senior expo and health fair held at Brown Missionary Baptist Church located at 7200 Swinnea Road in Southaven. There will be health screenings, flu shots, door prizes, fashion parade, and information for seniors. Admission is free.

Sept 12-13, sunset to sunset- World Day of Prayer. The Unity Church of Practical Christianity is observing this day.
Wednesday Sept 12  at 6:45 PM Livestream of opening music from Unity Village
7:00pm Livestream of Opening Service from Unity Village
Following the opening ceremony we will begin our observance of 24 hours of silent prayer and meditation.

Sept 13  Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Narasimha Abhishekam, 9 AM

Naturalization ceremonies are interesting to visit.

There is a Naturalization Ceremony this Thursday Sept. 13 at the Federal Building downtown at 10am. If you can help with voter registration please contact Sharon Fidler at or 901-454-1603. You can park across the street at the Mud Island parking lot. We can always use volunteers.

Sept 13. Think Tennessee, a discussion of "Civic Health in Tennessee". Thursday from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Memphis Urban League at 413 North Cleveland St.  Details at

Sept 14, 10 AM, 910 Vance Avenue. MIFA - unveiling of an historical marker commemorating the founding of MIFA,

Sept 15, 5:40 PM Lecture of the subject of "repentence", in preparation for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.
   Rabbi Shai Finkelstein, The Role of Shame and Guilt in the Teshuva Process. Congregation Anshei Sphard - Beth El Emeth
120 East Yates Rd North (north of Walnut Grove).

Sept 15-16  50th Anniversary celebration of Balmoral Presbyterian Church.
   Saturday - open house lunch 12 -2, Time capsule placement at 12:30
    Sunday service at 11, reception following  
     RSVP (or just to be on the list to keep informed)

Sept 15, 8 AM. 5K run through downtown Memphis. Benefit for Porter-Leath's pre-K programs.  Start at
Temple of Deliverance C.O.G.I.C. at 369 East G.E. Patterson Avenue.

Saturday September 15, 2018  B.L.I.N.D. presents Stranger Fruit - The Official Memphis Screening at 2:00pm.
(Movie about lynching)
This event is free and open to the public. Michael Brown, Sr is a special guest speaker, and he will be joined by the families of Justus Howell and Alton Sterling for a panel discussion. This event will be held at Hattiloo Theater (37 Cooper Street Memphis, TN)  Poster 2018-09-15.jpg

Sept 16. "Book It" fundraiser at Church of the Holy Communion. This year it is a picnic with line dancing etc. rather than a run.  Details at

The Action News 5 posting at
lists the events

Sept 17 6 - 8:30 PM  Nonviolent Communication Training with Gio Lopez
Crosstown Concourse 1350 Concourse Ave Suite 451
A Step Ahead Foundation.
 Gio has worked at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center since June 2010 and became the Training Director in 2014.
Contact Gio Lopez at (901) 725-4990 for more information.

Sept 17. 6 PM. MICAH Task force on immigration etc. Evergreen Presbyterian Church

Sept 18, third Tuesday, Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic Peace Group, will not have its usual meeting and instead urges everyone to attend the event below at the National Civil Rights Museum. Pax Christi will be back at the usual time and place (Quaker Meeting House, 6:30 PM) the third Tuesday in October.

Sept 18. 6 PM Tuesday. Restorative Justice Practices and Conflict Resolution in the Classroom
National Civil Rights Museum  450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN

Sept 19, 6-8 PM, Film at Civil Rights Museum, The Rape of Nancy Taylor.

Sept 19, 7 PM (arrive 6:30) Malco Paradiso, Film, Pope Francis, A Man of his Word.  $10 includes small popcorn and drink.  Sponsors include Campaign Nonviolence Memphis and St Peters Church.

Tickets need to be purchased in advance through St. Peter Church
Available online
or call the St. Peter Church office at 901-527-8282.

Sept 20.  6:30 PM  Music for a Nonviolent World. At the Gazebo near the entrance to Freeman Park
2629 Bartlett Boulevard, Bartlett, TN. Join local singers, songwriters and musicians and sing along to your favorite songs of peace and love. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of mellow entertainment. If you're a performer, you're welcomed to participate. Contact Paul Crum ( or call 901-266-2464 for more information.

Sept 21 Friday 6 PM until ??. 108 Sun Salutations for Peace, Enlightenment and Nonviolence
Friday, Sept. 21st • 6 pm until completion
St. Timothy's Episcopal Church  8245 Getwell Road • Southaven, MS 38671
Bring a yoga mat or towel and a loving heart! For more information, contact Debbie Burch

Sept 22. Fall Equinox.  I haven't seen very many church programs specifically based around this, but in addition to the Yaga at St. Timothy's, the Unity Church of Practical Christianity has a 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM workshop    with questions such as "What if God loves and accepts us just as we are, no matter what we think, say, or do?" 
Link at

Sept 22, 11:30 AM - 7 PM. Indian Cultural Center. Ganesh Nimmajan. An extremely colorful day, well worth a visit. A major show by local Indian  groups, especially children's groups. Dance, Music, Singing, Fashions, etc.
Vendor registration form is at

Sept 22, Church of the Holy Communion- Prime Timers.
  The group is planning a self-guided tour of the National Civil Rights Museum, starting at 10 a.m. Afterward, it's off to lunch in the South Main district. Carpools will leave from the church. Cost is $14 for 55 and older; $16 for others. Sign up with the Church Office

Sept 22, 2:30 PM Trombone and Organ Recital, Church of the Holy Communion (Walnut Grove between Perkins.)
details way down at

Sept 22 2 PM.  Drum Circle for Peace and Nonviolence
"Find us near the Levitt Shell and Walkway"

Sept 22. St Jude Walk/ 5K Run.
(Link provided by 901 Ummah, the youth group of Memphis Islamic Center. Many other local faith groups participate. The youth at MIC try to raise $5000. Their link is at

Sept 22. Church Health Center Workshop on Depression, in Spanish

Are you or a loved one feeling anxious, overwhelmed, tense, fearful or in pain? Church Health will present a lecture on Depression in Spanish at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 27 in the Church Health Community Room, 1350 Concourse Ave. This lecture is free and open to the public. Recommended for adults only. The Community Room is located in the hallway between the the West and Central Atria at Crosstown Concourse.
     The Jewish Holiday of "Sukkot" (also spelled "Sukkoth")  runs from Sundown Sept 23 to sundown Sept 30. It is one of the three major "pilgrimage festivals" Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot, (distinct from the "High Holy Days" of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, just ended).   These three are feasting holidays that were days of pilgrimage to the temple in ancient times. Passover celebrates freedom from bondage in Egypt; Shavuot (=Pentecost) the Giving of the Law at Sinai, and Sukkot celebrates the 40 years in the wilderness. So Sukkot is properly celebrated  by eating (and sometimes sleeping) outdoors in a booth or temporary shelter.  (It is a big occasion for picnics.)
    Perhaps the local public celebration most fun for visitors is the celebration at Chabad, Weds., Sept 26, 5 PM, at Chabad 2570 Kirby Parkway (closer to the Bill Morris Freeway than to Poplar Ave.) (kosher) Spaghetti and Meatball dinner, dessert, etc.,  in the booth, music, children's entertainment. $15/person, Info and RSVP at

Sept 23, 3 PM Faculty Concert Series at Rhodes College. Brian Ray on piano, works by  Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Ravel. This concert is free and open to the public. Rhodes College McNeil Concert Hall (the former Evergreen Presbyterian Church, opposite the college on University Avenue.)

Sept 23. 3:30 or 4 PM Mindfulness/Nonviolence Walk
 Rainbow Lake at Overton Park     1914 Poplar Avenue
4 PM:A peaceful, contemplative stroll in the greenspace near the lake during Peace and Harmony Days. Gather at the Veterans’ Memorial.   Drum Circle begins at 3:30 pm.

Sept 24.  Monday.   Lynching Sites Project.
LSP Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm.

     Drive-thru voter registration events -  Parks with Drive-Thru Registration         
9/25/18 – 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
9/29/18 – 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Audubon Park – Poplar/Perkins – Enter from Perkins Road (East Memphis)
Charjean Park – 2601 Ketchum Rd. (South Memphis)
Douglass Park – 1616 Ash Rd. (Southwest Memphis)
Heroes Park – 4580 Riverdale Rd. (Hickory Hill)
Johnson Road Park – 2970 Johnson Road (Germantown)
Polly Williams Park – 3888 Auburn Rd. (North Memphis)
Oakhaven Park – 3875 Bishops Bridge Rd. (Whitehaven)
I have no news from the Shelby County Election Commission on exact procedures, but it might be a good idea to bring along some evidence of citizenship (birth, naturalization, passport) and residence (a utility or tax bill might well do this, for example.)

Sept 25, 7 PM. Beethoven Club Concert, Lobby of Memphis Public Library, 3030 Poplar.
Aaron Brock, Classical Guitar.

Sept 25, League of Women Voters  (I'm posting this in part out of a strong desire to get more diversity in membership in the League of Women Voters. But also - if your organization has immigrants, new citizens, new arrivalas, etc, you need to know about them.)
" We plan to host a voter registration event at the Crosstown Concourse in Memphis. This location houses over 25 different businesses, a high school complex and residential apartments.  Hundreds, if not over a thousand ethnically diverse individuals pass through this concourse every day coming and going to work, school, or just visiting our city. We will be set up in the foyer ready to assist them with NVRD materials."

Sept 26 Sukkot party, see the note above  Sept 23.

Wed, September 26, 2018 5:45 PM – 7:45 PM CDT The annual joint dinner between St Luke's  United Methodist and Masjid al-Noor. Free with RSVP.  Register at

Sept 27. League of Women Voters.
" we plan to host a voter registration event at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis. Partnering with the administration of the theatre, we will service patrons before the performance and during intermission with voter registration materials."

Sept 27, 6:30 PM  Movie. "Persona Non Grata".
"Don't miss the Tennessee premiere of this incredible film. A true story, Persona Non Grata follows the life of a Japanese diplomat who saved over 6,000 Jews during World War II. Temple Israel’s Rabbi Micah Greenstein will open the evening, and Japanese Consul-General Kobayashi will be a featured guest. Seating is limited, so sign up today!"
AT Malco Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall. Memphis, TN 38117.  RSVP at

Sept 27. Lecture, "Divine Donations: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt". Egyptian Institute, University of Memphis.
Reception 6:15 PM, Lecture 7 PM,  in the Art and Communication building, room 310. Both events are free and open to the public. Pay parking is available in the Innovation Drive Garage (lot 40), next to the Fogelman Executive Center.

Sept 28 Facing History and Bridges - Youth Summit, Grades 9-12, at the Bridges Center. Let your organizations youth group know!  Free, RSVP needed, info at

Sept 29, 9:30 AM - 4 PM.  Memphis Peace Conference (with Swamiji)
Withers Collection, 333 Beale St.
9:30 doors open; 10:30 interfaith panel; 12 lunch / music; 1 PM Community Panel; 3 PM networking/music.
Poster at 2018-09-29.jpg

Sept 29, Pride Parade on Beale Street.  Many groups involved. Feel free to join one. I've had notices from many groups reported on here, but I'll quote the League of Women Voters notice:
"This year the projection of participants is over 5,000 people. This event is free and open to all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or age. It is a huge event each year with retail and community information booths, food trucks, etc. We will participate in the parade, holding our League banner, and inviting people to visit our voter registration booth as we go along. Our National Voter Registration Day booth will be active throughout the event to provide individuals with voter registration materials and assist them with the registration process."

after the parade, consider going on to
Sept 29, 3-6 PM  GIVE  H.O.P.E.  fundraiser (for programs for the homeless) at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
Dinner, entertainment, door prizes, buttons, t-shirts and the Bridge street paper for sale.  $20, tickets at

Sept 30. Swamiji visits the Civil Rights Museum
(Visits by Swamiji have regularly been a remarkable occasion for interfaith visits. Highly recommended.)
Presentation & Interfaith Candle Light Vigil with Swamiji
Sunday, September 30th, Presentation at 5 pm.   Candlelight Prayer Vigil at 6 pm 
 Join others of all faiths as we come together to pray for peace and harmony.
At 5 pm, Swamiji will present the National Civil Rights Museum with a gift to mark the 50 Year Anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Martin Luther King and tour the museum. Prayer service will begin at 6.
Poster at 2018-09-30.jpeg

October 2, 6 PM. League of Women Voters - Gubernatorial Forum on U of M campus.
"We are currently assisting with the Gubernatorial Forum scheduled for October 2nd at 6pm at the Rose Theatre on the UofM  campus. \
The League is accepting questions from the public for the Gubernatorial Forum. Please submit a question(s) for the candidates Bill Lee and Karl Dean at"

Art Exhibit, "The Memphis I Love",  exhibit can be viewed each weekday at Gallery Ten Ninety-One from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Description at

October 3, 7 PM, Islam in South Africa.  Memphis Islamic Center, lecture by Yasir Qadhi.
(part of a weekly lecture series, also streamed online via MIC's Facebook and Youtube.)

October 4, 9:30 AM. Media Briefing, National Civil Rights Museum. The Civil Rights Museum, Facing History, and Bridges jointly launch an empathy campaign to “Spark A Connection” around difficult topics to draw people together.

October 4, 12:30 PM Memphis Jewish Community Center. Rabbi Feival Strauss of Temple Israel speaks on "Jewish Mysticism" to a group of seniors. (This follows the usual weekday lunch there, 11:30 AM Mon-Fri (reservations the day before for the lunch, $2) (I think the talk has interfaith interest, not usually the lunch).

 Thursday October 4th, MICAH Task Force on Economic Equity, at First Congregational Church (1000 S. Cooper St.), 6:30pm

October 4 (First Thursday) 5:30 PM.  Potluck supper, "F
aith Series", St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Brief service in the Sister's Chapel, potluck supper, each table will discuss a faith question of the night.  Monthly event.

Friday, October 5.  Temple Israel is moving its Friday evening service to 6 PM.  Social hour (minor refreshments) at 5:30 PM. (New regular schedule). THIS FRIDAY they will also stream the service to Crosstown Concourse and have wine, challah, candlelighting, etc. at Croostown; all are welcoem. (I don't know how often they will do the Crosstown Concourse program.)

October 7, Memphis Jewish Community Center, Wellness Fair, open to all.

October 7, 11 AM. Indian Cultural Center and Temple.    
Pitru Paksha Puja (prayers related to ancestors.)

Monday, October 8 • National Civil Rights Museum.
  Movie, El Canto del Colibrí  (The Song of the Hummingbird)
Free. Reception 6pm • Screening 7pm
This documentary gives an intimate and deeply personal look into immigrant Latino fathers across the U.S. as they recount the impact of their children’s coming out. Part of a week (October 8-12) of events that highlight our LGBTQ+ Latinx community, the documentary is hosted in partnership with OUTMemphis.

October 8, Monday 
John Reyer Afamasaga will screen his documentary, The Yard at the Lynching Sites of Memphis Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm. This documentary is based on the collective efforts of Dr. Timothy Huebner and many others to erect a Nathan Bedford Forrest marker that accurately represents the facts about Forrest's slave yard.    Trailer at

October 9, 2nd Tuesday, MICAH, Memphis Interfaith Coalition,
7 - 8:30 PM, Clayborn Temple.     294 Hernando St.

October 11, MIFA GOLDEN GALA.  Major fundraising dinner at the Memphis Hilton. For sponsorship information, contact Angela Bledsoe at 901-529-4571  (as of Sept 26, a few seats left at $150.)

October 12, Unity Church of Practical Christianity, Concert, Sounds of Latin America.

October 13, National Civil Rights Museum, Rock for Human Rights Concert.  10:30 AM- 11 :30 AM. Free.
Rock for Human Rights (RHR) has been launched to bring human rights awareness to tomorrow's leaders using the power of music, visual media, and social networking. Touring the country from October 1- 30 in celebration of the United National Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60th anniversary, RHR combines live music from veteran musician Wil Seabrook and his band along with the award winning short film "The Story of Human Rights" and 30 accompanying Public Service Announcements that beautifully illustrate each of the basic rights fundamental to every person on earth.

October 13 and 27, 8 PM. Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Garba-Ras, two nights of Indian Folk Dances. Free.

October 14, 10 AM- 5 PM. Memphis  Israel Festival, Agricenter International. $5 admission, 12 & under free.
Memphis Friends of Israel,

October 15, third Tuesday, Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic Peace Group, meets at the Qucker Meeting House, Goodlett and Prescott.  All welcome. Potluck supper 6:30, speaker and discussion at 7 PM.

October 16, noon, Crosstown Concourse. Rabbi Feival Strauss of Temple Israel, speaking about "Jewish Renegades: Sigmund Freud."  Lunch and Learn; free, bring your own lunch.

October 16,
Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic peace group, pot luck supper at 6:30 PM, meeting at 7. Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grove at Prescott. Everyone welcome, good speakers and discussion. 

October 16, 7 PM. Program on Mindfulness at Temple Israel.  please rsvp to rabbifeival (at)

October 16, Tuesday, 7 PM. Mrs. Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank, will speak at the University of Memphis' Rose Theater. (She was also in hiding, captured, but survived Auschwitz-Birkenau.) Chabad sponsorship. Admission $10 for students, $25 advance, $35 at the door, more expensive option includes VIP reception at 6 PM.
Info at

October 17, 5:30 - 7 PM. Interfaith Dinner, Farmington Presbyterian Church and Memphis Islamic Center.
8245 Farmington Blvd, Germantown.

October 17, Civil Rights Museum, Freedom Award
This is an expensive fundraiser. Tickets at

October 18, Marcus Orr Lecture. ‘Set the World on Fire’: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom 
Dr. Keisha Blain, University of Pittsburgh    Reception at 5:30 PM, Lecture at 6:00 PM
River Room, 300 University Center, University of Memphis

October 18-19 History convention at U of Memphis, speakers on Sexuality and Race, African American Women and Resistance, Memphis State Eight, are scheduled Friday, 8:30 - 4 PM, University Center

October 19. 6:30 - 9 PM Calvary Episcopal Church, downtown, Block Party (adults). Light supper, entertainment, fund appeal. (Tent provided, rain or shine)   Weather looks good, Valet parking free provided off Adams, RSVP to estimate numbers would help  at 

October 19, 6:30 PM. AFRICA RELIEF DINNER, $20. tickets at
Muslim sponsorship, comedian, and speaker, a great chance to attend a Muslim social event if you don't feel comfortable at a mosque.    Fedex Event Center, 415 Great View Drive East, Cordova, TN 38018

October 19, 7 PM, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.  On The Row,  A Staged Reading From Arkansas Death Row Inmates. Stories from Death Row Inmates, read by actors.

October 20, MLK 50-Award for leadership and activism in the Memphis, TN community oat the 23rd Stone Awards Presentation at the Buckman Performing Arts Center.

October 21, MICAH mass meeting at Mason Temple. 4:30 - 6 PM, 930 Mason Street, Memphis 38126. The goal is to get a very large meeting with very strong interfaith representation - PLEASE GO!
Many of the constituent groups mentioned on this list are organizing group attendance, for example Temple Israel and Beth Sholom are organizing a bus group from Temple Israel starting at 3:15 PM, anyone welcome to sign up for the bus at
(present estimate is over 1000 attendees, and at least 27 public officials and candidates have said they will be there.)
"We  will be asking public officials to commit to working with MICAH on the three voted justice issues: Economic Equity, Intercultural Equity and Education. There is power in numbers and together we can make a difference! "


October 21. The annual Kosher Bar-be-que competition at ASBEE (Anshei Sfard - Beth El-Emeth Synagogue.  Pork lovers are welcome to attend, but the samples and available-to-buy and competition at this one are about kosher beef and chicken (oh, they are Hallal too and often the Muslims enter the contests.) Great fun and a much more reasonable size crowd than the big downtown Bar-be-que competition, and it is nice  to see Jews and Muslims mixing socially. Shalom, Y'All!

October 21, 7 PM. Jewish concert at the Levitt Shell.

October 22. 5-7 PM  Lynching Sites Project meets at First Baptist Church, Poplar and East Parkway.

October 24, Wednesday 6 PM. University of Memphis, UC Ballroom/ "Muslims of the World" Festival, an international student festival celebrating Muslim diversity in religion, nationality, etc. Speaker, free dinner, exhibits. The talk by Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda will be on the distinction between religions and culture.

October 25, Thursday, 5:30 - 9PM. Bishop candidates at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Called a "Walkabout", it is a chance to mingle and talk with the candidates for Episcopal Bishop of West Tennessee.

October 27 - Halloween events at a number of churches around this time. Unity Church of Practical Christianity has a "Trunk or Treat" on Oct 27 announced as early as late August.
  Calvary Episcopal has a "Monster Mash" party 6-8 PM; adults are welcome to come in costume and pass out candy.

October 13 and 27, 8 PM. Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Garba-Ras, two nights of Indian Folk Dances. Free.
October 27 - 28, Advent supplies open house at the Episcopal Bookshop, 700 Poplar (at St. Mary's)
9:30 - 4 Saturday, 9-4 Sunday.

Sunday, Oct. 28th at 7pm Phantom Phavorites Halloween Concert at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral
Featuring Bach's Toccata & Fugue and spooky tunes including Webber's Phantom
Dennis Janzer, organ with vocalists Amanda Quinn, Joshua Quinn and Paul Murray

October 29  Facing History and Ourselves Annual Benefit Dinner. Expensive Fundraiser but always a fabulous speaker and one of the major interfaith events of the year. Details are now online (and you can sign up for tickets - this is expensive but well worth supporting and can get sold out).

November 1, 5:30 P
M. first Thursday of the month. Potluck supper at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Eat around a table and discuss a question of faith posed by the leader. Intergenerational. Do bring a dish!

November 1
Today, TN for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will hold a vigil for death row inmate Edmund Zagorski at 6:30 p.m. @ MTS, 168 E. Parkway

November 1-5 Indie Memphis Film Festival.  An interesting new feature is the "Black Creators Forum", Hattiloo Theater, Nov  1-2. Not really a specifically interfaith thing, but I can't resist mentioning it so others can research it.  
I do mention the Korean Film "Claire's Camera." Nov 2, 7 PM
See also the article at

Nov 2, Nibbles at 5:30PM, service 6-7:15 PM Temple Israel - I don't normally list regularly scheduled religious services here, but Calvary Episcopal sent out a notice that Temple Israel is doing a "Community Sabbath" service "as they dedicate this week’s Shabbat evening to all victims of hate and senseless violence. May their memories be a blessing and may our love light the way."

November 2, Church Health Center. Party on the Plaza (Crosstown Concourse).
(Fundraiser, $250)  7-10 PM

Nov 3 , India Fest at Agricenter International. 10 AM - 7 PM

Nov 3, Rhodes MasterSingers Concert, at former Evergreen Presbyterian Church (University Ave just north of North Parkway.) $15.    The Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale and Memphis Symphony Orchestra in Concert: Gioachino Rossini's STABAT MATER and the World Premier of Robert G. Patterson's REQUIEM Special Guests: Rhodes Women's Chorus and CoroRio Children's Choir. 

Nov 3, 6-9 PM , Bridges Center Salute to Alumni, $30.  30th Anniversary of Bridges.
Learn more about Bridges at

November 4 early AM - clocks back one hour.

Nov 6, 6 -10 PM, Election night watch party at the Civil Rights Museum

November 6, First Tuesday evening:  Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbians, Pot Luck supper, all welcome. 6;30 PM. Speaker follows. Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at  Immaculate Conception Cathedral.  1695 Central Ave.    Parking lot is at the rear, around the block.

Nov 7. Soul Supper and speaker, St. John's Episcopal. speaker: Worth Morgan

November 8. 5:30 - 7:30 PM Build Downtown Block Party,
Downtown Commission. Free.

November 9-11 SOULWORKS weekend, St. John's Episcopal

November 11, Calvary Episcopal Church,  5 p.m.
A cappella ensemble VOCES8 tours extensively throughout Europe, North
America, and Asia with a repertoire that includes Renaissance music, jazz standards, and recent pop tunes. “Above all, it is the on-stage presence,
character and connection with the audience that has made it so successful.” (The Telegraph). Sponsored by Friends of Music at Calvary, $25 tickets will
be available on beginning Sept. 1. VOCES8 is exclusively represented by Opus 3 Artist

November 12 and November 26. 5-7 PM Lynching Sites of Memphis Project.
Meeting at First baptist Church, East Parkway North at Poplar. Excellent discussions and speakers, highly recommended.

November 13, Second Tuesday. monthly meeting of MICAH
Our next monthly meeting is Tuesday, November 13th at 7pm, at the Blount Auditorium on the south east corner of Rhodes College Campus (campus map).
(Enter on University Avenue, the date attendant can give directions)

Nov 14 - several church suppers and other evening events cancelled due to weather,. Check!

Nov 15, 5 PM. Beethoven Club concert.

Nov. 15 - 6 PM Writers Group, Holy Communion Episcopal. Meets in a home.

Nov 15 6-7:30. Church Health Center: Jewish Cooking Class. $15.

November 16, 6:30 PM Sabbath Dinner at Chabad.  Very traditional Jewish, lots of Hebrew, but if you've never been to one by all means go.
RSVP by Nov 14, $25 individual, $50 family.

November 18-19. Holiday Gifts and Arts Market (think Chanukah) at Memphis Jewish Community Center
   9:30-5 Sunday, 9-6:30 Monday

Nov18, 3 PM, Barbecue Social at Memphis Islamic Center.
High school, college, young professionals.

Nov 12, 19, 26, Dec 3, 6 PM. Indian Cultural Center and Temple,
"Karthik month is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The whole month is considered auspicious to seek the blessing of Lord Shiva / Rudra. Rudra Abhishekam is being performed with a variety of objects like flowers, curd, sugarcane juice, milk, coconut water, honey, bilpatra, etc. This kind of Abhishekam gives prosperity, achievement of all desires, eliminates negative forces, getting rid of negative karma and will give you joy and success in life."

November 20,
Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic peace group, pot luck supper at 6:30 PM, meeting at 7. Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grove at Prescott. Everyone welcome, good speakers and discussion.       Given the news of recent weeks, a discussion of the process of lamentation.

November 20 7 PM Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 2404 Kirby Road.
(this is the "old" Kirby Road, corner of Messick, one block west of the larger Kirby Parkway.)
Sponsors include Balmoral Presbyterian, Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumberland Presbyterian of Germantown, Emmanuel United Methodist, Freedom's Chapel Christian Church, Kingsway Christian Church, Lord of Life Lutheran, Memphis Islamic Center, Second Baptist, St. Louis Roman Catholic and Temple Israel.

Nov 21,  8 AM St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Summer, invites everyone to come pray and have breakfast with the homeless every Wednesday at 8 am, but they are having their special Thansgiving program, this morning. "Join us for a special Thanksgiving week Eucharist A Cornucopia of Gratitude at 8 am in the nave,  featuring music by Jim Johnson, Claire Valine and Justin Merrick. Let's gather together to give praise and thanksgiving to God for all our gifts and blessings! Community breakfast to follow in Martyrs' Hall."

November 22, Thanksgiving Dinner, $22, 11:30- 1 PM
at Pinecrest, the Presbyterian campground about an hour east on Poplar. RSVP Monday, or 901-878-1247
21430 TN-57, Moscow, TN 38057

Nov 25. Porter-Leath party for 6th graders at Memphis Botanic Garden, 6 - 8 PM  . Fundraiser, $40

November 12 and November 26. 5-7 PM Lynching Sites of Memphis Project. Meeting at First baptist Church, East Parkway North at Poplar. Excellent discussions and speakers, highly recommended.

November 29 Porter-Leath Holiday Party benefits Books from Birth 5-7 PM.
hors d’oeuvres, wine and margaritas. $35
Millstone Marketplace, Germantown.

December 1. St. Jude Marathon.  Among places where people will gather to cheer the runners - St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral,
passed at miles 11 and 25.

December 1. Magician at Beth Sholom (fundraiser, $50)

December 2, 3 PM. Movie, "Romero", on the life of Archbishop Romero. Free. Braganza Room of the St. Patrick Outreach Center. Starts promptly at 3 PM, running time 105 minutes. Conter of 4th and Pontotoc Street.
This substitutes for the monthly meeting of Pax Christi.)  This Archbishop of El Salvador was assassinated, and recently sainted.

December 2, 4 PM. Concert of Lessons and Carols, Calvary Episcopal Church.

December 2, 6-8 PM Porter Leath parties
for 7th grade at Memphis Botanic Garden; for 8th grade at the Memphis Racquet Club
Fundraiser, $40

December 2  Deck the Gingerbread House for Church Health, Sunday, December 2, 2018 | 2-4 p.m.
Church Health Welcome Center, 1350 Concourse Ave. | Memphis, TN | 38104

Gingerbread house package $25  2/$40.  for kids from 2 to 92, but other ages are also welcome.

December 2, 6:30 PM  Bonfire at Memphis Islamic Center (High School - College age.)

December 2, 7:30 PM, Masjid Ar-Rahman. The Muslim Businessmen Association meeting will take place this coming Sunday Dec 2, 2018 at Masjid Ar-Rahman right after Isha prayer (Iqama is at 7:30 pm). "We have some experts in the field who will show our business community how we could benefit from the association by lowering the cost of running the business and sustaining profitability."

December 3, 6 PM   Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Final ceremony of the month of Karthik
"Karthik month is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The whole month is considered auspicious to seek the blessing of Lord Shiva / Rudra. Rudra Abhishekam is being performed with a variety of objects like flowers, curd, sugarcane juice, milk, coconut water, honey, bilpatra, etc. This kind of Abhishekam gives prosperity, achievement of all desires, eliminates negative forces, getting rid of negative karma and will give you joy and success in life."

December 4, 4-5:30 PM Jewish Community Center, Chanukah Party, free, open to all. Autographs by Omri Casspi, the Israeli powerhouse player of the Memphis Grizzlies.

December 4. Second Tuesday Potluck Supper, Catholic Mission to Gay and Lesbian Persons. (Everyone is welcome, this group gets excellent speakers!) 6:30 PM, Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at Immaculate Conception Cathedral. (Parking in the rear is easiest).  Potluck Supper at 6:30, speaker  7 PM Sr. Cathy Galaskiewicz, about the advent season, dessert, music and singing. This will be a great party!

December 6, 5:30-&:30 PM, Habitat for Humanity
unveils a photo exhibition, "Nicaragua, A Global Village Experience."
7136 Winchester Rd., Memphis 38125. RSVP

December 7. Temple Israel. Chanukah Dinner. $8. RSVP by December 5.

December 8, 9-10:30 AM, Germantown Baptist Church. CommUNITY breakfast with the mayor.

December 8, 2 PM Chrismas Concert, (Barber Shop) Memphis Men of Harmony
with Santa Claus. St Benedict at Auburndale High School, 8250 Varnavas Dr., Cordova, TN 28016.  $15, less for seniors.

December 8, 2 PM, Germantown Holiday Parade

December 8,  7 PM Balmoral Presbyterian Church, Christmas concert by Beale Canto. Free.
Sample at

December 9, 11 AM - 12:30 PM. Memphis Islamic Center, Town Hall Meeting
Report on construction progress, new construction at the Memphis Islamic Center,

December 9, 2 PM. Memphis Jewish Community Center, Jewish Historical Society Lecture.
    "The Suitcase", storytelling and music. The history of a German family's life before World War II and their remarkable survival.

December 9, 2 PM.  St John's Episcopal Church 1207 Peabody. The Memphis Concert to Protect the Aquifer. (Fundraiser, $50 up.)

December 9, 6:30 PM, Great Hall, Germantown - fundraising dinner for Masjid Ar-Rahman, which is in the send phase of fundraising for a day school and large community hall.  Memphis is a good city for what are called "Megachurches", and it is of interest that one should probably count Temple Israel, The Indian Cultural Center and Temple, the Memphis Islamic Center, and Masjid Ar-Rahman in that category, the last two still very much in their building phases (And the ICCT still building also).  The dinner is free but there will be a fund appeal.

December 10, 5:30-7:30 PM Jewish Community Center, Exhibit Opening.
70 FACES. The stories of 70 community members in Memphis and in partner city Shoham, Israel

December 11, Second Tuesdays,  7 PM, MICAH (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope) meeting at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar. (location varies each month)

Numerous Christmas concerts this weeks - see the "Christmas" list above.

December 12 - 9 AM and 6 PM prayers at the Indian Cultural Center  and Temple,
"Subramanya Shasthi, also known as Skanda Subramanya Shasthi is an important festival for that is dedicated to Lord Subramanya (Skanda). It is observed on the ‘Shashti’ (6th day) tithi during the Shukla Paksha (the bright fortnight of moon) in the month of ‘Margashira’. Subramanya Shashti holds special significance for Lord Kartikeya followers as it marks the triumph of Lord Subramanya over the demon named Tarakasura."

December 13 - 5:15 PM  Gun Violence Vigil, anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. By "Moms demand Action."  First Congregational Church, 1000 South Cooper st., Memphis 38104 "Light Up the Night For Peace,"  Light Refreshments after the vigil. Nursery care 5 - 7 PM for ages 6 mo to 5 years.

December 16  2 PM (for toy train fanatics)  A member of Balmoral Presbyterian Church has a "Choo-choos and cookies" Christmas party showing off his spectacular collection of Lionel trains (smallish room tightly packed with train track, trains, accessories.)  Admission - a jar of peanut butter for the food bank.  Private home, e-mail me or phone me for directions (Edward Ordman,, 327-9735)

December 18. PAX Christi normally meets the third Tuesday, but this month they had a movie earlier in the month - no meeting tonight.

December 18, Third Tuesdays, 7 PM, Care Partner Support Group (for people dealing with someone with dementia). Jewish Community Center,
conference room. Info Adina Samberg, 372-4585

December 19. PRIZM concert at De La Salle Elementery SChool (3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.)

December 7-13 (except Monday) The Singing Christmas Tree, Bellevue Baptist  (Charge, I think in the $6-$26 range. Unusual enough to be worth it.)

December 8 - two Christmas concerts, see usual list at Dec 8

December 14 7 PM.  St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Memphis Camerata Christmas Concert, Free.

 THE WOLF RIVER SINGERS present free CHRISTMAS CONCERTS: Sat., Dec. 15, 7:30pm, at Our Lady of Perpetual help in Germantown and Sun., Dec. 16, 3:00pm, at St. Peter Church in downtown Memphis. 

December 16, 4 PM. A Beale Canto Christmas V.  A men's choir of professional musicians, performing free (donations welcome.)
St. George's Episcopal Church.   This is a professional choir far beyond most of the Christmas music you'll hear in Memphis, Not to be missed.
2425 S Germantown Rd  Germantown, Tennessee 38138

December 16, 6- 7:30 PM Second Presbyterian, (Poplar-Goodlett-Central) Festival of Carols

Wednesday, December 19th, 5:30pm:   Saint John's Episcopal Church
Blue Christmas liturgy (for those who mourn loved ones especially during Christmas)
"It's the most wonderful time of the year... unless it isn't. For many, this season is not a joyful one, but a time that highlights loneliness, depression or loss. Our Blue Christmas service is a liturgy that creates space to hold the places of our sorrow, pain, burdens, fears, worries, and losses. We will have a candle-lit service with music, poetry, prayers, silence and scripture. All are welcome."

A FEW Advent and Christmas events - there is no way I can list them all,
so I'll mention a few of the more exceptional or unusual as I hear of them.

There is an interesting list at

I've been really impressed by the Music Department at Second Presbyterian Church,
Their "Nine Lessons and Carols" will be December 23 at 8:15 and 10 am. 
December 24 4 PM Family Service with Children's message; Communion w/candlelight 5:30, 8, and 11 PM
Their spectacular "Festival of Carols" was recorded and will be on WKNO Television  Dec 24 at 8 PM and Dec25 at 65 PM and midnight.
It will be on WKNO2 on Dec25 at 8 PM.

December 24 Monday, Christmas Eve:   Saint John's Episcopal Church
4:30pm: Family & Children’s Pageant and Christmas Eucharist.
11:00pm: Festal Eucharist with full choir and instrumental music.

Dec 24 at Church of the Holy Communion -  Pageant (w/children) 4:30 PM; service at 6, music at 10:30 PM, service at 11 PM, Dec25 service at 10 AM (all services include communion)

December 24, Balmoral Presbyterian, 4:45 PM Music, 5 PM candlelight service.

--- (end of the separate Christmas list)---

December 22, PRIZM concert at Hutchison School (classical and soul works the students learned at Winter Camp.)

December 28 - Fourth Friday - 6:30-10:30 PM. Contra Dancing at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.


By way of experiment, I'm listing a few events at Crosstown Concourse
found at
I'd like feedback on whether this is helpful.

January 3, 4-5 PM. Free public tour of Crosstown Concourse.
Meet at the reception desk, Central Atrium  (Every First Thursday)

Jan 4 6-9 PM. Church Health Center Interactive Cooking Class. Vietnamese and Thai food.
At Crosstown Concourse
Tickets are $65, with proceeds benefiting nutrition programming at the Church Health Nutrition Hub.
Tickets here:

Jan 6, Epiphany party at Calvary Episcopal

January 8, 12-1. Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Feivel Strauss of Temple Israel
at Crosstown Concourse

January 8, 7-9 PM (doors open 6:30). Panel discussion, Shoot & Splice: Hybrid Filmmaking. Crosstown Arts, Crosstown Concourse, East Atrium

January 8. "First Tuesday" Dinner of the Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbian Persons (to which everyone is welcome - they get great speakers) meets the second Tuesday this month, and is catered ($10) instead of potluck.
The menu will consist of: Chicken Cacciatore, 2 sides, salad and rolls. Our presenter for January: Dr. Victor Santana, oncologist at St. Jude.  Dr. Santana will share with us his personal story and journey from growing up in Puerto Rico, attending medical school to his current role as oncologist at St. Jude. He will share with us how his faith life and purpose have been influenced by working at St. Jude.  Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
1695 Central, parking lot in the rear (around the block.)

January 8, 2nd Tuesday, MICAH monthly meeting, 7-8:30 PM, Beth Sholom Synagogue, 6675 Humphreys Blvd at  Kirby Parkway (North end of Kirby) The MICAH schedule is at

January 9.  Church suppers at Calvary Episcopal, Church of the Holy Communion, where else? (charge)

Jan 10, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Noon, Healing Eucharist (Second Thursday each month)

Jan 11 Congregational Supper, Temple Israel, $12.

January 11, 7:30-9:30 PM. Crosstown Arts Theater, movie at Crosstown Concourse
"Daydream Nation", Sonic Youth (I think this is a movie about an album released in 1988)
Admission by donation while tickets last. Details at

Jan 12 is a "Kids Sabbath" at Chabad (ages 5-10 and their families, service 11-12, lunch following.
     Chabad usually runs a very orthodox (Hebrew) service, I don't know what they'll do with kids.

Jan 12, 7 PM, Cannon Center  and January 134, 2 PM, GPAC
 PRIZM alumni performances, half an hour before the Memphis Symphony Orchestra concerts.

January 12-14, Indian Cultural Center and Temple
Makara Sankranti / Pongal / Lohri Celebrations.  Saturday 9 am     Sunday 9,10,10:30,5     Monday 10:30, 4, 6

January 13, Godparent Day at Church of the Holy Communion

Jan 13 St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral,
after 11 AM service, farewell reception for Dean Andrews and his family.

January 14,  5-7 PM Lynching Sites of Memphis meeting, First Baptist Church (Poplar and East Parkway).
For the Fellowship Hall park behind the church.

January 15 (Third Tuesday), Pax Christi (The Roman Catholic Peace Group) meets at the Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grave at Prescott. All welcome, usually an excellent speaker and discussion.  Pot luck supper at 6:30 (no need to bring anything your first time coming), speaker at 7 PM.

January 16, 6 - 7 PM. Talk at Crosstown Concourse, Memphis as a global village
Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Temple Israel.

January 16, 7 PM, Chabad. "Babka Baking", a Jewish baking class. $25

January 19, The Women's March,   10:00 AM
  140 Adams Ave,  Memphis, TN 38103

January 19, 6:30-8:30 PM.  Martin Luther King evening sponsored by the Atlantic Institute
(that is, the Turkish community.)  Poster at 2019-01-19.jpg
Carol Whittaker will speak on "Segregation, Desegregation, and Integration"  (corrected poster)
The correct address is
7829 Wingate Park Cove, Memphis 38119 
Refreshments (in the past, these have been Turkish and excellent). Free, all invited. Our chance to meet the local
Turkish community.  RSVP  by e-mail to

January 20 
"The World Religion Day" 2-4 PM
World Religion Day was established in 1950 by the Baha'i Spiritual Assembly and is celebrated every January to celebrate harmony among the religions and paths.
 World Religion Day Memphis Event is scheduled!
Sunday, January 20th 2pm-4pm
Caritas Village-Upstairs Event Center
CELEBRATE religious harmony and meet your neighbors.
Please join us for the worldwide event, celebrated each year. This year our program includes music, entertainment and meeting the faith/path groups. Open and free to the public. ADA access elevator and downstairs cafe is open to the public for purchasing beverages and food. For more information, please email us at c/o Saci (Sydney C) Roy

January 21, 7 PM Martin Luther King Panel Discussion, Jewish Community Center.
Benjamin Hooks Institute Sponsorship. Rabbi Micah Greenstein and Jocie Wurzburg

January 23, Supper and speaker, St. John's Episcopal

January 23, Point in Time Count  
(The annual census of the homeless. Training at Calvary Episcopal. Work in groups to interview the homeless, 4 to 10 am.)

January 23, Facing History, 7 PM, U of Memphis University  Center Theatre,
RISING OUT OF HATRED, A Conversation with Eli Saslow.  rsvp required, (attendees get a free copy of the book, while supplies last).

January 24, 10 AM. Temple Israel. Rabbi Feivel Strauss, senior citizens group,

An Open and Inclusive Discussion on Sex, Gender, and Transgender in Jewish Thought.

January 24, 5:30 PM. Friends Meeting House,
Friends Advocacy Team.  3387 Walnut Grove, corner of Prescott, enter on Prescott.

"Food, Facts, and Fun"
Soup and salad  5:30-6,  6-6:30 report on activities of the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

January 25-26. Memphis Islamic Center. 
Visiting clinical and family therapist Imam Yassir Fagaza will have several talks, all free.

Friday, January 25th, 2019 @ 1:00PM: Jummah Khutbah at MIC   (The sermon at the Friday service, well worth doing if you have not. I'd expect 40 minutes of  his sermon, 10 or 15 minutes of Arabic prayers. Ask for a folding chair if you are uncomfortable sitting on the floor or joini8ng the prayers. The other events are normal lectures.

Friday, January 25th, 2019 @ 7:00PM: "Depression in the American Muslim Community"

Saturday, January 26th, 2019 @ 12:30PM: "Why Don't Parents Just Understand" (talk mainly for teenagers)

Saturday, January 26th, 2019 @ 5:30PM: "Having Difficult Conversations With Your Kids" (talk mainly for parents.)

January 25, 6 PM, Temple Israel.  Rick Recht, a well-known Jewish musician/singer, will be here too help lead the regular Friday evening service.  Reception beforehand, 5:30 pm, very light refreshments.

January 25, 7:30 PM. Organ Concert and reception, Calvary Episcopal, free. Four hands and four feet on one organ. Reception follows. The Chenault Duo.

January 26 7 PM, Buckman Performing Arts Center, PRIZM, Cordova High SChool Orchestra, Ballet on Wheels, "Youth Classical Concert"

January 27 (date was changed), Jewish Historical Society Speaker , Jewish Community Center at 2 PM
        Dr Josh Parshall,  The Workman's Circle in Southern Cities

January 28, 5:30-6:30 PM, Campaign Nonviolence
"Our next Campaign Nonviolence meeting is this Monday, 1/28 from 5:30-6:30pm at Caritas Village (2509 Harvard Ave  38112) to reflect on last year's week of nonviolence, partnering with other groups for nonviolence education in the schools, MICAH and other ideas for the new year. Hope you can join us! Monica Juma"
    (Caritas Village is, among other things, an excellent restaurant. Eating during the meeting is optional.)

January 30, Wednesday, 6:30 PM. A free conversational Hebrew class in the Temple Israel Room, fourth floor, Crosstown Concourse.  Casual, with a visiting Israeli. RSVP helpful to bayleel (at)


February 5 
"First Tuesday" Dinner of the Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbian Persons. Everyone welcome; there is no presumption that you are gay etc. but you'll meet some people who are. Potluck supper 6:30 (no need to bring anything your first time), speaker at 7. Usually they have excellent speakers.
Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. 1695 Central, parking lot in the rear (around the block.)   February speaker: a professor of religion from Rhodes college, speaking on biblical texts about gender.

February 8-9  Visiting scholar Shaik Md. Faqih at Memphis Islamic Center. Talks 1 PM and 7 PM Feb 8, 6 AM and 7 PM Feb 9.

February 8-10. 7:30 PM each evening  U of Memphis, Guitar Festival.  I'm a big fan of Lily Afshar (Friday evening), who does a remarkable job of using both classical and Iranian music in her guitar work. (She has a guitar with extra frets do she can use differing musical systems.)

February 10,  Masjid Ar-Rahman.

Assalamu Alaykom Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,

Join us this Sunday, Feb 10th between Maghrib (5:45PM) & Isha (7:45PM) for special program to discuss the importance and role of Masjid in the Islamic World and the West. There will an open discussion about what mosques can do to increase the number & participation of congregation.

The program will be led by Imam Anwar Arafat along with special guests coming from Salem, Oregon to talk about their goal of establishing the first mosque in the Capital city of Oregon.

Dessert will be served!

February 13, 6 PM, National Civil Rights Museum. Distinguished Speaker Series
"Founder and lead counsel for The Decarceration Collective law office, Attorney MiAngel Cody is nationally recognized for her dedicated defense of men and women sentenced to die in federal prison. Between 2013 and 2017, she has won presidential clemency and freedom for six prisoners serving life sentences for drug crimes. She will talk about "Safe Houses” and the ways black women have created a roadmap for survivorship through mass incarceration, whether as inmates or as family members separated from those imprisoned."

February 15-16. Visiting Scholar at Anshei Sfard-Beth El Emeth Synagogue. Rabbi Dr David Berger, an authority on Messianism and relations between Judaism and the Roman Catholic Church. Talks after 5:25 service and Dinner on Friday, at 11:30 AM  and 7:30 PM Saturday. Charge for dinner, reserve at 682-1611

February 22, Friday, 7 PM. Acoustic Eidelon concert at Balmoral Presbyterian Church.
Free, donations accepted. Promotioanl video at

February 22-23, Visiting Scholar at Baron Hirsch Synagogue. Rabbi Yahuda Sarna.  Saturday morning 11 AM talk on "Why Jews move to Arabia." Friday dinner and talk
"Being Jewish on Campus: Challenges in Keeping the Faith." at 6:45 PM, charge for sdinner, reserve at 683-7485. Saturday 4:30 PM. "Freedom of Speech on Campus and in the Synagogue"

Feb 29, Indian
Cultural Center and Temple. Prayers 10:30 AM and 5:30 PM. Refreshments and socialize after the 5:30 service. A nice chance to visit with Hindu neighbors.
"Goddess Saraswathi is the Goddess of learning, who is divine knowledge personified. The sound of Her celestial Veena awakens the notes of the sublime utterances of the sacred monosyllable, "OM". She bestows the Knowledge of the supreme, mystic sound, clarity of thought and nobility of ideas as represented by Her pure dazzling white clothes, with the hands holding the veena and books seated on the white lotus. We worship Goddess Saraswathi to gain knowledge, dispassion, devotion and prosperity."

February 12, Second Tuesday, meeting of MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope. Meeting location varies, see  or Facebook  for locations and other committee meetings.

February 18 is "President's Day", sort of an attempt to amalgamate the old holidays of Washington's Birthday and Lincoln's Birthday.  When I was a math professor, of course, Washington's Birthday was always an occasion for an interesting discussion of the Calendar.  Lincoln was born on February 12. Washington's birthday was originally established as Feb 22, but he himself celebrated it on February 11.  He was born on February 11, 1731 on the Julian Calendar, which was still observed in England and its colonies, although m,any parts of the world saw that day as February 22 because they observed the Gregorian Calendar - which is what most of the world uses today.  Yes, this is actually of "interfaith" relevance:  the old Julian calendar in use for centuries had drifted from the correct solar date, Pope Gregory issued a correction, but England did not recognize the authority of the Pope and kept to the old calendar for some years. (This is also why the old "Soviet Union" celebrated the "October Revolution" which took place in November.)  For those who enjoy obscure questions: when is the next year divisible by 4 (the next US Presidential Election year) that is NOT a leap year?  I'll spare you the more precise mathematics.

February 19
(Third Tuesday), Pax Christi (The Roman Catholic Peace Group) meets at the Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grave at Prescott. All welcome, usually an excellent speaker and discussion.  Pot luck supper at 6:30 (noi need to bring anything your first time coming), speaker at 7 PM.

February 21, 7 PM, Jewish Historical Society Film, Jewish Community Center, "Who will write our history?"

February 22, Friday, 7 PM. Acoustic Eidolon Concert at Balmoral Presbyterian Church. Free, donations accepted.

Feb 24, 11 AM. Last Sunday of each month, prayers at Indian Cultural Center and Temple,
"Naga Devatha Abhishekam"
February 24, Sunday,
Informational session on Alzheimer's. after church (around noon). Balmoral Presbyterian Church. , discussion leader is Laura Pate. Manager of Programs and Education for the Alzheimer's Association.    (I don't often mention things directly associated with a regular church service on this page, but it occurs to me that other might want to know that such speakers are available.)

February 24, 3 PM Evensong at St John's Episcopal. Music will include Charles Stanford’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B-flat, Craig Phillips’ Responses, and anthems from the English Renaissance, as well as congregational hymns. All are invited -

February 24,. 4 PM. LeMoyne Owen College Choir at St Mary's Episcopal.

Feb 25. Meeting of Lynching Sites group will not take place, people are urged to attend:

Monday, Feb. 25 at 6:00 pm   Hattiloo Theatre Production of "Lest We Forget: Dramatic Reading of Slave Narratives", which will take place at the Hattiloo on Monday, Feb. 25 at 6:00 pm.  

Feb 25, 5:30- 6:30 PM, Campaign Nonviolence at Caritas Village  (dinner available if desired). Meeting to continue planning for this year’s week of action in September and collaborating for nonviolence education in the schools. Hope you can join us. 2509 Harvard Ave, (Binghampton neighborhood)

March 2, Saturday,  OPEN HOUSE at Masjid As-Salaam, 10 AM - 3PM.  This is an important chance to meet Muslim neighbors,
tour the mosque (NOT an effort to convert anyone.)
1065 Stratford Road (corner of McCrory, at the foot of Covington Pike.)

March 2-7  Lord Shiva celebrations at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple. (Maha Shivarati)
10 AM, 5 and 6 PM each day; some others.

March 5, Shrove Tuesday Pancake dinner and Mardi Gras Concert,
Saint John's Episcopal Church
March 5, Shrove Tuesday party at St Mary's Cathedral, $7 per person, max $20 family, fried chicken, red beans and rice, etc.
March 5, Shrove Tuesday - 5:30 - 8:30. 1st Annual Krewe of Calvary Gumbo Cook-Off. 10 different Gumbos.
Free admission, contribute to vote for your favorite gumbo. Pancakes and sausages for the children.,
March 5,
"First Tuesday" Dinner of the Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbian Persons. Everyone welcome; there is no presumption that you are gay etc. but you'll meet some people who are. Potluck supper 6:30 (no need to bring anything your first time), speaker at 7. Usually they have excellent speakers.
Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. 1695 Central, parking lot in the rear (around the block.) 

March 6, 12 - 1. Lunch and Learn at Temple Israel. (bring your bag lunch.) Debbie Friedman as Jewish Revolutionary, presented by Rabbi Feival Strauss.

March 6, Wednesday. United Way of the Mid-South, Impact Town Hall. "At this annual event, you will hear some of the best practices in creating economic prosperity from around the country. " (Helping to fight poverty.) Christian Brothers University, Canale Arena, 650 East Parkway South. Free, donations to thye United Way accepted.

March 7 - April 12, Tuesday through Fridays - Lenten Lecture Series at Calvary Episcopal (noon Tues-Friday, Wednesday evening.) Also lunch and Wednesday supper at the Waffle Shop.
Mar 7 Buddy Stallings, Mar 8 Stacy Spencer, Mar 12-13 Dan Mathews,
Mar 13(eve),14,15 Omid Safi (Muslim), Mar 19-20-20(eve) Brian McLaren (Borg Lecturer)

Mar 19-20-20(eve) Brian McLaren (Borg Lecturer)
March 21  Kirk Whalum,  Mar 22 Dr Marjorie Hass
Mar 26  John Pitzwe, Mar 27 Hester Mathes, Mar 28 Diana Butler Bass
Mar 29 Val Handwerker  April 2 Kenneth Robinson,
Apr 3 Barkley Thompson, April 4-5 Micah Greenstein

March 8, Friday National Civil Rights Museum. A free concert in connection with the new photo  exhibit about historically Black colleges, "Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color." 7 PM (wine and beverages at 6). In partynership with IRIS orchestra.  Live stream at
To attend preregister by March 5  5 PM at

March 8-10  ASBEE (Anshei Sphard - Beth El Emeth synagogue, North Yates north of Walnut Grove.) Rabbi Menachem Nissel will be scholar-in-residence. The general theme will be "Purim Power - unleashing the Hidden Secrets of an Enigmatic Festival.") He will speak Friday after dinner (charge for dinner, advance reservation required, 682-1611), give the sermon at the 8:45 AM service Saturday morning, , speak at 4:35 Saturday afternoon.  At 7:30 PM Sunday March 10 there will be a program open to all, "Growing with Your Children."

March 9, 10 - 3:30 PM. Seminar (preaching?) at Unity Church of Practical Christianity. An all-day free seminar by Patricia Cota-Robles  which may give a sense of how they differ from the "mainstream"? See the poster at

March 9, Muslim-organized Block Party, all invited, Fuller State Park, 1500 W Mitchell Rd. Food trucks, music, fun.

March 9. Muslim event "Let's just talk about it." Rose Theatre, Univ. of Memphis. (parking garage on Zach Curlin).
Doors open 5:30, event at 6:15. Atheletes including former NBA player Mahmoud Abdul Rauf and weight-lifter Kutsoom. Comedian.  $8.80.  Details and tickets click through from

March 9. Film Festival at Baron Hirsch synagogue. A collection of short films. $10/person Wine, hrs d'oeuvres, three short films from the Ma'aleh School of Film in Jerusalem. Reservations optional at 683-1485

March 11 Monday 7:30 PM. Lecture at ASBEE by Rabbi Yona Weiss. Open to all, free.
"Halachic Issues Regarding Self-Driving Cars."  (loosely, for the benefit of non-Jews,  I'll translate "Halacha" as "Canon Law."  I expect the talk will fascinate lawyers and anyone interested in religious laws and "natural law".  What does Jewish tradition say about responsibility and liability concerning self-driving cars?

March 11, 5-7 PM Lynching Sites of Memphis, regular meeting, First Baptist Church.
East Parkway and Poplar. These usually have outstanding speakers and discussions.

March 12
Second Tuesday, meeting of MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope. Meeting location varies, see  or Facebook  for locations and other committee meetings.  
Mar 12, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM New Direction Christian Church - Hickory, 6120 Winchester Rd, Memphis, TN 38115

March 16 10 AM Health and Legal fair (open to all, Muslim organized). Family and Community Day. Gaston Community Center, 1046 S. Third. 774-3156

March 17,
Sunday, Jewish Historical Society Speaker ( Jewish Community Center at 2 PM)
       Steven Weisman, "The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion"

March 17, Purim Carnival at ASBEE synagogue. 11 Am - 3 PM. Adult and child activities, food available, the Bloodmobile will be there for donations.

March 17, Purim Carnival at Temple Israel 12 - 1:30. " Bring the whole family and enjoy games, prizes, food, fun, and more!"

March 19 
(Third Tuesday), Pax Christi (The Roman Catholic Peace Group) meets at the Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grave at Prescott. All welcome, usually an excellent speaker and discussion.  Pot luck supper at 6:30 (noi need to bring anything your first time coming), speaker at 7 PM.

PURIM  is a relatively minor Jewish holiday, commemorating the events of the Book of Esther (Old Testament.) Many Jews view the book as fiction and not to be taken too literally. Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond books, stated that James Bond was based on the Book of Esther, the main differences being (a) the sexy secret agent in the Bible is female, (b) M's full name is given, and (c) the race to kill the bad guys, before they can kill the good guys, has to be done on fast horses, as the modern sports car has not been invented.  Everything else in the book will be familiar in story-telling style  to James Bond fans.  Since part of the story is, shall we say, "adult", children attending the synagogue services are issued noisemakers to use during the Bible reading (Yes,  I'm telling the truth, but simplifying slightly for effect. The Brewery Tour organized by Chabad March 20 is not out of keeping with the Jewish reading of the book.)

March 20, 6:30 PM, Purim Play at Temple Israel  (light refreshments at 6)  (usually The Book of Esther, done as musical comedy.)  An outstanding humorous musical program.  Highly recommended for any audience that wants to see the celebration in English instead of Hebrew. Always great fun and good music. (changed date and time from an early save-the-date announcement)

March 20, Young Adults Purim Party (by Chabad),
Wiseacre Brewing Tap Room, 2783 Broad, 7:45.
 (Book of Esther read, probably iun Hebrew, Happy Hour and Brewery Tour.

March 21, (family, including children) Purim Party at Chabad. Bible reading (Book of Esther) 5 PM, dinner 5:30 PM.

March 21, Benjamin Hooks Institute,

The Wives of the 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike
Thursday, March 21 | Reception 5:30 p.m. | Program 6 p.m.
University of Memphis University Center River Room (300)

March 21, 7:30 PM. University of the S
outh Choir at St John's Episcopal Church

March 23, 7:30 PM, repeated March 24, 3 PM. Wolf River Singers
25th Anniversary Concert
at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 8151 Poplar Avenue, Germantown

March 23, 10 - 1. Women's Empowerment Event, Free. Sponsors incl. INAC and TILMW-Memphis.

March 23. Memphis Grizzlies Islamic Heritage Night.
Tickets $25 and up.

March 23-24 (Saturday morning, repeated Sunday afternoon). Activist training by MICAH

March 24 4 PM Choral Evensong at St Mary's Episcopal

March 24, 2-3 PM, class on Social Security disability benefits and qualifications, by an attorney, Jewish Community Canter, call 767-8511, class 5476 (free)

Monday, March 25, 2019  Lynching Sites Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 -7:00pm.

March 25, MICAH Memphis Task Force on Economic Equity. See

March 26, 6-8 PM, Dinner and discuss public issues, organized by the League of Women Voters.
"We hope you will mark your calendars today and plan to attend the Memphis Soapbox Dinner on Tuesday, March 26th 6pm- 8pm. An evening of political conversation over dinner. It will be held at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave. Ste.909, Memphis, TN 38119.  Tickets are $35.00 and individuals can send a check in to our P.O. Box 383291, Memphis,TN 38183, or go to our Facebook page or website  and purchase tickets.(Eventbrite)"

March 27, Wednesday. Speaker on the problems of being a teenage girl, at Church of The Holy Communion, Walnut Grove between Perkins. Lisa Damour, a nationally known expert, talk for teenagers, parents, grandparents, friends. Talk is at 7 PM following a 5:30 PM supper. Free talk, modest charge for the dinner (I think $8)

March 27 - Passover Cooking with Temple Israel and the Church Health Center. $15 class at Crosstown Concourse.
Matzo Ball Soup.

March 30 - 10 AM to 6 PM.  The climax of Muslims in Memphis' month of activities
with an all-day program at Agricenter International. Admission free, many booths, events, discussions, food, etc. Not to be missed! 

March 30. (Saturday) 10-11:30. Community Life Forum
(Muslims in March sponsorship, all invited.) Hoiw the Media impacts you and your family.

March 30, evening. Muslims in March grand finale banquet.  6:30 reception, 7:00 banquet.
Holiday Inn Airport, 2240 Demorat Rd. $55 adults, $35 17 and under. phone 332-1130

March 31, 6-8 PM retirement party for Episcopal Bishop Don Johnson,
Memphis Botanic Garden. RSVP to or (901) 849-9090

April 2  First Tuesday CMGLP  (Catholic Ministry to Gap and Lesbian Persons)
potluck supper 6:30  and speaker 7 PM, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.\(Marian Hall, under the sanctuary. All are welcome. Enter from the rear parking lot.)

April 4, 6:30 PM "Taste of Israel", Memphis Botanic Garden.
Fundraiser, $50, limited ticket sales start Feb 25.
Kosher food, wine, etc.

Saturday, April 6, 2019  Lynching Sites Project
LSP Featured in "Memphis Matters" performance by Playback Memphis
7:00 pm at Theater South (entrance at the southwest corner of First Congregational Church - 1000 S. Cooper)

Sunday, April 7, 2019
3:00 pm at Crump Stadium (next to Central High, Memphis)
A revisiting of the April 7, 1968 worship service brought together in the immediate aftermath of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Over 5,000 persons from the Memphis Faith Community attended under the leadership of Dr. James Lawson and Mr. John T. Fisher.  One of the fruits of the gathering was the eventual founding of MIFA (Metropolitan InterFaith Association). 
Leadership on 4-7-2019 will include Dr. Lawson and the daughter of Mr. Fisher, Ms. Suzannah Fisher Ragen. 
This event is sponsored by Voices for Justice Mid-South (VFJM).  Contact Dr. Mark Matheny ( or (901) 428-4633 with any questions. 

<<Note about April 11 originally the speaker at Vanderhaar was top be Morris Dees. As a reported scandal about SPLC finances escalated. it was changed to Richard Cohen after Dees left SPLC., the cancelled after Richard COhen left SPLC. So the following entry was deleted on April 8:
The Annual Gerard Vanderhaar Symposium - a major interfaith event, not to be missed. Speaker is Richard Cohen, President of Southern Poverty Law, title: "With Justice for All in a Changing America." 7 PM at the University Theater of Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South (easiest entrance is from Central Ave just east of East Parkway.)  free but preregistarion is requested so they can estimate crowd size.>>

March 7 - April 12, Tuesday through Fridays - Lenten Lecture Series at Calvary Episcopal (noon Tues-Friday, Wednesday evening.) Also lunch and Wednesday supper at the Waffle Shop.
April 9  Sam Teitel, Pastor, Church of the River
April 10, Phoebe Roaf, Bishop Elect, Episcopal Dioceses of West Tennessee
April 11, Marie Howe, Poet  (also Weds evening April 10)
April 12, Dorothy Wells, ST Georges Episcopal Church, Germantown

April 8-10. Westberg Symposium.
The Church Health Center is home to the "Parish Nursing Program", supporting houses of worship than have a nurse available to assist their members. This is its annual program. On
April 8, Monday, 6:30 PM, Philip Yancey (Distinguished Christian author, journalist, and editor) will speak at First Baptist Broad, 2835 Broad Ave.  $25, register at

April 9, Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbians (usually the first Tesday, but 2nd Tuesday this month)
Marian Hall under the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Catered dinner this month, $10 (but no one turned away for lack of $10.)  Fr. Robert Marshall, pastor of the Cathedral, will speak to us on the celebrations of Holy Week.  In addition, Fr. Marshall will share with us a little of his background and his vocation story which is quite an interesting one in that he also holds a law degree.  Come and join us for a delicious catered meal by Dino's and hear the faith journey of lawyer -to-priest from Fr. Marshall.

April 9 
Second Tuesday, meeting of MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope. Meeting location varies, see  or Facebook  for locations and other committee meetings.    This meeting -  7 PM at First Congregational Church

April 9, 6 PM  Temple Israel, Meet the Author. HOLY ENVY by BARBARA BROWN TAYLOR: In Conversation with Rabbi Micah Greenstein
New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching the world's religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia...

April 9, 6:30 PM. Rabbi Lehrfield of Baron Hirsch Congregation delivers a preparing-for-0Passover lecture at the synagogue, "29 things to say at the Seder"  (The Seder is the service typically done over dinner in the home, the first two nights  of Passover.)

April 10. St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. The The Christ Community Health Services van will be in the parking lot beginning at 8am, with intake sessions taking place in the Crypt. (This is in connection with the 8 AM service and breakfast)
CCHS offers: FREE acute and primary care      Screenings for common health problems
Diagnosis of medical problems and health needs     Treatment and management of specific diseases
Treatment of minor injuries    Vision and Dental screenings by appointment

April 10, 7 PM. Temple Israel program, "Reclaiming our Matriarchs". "A program to reclaim our famous Jewish women from Biblical to modern times in a relaxed, fun environment. Drinks and snacks will be provided. This program is designed for women or anyone who identifies as a woman."  RSVP requested

April 10,
Supper and speaker, St. John's Episcopal
Mingling and fellowship begins at 5:30 in the Parish Hall, dinner served at 6, followed by our speaker, Rev. Dr. Lee Humphreys, former head of the Dept. of Religion at UT Knoxville.  Rev. Humphreys is author of several books on the Old Testament: "The Character of God in Genesis," "Joseph and his Family," and the Old Testament textbook, "The Story of God's People." Register by clicking the link below:

April 10, 7 PM, Jewish Community Center, Author Talk. Nathan Englander., His most recent book is a novel, ""

April 11, The Vanderhaar Symposium has been canceled 
(there have been administrative changes and accusations of problems at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which was to provide the speaker.)

April 11, 7 PM Concert at Temple Israel. free. Joe Buchanan. This is advertised as "Country/America steeped in Torah" and "The Jewish Cowboy."  He'll also be in a special Friday evening (Sabbath) Service at 8 PM Friday April 12 and other events this weekend in the Jewish community.

April 12, 10 AM. Wreath Laying at the graves of the Fort Pillow Massacre. National Cemetery, north end of National Street (2568 Townes Avenue, for map programs). This will also mark the 155th anniversary of the Massacre, 400 years of the first recorded history of slavery and the 200th anniversary of Memphis.
Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10 am -- 4 pm the Descendants of Union Soldiers Who Survived the Massacre at Fort Pillow on April 12, 1864 cordially invite you to "Remembering Fort Pillow ".  The event will be held at the Fort Pillow State Historic Park.

April 12. Indus Hospital Dinner    Pakistan Association of Memphis is hosting a beautiful evening with Pakistani legend Anwar Maqsood to raise awareness and funds for Indus Hospital in Pakistan. Please come out and support.
The Great Hall & Conference Center  7:00PM - 11:30PM    Tickets price: $20 per Person/Under 10 - FREE
FREE Childcare will be provided.   Buy tickets at

April 13-14 Sri Rama Navami Celebrations, Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
9 am and 5:30 PM Saturday, 10 AM Sunday.

April 14 is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Christian "Holy Week" leading to Good Friday and then to Easter on April 21. Many churches have special events on some or all of the days of Holy Week. Look at the church websites, found on our "address page."
 Bishop-Elect Phoebe Roaf will be presiding at several events at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Outgoing Bishop Don Johnson will preach at 11 AM Easter Day.
St John's Episcopal will be celebrating its 70th anniversary on April 14

April 14, 2 PM, Jewish Historical Society, at the Jewish Community Center.
Roots - Resistance - Renewal: Polish Jews 1975 to the Present.   by Chuck Fishman, internationally known photographer

April 16
(Third Tuesday), Pax Christi (The Roman Catholic Peace Group) meets at the Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grave at Prescott. All welcome, usually an excellent speaker and discussion.  Pot luck supper at 6:30 (no need to bring anything your first time coming), speaker at 7 PM.

April 17-21, Africa in April. The official country honored this year is Nigeria, but I'm told there will also be events or participation about Togo and Benin. Draft flier is at 2019_Africa_in_April.jpg

April 18, 6 PM. Spring ceremony at Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
Vasantotsavam is an annual seva to celebrate the arrival of the Spring season. Vasantotsavam is the combination of two words – “Vasantha” (Spring season in Sanskrit) and “Utsavam” (Festival in Sanskrit). This event welcomes the spring season in the Mid-South. On the final evening, Pravathi Devi is offered worship and taken out for a celestial ride on a finely decorated swarna ratham.

April 18, 9:15 PM, Masjid Ar-Rahman.  Talk by Imam Anwar   about 9 days he spent in New Zealand visiting the attacked mosque in Christchurch.

April 19, Good Friday. Lots of special church services. After the 11:45 PM service at Calvary Episcopal downtown they will do a "Way of the Cross Procession" through downtown streets. (And another inside the church, if you don't want the outside one.)

April 19 (evening)  is the start of Passover, an eight day holiday.  This is a major Jewish holiday commemorating the departure of the Jews from Egypt and freedom from slavery.  The most important celebration is the "Seder", a ceremony enacted at the dinner table the first two nights. Many Jewish families do this in the home, often in extended family groups or with guests. Several synagogues offer large group seders on one of the first two nights. As it is also a fancy dinner, there is a charge for it, but outsiders are definitely welcome, and if you can't afford it, call and ask.
Baron Hirsch will have a very traditional seder (lots of Hebrew, I expect) April 19, $45 for non-member adults, less for members and children, call

683-7485 (call soon, it may sell out). Temple Israel runs a much more informal, more English, musical Seder on April 20. Register by April 15 at Brit Hadasha (The Messianic Jewish Congregation - the group that says they are Jews but believe in Jesus, some Jews think they should call themselves"James Christians" after the Church of James in Jerusalem, which was wiped out by the Romans), has a Seder April 19 but reports it is sold out.  
April 19. 5:30 PM.  Lindenwood Christian Church. Good Friday Service of the Cross. Wide participation from other rea clergy makes this a  significant interfaith event.
This annual service offers seven meditations from noted area clergy who each provide reflections on one of the Seven Last Words of Christ.  The Lindenwood Chancel Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Pianist Mark Ensley and Organist-Conductor Chris Nemec provide Lenten music by Mozart, Dubois, Faure, Rutter and others. Free, non-ticketed.

April 19-20 Imam Candidate visit.  (not really an interfaith event, but included so others can see how this is done, and visit if they'd like.)