A Listing of events of probable
update April 29, 2019
(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.
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.
Or Chadash Conservative
Synagogue has made arrangements to establish a new Jewish
cemetery within thye historic Elmwood Cemetery.
There will be an informational meeting at Or Chadash (6629 Massey
Lane) May 6 at 7 PM.
Heidi and I had an
exceptionally good time at the recent Turkish brunch. I do
strongly urge people to go to groups other than your own.
There are a remarkable set of possibilities in the near future,
even though end-of-school and exam times somewhat reduce the
number of activities.
Just in the next few days, note the May Day rally at City Hall,
the ordination of the new Episcopal Bishop on May 4, open to all;
the Israeli speaker on Israeli politics (and how they relate to
American politics) May 5 (the dinner has a charge, but the 7
PM lecture is free), the May 7 potluck supper at the Roman
Catholic Cathedral (which is sponsored by the mission to Gays and
Lesbians but attracts a lot more people than that, and always has
a good speaker...)
April 17 Obviously, the Notre
Dame fire was a major disaster. Unlike the Twin Towers, it
will necessarily be rebuilt, although that may not be complete in
our lifetimes. (I'm sceptical of the "within five years" claim of
the French giovernment, although it will surely be open toi
tourists again within that time. It will be remembered for
centuries - perhaps more than the Twin Towers, since the rebuild
cathedral will still be one of the leading tourist destinations of
the world. It is interesting to reflect on how the times we
lived in may be remembered in history, or to compare history to
our times. Will the global warming of the coming years ever be
compared, in how it affected civilization, to the "European little
ice age" of the late Middle Ages? Or will the results be as
forgotten, in the long run, as the cities drowned under what is
now the Black Sea when the great natural earth dam at the Bosporus
As a computer scientist, I
will note the existence of modern 3-D images which may help in the
I've moved earlier "notes" postings here to the Home Page
(Some of the ongoing, Weekly or monthly events -
have been moved below the listings by date-) 2018
Several Churches have Wednesday
suppers. Please let me know of others. - Calvary Episcopal has Wednesday
suppers. Class, Yoga, etc. follow.
- St Mary's Episcopal, 700 Poplar, has a Wednesday breakfast after
a brief 8 AM service. The breakfast is intended mainly for the
homeless but all are welcome and it is a chance to meet people you
might not meet otherwise, in a very friendly environment. (Not to
mention the chance to see the wonderful history exhibit on the
Yellow Fever epidemic there, if you have not visited it
- Holy Communion Episcopal, Walnut Grove, has Wednesday
- 2nd Presbyterian, Poplar and Central at Goodlett, seems to have
them but I'm not sure how often,. Check their calendar at http://www.2pc.org/
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May 1. Noon.
Feivel Strauss will continue his series, “Jewish Revolutionaries.”
May's Jewish Revolutionary is Rabbi James A. Wax. Please bring a
brown bag lunch; drinks will be provided. There is no charge or
May 5, 2-3
PM free class
on healthy and
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May 6 at 7 PM.
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May 21 (Third
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at the Friends
supper at 6:30
(no need to
speaker at 7
PM. May 25,
2 PM, Memphis
Men of Harmony
seating - $15,
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June 18, 7 PM.
meeting of Jewish Community Partners, the local Jewish umbrella
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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 kroger.com and
superlo.com. Reregister now and very year on
your birthday, or some other day you choose to remember.
(So far as I know, your registration at
smile.amazon.com is permanent, no reregistration
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
Current art exhibits at the Ross Gallery, Plough
Library, Christian Brothers University, (Need to
Friday 8 PM Lectures on the life of Muhammad,
Memphis Islamic Center.
See the flier at http://memphisirg.org/2SLegalAid.pdf Weekly:Courthouse
Advice & Counsel Clinic Every
Thursday | 1:30 pm 140 Adams Ave, Room 134, Memphis, TN
Mediator of the Day Every Thursday | 10:00
am 140 Adams Ave, Div. 4, Memphis, TN 38103
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
Veterans’ Pro Bono Clinic 2nd Tuesday of the month |
12:00 – 2:00 pm 1407 Union Ave, 11th Floor, Memphis,
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
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
MidSouth Peace and Justice, 3573 Southern Avenue.
Organization website is http://enforcerapelaws.org/
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. https://www.micahmemphis.org/
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. http://www.paxchristimemphis.org
Third Wednesday: 5:30 PM - Words3, the writers group at
Holy Communion Episcopal Church. (Walnut Grove between
is nice to call in advance if you are planning to read a five
minute piece. All are welcome to come listen. http://www.holycommunion.org/events
First and third Wednesdays, 6-7:30 PM. meetings at the
Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, 3573 Southern Ave. http://www.midsouthpeace.org/
"Memphis United", discussing criminal justice reform. But see the Mid-South Peace and Justice website for
many more kinds of meetings.
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. https://icctmemphis.org/icct/home/node
(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
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
blood pressure checks, literacy classes, computer lab & career
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 http://www.shelbyfarmspark.org/calendar
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
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 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXfMPAjkjTo8ghKT6hzDH_w
if you'd like to listen to a Muslim sermon.
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
They can also provide speakers on this topic for
houses of worship or other organizations.
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
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 https://www.youtube.com/user/MemphisIslamicCenter https://www.facebook.com/MICmemphis https://twitter.com/micproject
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.
2015 notice) Traditional Indian Dance Lessons at
the Indian Cultural Center and Temple:
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
Contact Master Ramana at (901) 387-9646 for
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 http://www.stjohnsmidtown.org.
The Church Health Center
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
Market Tuesdays through Oct 25/ 1115
Union Ave. Join us at 9 a.m. for a
free healthy cooking class; the market
then runs from10
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.
Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Memphis are
increasingly doing things jointly, as "Jewish Community
Partners." They have a calendar of Jewish events,
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 http://memphisirg.org/quranexcerpts.html
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
of course the one that runs all year: First
every Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Find us at the corner of
Cooper St & Walker Ave. in the parking lot of First
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 http://tsdmemphis.com/greater-metro
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 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. http://www.prizmensemble.com/
Bridges, the youth service
agency ( http://www.bridgesusa.org/
) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://www.midsouthsikhsabha.org/
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
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 http://midsouthpeace.org//,
their Facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/midsouthpeace, 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.
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
ChurchHealthCenter.org. 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 ChurchHealthCenter.org. 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
stjohnsmidtown.org. 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 churchhealthcenter.org/midsouth or call
Farmers Markets <seasonal, except for the one at First
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 www.cycfarmersmarket.org "
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