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A Listing of events of probable interest.                           Updated Jan 18, 2020

(If an address is not given for something, you can probably find it listed here.)
In some cases these are specifically interfaith events, others are events of one religion that are not primarily religious services and where you might want to go to see a facility, learn of the culture, or meet people from a different group.  (I do include Hindu religious services, as visitors may want to go the that temple when something is happening and the schedule is so unpredictable.)  Some are civic events likely to draw representation from multiple religious or ethnic groups.  In posting things, we have not always explored all the shades of opinion, so we may not necessarily agree with the views of all the organizers.  We do hope to find things where many of our readers will be either sympathetic or interested in polite discussion of the issues.

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   January 18.

World Religion Day. Rescheduled to Spring  "Can you kindly remind the Interfaith groups that World Religion Day Memphis will have pre-planning meetings t the last Tuesday of each month at Caritas Village.         If your faith group or religious group would be interested in participating, please write or call us at wrdmemphis (at) or call 201-759-8617. We are also seeking cultural dancing and music interest as well.World Religion Day was organized in 1950 by the Baha'i Spiritual Assembly to promote unity and peace among the World Religions. World Religion Day Memphis is an event group committed to celebrating the event locally with our Interfaith communities.      
      "Please reach out to any religious faith/paths that might be interested in participating in our pre-planning meetings or become a part of the World Religion Day Memphis 2020 events, please contact us at saciranidd (at) or call 201-759-8617 (Saci Roy). "

Jan 15.

     Bradley Watkins, former Director of the Mid-south Peace and Justice Center,  is now s Director of Programming at Caritas Village. Caritas exists to foster meaningful relationships by serving exceptional food, regardless of the ability to pay. Their Vision: Love and respect for all people. At The Village, friends and neighbors share conversation and break bread together to feed both body & soul, with hope to build bridges of love and trust as they break down walls of hostility between the rich & those made poor.

Do check the "weekly" and "monthly" lists - as I'm phasing out listing these events by day, to keep the page a bit more compact.

Jan 1.  2020. Happy New Year!
I've occasionally been asked questions about things I know only a little about, e.g. Muslim funeralk customs. A good source for general questiuons about Islam seems to me to be at   It seems to be from San Francisco? Comments, anyone?
       I have to admit I'm increasingly updating this only twice a month - and I'll probably skip mid-January to mid-February as I'll be in SE Asia (nice chance for some Buddhist visiting?)
       Be aware of the many events at Crosstown Arts. e.g.
       For Christmas customs "elsewhere"
I hadn't heard of, here is an interesting one from the Carribean:

December 16

       President Trump
did at least two bizarre things recently. In a speech to a Real Estate group, he stated that Jews were "killers" (one supposes he meant this figuratively) and that they would have to vote for him since if the Democrats were elected they would take away all the Jews' money.  A somewhat standard anti-semitic trope, offending virtually all Jews.  They he issued an executive order that he said was against anti-semitism, but again used language more like that used by anti-semites than by persons of intelligence.  President Hass of Rhides College and Rabbi Greenstein of Temple Israel commented on the executive order in the Commercial Appeal, at

I've moved earlier "news" postings here to the   Home Page 

Election Dates for 2020:  March 3, Presidential Primary, County Primary.  Register by Feb 3, Early voting Feb 12-25, Absentee Deadline Feb 25.
                                                          August 6
, State and Federal,  Primaries, County election.  Register by July 7, Early voting July 17 _ Aug 1, , Absentee Deadline July 30.
Nov 3, Federal and State General Election.  Register by Oct 5, Early voting Oct 14-29, Absentee Deadline Oct 27.

Upcoming events:

(Some of the ongoing, Weekly or monthly events - have been moved below the listings by date-)

Current and forthcoming:

        Wednesday dinners at Second Presbyterian, Calvary Episcopal, Holy Communion Episcopal
 (where else?) check theior calendars (links on the address page) for hours, hioliday cancellations.
         Wednesday breakfast at St Mary's Episcopal.
A good chance to visit with the homeless,
or volunteer to help, or see the excellent Yellow Fever historical exhibit in the social hall.
         If you'd like to visit a religious service, discussion group, or class, but would like a guide or host or hostess,
wwe are happy to arrange that. Give us an e-mail ( ) or a call ( 901-327-9735 )
       I rarely list regular weekly services here. Often houses of worship have small services at other times, these may present a better chance to chat with clergy.
     #     Churches usually Sunday morning, often with classes or discussions available. Sometimes Sunday evening, Wednesday evening, or others.
    #     Mosques have daily services but the main sermon is usually at 1 or 1:15 PM Friday (Friday, since that's the day God created Man). Mosques have frequent classes, lectures, etc., check theri websites; I'll note occasional ones here.
    #     Synagogues (Including Temple Israel) have services Friday evening and/or Saturday morning, (the Sabbath, the day God rested), some short weekday services, often classes Saturday mornings or afternoons and/or Sunday mornings.
     #   The Buddhists have a meditation and talk Friday evenings and perhaps other times.
     #    The Sikhs have a Sunday morning service.
     #   Services at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple (Hindu) seem more irregular - I note many events in the schedule below but feel free to visit (or ask  for help visiting) most mornings and evenings - it is usally closed afternoons.

Monthly, listed by day of week.

  2nd and 4th Mondays. Lynching Sites of Memphis Project .The time is from 5-7 p.m. in the Jones Building, 3rd floor at Idlewild Presbyterian. Excellent speakers and discussions. It's OK if you can only come to part of the meeting.     
       First Tuesday evening - Potluck supper and speaker at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
, sponsored by the Catholic Ministry to Gay and Lesbian Persons. By no means are all the attendees Gay or Lesbian, all are welcome and the talks are excellent. 6:30 supper, 7 PM talk, in Marian Hall (underneath the sanctuary. It is easiest to park in in the lot in back around the block and enter from the back./ No need to brting anything for the potluck the first time.
      Second Tuesday evening - monthly meeting of MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope. Meeting places vary, check their facebook page.
      Third Tuesday evening - potluck and speaker at the Memphis Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grove and Prescott, sponsored by PAX Christi, the   Roman Catholic Peace group. Again, all are welcome, and no need to bring anything your first visit. Dinner 6:30,. speaker at 7.
        Wednesday - breakfast and dinners, weekly, above.
2nd Thursday, noon. Healing Eucharist at St Marys Episcopal.


January 16, 10 AM. Coffee and Conversation, Temple Israel.  Why is Israel needing a third election?

January 16. Jewish Federation Fund-raising Luncheon, women only, minimum household annual pledge $180. Tuitle of the luncheon is "I'm not really a Waitress."  Details

January 16, 23, 30, 6 PM, Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Saibaba Puja & Aarti.  Sai Baba of Shirdi, also known as Shirdi Sai Baba, was an spiritual master who is regarded by his devotees as a saint and a fakir. He is revered by both Hindu and Muslim devotees during, as well as after his lifetime.
  His teachings concentrate on a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace and devotion to the God and guru.

January 17-20. Martin Luther King, Jr., Days of Service. Numerous volunteer opportunities. See site of United Way of Memphis at

January 17.  9:30 to 11 AM. Congressman Steve Cohen, District Issues Meeting, Federal Building, 167 North Main St., Suite 369
phone 544-4131

January 17, 6 PM - 9 PM. Family Fun Night, Memphis Islamic Center. Free.

Jan 17-18. Masjid Ar-Rahman. Visiting speaker.  Several talks Friday and Saturday, but people may be especially interested in Saturday 5:30 PM: "Unity Through Diversity: An Islamic Perspective on Co-Existing with People of Other Faiths."

January 18, 9:30 AM.  Malco Powerhouse, $10. Special Screening of "Just Mercy" sponsored by Lynching Sites Projhect of Memphis.
 $10 gives you a ticket, popcorn, and a drink!  We have a limited number of tickets. If you’d like tickets, e-mail Jessica Orians ( no later than Friday, Jan. 17.  You can pay $10 cash/ticket at the door, write out check to "Thomas Momberg" (Board President), or contact Jessica Orians ( with PayPal and Venmo payment options. 

January 18, 7 PM. Trivia Night & Dinner at Chabad. $25.  Bagel, Bialys, Schmears, Smoked Fish Buffet. 

January 19, 3 PM.  Martin Luther King, Jr., commemoration at Parkway Gardens Presbyterian Church, 1005 E Shelby Drive., Memphis 38116
(wide sponsorship by area PC-USA).

January 20, 8 am - 6 PM Free. National Civil Rights Museum. Open all day, extended hours, free. If you or your kids have not visited there in the last few years, ti8me to visit! Children's programs. Blood donations and canned good donations accepted but not required.

January 21, Third Tuesday, Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic peace group, meets at the Friend's Meeting House, Walnut Grove and Prescott. Pot luck supper, 6:30, speaker at 7. Highly recommended, all welcome. often contains interesting news.

January 22, Annual Point in Time Count

Point in Time (PIT) Count, Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 4:00 am – 8:30 am

Volunteers will gather at CalvaryEpiscopal Church  at 102 North Second Street.  The Point in Time Count is required nationally by HUD and provides a snapshot of homelessness in Memphis and Shelby County. The count is done all over the country on one of the coldest days of the year. Volunteers go out in groups of 4 to count those who sleep outside. Flashlights and training are provided. If there are not enough people to count our homeless neighbors, we end up with the inaccurate count when we know there are so many in need of services. We know where they are and simply need more help counting and completing the surveys.

January 23, Noon. Artist Lunch and Learn at Memphis Jewish Community Center (MJCC). Re. art exhibit at MJCC.
    Artist isCarol Buchman of Memphis.

January 26, 9:30-11:30 Am. An unusual Yoga program at Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Dr Indranill Basu Ray, Cardiologist, Yoga and Meditation expert. (bring your own yoga mat and water bottle.)

January 26. Sunday morning at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. 11 AM service, 12:30 reception, 1 PM World Premier Concert, new composition by Dennis Janzer (Director of Music at St. Mary's)

January 26, 4 PM. Open House, dedication of the THIRD house in the Dorothy Day House Village.

presided over by Bishop David P. Talley.  1161 Peabody Ave.

January 26, Memphis Grizzlies' Faith and Family Night on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 5 pm at FedEx Forum. Tickets are $35 per person for children and adults. I know that the Episcopal Diocese is trying to organize a big block of seats so that their youth group can stand on the court during the National Anthem. Othere theme nights at the Grizzlies are listed at

January 29 Soul Supper at St John's Episcopal, good dinner and speaker -
Eli Morris of Hope Presbyterian Church.
January 29 (Last Wednesday). League of Women Voters - a few interested people meet over lunch at Fratelli's at the Botanic Garden,Cherry Road. If you'd like to meet them and find out what the League is doing, you are welcome.

January 30 Jewish Community Center - Opening Night of Jewish Film Festival. 
 Film:  7PM  "The Keeper"  (German prisoner of war in England becomes a goalkeeper for Manchester, raising anti-German sentiment) $

February is Black History Month. I have not had enough advance notice of events,

but a Google search on "Black History Month 2020 Memphis" from tyime toi time during the month is worthwhile.
The Civil Rights Museum and the local colleges and universities, as well as the Hattiloo Theatre, have several events.

February 1., Crosstown 5K and 10K benefiting Church Health Center.

February 1, 11 Am - 1 PM, Turkish Cooking Class (No, you don't have to be Turkish to come - most of the audience is not, and it is great fun.) Ladies only. 7829 Wingate Park Cv Memphis, TN 38119   $10.  RSVP:

February 1, 7:15 PM. Chabad - Songs to Inspire the Soul; Memphis String Quartet. $25 includes Wine, Cheese, Dessert Buffet.

February 4, first Tuesday, Catholic Ministry to Gay and Lesbian Person potluck. see monthly events list. All welcome.

February 4  Temple Israel fundraiser at GPAC, An Evening with Jason Alexander
$80 to $100.

February 6, Jewish Film Festival at MJCC: 7 PM FILM: "Flawless" (Organ donation, transgender...) $7

Feb 7, First Friday of month, 6PM. "The Art of Dinner" fundraiser, Church Health Center, $65. In this interactive cooking class, Chef Joshua House will guide you through seasonal, delicious dishes in the Church Health Nutrition Hub at Crosstown Concourse. Come with an appetite and your favorite wine or beer! February’s dinner menu includes Tuna Poke Nachos, Hearts of Palm Salad with Pink Grapefruit and Avocado, Huli Huli Grilled Chicken Thighs with Coconut Rice & Mango Salsa, Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie.

Feb 9  Jewish Community Center-  MJCC Film Festival
        Feb 9, 2 PM Film Golda's Balcony  (Based on Broadway play about Golda Meir.) $7  (Free to MJCC members)

Feb 11, second Tuesday, monthly meeting of MICAH.

Feb 11, MJCC Film Festival, but this one is shown at the MALCO Ridgeway. $7.  7 PM Film: "Crescendo"      

 February 11 (Save the date) Tentative date for major League of Women Voters dinner.

Feb 13.  MJCC Film Festival  $7. 7 PM. Film "Skin".
(Graphic, violence - see the website for info.) (Man leaving white supremacist group.)
Feb 14-16. ALIM, the American Learning Institute for Muslims, 
has an educational program "Where do we go from here? Chaos or Community?"
Friday at the Civil Rights Museum 6:30 - 8:30 PM FREE, , Sat-Sun 9 Am -6 PM at the Memphis Islamic Center, $30/person.
The link  may be broken, if it doesn't get fixed check with MIC for details.

Feb 17, MJCC Film Festival with Indie Memphis at the Malco Ridgeway.
    4 PM.  $7.  "Abe". Life of a half Israeli-Jewish, half Palestinian Muslim young man in New York.
Feb 18. Healthy and Free Tennessee - "Day on the Hill", Nashville, Lobbying. 

February 20, 7-9 PM. The 33rd Annual Dr Henry Logan Starks Scholarship and Awards Dinner, First Baptist Broad Church, 2833 Broad Avenue.
   (For the Memphis Theological Seminary).  Info about sponsorships or reservations call 901-334-5808 or

February 20, 7 PM, MJCC Film Festival at the MJCC. $7, 7 PM. "King Bibi", about Netanyahu.
February 22 - April 3. The Lenten Lecture Series at Calvary Episcopal Church
is one of the major events of the Memphis year.
The speaker list is now available at

February 23. 5:30 PM, Jewish Community Center, R L Maizes will read from her book  "We Love Anderson Cooper," then a program of short films.
"Short Stories, Small Bites, Short Film". $25    RSVP needed
    also on

Feb 23, 4 PM, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, LeMoyne-Owen Concert Choir (? I have been unable to confirm this. Help?)

February 25. MJCC Jewish Film Series.  At Temple Israel. "FIddler: Miracle of Miracles." Documentary about the impact of "Fiddler on the Roof".
$7, 7PM,

March 22 Jewish Community Center - Jewish Historical Society - Schelly Talalay speaks on research on Sephardi and Converse Jews

    (The Jews expelled from Spain in 1492, who settled around the Mediterranean including Muslim conutries, or disguised themselves as Catholic.
      Very possibly of interest to those interested in church history and/or history of Jewish-Muslim relations.))
April 3, 6 PM, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Marek Kudlicki, International Concert Organist

April 4-5 Beethoven Club Young Artists Competition.
Apply by March 23

April 5, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Historical Society, Donna Cantor, "The Presence of Your Absence"

May 1-2-3 Beale Street Music Festival. Discount early tickets:

May 7, 7 PM, Jewish  Community Center, $15. Prof David R. Dow on criminal justice reform. His book is "Confessions of an Innocent Man" 

June 7, 4 PM  St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Beale Canto concert


(Some places below here have bad formatting-software bug, sorry. Zoom to 200% may help.
I'll get it fixed when I can.)

Reminder: Loyalty Cards. Many local houses of worship, and other charities, are signed up to get donations from Kroger and from Superlo foods. If you have a loyalty card at either, you must REREGISTER EVERY YEAR to make a percentage of your purchases go to your selected charity. Sign up using your loyalty number at either or both of and   Reregister now and very year on your birthday, or some other day you choose to remember.
(So far as I know,  your registration at is permanent, no reregistration required.)

Farmers Market Note:
Thistle & Bee:  Thistle & Bee: Visit Thistle & Bee at the Cooper-Young Farmers Market on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The market’s summer hours are 8 - 1. You can purchase T&B’s cold lemonade and tea by the cup or growler, their amazing granola, and other products. Products are also available at Curb Market, The Mustard Seed, St. George's Book Shoppe, and Highpoint Grocery. All products are made by women employed by Thistle & Bee, who have survived sex trafficking and prostitution. Learn more on their Facebook page (Thistle and Bee Enterprises, Inc.), and at

Current art exhibits at the Ross Gallery, Plough Library, Christian Brothers University,  (Need to check...)
Friday 8 PM  Lectures on the life of Muhammad, Memphis Islamic Center.

See the flier at

Monthly:  2SLAC (2nd Saturday Legal Aid Clinic)  Every 2nd Saturday of the month | 10:00 – 12:00 pm
               Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library | 3030 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38111
[Are the following still going? 
Weekly:Courthouse Advice & Counsel Clinic    Every Thursday | 1:30 pm 140 Adams Ave, Room 134, Memphis, TN 38103
Mediator of the Day  Every Thursday | 10:00 am   140 Adams Ave, Div. 4, Memphis, TN 38103
Veterans’ Pro Bono Clinic  2nd Tuesday of the month | 12:00 – 2:00 pm  1407 Union Ave, 11th Floor, Memphis, TN 38104]

Last Tuesday of the Month: 
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.  

First Thursday, 5:30 PM.  Potluck supper, "Faith 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, from Oct 2018

Last Thursday of the month:6-7 PM Monthly meeting of PERL   (People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws)
At MidSouth Peace and Justice, 3573 Southern Avenue. Organization website is
Which also has important info such as the phone number for the YWCA Domestic Violence Hotline
(Eunice Ordman was a long-time volunteer at the YWCA shelter for abused women.)

Sunday 8 AM:  Calvary Episcopal Church Community Breakfast: 
Cook or serve breakfast between 6-8 a.m. any Sunday morning for 200 poor and homeless guests at Calvary’s Community Breakfast in the Mural Room. Contact Mary Nease:

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.

Second Tuesday: Meeting of MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope. Location varies.

Third 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. 

Third Wednesday:  5:30 PM - Words3, the writers group at Holy Communion Episcopal Church. (Walnut Grove between Poplar.) 
It is nice to call in advance if you are planning to read a five minute piece. All are welcome to come listen.   

First and third Wednesdays, 6-7:30 PM.  meetings at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, 3573 Southern Ave.   "Memphis United", discussing criminal justice reform.
But see the Mid-South Peace and Justice website for many more kinds of meetings.

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens -  many events,  at

Indian Cultural Center and Temple. It is worth checking their website as often I get rather short notice of events.
Food is served at noon on Saturdays, if you'd like a chance to visit with the people as well as see the building.

(daily)    St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral; The Memphis Yellow Fever Epidemics. 
As Episcopal nuns were actively involved in aiding the sick, the cathedral has in its social hall a museum-quality exhibit about the epidemic.

Every Monday, 5:30-7:30 PM. Church Health Center.  Church Health offers free Health Education from 5:30-7:30 p.m. each Monday at 1115 Union. Health Education will teach you how to manage your hypertension, cholesterol, or obesity. It’s free and open to community. Registration is not required. Can’t make it on Monday? We also offer a special session from 9-11 a.m. the second Saturday of the month. Registration is required for the Saturday class. Please call 901-259-4673 to sign up.  

Every Tuesday, 10-11 AM, Short Story Group at St. Mary's Cathedral.

Every Wednesday, St Mary's Cathedral, 700 Poplar.  A brief service at 8 AM, then a breakfast. A large turnout of homeless people, everyone is welcome, a chance to visit with people you might not otherwise meet. "a hearty breakfast as well as art classes, neighborhood prayer walk, If you've never gad a chance to mingle with the homeless community on an "equal footing", this is highly recommended.
blood pressure checks, literacy classes, computer lab & career training"...

Wednesday: How many Churches have regular Wednesday evening dinners and programs? 
Calvary Episcopal downtown 5:15 - 6:15 PM, $6 adult, $3 child, $20 family max. Discussion groups follow.
Second Presbyterian (Poplar and Goodlett) also has a very nice dinner at 5:30; excellent programs / discussion groups follow.
Holy Communion Episcopal, Walnut Grove between Perkins, 5:30  $8.50 suggested donation

We get requests for information on 5K runs,
group walks, and the like, in terms of exercise, whether or not they are faith or charity related.  Those interested should look at the calendar page of Shelby Farms Park at   which has a remarkable number of events with a variety of goals and sponsorships.    5K's, bicycle events, stroller walks, nature walks, outdoor festivals, all too numerous to list here individually. If these events appeal, check their list at least monthly.

Fridays after the sunset prayer (Maghrib).  Koran, Word for Word, exposition by Imam Anwar Arafat, at Masjid Ar-Rahman.  Some  of the  Friday noon sermons at this mosque  are available online at    if you'd like to listen to a Muslim sermon.  

Wednesday Nights - Memphis Islamic Center, Islamic History, "Lives of the Sahaba" lectures by Yasir Qadhi. (Check - these are sometimes cancelled as he may travel.)  8 PM. Streamed on line and available at Youtube. Sermons are also available online.

The Hindu Temple (Indian Cultural Center and Temple, Eads.) has classes in Sanskrit and in Carnatic Music.

   Healthy Memphis - Common Table has a website on the subject of end-of-life planning at
They can also provide speakers on this topic for houses of worship or other organizations.


Should I sometimes mention regular services  or events that are not at the usual hour? E.g.
St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral has a Communion and Breakfast every Wednesday at 8 AM.  St Mary's will have a new cookbook for sale from Nov 8.
Temple Israel has a regular Bible discussion group with breakfast ("Torah Study", but colloquially "Bagels and Bible") with lox, bagels, and other goodies, at 8:45 Saturday mornings - most arrive by 8:30 to start eating before class. (Yes, Temple Israel also has Sunday School classes on Sunday.)
Masjid Ar-Rahman has a Koran study Friday evenings.  (start at sunset) -
see also

Allegro Music in Germantown prepares a weekly guide to musical events in Memphis. They are clearly finding out about some events (especially in churches) that I don't. They have allowed me to reproduce their weekly newsletter at

No, I don't list everything here from many of the organizations I hear from. Sometimes word gets to me too late, or the events are too numerous or too specialized.  Do check the websites of churches or other houses of worship that appeal to you, and websites of such groups as
the Church Health Center  ,
MIFA   ,
Bridges ,,
The Baha'i calendar of local events is at
--- what others?

Sept 7 and every Sunday 2:30-4, Memphis Islamic Center, ages 13 and up. "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Muslim Teenagers."  I don't normally post house-of-worship youth group meetings, but I liked the title. Further info Br Malik at 734.644.1966
The Memphis Islamic Center provides a set of links
Which I think well exemplifies good use of social media - it has a lot of sermons and other talks, but I didn't immediately see youth-group related material there.

(Aug 2015 notice) Traditional Indian Dance Lessons at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple:
Kuchipudi Dance Classes by Indian Ballet Theatre
Every Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Venue: ICCT Multi-Cultural Pavilion
Fee: A nominal donation of $ 40 per month
Dance Masters - Master Ramana and Chandra Prabha Vasili
Contact Master Ramana at (901) 387-9646 for additional details

6 PM Fridays - music and prayer: Award-winning musician Rev. John Kilzer hosts The Way, a service of recovery, at 6 p.m. every Friday at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1207 Peabody Ave. The Way focuses on recovery, encouragement, and hope. Music is a key component of the service with many local musicians stopping by to perform. The service, which is a joint ministry of Methodist Healthcare, St. John's, and the Church Health Center, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 901-726-4104 or visit

The Church Health Center

The Church Health Center Newsletter has too many events to list them all here. I've put excerpts from the newsletter of May 30, 2016 at
    A few examples:
*Farmer's Market Tuesdays through Oct 25/ 
1115 Union Ave. Join us at 9 a.m. for a free healthy cooking class; the market then runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Canoe and Kayak Race June 18

* The Church Health Center now offers free Diabetes Education, a 2-class series that will give you the skills to self-manage your condition. Classes are held each Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union. Registration is not required, and you may start at any point during the month. Can’t make it on Tuesday? Diabetes Education is presented in its entirety from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month. Registration is required for the Saturday course. Please call 901-701-2221 to sign up.

* The Church Health Center offers free Commit to Quit smoking cessation groups each month. Four-week group sessions start the first Tuesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. Call 901-701-2222 to enroll.


The Memphis Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Memphis are increasingly doing things jointly, as "Jewish Community Partners." They have a calendar of Jewish events, at

We are experimenting with putting some Quran excerpts, organized by Tanvir Kazmi, on-line. (more will arrive!) Is there interest in this?   The first very rough draft attempt is at

Christ United Methodist Church (Poplar opposite Oak Court Mall) has its website (including events lists and on-line sermons)

Which farmers markets shall we mention here?
  of course the one that runs all year: First Congregational Church.
"Year-round every Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Find us at the corner of Cooper St & Walker Ave. in the parking lot of First Congo  "

On Fridays the Tri-State Defender puts out a nice "this weekend in Memphis" activities list. I think the actual web address changes weekly but you'll typically find the link somewhere on the page

 SOUP KITCHEN: Every Tuesday at 3:30 PM  the Muslim Student Association at the University of Memphis  recruits volunteers for the Soup Kitchen sponsored by  Rhodes College which takes place at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1207 Peabody Ave., Memphis 38104.  All are welcome to come help it you'd enjoy meeting these young people. Even better, if you are out way east, meet with some of them at the Memphis Islamic Center (near Walnut Grove and Houston Levee - see our address page) at 2:45 and the carpools leave at 3 PM. For info contact  Br. Shehroz Kazmi at 901-216-1022.

The "OneCommunityCenter" (Yoga, meditation, holistic health) now has a Facebook page

2nd Wednesday, 6-7:30 PM. Monthly general meeting of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, 3573 Southern Ave.    

Facing History      maintains an events list at

The Prizm Ensemble 
This is a musical group (classical chamber music) headquartered at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, corner of Shady Grove and Yates, with its most important activity being a music camp and concert series (talented musicians ages 12 and up) in June each year.

Bridges, the youth service agency (  ) has substantially enlarged its "Bridge Builders" program, with regular events for young people from 6th grade to 12th grade.  This is an
excellent and very intercultural program and depends heavily on having a large variety of participants. It is often the first time that an inner-city young person encounters a Muslim or a Jew (or vice-versa.) We recommend it highly. On the other hand, I don't know how many readers of this page have kids in that age range or work with youth groups. I'd appreciate feedback on how often we should be reporting on "Bridge Builders" events. On this point, mail to or call 327-9735.

Have you ever visited the Memphis Sikh house of worship, 8221 Macon Rd, Cordova, TN 38018?
The web site with the schedule of services is at  

Alternate Tuesday evenings. (Started Sept 4)  There is a program at the Memphis Islamic Center in the late evening (after the Isha prayer, which recently has been starting at 9:30 PM.) For roughly half an hour, Sheik Yasir Qadhi, Memphis's nationally known Muslim cleric, answers questions from Muslims on "Practical issues facing Muslims", questions which may run from technical questions about prayer and eating to questions about politics and civil rights. Non-Muslims who wonder how Muslims are adjusting to the United States, or want to learn more about the practical problems facing Muslims in American society, might want to go and listen.

Sundays 11 AM and Fridays 7PM - Buddhist Meditation and Dharma Talk - Link Here
      A friend who attends the Sunday morning program points out that following the meditation, chanting, and brief lecture, there is a free Vietnamese lunch at the Vietnamese Buddhist Temple next door.

Training programs at Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. I have a problem: they do too much for me to list, but it is scattered between their website,
their Facebook page, and e-mails.  I'll continue to list an occasional activity here, but I urge people to go to their website and sign up for their e-mails.

Church Health Center Events:

Free cooking classes are offered in the demonstration kitchen at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Avenue, every Thursday at 9 a.m.,10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (901) 259-4673, or visit

The Church Health Center and MIFA will host a farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays starting May 7 and running through September 24 at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. The Market accepts credit, debit, cash and EBT. For more information, call Suzanne Ray at (901) 259-4673, Ext. 2237 or visit

The Church Health Center is now offering Wings Cancer Support Groups at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. For more information, call (901) 259-4673.

Award-winning musician Rev. John Kilzer will host The Way, a service of recovery at 6 p.m. every Friday at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1207 Peabody Ave. The Way focuses on recovery, encouragement and hope. Music will be a key component of the service with many local musicians stopping by to perform. The service, which is a joint ministry of Methodist Healthcare, St. John’s and the Church Health Center is free and open to the public. For more information, call (901) 726-4104 or visit  

The Church Health Center is offering a free, six-week course on diabetes education, helping people to take control of their diabetes. Classes are Mondays at 11 a.m. or Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Avenue. Those interested can start anytime. For more information, call (901) 259-4673. No reservation required.

The Church Health Center and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center are hosting the 2013 Women's Health Conference ("Our Bodies, Ourselves") from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, at the UT Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave. Registration required; seating is limited. Register at or call 901-701-2254.

Farmers Markets <seasonal, except for the one at First Congregational Church>
and Cooper-Young, "Year-round every Saturday, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Find us at the corner of Cooper St & Walker Ave. in the parking lot of First Congo  "

Please let me know of things that should be included.
 We also welcome reports of events you attended.

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