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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.

Feb 1-28, Art Exhibit by photographer John Noliner, "A peace of my mind", Memphis Theological Seminary
Gallery talk by the artist, Feb 16, Friday, 11:30-1, Great Hall, Founders Hall, Memphis Theological Seminary

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.

(Postponed)  Tuesday? 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Beth Sholom Synagogue. Lecture and discussion, Steve Haynes (Prof at Rhodes College) - “The Battle for Bonhoeffer: Debating Discipleship in the Era of Obama and Trump.” (IO am tiold that this is likely to be an excellent discussion of theologian Bonhoeffer's reaction to Hitler (Bonhoeffer was a minister the Nazis executed for treason), not primarily a talk about American politics.

February 14, Wednesday. ASH WEDNESDAY, the start of the Christian season of Lent. 
Many churches have special services this day; in many it is the custom to put a spot of ash on the forehead of the worshipers, often the ash is made by burning pal;m leaves saved from the previous year's Easter celebration.  This is a period of semi-mourning or at least somber reflection, recalling Jesus' time in the wilderness before he went to Jerusalem where he was executed.
Service at Balmoral Presbyterian 6:45 PM
Holy Communion Episcopal  7 AM, Noon, 6:30 PM
Immaculate Conception Cathedral 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, 7 PM
ADDRESS PAGE here has links to many other house of worship home pages,
many church home pages show service times or have links to event calendars etc.)

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.

February 18, Sunday, Jewish Community Center, Movie at 5 PM "Hummus The Movie"
Movie $7, less for members, Israeli, mixed language, English subtitles, 72 minutes. People of multiple faiths and nationalities find a shared love for hummus. DINNER at 6:15 PM, must RSVP for dinner by Feb 12.
Dinner $23, discount for members.

February 21, Third Wednesday. Words3, the writers group at  Holy Communion Episcopal.  5 PM

February 22, 9 AM- 3PM Youth & Adult Grassroots Leadership Conference, (by MidSouth Peace and Justice Center)
at Wooddale Middle School, 467 Castleman St, Memphis 38118
Free, but register by Feb 22.

February 22-25, Second Presbyterian Church - World Missions Conference.  Several days of programs, see
I think some talks are free, there is a charge for meals?  The main speakers has experience with mission work in Saudi Arabia and in China

Feb 22, 7:30 PM. Jewish Community Center,. film, Big Sonia   93 Minutes. US, English   $7, less for members. 
Adventures of a 91-year-old businesswoman with a history...  Info and Trailer at

Feb 22, Thursday, 7 PM. Concert, Acoustic Eidolon "Music for the Soul", Balmoral Presbyterian Church

February 23 - Lynching Sites of Memphis will be attending an event at 1 PM, a "Community Remembrance" event for Madison county - I think this will be at Jackson State Community College, but no doubt more information will arrive.

February 24, I AM A MAN March, to honor the Sanitation Workers of 1968. City Hall, Registration starts 9 AM, event at 10 AM.  Live entertainment, speakers, fellowship.

February  24, 2-5 PM at MIFA, Youth Workshop by Facing History. Sponsorship by MIFA, BRIDGES, 901 Ummah (a Muslim group.)  (An event for 50 Muslim Youth, reported here for the record. Legacy of MLK, writing letters to Meals on Wheels Recipients, etc.)

Feb 4, 11 AM. Music at Jewish Home and Rehab. Nefesh Mountain. Funny Music wit ha Jewish Twist, for kids, seniors, and all in between. Free and open to everyone.  36 Bazeberry Rd, Cordova (way out Walnut Grove...)

Feb 9-25, play opening Friday Feb 9, "The Elephant's Graveyard", at First Congregational Church.
The odd circumstances leading to the lynching of an elephant in Tennessee in 1916.
Fridays and Saturdays 8 PM, Sundays 4 PM, through Feb 25.  Spirituals by the Memphis Christian Ensemble 30 mimutes before the show; discussion afterwards on Sundays. Tickets $15-20, earn more and reserve at

Feb 14, 7:30 PM. Jewish Community Center,. film, Fever at Dawn   114 Minutes. Hungarian, English subtitles. Recovery from war and disease.  Trailer at link.     $7, less for members.

Feb 17,20,23,24 events for Black History Month at GPAC/

February 25, Purim Carnival at Temple Israel, starts 11:30 AM. No admission, children's game pass starts at $2.50, lunch $5.00

Monday Feb. 26, 2018 Lynching Sites of Memphis meeting
at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm. 

February 27, Civil Rights Museum. Free. Reception 6:00, talk and panel 6:30.  The Poverty Report: Memphis Since MLK. Brad Watkins of MSPJC, Wendi Thomas of MLK50, Rev Stacy Spencer of MICAH and New Directions,

Feb 27-28, Holmes Lecture Series of Memphis Theological Seminary. Nonviolent Social Change, 50 Years Later.
Bernard Lafayette, Jr. (Freedom Rider, SNCC, etc.) 
Tues Feb 27, 7:30 PM, St Paul Baptist Church, 2124 E Holmes Rd, 38116. 
Weds Feb 28, 11:10 AM, Lindenwood Christian Church 2400 Union (at East Parkway).
Open to all. Free. Colloquia Credit available.

Feb 27, 7:30 PM. Jewish Community Center,. film, Monsieur Mayonnaise   94 Minutes
     $7, less for members.  English language, film-noir style, Australian artist travels seeking his family's past
Feb 28th,  PurimSpiel at Temple Israel.  Purim in a minor Jewish holiday commemorating events in the Old Testament Book of Esther.  It is a fun holiday but not taken very seriously (remember that Ian Fleming, the author of James Bond, said that James Bond was based on Esther - it is fun to reread Esther with that in mind.) Temple Israel puts on a Purim Play (a comedy, "Spiel" has the same double meaning as "play" in English) which is one of the highlights of the musical year in Memphis - all music lovers should come. This year it will not as directly follow the Purim story, but will be a revue  and take-off on music of the Beatles. Refreshments start 5:45, babysitting form 6, costume parade and show at 6:30. Free,
open to all.  Arrive early for good seats.

The orthodox synagogues will have a joint Purim meal (dressing in costumes encouraged) March 1 at Baron Hirsch Synagogue. "'Round the World Grand Buffet". $25 per adult, $10 per child, $100 family cap. Reserve at synagogue office, 683-7485. Likely to be sold out, so reserve.

Wed, Feb 28th, 7:00 PM @ National Civil Rights Museum.  Indie Memphis (the independent film group) presents a program of Memphis short  films related to Martin Luther King.  (I have been told, second-hand, no charge) One of the eleven short films concerns a local lynching.

(Need I also mention that there is a Wednesday evening  2/28 program at Calvary, Rev Winnie Varghese of Calvary, 6:30,
and a wonderful talk on Biblical interpretation at the Weds. night dinner at Holy Communion?  What an evening.
Five events I wish I could go to all of...)

March 1, Thursday, Purim party and dinner, Chabad.

March 1.
reception 5:30, lecture at 6  Marcus Orr Lecture, "Zakhor", "Never Forget" and the meaning of commanded memory. Prof Marjorie Hass of Rhodes College, at University of Memphis, Memphis Room, 340 Univ Center (parking garage on Zach Curlin)

March 1.  Hooks Institute Fundraiser, ticket charge. Hooks African American Male Initiative Benefit. U of M Holiday Inn, 3700 Central Ave.  Ticket link at

Friday March 2, 2018 Bryan Stevenson, from the Equal Justice Initiative will be speaking at Hope Church (8500 Walnut Grove Rd) from 7:30 - 9:30pm 
"... Shelby County Public Defender Stephen Bush and Just City CEO Josh Spickler praised the work of social rights activist and author Bryan Stevenson. He will join author Brian Fikkert (When Helping Hurts) at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2 at Hope Presbyterian in Germantown. CHC is partnering with Agape Child & Family Services in the event. If you would like a sponsor ticket, contact Sherry Murphy at 324-8998. Additional tickets are available, $15-30, at  "

March 3. Open house at all local Mosques
. A chance to visit and talk with your Muslim neighbors.  10 AM - 3 PM. Middle east food. Free. The list of mosques is on the poster at

March 3. Saturday, American Association of University Women.
Meet & greet, 10:15 AM, speaker 10:35 AM.
 (Meeting open to all) Poplar-White Station Library, 5094 Poplar (in front of the skyscraper)

March 3, 1-4 PM.  Meet Local Candidates. (County, State, US candidates invited)
FREE and Open to the Public
1:30 p.m. Introduction of Candidates Emcee: Greg Hurst, WREG-TV News Anchor
Where: University of Memphis University Center Ballroom, 3rd floor 499 University St., Memphis, TN 38152
Parking: FREE at the Zach Curlin Parking Garage, 505 Zach Curlin Street
flier: 3_3_2018.pdf 

Sunday, March 4. Installation of Rabbi Sarit Horwitz at Beth Sholom Synagogue. Torah study at 9:30 AM, installation  at 10:15, followed by a "reservations-only" brunch.

March 6, Sunday, 8AM-7PM. Islamic Art Exhibit, Cordova Library 8457 Trinity Rd. Memphis, TN 38018

March 10  (New Date) Mid-South Peace and Justice Center annual fundraising dinner.
Living the Legacy of Nonviolence, with Rosa Clemente
First Congregational Church.  Reserve at   725-4990
suggested donation $35 with dinner, $10 general admission, no one turned away.

March 11, Sunday, 2 PM. Women of Achievement, Social and awards meeting (refreshments),
University of Memphis Holiday Inn, Central at University of Memphis. $35, RSVP.

March 12, Monday, 5:30-8:30  PM. MORAL MONDAYS IN MEMPHIS.
Temple Israel • 1376 East Massey Road    5:30pm Gathering Reception
6:30pm Worship led by Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Rev. Traci Blackmon, guest preacher
7:10pm Living the Legacy Today Panel sponsored by Yale Divinity School

Flier at

Tuesday March 13m 7 - 8:30 PM MICAH monthly meeting
at Idlewild Presbyterian Church
Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope.

March 15, Thursday reception 5:30, lecture at 6 Orr Lecture, The Discourse of Crime and Gang Violence in the Urban Landscape of Central America
by Prof Susan Berk-Seligson of VanderbiltUniv. At U of Memphis, Shelby Room, 342 Univ Center.

March 15 - Rhodes College Lecture
ISLANDOLOGY: Geography, Rhetoric, Politics 
(7pm, Blount Auditorium; 6:30pm reception)

MacArthur Fellow Marc Shell will discuss his recent book Islandology, from literary islands to contemporary environmental catastrophes.

March 15, 6 PM. Prayers at India Cultural Center and Temple, Eads.  
Masa Shivaratri - Shiva Abhishekam

March 17, 10 AM Saturday. Health and Legal Clinic. free screenings and advice.
Gaston Community Center. 
1046 S 3rd St,  Memphis, TN 38106   (Part of the 16th Annual Muslims in Memphis program)

March 17, 5 PM Family Night, Masjid Ar-Rahman. All welcome. (Part of the 16th Annual Muslims in Memphis program)
    Imam Anwar is an excellent speaker, very clear English. The topic of the talk is "Family Rights".
Potluck supper (if it is your first time, noi need to bring anything.)

March 17. How can one miss St. Patrick's Day at St. Patrick Catholic Church?,
477 South 4th St,    Mass 10 AM followed by pot luck brunch;
7 PM Organ Concert  to benefit the organ restoration fund - one of the great historic organs of Memphis

March 18 (part of 10 AM Sunday Service) Calvary Episcopal - the bell choir from Texas,

MARCH 18. Sunday FEED THE HUNGRY. meal packaging event.
One of the highlights of the interfaith year in Memphis! Starts at Noon at Pleasant View School. People
from many faiths and all over the city assemble to package emergency food packets for refugees. Several hours;
it's fine to come after church even if you arrive late.  
(Part of the 16th Annual Muslims in Memphis program)
1888 Bartlett Road, Memphis. Directions on the address page.

March 18. 7 PM. India Cultural Center and Temple.  Ugadi/Guti Padwa  (The New Year, in many parts of India)
Prayers at 7 PM followed by refreshments, hence a good chance to visit with people in addition to seeing the Temple.

March 19. Monday  Holy Communion Episcopal, Come Hear Father Greg Boyle;
 His Work with Gangs is Among Most Ambitious on the Planet!
Father Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest in Los Angeles, will speak at Holy Communion at 7 p.m. March 19.
He founded Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members through a range of businesses the nonprofit owns.

March 20 - 3rd Tuesday.  Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic Peace group (all are welcome!) meets at the Quaker meeting house, Walnut Grove at Prescott.  Potluck supper 6:30, speaker at 7.

February 15 - March 23, Lenten Lecture Series at Calvary Episcopal downtown. Talks 12:05-12:40 Tuesday through Friday, breakfast or lunch 11  - 1:30, also speakers Wednesday evenings with soup and salad (charges for meals.) Park free and free shuttle bus from St. Mary's Episcopal on Poplar, if you don't want to drive or park downtown. Here are just a  few of my personal favorites - look at the online list at  and tell me who else I need to mention here.
Tours of the church 11:30-11:45 Tuesday and Friday.
Have you missed one you want to hear? On line (also previous years!) at!/swx/pp/media_archives/202604/channel/3477

     Dan Matthews, Feb 15&16; Barbara Lindblad evening Feb 21, noon Feb 22&23.
     Sunday evening, March 7 - poets evening. (Change, Buddy Stallings has an illness in the family)
      Micah Greenstein, March 8&9.
     Becca Stevens, March 15&16, evening March 15.
     Gregory Boyle S.J., March 19 7 PM at Holy Communion Episcopal, March 20 noon Calvary
     Bashar Shala noon March 21 and March 21 evening;   Steve Stone March 22.
(Steve may have to be out of town the evening of March 21, but will be there March 22.)
    Rev, Naomi Tutu (daughter of Desmond Tutu) March 23.

March 9 - April 24, Mid South Woodturners Guild exhibit at Ross Gallery, Christian Brothers University Library.
M-Th 7:45 AM-11 PM; Fri 7:45-4:30, Sat 12-4, Sun 1-11 PM

March 9 - May 2,  Claudia Tullos-Leonard, Looking at the World,
exhibit at Ross Gallery, Christian Brothers University Library.
M-Th 7:45 AM-11 PM; Fri 7:45-4:30, Sat 12-4, Sun 1-11 PM

March 10. 11 am.  Interfaith Trilogue at Masjid As-Salaam. Love and Compassion. Muslim, Christian, Jewish panelists. Brief presentation, then discussion. Then lunch  (free, open to all)  (Edward Ordman on panel)

March 23, Friday. 7:30-9:30 PM. America, The Land for You and Me. 
A program on the Civil Rights Legacy, Main speakers are Yasir Qadhi, one of the great Muslim teachers (a Memphian) and also the daughter of Muhammad Ali. The Great Hall, Germantown. RSVP needed.  If you haven't gotten to a few other "Muslims in March" events, don't miss this one. Qadhi is a remarkable speaker.

March 24. 10 AM  "March for our Lives" -
in sympathy for the Florida shootings, so in a sense an anti-gun march.
From Clayborn Temple (290 Hernando Street)  to Civil Rights Museum, 10 AM-Noon.

March 24- 25 India Cultural Center and Temple
invites your family and friends to Akhanda Tulasi Ramayan Parayanam
 (Continuous 24 hour recitation)   Saturday, 10:30 AM to Sunday, 10:30 AM   12006 Hwy 64 E, Eads

March 24-25   On TV  "Hope and Fury: MLK, the Movement and the Media" airs Saturday night (March 24) at 7pm Central on NBC and Sunday night (March 25) 8pm Central on MSNBC.
March 24, Saturday, Muslim Fest10 AM - 6 PM, Agricenter.  7777 Walnut Grove, at Germantown Rd.
Food, speakers, entertainment, vendors. 
(Part of the 16th Annual Muslims in Memphis program)
Followed at 6 PM by COMEDY NIGHT  (Charge for the comedy show)

March 25. Jewish Historical Society. Lecture. Jewish Community Center (2 PM)
"Age Proof: Living Longer Without Running our of money or breaking a hip"
(Dr Ruizen, Chief Wellness Officer,Cleveland Clinic)

March 26, Monday, 5-7 PM, Lynching Sites of Memphis project at First Baptist Church.
(200 East Parkway North)

March 26. Movie at Clayborn Temple.  Indie Memphis, "The Quiet One"   7 pm

March 28, Wednesday, 12-1:30 Memphis Theological Seminary. Dr Henry Logan Starks Awards ceremony and luncheon (fundraiser),
at Graceland Guesthouse. Fundraiser, $120.  Sponsorships, tickets, etc., call 901-458-8232

March 31.  Saturday 4 PM Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche will be leaving for a year returning to Namdroling Monastery in South India on April 1st. There will be  a Bon Voyage party for him on Saturday, March 31st at Pema Karpo from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.
3921 Frayser Raleigh Road, Memphis, TN 38128

Easter & Passover come at the same time this year, as is not uncommon/ (Jesus went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover, leading to the Easter events, but modern church/synagogue calendars don't always agree so smoothly.)  Like the Christmas season, there are far too many events for me to list; I'll put a very small sample here.
Maundy Thursday, March 29, 6:45 PM. Service at Balmoral Presbyterian. Dr. Phyllis Blackstoner, Storyteller.

Good Friday, March 30.  Noon. There is an outdoor "Stations of the Cross" service, walking to places downtown significant in the last days of Martin Luther King, Jr.  (Meet at noon at St. Patricks, near FedEx Forum)
AT 5:30 PM  March 30 there is a remarkable interfaith (Christian) service at Lindenwood Christian Church, based on the "Seven last words", seven last sayings of Jesus, with orchestral and choral pieces in between the brief talks by ministers of different Christian groups. Program at

Saturday March 31. Easter egg hunt, 3rd grade and under, 10-11 AM, Second Presbyterian Church (many others, elsewhere)

March 31. Saturday 6 PM Passover Seder at Temple Israel.  This annual dinner is fascinating to visitors, with a lot of Jewish stories and songs. This year it will also contain a lot of Martin Luther King references.
RSVP by March 23. Charge.
Register at

Sunday  April 1.  6:30 AM (check this) Sunrise service at Memphis Botanic Garden. Also a Sunrise Mass at the Catholic cemetery.

April 2, Campaign NonViolence Memphis.

Well be gathering tomorrow evening,  Monday, April 2nd at Jasons Deli, 3473 Poplar Ave Memphis 6pm.

We'll continue our conversation on conducting our one on one meetings as part of MICAH's "listening campaign", to listen to each other's stories, passions, motivations, and priorities in terms of justice issues in Memphis.

April 3, First Tuesday, Catholic Ministry to Gay and Lesbian Persons (everyone is welcome, the food, fellowship, and speakers are wonderful, you don't have to be gay to come!)  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.

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

There is a very useful listing of April 4 events

Civil Rights Museum events: 
April 2-3, 2018, MLK50: Where Do We Go From Here? Symposium
The first day will be a legal symposium, a joint venture with the University of Memphis, Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law. The second day will be led by thought leaders and scholars.
Monday April 2 & Tuesday April 3, 2018
MLK50:  Where Do We Go From Here? Symposium
The two-day MLK50 Symposium will convene scholars, historians and thought leaders from across the country to present on the state of civil and human rights issues and racial and economic equity 50 years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The Symposium will take place April 2-3, 2018, and will culminate with a commemorative ceremony on April 4, 2018, of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination at the historic Lorraine Motel. Click here to register for the April 2panel discussions and purchase tickets for the Keynote lunch with Eric Holder, and click here to register for the day two symposium. 

April 4, 6:01 PM. Bell Tolling, throughout the US.
Is your church participating? Contact the Civil Rights Museum.

April 4, "I AM 2018" March,
United Education Assn of Shelby County, 9 AM - 2 PM
April 4, 2018, 50th Anniversary Commemoration  MLK 50

Scholars, lawyers, practitioners, celebrities, icons and new movement makers be present for the tribute on the 50th Anniversary Commemoration. 

Wednesday April 4, 2018
New Historic Marker to be Unveiled at Site of Forrest Slave Mart.  The dedication of the marker will occur as part of a “Service of Remembrance and Reconciliation,” to be held at Calvary at 12 p.m. on April 4. 

April 4, 2018, An Evening of Storytelling A night with Civil Rights Icons who worked closely with Dr. King and New Movement Makers who are motivated by his work.

Wednesday April 4, 2018
Tim Wise, author of Dear White America, will be at the #MLK50 event co-hosted by Memphis Leaders for Kids & New Leaders.  This takes place at 6:00pm at the New Olivet Worship Center, 1000 Woodland Hills Drive, Cordova

April 6-8. Clayborn Temple. "Union", a new musical.  $20 and up. "...three preview performances of “Union: A Musical” and a community conversation that brings together community members, activists, artists, influencers, and civic leaders to discuss the ongoing work of democracy in our city and in our nation."     Tickets

April 6-8  Memphis Islamic Center, Family Enrichment Weekend. Stress on Animal Rights.  
We encourage you to join us for this exciting weekend and hope you and your family will enjoy yourselves in the company of other community members while learning about an important contemporary topic. Only the workshop requires registration. All other programs are free. Please see schedule below.
Friday April 6: Bonfire, Community Dinner & Pinewood Derby
Saturday April 7: Workshop with Sh Yasir & Youth Bonfire (register)
Sunday April 8: Sisters' Halaqa
Please watch your inbox for more details insha Allah.  For more information, please call 901-231-9340 or email

Saturday April 7, 2018 All Day
March from St. Mary's Cathedral to City Hall in commemoration of Ministers March from Cathedral to City Hall, April 5, 1968. On April 7 2018 from 11am to 4pm, there will be a full day of celebration venerating the historic gathering and march. At 11am, a Jubilee Block Party with food and fellowship in the Courtyard.  At 1pm, an Inter-Faith Worship service with a wide variety of participants including Rev. Dr. James M. Lawson, Rev. Dr. James Netters, Father Nicholas Vieron, Rust College Choir, St. Mary's Cathedral Choir.  At 2pm, march to City Hall (rally follows at 3pm).  Mayor Strickland is scheduled to meet and welcome us in a different fashion than Mayor Loeb 50 years ago.
   As Rev Dr Lawson has moved to California (active e.g. with migrant farm workers) it is a rare opportunity to see him in Memphis; he was perhaps the most major voice inducing MLK Jr. to come to Memphis.
(St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar)

April 7 (tentative). Saturday, American Association of University Women. Meet & greet, 10:15 AM, speaker 10:35 AM.
 (Meeting open to all) Poplar-White Station Library, 5094 Poplar (in front of the skyscraper)

April 8 , 3 PM  The University of Memphis Chamber Singers at St. John's Episcopal

This Sunday, April 8th at 3:00pm The Chamber Choir from the University of Memphis will be presenting their Spring choral program at Saint John's. Under the direction of Dr. Ryan Fisher, the choir will perform a variety of works including works with organ and oboe.

April 8, 1 PM. Kick It 5K, Shelby Farms Park. Festival, 1 mile walk, 5K race, plenty of other activities.
Enter Gate 10, Mullins Station Road. To benefit Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. https://www.kickit5k..comracesonline

Monday April 9, 2018  Lynching Sites of Memphis Project 
LSP Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm.
This usally has wonderful bits of local history; this meeting may well inlude a discussion of tyhe relationship with local group MICAH.

For 2017 events and earlier, see

For Older events  Click Here