NOTE: many in-person events for the
foreseeable future have been cancelled due to
This page is being used for a sort of blog - what is happening with religious groups locally,
and resources that may be useful for members of the community.
The former version of this page is at "Old Events Page" for
This is an experimental version, reporting on on-line events.
I’m still not advocating
in-person events, although many houses of worship now have
in-person events with limited attendance, normally
requiring signing up in advance. I’m not much advocating
them since the pleasure I take in visiting other houses of
worship is in meeting and talking with the people – and it is
really easier and safer to do that by Zoom right now. And of
course a great many houses of worship have their services
streamed, or recorded on Youtube, Facebook, or other
places. Usually you can find these by a simple search on
Youtube, Facebook, or on the organizations home page – and
many of those homepages are listed on the “addresses"
page (link at the top of this page).
There are now a number of “one-off” or seasonal things that are well worth watching online.
Please let me know of things that should be
April 16, 2021
Meritan and MIFA have been active at arranging
covid vaccinations for homebound people. Many houses of worship
have formed committees to help get their members to
vacciantions (or, in some cases, to get their own doctors
together with patients.)
Many of the usual city Farmers Markets will
operate muc has usual this summer.
Calvary Episcopal Church has restarted its
Wednesday evening dinners on a carry-out basis. Order by
Tuesday 2 PM. Take it home or join others for a picnic near
The important immediately upcoming event is
the Annual Iftar Dinner, the major interfaith event sponsored
by the Muslim Community.
Sunday,. April 18, 6 PM. Information and sign-up link at https://www.memphisinterfaith.org/
(you rsvp by the link there, they send a confirmation by email. I assume that the zoom link will be sent later, or appear at that page, but I'm not sure.)
Speakers will Include Bishop Talley, Rabbi Greenstein, Anwar Arafat, Yasir Qadhi.
If you did not listen online
to the annual Vanderhaar Symposium,
the complete recording is online at
It is just over two hours, so you don't needt o watch i tall at one sitting. It contains outstanding introductions to quite a few interesting and important projects.
The main speakers start at about minute 16: keynote speakers Angela Glover Blackwell and Dr. Michael McAfee of PolicyLink.
Topic: Racial and Economic Equity Virtual Summit: The Path to a Just Memphis.
How many of the Calvary Lenten Lectures were you able to
see or listen to? The whole series is available
online, starting at
https://calvarymemphis.org/learn/lenten-preaching-series/ Scroll down far enough there, and click the link on any talk you'd like to hear.
I think most people will enjoy all of the talks, but I have to point out
Jemar Tisby speaking about, among other things, Black Lives Matter
Pádraig Ó Tuama, the Northern Irish poet
Rabbi Micah Greenstein.
(and don't miss the others, either!)
Might I suggest that since these talks are all online, they could be used for a Sunday School or other discussion group?
Several give openings for remarkably good discussions.
From Father Al Kirk and Therese Gustaitis:
We appreciated seeing so many of you on the Zoom screen for
Session 1: Living Nonviolently in a Violent World.
Reminders of opportunities with these sessions:
Sites Project of Memphis continues to have
excellent online speakers, generally twice a month.
If you are not on their mailing list, follow them at https://www.facebook.com/lynchingsitesmem
Many of their past talks are available online, with the links at https://lynchingsitesmem.org/news
The Memphis Theological
Seminary has a variety of free Sunday morning
An unusual virtual tour of Jerusalem is temorarily free online: https://www.tod.org.il/en/holy-city-vr
Temple Israel has a wide variety of recorded lectures, classes, and services online at https://www.facebook.com/TempleIsrael/videos/
March 22, 2021
Major events of the Interfaith Year:
The Vanderhaar Symposium has always been
one of the important interfaith gatherings. It is online this
year., MARCH 25, 7 PM
"Racial and Economic Equity Summit: The Path to a Just Memphis". Register at
From the Muslim community: Due to the
pandemic, we had to cancel our Interfaith Iftar/Dinner last
year. However, this year we are pleased to announce that we
plan to have our 14th Annual Ramadan Interfaith Event on April
18th, 2021 starting at 6 PM.. It will be a virtual event.
The theme this year is - Ramadan: A Time for Unity and Healing
Passover is March 27 - April 3. This major Jewish Holiday
celebrates the escape from Egypt. The most important
celebration is a service called the "Seder", in the home,
includin ga retelling of the Exodus story, with a holiday
dinner. In traditional homes this is done on the evenings of
March 27 and March 28. Temple Israel, for example, will hold a
Seder online on March 28, all welcome. Events can be found at http://timemphis.org
Easter is April 4 Many churches hold special services
the entire week leading up to this, especially on Good Friday,
April 2, and Sunday, April 4. Many will have live services
with limited sign-up-in-advance attendance; For example, Calvery
All Holy Week and Easter
services will be live-streamed on Calvary’s Facebook page, YouTube channel,
In-person worship is available for 32 households inside Calvary during Holy Week and Easter, and 300 people at The Levitt Shell on Easter Day at 11 a.m.
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NOWRUZ was March 20 was the Persian (Iranian) New Year "Nowruz", celebrated by many Muslims in areas that have been historically influenced by Persia and Iran, also the followers of Zarathustra. It falls on the vernal Equinox and celebrates renewal.
Shelby County is trying to roll
out a program to brin gCovid-19 vaccinations to the homebound.
Information is at
Father Kirk, through Pax Christi,
has suggested that people contact national legislators to urge
the US Government to oppose military suppression of democracy
in Myanmar. You may well have other issues in mind (e.g
maltreatment of women, maltreatment of Asians, the problems of
refugees). It is easy to get to e-mail forms for legislators
(or get local contact information)
Here are links to get in touch
If you have not done so, sign up for "The MIFA
Minute", MIFA's newsletter, at http://mifa/org
This is particularly timely now because of problems raeching the
homebound and the growing eviction crisis. I have put a
copy of the current issue online at http://memphisirg.org/MIFA3-18-2021.pdf
Jewish Community Partners of Memphis (the
umbrella charity often called "The Jewish Federation") has quiet
a few online events. Wednesday March 24 at noon is a
talk on "Policing and Mental Health" by Rabbi Schgachter-Gimpel
of the Memphis Jewish Home. The signup link is fairly far down
As we don't hear much about Baha'i, I was
interested to discover an on-line hour lecture, “Bahá’í
Contributions to Interfaith Relations” by Christopher Buck,
There is a March 28 deadline for the Beethoven
Club's Young Artist Competition. https://mailchi.mp/a02e9fab0ff3/beethoven-club-young-artists-competition-march-28-3939970?e=053a4e2a7d
I continue to enjoy the daily brief musical
pieces from St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzRFkVjkX64
The Memphis Islamic Center http://www.memphisislamiccenter.org/
continues to have interesting online talks almost every day. I'm
particularly excited by a series of talks by Sh. Anwar Arafat,
one of my favorite preachers, Sundays at 9 PM: The Fifty
Top Hadith Every Muslim Should Know. "Hadith" means,
for this puirpose, "sayings of the Prophet Mohammed" and
in a sense correcponds very will with the "Ethics of the
Fathers" Jewish course that Dr. Jope Levy has been doing for
Temple Israel on Sunday afternoons. As I've siad
before, not goping to live meetings gives us all remarkable
opportunities to look in on approaches other religions talk to
the issues of life!
Jewish Historical Society - April 13, 2 PM, author Bess Kalb, "Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A true (as told to me) story" http://www.jhsmem.org
It is very interesting to observe some of the
reactions in the Roman Catholic Church to the recent Vatican
statement saying that priests may not bless homosexual unions.
Foir example, see
Locally, we mourn the recent death of Roman
Catholic priest Father David Knight.
Calvary Lenten Lectures have been outstanding, as usual. Two
impoortant ones remain, and the earlier ones are available
online anytime if you are not watching them
simultaneously as given. If you have not recently
heard the great Civil Rights leader James Lawson, he is
there. Jemar Tisby gave an outstanding talk linking
Purim and Black Lives Matter. Dan Mathews always
gives oustanding classical sermons. If you have not
done so, go to the Calvary website and listen to several!
Calvary Episcopal has started its Lenten Lecture Series, scaled down this year – Wednesdays and Fridays. Limited live attendance by sign-upo, Waffle Shiop is carry-out only with 24 hour advance ordering. Buit as usual they have excellent lecturers and now live-streamed at 12:05 PM and also recorded for online viewing at your convenience. (You can even listen to favorite speakers from previous years on their remarkable archive.)
lists this year’s speakers; you can click to listen live or after the talk. On the right side of that page is the link to the archive of past years.
Feb 19 Dan Mathews, Feb 24 noon and evening Margaret Renkl
Feb 26 JAMES LAWSON March 3 noon and evening Jemar Tisby
Mar 5 Meredith Day Hearn
Mar 10 noon, and evening and Mar 12 Pádraig Ó Tuama
March 17 noon and evening Rabbi Rami Shapiro
March 19 Rev. Judy Fentress-Williams
March 24 noon and evening
REV. KIRK WHALUM
March 28 RABBI MICAH GREENSTEIN
A few more interesting newspaper articles:
A recent excellent article in the Daily Memphian (paywall)
drew my attention to https://ftkmemphis.com/ "For the Kingdom" which is doin ga major food suppl;y operation in zip 38128
in addition to its other activities.
The Daily Memphian also had an interesting historical piece about the first non-denominational Black cemetery in Memphis:
I’m not going to try to list all the service, musical programs, and Zoom discussions in churches.
(if you feel I should be giving example here, e-mail me.)
But I do encourage looking in on other religions.
Just by way of two examples:
You can scroll across the home page there for links to the talks almost every evening, or find many of them on Youtube (search for Memphis Islamic Center)
TEMPLE ISRAEL http://timemphis.org