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A Listing of events of probable interest.                major 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.

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News:

April 30
      Or C
hadash 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.

April 29.

  
     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 failed?
       As a computer scientist, I will note the existence of modern 3-D images which may help in the rebuilding.
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/04/laser-scans-could-help-rebuild-notre-dame-cathedral/587230/    
 
 I do need to note that, almost simultaneously with the Notre Dame fire, there was a fire at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. It was a small fire and apparently unrelated.
https://www.newsweek.com/notre-dame-fire-aqsa-mosque-1397259   

       It is difficult not to be concerned about the Chinese persecution of its Uighur  minority.  According to a NY Times story (widely circulated in the Computer Science community!) the Chinese government ius now using computer Artificial Intelligence to racially profile Uighurs.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/14/technology/china-surveillance-artificial-intelligence-racial-profiling.html

     There is a very controversial bill to regulate voter registration drives in the state legislature.
https://tri-statedefender.com/tennessee-house-passes-bill-to-regulate-voter-registration-groups-heads-to-senate/04/16/ 

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


Upcoming events:

(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 previously.)

- Holy Communion Episcopal, Walnut Grove, has Wednesday suppers  

- 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/





Current and forthcoming:

  Ongoing Museum Exhibit: 70 Faces of Memphis, Memphis Jewish Community Center.
Articles about some of these people are at https://jcpconnect.org/tag/70-faces-of-memphis/
 

April 30. West Tennessee Opioid Summit. 8:30 AM - 1:45 PM. Invitation from Common Table Health Alliance.
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102490406310&ca=a8b1185d-59eb-49c0-a2cd-a2cf1251d4d9

April 30, 7 PM. Lecture at Beth Sholom Synagogue. Rachel Shankman.  The daughter of a holocaust survivor, Mrs. Shankman has been a major leader of educational programs. "Mrs Shankman's life work has been dedicated to building bridges and understanding between diverse peoples..."
 
May 1. Noon. Temple Israel, Lunch & Learn
Rabbi 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 registration required.

May 1 12-1. Charles Belenky invites people to  a May Day Rally in front of City Hall,
125 B Main Street, Suite 308
The web site suggests there will be an interesting turnout. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/834943863525768/

May 1, 1:30 PM  Mark Twain performance at Theatre Memphis, Senior Arts Series. Minimum donation $5.
Poster at  SeniorArtsSeries.jpg    (all events on the poster are at 1:30 PM)
https://www.creativeagingmidsouth.org/senior-art-series
 

May 1 Wednesdays at 7:30 PM, Memphis Islamic Center. A series of lectures by Yasir Qadhi on "Mothers of the Believers"
A more complete schedule of MIC activities is at   h
ttp://www.memphisislamiccenter.org/

May 2. Planned Parenthood Fundraiser
, performance of "Cabaret", $50 and up.
http://www.cabaret.pptnmm.org or call Darci at 901-725-3008.

May 2, Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6:30 PM. Yom HaShoah, commemoration of the Holocaust. Speaker,
Rachel Goldman Miller, "Stolen Innocence."  Doors open 6 PM. Open to all.
 
May 3, Church Health Center - fundraiser cooking class, $65.
This month, Mexican cooking for Cinco de Mayo.

https://churchhealth.org/event/the-art-of-dinner-interactive-cooking-class-cinco-de-mayo/

May 4, 11 AM, Hope Church. Ordination of Phoebe Rauf as Episcopal Bishop of West Tennessee. (8500 Walnut Grove Rd.)
This is an extremely colorful ceremon yand all are welcome. Strongly encouraged!

May 5 at Chabad. Speaker from the Jerusalem Post: "Red States, Blue States, and the Jewish State." 
Election commentary, recent Israeli election. Lecture at 7 PM is free, there is a dinner at 6 PM with a $25 charge for Israeli buffet dinner.
https://www.jewishmemphis.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/4362944/jewish/Red-States-Blue-States-The-Jewish-State.htm

May 5, 2-3 PM free class on healthy and beneficial eating habits for elders and special needs people. Jewish Community Center. Call 767-8511, class 5477

May 6, Men of Reform Judaism, Annual Golf Tournament, Charity Fundraiser.

May 6
     Or Chadash Conservative Synagogue  has made arrangements to establish a new Jewish cemetery within the historic  Elmwood Cemetery.
There will be an informational meeting at Or Chadash (6629 Massey Lane) May 6 at 7 PM.
 
 May 7 First Tuesday, CMGLP. 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.) 

Thursday, May 9th  ST Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Healing Eucharist at 12 pm in the nave. This short (30 min) service with piano accompaniment is offered the second Thursday of each month. Folloiwed by a potluck lunch.
 
May 10, 6:30-8:30. Calvary Episcopal Church. Feast and Follies: a choir concert, heavy hors d'oeuvres, fundraiser $25. Tickets in advance via http://calvarymemphis.org.   

http://calvarymemphis.org/event/feast-and-follies-a-choir-cabaret/

May 14, 11 AM to 1:30 PM. Common Table Health Alliance Awards Luncheon.  Notice is at
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102490406310&ca=0dd4829d-87c8-40b9-8b11-ded7ed7fc0d2
 
May 14
Second Tuesday, meeting of MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope. Meeting location varies, see https://www.micahmemphis.org/  or Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/MICAH901/  for locations and other committee meetings.

May 16. 7:30 AM, class
($15 or $20 charge, CEUs) States of Mind: Elder addiction and its impact on the client and the family. Jewish Community Center 767-8511
http://jccmemphis.org/jfsprograms

May 16, Playhouse on the Square, performance of Cabaret! to benefit Facing History and Ourselves.
$75 fundraiser.
6:30 PM reception, 8 PM curtain. 
https://www.facinghistory.org/calendar/rc2019mem3-cabaret-performance-playhouse-square

May 17, Temple Israel.  Send-off dinner for Rabbi Katie Bauman, as she prepares for her new role as Senior Rabbi of Touro Synagogue in New Orleans.

May 18, Memphis Islamic Center Annual Fundraiser

May 19, The Annual IFTAR Dinner.  This is a major annual interfaith event sponsored by the Muslim community. Speakers will be Rev Dr. Stacy Spencer, Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Shaykh  Dr, Yasir Qadhi.  6-9 PM
Free but it fills up fast, reserve early!  http://www.memphisinterfaith.org/   and click on May 19


May 21 (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.

May 25, 2 PM, Memphis Men of Harmony Concert  "Attic Memories"
St Benedict at Auburndale High School, 8250 Varnavas Dr., Cordova 38016
Reserved seating - $15, $12 for Seniors, Students, Military.
Call 901-870-8629 or  email jamclan1682(at)gmail.com
If you'd enjoy joining a barbershop quartet or similar group,. rehearsals are at
Balmoral Presbyterian Church, 7:30 PM Tuesdays


June 1, 7:30 PM, Wolf River Singers, 25th Annual Pops Concert and Silent Auction
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 8151 Poplar Ave., Germantown

June 9, 4 PM Beale Canto at St Mary's Episcopal

June 10-16 Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Silver Jubilee Celebration

June 18, 7 PM. Memphis Jewish Community Center.
Annual meeting of Jewish Community Partners, the local Jewish umbrella charity group.

June 23, Church Health Center - Craft Food and Wine Festival

August 22, Jewish Community Center,
"Death and Dying Customs: Social Work Issues by Faith - Cultural Diversity" 7:30 am, charge $15 or $20 at door, NAWTN CEUs expected,  767-8511

October 30- Nov 4. Indie Memphis Film Festival. Contact Indie Memphis Early if yoiu have a film to submit, or want low rates on early-bird ticket subscriptions






ONGOING EVENTS 

(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 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 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 http://www.thistleandbee.org.


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 http://memphisirg.org/2SLegalAid.pdf
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
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, 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
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: maryvnease@gmail.com

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 Poplar.) 
It 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.

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens -  many events,  at http://www.dixon.org/eventcalendar

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 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 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 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
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXfMPAjkjTo8ghKT6hzDH_w    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.
E.g. https://www.youtube.com/user/MemphisIslamicCenter
http://www.memphisislamiccenter.org/


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
http://www.planwishlive.org/
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) -
http://files.ctctcdn.com/98c2aa0a001/38a5a115-0354-454b-87b7-e6b6b116d73c.pdf
see also http://files.ctctcdn.com/98c2aa0a001/dcb49750-7b18-43c4-8958-88d32b5e15be.pdf


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   http://memphisirg.org/Allegro_Concerts_List.html

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 http://www.churchhealthcenter.org/  ,
MIFA http://mifa.org/specialevents   ,
Bridges http://bridgesusa.org/ ,
http://commontablehealth.org/upcoming-events.php
http://midsouthpeace.org/,      
http://www.workersinterfaithnetwork.org/  
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/lifestyles/faith-in-memphis/
The Baha'i calendar of local events is at  http://midsouthbahai.wordpress.com/calendar/
--- 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
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.


(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 http://www.stjohnsmidtown.org.

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 http://memphisirg.org/CHCNewsletter.html
    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  http://www.memjfed.org/community-calendar


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)
 at http://www.cumcmemphis.org/

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
http://www.cycfarmersmarket.org  "


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 "OneCommunityCenter" (Yoga, meditation, holistic health) now has a Facebook page
at https://www.facebook.com/OneCommunityCenter



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

Facing History      maintains an events list at 
   http://www2.facinghistory.org/campus/events.nsf/events?readform

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  admin@memphisirg.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/  

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 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.



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 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 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 www.cycfarmersmarket.org  "

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