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A Listing of events of probable interest.           major update Sept 14, 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.  (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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Elections: (Town of Arlington, Municipal, 2019 Sept 19, details omitted here)
                 City of Memphis Municipal Election, 2019 October 3 
                                  Registration Deadline Sept 3
                                  early voting Sept 13-23
                                   Last day to request absentee ballot Sept 26
       Further details

Sept 14

Need activities for older people in your house of worship? You might want to explore

The quarterly newsletter of St. mary's Episcopal Cathedral is online at 

The September Newwsletter of the Unity Church of Practical Christianity is online at

The Benjamin Hooks Institute events list is online at

Sept 2

The WC Handy House (museum at 4th and Beale has reopened.

I note the death of Baxter Leach, an important survivor of the Sanitation Strike.

I've been looking at more "overseas" news and related items lately and wonder if anyone is interested.
I can't resist noting the death of the first president of GAMBIA, see
  (The US press rarely notes nice peaceful events in Africa. President Barrow was a major contributor to a later democratic tradition in Gambia. Ansumana Darboe, a prominent Memphis Muslim very helpful to interfaith work, comes from Gambia. And I went to college in Gambier, Ohio, which may be the only other place named after that British explorer...)
A 2014 movie "Enemy of the Reich" is on Acorn TV (Amazon Prime) . The movie, by Unity Productions Foundation, which often does Muslim-motivated films, is about a Sufi-trained Muslim-American woman who served with the British underground in France in 1943. (Reviews and clips readily vailable online.)
RE the treatment of immigrants and minorities, consider the problem of Bengalis in Assam (Northeast India). Article in the Atlantic at
"Constance Abbey is a daytime hospitality ministering to St Mary's (Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar) neighborhood. We have grown substantially and would appreciate help in many different ways.  We average 40 daily visits in the clothes closet. That means 160 pairs of socks and underwear are requested weekly.  We are very much in need of: socks, underwear and men's T shirts and shorts.    Tours are free. We would love to show you what we are doing. Please contact Margery at 662.202.5648 for an appointment."

World Religion Day
"Can you kindly remind the Interfaith groups that World Religion Day Memphis will begin the pre-planning meetings tentatively the last Tuesday of each month at Caritas Village. We will be confirming that date with you shortly.
      "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). "

St Clare's Retreat Center is an Episcopal center for women  but open to all faiths:  St. John's Episcopal Church invites women to a retreat there October 17-20 - for the whole time, a shorter period, or as a  commuter.

Reservations are open for the Facing History Dinner October 28, see that date below.

From MIFA:
Tickets to MIFA’s Our City, Our Story events are going fast! Reservations for the September 10 Homelessness Here and Now public forum and September 11 Do Good, Love Well benefit luncheon are near capacity and there are about 50 groups participating in the community read of Kathy Izard’s The Hundred Story Home. You can find details about the entire series here. 
If you haven’t already booked your tickets or a table for the Do Good, Love Well luncheon, we hope you will soon. Click here to make your reservations online or call Dorothy McClure at (901) 529-4523 to reserve your place by phone.
To reserve free seats for the Homelessness Here & Now forum, please visit oureventbrite page.

August 12

For those interested in events in Nashville, Jerry and Judy Bettice have pointed out that there is an events list for Nashville or probable interest at

Since I have a cousin who worked for some years in Sri Lanka, I occasionally notice news from there. There is a nice feature about an interfaith activist there (and some of the problems there) at 

There is a new Church Health Center Events Newsletter here

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-)


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

Current and forthcoming:

June and ...     MIFA announces its "community wide read"; houses of worship may want to take part. 

Temple Israel now puts its major quarterly newsletter online vis the website Issuu. 
Other houses of worship or charities may find this site useful. 
I believe it allows free posting and publications can be downloaded if the publisher allows it.

The Fall Newsletter (and schedule) of Calvary Episcopal Church is online -     It has a lot of things I don't fit in here...

August 28. Wednesday suppers resume at Calvary Episcopal downtown. 5:30 - 6:30 PM, Charcuterie and Pasta,

Continuing to October 5, 2019
If I Had A Camera | Art Shay: Activism, Civil Rights & Justice
Art Museum of the University of Memphis

The exhibition, which is open to the public from June 24—Oct. 5 features the photographs of Art Shay (1922–2018) a Chicago-based freelance photographer, whose work appeared in Time, Life, Sports Illustrated and many other national publications. During the 1960s, Shay photographed America’s landmark civil rights movement, reflecting a struggle that is not history, but continues today.
Parking at meters in the center of the lot north of campus (usually full mornings!), or pay for the garage on Innovation Drive.

Sept 14. The Memphis City Sound Chorus. "In My Dreams". $15. Bartlett Performing Arts and Concert Center, 3663 Appling Rd.
(one of several musical groups that rehearse at Balmoral Presbyterian Church.)

Sept 15 - start of Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action.

Sept 15 10:30 AM. Prayers at Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
"Maha Sudarsanam is the divine weapon of Lord Vishnu. Performance of he 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."

Sept 15 11 AM - 3 PM. Annual Kosher BarBeQue contest at Anshei Sfard-Beth El Emeth
A remarkable fun event for both adults and children, all welcome, not to be missed.
(Since "kosher" and "halal" rules are very similar, there is usually also at least one Muslim team competing.)
A few free samples may be available, but there are also lunches to purchase if you wish.
120 East Yates Road North (just north of Walnut Grove, just inside the expressway.)

Sept 15, 3 PM. Beethoven Club concert at Elmwood.  $20  "The Swedish Nightingale"

Sept 15, 4 PM  Concert for a Nonviolent Memphis
Halloran Center, 225 S. Main St.
Poster at 

Sept 15. Major public meeting of MICAH 4-6 PM
Event: Second Public Meeting
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
620 Parkrose Ave, Memphis, TN 38109
Please join us for a very important public conversation & discussion with both current (active) city leaders and prospective city leaders (including all mayoral candidates)  about the future of our great city. We hope to find answers & solutions on major issues such as education, economic & transportation equity as we will also do a "deep dive" on the relationship between city residents and law enforcement and immigration officials.

Sept 16, 6:30-8 PM Flash Mob for Peace, Crosstown Concourse.

Sept 16.     Civilian Response: Active Shooter Event   Monday, September 16  6:00 - 8:00 P.M.
    Memphis Jewish Community Center MJCC Belz Social Hall
Memphis Jewish Federation invites the entire Jewish community to join a special active threat training session based on FBI best practices. Learn a skill set and thought process that will empower you to react during critical moments to help you and others survive an active shooter situation. Direct any questions to the program's instructor Stuart Frisch, Regional Security Director for Secure Community Network/Jewish Community Partners.

Sept 16 Free Concert  at U of Memphis
Luna Nova Concert for Winds, Guitar and Soprano
Monday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.
University of Memphis - Harris Concert Hall
(All Luna Nova concerts are free and open to the public. Contributions are welcome)
Sept 17 - Lecture at Memphis Theological Seminary.    Founders Hall 201, 168 E. Parkway South • Memphis 38104.
      Frank Cordaro will talk on Drone Warfare and Resistance .  (This  also serves as
the September meeting of   Pax Christi)

Sept. 18. Annual Joint Dinner, St Lukes United Methodist and Masjid Al-Noor. Anyone interested in interfaith activituies, and seeing one of Memphis wonderful ongoing traditions (now in its 9th year) is welcome. Free but RSVP is requested. Register at

Sept 19, 5 PM. Veterans for Peace plant a Peace Pole at First Congregational Church, 1000 S Cooper. 

Sept 19, 6 PM. Rhodes College - Communities in Conversation (an outstanding series!)
Memphis, 200 Years Together - Panel Discussion and Concert  (enter off University Avenue, the gate attendant will give directions.)
Click for Poster
"At Rhodes College on Thursday, September 19th at 6 p.m. panelists Charles Hughes, Geoff Calkins, and Zandria Robinson will help celebrate Memphis’ bicentennial by discussing the book, Memphis: 200 Years Together. The panel will be moderated by Shelby County Mayor, Lee Harris. Free and open to the public, the event will be held in McNeil Concert Hall on the college’s West Campus and will be followed by a concert by Motel Mirrors, featuring Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith. The event is part of the college’s “Communities in Conversation” lecture series and is co-sponsored by Memphis Reads. "

Sept 20, 1-4 PM. Workshop on Creatinmg Nonviolence in Schools, homes, Communities.
Inservice hours available for teachers. See 
Harding University • W.B. West Auditorium 1000 Cherry Road • Memphis 38117

Sept 21.    9 AM - 3PM  Annual Gandhi-King Conference. National Civil Rights Museum 

Sept 22, 10 AM. Canoe or Kayak the Wolf River with Temple Israel Brotherhood.    

Sept 22, 2:30-5 PM. PINK Palace Museum and many other sponsors.
I AM US - Peace and Unity Festival, a major interfaith event.
Representatives of many faiths present for informal discussion. Talk by Sri Viswayogi Viswamjee
Pink Palace Museum Mansion Theater. 3050, Central Ave.
Poster is (click here)
"This Multicultural & Interfaith Festival for Peace and Unity is being  held Sept 22nd from 2:30 to 5 pm at the Pink Palace Museum's Mansion Theater as part of the Campaign Non Violence's week of action for Peace and Unity. 
This will be a collaborative effort with Viswayogi Foundation, Unity Church of Practical Christianity, and C.H.A.N.G.E Inc. and 10 faith traditions and 7 cultural groups.

Sri Viswayogi Viswamjee Maharaj (Swamiji), will be traveling here from India to be our keynote speaker. This  event will have speakers representing various faiths, and cultural musical and dance performances. We will have speakers, performers and participants that reflect the rich diversity of the cultural and religious make of Memphis as part of US, (United States) as each one of us,comes together for Peace and Unity. Thus our logo "I AM US".

We will have an opening ceremony whereby each Spiritual Leader or Cultural representative symbolically lights a candle for their tradition with a prayer for Peace and Unity, placing it around the central Candle representing the totality of Allah, of God, of  Great Spirit, of Supreme Oneness. 

It is our sincere belief that actions like this Festival creates an energetic shift in the consciousness that transcends the human consciousness far beyond the day of the event. 

We also will have Compassionate Community Sharing tables to provide information, share and/or receive resources. The  non profit organization will also be sharing information on what they do to help the community.

We hope that the Festival will result in two things: 
(1) bring the diverse groups  together as ONE, and (2) help us share resources with each other to serve this community we call our home. 

The time is now for US to stand as One people for Unity and Peace. 

Anjana Challa, Mona Winfrey & TM Garrett, Organizers"

Sept 23. 5-7 PM Lynching Sites Project meets at Idlewild Presbyterian Church.
Highly recommended - excellent speakers and discussions of Memphis history.

Sept 23 Equinox.  The Unity Church of Practical Christianity, home to many interfaith activities, has a celebration at 7:30 PM
There will be a Native American Flute Concert at 6 PM, free admission, offering collected. Flute workshop the day before, see
Sept 24 
6-7 PM Last Tuesday. On the last Tuesday of each month, join Crosstown Concourse neighbors and friends for The Mystic.
So, what is The Mystic?
 The Mystic is a catalyst; through music, story, silence and dialogue, we hope to strengthen our attachment to hopes and dreams. In the mystic, diversity is a prerequisite for all creativity, which is why Crosstown Concourse is the perfect home. In The Mystic, the world is far-better served by different beliefs than it could ever be if limited by rigid uniformity.
The Mystic is hosted by a rotating panel including Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Chris Miner, Dr. Scott Morris, Dr. Sonia Walker and Kirk Whalum.

Sept 25. Soul Supper at St. John's Episcopal Church. Dr Scott Morris of the Church Health Center will speak.

Sept 27. Marcus Orr event at University of Memphis. (An outstanding lecture series).
Memphis 3.0 and the Digital Divide
September 17, 4:30pm
University of Memphis
Arts and Communications Bldg, Room 314
Free and open to the public
Shamichael Hallman (Fourth Bluff, Cossitt Library)
Earnestine Jenkins (University of Memphis, Art History and Visual Culture)
Andre Johnson (University of Memphis, Rhetoric and Media Studies)

Sept 27. Calvary Episcopal. Guitar Concert by Lily Afshar. 7:30 PM 
Born in Iran to a musical family,
she has also arranged and published Persian and Azerbaijani folk music for guitar. This remarkable woman is Professor of Guitar at
The University of Memphis. A festive reception follows this free concert.  Reserve in advance!

Sept 28. Fundraiser ($75 up) for Common Table Health Alliance. Underground Low Country Seafood Boil.

Sept 29. Start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
Traditional Jews celebrate from sunset Sept 29 to sunset of October 1. These are the first days of the ten "days of repentance". In a common tradition, good deeds count double in this period.  The period ends with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, sunset October 8 to sunset October 9, a 25-hour fast  (no eating or drinking.)  The services in synagogues tend to be very crowded for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Many synagogues have 24 or 25 hours of programs on Yom Kippur - classes, discussion groups, speakers, as well as prayers.  By all means drop by Temple Israel if you'd like a sample. For security reasons, it is now a good idea for newcomers to call in advance. Schedules and details at
The evening of the 29th there is a fancy dinner at Chabad, $25 ($50 family).

October 1       Benjamin Hooks lecture,  5:30 reception, 6 PM lecture "Creating a Civil, Just, and Inclusive Society"

October 4-10 Gandhi Movie at Hollywood 20 Cinema.  Free tickets available. School groups (and presumably church and similar youth groups) welcome.  Free tickets available.

October 5. 11 AM - 1 PM A major new interfaith event in the heart of Memphis.
The Memphis Friendship Foundation presents "Ask me Anything",
music, food trucks, and representatives of many faiths to answer questions and discuss their faiths, at the Health Science Park, Madison and S. Dunlap.  (Yes, that's the park where they took down the equestrian statue.)
Let's make this a new Memphis tradition!  Poster click here

October 6, 2 PM. Jewish Historical Society talk at Memphis Jewish Community Center.
Steve Stern talks about his books which weave Jewish Folklore with Memphis settings. A formet Memphianm whop teaches at Skidmore College, h=e has won numerous awards (Guggenheim, Fulbright, O. Henry, National Jewish Book Award.)

Sunset October 8, start of Yom Kippur, Jewish holiday.

October 12, 2019:  Lynching Sites Project is the featured non-profit with Playback Memphis
October 19, 2019: 
Lynching Sites Project will hold a dedication for two markers of lynching victims

October 23. 6 PM National Civil Rights Museum talk. "How to be an anti-racist"

October 28,
Benjamin Hooks lecture,  5:30 reception, 6 PM lecture "Land, Economic Mobility, and Race"

Monday, October 28, 2019 FACING HISTORY ANNUAL DINNER. Fundraiser, Expensive, but one of the highlights of the interfaith year in Memphis. Save the Date.  Sign up for sponsorship arrangements starting June.
6:00-6:45 PM - Cocktail Reception  6:45-9:00 PM - Program and Dinner    Memphis Hilton  939 Ridge Lake Boulevard  Memphis, TN 38120
reserve at

October 30, Civil Rights Museum - National Freedom Award. see
I believe adult tickets are $200 and up. But be aware of a student formum, free for school groups grade 5-12.

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

November 7     Benjamin Hooks lecture,  5:30 reception, 6 PM lecture
"An American Odyssey provides a telling biography of the artist Romare Bearden, whose iconic collages transcended the visual stereotypes of African Americans and conveyed the richness and complexity of African American life in the civil rights era. Campbell is the tenth president of Spelman College."

November 15, Calvary Episcopal Church. Fisk Jubilee Singers in Concert. Reserve tickets at after Sept. 15.

November 23. Trail of Tears Walk.  The forced migration of the Cherokee Nation passed through this area  November 21 - 25 1838. Under sponsorship of the American Indian Association of West Tennessee, there will a commemorative walk through Bartlett on November 23.  Please join the walk or come watch along the sideline.  Your support will be greatly appreciated. 
The walk will begin at sunrise, about 7:00 am, at Stage Road and Highway 70.  The walk will travel west down Stage Rd. to Bartlett Blvd., then turn south to Freeman Park.

December 23.
Winter Solstice. The Unity Church of Practical Christianity, home to many interfaith activities, has a celebration at 7:30 PM


January. World Religion Day.
"Can you kindly remind the Interfaith groups that World Religion Day Memphis will begin the pre-planning meetings tentatively the last Tuesday of each month at Caritas Village. We will be confirming that date with you shortly.
      "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). "

February 4 (Save the Date)  Temple Israel fundraiser at GPAC,
An Evening with Jason Alexander


(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
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
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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