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HISTORY PAGE - some notes on past events       

some are placed here so people have the contact info-
(Yes, I've noticed they aren't in the right order - I just move things in batches from the "events" page.
I'll try to fix this someday.  Does anyone actually read this page? Maybe it needs to be replaced by a blog, or discussion, for example.)

January 1. Open house at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Food available (charge) 9 am to 8 pm. Prayers start at 6 am.
A wonderful opportunity to visit; dress well covered, no jeans. A good chance to socialize.

January 2
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.

January 3, Wednesday. 8 AM - New Year's Eucharist, St. Mary's Cathedral
(And, of course, a service and breakfast with the homeless every Wednesday morning)

Jan 5, 2918. Tranquility retreat for Women (Roman Catholic sponsorship.) suggested donation $210.
(731) 548-2500  January 9, Second 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. 

January 14, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Rabbi Micah Greenstein will teach at 10 AM and preach at 11 AM.  "Finding and Sharing the Light"

January 14, noon-2pm. Unity Church of Practical Christianity.
Cosmic Clock Workshop

(Dis)placed Bodies Exhibition January 4-January 30

Memphis College of Art,
1930 Poplar Ave Memphis, 38104
| Free     (Art exhibit about race in Memphis)

January 15, 2018, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the National Civil Rights Museum will host daylong performances, youth-centered edutainment, the museum experience, and opportunities for community service.

 34th International Blues Challenge January 16, 5:00 pm-January 20, 10:00 pm   
Beale Street

January 17, Wednesday, 7:30 PM Memphis Islamic Center, Panel discussion about a visit to Jerusalem.
"Please join us WEDNESDAY at 7:30 for a special panel reflection with Sh. Yasir Qadhi and members who traveled with him from Umrah to Jerusalem this past winter. Panelists will feature Sh. Yasir, Dr. Alim Khandekar, Dr. Muhammad Nizar, and Br. Abdi, who are local here in our community."

Jan 19, Friday,7-10 PM. Habitat Memphis,
fundraising dinner, music, whiskey tasting, auction, etc.
At Crosstown Concourse. $75 each, $125 couple, if reserved by Jan 18, higher at door. 
reserve at

January 19, evening, Masjid As-Salaam,
Annual Congregational Business Meeting and dinner.
(starts with brief prayer service about 5:30 PM)

January 19, Special Cantorial service (Hebrew religious music), Chabad. Also a dinner.
Service 6 PM, Dinner 6:30, please reserve for dinner by the 17th, $25 dinner

January 20, 2 PM. Indian Cultural Center and Temple
Annual Congregational Business Meeting.

January 20. Saturday 11 AM. Masjid As-Salaam. Edward Ordman will participate in a panel discussion of shared aspects of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The main subject is "Justice". Lunch follows.

January 20, 5-7 PM. Nation of Islam, Mosque 55, Annual Savior's Day Banquet. $20.
873 Vance Ave.

January 20, Saturday noon. The Juvenile Justice Project is hosting bi-monthly meetings with community members to discuss issues in Hickory Hill that are affecting our youth and how we can come together to solve them. As time goes on we will be building a youth cohort who will work with us to tackle these issues. Our next meeting will be Saturday, January 20 at 12:00 pm at Leonard's BBQ (5465 Fox Plaza Dr, Memphis, TN 38115). Please RSVP to if you or someone from your organization can attend this meeting so we know how big of a table to get. We are also open to discussing alternative times and days for future meetings to ensure as many of you can participate as possible.

January 21, Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
Prayers for Saraswathi. 10 AM, 6 PM (refreshments after)
"Goddess Saraswathi is the Goddess of learning, who is divine knowledge personified. The sound of Her celestial Veena awakens the notes of the sublime utterances of the sacred monosyllable, "OM". She bestows the Knowledge of the supreme, mystic sound, clarity of thought and nobility of ideas as represented by Her pure dazzling white clothes, with the hands holding the veena and books seated on the white lotus. We worship Goddess Saraswathi to gain knowledge, dispassion, devotion and prosperity."

January 22, Launch of Hillel at Rhodes College. Hors d'oevres at 4:45, program at 5:30
2nd floor, Palmer Hall, Rhodes College.  RSVP  crichardson at
There is a bus available from 6560 Poplar (Jewish Community Center), 4 PM, if you reserve by Jan 18.

Jan 22. Moral Mondays in Memphis
Monday, January 22 • Hope Presbyterian Church, 8000 Walnut Grove Road
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. – Speaker (Formerly Pastor of Riverside Church, NY)
TABLE TALKS, dinner and discussion, 6:15 – 7:15pm
MASS GATHERING with guest speaker, 7:30 – 9 PM
The dinner will fill up, register early.
     Register for the speaking at 7:30:

January 25, 5:30-7:30. Neighborhood meeting, Klondike Smokey City, at Dave Wells Community Center, 915 Chelsea Ave.  Food provided.  Discussion of mapping the neighborhood with a view to campaigning for more or better school bus routes.

January 25, Thursday, Hour??  Unity Church of Practical Christianity.
On January 25, we will be showing the John of God film. The next 3 days (Jan 26-28), we will have the rare opportunity to have a John of God Crystal Healing bed on our campus, with the appropriate trained practitioners. booked here.      John of God film.   Appointments will be necessary and can be  booked here.

January 28th, 4:00 pm “Citizens Check an Unchecked President: How Tennessee Can Help Prevent War with North Korea”
- a public talk by Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of FCNL(Friends Committee on National Legislation), a Quaker lobby in the public interest.  At First Congregational Church 1000 Cooper St. Memphis 38104.    Sponsored by Memphis Friends Meeting (Quakers).

Monday Jan. 29, 2018 Memphis Lynching Sites Project  meeting at
First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm

Jan 30, 3 PM. Winter Term Recital. Beethoven Club, 263 S. McLean.
(This seems not to be on their website at;
get on their mailing list!)  Clarinet, Violin, Piano. Works by Khatchaturian, Ysaye, Rosza. more.

February 1, New Interim Rector arrives at St, John's Episcopal. Rev. Charles “Dean” Taylor of Atlanta, Georgia
February 2, 8:15 PM -Musical service at Temple Israel. "Join us for Unplugged Shabbat, a new way to experience Shabbat through a music-centric, relaxed service. Held at a later time than our traditional services, February's Unplugged Shabbat will feature the incredibly talented Nefesh Mountain!        Pioneers of a new sound - where Jewish Spirit and Soul meet with Bluegrass and Old-time musical traditions - husband and wife team Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff, blend their love for both of these rich traditions and create a new genre."

Feb 4, Sunday, 1-4 Jewish Historical Society of Memphis - Historical Bus Tour of Memphis.
Leaves from Memphis Jewish Community Center Parking Lot. $18 for members, $25 for nonmembers.
Limited to one busload. Contact Phyllis Griskind at 573-5701 or lorrainedwolf at

Feb 5, 7:30 PM. Monday. Organ Concert, St. Mary's Episcopal.
"From a blank staff to performance and publication"  The compositional process: a recital-presentation on transforming preliminary concepts into music that is played.

Feb 6. First Tuesday. 6:30 PM supper, 7 PM speaker.
Catholic Ministry to Gay and Lesbian Persons. (All are welcome to attend, no need to bring food on your first visit.)  Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at Immaculate Conception Cathedral (parking in rear is easiest) 
Dr. John Kaltner will be leading us in a discussion on biblical interpretations next Tuesday at 6:30 in Marian Hall.  As in previous years, Dr. Kaltner has selected specific topics for the group to discuss together and this year's topic is: "What the Qur’an has to say about human sexuality with particular attention paid to how it presents the Lot story".  Come and join us for an enlightening conversation from an excellent presenter with vast knowledge on the topic.  You will not be disappointed!"

February 7, 6:30 PM, Memphis Campaign for Nonviolence, meeting at the Commons on Merton      258 N. Merton St.  Memphis, TN 38112

Feb 7, 7 PM free film, Brooks Museum.
A person is more important than anything else...    (29 minute film)
…, is driven by the cadence and intonation of James Baldwin’s voice, for Baldwin was also an orator whose delivery was almost as forceful as his ideas.
Artist Hank Willis Thomas weaves various audio, images, and video together including news clips, speeches, and interviews, in a fluid-moving, digital stream of consciousness that connects Baldwin’s 20th century discourse with the concerns and urgencies of the 21st, highlighting issues of race, gender, class and sexuality.
Commissioned in 2014 by NY Live Arts for the Year of James Baldwin, this multi-channel installation brings history to the fore, inspiring us to re-imagine our relationship to the contemporary moment.

February 9, traditional Jewish Sabbath dinner at Chabad. Charge. (also a wedding dinner) RSVP by Feb 7.

Feb 10  11 AM. Baron Hirsch Synagogue. Rabbi Hayyim Angel, who teaches at Yeshiva Univ., will lecture on "Biblical Archaeology and Torah - Do they Have to Agree?" 
(This will be part of a service staring at 9 AM. It is OK to just come for the talk at 11.)  Rabbi Angel is a traditionalist, but my experience is that Jewish creationists and Muslim creationists rarely see any conflict with science.  Rabbi Angel will give two more talks, Saturday at 4:15 pm  and after the brief 5 PM service (with refreshments).  Enter the driveway at 500 S. Yates Rd.

February 10, 5 PM,   Concert,   Beethoven Club, 
263 S. McLean, Memphis, TN.  Adam Bowles, pianist.
         program at

February 10, 8:00 PM, The Halloran Center at the Orpheum. Jewish comedian Robert Klein, fundraiser for Temple Israel. $100 Orchestra, $75 Balcony.  901-525-3000

Feb 11, Sunday, 4 PM.  Luna Nova Concert, St. Mary's Episcopal.

Feb 11, 1 PM, First Congregational Church. Reception for art exhibit by John Noltner, "A Peace of My Mind",
sponsored by Memphis Theological Seminary.  1000   Cooper St.  Light Refreshments.
<<"A Peace of My Mind" is a multimedia arts project built around the simple question, “What does peace mean to you?” Founded in 2009 by award-winning Minnesota photographer John Noltner, the project began as his effort to rediscover humanity in an increasingly polarized world....>>

Feb 11, 1 PM. Jewish Community Center,. film, Sammy Davis Jr., I've Gotta Be Me.    100 Minutes
     $7, less for members.

Feb 12 - I'm not sure I'd regard this as "interfaith comfortable" but note it is happening. 6:30 PM, Woodmont Bible Church Pastor Lyndon Allen speaking at the U of Memphis University Center, Fountain View Room, event entitled "A night to honor Israel". Sponsored on campus by the Young Americans for Freedom.

Monday Feb. 12, 2018 Memphis Lynching Sites Project meeting  (speaker change)
at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm.  Historian Zann Nelson of Culpeper, Virginia will be speaking.  She is an award-winning journalist authoring investigative feature articles and more than 600 columns entitled "Buried Truth" and "Zann's Place".  Ms. Nelson has been doing research on a major project in African American history which includes a lynching in Virginia.  She will share the tragic account of young Allie Thompson's arrest, kidnap and murder by lynching in Culpeper County. Virginia in 1918,  She will be in Memphis on a tour of Southern States.

Feb 13, 7:30 PM. Jewish Community Center,. film, The Exception   107 Minutes (WW II, German soldier falls in love with Jewish woman in the Netherlands. See link for trailer.)
     $7, less for members.

Feb 13, 5:30 PM. Mardi Gras supper, St. Mary';s Episcopal. "We will be fundraising for Latino Memphis. Food, music, beads, FUN for people of all ages!  Bring your tastiest dessert for the dessert competition. Save the date to join us! More details to follow..."

Feb 13, 5:45 PM. Chili dinner at Holy Communion Episcopal  (Shrove Tuesday). $10, $25/family. Chili contest. Music.
Burn last year's palm branches in the patio.

Feb 13, Hooks Institute Documentary Viewing, Hooks Documents. Orange Mound Community Center,2572 Park Avenue.  Q&A to follow the films.

February 14  Shen Yun Dancers at Orpheum. (CHANGED - used to be both Feb 13 and 14. If you reserved for the 13th, call the box office. Ticketmaster issues automatic refunds for Feb 13) A spectacular show, highly recommended, but on the expensive side. I understand this to be a Fundraiser for Falun Gong, a Chinese Christian group opposed by the PRC government.

Feb 15, 6 - 8:30 PM. Nonviolent Communication Skills Workshop. by Mid South Peace and Justice Center, at the Crosstown Concourse. Fee (if you can afford it). Preregistration required.

Feb 15. Hooks Institute Documentary Viewing. Ida B. Wells Documentary Focus Group Viewing. Hattiloo Theater, 37 S. Cooper St.  RSVP's required, available starting January 16.

February 16. Artist's talk, see Feb 1.


December 29, 6-8 AM special prayers at Indian Cultural Center and Temple (Hindu)

December 29, 7-8:30 PM, Memphis Islamic Center.
Speaker: "Nurturing a new Muslim."

December 12 is the first evening of Chanukah which ends at sunset Dec 20.  This is a relatively minor Jewish holiday gaining much of its importance from proximity to Christmas; most Jewish families have added gift giving to the traditional candle-lighting. The holiday date to the period between the Old Testament and New Testament. After Alexander the Great conquered "the whole world", effectively ending the "Old Testament",  descendants of Alexander's generals inherited various parts of the world. When one of these, Antiochus Epiphanes, desecrated the Jewish Temple, a group of Jewish rebels took to the hills to overthrow Persian rule of Israel. The Republic of Rome, probably realizing that Persia was an eventual enemy, offered some foreign aid. Much to everyone's shock, the Jewish Rebels won, (the rededication of the temple is the nominal reason for Chanukah, "the festival of lights") creating the most successful Jewish Kingdom that ever existed (larger and longer lasting than that of David and Solomon.)  It remained a border state between Rome and Persia, with an alliance with Rome that bears a striking resemblance to the treaty between the United States and the border state Vietnam during the 1960's and 1970's. It was under that treaty that the Roman soldiers were present in Jerusalem (and what had by then become an unpopular puppet government of Rome) in the time of Jesus. Those amused by details may find the treaty text in chapter 8 of the First Book of Maccabees, which is in the Catholic Bible and the Protestant Old Testament Apocrypha.
(As some people know, I enjoy speaking about the Intertestamental period when I can get an invitation).


Again, I can only give a small scattering of events in this list. E,g.Holy Communion Episcopal starts  wreath-making Nov 26 and will have a "visit from St.Nicholas" at its Wednesday supper Dec 6.  "
St. Nicholas is dropping in for merriment Wednesday, December 6. The Crossings Sunday School class is is putting on a pantomime of St. Nick and his generosity. There will be special music by the children choirs. We'll also be making "pass-it" bags to give to people we meet on the street in need. If you can bring gloves, socks, chapsticks and small hand lotions, they will be put to a good use!
Like last year, the children should bring a shoe to receive goodies from St. Nicholas.

December 10, 4 PM. St John's Episcopal, Service of Lessons and Carols. Prelude at 3:40.
Memphis Chamber Choir, with the Memphis BoyChoir and Memphis GirlChoir

Sunday Dec 10 5:30 PM "O Antiphons" service at Holy Communion Episcopal: "Each verse of O Come, O Come Emmanuel will be accompanied by the scripture upon which it is based, a hymn to amplify the symbolism and prayer to help us prepare for the Christ child."

Dec 13, 7 PM. Adoremus - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Roman Catholic - An evening of music, reflection, prayer and confession for 20s/30s.

Dec 15, 7 PM, Camerata Concert St Mary's Episcopal

Dec 17, 6 - 7 PM, Festival of Carols, Second Presbyterian Church. 

Dec 20, 5:30 PM - Neighborhood Caroling, St Mary's Epscopal  (start with pizza at 5:30)

Longest Night service 6:30 PM Dec 21. Holy Communion Episcopal "Thursday, December 21 is our moving service for the Longest Night at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel. Invite people you know are feeling grief and loss. Service includes payer, candle-lighting, Eucharist and reflective music on violin and guitar. "

Holy Communion Episcopal has its Children's Pageant at 4 PM Dec 24 followed by a 6 PM service, a prelude at 10:30 PM and service at 11, and a 10 AM Service on Dec 25.

January 3, Wednesday. 8 AM - New Year's Eucharist, St. Mary's Cathedral
(And, of course, a service and breakfast with the homeless every Wednesday morning

St Mary's Cathedral, Feast of Lights, January 7 - the end of the Christmas season, "Epiphany". Youth Activities 4 PM, Service at 6 PM, giant bonfire of used Christmas trees at 7 PM.

A large variety of choirs perform in the Peabody Hotel Lobby, with nice Christmas decorations. I believe this starts the day after Thanksgiving.

(end of "Christmas"section)

December 5. First Tuesday. Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbian Persons. (All people are welcome.) Potluck supper 6:30, no need to bring anything especially your first time. Program at 7 PM. Christmas Carols. Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1695 Central. (Parking lot in rear provides easiest access.)
December 6, Soul supper at St John's Episcopal. (A series that has had outstanding speakers.) Social time 5:30, dinner 6:30, Geoff Calkins, sports columnist for the Commercial Appeal: "What Brings Memphis Together."

December 9, 2017. Special prayers at Indian Cultural Center and Temple. 9:30, 12 noon, 12:30. I think this is a ceremony in honor of donors abut all are welcome, food after, a nice chance to visit this extremely interesting and rapidly expanding temple.

December 9, Saturday, 7 PM Concert. A Beale Canto Christmas. Balmoral Presbyterian Church. Free
The program is varied and includes some traditional, classic Christmas selections by Josquin Des Prez, Michael Engelhardt, Steven Sametz and Michael Sitton, gorgeous settings of Amen from Songs of Paradise by Dan Forrest and Alleluia by Ralph Manuel, and some creative settings of traditional Christmas pieces such as We Three Kings, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Pat-a-Drummer- (a take-off of Pat-a-pan), Jackson Berkey's setting of Still, Still, Still, and Keep yo' Lamps, an inspirational setting of a spiritual by Timothy Takach. In short, something for everyone- a concert the whole family will enjoy!

December 14, Thursday 7 - 9:30 PM. Community Forum, 2nd Baptist Church."Cultivating Compassion in Civil Discourse" with Michael Gerson, nationally syndicated columnist and former White House deputy assistant to the president. 4680 Walnut Grove. Tickets from Second Baptist, 901.682.3395

Dec 15, 1 PM Sermon, Memphis Islamic Center. 
While I don't usually mention the usual sermons at usual times of worship, I can't resist passing on that Yasir Qadhi will be speaking on the Palestine Problem at the usual weekly service at 1 PM Friday at MIC.  My recollection is that most of his sermons get streamed on-line and often are placed on Youtube later; I hope this will be on Youtube as I'll be in transit at the time of the sermon.

Dec 15 and 16 , 6 PM, special prayers at Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
BUt also recell there are refreshments and a chance to visit more informally at noon on Saturdays.)

December 15, 7PM  Camerata Concert at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
Vocal Ensemble,  directed by Matthew Bowlin
Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols and holiday favorites

December 19 - 20, 8 am - noon, Christmas Toy Store of the Neighborhood Christian Centers
785 Jackson Avenue. Volunteers needed (shifts) and volunteers sought for other projects, See

December 20 - Third Wednesday, 6 PM. Writers group at Holy Communion Episcopal.
Subject "Gratitude". Turn up with a five minute reading; listeners welcome.  The Wednesday church supper is at 5:30, so you can eat first. (Does dinner happen this week?)

November 8, 6 PM, Calvary Episcopal. Start of a five week "discovery" class, history and working of the Episcopal Church. Focused for people in the process of joining the church but visitors are welcome.

November 8, Weds, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. "Revival Jamboree".
Gather 5:45, Music 6 PM, Potluck supper 6:40PM,  closing prayers 7:30 PM. 

November 9  6 PM, Civil Rights Museum. Free. This third discussion in the Memphis Educational Equity Learning Series will explore inequity in public education and gain a deeper understanding of how it affects student outcomes in Memphis.
More detail and Register at

November 9 5-8 PM Civil Rights Museum, Book Signing.
We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet
Book Signing with Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Thursday, November 9, 6-8pm • State of Tennessee Gallery • FREE

November 10, 8 AM-4 PM Our Time, Our Voice: An MLK50 Youth Convening
 FREE for 9-12 Graders • Registration required
First Baptist Church-Broad, 2853 Broad Avenue
Register at

November 10,  8 PM Play :  Love Letters
Germantown Performing Arts Center
1801 Exeter Rd., Germantown, TN
Gickets $29 up. All proceeds benefit Church Health Center.
Box office  901-751-7500.

November 10-12.The storyteller Donald Davis will be at Balmoral Presbyterian Church. Highly recommended! 
Friday 7 PM,
Saturday 7 PM, Church service Sunday 11 AM. All free and open to the public. There are likely to be other workshops during the day Saturday.

Nov 10, Friday  7:30 PM. Bonfire and Qur'an, Memphis Islamic Center,
"The Bonfire will begin precisely at 7:30 pm, we will be roasting halal marshmallows and making s'mores with all the youth of Memphis. Afterwards, Br. Safi Khan will lead a short reflection circle focusing on the hereafter, and the hadith in which Rasulallah (S) said "Be in this world as a traveler"."    [Rasulallah = the orophet of God, that is, Mohammad.]

There will be free dessert for all the attendees inshaAllah!

Ages 13 and up ONLY.
Nov 11, Saturday. MLK50 City-Wide Food Drive. (what is wrong with the website at  Who can give me a better pointer?)

Nov 11,Noon, Memphis Islamic Center. ENGINEERING- a workshop for Engineering students and those considering studying for a career in engineering. Free, open to all.  Students and parents invited.

November 11, retreat and planning day, Lynching Sites Memphis project. 9:30 AM - 3 PM.
at Balmoral Presbyterian Church, 6413 Quince (near Kirby exit off Bill Morris Parkway)

Much of the World has Armistice Day on Nov 11.
The US has "Veteran's Day." The only celebration I've seen yet mentioned locally is a Massing of the Colors at Holy Communion Episcopal at 2 PM Nov 12th.  The service combines the colors and color guards of active, reserve and National Guard units, civic and patriotic organizations.

Nov 12, 12:30 PM, Concert at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.   Featuring Justin Merrick, this is a contemplative concert in an inter-genre journey through music, theology, meditation, and healing reliving a transformative mission trip to Uganda.  It will be in St. Mary's nave right after services on November 12 so stay for this experience!

November 12, 3 PM. Movie, The Sultan and the Saint. A MAJOR Interfaith event. Reserve early.
Ticket info
Free but please reserve seats promptly.

November 12, Sunday, Memphis Islamic Center
Sunday evening, we will hold our bimonthly college and young professionals dinner and discussion circle. The topic for this coming Sunday evening is "Being Social Like the Prophet (S)".
Come hungry for food and a great spiritual discussion. Bella's Pizza will be provided for attendees followed by the Halaqa. Please be on time at 7:30 pm inshaAllah!  Ages 18 and up ONLY

November 13, Monday,
at 2PM, Jewish Historical Society Talk at the  Jewish Community Center. Annabelle Gurwitch, comedic actress and author.

November 13  5 PM. Memphis Lynching Sites Project.
2nd and 4th Mondays, Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church.  First Baptist is located at 200 East Parkway North, Memphis, TN 38112.

November  14  PAX CHRISTI
potluck 6:30PM,Speaker 7 PM, at the Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grove at Prescott.
 an excellent speaker, Dr. Michael Pahls, part of the faculty of theology at Saint Agnes Academy and an adjunct professor of theology at Christian Brothers University and Memphis Theological Seminary. He will speak on better ways to attract young people to the peace and social justice movement.

November 14 2nd Tuesday is also the meeting time of MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope, a monthly meeting of representatives of a forming coalition of faith-based and community organizations joining together to give a more powerful voice for issues of justice in our city. 7-8:30 PM.  The intent is to let independent organizations be aware of what others are doing and seek ways to act interdependently for greater impact.   Is your organization represented? Should it be?  contact Rabbi Bauman at Temple Israel, or

November 15 5:30 PM. The Future of DACA, an Analysis and Panel Discussion about the Dream Act.
Organized by Latino Memphis.   Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education, 225 South Main Street
Registration requested (free) at

November 16. Joiut Thanksgiving Dinner, Heartsong Church and Memphis Islamic Center. $7. (6:30 PM.) I got late news of this and it may be sold out. Call MIC at 9
01-231-9340  or Heartsong at (901) 755-6332    800 Houston Levee, Cordova/

November 17-18, Civil Rights Museum

    Fri 1-4:30, Sat 10-2. Workshops: Protecting the Legacy: African American Women.   Items of interest include suffrage, voting, political activity, club and church women, community work, nurses, teachers, and racial uplift. The public can bring in original photographs, letters, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia to the museum on the days and times listed above. Items will be scanned and returned to the owner. Oral histories will also be conducted on site for those who can vividly recall actions of African American women during this time period. For more details, call Chick History at 615-913-2513.  You can preregister at

Nov 17. 6:30 PM Civil Rights Museum. Film and panel discussion. Free. Who killed Marsha P. Johnson? She was one of the icons of the gay rights movement in the 1960s, the self-described "street queen" of NY's gay ghetto, and founded the Transvestites Action Revolutionaries with fellow luminary Sylvia Rivera. When Johnson's body was found in the Hudson River in 1992, police called it a suicide and didn't investigate. In David France's new documentary, trans activist Victoria Cruz seeks to uncover the truth of her death while celebrating her legacy. Trailer at

November 18. Balmoral Presbyterian. 10 Am - Noon. Pre-Holiday Retreat.
The holiday season is a time of stress for many.
Many cope with Loss, Stress, Anxiety, Anger, Grief, Depression. Come ssek peace. refreshments and fellowship from 9:45 am.
Come find a pathway to peace throughStress...Anxiety...Anger...GriefResentment...Loss...Depression...Hopelessness

November 19, Sunday, 11 AM.  A very unusual program at the Pema Karpo Meditation Center. Poster at

November 19, Fundraising Dinner & Comedy evening for Global Orphan Support (Muslim sponsorship. All are welcome, a great place tio meet neighbors you might not otherwise meet.)  FedEx Event Center, Cordova.  $25. For details and poster, scroll down at

Sunday Nov 19. Thanksgiving Potluck dinner after church, Unity Church. Turkey and Ham provided, bring a side dish.

November 21  7 PM  Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. A MAJOR Annual Interfaith Event. Held this year at First Baptist Church. Christian, Jewish,Muslim. Several new African-American Congregations are joining this year. 100 East Parkway North (at Poplar). Reception follows.

November 22. Calvary Episcopal. 6:30 PM Wednesday even8ings downtown.
For folks who participated or were interested in the Sidewalks in the Kingdom discussions, these Wednesday evening sessions, led by architect Matt Seltzer, are designed to continue looking at both Memphis and at trends within urban thinking and attempting to view these discussions as a part of a larger discernment of how we can act on our faith within downtown and our parish. No pre-reading or book-buying needed. See you in the Emison room ollWednesday nights at 6:30! (This follows Calvary's 5:30 Wednesday supper.)

Nov 23, 10 AM. Thanksgiving. Church of the Holy
Communion has a full thanksgiving service with choir.

Nov 24, Friday, 6 PM.  Speaker, Temple Israel. Anat Hoffman, Chairwoman of "Women at the Wall", a significant Israeli civil rights activist,will speak at the Friday evening Service 

Nov 25, 2017 Moscow Ballet, Great Russian Nutcracker  at the Cannon Center. Ticket sale starts May 5.

November 27  5 PM. Memphis Lynching Sites Project. 2nd and 4th Mondays, Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church.  First Baptist is located at 200 East Parkway North, corner of Poplar

October 27,Friday  Congressman Steve Cohen at Gaisman Community Center, 11AM -1 PM, 4221 Macon Road.

October 27, 7 PM. Concert (Memphis BoyChoir, GirlChoir) at St. John's Episcopal.

October 27, 7 PM. Hallowe'en concert, Memphis Opera, Clark Opera Center, $10. Music Director Michael Sakir curates a concert of ghoulish, ghostly, gorgeous music to kick off your Halloween festivities. Costumes are welcome!

October 27-28, Recovery Retreat at St Columba. 
Join St. Mary's Episcopal in the peaceful woods of St. Columba for an overnight retreat, learning practices to deepen your connection to each other, and to God through prayer, meditation and conscious contact with the God you are growing to understand. Retreat beings at 5pm on Friday, Oct. 27, and ends at 5pm on Saturday. Dinner Friday, and breakfast and lunch are included. Overnight space is limited to 48 people with double occupancy. To reserve your spot, please email Shannon Tucker at shannon.tucker(at) or call 901-281-0785 for more information. Registration Fee: $125, which includes retreat registration, overnight lodging and all meals. Registration site will open August 1 for online registration.

October 28. Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal) is organizing a water trip, "Theology of Water", on the Ghost River. About six hours of paddling.
(Link not working at this time, consider calling the church.)

October 28, 9 AM, Run4Palestine, Shelby Farms.   (fundraiser, $35 or $25)

October 28, Saturday, 6:15 PM.  Community Dinner at Masjid As-Salaam. Learn about Bangla Desh and the Rohingya Crisis.  (all welcome, but be reminded that usually men and women are in separate rooms.)

October 28, Saturday, 5-7 PM. Halloween event in Victorian Village. Adams Avenue.  St. Mary's Epsicopal is among the churches and businesses that will have booths.

October 29, 7 PM. St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Halloween Concert. An evening of spooky musical treats. Costumes welcomed! Reception following.

October 29. Celebrating the Reformation. 5:30 worship service, Church of The Holy Communion
(Walnut Grove between Perkins) with the Episcopal Bishop and four area Lutheran (ELCA) churches participating. Reception follows.

October 30 - Nov 6. Indie Memphis Film Festival.

Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Calvary Episcopal in the Great Hall, Spencer Reece, acclaimed poet and secretary to the Bishop of Madrid, will show excerpts from the film, Voices Beyond the Wall. He will talk about his work with orphaned girls rescued from the streets of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the murder capital of the world, who find their voices in poetry as they heal traumas of their past and prepare to transition into an uncertain future.  The movie will be shown Nov 3  at the Madison Avenue Pocket Park (151 Madison Ave.)" on Friday, Nov. 3, for Voices Beyond the Wall, a documentary about the girls of Our Little Roses orphanage in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Recommended donation is $5, all of which will go to Our Little Roses."

November 2. The 16th annual Conference for Clergy and Congregations, presented by St. John's United Methodist Church, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, and Church Health is Thursday, Nov. 2 at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70 N. Bellevue Blvd. This year's conference will feature keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, senior pastor Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago, IL. Admission is free, but space is limited to the first 300 registrants. Deadline to register is October 16, 2017. Log on to to register.

November 3, 9 PM. Indie Memphis shows the film "An Accidental Drowning", partly funded by the Lynching Sites of Memphis Project.   (short documentary)
At Playhouse on the Square. Tickets\

Nov 3 4 PM. Choir festival at St John's Episcopal. Young people from around the city,

November 4-5, Episcopal Bookshop Open House (Christmas stock display). Parking lot of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
Satuday 9:30 AM - 4 PM, Sunday I think will be 9 am - 1 pm.

November 4, 9 AM-12. Free Workshop at Holy Communion Episcopal Church: Learning Gracious Leadership Skills.
Please register at so they know how many will attend.

Nov 5 Sunday AFTER 5:30 pm Choral Evensong at Holy Communion Episcopal - Low country shrimp boil dinner, $25/person. Gumbo.  advance purchase requested.

November 5 - 7, 10 AM- 4 PM. Holland Bulbs for sale by Temple Israel Sisterhood, at the Pool House behind the Jewish Community Center.

Nov 5, 5P M. All Saints day concert, Calvary Episcopal Church.
Program includes Durufle's Requium Mass. (Gregorian Chant)

November 6, Monday. Noon. Church Health Center Movie. In partnership with Mama Gaia, Church Health will screen the documentary film "What the Health" at 12 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6. Filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases, and he investigates why the nation's leading health organizations doesn't want people to know about it. Mama Gaia will provide complementary refreshments and lunch bites while supplies last. The screening will be in Church Health's Community Room at Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave. Free and open to the public.

November 7, First Tuesday. Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbian Persons. (All people are welcome.) Potluck supper 6:30, no need to bring anything especially your first time. speaker at 7 PM. Thanksgiving.

Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1695 Central. (Parking lot in rear provides easiest access.)


Noticed Sept 16:  Current Movie - "Menashe",
at the Malco Ridgeway Cinema. In Yiddish, Enlish subtitles. A child custody conflict taking place in the subculture of a highly religious Jewish Chassidic group in New York.

Sept 20 (evening) Start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
Temple Israel has a pointer to a string of videos in the "preparation for Rosh Hashanah" category, at
Temple Israel invites visitors - no tickets needed.  Here are a few services for this Jewish holiday season:
Sept 16, 9:30 PM, (location to be announced) refreshments, penitential pravers.
Sept 20, services (repeated) 6 and 8:15 PM
Sept 21, main service at 10 PM (other services for children, teens, etc, may be at other times)
Sept 22, usual Sabbath  service, 6:15 (refreshments at 5:45)
Sept 23, 5 PM, Shelby Farms (it is a tradition to throw memories of old sins into a body of water.)
Sept 24, 10:30 AM, memorial service at the cemetery
Sept 29 (Yom Kippur, the Day of Repentance) evening service at 6 pm repeated at 8:15. This is a 24-hour+ fast day for religious jews.
Sept 30 - activities all day, main service starts at 10 AM, services, classes, discussion groups, etc., all the way through until the evening service which starts at 6:30 PM and is followed by refreshments.
Other synagogues have somewhat similar schedules, although more traditional ones celebrate Rosh Hashanah for two days instead of one (Yom Kippur is still one day) and depending on size of building and size of congregation may require reservations/tickets for the main services.

Sept 21-30. Indian Cultural Center ant Temple. Eads.
Brahmotsavam and Navaratri celebrations. Numerous spacial prayers each day.
  Procession 5 PM Sept 22. Special programs starting 2:30 PM on Sept  30 continue all evening, ending with "Maha Prasadam" at 8:30 PM.  My understanding is that that last item amounts to a large congregational dinner and that visitors are welcome. Am I right?
Major dance program Saturday 2:30-4:30, Tale of Lord Krishna in dance, music, costume. Highly recommended. $25. 

Sept 28 3 PM 
Groundbreaking for a new chapel at Memphis Theological Seminary
at the corner of Union Avenue and St. Agnes

Sept 28, U of Memphis. Lecture, Reparations, A Democratic Idea.
Demands for reparations for slavery and Jim Crow have been dismissed as costly, divisive, and unfair. Yet African American activists and intellectuals from the 19th century to the 21st have often expressed their political aspirations in the language of reparations. Lawrie Balfour teaches political theory and American studies at the University of Virginia. The author of Democracy’s Reconstruction: Thinking Politically with W. E. B. Du Bois and The Evidence of Things Not Said: James Baldwin and the Promise of American Democracy, she has published numerous articles and book chapters on race, gender, literature, and democracy.
River Room, 300 University Center, University of Memphis
Free and open to the public    Reception 5:30 PM Lecture 6 PM
Convenient and affordable parking in the Zach Curlin Garage

Sept 29  11 am - 1 pm  From Congressman Steve Cohen:

 Bringing Congress to your Corner :     On Friday, September 29, 11:00am to 1:00pm, my office will hold “Congress on your Corner” office hours at the North Branch Library (1192 Vollintine Ave). If you have questions or problems with Social Security, Medicare, FHA, the VA or any other federal agencies, my staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance. We hope you can make it.

Sept 29, 9 am - 1:30 PM. Women's Foundation for Greater Memphis - Back to School Project and Resource Room opening.

September 29-30, 2017, Memphis Teach-In: The Church and Civil Rights
Two days of panels by scholars from around the country, key note addresses from nationally recognized leaders, sermons, art exhibitions and performances by youth on racial and economic justice./ A rather incredible speakers list including James Lawson, who was prominent in Memphis in 1968.
National Civil Rights Museum    $50

Sept 30, 12:15 PM, Visit the Crosstown  Concourse
(former Sears tower).  A meeting in the Temple Israel Conference Room at Crosstown to meet people from A Step Ahead, Church Health, City Leadership, Crosstown Concourse. Learn more about key, needle-moving organizations that makeup the Crosstown community.

Sept 30. Deadline to enter a vocal competition sponsored by the Beethoven Club of Memphis.

Sept 30,. Memphis Pride Day, Robert Church Park, 4th and Beale.
Numerous groups will be represented, CMGLP, Pax Christi, St. Mary's Episcopal, Idlewild and Evergreen Presbyterian, - most welcome everyone even if not a member of that group. Forming up to march will probably be about 12:30 PM. Parade at 1. 
(Jewish participation will likely be limited due to conflicting synagogue services, it is Yom Kippur,)

If you would like a lighter activity later in the day downtown,
Sept 30, 4 PM. Court Square.  (62 N. Main) Blessing of the Animals, by Calvary Episcopal Church
bring your own pet, but there will be a lot of initeresting things: Police Dept dogs and horses, Fire Dept dogs,
horse-drawn carriages, etc. Free hot dogs, free veterinarian advice.

Sept 30. Congregational Supper, Masjid Ar-Rahman, after sunset.
7906 Lowrance Road, Memphis, TN 38125
"The Day of Ashura" . This is a break-the-fast meal, with an arguable historical association to the Jewish fast day of Yom Kippur. There are different Sunni and Shi'a interpretations. See

Sept 30 - Free Flu shots, Masjid As-Salaam, 10 AM-2 PM 
1065 Stratford Road, Memphis, TN 38122
Ages 7 and up. Free if uninsured, bring insurance card if insured.

October 1. Native American Flute Workshop (free) after the Sunday Service at Unity Church of Practical Christianity.

October 1. Special Service honoring Memphis Police,. St. John's Episcopal Church, 10:30AM
October 1. Evensong, Calvary Episcopal, 5 PM

October 1, 6:30 PM, Congregational Supper at Masjid As-Salaam,
foot of Covington Pike. Palestinian food, culture, tradition.
Free, all welcome. (Not political).  Men and women are usually in separate rooms, but visitors may request an exception.
Highly Recommended.

October 3, Tuesday noon to 1PM. U of Memphis Panel Discussion. Drawing the Protest Line
Freedom of Assembly, Speech, and Expression
UC River Room (300)|Pizza will be served!

October 3, First Tuesday. Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbian Persons. (All people are welcome.) Potluck supper 6:30, no need to bring anything especially your first time. speaker at 7 PM is Father David Knight, retired pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, speaking on his faith journey. Popular author and speaker.  Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1695 Central. (Parking lot in rear provides easiest access.)

October 4 Wednesday. 40th Anniversary Celebration, Downtown Memphis Annual Meeting. Civic Center Plaza and DMC office, 114 N. Main.  Open house 5-5:30, 5:30-7 Awards ceremony, 7-9 Street Party. Free. RSVP for tickets to
Volunteers wanted,

October 4 - start of Sukkot, a major Jewish seasonal holiday, commemorating the 40 years in the wilderness. Properly celebrated by eating outdoors, picnics, and the like. 7 days, followed by "the eight day of solemn assembly", Shemini Atzeres, which the Bible specifies as a holiday but neglects to say what is being celebrated. The rabbis resolved this by scheduling the annual reading cycle of lessons in the synagogue to end and restart on this day, reading the last lines of Deuteronomy, rerolling the scroll, and reading the first few lines of Genesis. Also, dancing with the scrolls.
At Temple Israel the schedule looks like this, other synagogues are somewhat similar:
October 1, Sunday, 10 AM. Build the "Sukkah", booth, for outside activities
October 4, Wednesday, 5:30 PM. Outdoor service and picnic
October 5, noon, lunch and learn in the sukkah, 7 PM, Concert in the Sukkah
October 6, noon, lunch and learn in the sukkah, 6:15 PM, Sabbath service in the sukkah
October 8, usual Saturday activities (class 8:45, service at 10 AM outdoors)
(see also October 8 below)
October 8  Sunday, 11 am, food truck festival
October 11, noon, lunch and learn outside,
October 11 6:15, Simchas Torah Service (the really fun one to visit) inside
October 12, 9 AM, memorial service

October 5   Hooks Institute Open House
Reception 5:30 PM, Panel 6 PM. University Center 304, U of Memphis.
  Presentation of papers on critical Civil Rights issues of today..  See

October 5, Thursday, 6-7:30 PM. Speaker at St. John's Episcopal Church. Sister Eliseea Papacioc, an internationally-known iconographer and a nun in the Romanian Orthodox Church, is coming to Saint John's as she tours Tennessee.  She will present a number of her icons, speak about her calling as an icon "writer" and discuss the spirituality of praying with icons.

October 5 6-8:30 PM. Peace and Justice Center - Grass-roots organizer training. Crosstown Concourse 451 (Wheelchair Accessible).
Fee (sliding scale, don't worry). Preregistration required.

October 5, Taste of Cooper-Young. $50  (Benefits First Congo).  Info and 
Tickets at

October 6, 1:15 PM. Guest preacher at Masjid As-Salaam, "Making Masjids (mosques) a More Welcoming Place."  This might be of interest to people thinking about this in their own houses of worship. (half hour talk, then 15 minute prayer service.  Sit on the floor or ask for a folding chair.)

October 6 - Docent-led tours of Calvary Episcopal Church downtown, First Friday 11-1 and First Sunday after the 10 AM Service,

October 6, 7:30 PM, Special Panel discussion at Memphis Islamic Center.  Video streaming will be attempted, if you'd like a look at a Muslim "denominational" meeting kick-off panel.

October 6 to 8. Living Beyond Breast Cancer Conference: Sharing Wisdom, Sharing Strength (National Conference, Peabody Hotel)

October 7, Saturday, 4 PM. Concert at St. Georges Episcopal, Luna Nova. 2425 S. Germantown Road
Biber, Telemann, Bah, Korngold, Brumby

October 7. The Islamic Society of North America
has its major annual conference at the Hilton in Memphis. Not exactly the same things as the annual conference of a Christian denomination, but that may be the nearest analogy.  People may find the website at interesting.
The site also has a link to their magazine  for anyone who wonders what an Islamic "denominational" magazine might look like. They have several  whole issues online, and they make interesting reading.

October 8. Sunday. Sukkah Fest at Chabad.  Spaghetti Dinner, cotton candy, sno cones. kid's games. Petting zoo. 5 PM, 2570 Kirby Parkway.
RSVP    $12donation requested.
(Come join a Jewish picnic. Eating outdoors is one of the major ways of celebrating Sukkot, the Jewish holiday commemorating the years wandering between Egypt and the Promised Land. Not a political event, just an excuse for a nice party.)  (No ice cream, that is for the holiday of Shavuot. Religious customs can be amusing.)

October 8. Dinner at the Memphis Islamic Center, $10 person, $25 family. In honor of those returning from the pilgrimage to Mecca.
    I think this is an early meal, such as 4:30 PM - you may call 754-0370 to check

October 8  1 PM Concert at St. Mary's Episcopal.  Organ and Flute. Sunday service ends about 12:30, reception, concert at 1.
 Delara Hashimi - Flute/Piccolo and Dennis Janzer - Organ.  Featuring a new composition by Dennis Janzer for Flute and Organ: Two Impressions:  I. A Tranquil Moment   II. A Pleasant Occurrence.  And more

October 9. 5 PM. Memphis Lynching Sites Project. 2nd and 4th Mondays, Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church.  First Baptist is located at 200 East Parkway North, Memphis, TN 38112.

October 10, 2nd 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.  

October 11, Wednesday (every Wednesday evening, 7:30 PM) Memphis Islamic Center.  Sheik Yasir Qadhi is giving a series of lectures on Islamic History: "Lives of the Sahaba". The lecture will be broadcast online LIVE at The full MIC prayer schedule is at

October 11, talk at Brooks Museum, 6 PM reception, 7 PM Panel, about the exhibit of Saudi Arabian Art which is at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis through Jan 6th.

Simchas Torah celebrations (Jewish holiday, see October 4 above).  The most interesti8ng service for visitors is the "Rejoicing in the Law" service, 6:15 October 11 at Temple Israel, 6:15 October 12 at Chabad.  (Probably also Thursday evening at several other synagogues.)

October 12, Church Health Center.  Join Theology Live's new host, Meredith Day, on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. as she interviews public theologian and University of Memphis professor Dr. Andre Johnson on theology, what happened in Charlottesville, VA., and #TakeEmDown901. The taping will be in the Church Health Community Room, located on the first floor of Crosstown Concourse between the Central and West Atria. All parking at Crosstown is free. Log on to for more information. 

October 13, Friday, Fall Festival at Calvary Place.  4:15-5:30 PM. Petting zoo, kids rides, hot dogs. $7 per family suggested.

October 13-15. Pink Palace Crafts Fair, Audubon Park

October 14, 12 - 4 PM. Fall Picnic, Memphis Islamic Center.  (This is an excellent opportunity for people who wish to visit, meet the people, and see the building - as an outdoor event, visiting couples won't have the "sexes divided" issue that they face at many Muslim events.)  Barbecue, Food trucks, kids bounce toys, etc.,

October 14. Saturday 6-9 PM Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. Pie Contest.  It's a blue-ribbon-county-fair-grandma's-best pie contest---all for the love of Peace and Justice! Peace & Pie will be happening October 14th from 6-9PM at Evergreen Presbyterian (1567 Overton Park Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38112).
Come enjoy sweet and savory pies homemade by your fellow Memphians! Celebrity Judges will make the call on the 1st Place Blue Ribbon Beauty and rank the rest but we all get to vote for the "Power to the People's Choice Award" with our dollars and change. The pie that raises the most $$$ for Mid-South Peace and Justice Center wins that coveted award. Entry to Pie Tastings Galore: Suggested Donation of $5
Would you like to submit a pie? Splendid! Please do! There are prizes, plus bragging rights. Please email for further instructions.

October 16 - deadline to register for Church Health Center conference Nov 2.

October 16, "Moral Mondays" series by the National Civil Rights Museum. Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70 N. Bellevue
TABLE TALKS, dinner and discussion 6:15 – 7:15pm ;   MASS GATHERING with guest speaker 7:30 – 9pm
also Jan 23 and March 12.

October 16-22. Palestine Solidarity Week. (Some of these events may be uncomfortable for some people.  But some will be serious scholarly discussions, I think, and may be informative. If you go and disagree, go with the intent to listen and understand, not with the idea of making a speech or scene.)
Poster at
Many of the events are at Lindenwood Christian Church, 2400 Union Avenue (at East Parkway, across Union from the Memphis Theological Seminary.)
October 17, Panel discussion, clergy, Lindenwood
Oct 19th, Panel discussion, academics, Lindenwood
October 20, 6:30-(:30 PM. Movie, "1948- Creation and Catastrophe", Bryan Campus Life Center, Rhodes College. Discussion with film-maker.
October 21. 6-10 PM Block Party, at First Congregational Church, 1000 Cooper. Music, dancing, food.

October 17. 7 PM Panel on Faith and Liberation (Israel/Palestine.)  First Congregational Church.
Rabbi David Mivasair, Jewish Voice for Peace (ordainewd by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
Rev. Will Christians is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and currently serves as pastor to Shady Grove Presbyterian Church in East Memphis.
Sheikh Anwar Arafat is the Imam of Masjid Arrahman, in Memphis, TN, the largest mosque in the mid-south area.

October 17    7:00 P.M., at Memphis Jewish Home and Rehab. Lecture.
36 Bazeberry Rd, Cordova 38018

Dr. Timothy G. Ihrig will present Palliative Care – A New Voice in Healthcare So Patients Can Find Their Own: Transcending Medicine to Transform the Last Chapters of Life.

(free, open to all)

October 18, Wednesday . 5:45 PM. Annual Joint Dinner, St. Luke's Methodist and and Islamic Society of Greater Memphis (Masjid Al_Noor.)   

Click here to RSVP. Please RSVP by Sunday October 15th
Location: St. Luke Cafeteria (480 South Highland St Memphis, TN 38111)

October 19. 7:30 PM National Civil Rights Museum - Freedom Awards, given at the Orpheum, expensive fundraiser.
This year’s honorees are civil rights attorney Morris Dees, Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King and South Africa’s Hugh Masekela.
ticket charge about $200, sponsorships available.

October 19, 7 PM. Movie at the Memphis Jewish Community Center. "On the Map". A basketball film with political connections.
Google film synopsis "On the Map" for details.  $7 ($5 for JCC or Temple Israel members)
register at

October 19. Thursday  Reception 11:30 am | Lecture & Book Signing Noon

Hooks National Book Award Lecture | Russell Rickford.
University Center (300) River Room | University of Memphis
"We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination" examines the motivation behind independent black schools that emerged in the 1970s as an alternative mechanism for African American uplift.
Free and Open to the public. Convenient and affordable parking is available in the public garage on Zach Curlin Street.

October 19. Palestine week event.

The second event is an academic panel at Michael D. Rose Theatre at the University of Memphis starting at 6:30 pm titled “Israel-Palestine: Democracy, Apartheid, Occupation” on Thursday, October 19th. The panelist will include Policy Director for the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Josh Ruebner; film director and Interim Director of the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at California State University, Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb; and civil and human rights attorney Rachel Roberts. They will discuss the three contending representations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

October 19, Training event - dealing with disruption in a meetings. Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. $20-$45. 
Time: 6p.m. – 8:30p.m. Location: 1350 Crosstown Councourse Ave. Room 451 (A Step Ahead Foundation), Memphis, TN 38104. Preregistration required.

October 20, Palestine week event.

The documentary screening of 1948: Creation & Catastrophe with Director and Professor Ahlam Muhtaseb will be held Friday, October 20th at 6:30 pm at Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall in Rhodes College. Through the personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, 1948: Creation & Catastrophe, tells the story of the reestablishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it.

October 23. Facing History and Ourselves, Major annual fundraising dinner.
Tickets are now available, at
This dinner is expensive ($250) but can easily sell out even at that price. The past speakers have been absolutely fantastic, and it is the most important annual fundraiser for this organization which has been at the forefront of improving interfaith relations in Memphis and many other places.

October 23  5 PM. Memphis Lynching Sites Project.
2nd and 4th Mondays, Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church.  First Baptist is located at 200 East Parkway North, Memphis, TN 38112.   Johnnie Turner     (state legislator and NAACP leader) will speak about thye "Cold Cases LAw", which should allow pursuing old civil rights cases unsolved in the past. I expect a very interesting evening!
October 24, 4:30-6:30PM.  Memphis Breast Cancer Consortium. Panel Discussion, Settting the Bar for Health Equity in Breast Care, University Center, U of Memphis

October 24, 7 PM. Movie at Temple Israel, "Confessions of a Nazi Spy" 
Historical film shown in connection with Temple Israel Museum's exhibit of undergraound / independent anti-Nazi films of the pre-WW II period.   
. Click here to register or call 901.761.3130 by Monday, October 23.

October 25. 
Wednesday 2 PM. Jewish Historical Society talk at Jewish Community Center. Paula Berger, author of "Paula's Window: Surviving the Holocaust."

Sept 16-26  Nonviolence Week, several events being coordinated by the Campaign for Non-Violence, around the International Day of Peace Sept 21.
There is an article about thios on the Channel 5 website,

Evening with Swamiji and Prayer
 Vigil remembering the lives lost to violence this year,
Thursday Sept 14th
 7pm at Freedom’s Chapel
 (961 Getwell
 Rd, Memphis, TN 38111)

 Morning Peace Labyrinth Walk
Saturday September 16th
 11am at Unity Church of Christian Practicality (9228
 Walnut Grove Rd Cordova, TN)

Interfaith Peace and Justice Vigil
Sunday September 17th 3-5pm
National Civil Rights Museum (450
 Mulberry Street Memphis, TN 38103)

Holding Banners Proclaiming "A Nonviolent Memphis" Friday September 22nd 5-6pm-Intersections Across the City

 with the Blue Turtle- Friday September 22nd 7-10 pm Pema Karpo Meditation Center (3921
 Frayser-Raleigh Rd, Memphis, TN 38128)

Drum Circle-Come and Play
 With Us (extra drums and noise makers provided) Saturday September 23rd afternoon

 **Location Changed to Overton Park** In open field across from Art School
If you have a drum or noise maker please bring it as well as a chair!
This is a kid friendly event!

Heightened Five Senses
 Party Saturday September 23rd evening 7-5pm at Pema Karpo Meditation Center (3921 Frayser-Raleigh Rd, Memphis, TN 38128)

Sept 16, Saturday. 11 AM - 1 PM Interfaith Prayer Service and walk with Swamiji. Unity Church of Practical Christianity.
This has been a very enjoyable interfaith event in past years, with a large and interesting turnout, much encouraged!  Labyrinth walk. 9228 Walnut Grove Road (the pretty hilly and wooded section, way out east. If you've never visited this unusual church, now is great time to do so.)

Sept 16 Book-It 5K Race.  
Steve Maury is in charge of sponsors. Contact him at 493-4485 or at 
3.1 mile walk or run for all, 22-meter dash for ages 16 and under. (Notice from Church of the Holy Communion, Episcopal.)

Register at

Sept 16 is also the Cooper-Young Festival  (Mid-South Peace and Justice Center; Memphis Opera; many others represented)
and Opening Night at the Scheidt (Concert, U of M, 7:30 PM)
Pops in the Park, Germantown municipal park, 1900 S. Germantown Rd, 5:30-7:30
10 am - 2 pm opening of "Big Bugs at the Garden", Memphis Botanic Garden.

Sept 17, Sunday, 10AM - Noon. Jewish Newcomer's Brunch
.  To connect Jewish newcomers toi Memphis with the Jewish Community.
Send contact info by email to Lauren Taube, or give her a call at 901-767-8522
You can also help connect them to our Memphis Jewish Community Census, and we'll take it from there. Here's the link to the online census

Sept 17 8:30 AM-12:30 . Bloodmobile at Temple Israel.

Sept 17, 2 PM. Tour of the exhibit Power & Piety: Spanish Colonial Art   at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Five galleries of religious paintings created for churches and personal devotion by Spanish American artists during the colonial years in the New World.
The Dixon is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. As Calvery Episcopal is an exhibit sponsor, their church bulletins can be used as a free pass every day that the exhibition is open to the public. Otherwise, usual admission charge. ($7 adults, less for seniors, students, children.)
The exhibit is until Sept 24, so go promptly!  

Sept 17. 6:30 PM Dinner at Holy Communion Episcopal, in appreciation of the musicians at their Sunday Evening Services. Free.

September 18. Golf Tournament to benefit Memphis Jewish Home and Rehab.

Tee Up for MJHR Golf - Sign up now for the 25th Annual Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab Golf Tournament to be held on Monday, September 18th, 2017.
 Click here to sponsor or play in the tournament

Sept 20, U of Memphis, Movie "Get Out" (interracial relationship). University Center Theater, 5:30 PM

Sept 21. "Privilege and Oppression" training workshop, Mid-South Peace and Justice.
for this and other workshops and events, see their newsletter at

Sept 21-23. Peace and Harmony Days. Pema Karpo Temple (Buddhist). You can click through to the flier and schedule from     Events each evening

Sept 22, Friday, 8-10 PM  Lily Afshar Concert  (Iranian Guitarist, U of M Faculty) at St Mary's School
Buckman Performing Arts Center   60 Perkins Ext, Memphis, Tennessee 38117
Ticket Information

Sept 22, 8:30 Am - 4PM. Memphis Theological Seminary. The Lottie Nash Wade Symposium for Theology & Arts
The symposium will include a guided tour of the seminary including the art gallery, lunch, as well as a panel discussion featuring award-winning artist Rollin Kocsis and other artists on practical application of art in education and liturgical seasons in the local church.  This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
For more information, call Lara at 901-334-5829. 

Sept 22, Autumn Equinox Celebration,
. Unity Church of Practical Christianity, 7:30 PM

Sept 22-23. Juvenile Justice Youth Conference.

Sept 23 Pranic Healing Meditation ($20) Unity Church of Practical Christianity.

Sept 23 3-4:30 League of Women Voters - Bartlett Library. about lobbyiong on Tennessee public policy.
The League's lobbyist speaks.
Email or call 901-490-0050
Sept 25, f
rom 5 - 7pm. Lynching Sites Project of Memphis Meeting at the First Baptist Church of Memphis 
Dr. Margaret Vandiver, retired professor of Criminology and author of Lethal Punishment: Lynchings and Legal Executions in the South will speak at our next meeting about "Mob trials, legal lynchings, and Night Riders: Lynching in Dyer, Obion, and Lake Counties".
(This group is attracting an ever larger audience, with excellent speakers. Highly recommended!)
Sept 6, 6:30 PM, Campaign Non-Violence planning meeting. See Sept 16-26 below. 
at the Center for Transforming Communities, 258 N. Merton, 38112,

Sept 7, 5:30-7:30 PM. Fundraiser for Constance Abbey. 215 Hamlin Place (very near St. Mary's Episcopal).  "Our mission is to empower marginalized neighbors by providing a safe place for hospitality, relationship, and advocacy so that together we can create a healthy community.  We will be offering wine, cheese, hors d'oeuvres, and the opportunity to take a tour of the Abbey and meet the staff. We ask for a donation of $25 and, in the tradition of many Southern churches, a "pounding," or the gift of a pound of non-perishable groceries and everyday supplies, to help to stock the pantry.  "

Sept 7, 7 PM. Temple Israel Museum opening of a new exhibit. " Cinema Judaica: The War Years, 1939-1949." Movie Posters. Talk by Ken Sutak, who  wrote the book, Cinema Judaica: The War Years, 1939-1949 that details this exhibit. Books will be available for purchase.

Sept 8. At the main weekly service (usually at 1 PM Friday) all Memphis area mosques will be taking uop a spoacial collection for Hurricane Harvey victims.

Sept 8 and 9, Masjid Ar-Rahman. Seminar on modern financial transactions. Lecture after the brief sunset service (about 7:20 PM) with Q&A after the brief prayers at 8:45 PM. 

September 9  Free Legal Aid Clinic, 10 AM - Noon, Benjamin Hooks Library.  See the flier at  also March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept 9, October 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

Sept 9, Joint Blood Drive, Heartsong Church and Memphis Islamic Center. 10 AM - 4 PM at MIC

Sept 10, Sunday, 2 PM. Jewish Historical Society talk at Jewish Community Center. Greg Siskind, "Jewish Genealogy". Free, open to all.

Sept 10, 1-6 PM  Central Gardens Home Tour (fee for tickets)

Sept 10, Art opening at Memphis Botanic Garden, 3-5 PM  (pay for Garden admission)

Sept 10. Dinner for Special Needs Adults

We Need Cooks, Servers for Dinner September 10
 at All Saints Episcopal
 Church of the Holy Communion is delighted to be a part of Special Friends Fellowship Club again, which is a project of the Diocese of West Tennessee. It provides an opportunity for Special Needs Adults to worship and enjoy fellowship with members of our diocesan parishes on a rotating basis. We need help on September 10 with dinner at a Country Western night and square dance. The food, cooked at home or purchased, needs to be delivered and served from 5:30 to 7:30 at All Saints Episcopal. 
We also need teen and young adults to visit with the Special Needs Friends.
If you can't help this time, we have a Palm Sunday/Easter observance on March 26. Contact Sarah Cowens at 486-5066 or

Monday September 11, 2017 from 5 - 7pm. Lynching Sites Project of Memphis Meeting at the First Baptist Church of Memphis
We are honored to have Memphis journalist, Wendi Thomas as our speaker on Monday 9/11/17.  She is the leader of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, a nonprofit reporting project about economic justice.  MLK50 is supported by the Center for Community change and is partnered with the National Civil Rights Museum's MLK50 commemoration.
First Baptist is at    200 East Parkway North, Memphis TN 38112
Links: MLK50: Justice Through Journalism,
National Civil Rights Museum's MLK50 commemoration
Sept 12, Second Tuesday, CHANGE IN PLACE Pax Christi, Roman Catholic-sponsored peace group (open to all) 
Meets this month at Lindenwood Christian Church, 7 PM (no potluck supper).
Short film and panel: A Broken System: Perspectives on the Death Penalty in Tennesee
meets at Quaker Meeting House, corner of Walnut Grove and Prescott.  Potluck supper 6:30 speaker at 7. Back there in October.)

Sept 13 and 14. Wednesday- Thursday. World Day of Prayer.
Local organization via the Unity Church of Practical Christianity. (With Hindu influences, I think, among others.) More information forthcoming.  In particular,
Sept 14, 7-8 PM. CANDLELIGHT VIGIL and discussion of nonviolence. A major interfaith event, a chance to visit this unusual church and group of people, and meet a visiting dignitary, Sri Viswamjee. Takes place at Freedom's Chapel Christian Chucrh, 961 Getwell Rd., 38111

September 14. Annual Women's Gourmet Dinner at Chabad. Contact
901-754-0404 or

September 15  
SOULWorks Weekend #7. St. John's Episcopal Church. Early registration available now at

Sept 15 7 PM Calvary Episcopal Church - Dinner and a night of Jazz, $10 suggested donation.

Sept 15. Masjid Ar-Rahman. Start of a Qur'an class, every Friday after Maghrib (the brief evening prayer at sunset, presently around 7:30 PM.)
    Another class is Sundays following the noon prayer (which is at 1 PM Daylight Savings Time)

MOVED Sept 15, 7:30 PM, Harris Concert Hall, U of Memphis. Opening Night at the Scheidt.
A preview of the concert season at U of M. Free, but you need a reservation at or 678-2541  (This was moved to the 16th!)

August 31 in the Muslim Calendar is the "Day or 'Arafah", "the day on which the Islamic religion was perfected." Most or all of the mosques will have special services, usually at about 7:30 PM, typically followed  by a communal dinner. (Many Muslims fast sunup to sundown on this day.)

Sept 1. Eid el_Adha, the major Muslim Festival (having to do with Abraham's willingness to offer his son Ishmael as a sacrifice.) The huge assembly will be at the Cook Convention Center, East Hall,  at 9:30 AM. (Big crowd, come early). Imam Anwar Arafat, one of Memphis' best preachers, will speak.  (The Muslims have many fewer "Holidays" than the Jews or Christians; this is one of the two most important, the other being the end of Ramadan.)
From noon to 6PM there will be a "Family Fun Day" at 1245 N Germantown Parkway, Cordova - $10 per person, ages 3 and under free, includes buffet, drink, roller coaster for children, much else...

Sept 1.  6-8 PM Memphis celebrates "901" at Autozone Park - "Exposure", Free, a city celebration.
Many local groups and charities will have exhibits.

Sept 2, 6-10 PM. Fundraiser for H.O.P.E.  Fundraiser at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. 
An evening dinner and performances by local musicians.
"H.O.P.E. is homeless organizing for power and equality and it is an advocacy supportive group for those who are currently or formerly homelessness. The proceeds will go to H.O.P.E. which provides bus passes, shelter vouchers, or any assistance needed to the homeless men and women of Memphis and the other half of the proceeds with go to the Wednesday morning breakfast at St. Mary's."

Sept 3 5 pm  Choral Evensong at Calvary Episcopal. All are welcome to a traditional Anglican choral liturgy Sunday, Sept. 3, at 5 p.m., led by the Calvary Choir in Calvary’s beautiful nave. Following the Book of Common Prayer service outline, Evensong gives weekend travelers an opportunity to worship, or having been to a morning service, it offers a time of prayer and quiet reflection as evening fall

Sept 4, Monday, LABOR DAY. 11 AM Picnic sponsored by Worker's Interfaith Network, a major interfaith event.
(Generally, Congressman Cohen comes to speak). small charge for lunch. Trinity UMC Church, 1738 Galloway Ave.

Sept 4  6-8 PM Movie and Soccer at Memphis Islamic Center. Popcorn etc. Ages 13 and up. Separate by gender.

Sept 5, 7-9 PM. Women's Health and  Breast Cancer Program, at Temple Israel, sponsored jointly by the women's groups at all the Memphis synagogues. Free, open to all.  The Women’s Health Issues and Breast Cancer educational program will feature a Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment Update presented by Lindi Vanderwalde, MD, Breast Surgery; Cosmetic Surgery: Breast Reconstruction and Other Common Procedures presented by Ellis Tavin, MD, Plastic Surgery, and Wellness Screening Through the Years presented by Cindy Katz, DNP, Internal Medicine. Kosher (therefore also Halal) refreshments.

Sept 5, first Tuesday, Catholic Ministry to Gay and Lesbian Persons - Potluck supper, open to all, 6:30 PM, speaker at 7, Marian Hall under the sanctuary at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Cathedral.
 This month we will gather to hear Donna Blackard from Methodist LeBonheur teach us about the latest updates in medications (PrEP) that protect people from HIV.  Donna has worked in this field for many years now and she has graciously volunteered to share her knowledge with us.
Bring your favorite food to share and be with us for food, fellowship, prayer and education.   (If iot is your first time, don't worry about bringing food. There is plenty.)

Sept 6. Wednesday, noon. Temple Israel, lunch and learn with Rabbi Feivel Strauss. A discussion of Rabbi Moredecai Kaplan, who founded "Reconstructionist Judaism". Bring your own lunch.

August 10 6 PM   Thursday  the Hattiloo Theater will be hosting a free, public panel discussion about the Lee Sisters.  The Lee Sisters have recently been honored with a Shelby County Historical Marker for their Civil Rights participation.  The panel discussion is titled "Women Who Fight for Social Justice" and begins at 6:00 pm at Hattiloo, 37 South. Cooper.  The panel pairs with the play "Ruined" which centers on women during the Congo Civil War.  The play runs through September 3.

August 10.  Two New York area Presbyterian Churches visit Memphis in the course of a Civil Rights tour.
Balmoral Presbyterian is seeking volunteers to help with giving them tours of the Civil Rights Museum 9am - noon,
Afternoon at Rock and Soul and Beale Street, evening potluck at Balmoral. See the Balmoral newsletter at
Potluck Supper for Welcome at Balmoral - 6:30 PM. Fried Chicken and Banana Pudding provided, bring a dish to share.

August 12, noon Saturday. Workshop on Medical Careers, Memphis Islamic Center
Are you interested in pursuing a medical career? Maybe you don't know how to go about getting started or answering the difficult questions? This workshop was designed for you! Join us at MIC at 12 PM on Saturday (12th) for a panel workshop featuring Dr. Nadeem Zafar, students Mustafa Motiwala, Iman Abutineh, and resident physician Shan Khan. They will be discussing tips, advice, struggles, and solutions from their respective points of view on their medical careers. Refreshments will be served inshaAllah.

August 12  Free Legal Aid Clinic, 10 AM - Noon, Benjamin Hooks Library.  See the flier at
also March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept 9, October 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

August 12-13-19-20. Workshops at Indian Cultural Center and Temple, Eads. Sat 12-6, Sunday 2-6. Building clay figurines of Lord Ganesha (the elephant-headed figure) for the large celebration at the Hindu Temple on August 26. Free.

August 13, Memphis Islamic Center 

Young professionals, we have rescheduled our biweekly food and discussion Halaqa for this Sunday (13th) inshaAllah! Come join us as we discuss the topic of assumptions and judgment and how it affects our hearts and our Islam. There will be food to go along with the gathering so don't miss out and spread the word!   7 - 8 PM, dinner provided, ages 18 and up

August 13,  Senior outing from the Memphis Jewish Community Center to the Belz Museum. $2 for rife to the museum.
Contact the MJCC for more details- 901-761-0810

August 14, Lynching Sites of Memphis Project.
Our next meeting is on Monday August 14, 2017 from 5 - 7pm at the Benjamin L Hooks Central Library, 4th Floor, Memphis Room
Mr. Wayne Dowdy will be speaking to us about Mary Morrison, an African American women who in 1905 refused to sit in the black section of a Memphis streetcar. After her arrest she was represented by two distinguished African American lawyers who took her case to the Tennessee Supreme Court. 
Here are the dates and locations for our Summer Meetings through September. All meetings are from 5 - 7pm, and all are welcome
Monday Aug. 28:  First Baptist Church Memphis, Fellowship Hall
Monday Sept. 11:  First Baptist Church Memphis, Fellowship Hall
Monday Sept. 25:  First Baptist Church Memphis, Fellowship Hall

August 14 and 21, Indian Cultural Center and Temple, 6 PM Special prayers to Lord Shiva
August 15 (Third Tuesdays) 5:30 Words3.  Writers Group at Holy Communion  Episcopal Church. Read brief pieces of your writing and listen to others reading theirs.

August 18, Sabbath Dinner at Chabad, (traditional Jewish) $20  ($40 two adults and any children under 12). Reserve by Aug 16.   or call 754-0404

August 18-19. MLK 50- Where do we go from here? Events at the Civil Rights Museum and Minglewood Hall.
August 18-19, 2017, Drop the Mic Symposium and Poetry Slam
August 18 - 3 PM at Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St
August 10 - 5 PM, MInglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave.
free, open to the public.
The annual Poetry Slam on August 19 features poets performing works based on the selected theme "Where Do We Go from Here?" before a judging panel. The daylong Symposium on August 18 features workshops and plenary sessions designed to enhance creativity and expression and is open to noncompeting poets.

August 19. Opening Celebration, Crosstown Concourse.

Crosstown Concourse Opening Celebration
Saturday, August 19, 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Crosstown Concourse will officially open its doors on the 19th for its grand opening celebration! Learn more here.
Temple Israel has a space there,  open from 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm to show the Crosstown community a taste of Temple Israel. Stop by to say hello!

August 19. St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
   Morning Retreat
Saturday, 8-12 n, Crypt    Sr Madeleine Mary of the Sisters of St. Mary, Sewanee is coming to Memphis to offer a Saturday morning retreat at St Mary's. Mark your calendars! Let Susan Nelson know of your interest.  Sr. Madeleine Mary will also be present Sunday, August 20 to preach at both 8 and 11 am services.

August 20, 3 PM, Concert, Holy Communion Episcopal Church. (Organ recital)

Dr. Gamble will play music of Elgar, Paine, Guilmant, Weaver and Bach at 3 p.m. August 20 in our nave.

August 20. "End of Summer Luau", Memphis Jewish Home. 
The "Nosh-a-Rye" delicatessen, at the Memphis Jewish Home and Rehab at 36 Bazeberry Road, Cordova (just off Walnut Grove, way east), is a kosher restaurant open to the public with a great many special events - you can call 756-3220 for information or to get on their e-mail list, and I don't mention them here on a regular basis. One of their fancier meals will be August 20, 5:30 - 8 PM, and might be a nice occasion to get to know the place.

August 20.
Joshua Nelson: The Prince of Kosher Gospel
When: August 30- 6:45 PM Reception- 7:30 PM Performance
Where: Germantown Performing Arts Center

August 23. 5:30 PM. Speaker on Israel-Palestine Conflict, Benjamin Hooks Library
essor Gershon Shafir will speak. The title of the lecture is “Peace is Possible”. It will examine the current status of the conflict and suggest a way forward toward a two-state solution.There will be an opportunity for comments from the public, both before and after as well as a discussion following. 

It is Professor Shafir's thesis that a negotiated two-state solution holds the best prospects for peaceful coexistence between the parties. He will discuss why neither side has been able to move forward in the last decade and the changes in both societies that would be necessary for further negotiations to be fruitful.

Press release and more details at

August 6 - 27: Barrier Free: A Socially Engaged Art Installation, at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.

August 25. 6-8 PM  during "Trolley Night" Facing History
 - student art exhibit and a chance to visit the Facing History headquarters in Memphis, at  115 Huling Avenue

August 25. Service and Dinner, Temple Israel.
August 25  |  6:15 pm
An interactive, celebratory Shabbat service for all ages. Followed by a Shabbat dinner. TI members RSVP by August 23 for no charge. Late RSVP and guests: $8/adult; $4/child. RSVP
August 25, 8 PM - Youth program (13 and up) Memphis Islamic Center.

"An interactive discussion of the Qur'an, its meaning, and application to our lives."

August 25. Last day to register for ---


Tuesday, August 29, Noon - 2:00 pm

Temple Israel Crosstown

1350 Concourse Avenue

Join the Faith Club, a group of women interested in interfaith dialogue between Muslims, Sisterhood and our sister congregation in Shoham, Israel at this brown bag lunch. For our inaugural meeting, our theme will be beginnings. Bring a poem or short text about the topic to share, and we will Skype with Shoham. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Due to the participatory nature of this program with our sisters in Shoham, attendance will be limited. RSVP by August 25. Questions? Contact Sheila Hahn.

August 26. "Women's Equality Day." Anniversary of adoption of the 20th amendment in 1920, granting women the right to vote throughout the US.

August 26  Pranic Healing Meditation ($20) Unity Church of Practical Christianity.

August 26, Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Ganesh Nimajjan. This is a major festival, drawing crowds of perhaps 4 to 5 thousand.
11 am - 7:30 PM and well worth a visit. Free, open to all. Dress respectfully.
Vendor booths:

Click Here for the booth registration form (including waiver form and guidelines), review the guidelines and send us your completed forms. 
Contact Balaji Pilli (901-493-8201) or Vijay Kalaga (901-485-7889) for additional information.

August 27, 10 AM. Calvary Episcopal formally installs Rev J Scott Walters as Recotor during the 10 AM Service.
His message is in their current newsletter, at

August 27 4-9 PM. Fundraiser for Mid-Town Mosque at Fedex Event Center at Shelby Farms Park, 415 Great View Drive East, Cordova.

August 27. Start of Hebrew Classes at Temple Israel.  ($25 for materials).

Call 901.937.2777 to sign-up. or with questions.
(What other language courses are around?  I know that there is a women's Arabic course at Masjid Ar-Rahman.)

August 29. The start of Fall courses available to the public  at Rhodes College (Meeman Life-Long Learning Center). fees apply/
Information (and  list of courses)

August 30 Bratfest at Calvary Episcopal. 5:30-7:30 PM.
$7 for adults.  (at the end)

August 30 - a number of other churches have also resumed Wednesday evening dinners and programs
Holy Communion has dinner at 5:45 ($8.50 suggested donation), service at 6:45, then classes etc.
Which others have Wednesday (or other evening) suppers. Of course St Mary's Episcopal still has Wednesday breakfasts...

August 30, Jewish Community Center Gala at GPAC  - Joshua Nelson, Prince of Kosher Gospel.  6:45 reception, 7:30 program. ($180 charge for tickets, I think). Tickets at

May 26. RAMADAN, the lunar month in which devout Muslims do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset, will be approximately sunset May26 to sunset June 24  (depending on actual observation of the moon).  There is an excellent essay on Ramadan  in the British press, at
There are a great many dinners, special services, etc - e.g. Masjid As-0Salaam has daily suppers at about 8:05 PM and special services nightly 10-11:15 PM.

MANY MOSQUES HAVE DINNERS after the evening service during Ramadan.
At Masjid As-Salaam these are every night during Ramadan, at about 8:05 PM. Drop by to meet our Muslim neighbors.

June 7, Campaign Non-Violence  planning meeting, Caritas, 6:30 PM. Dinner optional. To discuss organizing for this September's Week of Action, September 16-24th, 2017. If you know of events or actions already happening that week, please let us know! Also if you are interested in speaking or being a part of the Interfaith Vigil Sunday, September 17th 2017, or have ideas for speakers, please let us know.
June 8 - see the "concerts" page - change in performer tonight at Colonial Baptist Church

June 10, Lorraine Motel Program at the National Civil Rights Museum

June 10 Fr
ee Legal Aid Clinic, 10 AM - Noon, Benjamin Hooks Library.  See the flier at
also March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept 9, October 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

June 10. Memphis Islamic Center,Fundraising Dinner,     7:30 -10 PM, $20 adultm $10 age 6-10, under 6 free
at Esplanade,  901 Cordova Station Ave, Cordova, TN 38018

June 10, 9:30 PM- 4:30 PM. Workshop at Unity Church of Practical Christianity. $45. "Awakening to Past Lives, Future Lives..." See the link at

June 11, 3 PM, St John's Episcopal, Choral Evensong with Memphis Chamber Choir.

June 11, 3-8 PM, GPAC Food Truck and Music Festival
  Germantown Performing Arts Center, Germantown.

June 11, 9 PM. 9 PM Class on attitudes toward prayer. Memphis Islamic Center, dinner provided; come promptly by 9 PM
Intended for young professionals age 18 and up.

June 11, 3 PM, Makin' Music, Concert Organized by Steve Katz, minimum donation $10/person for the Chicasaw Council, Boy Scouts of America.  Amro Music, 2918 Poplar.   Acoustic Rock and ???
June 12,
second Tuesday, Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic Peace Group, meets at the Quaker Meeting House, Walnut Grove and Prescott.  Pot luck spper 6:30, program at  7  

June 12. Annual meeting of Jewish Community Partners. Generational Philanthropy: Engaging the Next Generation
A conversation with Chicago Philanthropist SARA CROWN STAR*
7:00 pm     Memphis Jewish Community Center - Belz Social Hall

June 13. Christian Pop music, "The K-Love Fan Awards "Ignite Hope", Paradiso Theatre, 7 PM. Commercial.

June 15.  Major meeting of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center at First Congregational Church. Hour??

June 16. Masjid Ar-Rahman is fundraising for a major new building - gymnasium, 14 classrooms day care, etc. Fundraising sessions on Friday June 15 after the main weekly prayers with sermon which is at 1 PM, also after the 10 PM prayers (mosques tend to a big turnout for after-dark prayers during Ramadan, when eating and drinking are not allowed during daylight hours.  Information on the project is at

June 16 PM. Lecture at the National Civil Rights Museum. The Lynching:The Epic courtroom battle that brought down the Klan.

June 17 If you would like to visit the Ell Persons lynching site,
George Grider will be available at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 17 at 5404 Summer Ave. to accompany folks to the site. Getting to the site requires walking about a quarter mile on level ground. Parking is available at 5404 Summer. If you would like to be a part of this visit, or if you have questions email George at  ggrider  at

June 17, 10 AM. Muslim youth gather at MIFA to observe Ramadan by delivering food to the needy.

June 17, 2-3  PM. Annual business meeting of the Indian Cultural Center and Temple.

June 17, 3 PM. Beethoven Club. Maeve and Linnea Brophy CD Recital
. Violin and Piano - Beethoven Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev.
263 South McLean

June 17, 3:30 PM  Mona Winfrey has a Pranic Healing meditation at Unity Church of Practical Christianity.  Normally the 4th Saturday but moved to the third Saturday this week due to another church event next week ($20)

June 18 - Canon Laura Getty goes on sabbatical from St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral starting on July 16. There is a very interesting brochure about this at
Bishop Johnson preaches at both services here this morning (June 18)

June 21 (hour? Sunset?) Summer Sostice / Longest Day celebration at Unity Church of Practical Christianity. Bring chair, water, drums, insect repellent...

June 22, July 20. Fundraiser for MIFA. On these dates, Fino's restaurants at : 1853 Madison Avenue and 703 West Brookhaven Circle will donate 15% of revenues to MIFA.

June 23. Fundraising dinner, Masjid-As-Salaam
(29th night of Ramadan, many mosques have events). About 8 PM.  Contributions welcome.

June 23-24.Fundraiser for Church HealthCenter.  
The Orpheum's Halloran Centre will present Love Letters, a two-person play starring Mary Morris and Pat Halloran, on June 23 and 24. The play chronicles the relationship of Melissa and Andrew through letters and notes that span 50 years. Proceeds from the two-performance production will go towards Church Health's Creative Movement Studio at Crosstown. Tickets go on sale on May 15. Log on to to purchase.

June 24, NAACP Luncheon.
“Reflecting on the Past, Remaining Focused on the Future: 100 Years of Civil Rights and Human Rights Advocacy.” It’s set for 11:30 a.m. at the Memphis Hilton on June 24.  Tickets for the luncheon start at $100 and can be purchased at:

June 24 2:30-4  University of Memphis.
Handbell Musicians of America Concert. Location on Campus???

June 25   
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Catholic)   Father Val Handwerker, who has been pastor here 17 years, is leaving; this Sunday will be his last sermon here.  "the Cathedral will also be saying goodbye to her associate pastor Fr. Jose Cruz, her director of music Mrs. Judy Gray, and her parish administrator Deacon Frank Williams.  This amazing team has served faithfully and joyfully in the Cathedral for many years and their absence will be deeply felt by all.  If you are able, please save this date, Sunday June 25 and come show your gratitude to all. "   Father Val has been central to a number of events reported on this page, and we hope he will continue to be involved with these groups in Memphis. Friends and fans are invitedf to the 10 AM mass.
1695 Central Ave.

June 25 Bonfire and cookout - organized by Temple Israel Sisterhood and Brotherhood, open to nonmembers ($8 for members, $12 for nonmembers), RSVP by June 20.

June 26 and others - the Lynching Sites of Memphis Project meets at CaritasVillage, 2509 Harvard, 5-7 PM on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, June tp September.  An excellent related  website is

June 26-28. Annual visit of Israeli Scouts.  Song, Music, and dance performance. Free, open to all.
    Monday June 26, 6:30 PM, Cordova Library, 8459 Trinity Rd.
    June 27 9:30 AM, Shelby Farms, 6903 Great View Drive North. 
    June 28 7 PM, Memphis Jewish Community Center.
    (and I'm thinking kindly thoughts about Art Wolff, who organized these visits for many years and died since the last one...)

June 26-29, St John's Episcopal Church -
    Vacation Bible School   "Victory" in the morning
    Memphis BoyChoir, Inc. Music Camp, Afternoon & Evening

July 4  First Tuesday - my assumption is that the Roman Catholic Ministry for Gay and Lesbian Persons  (and those who would like to visit with them) will take place as usual, but I'll post here when I know.

July 7   Campaign Nonviolence meeting is the first Wednesday of each month at Caritas Village at 6:30.  Come help us plan the nonviolent revolution and create a Nonviolent Memphis!  (Among other things, planning a big week for "September 15-24, 2017 national week of action")

July 8
Free Legal Aid Clinic, 10 AM - Noon, Benjamin Hooks Library.  See the flier at
also March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept 9, October 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

July 9 - signup deadline for a whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock=climbing trip being organized by Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal) for August 2 to 5. Ages 12 and up, $200.

July 11, first Tuesday - Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic Peace group (but all are invited) at Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grove and Prescott. Potluck supper 6:30, speaker at 7

July 12. 6 PM. Bingo and Ice Cream at Calvary Episcopal Church.  $5 for ice cream and first bingo card. Welcome the new Rector, Scott Walker.
RSVP requested by July 10.

July 14-22. Special lecture series at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple, in Hindi.

July 15, Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM. Summer Silent Meditation retreat, Unity Church of Practical Christianity.

July 15-16. Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Special services 7 am, 8:30 am, 9:30 AM on 15th, 10 Am and 7 PM on 16th. Dinner after the 7 PM service on 16th.
"Mandala Pooja is the ritual of performing special pooja and abhishekam after 40 days of any Prana Prathista event. Abhishekam will be done to Sri Venkateswara with Sahasra (1008) Kalasa's. Since the Mandala pooja is done only ONCE 40 days after any Prana Prathista, don't miss this opportunity to perform this pooja to Sri Venkateswara. Performing this pooja yields the same benefit as that of performing an Aswamedha Yagnam. There are several other benefits of performing this pooja and abhishekam."
The pictures for these are quite spectacular, you can find them by clicking on pictures for the dates on the calendar at

July 20. Italian-Style Deli for MIFA.
This restaurant will give 15% of its revenues for the day to MIFA.
Menus etc at
Who: Fino’s from the Hill and Fino’s East
What: Fino’s helps support MIFA
Where: 1853 Madison Avenue and 703 West Brookhaven Circle
When:  July

July 21. 6 PM. Metal Pour at Metal Museum (Calvary Episcopal)
Bring a blanket and a picnic and watch Calvary history recast! Join Calvary and the Metal Museum for a special after-hours iron pour to cast parts for the restoration of the Calvary fence at the corner of Adams and Second. The Metal Museum (374 Metal Museum Drive) grounds will be open at 6 p.m., Friday, July 21 (rain date: Sunday, July 22), for a picnic. The iron pour will take place between 7 and 8 p.m. Sodas, water, beer, and wine will be available for a donation.

July 21-22. Conference: Empowering Women in the Church, Memphis Theological Seminary.
The title is "Calling in the Key of She". Free conference on how to develop  and maintain female-friendly congregations.

July 23. St John's Episcopal. Reunion for participants in their SOULWORKS programs . Mural tour. Guests welcome. Lunch. RSVP requested

July 23, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Concert. The concert features:
Dennis Janzer-Organ, Georg Hranov-French Horn, Julia Pilgrim-Piano, Ty Legge-Organ
·      An encore performance by Dennis and Georg of the Mozart Horn Duets featuring the new French Horn stop with a "real" horn in duet.
·      The premiere performance of Janzer's piano/organ arrangement of movements from Handel's Water Music.
·      Solo organ music by Franck, Janzer and others.

July 24. Registration opens for Fall workshops at MidSouth Peace and Justice.
(These training programs are also available to religious groups, civic groups, etc.)

July 24, Monday, 5-7 PM The Lynching Sites of Memphis Project is meeting the 2nd and 4th Mondays through September.
The Ell Persons historical marker (Lynched May 22, 1917) has been installed, thanks to the hard work of LSP members John Ashworth, George Grider, Mahendra Prasad, and David Marshall. The address of the Marker is 5480 Summer Ave, which is the southwest corner of Summer Ave and Bartlett Rd.
  I assume this meeting will be at Caritas, unless a change is announced at the web site

July 27 (last Thursday) 6-7 PM Monthly meeting of PERL (People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws)
At MidSouth Peace and Justice, 3573 Southern Avenue.
Meeting announcement at
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.)

July 25-29.Conference at
St. Columba Conference & Retreat Center, notice from Holy Communion Episcopal Church.
Intensive study of the history of Memphis, the Civil Rights history that was made here and a look at what local groups are doing to promote fairness and diversity. $200 covers all costs.
Please see Matthew Arehart ( Holy Communion Church 767-6987 ) immediately to register. Spaces will go fast.

July 27, Thursday, 7 PM. St John's Episcopal Church. Concert. Memphis BoyChoir, GirlChoir, Chamber Choir.

July 30. 1 PM Church of the Holy Communion, Episcopal, is organizing a speaker-led tour of the Dixon Exhibit,   "Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art," which opens in July at the Dixon.  You get into the Dixon free for this if you go to the church that morning and then have lunch with the group.

July 31, Monday, 2 PM. Requiem Eucharist at Holy Communion Episcopal Church for The Rev. Reynolds S. Cheney II. (Died July 10) He served in seven churches in the Diocese of Mississippi, as the Rector of Holy Communion for 20 years, and was a strong supporter of many ongoing ministries in his retirement.

July 31-Aug 1. This day (Sunset-Sunset) is the Jewish day "Tisha B'Av" (which simply means "the ninth day of the month of Av), the traditional anniversary of the destruction of the two Jewish Temples in Jerusalem, and a fast day.
August 1 , Tuesday, 7 PM. Temple Israel Movie. "BESA: The Promise."  Free, open to all.

August 2, Wednesday, noon. Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Feival Strauss, Temple Israel. Bring your own lunch. 
"The Greatest Jewish Thinkers of All Time "  RSVP appreciated.

August 4, 9 am and 7 pm. Prayers at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple, Eads.
"Vara Lakshmi Vratam is celebrated on the Second Friday or the friday before full moon day - Poornima in the month of Śravaṇā. Worshiping Goddess Varalakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshiping Ashtalaksmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength."

August 4.  Memphis Islamic Center. Bonfire and S'mores, 8:30 PM, ages 13 and up, with Qur'an discussion

August 5. Memphis Bus Riders Union is hosting a block party to celebrate the return of bus service on the North side of the former 31 Crosstown. On August 5th, we'll be at the New Chicago CDC (1036 Firestone Ave) from 12 to 3 PM! Join us for food, music, and community as we celebrate new bus service from CHS to Manassas, improving our access to grocery stores, health care, jobs, family and education! Facebook event here:
Route map and list of significant stops at

August 6 - early morning trail walk in Shelby Farms.  Following the 5:15 AM (brief) service and breakfast at Masjid Ar-Rahman.

August 6, and alternate Friday evenings. Memphis Islamic Center.  Discussion Group.
Br. Safi will host a brand new Sacred Scrolls for young professionals on Sunday at 7:30. Discussions will involve the Islamic point of view on taking criticism and the topic of humility. Dinner will be provided for all attendees at 7:30 inshaAllah so please be on time! If you are interested in this event, please email Br. Safi Khan at the email below to RSVP so we know the amount of food needed for the program. Jazakallah Khair! Age 18 and up.
For more information please email:

August 7, 12-12:30. Church Health Center: Mindfulness Meditation in Daily Life.
For this and other Church Health Center events, see

Spring 2017:

The Rhodes College lecture schedule (Communities in Conversation) is at       (and events have been entered below)

The Marcus Orr Center calendar of events for Spring 2017 is now online at
They have also posted a new page, which they hope to update frequently, "Humanities events on Campus".

The schedule for the Lenten Lecture Series is now on line at

Many Church Health Center regular groups (e.g. smoking cessation, diabetes education, will meet at the
new Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Avenue (the old Sears Building) starting April 4.

May30(evening) - June 1 (sunset) Jewish holiday of Shavuot,one of the three major Jewish pilgrimage festivals, corresponding historically to the Christian Pentecost, as the original Pentecost happened when the disciples gathered to celebrate Shavuot. Special prayers, often also celebrated with ice cream parties. The name means "weeks"as it happens after seven weeks of seven days after Passover (hence 50 days, hence "Pentecost"). It is also traditionally the day that the 10commandments were given at Mt. Sinai, and that biblical passage is read in the synagogues. 
Tuesday, May 30, 7:00 pm - Temple Israel. Topic is "UNDERSTANDING THE LEGACY AND RESPONSIBILITY OF REFORM JUDAISM"    followed by a cheesecake tasting.     Main service 9 AM Wednesday morning May 31

May 31-June 4. Special Prayers at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
Dwiteeya Jeernoddharana Maha Pratista
Schedule at  (scroll way down)
A few highlights:  Indian lunch and dinner each day.
June 2 - prayers 9-12, 5-7 PM, Indian dance  performance by local students 6-8 PM
June 3 - vocal music, 6-8 PM    (see link for more lists of prayer times)
June 4  Music 2-5 PM

June 2017: Major renovations to the Hindu Temple at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
This continues to grow - if you have not visited in a year or so, do go by just to see the fascinating buildings and gardens!  Some interesting information is at

June 2, 7 PM, Unity Church of Practical Christianity, Concert of Music, Message, and Mirth

June 3, 10 AM. Native American Flute Workshop at the Unity Church of Practical Christianity. $25 donation suggested.

June 3. MOMS DEMAND ACTION is a group concerned with  common sense ways we can help reduce injuries and death resulting from careless handling and storage of guns, and from intentional gun violence.    They will sponsor a Community Picnic from Noon - 2 pm on Saturday, June 3rd at Robert R. Church Park at 4th and Beale. RSVP helpful at
People are encouraged to wear orange: plain orange t-shirts are available in the $2 to $5 range (depending on size) from Paul at
901-266-2464. or

June 3 6 PM  The Feast of St. Columba
starts at 6 p.m. June 3. Tickets for the night of food and auctions are available at for $75. Your presence supports St. Columba's ministry to the MidSouth!

June 4, Pentecost, Christian holiday, rather minor in some churches but tends to be important in some fundamentalist and in so-called "Pentecostal" churches which lay emphasis on the gift of preaching in many languages which the disciples experienced on this occasion. Some special church services. (See also Shavuot, May 30, above.)

June 4 the new youth director at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral is Justin Merrick.

June 4 Pentecost program by Presbytery (the regional Presbyterian organization) at Rhodes College.-
3:30 sign in, 4 PM Mass Choir, 5 PM Package meals for Stop Hunger Now, 6PM Sandwich supper.
(Meal is $10 adults, $6 children)  I think this is the same sort of meal-packing event the Muslims have done for severalyears,
and I'm delighted to see it spreading.  Needless to say, everyone is welcome.  RSVP by May 16 would help.
901.767.7510   or e-mail

June 4, 2017   Interfaith "Iftar" Ramadan Dinner. One of the major interfaith events of the year.
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June 4. St John's Episcopal Church, Movie Series, "Chronicles of Narnia" starts with "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe".
5 PM dinner $10 for one, $20 for family, Central BBQ, followed by movie.

June 5, 6-8 PM. Hattiloo Theatre, Overton Square area - Mayor Strickland invites people to a fundraiser to help people clear old court records.
"...Expunging more records: Thanks to an amazing $25,000 challenge grant from the Speer Charitable Trust, our Better Memphis Fund will grow and we can change more lives. We’ll hold a fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 5 at Hattiloo Theatre, where your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000. Plus, the expungement fee has fallen, allowing our money to go farther."

June 5,
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.

June 6, 13, 20. Hours? Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion. Coffee, dessert,and talks on Biblical Translation. 

June 6, 13, and 20, 7:00 pm  Temple Israel Movie Nights: Tuesdays, June 6, 13, and 20, 7:00 pm
  Temple presents its fourth annual movie series, featuring: Fanny’s Journey (June 6), The Pickle Recipe (June 13), and Joe’s Violin, followed by Sarah Naids’ beautiful music (June 20). Thank you to our awesome co-chairs, Dorothy Goldwin and Janice & Jimmy Ringel.
      There is no charge for the movies; however, please RSVP by June 5 by clicking on this link.

May 1 is, of course, "Labor Day" in many countries. (When I was a child I assumed that the US had to have it in September just so we wouldn't have it the same day as the Soviet Union. Of course, the histories of the celebrations are different.)  Frequently a dayof demonstrations for workers rights, and, more recently, immigrant's rights.  For example ---

May 1 5PM:   A Day Without Immigrants
Latino Memphis invites all to join  to march together for unity and support of all immigrants. Gather at Clayborn Temple dressed in red, white and blue and march as one community to the  National Civil Rights Museum. Join us and support friends, family, coworkers, students, church members and let's demonstrate immigrants are significant contributors to our economy and an integral part of this country. Memphis is a welcoming city to all, and we need you at the march on May 1st to help us prove it.     
294 Hernando, Memphis, TN 38126  (south of the FedEx Forum)
May 2, 5 PM. Beethoven Club Concert. Concerts at Five   263 S. McLean. Free, abour 35 minutes.

May 2,  5:30 PM Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration, Memphis Jewish Community Center (Israeli Independence Day) More info
at )

May 2,7 PM.  Commercial Movie, Paradiso Cinema. Jonah, On Stage  484 S Mendenhall (N of Poplar)  $13.50
A musical, but I don't know much more about it. I gather it may runto special-effects whales or other Hollywood paraphernalia.

May 3 Supper at St. John's Episcopal.  5:30mix & mingle, dinnerat 6, speaker 6:30,done at7:30. $10 adult, $5 child. Register at

May 3, 6:30 PM. Planning meeting, Campaign Nonviolence. at Caritas.
Amiong other things, planning for  this year's Week of Action  September 16-24, 2017.

May 3. Movie.
Indie Memphis and Church Health will a host a screening of the documentary film "The C-Word" at 7 p.m. (The C-word is Cancer)
on Wednesday, May 3 at the Malco Majestic, 751 Malco Crossing. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at

May 4, Thursday, 7 PM. Music From the Stax Academy, Calvary Episcopal Church.

May 5, Cinco de Mayo, a major Mexican holiday.
The main notice I've seen in  Memphis is a plea for extra blood donations from LIFEBLOOD, which I think is keeping some extra hours.

May 5 - traditional Jewish Sabbath Dinner at Chabad.
They do this periodically, and very well. Lots of Hebrew. $20 adult, $40 family.
details and register at

May 5-7 
The Beale Street Music Festival    has  a web page up at

May 6  3 PM Concert- Fundraiser, $10. New Generation Ministries Empowerment Center.

MAY 6 12 noon to 3 PM. Joint Picnic of Memphis Islamic Center and Heartsong Church. $5 per person, advance reservations please.  For more information please contact or call (901) 231-9340.
Held at MIC: 10225 Humphreys Rd Cordova, TN 38018.

May 6th at 6:30PM at Masjid Ar-Rahman: an appreciation dinner for Br. Mouhmoud Kounkourou (Abu Yunus) and his family for the outstanding community service throughout their stay in Memphis. We wish him and his family the best on their new endeavor in Atlanta, GA Insha Allah.

May 7, 6 PM, Symphony in the Gardens - Memphis Symphony at the Dixon, one of my favorite Memphis events.

May 7  (Time unspecified?) End of Semester BBQ for students and graduates,at Masjid An-Noor (near the U of M campus,sort of behind St. Luke's Methodist which shares its parking lot with the mosque.

May 7 5 PM, Calvary Episcopal Church.   Join us for a traditional Anglican choral liturgy tonight at 5 p.m., featuring the youngest voices of Calvary singing works by Malcolm Archer, Malcolm Williamson, and Stuart Beer. Choristers receiving RSCM awards will be recognized. Evensong gives weekend travelers an opportunity to worship, or having been to a morning service, it offers a time of prayer and quiet reflection as evening falls.

May 9, 10:30AM  Special  service at Indian Cultural Center and Temple.

May 9, second Tuesday, Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic Peace Group, meets at the Quaker Meeting House, Walnut Grove and Prescott.  Pot luck spper 6:30, program at 7.  
The May program: speakers from Moms Demand Action, common sense measures to reduce gun violence.

May 9, 7 PM.  Interfaith Panel at Masjid Ar-Rahman. "Seeking Justice, Seeking Peace".
If you have not yet visited this large new mosque,this is agreat chance to do so. 
7906 Lowrance Road, Memphis, TN 38125

May 2, May 8, May 16. 7 PM Film on Condition of Women.  Director Kampala Lomez takes an unflinching look at lives of women in their own words and through precedent-setting legal cases, finding outdated and discriminatory attitudes that influence issues from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape, even the foster care care system. The film is 90 minutes long. It will be shown May 2 at Malco Ridgeway; May 8 at Crosstown Arts and May 16 at the National Civil Rights Museum. Start time is 7 p.m. for all showings. (Notice from Holy Communion Episcopal Church)

Thursday, May 4 5:30 PM at Rhodes College: Celebration of  MIFA's 49th birthday. This year's keynote speaker is Rabbi Michael E. Danziger, a native Memphian now living in Cincinnati where he is the assistant rabbi at Wise Temple.  . Purchase your tickets today.  
Rhodes College, Bryan Campus Life Center, McCallum Ballroom - enter off University Avenue.

May 6 - 31, Afro-Columbians, Roads of Freedom. Special photography exhibitat the National Civil Rights Museum,
n connection with Memphis in May.

May 10,noon. Lunch and Learn at Temple Israel. A discussion of the "Omer",the period between Passover and Pentecost (Jewish Shjavuot). There is some (small ) resemblance to the Christian"Lent". Bring a brown bag lunch, some drinks provided.  RSVP by May 9 appreciated but not essential.

May 11-14.  Donate Blood!  May is a slow month for blood donations. LifeBlood is offering special rewards for donations May 11-14 in honor of Mother's Day.

May 11, 6 PM , Weather (Dry Ground) Permitting. Temple Israel, Blessing of the Dogs. (On leashes!)

May 11-12,  8:30AM - 4:30 PM, St Mary's Episcopal Procedure Workshop on "Crucial Conversations"
..Come learn how to have passionately compassionate conversations in a faith community. Led our own Dennis Clark!

May 12,11:30 AM. Rhodes College prize award and lecture.
Rhodes Phi Beta Kappa awards the College's highest academic honor, the Peyton Nalle Rhodes Prize. The Rhodes Prize was established in 1980 to celebrate President Rhodes' unstinting commitment to the liberal arts.  Paula Millirons Koelle '85, recipient of the Rhodes Prize and accomplished genetic specialist, will be this year's Phi Beta Kappa luncheon speaker.
Our induction ceremony will take place on Friday, May 12 at 11:30am in Hardie Auditorium, with the luncheon immediately following in the Refectory. 
Please just let me know via reply to this email if you would like to join us. The induction ceremony is free and open to the public; the luncheon requires reservations by Monday, April 24 ($17). As ever, we would be honored by your presence.    sciubbaj at
May 13 Free Legal Aid Clinic, 10 AM - Noon, Benjamin Hooks Library.  See the flier at
also March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept 9, October 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

May 13, 3:30 PM. Graduation Picnic to honor graduates,
Memphis Islamic Center.

May 13. 5 PM Fundraiser for Pleasant View School (The Muslim Day School) $20, Yasir Qadhi will speak.
Call the Memphis Islamioc Center for tickets. 

May 13 

MIFA Interfaith CleanUp
Saturday, May 13, 9 am-12 n

These cleanups have proved to be an excellent way of fulfilling our vision of uniting the community through service---bringing people together from all walks of life. In addition to cleaning up streets in the area around MIFA, in Memphis' poorest zip code, people who would otherwise not know each other will work side by side and begin to form relationships. Here's an article from the 2015 cleanup:
In order for us to get an idea of how many volunteers we'll have, we urge participants to contact Isaiah Swanson at (901) 529-4521 or by Thursday, May 11We welcome participants of all ages, but please note that anyone under 18 will need a parent's signature on the volunteer form that Isaiah will provide.  Trash bags, water, and gloves will be provided, but please bring your own gloves if you have them.
May13 9:30- 11 PM. Anshei Sfard Lag B'Omer Bonfire.  The "Omer" is a Jewish period of semi-mourning with a slight resemblance to Lent.  The 33rd day is a "day off" from this  (in ancient times, a plague ended on this day)and is a traditional time for parties and picnics. Anshei Sfard - Beth El Emeth Synagogue (ABSEE)  has a bonfire. Singing, marshmallows,etc.  120East Yates North, just northof Walnut Grove just inside the I=240 loop.
     Chabad will have its Lag B'Omer party,  BBQ & Family Funday, Sunday, May 14th, 5:00 PM at the Chabad Center. 2570 Kirby Parkway. 
RSVP (by Thu. May 11th) 901-754-0404 or
$12 Adult, $10 Children (12 & under),

May 15. Tickets on Sale for a Play benefiting Church Health Center - see June 23 below.

May 15.  7 PM Beethoven Club Concert.

May 2017 - Memphis in May.The honored country this year will be Columbia,
  There is an event schedule at -honored-country

May 18,8 PM - pre Ramadan Revival at Memphis Islamic Center, How to prepare for Ramadan

May19-20 "Beauty for Ashes Women's Conference." The organizer has led programs for homeless women, victims of violence, etc.
Holiday Inn Memphis Airport. Charge.

May 20, Christian Women In Hats Tea Party Fellowship Conference by Launch Out Into The Deep Ministries (founder: Minister Lecia Martin). $30.  Southhaven, MS.  This looks like a very evangelical thing rather than "interfaith", but I mention it as an example
of religious activities in the Memphis area.

May 20. 10 am - 3 pm Ruby Bridges Reading Festival, Civil Rights Museum

May 20, 8 AM. Run to assist people recovering from addiction.

Heroes in Recovery 6K
Make plans now to join the team for the Recovery Commission in the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee as we participate in the Walk/Run to benefit Grace House of Memphis.
Details: May 20, 2017, 8 AM, at Overton Park. Registration through April 9 is $30, Registration April 9 - May 19 is $35. Race Day Registration is $40.
Register today:
Heroes in Recovery has a simple mission: to eliminate the social stigma that keeps individuals with addiction and mental health issues from seeking help, to share stories of recovery for the purpose of encouragement and inspiration, and to create an engaged sober community that empowers people to get involved, give back, and live healthy, active lives. For questions, call, text or email Shannon Tucker at 901-281-0785 or

May 21, 2017, 3:00pm - Prayer service for the Centennial Commemoration of the Lynching of Ell Persons at the site of the lynching near Summer Ave. and the Wolf River
5404 Summer Avenue-shuttle buses from parking at the Perimeter Mall from 1 PM. Facebook:

May 21,2 PM. Jewish Historical Society at the Jewish Community Center, Key to the Casa – Celebrating Jewish Life in Sephardic Spain  
Back by popular demand for the third consecutive year,  this Washington, D.C.  Cantorial Soloist will once again delight her audience.
Through entrancing Ladino songs, stories and images, Helzner magically transports audiences to the heart of Jewish Spain. Her captivating presentation brings to life the once flourishing Jewish communities of Toledo, Córdoba and Seville. In exploring the resurgence of a modern Jewish presence in Spain, “A Key to the Casa” celebrates the remarkable resilience of the Jewish people. Lyrics to the songs are projected so everyone can join in the singing. 

May 23  7-9 PM  Common Table Health Alliance - Annual Meeting, Gala, Fundraiser (e.g $100/ticket)

May 24 
Church Health Behavioral Health will present a free Mental Health First Aid USA training
from 8:00 a.m. to 5
:00 p.m. at 1350 Concourse Ave

May 25 - Ascension Day. Celebrates the dayJesus ascended to heaven after his resurrection and visits with the disciples.
Some special church services, e.g. St John's Episcopal at 6PM

May 26. RAMADAN,
the lunar month in which devout Muslims do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset, willbe approximately sunset May26 to sunset June 24  (depending on actual observation of the moon).  There is an excellent essay on Ramadan  in the British press, at

May 30,
  Tuesday,  at 6:00 PM for the first ever 901 Ummah Fundraising Dinner at The Great Hall in Germantown, TN! We've done so much these past few years and need your support to keep the energy going. Invite your family and friends for a great night with great speakers, testimonials, dinner, and good times! ($20/person). Fundraiserfor alocal Muslim organization, I think appealing to many young adults. Contact is Masjid Ar-Rahman,
(901) 756-4794

Several Churches with Wednesday suppers had other schedules during the Christmas season.
Holy Communion Episcopal (Walnut Grove between Perkins) has its Wednesday dinner   at 5:45 PM, then "relaxed worship, music, socializing".
Second Presbyterian (Poplar and Goodlett) people arrive 5 - 5:30 PM, children's programs 6:15, excellent serious adult programs 6:30 PM.  
 Calvary Episcopal (downtown) dinner 5:15-6:15.

April 1, 11 AM. Indian Cultural Center and Temple begins a 24-hour prayer vigil.
Tulasi Ramayan will be recited by devotees for 24 hours non-stop
(if I understand correctly, this is a recitation of the great Hindu classic, the Ramayana)

April 1.  Gandhi-King Conference at Christian Brothers University
8:30 AM - 5 PM at Christian Brothers University  Schedule at
Map/ registration at
This long-standing and important Memphis tradition is being continued this year with cooperation from the Vanderhaar Symposium and the National Civil Rights Museum, and other sponsors.  Excellent speakers. Preregistration helps; free although contributions accepted ($25 requested).    Also
April 2. 2 PM Jewish Community Center - Art Exhibit Opening. The Exodus Project

“They Came to Memphis: From the Iron Curtain to the Bible Belt”
Featuring photographs and the riveting stories  of Soviet Jews who found freedom in Memphis and of the people who helped in their resettlement.
      (Ordman's note:)  Other communities and charities in Memphis are dealing with absorbing refugees, and may find this history of real interest. I remember years ago attending meetings in Memphis discussing, e.g., allocation of local charitable money between helping Soviet refugees going to Israel and those wanting to come to the US.  How many could Memphis charities support; how many jobs could we find for them, especially the ones with no English language? E.g., I recall a taxi driver from Kiev who worked as a janitor in a car dealership while learning the names of tools and car parts so he could become a mechanic's helper.

April 2, Sunday, 5K Run, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. 2 PM at Shelby Farms. Notice from Memphis Islamic Center.,. register as 901 Ummah

April 3 - RSVP Deadline for the Passover Seder at Temple Israel, see April 11.

April 3.   Monday, 11:45am-2pm, Rhodes College.  
1 in 3 Abortion Speak Out
VOX and Healthy & Free Tennessee will be hosting Rhodes' very first Speak Out Campaign to fight abortion stigma. This is a performance that will negate the silence around abortion on the Rhodes campus and in our communities. HFTN Youth Leadership Council members are organizing this event and it is open to the public. Come out and support! More information and links to share your abortion story or volunteer can be found at

April 4, 2018, will mark the 50th anniversary of the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. at the Lorraine Motel here in Memphis, Tennessee.  In remembrance of this event, the National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM) will present MLK50: Where Do We Go From Here?<>, a year-long commemoration including a series of signature events and programs beginning on April 4, 2017.  As communities across the nation and world reflect on the life and mission of one of history’s greatest peacemakers, we want to take this opportunity to challenge and inspire local residents to consider how we may work individually and collectively to keep Dr. King’s dream alive and actively address the aspects of his mission for which there is still much work to be done.

Please join us on Thursday, March 30th at 5:30PM  for an informational meeting at the National Civil Rights Museum to learn more about MLK50 and discuss ways that your organization can help mobilize and activate people in Memphis and around the world to advance Dr. King’s work and effect positive social change. Formal MLK50 partnership opportunities are available.

April 4, 4:30 PM. Fight for $15 (living wage) Demonstration, 125 N. Main (City Hall).
   Moment of silence at 6:01 PM, the time Dr. King was shot.
Info and sign-up at

April 4 - Break down the Walls dinner discussions - small groups).
Contact Courtney

 April 4 Tuesday 8:30 am-Lenten trip series: Civil Rights Museum  (group organized by St. Mary's Cathedral)

Meet in front of the Lorraine Motel at 8:30 am on Tuesday, April 4. This day marks the 49th anniversary  of Dr. King's assassination. We will tour the museum then have lunch afterward nearby.  Bring $15 for museum admission and lunch.

April 4 (First Tuesday) Catholic Ministry to Gay  and Lesbian Persons. Pot luck supper at 6:30 (no need to bring anything the first time you come)
Speaker at 7. The speaker this month will be Bishop Steib, the former Roman Catholic Bixhop of Memphis who founded this ministry.  Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Parking in the rear.  Anyone sympathic or merely interested in invited to attend.
April 6, Movie, The Quest for Christ. Paradiso Cinema, 7 PM. Close to 3 hours long.

Thursday, April 6, 7:00 pm, For Ages 21+   Temple Israel. Passover Seder Hints
Rabbi Feivel will share the secrets of designing a fun, meaningful, and robust Seder. RSVP by April 5 by calling Temple, 901.761.3130, or by clicking on this link.

April 6, 7:30 PM, Hattiloo Theatre / Memphis Symphony, "STRANGE FRUITS". (Preshow discussion at 6:15 should be especially interesting!) In connection with thye Lynching Sites of Memphis Project. ("Strange Fruits" are lynched bodies, hanging from a tree.)  A very exciting local artistic creation, read more and find the ticket link at       $30  

April 7, Friday, 8 PM<. Pakistan's Sounds of Kolachi,
Buckman Performing Arts Center, St Mary's School. $25

April 8. 
Free Legal Aid Clinic, 10 AM - Noon, Benjamin Hooks Library.  See the flier at
also May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept 9, October 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

April 8, 10 AM - 12:30 , Memphis Islamic Center. Program with Yasir Qadhi, "Modernity and Islam".  $15, $30 family, $10 student.
"This is an essential aqeeda (creed) workshop for all ages regardless of your level of commitment or adherence to the faith. In this final session Sh Yasir Qadhi will focus on atheism: its main arguments, leading proponents and a refutation of the whole construct. "
Info and registration

April 8. Youth night at Masjid Ar-Rahman. 2nd Saturday each month, and not really an "interfaith" think so I won't mention it again. Separate activities for men and women.
more informationand registration at

April 11. Group Passover Seder at Temple Israel. $36 non-member adult, less for membeers and children.
RSVP by April 3. Questions? Call 901.761.3130.

April 12. There will be another organizational meeting of
MICAH (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope).  Really impressive.   April 12th from 1:00 - 2:30 at Temple Israel.  Rabbi Katie Bauman I think is the Chair of the Board. As I understand it, this is an "organization of organizations" to help coordinate social action activities.  If your organization is potentially interested, call Rabbi Bauman at Temple Israel.

April 9,. Palm Sunday, the start of "Holy Week" for many Christian Churches
April 14, Good Friday
April 16, Easter
      Many, many, church events this whole week.
The Calendar for St. Mary's Episcopal is at
Among the Easter Egg hunts, Holy Communion Episcopal has one after the 9 am service on Easter.
Holy Communion's schedule is at
The Boulevard,    has assorted services - e.g noon Friday, 10-2 April 15 (Saturday), Sunday 12:30
Unity Church of Practical Christianity has an Easter Egg hunt and pot-luck supper after its Sunday Servuice on Easter (about 12:30 PM)

I finally got an explanation of why the Thursday before Easter is called "Maundy Thursday". A pastor writes "Maundy Thursday, so-named because of the Latin word for commandment (mandatum). "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another."

April 10-18 Passover (Seders April 10 and 11)  This major Jewish holiday commemorates the exodus friom Egypt.
Among other things, there are major ceremonial dinners the first two evenings (most often done at home) called "Seders"
("Seder" simple means "order" as in "order of service.") Many Jewish organizations hold group seders, often the second night.
Since it is an elaborate meal, it can be a bit expensive (but well worth it.)

Saturday, April 15 is CONDOMONIUMMemphis' most outrageous party and the signature fundraiser for CHOICES Memphis Center for Reproductive Health. Condom fashion show will be judged by celebrities including Liz Winstead of Lady Parts Justice. Sign up to share your abortion story with Shout Your Abortion and you can receive a free ticket to the event! Email Holly at to sign up.
Funds raised are used to support CHOICES’ programs and services including community education, clinician training, and a special fund for patients who can’t afford the full cost of their care. Tickets are pay your age up to $50.Get your tickets today and learn more about CONDOMONIUM at 

April 17, meeting of the Lynching Sites Project of Memphis. from 5 - 7pm
Caritas Village, 2509 Harvard Ave. Memphis ALL ARE WELCOME!
Good food is available from the menu in Caritas Kitchen.  Some come early or stay later for food and conversation.  Food can be ordered until 7:30 pm. 

April 20, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
- Community Teach-In by Facing History and Ourselves
at White Station High School
having to do with the Lynching Sites of Memphis Project

April 20, Hooks Institute Gala, Fund-raiser.  Holiday Inn, U of M campus. Speaker: Andrew Young.
Tickets $100 - $125.

April 20, 7 PM, fundraiser for MIFA: "Lip-Synch Plus at the Hard Rock Cafe." 

An epic lip sync battle between online winners and Memphis celebrities, who include Mayor Luttrell, Stan Bell, Cynthia Daniels, and Deidre Malone. The Hard Rock Cafe will be the place to be for amazing performances, excellent food and drink, and bringing the community together to keep families connected to their utilities. All proceeds benefit the Plus-1 program, a partnership between MIFA and MLGW that was created in 1982 to provide utility assistance for families in crisis. Buy your tickets now

April 21, 10-11:30AM.  U of Memphis Seminar, Free and Open to Public: The formation of gender identity across LGBTQ Communities. Dr. Heidi Levitt, Clinical Psych, U of Mass - Boston.  1.5 continuing education units. No preregistration needed.

April 21 7 PM  Memphis Islamic Center
"Roots of The American Muslim"
Join us at MIC on Friday, April 21st at 7 PM for a class entitled "Roots of The American Muslim" taught by Drost Kokoye! This will be a workshop style event with some lecturing on the origins of Islam and first Muslims in America as well as the largest Muslim group in America; Sr. Drost will then discuss how American Muslims built the community we have now. Some parts of the class will also be interactive, and allow people to trace their own lineages and see at which stage of American history their ancestors entered the picture!
Link to Event Registration

April 22   Church Health Center /Carnival Memphis
has promoted Memphis business, industry, and culture since 1931. Join Carnival Memphis at 7 pm on Saturday, April 22 at Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Avenue for Krewes for Kids, a festive event that will benefit children's charities in the Mid-South, including Church Health. Log on to to purchase tickets.

April 22. Church Health Center: Culinary Medicine. 

Join the Church Health Nutrition staff and Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist Susan W. Warner M.D. on Saturday, April 22 for an interactive CME cooking class. The first module, An Introduction to Culinary Medicine, is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; the second, Hypertension and Nutrition: Low-Sodium Diets and Flavor Building, is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each module counts for 4 CME credit hours with completion of online and classroom portions. Classes are held at Church Health's teaching kitchen, 1350 Concourse Ave. For complete information or to enroll, log on to

April 22, 2 - 5 PM, [POSTPONEDTO MAY 6 due to expected rain)Joint Picnic of Memphis Islamic Center and Heartsong Church. $5 per person, advance reservations please.  For more information please contact or call (901) 231-9340.

April 22, 7:45 PM. Family Night, Masjid Al-Noor.  (sponsored, prepared dinner,not a potluck)
The lecture will be about "Raising a Moral Child" with our beloved Sheikh Muhammad Elkadi
(Ordman: my guess is that this may be more Arabic than English)

April 23 10 AM, Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Special prayers, Sudarsama Homam

April 23. Rajun Cajun CrawFish Festival. Benefits Porter-Leath. 11 AM- 7 PM. Wagner Place and Riverside Drive.
 Details at

April 23, 3 PM. "Offering of Musicality", St. John's Episcopal Church. Free. Donations accepted for Highland Area Renewal Corporation.

April 24, 5- 7 PM, Planning Meeting,Lynching Sites of Memphis Project.

Caritas Village, 2509 Harvard Ave. Memphis. Food can be ordered, if wanted, until 7:30 PM.
April 24, Monday, 6:30 PM, Jewish Community Center. Yom HaShoah  Day of Commemoration of the Holocaust

April 24 - Break down the Walls dinner discussions - small groups).
Contact Courtney 

April 26 - May2 "Israel Week" at Jewish  Community Center.

April 26, 7 - 8 PM,Temple Israel Speaker:  PROGRESSIVE JUDAISM IN ISRAEL, by Rabbi Rinat Safania

April 27, Lecture 4:30 (refreshments 3:45) , Lecture, New Work on the Luxor Temple (Epigraphic findings in the forecourt of Ramesses II).  Arts and Communications Building Room 310, Univ. of Memphis.

April 27, 5 - 7:30 PM. Hospitality Hub.

Come to Loflin Yard Thursday, April 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Eat, drink, and be merry with the Hospitality Hub as we celebrate the first year of Work Local. Hear Mayor Strickland and special guests as they describe how Work Local is putting Memphis on the map as we help to solve homelessness and panhandling. Admission is free and 10% of your food and beverage purchase will be donated to the Work Local initiative.
April 27, 7 PM, Masjid Ar-Rahman.   "Roots of The American Muslim"

Join us at MIC on Friday, April 21st at 7 PM for a class entitled "Roots of The American Muslim" taught by Drost Kokoye! This will be a workshop style event with some lecturing on the origins of Islam and first Muslims in America as well as the largest Muslim group in America; Sr. Drost will then discuss how American Muslims built the community we have now. Some parts of the class will also be interactive, and allow people to trace their own lineages and see at which stage of American history their ancestors entered the picture!
Link to Event Registration

April 28 - Russian National Ballet at GPAC (commercial)

April 28  Youth Bonfire (ages 13 and up) Memphis Islamic Center
Join us this Friday evening at 8 pm for a bonfire with the youth of MIC, as we discuss some of the most significant events in the life of Allah's Messenger (S) and how we can take away lessons to implement in our own lives. All this will be happening over a soothing bonfire, some halal marshmallows, and of course, s'mores. 

April 28  6-7 PM  Muslim Women's Self Defense Class.
Masjid Al-Mu'minun, 4412 S. Third St., Memphis, TN 38128
If you plan on attending PLEASE call and/or RSVP at, 901-401-3350.

April 29  Annual Day of Reflection, "Building Bridges in a Divided World", Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Organized by the  Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbians. Conyinental breakfast at 9, conference starts 9:30, Mass at 11:30, conference ends 3:30 PM.   Requested donation $20, but pay what you can, no minimum required.

April 29. 10 AM- 3PM. 2nd Annual Palestine Festival. Overton Park on the Geensward,

Rain date Sunday same time. Free.
Sponsorships available.

April 29, 5:30-8:30 PM. Crawfish Frenzy, St.John's Episcopal  Church. (Fundraiser, Adult $10, Child $5, Family $20)
3280 Overland and the Athletic Field. 
Register now and pre-pay online. 

April 30.  10:30 AM. Episcopal Bishop Don Johnson at the morning service of Holy Communion Episcopal (between Perkins)

April 30  after11 AM service, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral will have its Parish Picnic (bring$10)and an outdoor concert by Mighty Souls Brass Band.

April 30, 2 PM. Jewish Historical Society Lecture, Jewish Community Center.
Author, Lawyer, Marlene Trestman will enlighten The Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the Mid-South, Sumner Levine Speaker Series with a fascinating story of the parallel lives of two Jewish orphans, beginning in New Orleans and going to the Supreme Court and beyond. The event will take place at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar on Sunday, April 30 at 2 PM and is free and open to the public.    Not every biographer has the keen advantage of having met her subject. Marlene Trestnam, author of Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal. Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate, Bessie Margolin was lucky enough to not only have known Margolin, but to have been mentored by her.   Enter from the back, I think, as new exhibit preparation may block the usual entrance to the JCC. They will be there, but not necessarily in the usual room.

Sunday, April 30  St. Columba Sip 'n Zip

St. Columba's Sip n' Zip Sunday is April 30th from 1:30 - 4:30. For only $10 per person or $25 per family come try climbing and zipping!  Or enjoy the grounds at no cost. No registration required. St. Columba is located in Memphis, Tennessee, just seven miles north of the Sycamore View exit on I-40 (exit 12).
Physical address: 4577 Billy Maher Road, Memphis, TN 38135    About 290 minutes from downtown.  

March 4, Saturday Mosque Open House. All the Mosques in Memphis invite visitors. 10 AM to 3 PM  

  1. Masjid Al-Mu’Minun 4412 south Third St, Memphis, TN 3810

  2. Masjid Ar-Rahman 7906 Lowrance Road, Memphis, TN 38125

  3. Memphis Islamic Center 10225 Humphrey Road, Cordova, TN 38018

  4. Muslim Society of Memphis 1065 Stratford Road, Memphis, TN 38122

  5. Masjid Al-Muslimeen 3141 Directors Row, Memphis, TN 38131

  6. Midtown Mosque  1288 Jackson Ave, Memphis, TN 38107 

  7. Masjid Al-Noor 3529 Mynders Ave, Memphis, TN 38111

March 4, 7:00 PM.  Lenten Concert, Balmoral Presbyterian Church. Donations accepted,
Bowling Green University Men's Chorus singing "Zing dem Herrn"

March 5 -  Purim Festival, Temple Israel.  Kids Purim Play, 11 am - 12 noon.

March 6.  I've just noticed a series of lunches, "Women in Ministry".  I don't know much about it, but an entry is at
so I suspect that Memphis Theological Seminary would have information.

March 7. (7:30  PM, but arrive early for good seats. Free.) Temple Israel - Purimspiel. The "Purim Play" at Temple Israel is one of the great musical events of the year in Memphis.  Not your typical "Bible Story" production, the story of  the biblical Book of Esther is not  taken seriously.  The music this year will be taken from Andrew Lloyd Weber and the show is a comedy. Parental discretion advised.  Recall that the author of the James Bond novels stated that James Bond was based on the Book of Esther.  If you want some rather unusual fun, read the Book of Esther but mentally picture "Goldfinger" rather than "biblical epic." Of course the rapid travel to get to the final battle has to be done on horses, the Aston-Martin not having been invented yet, and the secret agent is female...  Free, all welcome.

March 8, Lunch and Learn, Temple Israel (bring your own lunch). Getting to Know Yourself - The Wisdom of Purim.
March 8, the speaker at the Wednesday dinner at St John's Episcopal Church
will be Pete Gathje, the Co-Foiunder of Manna House.

March 10,Friday 7-9 PM Speaker at First Baptist Church. Maria Khani, Islam and Muslims Across the Centuries.
200 East Parkway North.  (Corner of Poplar)

March 11.
Free Legal Aid Clinic, 10 AM - Noon, Benjamin Hooks Library.  See the flier at
also March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept 9, October 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

March 11, 5 PM -7 PM. Purim Service (the service, not the musical play). Temple Israel. 
This is a really fun service to visit. You get "the whole Megillah" in its original meaning. That is, they traditionally read the whole book of Esther. (Reform Jews ofcourse tell the story in English instead of Hebrew.) Since some parts are not really proper for young ears, the children are issued noisemakers. If this sounds improbable, you are invited to come and see and hear.

March 11, 8 PM. Muslim night at the Grizzlies.
If you'd like to be with a mosque group that evening,  reserve a seat by March 1
There is a whole day of events planned, starting with youth basketball drills at 1 PM.  Questions? Cheree Duncan at 901-205-1451

March 11. 11 -1 Turkish Cooking class (ladies only)

March 11 Postponed To March 18 due to weather, - Festival of Colors, Indian Cultural Center and Temple.  Food stalls open 11 am, dances 1:30, 4 PM Bonfire. If you've wanted to visit this temple when it has colorful activities and not primarily Indian-language prayer services, this is an excellent occasion for a visit. Details

March 11 - Four Mile Run, for St Patrick's Day, Sponsored by Memphis Theological Seminary,
benefiting scholarship funds at MTS and Room at the Inn, an ecumenical ministry that serves people experiencing homelessness. Now beginning its sixth year in Memphis, the program provides emergency shelter and meals during the coldest months of the year—November through March. 
 or register at

March 11. There is also a one-mile walk run put on by the Muslims at 9 am, Prospect Park - 2463 Ball Road West.

March 12, 2PM.  Memphis Islamic Center: Panel Discussion: Building Relationships with Non-Muslims

March 12 , Sunday 3 PM Lynching Sites Project Interfaith Service
 Lynching Sites Project commemorates the 125th Anniversary of the People’s Grocery Lynching.
 Join us for an interfaith worship service today Sunday, March 12 at 3 pm at lynching site, end of Waterworks Ave., opposite 1018 N. Second St.
For a report on the commemoration May 9 see

March 12. 3 PM Beethoven Club Concert. Free. Clarinet, Pianist, Soprano.

263 S. McLean Blvd. • Memphis, TN 38104

March 12. Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
Lakshmi Jayanti or birthday of the Goddess of wealth Shri Lakshmi occurs on Phalguna Poornima (day of full moon in the month of Phalguna). On this day the devotees worship Goddess Lakshmi with full devotion to impress her to shower her blessings on the devotees.
Lakshmi Abhishekam     09:00 AM               Gaja Vahana Seva      07:00 PM

March 14 Tuesday 6:30 PM. Memphis Fight for 15  (campaign for a living wage) Planning meeting at First Congregational Church to discuss upcoming National Action in Memphis, April 4.

March 15, 5-7 PM. Islamic  Art Exhibit, Presentation, Hands-on Activity.
Germantown Library. 1925 Exeter Road.
, 6 PM,

March 15, 6:30 - 8:30. A Musical History of Joe Hill & The Early Labor Movement, 
concert at
First Congregational Church. Pay what you can (no one turned away.  CD for sale, also. Sponsored by Mid-South Peace and
Justice Center, several other groups.  Light refreshments provided.  FREE, Seating is limited, please RSVP to
More info: Nell Levin, 615-579-0451,        
Flier witgh much more information Hill Memphis.pdf

March 16, 7-9 PM Speaker at Rhodes College.  Nabil Bayakly, History of Islam in the New World.  Blount Auditorium

March 16
National Civil Rights Museum, Lecture:A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi's Black Freedom Struggle. Crystal Sanders.  6 PM
More info and link to register,

March 18, Hindu Temple -
Festival of Colors, Indian Cultural Center and Temple.  Food stalls open 11 am, dances 1:30, 4 PM Bonfire. If you've wanted to visit this temple when it has colorful activities and not primarily Indian-language prayer services, this is an excellent occasion for a visit. Details
March 18 - Health and Legal Fair, put on by Muslims in Memphis. Open to all.
10 AM, Hollywood Community Center

March 19. Rise Against Hunger.  A Major Interfaith Event. 1 to 4 PM,
although some gather from noon to socialize and help set up.
A large roomful of people of all faiths pack many thousand  packages of food for refugees, storm victims, etc. 
Pleasant View School, 1888 Bartlett Rd, Memphis 38134  (a bit outside the Summer or Covington Pike expressway exits, map at link).
It helps if you preregister at

March 22, Wednesday 5-6:30 PM. Islamic  Art Exhibit, Presentation, Hands-on Activity. Cordova Library. 

March 23, Thursday Marcus Orr Lecture. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks: Challenging the Myths of Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement in the Age of Black Lives Matter. Jeanne Theoharis // Brooklyn College, CUNY /
      Abstract at  
 River Room, 300 University Center, Univ of Memphis
    Reception at 5:30 PM, Lecture at 6:00 PM

March 23,  7 PM Church of the Holy Communion, speaker. Dr Omid Safi,
"This year's guest is a world-renowned expert on Islam and director of Duke University's Islamic Studies Center.   While Dr. Safi will discuss the current social challenges for Muslim people, his larger message will center on the path of divine love in Islam. "Quite often what ends up happening when we have people of good faith and goodwill, we end up talking about what Islam is not about," he said. "It is not fanaticism. It is not oppression of women. We don't seem to set out time to talk about what Islam is about and what in its highest aspirations, it offers people."  (Dr Safi also speaks at Calvary downtown, evening of March 22 and noon March 23.)

March 24, Friday, 1:15 PM.  This is a usual weekly worship service, but I've been asked to mention guest preacher Imam Omart Shakir at
Masjid Al-Mu'Minim, the mosque at
4412 south Third St, Memphis, TN 3810m as part iof the Muslim's special programs for March.

March 26, Southern Jewish Historical Society Lecture
  Stephen Whitfield of Brandeis University: Jews Against the Ku Klux Klan. 

    Jewish Community Center, 2 PM

March 26, Panel Discussion and potluck, Muslim Pioneer Struggle in America. Masjid AR-Rahman, time to be announced.

March 25 (SATURDAY!), MusliMemFest, 10 am - 8 pm at Agricenter International.
A major program. Most free but there is a $10 comedian in the evening..
Thius is going to be a very large and exciting event, with many local groups represented.

March 27, 6:30 PM.  Beethoven Club Concert. Free. Four hands piano.

263 S. McLean Blvd. • Memphis, TN 38104

March 27, 7 - 8:30 PM  Temple Israel.  Interfaith Discussion. "Why Justice is Foundational to Christianity, Islam, and Judaism" Panel Discussion. Rabbi Greenstein with Reverend Dr. Stephen R. Montgomery of Idlewild Presbyterian Church and Dr. Yasir Qadhi of Memphis Islamic Center will discuss their shared religious-based commitment to social justice issues. This event is open to the public,
RSVP requested, not essential.

The Lent Brochure from St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral is at

Several Churches in Memphis have "Stations of the Cross" observances during lent.
St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Fridays at 6 PM
Immaculate Conception (Roman Catholic Cathedral) Fridays 5:30 with fish fry.
St John's Episcopal has a 7 am Eucharist Thursdays during Lent.

March 2 - April 7. The Lenten Lecture Series at Calvary Episcopal Church
A major highlight of the Memphis year!  Tuesday-Friday noon and Wednesday  evenings.
The schedule is now on line at    (with details about the speakers)
Brief lecture, noon to about 12:40, free, usually wonderful. If you want (paid) a great meal before or after, downstairs.
A few highlights: Dan Mathews March 2-3, Kirk Whalum March 14, Micah Greenstein March 21-22,
Omid Safi March 23 (and other venues March 21-23),  Roslyn Nichols March 28, Becca Stevens March 29-30
Steve Montgomery April 7.
March 8-9, and 6:30 PM March 8: Rev Ollie Rencher
March 10: Rev Dorothy Wells (Germantown)
March 14: Kirk Whalum
March 15-16, 6:30 PM 15: Dr Barbara Lundblad
March 17: Rev Julian Gordy
March 21-22 Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Temple Israel  (packed house, arrive early)
March 23  Drt Omid Safi (Prof od Islamics, Duke Univ.)
March 24 Rev Steven Cook (2nd Baptist, Memphis, a major participating church in interfaith work)
March 28, Rev Dr. Rosalyn Nichols Freedom's Chapel Christian Church in Memphis, Tenn.
March 29, 30, evening of March 29:  Rev. Becca Stevens, Thistle Farms & Community of Magdalene in Nashville, Tenn.
March 31, Rev. Broderick Greer   Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tenn.
April 4-5 The Rev. Lauren F. Winner  Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C.
  (she will also speak at St Georges Episcopal Church, 7 PM April 4.)
April 5 evening, April 6 noon: Nadia Bolz-Weber  House of All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colo.
April 7  The Rev. Steve Montgomery  Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tenn.
  (packed house, arrive early)

March 29 and 30. Rhodes College and U of Memphis  -  Baldwin Now Symposium
March 29 @ 6:00 p.m. | McCallum Ballroom, Rhodes College 
Keynote lecture by Dwight McBride, author of Impossible Witness, Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch, and editor of James Baldwin Now.
March 30 @ 6:00 p.m. | Ellington 100, University of Memphis 
Roundtable discussion with leading Baldwin scholars Quentin Miller, Soyica Colbert, and Magdalena Zaborowska. Moderated by Ernest Gibson.

March 30, 5:30 PM  Civil Rights Museum, planning meeting
for year of MLK commemorations. See April 4 below.
Tarrin McGhee, MLK50 Project Manager, via email    901-517-2870

March 30, Thursday, Can a Cell have a Sex?: Biological and Social Ontologies of Sex
Sarah Richardson // Harvard University // Simco Lecture
   Abstract at
    University Center Theatre, Univ of Memphis

Reception at 6:00 PM, Lecture at 6:30 PM

March 31, 7 PM.  Vanderhaar Symposium. (One of the Major Interfaith Events!)
University Theater, Christian Brothers University.  Speaker: Shaka Senghor, a leading voice in criminal justice reform.
This discussion continues with the Gandhi-King Conference, see April 1.  Also

March 31, Closing ceremony for Women's History Month, U of Memphis.


March 31. Historic Tour, Shiloh. Organized by St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.

Feb 1 - March 8, 6 Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 pm. Course at Chabad of Memphis, "The Dilemma: Modern Conundrums, Talmudic Debates, Your Solutions."  $99, discounts for 2 or more. An intriguing course on Jewish approaches to ethical philosophical and practical problems. (Do you throw the switch so that the streetcar will kill one person instead of four?  Do you punish the person who with criminal intent actually does a good deed - or vice versa? etc.)  I must admit that I have a personal fondness for this material: my father once used a Talmudic argument of the sort studied here in an argument before the US Supreme Court. 
Info at  , "The Dilemma", then search for the class in Memphis TN.
It is fun to read examples of the issues studied at

February 1 - start of Black History Month.  Wes Feb 1, 7 PM, program U of Memphis, Rose Theater, Opening reception and award of the Arthur Holmes Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. L Lasimba Grey, Jr.

February 7 - 22, various dates. French Film festival, Univ of Memphis.
   (Feb 7. 9. 13, 16, 20, 22)

February 10, 1 PM Friday, Grand Opening Celebration of  Porter-Leath's Early Childhood Academy. 628 Alice Avenue.

Feb 10, Friday. Prayers 7:30 PM, Meeting at 7:45 PM. Masjid As-Salaam, "Everything about Immigration"
An immigration attorney speaks and answers questions. 1065 Stratford Rd. (Foot of Covington Pike.)

Feb 10, 7:30 PM, Friday, Organ Recital at Calvary Episcopal Church.

February 10-11, Free Dental Clinic, Bellevue Baptist Church (2000 Appling at I-40 exit)  (cleanings, fillings, extractions. Free, expect long lines.)  Doors  open 6 AM.
One procedure per patient per day, may come both days, Ages 2 and up, no pregnant women.

February 11 is the Full moon, "Tu B'Shevat", the 15th day of the month of Shevat
in the Jewish Calendar, "The new year for trees"
It is remarkable that the strange weather we have had recently has given us so many tree in bloom for this date this year!

February 11. Free Legal Aid Clinic, 10 AM - Noon
, Benjamin Hooks Library. 
See the flier at
also March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept 9, October 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

Feb 11, Saturday, 11 AM -1 PM.  Turkish cooking class for women, sponsored by the Atlantic Institute (Turkish Community organization.) Free. Details (menu,location, etc.)  at

February 11, 2017 at 10 AM   Town Hall Meeting hosted by Congressman Steve Cohen
 East High School             3206 Poplar Ave.             Memphis, TN 38111

February 11. Saturday evening. 5:45 PM Chili Cook-Off and Variety show at Holy Communion Episcopal Church (Walnut Grove between Poplar.)
Contact Hester,, to register your variety act, and Matthew,, for chili entries.
The night is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event.  Free admission, free tasting, contributions or "tips" welcome at the jar for each contestant. The contestant getting the most contributions (for church youth programs) wins.

February 11, 7 PM. Chinese Festival, Rose Theater, University of Memphis. Celebrating the anniversary of teh Confucius Center at U of Memphis - Acrbatics, Dance, Opera, ...?

Feb 12   Bloodmobile at Temple Israel, 8:30 AM - 1 PM

Feb 12 Sunday, 2 PM. Jewish Historical Society, Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein, The Recent Community Trip to Poland and Israel: Reflections and Reverberations.   Jewish Community Center 6560 Poplar.

February 12, Sunday,
3 PM. Talk about local Black History Locations
by Prof. Ernestine Jenkins, (one of my favorite lecturers from the University of Memphis, not to be missed!)  at Second Congregational UCC Church, 764 Walker Avenue, across the street from Lemoyne-Owen College.

February 14, Second Tuesday. Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic Peace Group,
meeting at the Friends Meeting House. Pot luck supper 6:30 PM, speaker at 7 PM.
The topic this month: 
A Contrast Between Discussion and Dialogue.

February 15 - Third Wednesday, 7-9 PM.  Welcome session for interested visitors, Pema Karpo Meditation Center (Tibetan Buddhist).
(There are regular meetings Sunday morning and Friday evening, also.)
3921 Frayser Raleigh Road, Memphis, TN 38128

February 16, 6-8 PM Civil Rights Museum. Speaker: Women and Convict Labor in the New South
by Talita L. LeFlouria.  Register at
More info

Feb 20 - Monday  5 PM - 6:40 PM ,  U of Memphis event - Open House for Office of International Studies -
Reception, possibly current news of problems with international travel. Panhellenic Building.
    RSVP Gail Warren, gswarrren at, 678-2814

February 20, 7 PM. Beth Sholom Synagogue,
  Lecture: an Israeli speaker, Rabbi Yoav Ende, will be  talking about pluralism within the Israeli Jewish community. (He won’t be discussing non-Jews.) (The different groups  of Jews in Israel sometimes have a great deal of trouble getting along.) Poster 2_20_17.pdf

February 21, Lecture, University of Memphis
Egyptology Graduate Student Association, Department of History, and Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeolog.  Gay Robins (Emory University), Memory and Identity at the Elite Tombs of Amarna    6:15 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Lecture, University Center Theatre
More information:

February 21 Third Tuesday of each month)  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.

February 22,. 7 - 9 PM African-American History and Islam. Imam Amin Muhammad, sponsored by the Cordoba Society of Archivists. Univerity of Memphis, University Center, Bluff Room.

February 22-27. MAHA SHIVARATRI Celebrations at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple
Paanchahnika Dhwajarohana Divya Kalyanamahotsavam    details of schedule
  (901) 290-8086
(Should I be putting details of such schedules here? Let me know.)

February 22-23 Rhodes College: "W
e plan to host two terrific scholars to discuss Judaism and Islam in early modern England. "
Jerry Brotton has recently published “The Sultan and the Queen: The Untold Story of Elizabeth and Islam”:

Brotton has also written important studies on the cultural exchange of art as well as the history of mapmaking:

He will be joined by James Shapiro, author of the groundbreaking “Shakespeare and the Jews”:

Shapiro is the preeminent biographer of Shakespeare, having published award-winning single-year studies of 1599 and 1606 as well as “Contested Will,” which masterfully debunks alternative authorship fantasies by carefully historicizing them:

A number of engaging events will be scheduled with both celebrated authors. Please pencil those dates on your calendars; more details to follow.

Feb 22 Rhodes College Pearce Shakespeare Symposium
Jews and Muslims in Shakespeare’s World | Feb. 22 @ 6:00 p.m.
Hardie Auditorium, Palmer Hall (reception @ 5:30 p.m.)
In spite of enduring myths about their absence, Jews and Muslims were a complex presence in Tudor England, whether as imagined stage caricatures or actual political agents. Jerry Brotton and James Shapiro, two preeminent cultural historians of the Renaissance, will engage in a far-ranging dialogue about how Judaism and Islam were — and remain — part of the British national story.

Feb 24. MIFA group at Mississippi Kings. Hockey.
$16 up.

February 25, Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm. Ancient Egypt Family Day at Univ of Memphis Art Museum.

also - same time - Family Day at the Dixon art museum, free.  Take the kids or grandkids and try both!

Feb 26, Sunday, 4 PM. Concert, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
Free. Program at    , scroll down the calendar to Feb 26 entry 
     6 PM Choral Concert at Holy Communion Episcopal, Handel and Vivaldi.

February 28, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, St. John's Episcopal Church.
 Another at Holy Communion Episcopal 6 PM 
(program about a cancer treatment program at St. Jude. Pancakes. $5, $20 family)
  At Calvary Episcopal, 5:30-7, $8. Waffles, Red Beans and Rice,...

Feb 28 - buy tickets for the Hooks Institut Gala April 20. see April 20

March 1, Ash Wednesday, the start of the penitential season before Easter.  Numerous special church services/
E.g. St John's Episcopal at 6:30 Am, 12:10 PM, 6 PM.  Holy Communion Episcopal Church, 7 am, noon, 6:30.
Calvary Episcopal  Imposition of Ashes at 7:30 a.m. and 12:05 p.m., Ashes to Go at 12:30 p.m., and the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist at 7:00 p.m. with the Rev. Dan Matthews, Sr. preaching.

Feb 1 -starting January 18 and five more Wednesdays (to March 1 but excluding Jan 25). Hillel of Memphis: Course in Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism)
6:30-8:30 PM. Free for students; $45 general public, $25 for members of Beth Sholom synagogue. Flier at
  (see Jan 25 for another event at Beth Sholom, which is why the teacher, the director of Beth Sholom, is unavailable Jan 25.)
Hillel House,  3581 Midland (just west of U of M campus.)

February 1 - there is an effort being made to form a Jewish "Social Action" group (left-side activism, I gather.) A first meeting is planned at the Jewish Community Center, Wednesday 6 PM.  COntact is cbelenky at

February 1, 5 PM Hispanic-organized march against Trump actions.
For further information     (click on)  Memphis We Belong Here

Wednesday, February 1 at 5 PM
Clayborn Temple in Memphis, Tennessee
Not Interested

Down Spanish ===>> We'll start at Clayborne Temple (294 Hernando St.) then we'll walk down Ponotoc to Mulberry to NCRM. ~~~~>>Empezaremos la vigilia en el Templo Clayborne (294 Hernando St., cerca a...

Feb 1, 5 PM, Rhodes College. A broken system: perspectives on the death penalty in Tennessee. Panel Discussion
Basement of the Paul Barrett Jr. Library (get directions from the gate person on University Avenue)
poster at

February 1, Indian Cultural Center and Temple, special services at 10 AM and 6 PM. Refreshments after the 6 PM service (probably a nice Indian supper) Children invited to the evening program and food. "Shri Saraswathi is the Goddess of learning, who is divine knowledge personified. The sound of her celestial Veena awakens the notes of the sublime utterances of the sacred monosyllable, 'OM'. She bestows the Knowledge of the supreme, mystic sound, clarity of thought and nobility of ideas as represented by Her pure dazzling white clothes, with the hands holding the veena and books seated on the white lotus. We worship Goddess Saraswathi to gain knowledge, dispassion, devotion and prosperity."

February 2.   Rhodes College: Digital Baldwin | February 2 @ 6:00 p.m.
Hardie Auditorium, Palmer Hall (reception @ 5:30 p.m.)   (enter from University Ave. gate, gate person can give directions.)
Featuring Zandria Robinson, Terence Tucker and Ernest Gibson. Each will introduce, screen, and discuss a video clip of Baldwin as a means to inform, to contextualize, and to highlight aspects of Baldwin’s work. Poster at

February 2,  Marcus Orr Lecture.
  Can Teaching Innovation Renew the Humanities? James M. Lang // Assumption College 
River Room, 300 University Center, U of Memphis. Reception 5:30, lecture at 6.
  Abstract at

February 3, 7:30 PM, Masjid As-Salaam, "A soldier's journey to peace in Islam". An American stationed at Guantanamo telling of his experiences with prisoners there. Also a talk by an officer of the Muslim Legal Fund of America.  If you've wanted to hear how the Muslims are talking among themselves about the present situation in the US, you are welcome to come and see. 1065 Stratford (foot of Covington Pike)

February 3. Spaghetti Dinner at Temple Israel following the Friday evening Service. $8, to support the Boy Scout Troop.
Register at   (Reception 5:45, service 6:15-about 7, then supper.)

Feb 4, Saturday, 10:15 AM . American Association of University Women meeting, White Station Library, 5094 Poplar.
Planning spring public meetings re equal pay, gender bias,...

Feb 4. Saturday, Movie, "Marvin Booker was Murdered".   Clayborn Temple,  294 Hernando St Memphis, 38126.  $10.
Doors open at 6pm. Seating at 6:30. Film starts at 7pm. Q&A w/ the Booker Family, their attorneys, Memphis residents in the film, and filmmakers after the screening.  Marvin,  was  active in St. Patrick's in Memphis before moving to Denver where he died; read more at

February 4, 7:30 PM.  "Kathmandu", Israeli TV show, English subtitles, about a religious (Chabad) Jew in Nepal.
At Chabad. Suggested donation $10.

February 7, First Tuesday of each month, Catholic Ministry to Gays, Lesbians, etc.
Pot luck supper and speaker,  Marian Hall, downstairs from the sanctuary at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 6:30 on the first Tuesday or each month. If you want to see how these people can relate to and remain active in a religious organization, by all means attend one of their meetings.)   All welcome, no need to bring food your first visit. (901-496-9413)

February 7-8. Holmes Lectures, sponsored by Memphis Theological Seminary,
Dr Eboni Marshall-Turman speaking on "The New Abolitionism".
Tuesday 7:30 PM, Mt. Moriah East Baptist Church, 1248 Haynes, "Black Social Gospel"
Wednesday 11 AM, Lindenwood Christian Church, 2400 Union (at East Pkwy), "Breaking White Supremacy"

February  7-8.  Shen Yun Dancers at the Cannon Center. 
This is an extremely spectacular show of Chinese Dance, which I'd put in the "not to be missed" category but do have to add a comment:  It is also propaganda and a fundraiser for Falun Gong. a  Chinese religious movement, a form of Christianity with which the PRC government has at times been extremely unhappy, although a non-Chinese speaker may have to look very closely to be aware of this, and in fact might not notice it at all.  Tickets are available now, $70 and up,

Feb 8 - noon, Temple Israel. Lunch and Learn
(bring a brown bag lunch, cookies and drinks provided. RSVP appreciated click here
"Exploring Israel with Rabbi Feivel Strauss: How Trees, Water, and Fire Can Bring Peace to the Land of Israel"

Feb 8, Supper at St. John's Episcopal (modest charge.)  The speaker will be Dr. Pete Gathje--founder of Manna House.

February 9,  7 PM. Rhodes College, Hardie Auditorium. Phi Beta Kappa Lecture,
“Barriers to Reentry? A Labor Market Perspective on Mass Incarceration”, 
David Weiman

February 9, 12 noon  Starks 30th Scholarship Luncheon, fundraiser for Memphis Theological Seminary.  $120  Held at Graceland.
Also Honors Ceremony, reception at 5:45 PM, ceremony at 7 PM

February 9, 5:30-7:30 PM, 628 Alice Avenue, Memphis 38106. Porter-Leath Early Childhood Academy Tour
Be the first to experience this remarkable, state-of-the-art preschool and teacher training institute and learn more about Porter-Leath’s role as the early intervention leader in our community by helping Memphis help children and families.

Jan 13, 11 AM-2 PM. Nashville, major Religious Freedom Event.  The Muslim community will hold a meeting and Friday prayer service (with sermon) at the War memorial Building and State Capitol in Nashville. The main speaker will be Memphis' own Yasir Qadhi.
Information at
(I trust someone will offer me a ride, or call if interested in a carpool. 327-9735 Jan 10 or 11)

Jan 14, 10 AM - 5 PM, Masjid Ar-Rahman. Workshop, "Overcoming Modern-Day Struggles"  Admission $15, $20 at door.

Jan 14 - Start of Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend events.
Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend: The National Civil Rights Museum will, of course, be the anchor for remembrance and action on Monday, Jan. 16, but three related events among the many: Civil rights icon Angela Davis will speak at First Congregational Church, in a benefit for the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, on Saturday, Jan. 14. The Memphis Grizzlies will host the Chicago Bulls in a nationally televised MLK holiday game on Sunday, Jan. 15. And, on the following Friday (Jan. 20), Hattiloo Theatre opens “Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin,” a play about the key and far too little known King compatriot.

Jan 15, after a brief service at 7:30 PM, "Muslim Youth and the Future of America",
Masjid Ar-Rahman
         [7906 Lowrance Rd, Memphis TN 38125]  Free, public.
     Poster at

January 15, 5 PM. The Lynching Sites of Memphis Project.
 Special Service for Martin Luther King Day,
multiple churches participating.
Trinity Baptist Church, Cordova (from Germantown Parkway, go eastward on Trinity Rd. until it ends.
The church is there, 780 WALNUT KNOLL, Cordova, TN 38018 US).
The speaker is Rev. Patrick Tucker, Pastor of Gray's Creek Baptist Church, Arlington
(This is a joint service and celebration with a number of African American and European American churches participating).

Sunday, January 15, 2017 2-6pm   THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. POSSIBLY March?

We are pleased to announce our event is being held this year at Pleasant View School in Memphis. Open to the public free. We celebrate our diversity at this worldwide event in Memphis each year in January. This year the events include fun yoga demonstrations for children, music, dance and an Open House to meet our wonderfully diverse Interfaith community. If your faith/path group is interested in sponsoring a table, please write us at
       Possibly invalid:
       The flier is at
Dear Interfaith Friends:
We are honored to invite you to World Religion Day Memphis, celebrate with us on January 15, 2017 (Sunday 2pm-6pm). We would like to offer your group an event space on this day. This is the third year of celebration, and we will have an open gym format for the Public to meet our wonderful diverse faiths and paths. Our program includes fun yoga for children, music, and dance during the celebration. If your group is interested, please send us an email or call: 201 759 8617 to reserve a space. Email: and see our information on World Religion Day Memphis on Facebook. Thank you for your interest, spaces may be limited, so thank you for supporting the harmony among the faiths by attending and sharing this day. Warm regards, The Planning Committee- World Religion Day Memphis

January 16, Monday 8 am - 6 pm. Martin Luther King Day, events at Civil Rights Museum. Details

January 17, (Third Tuesday of each month)  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.

January 17, 7 PM, Jason's Deli (near Poplar and Highland. "Food for Thought".

Josh Spickler is the Executive Director of Just City, a new nonprofit that supports a stronger right to counsel and smarter criminal justice policies for Memphis and Tennessee.
Josh regularly presents to civic organizations and works with local and national media to communicate stories about indigent defense and criminal justice reform.

January 18. Registration deadline for the Women's retreat of Holy Communion Episcopal (retreat is Jan 21.)

January 18, Wednesday Noon., Temple Israel. Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Feivel Strauss.
Bring brown bag lunch, drinks and cookies provided. Available in live stream on Rabbi Strauss's Facebook Page. Reservation by Jan 17 at
901.761.3130 appreciated.

Jan 18, 7 PM Film at brooks, see Jan 11

January 18, Wednesday, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Free Concert. Beethoven Club, 263 S. McLean
Perhaps 40 minutes of music, then socialize.
Our performers for this concert are:      Megan Carnevale, soprano    Georg Hranov, horn      Brian Chan, piano     Mary Jane Claasen, soprano
    Jason Oates, saxophone      Jenny Davis, flute      Jonathan Kirkscey, cello

January 20, 2-4 PM, History Department "Teach-In", U of Memphis, Mitchell Hall. Two professors will lead a discussion on Fascism and Totalitarianism.
Classroom in the second floor, Mitchell Hall.
January 20, Sabbath Dinner at Chabad (charge).

January 20, 5-7 PM. Opening reception, Fogelman Art Gallery, U of Memphis ("Arts and Communications Building", the old Law School Building, on Central roughly opposite the university Holiday Inn. Park in the bid student parking lot.)  "The Belhaven Republic - Delta Blues - 1792-95." Artist walk-through at 6 PM. Exhibit continues until (Date ?? )

January 21, Chakra Dance, 6:30 - 8:30 PM,

January 21, Silent retreat 10am - 3 PM at Unity Church of Practical Christianity,
led by Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche of the Pema Karpo Meditation Center.
Vegetarian Lunch provided,

January 21, Saturday. Memphis Botanic Garden, noon- 3 PM. Japanese Food tasting.   Admission $5 (free to students and to Botanic Garden members;
$10 for tasting, $20 if you are seriously hungry.

January 22.  Jewish Historical Society, Jewish Community Center, 2 PM. David Glasser, Executive Director, Ben Uri Museum     London, England
Rewriting History: The Recovery of Nazi-Looted Art.   Free, open to all.

January 22. 2 PM. Demonstration in favor of Roe v Wade, at Choices: Memphis Center for Reproductive Health,
      1726 Poplar.

January 22, Movie, "The Twelve Powers", Unity Church of Practical Christianity
, at about 12:30 (following the Sunday service.) $10 admission. "The film, based on Charles Fillmore’s classic book, is the first in a series of three documentaries entitled A Sound Called Unity, all of which are based on the primary teachings of the Unity spiritual movement founded by Fillmore and his wife Myrtle in 1889. "

January 23. Memphis Bar Association. Cossitt Library Pro Bono Clinic  from 3-5:00 pm at the Cossitt Library, 33 S Front St Memphis, TN 38103.
   This is a free legal clinic. No appointment is necessary.  Bring any papers you have concerning your legal problem.
    The Bar association also offers a free legal aid clinic the second Saturday of each month, 10 AM to noon,  at the Benjamin Hooks Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.
    See the flier at

January 23, Monday. Every Monday at 5:30 people are getting together to discuss the "Lynching Sites of Memphis" Project,  how to memorialize places in Memphis where lynchings occurred. Caritas Village, 2509 Harvard St. (Food available if you want to buy it.)

January 25 - Movies about "Upstanders" at the Brooks Museum. Free.
   Wed. January 4-  7 pm  "At the River I Stand" A chronicle of the 1968 sanitation workers' strike   56 min.
   Wed. Jan 11   7 pm      "Watchers of the Sky"   120 min  A look at criminality and justice in global cities through the eyes of Raphael Lemkin---the man who believed a genocide law could prevent mass atrocities
   Wed. Jan 18   7 pm   "The Interrupters"    125 min. South side Chicago gang activities
   Wed. Jan 25   7 pm   "What Tomorrow Brings"   90 min   A visionary educator in 2009 opens an educational center in war-torn Afghanistan.

Jan 25, Film at Brooks, see Jan 11

Jan 25, 7 - 9 PM,
Beth Sholom Synagogue, Israel Beyond the Conflict: Amal Elsana Alh'jooj
Israeli Arab Bedouin feminist leader Amal Elsana Al'hjooj will speak on "Building shared society in Israel: Challenges and Opportunities."  Part II of Israel: Beyond the Conflict speaker series.  Free, Open.  Corner of Kirby and Humphrey Blvd (north end of Kirby).

January 28, 5:30 PM Masjid Al-Noor. Dinner and program after the brief evening service.
Guests welcome. A nice chance to meet-and-greet Muslim neighbors.  (3529 Mynders, between U of Memphis and Highland - extra parking in the Parking lot of St Luke's Methodist, Highland.)
(I believe that Masjid As-Salaam, top of Stratford Rd, will have its congregation supper Feb 4?)

January 27-28. Presbyterian leadership training event. First Presbyterian Church,  166 Poplar Ave.
I post this mainly since people may be interested in the extremely detailed agenda posted online at
Charge. Advertised as for Presbyterians but I assume others interested could enquire.

January 28 is the Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster.)  Celebration by the Greater Memphis United Chinese Association,
6 PM - 8:30 PM,
Rose Theater, University of Memphis. Open to all. Modest charge for parking, I expect, in  the  garage off Zach Curlin.

January 28, 10 AM, Saturday, Shani Pooja. Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
Special prayers associated with the transit of  Saturn (Shani).

Jan 29 - 8:30 AM.   Lynching Sites of Memphis Project.  Visit some local history.
"Some of us will be attending worship this Sunday, January 29 at historic Second Congregational Church. The service is at 8:30 a.m. The church is located at 764 Walker Ave. across the street from LeMoyne Owen College. The church's history goes back to the time of the 1866 Memphis Massacre when Lincoln Chapel, which was both a school and a church for newly freed slaves, was among the schools which were burned to the ground. It reopened within a week and later evolved into LeMoyne-Owen College."

January 30,
7 PM, Jason's Deli (near Poplar and Highland. "Food for Thought". 
Deron Hall-Director of Partnerships and Operations of the Memphis Music Initiative presents.

January 30, 5-7 PM. Lynching Sites of Memphis Project. Planning meeting at Caritas,
2509 Harvard St (dinner available for purchase if desired)  Planning work for a memorial service May 21, centennial of a local lynching.
  You can view one planning document here.

January 7, Saturday,  10:15am at the Central/Hooks Library. 
Planning meeting,
Memphis Women's March 
Contact address is
Statement is at

January 8, Indian Cultural Center and Temple.  Vaikunta Ekadasi

Vaikunta Ekadasi will be celebrated on Sunday, January 8th 2017.  Special services at 6 am and various others. last starting at 8 am.
Vaikuntha Ekadashi, which falls on the 11th day of Shukla Paksha (the growing phase of the moon) during Dhanur Masa every year, is considered very auspicious day for worshipping Lord Vishnu. According to legend, it is believed that those who have darshan of Lord Vishnu through Uttara Dwaram on this auspicious day will be blessed by Lord Vishnu to receive Moksha (Salvation)"
Jan 8, 6 PM Feast of Lights, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Burning of the greens at 7 PM.

January 9, 7 PM Jewish Community Center.  Debate
on what to expect in Israel Policy from Trump Administration. ($10, $7 for members).

Register by noon Jan 9 for: January 11, Soul Supper 5:30-7:30 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church. Speaker Rev Dr. James Netters,  $10 (advance, adults.) Details

"If you are not aware of the importance of James Netters to the city of Memphis, you should know that his voice is an essential record of the vital past in our town, and a call to the future. He served on the city council during our city's most turbulent days, marched for civil rights and was badly beaten for his efforts, and has led Mt. Vernon Baptist Church for over 60 years to become a important house of God for Memphians."

January 1. Pope Francis' message, Fiftieth World Day of Peace

January 4, 7:30 PM.
Initial planning meeting for Temple Israel's Purim play on March 7 (see below). If you want to be in or help with one of the strangest (and most fun) musical events of the year, this is your chance to go find a role or a way to help.

January 6, 2017, Boar's Head Dinner at Calvary Episcopal.  A Madrigal dinner. If you want to be a volunteer in come capacity, contact Associate Organist-Choirmaster John Palmer at Calvary.

Dec 16 - Jan 13. Indian Cultural Center and Temple.  Hindu Prayer cycle: "The month of Dhanurmasa is considered a very special month for religious services. Lord Krishna declares in the Bhagavad Gita: "I manifest the most in the month of Margashira (also known as Dhanurmasa) among the months of a year". For this reason, sages have set apart this month to be completely focused on devotional activities. According to tradition, the Gods wake up early in the morning during the month of Dhanurmasa. They perform special prayers to Sri Maha Vishnu during the auspicious period of Brahma Muhurta. It is said that worshipping Lord Vishnu on a single day during this auspicious period is equal to worshiping Lord Vishnu with devotion for 1000 years."  Prayers 6 am, 6:30 am, 7:30 AM.


Sept 29-Nov 27 at the Temple Israel Museum, The Art of the Yad and Surviving Remnants of Damaged Crimean Torah Scrolls.
     Since the Torah (first five books of the Hebrew Bible) is read in the synagogue service from a hand-written Hebrew copy, the manuscript must be handled with care, A "Yad" ("hand") is a ceremonial pointer used for keeping one's place in the text (so as not to smudge it with an actual finger.) It has been a favority piece of Jewish art for many centuries. This is a large exhibit with historical and cultural notes.
     Simferopol was a significant Jewish center in the Crimea (later part of the Ukraine, now occupied by Russia) until 22,000 of its Jewish population of 23,000 were killed by the Nazis.  Some of its Torah scrolls survived but then had to hidden from the Soviets (who often destroyed any synagogues the Nazis had missed) and wound up in a coal bin, and the badly damaged scrolls were recovered in 1990,  Surviving fragments were photographed and cataloged; the Oregon Jewish Museum has loaned these photographs.

Current art exhibits at the Ross Gallery, Plough Library, Christian Brothers University,
October 21 - December 15. Opening reception Friday Oct 21, 5:30-7:30 PM
  Sandra Horton, Abstract Thoughts: Beauty in the Abstract 
 The Metal Museum: Forgte, Cast, Fabricate

New Art Exhibit, University of Memphis Art Museum, Oct 15-Dec 17,
Opening reception Oct 14, 4:30-7:30 PM.

Indian Dance classes for children at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Register by Sept 30, Minimum age 6 years. Weekends.
Until May. Contact  Guru Dr. Ramana V. Vasili (901) 387-9646   Guru Smt. Chandra Prabha (901) 487-4139

Memphis Theological Seminary Starting Sept 1 MTS will have short courses given by Dr. Mitzi Minor, open to the general public.
These classes are for individuals who want to expand their knowledge of the Bible in a casual learning environment. 

"The Gospel of Matthew"                 September  1 - 29, Thursdays 9:30-11:30 am
"Paul's Letter to the Galatians"                   October 13 - November 10, Thursdays 9:30-11:30 am
"The Christmas Story" (Bonus Session)                    December 8 & 15, Thursdays 9:30 - 11:30 am
Prices $150 per session   $100 for seniors (65 +)      Bonus session, $100 per session      $50 for seniors (65 +)
For more information on class times and registration: Contact Sherry Henson at or (901) 334-5805
or Evan Mann at or (901) 334 - 5829.

(see below "Christmas" section for MORE events on Dec 16 and following)

CHRISTMAS events:  (note - see below this for "non-Christmas" items, continued.)


  St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
                            December 16, Camerata Concert, 7 PM
    Full St. Mary's event flier:

Holy Communion's full list  is at

St John's Episcopal:
January 6: Epiphany Service (Friday 6pm, followed by fellowship supper @7pm)
January 8: Feast of Lights Youth Event and Diocesan Epiphany Service

December 16, 7 PM. "Black and Pink Card Decorating Party". (LGBTQ) Sponsored by "OUTMemphis" and "Healthy and Free Tennessee" 

December 16, 7 PM. Memphis Camerata concert at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral

December 18, 4 PM. Service of Lessons and Carols, St. John's Episcopal Church. I'm sure there will be too many such services to list - maybe I'll list the first one I hear of at any given hour?   This church has its Chirstmas pageant at 4:30 Dec 24 and a Eucharist at 7:30; Service Dec 25 at 10:30, Jan 1 at 10:30 and 5:30; Epiphany Jan 6, service at 6 PM, dinner at 7 PM.

December 19, 6:30 PM, Holy Communion Episcopal, Service for the Longest Night.

Dec 19 - Calvary Episcopal serves a fancy dinner for the poor and homeless.
This notice invites contributions, rather than attendance; I thought people would like to know. Calvarty is also collecting clothes: " Is it time to clean out your closet? Bring last year’s winter coats, sweaters, long underwear, shoes, men’s work boots, pants, jeans, socks, belts, eyeglasses, and fleece jackets. We also always need blankets, small toiletries, and sleeping bags. We open our Community Clothes Closet every Sunday morning; come one Sunday and help our guests shop or anytime during the week to help organize. Contact Debbie Balling."  (The clothes closet is open Sunday mornings when Calvary serves breakfast to about 200 poor and homeless families.)

There is a Christmas Potluck after the morning service Dec 18 at Unity Church of Practical Christianity. Their Candlelight Service is Saturday Dec 24 at 6 PM

Calvary Episcopal  has Christmas eve services Dec 24 at 3:30, 5:30, 10:30 PM (and services the 18th and 25th)

Balmoral Presbyterian Dec 24: Prelude at 4:45, lessons and carols at 5 PM

December 21, Wednesday 5:30 PM, Caroling at Memphis Union Mission. 383 Poplar

January 8, Sunday 6 PM  St. Marys Episcopal Cathedral, Feast of Lights.
End of "Christmas-related" listings

Friday, December 16, 7:30 PM (Every Friday). Divine Verses, talks for teens and young adults about the Qur'an,
Memphis Islamic Center, 10225 Humphrey Road, Cordova, TN 38018

December 17,
9-12:30 PM. "The American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) has partnered with the Memphis Police Department (MPD) to host the first ever Memphis Muslim Safety Meeting for Business Owners. The summit will be held this Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 9:00am to 12:30pm.
The Safety Summit is an informative seminar for Muslim business owners to gather information pertinent to managing a safe environment in a era where hate crimes are increasing, anti-Muslim sentiments are being spread, violence is at an all time high and ignorance is running rampant. We want to empower our Muslim business owners to have resources, information and connections in order to keep themselves safe.
Where? Airways Station [2234 Truitt St, Memphis TN 38114]
December 17 , 10AM - 2PM,  Workshop on the Legacy of the Crusades and Saladin.
Sheik Yasir Qadhi. $10, $5 for students.
Sign up at      for either in-person on on-line attendance   . 
For more information, please email or call 901-231-9340.

December 18, Southern Jewish Historical Society Lecture
(presumably at JCC 2 PM):  Marlene Trestman, author of Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin.

December 20, 7 PM - Women's evening, pottery display, Chabad Memphis.

December 20, 11 am - 1 pm. Women's Turkish Cooking class.

December 24. Traditionally, Temple Israel volunteers staff Starry Nights on Dec 24 so that the usual crews can have the evening off.

Hanukkah starts the evening of Dec 24 and ends on Jan 1.  This is a minor Jewish Holiday that is prominent in part due to the proximity to Christmas. There is actually a very minor connection.  Hanukkah celebrates in part a
successful Jewish rebellion against the monarch Antiochus Epiphanes. Even in 140 BC it was hard to do a guerrilla rebellion without foreign aid, and the Jewish rebels made an alliance with the Senate of the Republic of Rome.   This is reported in the First Book of Maccabees, which made it intio the Roman Catholic Bible but not the Protestant Bible; if you have a bible with the books of the Apchrypha you'll find it there. The treaty is in Chapter 8. Eventually, Israel wound up as a border state between the Roman Empire and the Persian Empire - think of the poor condition that Vietnam found itself in during the height of the Cold War.  If you've ever wondered why the Roman soldiers were in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus, that is the (oversimplifed history) reason.

December 25 - Chanukah event. Chinese dinner, Giant Menorah lighting at Jewish Community Center
Organized by Chabad Memphis   details forthcoming, I trust.

Thinking of Christmas Presents?

Many churches have special ways of giving or purchasing Christmas gifts. Holy Communion has tables for charities after the 10:30 and 5:30 services on December 4, you make a donation and they give you a tag or ornament that you can pass on to someone else showing a gift in their honor.  And don't forget the GLOBAL GOODS fair trade store at First Congregational Church.  My wife always liked to go through Heifer Project   and donate an animal to peoople in need, with a cartd and explanation to animal-loving grandchildren  

Unity Church of Practical Christianity is collecting newly purchased toy stuffed animals until Dec 18th.

December 6, 13, 20 Tuesdays 7 PM  Temple Israel.

We're All In This Together: The Art of Embracing Life While Preparing for the End of Life

Temple clergy and honored guests will lead insightful and thought-provoking discussions on such topics as coming to terms with the fact that we will not live forever and living life to the fullest with that in mind; gratitude for life; Jewish burial and mourning rituals and customs; reincarnation; resurrection, and afterlife. This program is designed to give you a sense of peace and greater appreciation of the blessings of each day.


Special honored guests:

·         Dr. Scott Morris, Chief Executive Officer of Church Health (December 6)

·         Dr. W. Clay Jackson, Medical Director, Methodist Hospice & Palliative Care (December 13)

Preregister by Dec 1 if you can, so they have a count.

Christmas-related listings:

December 7. Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion.    St. Nicholas Celebration
Santa Claus is the merry embodiment of the Bishop of Myra, St. Nicholas. The youngsters will learn his story this Wednesday night of fun. Every child is asked to bring an extra shoe to put in the hallway outside the parish hall. Festivities will follow dinner.
6:30 p.m. | Parish Hall  
Also at this church:  Wednesday, December 14  Reading of the Magnificat | Quilling Chapel, 6:30 p.m.
        Monday, December 19 Service for the Longest Night | Quilling Chapel, 6:30 p.m.

December 7, 5:30 PM St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.  Advent Candlelight Meditations, Sisters' Chapel
    same church, December 8,  Thursday, noon, healing Eucharist
                            December 16, Camerata Concert, 7 PM
    Full St. Mary's event flier:

Holy Communion's full list  is at

St John's Episcopal:
January 6: Epiphany Service (Friday 6pm, followed by fellowship supper @7pm)
January 8: Feast of Lights Youth Event and Diocesan Epiphany Service

December 16, 7 PM. "Black and Pink Card Decorating Party". (LGBTQ) Sponsored by "OUTMemphis" and "Healthy and Free Tennessee" 

December 16, 7 PM. Memphis Camerata concert at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral

December 18, 4 PM. Service of Lessons and Carols, St. John's Episcopal Church. I'm sure there will be too many such services to list - maybe I'll list the first one I hear of at any given hour?   This church has its Chirstmas pageant at 4:30 Dec 24 and a Eucharist at 7:30; Service Dec 25 at 10:30, Jan 1 at 10:30 and 5:30; Epiphany Jan 6, service at 6 PM, dinner at 7 PM.

December 19, 6:30 PM, Holy Communion Episcopal, Service for the Longest Night.

Dec 19 - Calvary Episcopal serves a fancy dinner for the poor and homeless.
This notice invites contributions, rather than attendance; I thought people would like to know. Calvarty is also collecting clothes: " Is it time to clean out your closet? Bring last year’s winter coats, sweaters, long underwear, shoes, men’s work boots, pants, jeans, socks, belts, eyeglasses, and fleece jackets. We also always need blankets, small toiletries, and sleeping bags. We open our Community Clothes Closet every Sunday morning; come one Sunday and help our guests shop or anytime during the week to help organize. Contact Debbie Balling."  (The clothes closet is open Sunday mornings when Calvary serves breakfast to about 200 poor and homeless families.)

There is a Christmas Potluck after the morning service Dec 18 at Unity Church of Practical Christianity. Their Candlelight Service is Saturday Dec 24 at 6 PM

Calvary Episcopal  has Christmas eve services Dec 24 at 3:30, 5:30, 10:30 PM (and services the 18th and 25th)

Balmoral Presbyterian Dec 24: Prelude at 4:45, lessons and carols at 5 PM

December 21, Wednesday 5:30 PM, Caroling at Memphis Union Mission. 383 Poplar

January 8, Sunday 6 PM  St. Marys Episcopal Cathedral, Feast of Lights.
End of "Christmas-related" listings

December 9. Shabbas Dinner at Chabad. (RSVP by Dec 7) They do these fairly often, they are expensive ($20 for one, $40 for young family) but if you've never experienced an extremely orthodox Jewish "family" Sabbath dinner, it is fun and interesting. So I mention them occasionally.  To keep better informed, look at

December 11, 9 am -1 PM. Temple Israel shop is having its special "Chanukah Marketplace" sale.
(None of the synagogues have a shop as impressive as the bookstore at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, but both Temple Israel and Baron Hirsch Synagogue have very nice shops.  The only place I know with a good line of what I'd call "Muslim Sunday School Books", for those interested, is the Mediterranean Grocery, 3561 Park Ave.   Can anyone tell me of other interesting shops where people can go to learn about any religion?)

December 14, noon.  Lunch and Learn at Temple Israel with Rabbi Feival Strauss. Bring your own lunch, drinks provided.
please RSVP by Tuesday, December 13, by calling Temple Israel, 901.761.3130; by clicking on this link, or by going to, so that we will have enough refreshments for everyone.

December 14, 5:15 PM Light the Night for Peace.  (Anniversary of Sandy Hook shootings). Morris Park.
Sponsored by St Mary's Episcopal and Mom's Demand for Gun Sense.
 Community supper afterwards at St Mary's

December 13, Pax Christi, Potluck supper and speaker (supper 6:30PM, speaker at 7.  Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grove at Prescott.
Sierra Club presenting on alternatives to TVAs plan to pump 3.5 million gallops of drinking water/day into Allen power plant.
December 13. Facing History Webinar: Can you identify Fake News?. See this webpage for this and several other Facing History events:

December 14. Wednesday 5:15 PM Light the Night for Peace, Morris Park,
(Victorian Village, 747 Poplar)

December 14, 6:30 PM, Holy Communion Episcopal. Reading of the Magnificat by women, then a reception.

December 16, 5 PM, Candlelight Vigil for the People of Syria, Corner of Poplar and Highland. (Notice from Allison Glass.)

December 13 Tuesday 6 PM. Civil Rights Museum. Movie (Free) 13th.  Documentary on the 13th amendment.
They also have a special exhibition "Enslaved", in progress.

December 13, Pax Christi. . Speaker from the Sierra Club. Cooling problems of the new TVA Allen power plant. (Threat to drinking water.) Potluck supper 6:30, speaker at 7.   Friends meeting house, 3387 Walnut Grove, corner of Prescott. (No need to bring food the first time you come.)

Dec 13, 6:30 PM  Indian cultural center and temple:
"Datta Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Lord Dattatreya. This god is the son of Anasuya and Atri Maharshi. This festival is observed on the purnima day (full moon day) of margasira month. Dattatreya is considered as Trimurti Avatar, an united incarnation of Hindu Trinity. (Lord Vishnu, Brahma and Maheshwara)"

December 10, Saturday, 7 PM. Balmoral Presbyterian Church. Concert: A Bel Canto Christmas.
Also in Hernando on Dec 11.  Donations accepted.

December 10, 10 AM - 6PM. Victorian Christmas at the Mallory-Neely House. $7 adults, less for kids/seniors, free for Pink Palace members.    As usual. the Pink Palace has Christmas Tree and sometimes other Christmas exhibits.

December 11, 3 PM. Ordination at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.

Dec 11 Sunday. Kirk Whalum Concert. 5th Annual Gospel According to Jazz Concertat 7 p.m.
Clayborn Temple in Memphis, TN.  
Also a 4 PM event? Commercial prices.

Dec 12. Dinner and program. The Lynching Sites Project of Memphis. Our next meeting will be at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 12 at Caritas Village, 2509 Harvard Ave., Memphis. Good food is available for purchase before or after the meeting in the Caritas dining room. Meetings are open to all who want to learn more about the hidden histories of lynchings
in Shelby County.  4:30 - 5 – Time for open conversation for any who would like to arrive early.
5-6 Agenda time   6-6:30 – More visiting time or dinner from the Caritas menu. (Dutch treat).

November 27, 6PM Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Special services. Masa Sivarati

November 28. The Lynching Sites of Memphis Project. 5 PM meeting,
Caritas Village, 2509 Harvard 
(Caritas Village is a wonderful restaurant and hosts many small organization meetings. If you are not aware of it, you need to be. Food is available but you don't need to order anything if you don't want to.)

November 29. Beethoven Club, Concerts at 5.  A new series of informal concerts during the 5 - 7 PM time slot.

November 30-December 3 
The Porter_Leath Toy Truck: The 15th annual Toy Truck presented by Yuletide Office Solutions returns November 30 through December 3 to be filled with new, unwrapped toys and gifts for preschool children served by Porter-Leath. This year, we'll be at Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar, from Wednesday, November 30 through Friday, December 2, and at WMC Action News 5, 1960 Union, on Saturday, December 3 with fun for the whole family. Santa and two of his live reindeer will join us at Bud Davis Cadillac each day from 10 until 6 and then at WMC Action News 5 that Saturday.   Dollar donations are matched on Dec 3 & 4.

November 30.  Christmas is often a sad time for people - due to deaths, family problems, etc. St. Mary's Cathedral is having a service at 5:30 PM: Wednesday, November 30, 5:30 pm.  Sisters' Chapel. If thoughts of Christmas leave you anxious or sad, consider attending our Blue Christmas for warm comfort food, liturgy, and conversation/art around the many feelings this season can bring. If you have a friend or know of someone who needs ways to feel stronger during the holidays, this is for you. You will come away feeling supported, lifted, and empowered. Nursery provided.

Nov 30, Chabad. Six Wednesday evenings, "Jewisgh Secrets for leading a successful life."  Chabad is a very traditional Jewish group and regularly offers  short courses, usually $99 a person; I rarely list them here but mention that they exist. If you'd like to hear of them, get on Chabad's mailing list. This course: 

December 1. Thurs 4-7 PM.  Free Movie, by AARP, at Kroc Center. "Southside with You", a movie about Barack and Muchele Obama's first date. Seems to be intended for audience age 50+, not an appropriate  movie for children.
Free with preregistration. Details at

Dec 3, Saturday, 10 am. St John's Episcopal, Assemble Christmas bags for the people using Manna House.  (Materials on hand, just assemble the bags today.)
Light breakfast, all ages welcome.

December 4, Sunday, Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Subramanya Shashti.
  Special prayers at 9 am and 6 pm.

Dec 4, 4 PM  Calvary Episcopal Church.  Advent Lessons and Carols. Various Choirs.

Dec 4, 7 PM. Rhodes College Singers in the Nave of St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
See more St. Mary's events at

Dec 4, 12:30 PM. Masjid Ar-Rahman. The Advanced Islamic Studies course will now meet Sundays after the noon prayer.
(This is for serious students, not for occasional visitors.  Taught by Imam Anwar Arafat. Book fee.)
info at

December 6, 6:30 PM. Potluck Dinner, Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbians.  (Everyone is welcome, a very friendly and interesting group, no need to bring anything the first time you come.) ,
Immaculate Conception Cathedral, downstairs under the sanctuary, enter from the parking lot in back.  "Ever wondered what Las Posadas means and where it originated?  Fr. Tony Romo will be present to teach us all about the Holiday and its meaning.  We'll also have time for Carols, singing and music to celebrate the Christmas Season with Terry Starr returning as our pianist and hopefully, Terry Reeves as our song leader for the evening.   Please join us for a fun evening of food, fellowship and merriment!  It will be our official welcoming of the Holiday Season together!
        Also, if you are out shopping, remember our guests for Room in the Inn and bring some much-needed items: travel-size shaving cream, men's deodorant, 1 day bus passes, McDonald's gift cards ( $10 or $20).
         Save these dates:  Jan 8: CMGLP  runs the Inn at the Cathedral  for our Homeless Guests.  Positions still open for serving. Come and serve with us as a group together.

Dec 10, 6 PM. Congregational Dinner at Masjid Al-Noor (3529 Mynders Ave, shares parking lot with St. Luke's Methodist on Highland.)  Program: Lessons of Life From the Prophet Muhammad.  Visitors welcome, but not announced as an interfaith event: if you want to hear how Muslims speak to a Muslim audience, it is a good occasion to visit.

December 11, Sunday, bloodmobile at Temple Israel 8:30 - 1

November 19 "Tellebration", a national story-telling festival.  This may be organized locally by the "Yarnspinners" group which meets in the Hooks Library, 2nd Thursday evening each month?   (I've had no further word on this, it may not have been organized)

November 20. First Congregational Church is having its Thanksgiving Feast after Church Sunday morning.
Unity Church of Practical Christianity has its Thanksgiving Potluck - the church provides Ham and Turkey, you bring a side or dessert to share. They also have special music starting at 10:15 am.

November 20 11:30 - 3 PM Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Donor Appreciation Event.  Lots of activities. If you've been looking for an event other than a religious service to visit this fascinating building and meet and talk with activists there, this afternoon is an excellent time.

November 22,  Tuesday Interfaith Thanksgiving Service  This year it is at Holy Communion Episcopal, Walnut Grove between Perkins. One of the major interfaith events.
 Rabbi Feivel Strauss from Temple Israel, Dr. Bashar Shala of Memphis Islamic Center, and the Reverend Carla Meisterman of Balmoral Presbyterian Church. A freewill offering will be taken for Just City, a local nonprofit working for reform in the local criminal justice system. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Come all; this is a nice opportunity to build relationships across faith traditions.

Nov 24, Thanksgiving.  Among the services scheduled are Holy Communion Episcopal, 10 AM, with very impressive music.

April 23 - Oct 1. Art Exhibit, University of Memphis Art Museum.  Flying Colors: Asafo Flags of the Fante.
"Cultures worldwide use flags to communicate messages such as identity, intimidation, and cultural values. Flying Colors: Asafo Flags of the Fante showcases colorful flags from the Fante people of Ghana in west Africa."

October 16, sunset, start of Sukkot, the major Jewish holiday commemorating the 40 years in the wilderness. (Appropriately celebrated by eating outdoors, e.g. picnics.)  Temple Israel outdoor picnic, food trucks, 5:30 PM Oct 16th.  Habitat build Oct 16-20.
Brunches, sing-alongs, concert, etc, Oct 17, 19, 22, 23.   The Jewish fall holiday season then ends on:
October 23, Simchas Torah, celebrates the end of the annual cycle of Torah reading (in what some Christians call "the first Lesson, traditional Jewish services include a reading from the Bible - and the first five books are read in their entirely every year in traditional synagogues. On this date the end of Deuteronomy is read, the scroll is rewound, and the start of Genesis is read. A very colorful and festive ceremony.
Temple Israel:  best service for visitors is Sunday 7 PM, refreshments follow; Memorial service 9 AM Oct 24.

October 19-20 ??  Habitat for Humanity. I'm a bit bewildered by the build schedule of Habitat for Humanity of Memphis,
Is there a list of build schedules somewhere on its web site?  Anyway, Temple Israel has put out a call for volunteers to come help build on October 19 and 20, 7:30 AM- 1 PM.  Age over 16, work clothes.  There is a neighborhood clean-up day October  18, 3:30-5 PM, and a teen build day on October 16.
Information 761-3130.

October 20, Marcus Orr Lecture. River Room, 3rd floor University Center, U of M. Reception 5:30, Lecture at 6
Born-Again, Seen-Again James Baldwin: State Surveillance, Afro-Pessimism, and the Literary History of Black Lives Matter
William J. Maxwell is Professor of English and African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

October 21, 5:30-7:30 PM, exhibit opening reception, Ross Gallery, Plough Library, Christian Brothers University.

October 22, 10 am - 2 pm. Program by Yasir Qadhi at the Memphis Islamic Center. Would you really like to hear some details of Islamic thought? A workshop on the Islamic notion of paradise as represented in the writings of the scholar Al-Tirmidhi (see Wikipedia for more on him.)  Lunch will be available for purchase.

October 22, 3 PM, Indian Cultural Center and Temple.  "Living well today and tomorrow: Actionable strategies and an exploration of options for your portfolio". A financial planning seminar, free, by a man in the financial planning business.

October 22, Saturday, 6:30 PM. Book Launch.  Quran Topics, By Tanvir Kazmi. Grove Park Clubhouse, 1858 Johnson Road, Germantown.
Tanvir has long been an extremely active and visible member of the Interfaith Community in Memphis, and he has been working for years on a presentation of the Quran that will make it easy for English speakers to follow and understand. If as a non-Muslim you've ever tried to "look something up" in the Quran or wonder what the Quran has to say about a topic, you may have known that Tanvir is the person in Memphis to ask!  I'm very excited to see his book available and hope that the interfaith community will turn out for the occasion. (Obviously, I also expect the book to be helpful for English-speaking Muslims and Muslims who are not Quran experts but get asked questions about what the Quran says.)
Poster is here. 

October 23, St John's Episcopal. Blessing of the Hounds. Hunting dogs are invited to the 10:30 AM Service. (I don't normally mention "regular scheduled services" on this page, but some are too unusual to pass up...)

October 23, 4 PM. Second Baptist Church. "Join Thistle & Bee Sunday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m., on the lawn of Second Baptist Church at 4680 Walnut Grove for the third annual Scarborough Fair! In this mash-up between a fancy tea party and a get-down cook-off, there will be a festive competition featuring your herbal and/or honey sweetened creations. Rain or shine! A $20 donation suggested per family. All proceeds will be used for Thistle & Bee’s workforce preparedness program. Register and learn more

October 24. Facing History Annual Benefit Dinner  ($250, but one of the major interfaith events of the year,)

October 25, 6:30 PM.  St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Interfaith meeting of Gay-Lesbian Groups. All are welcome; come learn how these groups are doing. (The Episcopal group has invited the Catholic group, in this case.: "
October 25: Our next multi-faith gathering.  This month we travel to St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral Church on 700 Poplar Ave as invited guests for mass and potluck.  Please join us at 6:30 in the Sisters Chapel for mass with potluck dinner immediately following in the Undercroft of St. Mary's.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other faith-based lgbt ministries within our city and further build our community and friendships."
October 27, 12:30 PM, Marcus Orr discussion, University of Memphis, University Center Room 342,
Professionalization Session: Writing for a Popular Audience = Jack Hamilton, University of Virginia
Join us for a lunchtime discussion about sharing your humanities research with a popular audience.

October 27, 6 PM. Communities in Conversation lecture, Rhodes College:

Michael Bess Icarus 2.0: Biotechnology and the Future of Humans
enter from University Avenue, gate attendant can give directions,

October 28-29, Workshop at Masjid Ar-Rahman,
($25) 7906 Lowrance Rd, Memphis 38125. "The Eternal Challenge: The Limits of Science and the Miracles of the Qu'ran."
Talks at the 1 PM Friday service at Masjid Ar_Rahman, Friday evening at Memphis Islamic Center, the main program Saturday 10 am - 6 pm at Masjid Ar-Rahman.
You may enjoy reading the description of the program at

October 28, Friday 7:30 p.m., Calvary Episcopal Church. CHANTICLEER, a GRAMMY-award winning men’s choir, sings a program entitled “My Secret Heart.” Charge.  Over 100 tickets for this concert have sold! Visit to purchase your ticket today. 

October 29, 10 - 1. Free Flu Shots at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple.

October 29, Trunk or Treat, Various Churches.
Many churches now do this - e.g. distributing candy from decorated car trunks.
E.g., Unity Church of Practical Christianity has one at 6:30 PM, well east on Germantown Road with bonfire, wienie roast, s'mores. :
St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral has a daylight one downtown, 1-2:30 PM.

October 29, 9 PM. Adult Hallowe'en Party for Church Health Center.

Sinners For Saints II Halloween Ball

Saturday, Oct. 29 @ 9 p.m.

354 Madison Ave.

Celebrate Halloween at the biggest and best party in Memphis while supporting Church Health! Hosted by Sinners For Saints, this 21 and up Halloween bash includes entertainment, light appetizers and drinks, and Amurica Photobooth. Tickets are $40 and costumes are strongly encouraged. Proceeds support Church Health.

Click here for complete information.

October 30, 4 PM, Phantom Phavorites Concert.
St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.

October 30, 12-1:30 PM, St Marys Episcopal Cathedral, Farmers Market.
An experiment, with products from several church-related groups and projects.
For example, bread baked by a bakery established to employ homeless persons who have attended the Wednesday morning breakfasts. FGor more of what is featured, see

October 30. 1:30-4:30 PM. Family day at St. Columba Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center,   4577 Billy Maher Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38135         
A good chance to see this facility, a location for business meetings, nonprofit retreats, church gatherings, family reunions & other special events.
Free admission for this event,  there is a "high adventure" ropes, climbing, zipline course for which the charge is $10 (closed toe shoes required).

November 1. The usual first Tuesday meeting of the Catholic Ministry to Gay and Lesbian Persons has been moved this month to the second Tuesday, Nov 8.

November 1-7 Indie Memphis Film Festival

November 3.
Marcus Orr Lecture. River Room, 3rd floor University Center, U of M. Reception 5:30, Lecture at 6
Inequality: Global Histories and Modern Concerns
Patrick Manning // University of Pittsburgh

November 3, 5 - 8:30 PM. St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.  "Fearless Dialogues", with dinner.
"Dean Dimmick Courageous Christianity Speaker Series in memory of John T. Fisher. Fearless Dialogues is a grassroots non-profit initiative committed to creating spaces for unlikely partners to engage in hard, heartfelt conversations that see gifts in others, hear value in stories, and work for change and positive transformation in self and other. "  Info

November 5, Lobsterpalooza, Calvary Episcopal Church.  "
Purchase tickets ($30) to the second annual Lobsterpalooza Saturday, Nov. 5. The proceeds of this year’s event will benefit Work Local, the Hospitality HUB’s program initiated by Calvary to decrease panhandling, to clean blight, and to employ those in need. Look forward to live and silent auctions, music, a delicious lobster dinner, and more! Tickets can be purchased online."\

November 6, 4:30-7:30 PM, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Workshop: RESTORE TO WHOLENESS: How the Church Can Help Families Heal from the Disease of Addiction. Details at

November 6, Sunday, 6:30 PM.  Shrimp Dinner at Holy Communion Episcopal, to raise money for youth pilgrimages.

November 8, 6:30 PM. Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbians. Potluck supper and speaker.
(All are welcome, it is an outstanding speaker series, no need to bring anything for the potluck the first time you come, or any time it is difficult.)  Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, easiest to enter from the parking lot behind the church.  (Moved from Nov 1 due to All Saints.)

November 8, Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic Peace group, meets at the friends meeting house, corner of Walnut Grove and Prescott.  6:30 PM potluck supper, 7 PM speaker.  (This seems to conflict with the meeting above; will it move?)

November 10
Marcus Orr Lecture. River Room, 3rd floor University Center, U of M. Reception 5:30, Lecture at 6

Our Ocean has Become a Graveyard: The Social and Environmental Crisis in Southern Chile’s Archipelago of Chiloé

Anton Daughters // Truman State University

November 12-13. The Episcopal Bookshop, at St Mary's Cathedral parking lot, 6723 Poplar Ave., has an exceptionally large and fine collection of religious books and giofts. It normally has just weekday hours, but will be open 9:30-4:30 Saturday and 9-1 Sunday on this weekend.  If you've never visited this, you need to.

November 18-19: Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, Mt. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.  Volunteer helpers wanted.

November 15, Tuesday, 6 PM. Benjamin Hooks National Book Award Winner:    Eye on the Struggle, speaker is author James McGrath Morris. 
The book is about Ethel Payne, "First Lady of the Black Press"
River room, University Center, U of Memphis. (Refreshments 5:30)  More info:  

November 15 6:30-8 PM, BRIDGES event (donors invited) honoring Jim Boyd, longtime leader of Bridges.

November 19, Free Concert, Trinity United Methodist Church, 1738 Galloway. The Beethoven Club presents The Grace Chamber Players.

Sept 30, 7:30-10 PM.  Memphis Islamic Center, Visiting Speaker. "Mothers of the Believers. The Context and Reasons for Marriages of the Prophet."        RSVP

October 1, Frayser Fall Festival, 11 am - 3 pm, Ed Rice Community Center, 2907 N. Watkins.

October 1 - 10 - special services at Indian Cultural Center and Temple,
  Colorful processions, an excellent chance to visit this fascinating Temple.
Schedules and details at

( I find it of interest when lunar calendars get slightly out of synchronization. Last year the Jews and Muslims had special events the first ten days of the same lunar month; this year the Muslims had theirs a  month earlier and the Jews and Hindus both have it this lunar month.)

October 2. 4 PM. Blessing of the Animals, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
Bring pets on leashes or in carriers. Kids but no pets? There will be a petting zoo.

October 2, St John's Episcopal. 10:30 service - invites police officers to attend in uniform to be honored.
 Blessing of the animals at 4 pm, Overland Place Athletic field.

October 2 is the International Day of Nonviolence.  I only know of one event so far about this, a meeting in a private home 2-5 PM with a prayer service in observance of this special day, followed by a discussion of the statement from The Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference: An Appeal to the Catholic Church to re-commit to the centrality of Gospel Nonviolence.  I suspect many attendees will be from Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic peace group.  Rsvp to  for further information and directions.

ROSH HASHANAH. the Jewish New Year, begins at sunset Oct 2(Sunday). Traditional Jews have a two day holiday, Reform Jews one day; the first ten days of the month are the "ten days of repentance, culminating in Yom Kippur, "The Day of Atonement", starting at sundown  October 11.
All the synagogues in the city will have numerous events and special services. If you'd like to visit and are not comfortable with Heebrew, you'll find the most English at Temple Israel.
    Services October 2, 6:15 and 8:45 PM (same done twice, to fit everyone in.)  October 3, 10 am at Temple, 4:30 PM at Shelby Farms.
    October 7, 6:15 PM (reception 5:45),  October 8 10 AM,  October 9 11 AM at cemetery, October 11 6:15 and 8:45 (repeated)
    October 12 services at 10 am, speakers and classes all day, various service 4:15 pm - sunset.
    More detail in newsletter at
Can't get there? Many of the services are online at
One  of the speakers on the afternoon of October 12 will be Cornell Brooks, Chief Executive of the NAACP.

October 4, 7 PM.  Book Launch,
The Book of Isaias by Daniel Connolly at the Booksellers at Laurelwood (387 Perkins Extended, Just N. of Poplar).  Daniel is a reporter for the Commercial Appeal and has spent five years researching and writing this non-fiction work about the challenges faced by children of immigrants, so the book will be of special interest to many of us. Much research involved immigrant children in our Memphis schools. Many interfaith activists will also know his father Leo Connolly,  retired professor of German at the University of Memphis and performer in various local singing groups including the Rhodes MasterSingers.

October 4, First Tuesday Potluck, Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbians (but everyone is welcome). Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at Immaculat Conception Cathedral (enter from the rear parking lot.) 6:30 PM.  "We are honored to have again as our guest speaker, Rev. Lisa Anderson, pastor of Colonial Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Memphis. Reverend Anderson is leader of the General Assembly of Cumberland Presbyterian Church which has over 75,000 members.  She will be speaking to us again about progress made this year with Room in the Inn: an ecumenical program of outreach to the homeless in our community for which she serves as acting director in Memphis.  After hearing her speak last year,  IC became a host location serving every other Sunday.  This year, we have expanded our ministry to serve every Sunday evening (Nov - March) and we hope you will come join us next Tuesday as we hear about ways we can further help in this ministry of serving the most needy in our community.  As always, bring a friend or two and whatever dish you want to share!"  (There is always plenty of food. If you are a first-timer, no need to bring anything.)

October 6, Thursday 3 PM, Marcus Orr Panel Discussion, U of Memphis, University Center Room 363
Humanities on Campus: Transnational Scholarship in the Humanities

October 6, Major Hooks Institute Event. Reception 5:30 PM, program at 6 PM:
Bridging the Great Divide
2016 Hooks Institute Annual Open House and Release of 2016 Policy Papers!  Rose Theater, U of Memphis
Creating Access for All and Memphis Public Transportation
A Move Away from Policing to Public Policy Interventions
Uplift the People: A Focus on Community Interests Rather Than Political Ideologies
see more at

October 6  6-10 PM. Feed the Soul, Fundraiser for MIFA.  $45. 
The Warehouse at 36 East G.E. Patterson Avenue. The party takes place inside this eclectic South Main district venue and on its surrounding exterior patio and grounds. This has been an annual event raising money for seniors and families in crisis. This is the last year in this format; next year expect something new for MIFA's 50th anniversary.

October 7, Friday, 7 PM:  Co-creating Sacred America. $25 Workshop, Unity Church of Practical Christianity,
9228 Walnut Grove, Cordova.
Two hour workshop: Can we bring our spiritual practices and principles into the public sphere in a way that is unifying rather than divisive?
Poster at 10_7_2016.jpg

October 7, 7 PM (doors open 6:30), Muslim Comedy/Action  Film  "American Sharia"
at Rose Theater, U of Memphis,  Tickets $18-$20, Advance tickets $15,
Sold only online. 

 View the movie trailer here:

October 8, 5K run, "Million Calorie Burn",  Cooper Young Neighborhood, First Congregational Church. Registration Fee: Starting at $25 Common Table Health Alliance

October 8, 5-9PM, St. Philip's Church, Low Country Shrimp Boil.
$25 to Oct 2, then $30.
9380 Davies Plantation Road, just north of the Stonebridge Golf Course and I-40. Directions at
October 9, 3 PM. Prizm Ensemble Chamber Music Concert, David Lusk Gallery, 97 Tillman Rd.
   For tickets, call Marsha Evans 901-758-0150

Program and Details at
(this is part of the Prizm Ensemble program at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church; some excerpts from these pieces will be in the church service at 10:30 AM.)

Oct 14, 4:30-7:30 PM Art Exhibit opening reception, University of Memphis Art Museum,

October 15  Octoberfeast, picnic of St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral
, in Somerville. 10 am - 3 pm
One can buy tickets (adults $10 on their online pledge form, which I've given the link to since I've rarely seen such an elaborate online pledge form, at

October 15-16. "Advancing Mindfulness"     (Invitation from Munoj Jain)

Two-Day Residential Meditation Retreat
Sat Oct 15 at 9 AM in CDT to Sun Oct 16 at 1 PM in CDT

St Columba Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center in Memphis, Tennessee

Current art exhibits at the Ross Gallery, Plough Library, Christian Brothers University,
To October 12:
"Seeking Salvation",
photography by Paul Clarke.
"Hapax Legomena", Artwork by Cory Dugan

Sept 30
 THE ELECTION IS COMING.  VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE for new voters, those who have moved, etc., is 30 days before the election which is on Nov 8th this year, the last possible day.  Registration info, Candidate lists, voting locations, schedule for early voting, etc. are at

The Memphis Crisis Center: The Memphis Crisis Center desperately needs volunteers who are caring, committed, and reliable. While they handle some high-risk calls, the large majority of the calls come from individuals simply struggling with sadness, loneliness, emotional problems, or a difficult life challenge. Training is provided and volunteer times are flexible. MCC shifts are: 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., 1-5:30 p.m., 5:30-11 p.m., and 11 p.m.-7:30 a.m. The next New Volunteer training is Saturday,  Sept. 10 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 70 North Pauline, on the campus of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Email to reserve your spot.  

Fall Programs for the Memphis School of Servant Leadership start Sept 7.
  Groups for reading, writing, studying, praying, visiting interesting churches.  Highly recommended!

30 Days of Opera - free programs by the Memphis Opera, to introduce opera to new audiences
(and great fun for everyone)

There is a course on Jewish Music: From the Bible to Barenboim; Four Thursdays starting Sept 8, 5:30-7:30 PM.  $140

The Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning at Rhodes College
King Hall, 577 University Street

May 23 2016 is the first time I feel I've done a reasonably thorough update of this page since my wife's final illness.  I've deeply appreciated all the messages and offers of support and the visits. Thanks for bearing with me, and apologies for all the events that did not get posted in a timely way!


My work here has been delayed by dealing with my wife's death and estate. I hope that I'm (slowly) getting back to normal.

My wife, Eunice Ordman, died on April 16. (Nearly 92, heart trouble). There was a wonderful article by David Waters.


The Calvary Episcopal Newsletter is on line at
Breakfast for the poor and homeless Sunday mornings 6-8 AM, volunteers wanted; Breakfast for those who can pay between the 8 and 10 AM Sunday services, $5 adults, $3 children, to support the homeless breakfast!  There is also a community clothes closet open every Sunday morning for those in need;
special needs include men’s work boots, pants, jeans, socks, belts, eyeglasses, and fleece jackets. There is also always a need for blankets, small toiletries, and sleeping bags.

Sept 23-25. Mid-South Pride Festival.    What was "just" a parade is now a three-day festival. The Parade is Saturday Sept 24 1 - 2 PM on Beale Street. Many religious and charitable groups march to support LGBT(etc.) rights, 

Sept 26, Monday, 1 PM, Webinar about Election.
Catholic sponsorship, Sister Simone Campbell of "Nuns on the Bus". 
Register at   to hear it live or get a recording.
An unusual chance to hear a discussion about religious values and the election, since most houses of worship are afraid to talk "politics."

Sept 28, Wednesday, Lunch and learn at Temple Israel: Rabbi Feival Strauss, "An Interactive History of Israel in Four Objects: The Shofar" (ram's horn, blown every weekday this month in preparation for the Jewish New Year.)  Bring a bag lunch, drinks and cookies provided.

Sept 28, 12-1 PM. Wednesday. Dixon Art Gallery   Talk:  "American Artists Against War,  1935-2010"  This is part of the "munch and learn" series: usual Museum admission charge, bring lunch if you wish, drinks provided, tables to sit at during the talk.
Dr. David McCarthy, Professor of Art and Art History, Rhodes College, author, speaks about his book.

Sept 28, 6 PM, Classical Dance performance at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
(free, donations accepted.)
A specific invitation has been made to the interfaith community.
The dance performance at the temple will be spectacular and very different . It's the traditional dance from Kerala state and the masks and eye make up is what makes it different. It will be a visual treat and very very different."

Sept 28, Weds, 6:30-8 PM, Voter Participation Program  
Neshoba UU Church, 7350 Raleigh Lagrange Rd, Cordova, Tennessee 38018
This non-partisan training will teach community groups and unaffiliated individuals how to protect voters and our democratic election process.
Attendees will learn about Tennessee election laws and leave the training able to:
1) Serve as appointed poll watchers inside precincts,
2) Assist voters who have been turned away from the polls, and
3) Report voting problems and irregularities to the appropriate persons and organizations.
For questions or childcare requests, please contact or call 901-877-8911.

Sept 29. Church Health Center. Free Training: First aid for Mental Health crisis.
Did you know that you are more likely to encounter someone experiencing an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack? The good news is that you can help them. Church Health Behavioral Health will present a free Mental Health First Aid USA training from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 29 at 1115 Union Ave. During this training, you will learn a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people demonstrating symptoms of a mental illness or a crisis, and you will be equipped with the tools to connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self-help care. To register, please contact Denise Hensley at or (901) 701-2309. Registration deadline is Sept. 23. "

Sept 29,. arrive 5:30 PM for 6-8 PM program, , Facing History Event. Facing Ourselves: How Do We Deal with Difference?. 
Margolin Hebrew Academy, 390 S White Station Rd, Memphis. Free but registration is required. 
Register at
Sept 29, 6 PM, Humanities on Tap.  Hammer & Ale, 921 Cooper St.  Discussion with Marcus Orr Center Fellows. For an explanations, see

Sept 9 -29 Temple Israel Lobby,  Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis' 2015 & 2016 Legends Award Art Exhibitions

Fourth Saturday, 3:30. Pranic Healing Meditation, through September ,by Mona Winfrey at Unity Church of Practical Christianity. $20. 
Info phone 901-831-5550

Fridays: The Dixon Gallery and Gardens - Food truck Fridays April-Sept, 11:30-1:30;
outdoor movies 8 PM on May 26, June 2, June 9, June 23.  These and others at

Sept 23. Violin Concert, Calvary Episcopal, Bach Chaccone. "Grief and Redemption for the Solo Violin: Hidden Chorales in the Bach Chaconne"
Gregory Maytan, violin.  Concert at 7:30, explanatory talk at 6:45.

September 25. 2 PM  Concert to Benefit the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. Amro Music, 2918 Poplar.  Minimum contribution (tax-deductible) $15. Steve Katz, Rabbi John Kaplan, Rabbi David Julian, Amy Nabors, and others.  These concerts organized by Steve Katz are always fantastic, usually a mix of religious and secular music.

Sept 23,  Friday. Nonviolence Memphis Events.  tentative goal: " is to get 20 organizations in Memphis to stand at different
intersections across the city from 5:30-6pm, with banners that say "Nonviolent Memphis" and
the organization underneath. Then convene at a central place at 6:30pm for a gathering/
celebration, Location TBA (ideas - Nathan Bedford Forrest, Overton Park    A draft poster is online HERE

Holy Communion Episcopal has its newsletter at
Interesting current events include a picnic Sept 11, an interfaith discussion the morning of Sept 18. 5K race Sept 17, Parish retreat Sept 25.

Sept 10, noon - 2 PM, Invite from Black Lives Matter:
North Memphis Love, Peace, & Healing Block Party 
1099 Springdale St, Memphis, TN 38108-3041  Explanation and details at

Sept 10, 11 AM - 7 :30 PM Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Ganesh Nimajjan.  A LARGE CROWD IS EXPECTED.
For schedule, parking arrangements, etc., see   A major and colorful annual festival.

Sept 10-11.  Bike for MS. Bike-riding fundraiser for medical research, I think. Note sent by Temple Israel.

Sept 12 and 13.  WKNO shows DUTY OF THE HOUR, a movie about Benjamin Hooks, a major Civil Rights leader from Memphis.
Duty of the Hour airs Monday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m. and also airs Tuesday, September 13th at 1:00 a.m. and Friday, September 16th at 3:00 a.m. on WKNO/Channel 10. It also airs Tuesday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m. on WKNO2 (digital channel 10.2 or Comcast channel 910)

Sept 12, Eid El-Adha. The most important Muslim holiday, commemorating Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Special services in Mosques during the ten days leading up to this.  The large community service will be at 9:45 AM, Cook Convention Center.  There will be a large crowd, arrive early. Parking $10.

Sept 13, 4:15 PM. Memphis Opera skit on the front porch of the Memphis Theological Seminary.

Sept 14, Wednesday, 5:45 PM.  6th Annual Joint Dinner of Masjid Al-Noor and St. Luke United Methodist Church. All invited.
   Click here to RSVP.
Please RSVP by Sunday Sept 11.
Location: St. Luke Cafeteria (480 South Highland St Memphis, TN 38111)
This year's dinner is hosted by our neighbors (St. Luke UMC) & catered by Tom's Barbecue
* Parking is available at St. Luke Church
* Babysitting provided
For more information, please email: or call 901-432-0761

Sept 15, Marcus Orr Program, U of Memphis, 304 University Center. Reception 5:30, program at 6
Memphis Reads - Screening: Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke, Parts 1 and 2
(see also Sept 22:  These events will consider the meaning and impact of Hurricane Katrina. They are organized in conjunction with Memphis Reads, whose 2016 book selection, Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, focuses on the days before the storm hit in a poor, rural African American community on the Mississippi gulf coast.  )

September 15 Thursday - James Award, Fundraising Dinner for Planned Parenthood.  $275. info Grace Weil, 901-725-3008 orgweil @

Sept. 16-18 SOULWORKS weekend at St. John';s Episcopal.  3-day daytime spiritual development event.

Sept 16 - 22. Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Series of programs (in Hindi).  Tea and snacks 4 PM, program, dinner at 8 PM.

Sept 17  9 AM.  Book It 5K. Holy Communion Episcopal. Race to benefit   Books from Birth and Emmanuel Center.

Sunday, Sept 18.  Evergreen Presbyterian Church has sold its building, on University Ave., to Rhodes College.  They are having a housewarming at their new location,  1567 Overton Park Avenue.  Coffee and Crafting 10 am, worship at 11 am.  Food truck to follow.  (The "crafts" will be making decorations for the Pride Parade.)

Sept 18, Sunday 11 AM- 3 PM, The 28th Annual Kosher Barbecue Festival. (Yes, this gets real interfaith participation - the Muslims, among others,  do some wonderful kosher cooking. A wonderful day, with less crowding and less parking trouble than the big barbecue festival. Great fun, don't miss it.
 Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth Synagogue, 101 East Yates Rd North (just north of Walnut Grove, just inside the expressway.)

Sept 18,  Interfaith Vigil, Civil Rights Museum. National Campaign NonViolence Week 2016 Memphis September 18-25th. Join us September 18th at the National Civil Rights Museum at 3pm for the week's Opening Interfaith Ceremony.   A major interfaith event, with many organizations and faiths represented.

A draft poster is online HERE

Sept 20, 7 PM - Kosher cooking lesson for women and girls, preparing for the Jewish Holidays, Chabad Memphis. $30.

September 20, 8 PM, PBS TV  - "Defying the Nazis."

Sept 22, Marcus Orr Program, U of Memphis, 342 University Center. Reception 5:30, program at 6
Panel Discussion: My Whole City Underwater: Race, Trauma, and Surviving Katrina
Sept 23-25 Parish Retreat (Family Camp) Holy Communion Episcopal.
(Camp is about a 3 hour drive from Memphis)
    Balmoral Presbyterian Church has its Family Camp this weekend at Nacome Camp, also about three hours away. Clearly a good weekend for camping!

September 5 - Labor Day Picnic, the Memphis Worker's Interfaith Network.\       (charge for lunch, but always an excellent program and good interfaith representation)
Note: These people don't seem to be using their .org web page - they are using

Sept 6, Tuesday, 7 PM. An Interfaith Discussion at St Georges'  Episcopal Church, 2425 S. Germantown Rd.
A remarkable program on "The Children of Abraham", with a stellar speakers list:
Father Bill Parham (CBU), Dr, Breckenridge (1st Baptist), Rabbi Joel Finkelstein (Anshei Sphard), Rabbi Ilan Glazer (Beth Sholom), Dr Yasir Qadhi (MIC - Rhodes), Imam Anwar Arafat (Masjid Ar-Rahman).    This is one not to be missed!

Sept 6, Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbians. 6:30 PM. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Marian Hall, underneath the sanctuary, parking and entry at the rear of the church.) Potluck supper, open to all, don't feel a need to bring anything, excellent discussions. The speaker this month is on "mindfulness."

Sept 7. Start of Fall Programs for the Memphis School of Servant Leadership.

Sept 8, Noon, Calvary Episcopal Church. 30 minutes of free opera, part of Opera Memphis' "30 days of Opera."

Sept 8, 6:15 PM, Planning meeting, Campaign for Nonviolence (plans for Sept 18th and 23rd events.)
Meet at Caritas - come earlier if you want to eat first.

Sept 8, 6 - 9 PM Rhodes College, Lecture. Dread Scott: The Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide.
A rather incendiary title, but the Rhodes College Communities in Conversation series has consistently had excellent speakers so this is certainly worth going to.  The gate man on University Avenue can give directions to Hardie Auditorium.
(That Facebook page has active discussion.)

Sept 8, 7:30 PM, Rhodes College, Faculty Concert, New Songs on Afro-American Texts.
Announcement at

Sept 9, October 30, Dec 4, Dec 16, Jan 29, Feb 26, April 1, April 30,
The concert series for St Mary's Cathedral is now online at

Sept 9-11, St. Mary's Cathedral, Martyrs Weekend 2016: The Feast of Constance and her Companions
(A reference to thsoe who died helping during the Memphis Yellow Fever epidemics.)
"The Healing Continues"
Sep 9 "Letters and Music" Concert, 7 p
Sep 10 Daughters of the King Assembly, 9:30 a
Sep 11 Picnic at Elmwood Cemetery, 12:30 p
tickets on sale today in Martyrs Hall this Sunday!
Menu: Barbecue (vegetarian & kid friendly options available)-cost- $9/adult, $4/child, $25/family max

Sept 9, 7 - 9:30 PM.  Courtney Richardson, Gospel Music, Live Recording Session at Hope Church Memphis, 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38018. Charge ($20  gen adm adult)

The Temple Israel newsletter is on line at

May 26-Sept 4. Exhibit at Brooks Museum, Moroccan-born artist Hassan Hajjaj.  See  and click on Exhibits - upcoming.  Opening party Friday May 25, 5-9 PM, free, open.  He will take photos of Museum patrons May 26 starting at 10 AM (with paid museum admission, get in line early.)  Film, "A Day in the life of a Henna Girl",  7 PM July 13, $9, $5 for museum members and students.

July 9 opening, through August: Curated by the Church Health Center, The Mind’s Eye at Trezevent Manor, 3734 Waynoka Dr., will feature the photography of Frederick Toma, Willy Bearden, and Dr. Tom Gettelfinger. An opening reception will be held Saturday, July 9 at 4:30 p.m.  A portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Church Health Center and the Trezevant Foundation. The show will hang through August. For more information, contact Ken Hall at or 901-701-2303.

August 7 2016 - Program for adults with developmental disabilities.
Special Friends Fellowship Club.   A diocesan group consisting of members of All Saints, Grace-St. Luke’s, Calvary, Holy Communion, and St. Andrews has created a new ministry: Special Friends Fellowship Club. It kicked off on Sunday, June 26, at All Saints Episcopal Church. Special Friends is open to adults with developmental disabilities over the age of 19. The next meeting is Sunday, August 7 at All Saints Episcopal Church,1508 S White Station Rd, Memphis, Tennessee 38117. The events are held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include dinner, fun and games, and worship, and a great time to be together! Guests must register in advance with Janie Morris at 901-761-1020 or

August 9, 7 PM, One-Man Play about St. Francis.
St. Patrick Center, Corner of Dr. M L King Jr  Ave & 4th.
Poster at Aug_9_2016_poster.jpg

August 9, 16, 23 7 PM. Temple Israel sessions, "Don't Worry". Led by Temple clergy with textbook

Seven Prayers That Can Change Your Life: How to Use Jewish Spiritual Wisdom to Enhance Your Health, Relationships, and Daily Effectiveness by Leonard Felder, PhD.    Charge. details

August 11, 6 PM, Speaker on Bangladesh Jerry and Judy Bettice
will host Bill Christensen who will share the story about the work that he has done for more than twenty years and continues to do with the poorest of the poor in Bangladesh.
RSVP and for directions call 
327-8067 or  e-mail

August 13, 9 AM. 5K Run for Palestine/Education. Shelby Farms Park.

August 13 6-8 PM.  Major Speaker (interfaith emphasis) Masjid Al-Mu'minun,
4412 South Third Street, Memphis 38109.
Poster at Aug_13_2016_Interfaith.jpg   
If you have not visited this mosque, or heard an example of Muslim efforts at interfaith work in Africa, this will be of special interest.
 "Serigne Mame Mor Mbacke,   is an international leader within the Murid movement founded by Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba (his grandfather) from Senegal.
The faith and academic communities are invited to meet Serigne Mame Mor Mbacke personally as well as become more familiar with the wholesome and abundant life envisioned and exemplified in the movement that he represents."
August 13-14, "Doing the Work" Workshop, Unity Church of Practical Christianity. $50 fee Saturday.
"Peace or  Pain? Worry or Calm? Stuck or Liberated? Howare you going to live your life? You Decide!"
August 16, American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee meeting, Memphis Botanic Garden.  (AIPAC is  extremely pro-Israeli-Government-in-power and may not be a comfortable meeting from an "interfaith" viewpoint, but I felt it appropriate to let people know it is happening.)
This was a "save-the-date notice, no hours given,

August 16 or 17 6 PM - planning meeting, CNV (Committee on Non-Violence?)  is working to plan new activities. Planning meeting at Caritas.
Write "Morman, Monica" <>   to get on the e-mail list for schedule and details.

Aug 19-21  Major conference for Episcopal Men at Sewanee, TN.

August 21, 8:30-1:30  Bloodmobile at Temple Israel.

August 21, 2 PM. Fashion show organized by teens at Temple Israel,
fundraiser tor the Exceptional Foundation, $10.

August 24.  Campaign for Nonviolence - Planning meeting at Caritas, 6:30 PM, planning for an interfaith vigil Sunday 9/18 at the Civil Rights Museum and a Nonviolent Memphis Event Friday 9/23.

August 24, Wednesday, Movie Night at the Unity Church of Practical Christianity.  6:30 PM.  "The Right Questions by Filmmaker Benjamin David Smith. When a sociology grad student spends his last semester living on the street in order to write his thesis on the homeless, he realizes he's bitten off more than he can chew. He struggles with objectivity as he's pulled into the lives of the very people he's trying to study. Just when he thinks he's regained control, a 10-year old boy will change his life forever.   [an e-mail says "double feature this week", but I can't find what else they have...)

Thursday August 25, 7 PM. Temple Israel. Music Sharing for Adults. Bring instruments, voices, etc. Last Thursday of each month.
Info contact Abbie Strauss at

August 27, Saturday, 10 AM, Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Discourse by scholar from Karnataka,
poster at 8_27_16_Nirmalananda.jpg
There are also special prayers Aug 24 8am to noon, Aug 25 9 AM, Aug 27 1 to 3 PM

August 27, 1:00 to 3:30 PM.  Children's Programs at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
The poster at  is particularly attractive.

August 27, Sept 3 - Beethoven Club, free concerts.

August 28 - beginning of Fall Hebrew Classes at Temple Israel. Contact 
Dick Rubin at

August 31, Wednesday, 11:30 AM. Temple Israel, Lunch: "Family Love Letters, Peace of Mind During Vulnerable Times.
a program on legacy wealth management, estate planning, I think.)    RSVP by Aug 26, 901.761.3130 
Temple Israel is also organizing a trip to Israel, Dec 22 - Jan 2.

Until July 24. Art Exhibit, "Eye of Storm - Hidden Riches". Art by Stormie Steele, at Unity Church of Practical Christianity.
More info at

The Film Group Indie Memphis is having a Youth Film Fest this Fall and is seeking entries from youth )up to an including June 2016 high school graduates.  A possible Youth Group project?  Submission deadline August 21. See

June 5  (Approximate) start of Ramadan, the major Muslim month of repentance.  Fasting (no food or drink) sunrise to sunset. For several weeks, many mosque sermons  have concerned preparing for Ramadan; many of them are indistinguishable from Synagogue sermons leading up to Yom Kippur except that the scriptures read are in Arabic instead of Hebrew.
       Many customs are different in detail yet similar in spirit. Jews get "double credit" for good deeds in the ten days leading up to Yom Kippur, Muslims get it in the last ten days of Ramadan, if I understand correctly.  Synagogues regard it as an auspicious fund-rasiing period, and so do mosques. An interesting Muslim practice is that (quote from a mosque newsletter:)
      The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,
      "Whoever feeds a fasting person will have a reward like that of the fasting person, without any reduction in his reward."
       (Recorded by Ahmad and Al-Nasai. Also verified by Al-Albani as Authentic)
(Donations of any amount accepted, but $250 will feed one family for the month.)   

Ramadan ended on July 6 with Eid - El - Fitr, the Feast of the Completion

July 8, 7:30 PM. Church Health Center Night at the Redbirds.
7:05 PM Baseball game. $4 of every ticket sold through the link below goes to Church Health Center,

To purchase tickets, click the link below. Log in using the username "churchhealth" and the password "churchhealth," and you will be taken to the block of seats that have been reserved for our group. After you have selected your seats, proceed to checkout and click "New Account" to enter your payment information.

Buy Tickets

July 9, 7-9 AM. Serve breakfast to the homeless. From St. John's Episcopal:
"Volunteers Needed to Serve Breakfast at St. Luke's:  We are recruiting folks to help Sunday, July 9th from 7-9AM with St. Luke's Methodist Church Sunday morning breakfast - located at Highland and Midland. They serve about 80 homeless and others who live in poverty, mostly in the Buntyn and University of Memphis area. We need about 8 people to cook, serve and clean up. Contact Lesley Dillon ( or 901-493-5649) if you can help. Children 12 and up welcome."

July 9, 6 PM. Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
Shashti - Sri Subramanya Abhishekam

July 9, 9:30 - noon, Zumbathon for St., Jude. $5 admission.
Church of the Holy Communion, Episcopal, Walnut Grove between Perkins.

July 10, Goodbye reception for Rev. Chris Girata, Calvary Episcopal Church, following the 10 AM service.

July 16 - Overnight Urban Campout for all ages, Holy Communion Episcopal Church. 6 PM setup, 6:30 dinner, 8:30 movie, etc.
Details at
(there are also other events listed in this church bulletin, at the website.)

July 16, "Wet Havdalah", a family party at the close of the Sabbath, Temple Israel. Families and Children. Party starts 4 PM, bring water shoes, bathing suits, towels for kids. Pizza follows.  Reservations at

July 19-21. Facing History Seminar for Teachers. (Charge).

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Exploring Freedom and Democracy

Wed, July 20, 12pm – 1pm, Temple Israel Lunch and Learn
The Living Wisely series with Rabbi Strauss explores how Jewish holidays enrich our lives. The topic for July 20 is "When Will We Find Peace? " Find out as we explore the minor holiday, the 17th of Tammuz. Please bring your brown bag lunch; cookies and drinks will be supplied. To RSVP,

July 26. 10-2 Tomato Contest.
The Church Health Center will celebrate the almighty tomato at its second annual Farmers Market Tomato Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26 at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. Our tomato vendors will go head-to-head to see who has the tastiest tomato in the Mid-South. Who’ll be the judge? YOU! Stop by and cast your vote! For more information, contact Jimmy Hoxie at 901-701-2228 or

July 26, 4-6 PM
The Church Health Center will screen Willy Bearden’s documentary Perea: A Bright Spot from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26 at Trezevant Manor (3734 Waynoka Dr.) Local filmmaker Willy Bearden and Dr. Scott Morris will be on-hand for a question & answer session after the screening of this film that profiles the work of Perea Preschool in Memphis' Klondike neighborhood. For more information, contact Ken Hall at or 901-701-2303.

July 28   6:30 PM and July 30, 12 noon, Dance Workshop.
The Church Health Center will host an Urban Fusion Dance Workshop on Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, July 30 at 12 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. Open to ages 10 and up, this workshop is an eclectic, energetic class where you’ll learn a hip-hop dance with a feel-good vibe from award-winning dance instructor Jaukeem Balcom. Pay what you can! Please wear shirts with sleeves and modest, loose-fitting attire. Contact Kristina Hall at or 901-701-2241 to register.

July 29-31 The Trinity Institute. "Listen for a Change" An important symposium
in New York held in January, recreated in video in Memphis, local discussion groups. Hosted locally at St. George's Episcopal Cathedral on Poplar.
Local liaison is the Memphis School of Servant Leadership, Kristin at
Planning meetings every other week during the summer.  A wonderful event that has had a very good interfaith turnout in past years.

June 25. Healthy Memphis - Common Table - Healthy Shelby.  5K and 1-mile walk at Shelby Farms.

June 25, Memphis Theological Center Night at the Redbirds., Ball game 6:35 PM. "Join Memphis Theological Seminary Saturday, June 25 at 6:35 p.m. at AutoZone Park in Downtown Memphis as the Memphis Redbirds face the New Orleans Zephyrs. MTS is the featured non-profit organization and will be highlighted throughout the game. President Jay Earheart-Brown will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Log onto for ticket information. Wear your MTS gear and come out to show your support! "

June 26. 4 PM, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.  Evensong.
This Evensong will celebrate the one year anniversary of the SCOTUS ruling on Marriage Equality. Evensong is a beautiful service of evening prayer during which most of the office is rendered chorally.  A reception will follow in Martyrs Hall. The offering that evening will go to Project Metamorphosis which addresses LGBTQ youth homelessness.      Flier is at

June 27. Annual Fundraising dinner, Masjid As-Salaam.
This is the 27th day of Ramadan, so the dinner is after sunset.

June 29, 6:30-8 PM. Closing barbecue reception (with Eucharist) for the "City of Soul" project at Grace-St.Lukes Episcopal Church.
Details at
(there are also other events listed in this church bulletin, at the website.)

June 30,  7 PM.  Temple Israel - Music Sharing.
RSVP online and then come enjoy music at the Music Sharing Session with Cantorial Soloist Abbie Strauss. We will sing together and prepare songs for the Friday night service on July 1.  RSVP at
This newsletter at

June 6-11  PRIZM Summer Music Camp for talented young musicians.  901-598-9105 or
Public concerts at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church  June 6 at 7 PM; June 9,10,&11 at 7PM;  June 11 at 1 PM. Price $18 full / $10 reduced.

Programs are at  I must admit a liking for PDQ Bach; one of his easier pieces will be on the Saturday matinee program.

June 6-11   Lifeblood Donor Fest. A week of special blood drives, ending with a party Saturday June 11 9:30 - 11 AM

at the football field at St. Benedict at Auburndale High, 8250 Varnavas Dr, Cordova, TN 38016

June 11-12 is the Jewish Holiday of Shavuot (a/k/a Pentecost, The Feast of Weeks). One of the three major "pilgrimage" holidays, this commemorates the giving of the Law at Mt. Sinai.  It is marked in synagogues by the reading of the Ten Commandments (generally, in Hebrew). The celebration of this holiday 50 days (seven weeks) after the death of Jesus is the occasion of the "Pentecost" stories in the Gospels. Like several other Jewish holidays, there are special memorial prayers for deceased family members, often causing relatively large attendance. Another reading is the Book of Ruth, often used as a springboard for families to talk with children in the conversations typically called "birds and bees" in American popular culture. Traditionally meat is not eaten, an excuse for lots of cheesecake and ice cream.

   Temple Israel has its Shavuot service Saturday at 8:30 PM, refreshments, brief service, study groups. (Cheesecake competition), the memorial service Sunday morning 10 AM

    Chabad has an "all night" service starting Saturday at 10:30 PM. Sunday morning is a traditional (Hebrew) service at 10 AM followed at 11 AM by a party with lots of cheesecake, ice cream, blintzes, etc.

     ASBEE has programs at 7:45 PM,. 10 PM, 11 PM Saturday,  8:45 AM Sunday,  7:45 AM Monday, 7, 8, 8:15 PM Monday

June 7-10, FACING HISTORY seminar Holocaust and Human Behavior, for teachers grades 6-12 (mainly History and English),
Learn more about this seminar at
See more about Facing History at

June 10-12 Memphis Potters Guild show at the Botanic Garden.
Friday 5-8, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 11-5

June 12, 3 PM. Beethoven Club Concert
. Beethoven Club, 263. S. McLean, Free Admission.  Program at

June 12, 2016: 10th Annual Ramadan Interfaith Iftar Dinner. The dinner will be held at 6 PM at The Esplanade in Cordova. This is one of the major events of the interfaith year, Plan to attend - reserve in advance when they open reservations, it fills up. Free.

June 14, Tuesday, 7 PM. Movie at Temple Israel.  Imber's Left Hand. A painter is stricken with ALS.
RSVP June-July 2016_Movies.pdf

June 15. An attempt to match charities and volunteers.  "Could we be The One? Volunteer Odyssey is hosting Minute Match, a "speed dating" event created to pair Memphians with the local nonprofit that has the right volunteer opportunity for them. Stop by Emerge Memphis June 15th from 5:30-7:30 p.m., if you are looking to start volunteering. Maybe we'll get a second date!Info at
 RSVP at
My impression is they are charging $5 to cover food and  beer Age 21+.

June 15.  Wednesday 6 - 8 PM, Know Your Rights  Theatre Workshop, doubling as a "Young Professionals Mixer". Free Live Music, Theater

  Cocktails available but I can't say if they are free! Sponsored by Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.
Details at

June 15-18. Chamber Music Festival at Grace-St. Lukes Episcopal Church
. Free, Weds - Sat 7:30 PM, Thurs & Friday 3 PM.

June 17-19, Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Discourses
by Sri Swami Abhishek Chaitanya Giri Maharaj. "..,,in his travels around the world enthralling avid listeners with his unique style of discourses on Vedanta. He accepts and guides whoever approaches him, seeing only the positive in each one's personal inclinations, urging every individual toward the final goal.."  Friday 6:30 PM, Saturday 11 AM & 6 PM, Sunday 10 AM & 6 PM.
This is part of the 22nd Anniversary Celebration of this Temple, June 15-19. An excellent time to see this impressive set of buildings, which is easier to get to for many people now that route I-269 is complete (on US 64 very close to I-269)

June 18, Saturday, 9 am - 2 pm. Literacy teacher training. St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral has a breakfast every Wednesday morning, open to all, that attracts perhaps 200 homeless people.
Give Someone the Gift of Reading - Be a Literacy Mentor
Literacy Training - Saturday, June 18 - 9 am to 2 pm
Literacy Mid-South will lead a training session at St. Mary's on Saturday, June 18th, for all volunteers who want to be trained to work with our guests after the Wednesday Community Breakfast on learning to read. Contact George Cowan for more info:

June 18, Canoe and Kayak Race benefits Church Health Center. For more information, visit

June 19, 9am - 3 pm, Give2Live  Gently Used Sale, Freedom's Chapel. 961 Getwell Rd.
Sale Benefiting Make A Difference,'

June 20, Monday, 6:00 PM. Annual Meeting of Jewish Community Partners (the umbrella Memphis Jewish charity), JCC  6560 Poplar.

June 23, 7 PM. Movie, Temple Israel. A Borrowed Identity.  A Palestinian boy in an Israeli Jewish boarding school.
RSVP June-July 2016_Movies.pdf

May 31, Hanuman Jayarthi prayers at Indian Cultural Center and Temple. 9:30 & 10:30 AM, 6-8 PM.

June 1, Noon. Lunch & Learn at Temple Israel.
  Bring your own lunch. Rabbi Feivel Strauss discusses "The Newest Jewish Holiday - Jerusalem Day" 

June 3, 5:30-7:30 PM. Opening reception, art exhibit at Ross Gallery, Plough Library, Christian Brothers University.
Rollin M. Kocsis: A Retrospective, 50 Years and Counting.  Exhibit runs June 3- August 3.

June 3 and 4, preparations for Ramadan (see June 5 below). :  Al-Huda University & Islamic Association of Greater Memphis - Masjid Ar-Rahman cordially invite you to a seminar "All About Zakat" by Dr. Main Al-Qudah NEXT Friday 6/3 After Maghrib & On Saturday 6/4 After Fajr Prayer "Fiqh of Ramadan" 

("Zakat" is essentially "charity", in the sense in which it is what is expected: Hebrew is "Tzedaka"; Christian "tithing" is pretty close, although the Muslims use a percentage of capital reather than a percentage of income.  "Fiqh" is the rules or jurisprudence, in this case the technical riules abouit fasting in Ramadan.  Maghrib prayer is at about 8 PM and Fajr prayer is about 4:25 AM . Yes, that's right - the Muslims really do have some of their "Sunday School" classes at what many of us would call "the first crack of dawn." )  A good explanation of the "rules of Ramadan" readable by a non-Muslim is at

June 4, 7:30 p.m. Lindenwood Christian Church  Beethoven Club 2016 Benefit Concert

This concert will be the third annual collaboration between the Beethoven Club and the MRO. It will feature sopranos Chelsea Miller and Lesley Friend. Proceeds will go toward the annual Young Artists Competition
Tickets $10 adults, $5 students
available online after May 1 at
or at the door     Call 901-493-0958 for more information.

June 9, Movie at Temple Israel.  7 PM. Free. Zemene, an Ethiopian girl seeks medical help. 
RSVP June-July 2016_Movies.pdf   

Art Exhibit at Temple Israel: Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz  has been extended through May 26.

May 22, Sunday 1 - 4 PM, STOP HUNGER NOW - MEAL PACKING EVENT.  This gets a large turnout and has been great fun in past years - packing prepackaged meals for overseas refugees. Pleasant View School,     Pleasant View School      1888 Bartlett Road, Memphis, TN 38134 United States

Sign up in advance at

May 22, 2 PM, Lecture, "Back in the USSR: The Struggle to free Soviet Jews."  Robyn Hetzner, Jewish Historical Society, at the Memphios Jewish Community Center.

May 23, 5:45 PM  Discussions with legislature candidates, sponsored by Sierra Club, at Idlewild Presbyterian Church.

May 24,Tuesday 7 PM. Movie at Paradiso Cinema, Poplar at Mendenhall
Soledad O'Brian, "The War Comes Home".  Two veterans of the Iraq war suffer from Post-traumatic Stress.  Among the therapies attempted: transcendental meditiation.  A Fathom Events show, so it will be at Special Events prices - I can't find the price on line, might e.g. be $20.

May 26 - close of clay sculpture exhibit at the Ross Gallery, Plough Library, CBU:  Agnes Gordon Stark.

May 26, Thursday, 5 PM. "Lag b'Omer", the 33rd day after Passover, is a very minor Jewish holiday, coinsidered a good excuse for a party. Barbeque, kids games, etc., at Chabad, ($10 suggested donation). 2570 Kirby Parkway, north of Quince.

May 27-29, Community Organizing Training at Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. Done once a year, and highly recommended.

May 27, 6 and 8 PM, May 28 2-4-6 PM. Live Music on Beale. Plus-1 Jams, benefiting MIFA and MLGW's Plus-1 emergency assistance program.
Musicians will volunteer their talents at the MLGW tent located on Beale Street between Main Street and Second Street. Some of the acts include talented musicians who are MLGW employees.  (From the MIFA Minute, an e-mail newsletter. You can sign up for their newsletter at  under

"news and events" but they don't seem to have the newsletter (which lists the bands and musical styles) online.

May 28, 7:30 PM - Summer Symphony at the Botanic Garden - $20 Advance, $25 at door.) Hey, I like the Botanic Garden and outdoor concerts. Why not?

May 29, 9:15 AM, Speaker at Church of The Holy Communion (Episcopal, Walnut Grove between Perkins)

The Very Rev. Gregory Jenks, Dean of St George's College, Jerusalem.  I do not know whether he'll be talking theology, or about the situation of this Anglican college and divinity school in East Jerusalem. I have a very fond spot for the school, having (somewhat improbably) given a lecture there in 1971 on how American Judaism differed from Israeli Judaism.

May 29, Calvary Episcopal (downtown) welcomes a new Curate, Rev Niel Raman. Reception after the 10 AM service (about 11:15.)

Sunday breakfast is at 8:45 AM. Calvary has a particular long newsletter issue for the summer:

May 29. Gong Meditation, Sonic Massage, at the Unity Church of Practical Christianity
(Morning Service 10:30, Potluck lunch, sonic massage.  $20 suggested donation for the gong workshop.)

May 30  Fund-raising dinner ($180), scholarship fund of Margolin Hebrew Academy/Yeshiva.
At Baron Hirsch Synagogue. 6 PM. Reservations 682-2400

May 1, Sunday, 9-10 AM Performance of "Voices from the Memphis Massacre"
Where:  Freedom's Chapel Christian Church, 961 Getwell Rd, Memphis, 38111. (map)
Description:  The Memphis Theological Seminary and Freedom's Chapel Christian Church will present "Voices from the Memphis Massacre," a performance commemorating the victims and survivors of the Memphis Massacre. This event is free and open to the public. Contact for more information.

May 1, Sunday, 3:30-4:30 PM. The NAACP dedicates a historical marker for victims of the 1866 Memphis Massacre. Ceremony at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St., then a march to Army-Navy Park at 2nd & GE Patterson.

May 2,  "The 1866 Memphis Massacre and the Fourteenth Amendment"

When: Mon, May 2, 1:45pm – 5:30pm
Where: National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103, United States (map)
Description: The Memphis NAACP and the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association are co-sponsoring a public forum/CLE examining the Memphis Massacre and its connection to the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Please look at  - seating may be limited

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm  National Civil Rights Museum.
NCRM Hooks•Hyde Hall,  450 Mulberry StMemphis, TN 38103 United States  

Political cartoonist, Khalid Al-Baih, of Khartoon! joins art road trip Culturunners tour to discuss how he uses art to further understanding of social justice and human rights issues in the Middle East and the U.S.

May 7  Sat,  1-3pm   Cordova Bowling Center
Frame it Up for Humanity is a bowling fundraiser whose proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. The $30/person admission includes shoe rental, pizza, and soft drinks. Buy tickets now!

May 7 - 27
Exhibition: "Free at Last: Emancipation and Reconstruction in Tennessee"
2232 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114,  (
the Orange Mound Gallery in the Lamar-Airways Shopping Center)
Details at

May 8, 6 PM Symphony in the Gardens.
   $20, $5 children. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra performing on the lawn of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is one of the great pleasures of Memphis. Bring a picnic, bring little kids and let them run and dance to the music, enjoy!  Fancy prepared picnics and fancy table settings and locations as higher fundraiser) prices - see the poster on the website indicated.

May 11, 5:30-7:00. Calvary Episcopal Church. Low Country Boil. $10 adult, $5 kids, $30 family. Choral evensong at 6:45 with Boys and Gitrls Choirs and Canterbury Choir of Grace - St Luke's.

May 12: 1:15 AM (fundraiser) Annual meeting of Common Table Health Alliance. Topic: Childhood Obesity, have we finally turned the corner?
Racquet Club.    $75

May 14, 10 AM. Graduation Ceremony, Memphis Theological Seminary. First Baptist Church-Broad. 2835 Broad Ave. Memphis, TN 38112

May 15 Sunday 2 - 5 PM  Song Festival at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple (Hindu Temple). Volunteers signing songs of particular writers, unless I misunderstand.

Sun, May 15, 2:45pm  (Notice from Temple Israel)
Ashley Tobias, chair of this program, invites adults of all ages to join Rabbi Greenstein – who has served on the Board and Executive Committee of the National Civil Rights Museum since the 1990s – as he leads a thought-provoking tour of the museum through a Jewish lens
> RSVP ($13/person)

May 15 will be the Parish Picnic at Calvary Episcopal Church. I note with amusement their "kiss a pig" contest - people vote for someone by contributing nonperishable food items for the Grace-St. Lukes food pantry by May 8, the person with the most votes gets to kiss the pig at the parish picnic. (Ionly know two or three of the contestants personally...)  Party in Court Square, $10 adults, $5 kids, $30 family.

May 20-21. Symposium at U of Memphis: Memories of a Massacre: Memphis in 1866, a Symposium Exploring Slavery, Emancipation, and Reconstruction," which will take place May 20-21, 2016. It is jointly sponsored by the National Parks Service, the College of Arts and Sciences, the History Department, the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities, and additional community and campus partners.The key public lecture will be May 20, reception 5:30, lecture at 6, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of American History: Remembering Reconstruction. Robert K. Sutton // Chief Historian of the National Parks Service
More information at  

April 13, Wednesday, 6 PM Free Movie at the National Civil Rights Museum:

  WALK WITH ME: The Trials of Damon J. Keith   Reception at 5:30.

In the wake of the 1967   Detroit race riots, rookie African American Judge Damon J. Keith shook the nation as he challenged the status quo and faced off against angry crowds,   the KKK, and even a sitting U.S. President.  WATCH THE TRAILER HERE   RSVP REQUIRED. CLICK HERE.

April 7, 6 PM, Women's dinner with Mitzi Minor. Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal). Walnut Grove between Perkins.   " The Holy Communion Women's Ministry invites all women to a dinner Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m. in the parish hall.  All women are invited and encouraged to attend. Guest speaker: Dr. Mitzi Minor, Mary Magdalene Professor of New Testament at Memphis Theological Seminary.
 Tickets in advance: $20 --  drop off checks at the church;
nursery provided (free of charge) by reservation.

A great night of fellowship, good food and great conversation!"

April 7, 7:30 PM.  Rabbinic Panel   Jewish Community Center

The MJCC hosts this panel discussion with rabbis, including Rabbi Strauss of Temple Israel. Learn how "ruach hasport" (sportsmanship / teamwork) is rooted in Jewish texts and traditions and how to incorporate it into your daily life.

April 8, 6:30 or 7 PM. Lecture, Akhenaten and the origins of monotheism in ancient Egypt. Mitchell Hall, Univ. of Memphis. Reception 6:30, lecture at 7 PM.
Sponsored by History Dept, Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, etc.   Dr. James Hoffmeier, Trinity International University.

April 8-9, Annual Gandhi-King Conference.  A very important annual event. Thwe schedule is now online at

April 9 1-5 PM, rain date April 16, Memphis Arts Festival, Morris Park. Muslim sponsorship: Amin Center,
(Morris Park is on Poplar opposite St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.  The AMin Center appears to be concerned with the needs and interests of converts to Islam.)

April 9 -"Striving For Justice" Tour of the Islamic Society of North America.  This is not a "denomination" in the sense of Methodists, Baptists, etc., although its magazine and many of the services provided look much like those organizations. A major meeting at the Cook Convention Center; registration charge.   One difference from a typical Christian denominational convention is a "matrimonial event", a meet-and-greet with the obvious purpose.

"An amazing day with outstanding speakers and an exceptional audience. Speakers include Omar Suleiman, Linda Sarsour, Azhar Azeez, our own Sh Yasir Qadhiand many more. The conference will be held in the Memphis Cook Convention Center on April 9th, 2016.

Other attractions include a youth track program, dinner banquet with entertainment, and matrimonial event; all on the same day. This is an eventful Saturday you won't want to miss!"

April 9 at 11 AM to April 10 at 11 AM - Indian Cultural Center and Temple - Recitation of the Ramayana epic.
Construction seems to be permanently underway at the Temple - if you have not visited in a while it is worth the visit.
    It is now easy to reach, near the intersection of Route 64 and I- 269 (Morris Parkway) now that the new parkway is complete.
Directions at
A history of the Temple is at

April 10 after 11 am service, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.  Labyrinth dedication.

April 10, 12 - 2 PM.  Midtown Mosque Open House.
1288 Jackson St  Memphis,TN 38107. See the renovations, hear plans, visit the community garden.  If you haven't visited a mosque, this is an interesting occasion other than a religious service to do so.

April 10, Sunday, 2PM Movie, Jewish Community Center. "Draw Back the Curtain". The story of Jews leaving the Soviet Union to come to America in the late 1980's.  As I understand it this film is about immigrants to Richmond, Virginia, and their are plans to make a similar film about Memphis. Sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the Mid-South.  This should be of interest to other communities in Memphis that are concerned with absorption of immigrants.

April 10, Sunday, 6 PM. Handel's Messiah, Parts II and III.  Independent Presbyterian Church, 4738 Walnut Grove Road.

April 10, 7 PM at Rhodes College, and April 11, 7 PM, Jewish Community Center. Memphis Friends of Israel has a speaker,
Melanie Phillips.  These will surely be strongly pro-Israel. Her book "Londonistan" is "about the British establishment's capitulation to Islamist aggression", according to the poster.  While Rhodes college usually does well, I'm not sure that these will be occasions where polite differences of opinion will be possible.  Still, I thought the evnts should be noted.

April 12, Tuesday 3 PM  Panel on Equal Pay for Women, Benjamin Hooks Library, sponsored by the American Association of University Women. 

Indian Cultural Center and Temple. It is worth checking their website as often I get rather short notice of events.
 The Tamil New Year was April 13.  April 20-24 is a sequence of major prayers for universal peace, see 
I'm not sure what the ceremonies are connected with the major renovations of the Temple in June - I gather the builkding(s) may be closed and ceremonial figures will be displayed in the grounds. Explanation, anyone?
There is a calendar at
April 15 and 17 - <<Sri Rama Navami is celebrating the birth of Lord Rama - the 7th avatar of Lord Vishnu to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya.  Vasantotsavam is an annual Seva celebrated to celebrate the arrival of spring season. Vasantotsavam is the combination of 2 words - "Vasantha" (Spring season in Sanskrit) and "Utsavam" (festival in Sanskrit).>>
Services 9:30 and 6:30 on Friday  April 15, followed by dinner
Services 10 AM Sunday, followed by lunch, then a service at 6 PM

April 14-17, visiting musician at Temple Israel. Numerous programs.

details at
Outdoor Concert 6 PM Saturday - bring a picnic (it is probably too late to order one online, but they may have extras to sell there.)

April 15, 6:30 PM  Feast & Follies Cabaret, Calvary Episcopal Church. Hors D'oevres, sweets, drinks, show music and non-sacred tunes, A Friends of Music fundraiser and live auction.
gives the number to call for tickets, but not the price --- it is $50, I believe.

POSTPONED(problems with the venue) (had been planned for) April 16-17, "1 Universe" Universal Fest, the Cannon Center.

Our friend Sandeep Pednekar is planning a major event, with major festivities possibly including a parade downtown. He is actively seeking help and participants!
group at
more specific info

April 16, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Buckman Performing Arts Center at St Mary's School, Walnut Grove and Perkins.  Admission $28.  Musicians from the refugee camps.  537-1481   or

April 16, Saturday, 5-7 PM National Civil Rights Museum, "Parent 2 Parent", "a conversation with Black and Hispanic parents about "the talk" they have with their sons and daughters about being black and brown in America." Speaker: Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, "Mothers and Black Boys Exploring Issues of Risk" Panelists: Tango Jackson, Nadida T. Amatullla-Matin, Mohammad Kamal, Tony Neal, Giovanni Madriz, and Omar Paez
Moderator: Dr. Christi Griffin, Founder & President of The Ethics Project, St. Louis, MO

(ERROR  this is the 16th not the 18th) Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars,  Buckman Performing Center at St. Mary's, Perkins at Walnut Grove. Charge. Tickets 537-1483 or

April 17, Sunday, Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, a fundraiser for Porter-Leath. Riverside Drive.

April 17, 2:30 PM Beethoven Club. 

For those interested in musical events, I should mention the local Beethoven Club,

April 20, Wednesday, 2PM. Unity Church of Practical Christianity, Their book group will be showing the movie "Soul Proof",

April 21, 7 PM.  The Vanderhaar Symposium (one of the major interfaith events of the year.)   Chad Pregracke will speak on "From The Bottom Up" One Man's Crusade to Clean America's Rivers.   CNN Hero of the Year 2013; a major force in cleaning rivers near Memphis.
University Theater, Christian Brothers University.  (
If you are new to the place, Enter off Central opposite the fairgrounds, the gateman will give directions.)

April 21, Lecture, Rhodes College. Thomas Christensen – “1616: The World in Motion”
  at 6 p.m. Blount Auditorium, Buckman Hall (Reception at 5:30 p.m.) details at

This is part of a major symposium, April 21-22, about theworld of 1616 (a lot of emphasis on Shakespeare.)

April 21, 2016 7-10 PM.  Annual Gala of the Benjamin Hooks Institute, Celebrating Black Men.
(Charge $100, tickets required)    Benjamin Hooks Institute Blog is at
"Triumph Through Perseverance"  Holiday Inn, U of Memphis.  Purchase tickets online by April 17.

Speaker is Marvin Ellison, CEO of J C Penney.

April 22. Friday, First evening of Passover.  This holiday celebrates the liberation of the Jews from Egypt. It has a close historical connection with Easter, as Jesus came to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.   The first two nights are celebrated with a festive ceremonial dinner called a "Seder" (literally, "order" as in "order of service").  Many local synagogues have celebrations and special services on the first or second evening and the first two and last two days.
CHABAD Memphis will have a very traditional Seder the first evening, reservations at
Temple Israel has its group seder the second evening, April 23 - this and other services are listed at
See also April 27: Brit Hadasha

April 22-24 Weekend at Holy Communion Episcopal Church.  "Alleluia Be Our Measure" with a focus on service. Friday lecture by New Testament scholar Rev. Dr. Kathy Grieb; Saturday service project in connection with Emmanuel Center. The more I see of this, the more interesting it gets. Emmanuel Center is one of Memphis' particularly interesting inner-city ministries for youth.

April 22, 5:30-7:30 Opening Reception, Exhibit "The Call of the Clay for 50 Years" exhibition by Agnes Gordon Stark, Ross Gallery, lower level of Plough Library, Christian Brothers University. Exhibition April 22 - May 26.

April 23. Saturday 9-12AM. "Walking as One"/  $15, free kids 12 and under, Church Health Center Wellness at 1115 Union Ave

"This year's 1.5-mile walk will be lead by the Mighty Souls Brass Band! Activities start at 9 a.m. and we'll start warming up for the walk with urban fusion dance before the walk kicks off at 10 a.m.   Activities include a kids' zone, Amurica Photo Booth, food trucks, and much more!

April 23, Family Night at Masjid Al-Noor.  Free. Dinner and program begin at about 7:30 PM

April 24, 1:30 PM Concert - Mighty Souls Brass Band. St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Outdoors, weather permitting. (Earth Day). Free, donations accepted.  There will be a picnic (Crawfish or barbeque, $10, kids $5, games etc.) following the 11 AM service, then the concert.

April 26, 6 PM ff. The Episcopal Gay-Lesbians-and-friends group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. 6 - Social - 6:30 worship 7 - dinner  7:45 program.

April 27, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 PM. Neshoba Church (Unitarian-Universalist) Social Justice and Outreach Night. Topic-HUNGER
in America and the Mid-South Presentation by Andrew Bell, Marketing Manager of the Mid-South Food Bank followed by a facilitated discussion of the topic. Notice, click here.

April 27, 6-9 PM Brit Hadasha, the "Messianic Jewish Synagogue"  will hold a community Passover Seder at Germantown Methodist Church. Prices and details at
"Come experience a traditional Jewish Passover seder with special emphasis on Yeshua the Messiah and His Last Supper."

The Messianic Jews are a group that identifies as Jews and also think that Jesus is the Messiah / Lord.  I'm not sure that they'd agree with me, but I view them as close to the Church of James in Jerusalem, which was effectively wiped out by the Romans when Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD.

April 29 - May 28. The Memphis In May schedule is now available (Canada is the honored country this year.)   lists many of the events.  It does not list necessarily everything traditionally associated with Memphis in May
and Googling  -  Memphis in May 2016 - will find several pages with more details.

April 30, Saturday, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Clean-up Day: Berclair Elementary School, 810 N Perkins.
Second Prtesbyterian Church's adopted school.
" We hope you will join us as we help take care of our adopted school’s campus and gardens. Bring along your gloves, rakes, hoes, hedge clippers, brooms, and especially any wheelbarrows you may have! This is a great family service opportunity. If you have any questions, please email Kim Blankenship or call 531-6177. "

March 16 - May 13 - Exhibit at Temple Israel Museum - fabric work "Fabic of Survival",
embroidery, crocheting, etc. by Esther Krinitz, Highly recommended.

Now to April 7 - The Interfaith Youth Corps is promoting "Better Together Day" on April 7, with an online challenge to write a few words and see those written by other when you do so.

April 3, 8:30-1:30, Bloodmobile at Temple Israel.

April 4-5: The C.S. Lewis Lectures, sponsored by the Memphis Theological Seminary, at Lindenwood Christian Church.
Monday 7 PM, Tuesday 11 am and 7 PM.  Lectures by a leading authority on this famous and extremely popular author.
("Mere Christianity", "The Screwtape Letters", Narnia, Perelandria.)

April 5, First Tuesday, 6:30 PM - Roman Catholic Gays-Lesbians-etc-and Friends,
Marian Hall under the sanctuary at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. " Our presenters this month are from the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality: a ministry that serves homeless families by allowing them to stay together.   Come join us for food, prayer, and fellowship.  If you are in a rush and don't have time to cook or bring a food, no worries.  We always have extra and what we most want is your presence!"

March 20. Temple Israel Purim festival (picnic, kids games). 11:30 AM - 2 PM

March 20, Art show and sale at Memphis Jewish Home and Rehab, 36 Bazeberry Rd., Cordova. 756-3273. Donors sought.  2 to 5 PM. Free admission, valet parking. Art for dedication and for sale, wearable art and Jewelry.

March 20, 2-6 PM repeated March 23, 7 - 11 PM. Classic movie The Ten Commandments shown at the Paradiso Theatre, Poplar and Mendenhall. Part of the series at  which often have higher-than-movie prices (e.g. $20 +/-)  This series includes a lot of operas, ballets, classic movies, shows about fine arts, etc., most of which don't qualify for this list of events of interfaith interest but may interest you anyway.  Note that while most of the "fathom events" are at the Paradiso, some are not - the nearest showing may be in Tupelo or Little Rock, so click through to see if and when the event is shown in Memphis.

March 23 - 24  PURIM, a minor Jewish Holiday celebrating the events of the biblical Book of Esther.
Note: according to Ian Fleming, Esther was the model for James Bond. It is fun to read the book (which most Jews consider a work of fiction) picturing a James Bond movie rather than a biblical epic. Many Purim celebrations are humorous in nature.
Temple Israel holds its religious service at 6 PM Wednesday March 23, reading the Book of Esther (children are traditionally issued noisemakers to amuse themselves during the Bible reading!). 
Temple Israel will hold its PURIM PLAY March 23 at 7:30 PM -
this is one of the great humorous musical comedies of the year in Memphis/ Get there very early (e.g. 7 PM) for good seats. FREE. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  I gather this year they will be making fun of the Musical "Hair" as well as of tbe story of Esther.

March 26, 10 AM-8 PM. MusliMEMFest. A major informational program - Art, Vendors, Entertainment - Food -
to connect with our Muslim neighbors.  More  information will be forthcoming. Poster at 3_26_16.pdf
for vendor information (and other information) go to

March 31, Thursday, 5:30-7:30.  MIFA Founders Day Celebration. Interfaith Panel Discussion: Interfaith in Memphis: The Time Is Now. Music, Awards, etc. Panel: Rev Harry Durbin, Moderator; Imam Anwar Arafat, Rev Virzola Law, Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein.  The three panelists are among the best-informed and best speakers of the Memphis religious community.  Held at Church of the Holy Communion, 4645 Walnut Grove (between Perkins.)

Presented by the Muslim Community of Memphis with support also from Temple Israeli and the Church of the Holy Communion.

March 31, Orr Lecture, University of Memphis. The Economy of Violence: The American Revolution in the South  Alan Taylor // University of Virginia. 5:30 reception, 6:00 lecture. Details

  Lenten Lecture Series at Calvary Episcopal Church.
The list of speakers for the Lenten Lecture Series, Tuesday-Friday,  is online at  That site has brief biographies of the speakers.
Noon Tues-Thursday and  6:30 Wednesday evening. Excellent food available.
Feb 11-12 Rev John Pitzer (Baton Rouge, LA).   (Preaches Sunday Morning at St. Mary's Episcopal)
Feb 16-17, 17 evening: Rt. Rev Robert Wright (Atlanta, GA).
Feb 18-19: Rev Maxie Dunnam (local)
Feb 23, 24, 24 evening: Dr Tony Campolo (Pennsylvania).   
Feb 25, 26 : Rabbi Micah Greenstein (local, often crowded))
March 1, 2, 2 evening: Rev Dan Mathews (New York, formerly local, often crowded)
March 3, 4: Rev Walter Brueggemann (Ohio. very famous scholar. Also 7 PM March 3, Church of the Holy Communion.)
March 8: Rev Dr. John Kilzer (local). 
March 9: Rev Charyl Cornish (local)
March 9 (evening, March 10, 11: Rev Marianne Borg (Oregon; wife of the late Marcus Borg.)
March 15:  Rev Virzola Law (local). 
March 16, 17, 16 evening: Rev. Becca Stevens (Nashville, very popular)
March 18: Rev Richmond Webster (Birmingham, AL)

Feb 17-March 16, Wednesdays, Lenten series "Living the Year of Mercy in Our Lives",
10-12 am repeated 7-9 pm, Marian Hall conference room under the sanctuary, Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

March 3 - noted Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann  lectures on Bible and Economics at Holy Communion Episcopal Church. 7 PM. His topic: How do we read the Bible faithfully in the midst of a predatory economy?  (links to a flier, invite, etc.)

March 3, U of Memphis - Orr Lecture. Reception 5:30, Lecture at 6. Beyond Belief: Racism and Social Critique . 
Sally Haslanger // Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Details at

March 4, 7 PM Youth Classical Concert at Buckman Performing Arts Center, St. Mary's School, Walnut Grove and Perkins Extd. In acollaboration between Ballet on Wheels, PRIZM, and Cordova High School, young dancers and musicians come together for a spectacular evening.  Reserve free tickets at
(Query - should I list more of the "Ballet on Wheels" events here?)

March 5, 2 PM.  Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, Violin Concert
with Violinist Randall Goosby, benefiting PRIZM.  Meet the Artist Q&A at 1:30. Pianist Arthur Hart. Reception after.

No ticket price- "Give what you can" to benefit Prizm's educational programs for young people.

March 5, American Association of University Women, Program on Women's History, Hooks Library. Details??
    Dr. Tracy Hall-- President, Southwest Tennessee Community College
    Rev. Virzola Law-- Senior Pastor, Lindenwood Christian Church
    Dr. Shirley Raines-- Former President, The University of Memphis
    Director Gina Sweat-- Memphis Fire Department

March 6, Sunday. 4 PM Organ  Concert, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. David Briggs, Artist in Residence, St. James Cathedral, Toronto.  Free, donations accepted.

March 9, Wednesday, Luncheon. Fundraiser for Memphis YWCA
, $100. Keynote speaker on Domestic Abuse will be Dee Griffen, ABC news anchor. Reservations to Kathy Ivey 901-320-6002,  kivey @

March 11, Friday, 10 AM. Smarter Cities Initiative, at Bioworks, 20 Dudley St.  More info and Register at
An initiative to promote better access to medical care before it becomes an emergency, and reduce non-emergency
calls to 911.  Read more at the link.

March 12. Art show and sale at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church,
573 N, Highland. Benefits Children of Le Bonheur. Admission $10. 1 - 6 PM  327-8177

March 15, 8 AM - 3:30 PM Facing History. [Rachel Shankman Symposium] Legacies of the Holocaust: Building a More Humane World. All day program, including lunch. Talks, student panel, teaching ideas. University Center, University of Memphis. Rsvp requested by March 8,  Isabel_rodriguez@facinghistory,org

March 17. Thursday. Steve Ash – “A Massacre in Memphis: The Bloody Race Riot of 1866”
Rhodes College, lecture  6 p.m. Hardie Auditorum, Palmer Hall (reception at 5:30 pm) details at

This appears to have died and is recorded for historical purposes:
The Eroica Ensemble gives free concerts at some of our favorite houses of worship, a good chance to visit these places if you’d rather not visit a religious service but would like to get to know the place and people, and hear some exceptionally good classical music for free!    (  This may have died?)
The full schedule is at     497-9600

February 18, Lecture, Rhodes College:  Mel Chin – “Memphis: Art and Place”  Reception 5:30, lecture 6 PM.
 Details at

February 19, 9:30 AM. Lenten Field Trip:  ST. Mary's Cathedral group visits St. Jude Hospital. 
Reserve your spot with Miranda, or at the office at 901-527-3361. Space is limited.

February 19. Fundraising Dinner for West Tennessee-Haiti Partnership. Church of the Holy Communion, Walnut Grove between Perkins. Bishop Don Johnson and
Father Frantz Cole from St. Vincent's Center for Handicapped Children, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.   Wine reception at 5:30 PM, Dinner from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Live Auction with Haitian artwork and souvenirs. A special Haitian meal will cost $30.00 per person or $50 per couple. RSVP via email or call 820-4438.

February 19. 7 PM Concert, Balmoral Presbyterian Church.  Acoustic Eidelon
Hannah Alkire and Joe Scott return to Memphis bringing their talent, their stories and their incredible music!  6413 Quince.  Free but donations appreciated. An example of their performance is on Youtube at

February 21, Walking Tour of Midsouth Fairgrounds with Jimmy Ogle. Meet at Mid-South Coliseum.

February 21, Sunday, 3-6 PM, The Memphis Inter-Religious Group is having a party
at the Ordmans' home . Light refreshments, open house style.  Come meet members of other groups, and socialize.
Rsvp helpful but not required.   327-9735 or
 directions at

February 22, Monday, 6:30 PM: Movie "Silvered Water: Syria Self-Portrait."
Free. U of Memphis, University Center Theater.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Sponsored by The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, the Department of History, and the Department of Political Science.
More info at 2_22_16.pdf

February 22,  7 PM  Jewish Community Partners (this is successor to the umbrella charity formerly called the Memphis Jewish Federation) will sponsor an address by Ron Dermer, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, at Baron Hirsch Congregation, 400 South Yates. Information at 901-767-7100 or

February 23. Black Student Assn, U of Memphis presents Spike Lee's movie “Chi-Raq”
which addresses the rampant shootings in Chicago’s inner city. Spike Lee will speak after the film. 7:30 PM, Rose Theatre. Free, open to public.

February 24, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30) The Healthcare Movie. Neshoba Church (Unitarian-Universalist)
"THE HEALTHCARE MOVIE reveals the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to universal health care because of the heroism of people who took a stand nearly 50 years ago. It also reveals the continuing struggle in the United States between the fear of government intervention and the right to quality health care for all people. A discussion follows..." 
Details click here       7350 Raleigh Lagrange Rd, Cordova, 266-2626

February 25. Facing History presents Gospel Musical, "Look, What a Wonder!"

Rose Theatre, U of Memphis, 6:30-8:30 PM. Preregistration requested. (May fill up. Groups must preregister.)

Feb 26.  Handel's Messiah. Memphis Symphony and the Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale. At the Cannon Center, 7:3 - 9:30 PM.   $25.

February 27-28 : Unity Church of Practical Christianity being visited by a candidate for the open ministerial position there.

February 27 Saturday 7:15 PM - Community Dinner, Masjid As-Salaam,
1026 Stratford Rd (foot of Covington Pike.) A free dinner with Somali food, and a talk of the history of Somalia.  This has been an extremely high-quality series of dinners. The emphasis is usually on the long scope of history of the honored country, rather than current events or this decade's problems.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Feb 16. The group "Healthy and Free Tennessee" will be doing a lobbying day in Nashville. Info is at   
This will inevitably be controversial for some readers of this site, as one of their issues is abortion rights. Of course there are a lot of other issues, e,g, medical insurance.  On the other hand, if you've never done a "lobbying day", it is a fascinating and worthwhile experience whether or not you agree on all issues.

February 16, third Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Writers Group
at Holy Communion Church. 
The topic is "A fine Romance".  All welcome to come listen; if you want to speak ( 5 minutes) contact cmodisett @   (March 15: Lift every Voice, April 19 Health and Healing; May 17: Something borrowed; June 21: Walking in Memphis, found texts; July 19, Roots and Branches.

February 16-28, Film Festival at Memphis Jewish Community Center. 

details       (trailers)
each film $7 ($5 for JCC members)  7:30 PM
Feb 16: Dough. (Comedy: Cannabis gets into Jewish bagels) At the Malco Paradiso.
Feb 18: Zemene.  (drama re: Medical care in Ethiopia) (7:30 at JCC)
Feb 20: The Last Mensch. (drama, Holocaust survivor and question of Jewish identity) (7:30 at at JCC)
Feb 21: Touchdown Israel (the attempt to play American football in Israel)   (Buffet 5:30, Movie 6:30, JCC)
Feb 23, Once in a Lifetime. (French history teacher, Facing History material). 7:30, JCC
Feb 24, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker, 7:30, Malco Ridgeway
Feb 27, Apples from the Desert ( child in Israel differs with religious parents)  8 PM JCC
Feb 28, Front of the Class (boy with Tourette's Syndrome), 1 PM JJ

February 17. Feast Day of the New Martyrs of Libya, 12:10 service, St. Johns Episcopal Church.

"the first annual feast day of the New Martyrs of Libya, beheaded by ISIS one year ago. Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 17th at 12:10pm in the Lady Chapel for a special service in conjunction with our usual weekly healing service. You can learn more about these martyrs on the Contemporary Christian Martyrs board outside the elevator on the first floor of Saint John's or at"

February 17, Wednesday 7:30 PM, Webern Chamber Choir on Tour, St. John's Episcopal Church

FACING HISTORY is planning a mural for their wall near the National Civil Rights Museum, and is seeking nominations of Memphians who should be depicted on that wall.  (Ends late Feb 2016)

The Memphis Inter-Religious Group is having a party at the Ordmans' home on February 21, Sunday, 3-6 PM.  Light refreshments, open house style.  Come meet members of other groups, and socialize.
Rsvp helpful but not required.   327-9735 or
 directions at

Feb 11, 6:30 PM - Fundraising dinner, $50. St Jude - Spirit of the Dream, Black History Month dinner.

February 11, Thursday, 11 am - 12:30 PM. Benjamin Hooks Institute: 

 Lunch/Lecture: Black Power: Stokely Carmichael and His Legacy
Free and Open to the Public. University Center River Room (UC300)  The University of Memphis

Feb 11, 7:00 PM  St. Louis Catholic Church,   John Michael Talbot at St. Louis

"John Michael Talbot will provide in song and the spoken word a reflection on the Jesus Prayer in the context of the season of Lent and the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Talbot is considered a music legend, being one of the pioneer artists of contemporary Christian music. Since a capacity crowd is expected, please register at "            203 S. White Station Road

Feb 12-13. Special visitor at Chabad Memphis (Traditional Jewish). Dr. Laz.

Friday Feb 12, 6 PM - service, dinner, lecture "Skullcaps and Switchblades". Dinner $20 (free under 12)
Saturday 10 AM service - "Bridging the Black and Chassidic Communities of Crown Heights" (Service and lecture, free,
    some lunch provided.)
Saturday 7:30 PM _ Concert, Wine and Cheese, Desserts. $18 per person
Further info

February 14, Valentine's Day, Sunday. 2-3 PM Free Concert (Donations accepted for MIFA).
Dr Steve Katz and Dr Graham Warr, AMRO Music Auditorium, 2916 Poplar.

February 14, 4 PM - Concert, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. AMAZING GRACE - Organ, Bagpipes, and Choir.
  Free, donations accepted. Dennis Janzer on organ, Rob McWilliam on bagpipes. Memphis premier for this duo.

February 15 - proposal deadline for the Gandhi King Conference. See April 8 below.

January 26 - Feb 10. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. French Film Festival at Rhodes College. 7 PM A chance to see some very famous films, for free. English subtitles. Details and list at
Of interfaith interest: January 27, "Timbuktu."  This concerns the 2012 siege of Timbuktu, in Mali, by fundamentalistr Muslim fanatics. February 9, Parce que j’étais peintre/Because I was a Painter - about art produced by prisoner(s) in a concentration camp.  (Quick synopses not guaranteed, look them up.)

January 27, every Wednesday evening - program at Calvary Episcopal Church, downtown. Dinner at 6 PM, classes and special programs at 6:30, Compline service at 7:35.

Every Friday: The Qur'an, "Word for Word", commentary by Imam Anwar Arafat, Masjid Ar_Rahman,

7906 Lowrance Rd, Cordova.

February 6 and 7. Soulworks, at St. John's Episcopal. The Rev. Jay Sidebotham will be the third annual guest speaker at our upcoming SOULWorks Lecture Series 2016: Stumbling Our Way to Jesus! You won't want to miss this delightful and engaging opportunity to hear from one of the Episcopal Church's leading voices on spiritual renewal.

Saturday Feb. 6 - Lecture and Conversation with Jay Sidebotham in the Parish Hall.
9:00am - 3:00pm, lunch included (time subject to change)
Sunday Feb. 7 - Sunday School offering with Rev. Jay at 9:15am

February 7, Sunday. 10 AM - 1 PM Major fundraising day at the Jewish Community Center. 
Click here  for details

February 9 - Chinese New Year. 
Are there performances or other events we should list here?

February 9, 7:30 PM, Harris Concert Hall, U of Memphis. "Love Songs to Memphis". A free concert
to kick off the fund-raising campaign for the new Music Center for the University. I gather the state will put up $30 million if the university can raise $10 million.  Info about the new music center is at

February 9, 2nd Tuesday  , 7 PM  Pax Christi
, the Roman Catholic Peace Group
A presentation on the Muslim view of "Mercy", by Dr. Moinuddin. We expect other Muslims to join us for conversation.  Meeting at the Friends' Meeting House,  Prescott at Walnut Grove .  Pot luck supper at 6:30 pm   Newsletter is here

Feb 9. Fat Tuesday Dinner at Calvary Episcopal, downtown.
Calvary’s famous waffles, a waffle topping bar, red beans and rice, and other tasty food that will be prepared and served by Calvary’s youth from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. All proceeds go to youth scholarship funds. This year there will be a photo booth, so please bring your best smiles and silly faces!

Feb 9 - Mardi Gras Party 7:30-9, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral,
  Beans and Rice, adult $7 child $5.

Ash Wednesday
- February 10th. Services at 8 am, 12 noon, 6 pm.    Stations of the Cross - Every Friday at 6 pm in the Nave

Feb 9 - Shove Tuesday supper at St. John's Episcopal - Pancakes, Syrup, Bacon. Donations accepted at the door. 5:30 PM

February 10. Ash Wednesday. Numerous church services.
St Mary's Episcopal has a nice 60-second online video at the upper left corner of

Feb 10, 9 am - 1 PM. Day of Recollection, led by Msgr. Al Kirk, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Retreat Center, Dancyville (about 50 miles toward Jackson, TN). $30. Register at

January 30, Saturday, 9:30-11:30. Turkish Breakfast and discussion of recent events in Turkey.
Turkish House,
7829 Wingate Park Cove, Memphis TN 38119. RSVP requested,
The talk is by Mehmet Ulupinar, Ph.D., International Partnership Coordinator, University of  Central Arkansas

January 30   Healthy Memphis Common Table Event -
      The Skin You're In: Dr. Thomas LaVeist Documentary Brunch, in partnership with NAHSE

       Date: Saturday, January 30
     Time: 11:30 a.m.
     Location: Owen Brennen's Restaurant
      Cost: Approximately $25 per person for brunch
       Dr. Thomas A. LaVeist, professor and founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and CTHA 2015 Annual Meeting    keynote speaker, explores the astonishing disparity between black and white health in America. LaVeist seeks to travel across the country to speak with educators, researchers, health experts and people on the ground who make a difference everyday and tell their story. 
For more information on LaVeist's documentary, please visit his website by clicking here. To RSVP for the brunch, please email here with the subject line "LaVeist Brunch".

 January 30   Chili Cook-Off and Variety Show, Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion. Walnut Grove between Perkins.

January 30, 8 PM, GPAC: Israeli Dance Group "Koresh" Ballet, Modern, Jazz styles. Charge for tickets. Temple Israel Sisterhood has a group going.

February 1 is the start of United Nations "World Interfaith Harmony Week".
There will be a major"international" prayer vigil for, among others, the starving children in Syria.  Local participation is being organized by Mona Winfrey of Unity Church of Practical Christianity. A relevant video is at
and a place to sign up for more detailed information is at

February 2 (First Tuesday). Potluck Supper and Speaker, Roman Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbians, 6:30 PM, Marian Hall (Social Hall underneath the sanctuary), Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Central.   All are welcome.   No need to bring food the first time you come.

February 2, 6:30 PM Fundraising Dinner - Mardi Gras Party. Calvary Episcopal Church downtown. Dress for Mardi Gras encouraged. Cajun Gumbo, vegetarian and seafood.$50, to benefit the Lenten Lecture Series.  RSVP by January 28 requested.

February 5 and 6 - Weekend with an outstanding Islamic Jurist. Masjid Ar-Rahman. Talks Friday 1 PM and 7:30 PM,
  Saturday 5:30 PM (dinner provided), Q and A session 7:30 PM. Live English translation for all sessions by Imam Anwar Arafat
7906 Lowrance Rd, Memphis TN 38125  A brief video about the speaker is at
February 6: Saturday, Healthy Memphis Common Table event:
Live! African-American Women Surviving Breast Cancer through Education, Early Detection, Screening and Treatment
      Date: Saturday, February 6 
     Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
      Location: Temple of Deliverance  (COGIC, 369 G.E. PATTERSON AVE.)
The 2nd Annual Live! Just as We Are Breast Cancer Summit is designed to unite, support and empower African-American women to take charge of their breast health.
Sponsored this year by Baptist Memorial Health Care, the event aims to gather as many as 500 black women of various ages, education levels and socioeconomic backgrounds. For more information, contact Baptist Communications Coordinator Ann-Marie Wallace at

January 27. The Annual POINT IN TIME count, the count of the homeless population. Volunteers are needed.

January 27 - fourth Wednesday Brown Bag Lunch, Temple Israel - The subject this month is Tu B'Shevat, the "Jewish Arbor Day", "The New Year for Trees." Cookies and drinks provided. Reserve at  or 761-3120 (Sylvia) 
Please reserve by Jan 26.

January 23, 10 AM. Mexican Folkloric Dance, Buckman Performing Center at St. Mary's, Perkins at Walnut Grove. Charge.
Tickets 537-1483 or

January 23, Annual dinner of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.  $30  for the 6 pm dinner, $10 or what-you-can for just the 7 PM program.  First Congregational Church.

January 23, 6 PM, Indian Cultural Center and Temple (Eads).  Sri Chakra Navavarna Archana

January 24, Sunday. 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Bloodmobile at Temple Israel.

January 24 at 4:00 pm   St. Mary's Episcopal  Cathedral, Poplar.
The Acclaimed St. Mary's Wednesday Morning Musicians
Now is your chance to hear the outstanding music presented each week at the 8 AM Eucharist in Sisters' Chapel which is followed by the Community Breakfast. The program will feature a wide variety of musical styles with instruments and vocals presented by musicians John Bass, John Gaskill, Sean Murphy, Jeremy Shrader, Jim Spake, and Claire Valine. A freewill offering will benefit the Community Breakfast.

January 1 - Events all day at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple, Eads.  Various prayer services starting at times from 6 AM to 6 PM - food available at nominal prices 9 AM to 8 PM. Information  tables, discussions, etc. In past years this has been a wonderful event, welcoming to non-Muslims, a good chance to visit and learn about the Hindu Temple. Highly Recommended!  In my experience, no one will try to convert you, but there will be people around who can answer questions.

January 3, Sunday evening, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral:    
Feast of Lights   Service and  BONFIRE 
4:30   Youth Event for grades 6-12. Hear from the Episcopal Service Corps members on service and prayer.
6:00   Feast of Lights service; Broderick Greer, preacher
This West Tennessee tradition includes all parishes for the celebration of Epiphany, the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. Following the service of Lessons and Carols, there is a bonfire to burn the Christmas greenery. Bring your Christmas trees and garland to add to the fire.

January 6, 6 PM  Epiphany Service, St John's Episcopal Church. Hymns and music.

Jewish Project culminating January 7:
All members of the Jewish community in Memphis, from kids through seniors, are asked to sign up to read at least one chapter of the Torah at your convenience so that our community, collectively, will cover the entire Torah. All Memphis congregations are participating. This is a great family project. No previous background is necessary. You may read your chapter in English, and online resources are available at or
 For additional information, contact Jewish Community Partners at (901) 767-7100.

January 7 - Health Memphis Common Table - Nonpartisan Community Forum re Gov. Haslam's Insure Tennessee Plan.
5:30 PM,
Baptist Memphis Education Center, 6027 Walnut Grove Road
"Please attend a community forum to educate constituents and legislators about and generate support for Insure Tennessee. Moderated by CTHA CEO Emeritus Renee Frazier, this non-partisan, community-based coalition is dedicated to thoughtful, thorough education on Governor Haslam's Insure Tennessee plan. To view the host committee, list of presenters and 65 organizational co-hosts, please click here.  "
For Rabbi Micah Greenstein's support of the plan, see a letter he wrote last October: 2.pdf

January 10 -

Maimonides Society Kick-off Event at the Grizzlies Game
Date: Sunday, January 10th @ 3:30 pm
Location: FedEx Forum
Are you a Jewish healthcare professional? Join us for a conversation with Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace before the Memphis Grizzlies take on the Boston Celtics. More details.

January 12 - Healthy Memphis Common Table event
Date: Tuesday, January 12
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program Begins: 9:00 a.m.
Location: First Baptist  Church - Broad Avenue

Join keynote speaker David Sweat, Chief of Epidemiology for the Shelby County Health Department, and guest speaker Beverly Robertson as they discuss the correlation between zip code and health disparity in Memphis and Shelby County. Register today by visiting

January 12 (2nd Tuesday) Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic Peace group, meets at the Friends' Meeting House,  Walnut Grove at Prescott. 3387 Walnut Grove

January 14, Noon.  Jewish Community Center. Fund-Raiser for Jewish Community Partners. $18, Gov. Bill Haslam will speak about his recent trip (trade mission) to Israel. RSVP by Jan 7, 767-7100 or at

January 17, 2016. World Religion Day.
contact us at: Saci 201-759-8617                   FACEBOOK: World Religion Day Memphis

Join us in music and celebration of World Religion Day, a celebration of all faiths and paths. Free event open to all!