Memphis Inter-Religious Group
page added to June 16, 2018
HISTORY PAGE - some notes on past
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"
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.
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
Parking lot is at the rear, around
8 AM - New
Jan 5, 2918.
Tranquility retreat for Women
(Roman Catholic sponsorship.) suggested donation $210.
(731) 548-2500 debbie.voyles
Sunday, January 7, noon-2 PM.
Unity Church of Practical
meeting of a "Master Mind"
Sunday Jan. 7, 2018
The Memphis "Let People
Vote" group meets at
6:30PM at Shady Grove
TYhis group is meeting the
second and fifth Mondays in
January, instead of the usual
second and fourth)
Jan 7, 6 PM Feast of Lights
service at St Mary's
Episcopal. (Youth program
at 4 PM)
January 8, Memphis Lynching
Sites Project meeting
at First Baptist Church (200
East Parkway North) from 5:00 -
7:00pm. Join us as we
install officers, board, and
staff for 2018.
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
Jan 10, 8
major Jewish comedian,
Thursday Jan. 11,
Panel Discussion at
Crosstown Arts Galleries (1350
Concourse Ave., Suite 280)
from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Tom
Carlson will be one of the
panelists to reflect on the
art exhibit now showing there
on race and violence and
inspired by work on uncovering
lynching stories. The
exhibit was organized by
Professors Earnestine Jenkins
and Richard Lou of the
University of Memphis Art
Department, both of whom have
been important friends of the
January 14, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Rabbi
Micah Greenstein will teach at 10 AM and preach at 11
and Sharing the Light"
January 14, noon-2pm. Unity
Church of Practical Christianity. Cosmic Clock Workshop
January 15, 2018, Martin Luther King,
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
34th International Blues Challenge
January 16, 5:00 pm-January 20, 10:00
January 17, Wednesday, 7:30
PM Memphis Islamic Center, Panel
discussion about a visit to Jerusalem.
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
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
reserve at https://www.memphishabitat.com/toolboxbash
January 19, evening, Masjid
Congregational Business Meeting and dinner.
(starts with brief prayer service about 5:30
January 19, Special Cantorial service
(Hebrew religious music), Chabad. Also a
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. http://mosque55.com/
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
email@example.com 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
for Saraswathi. 10 AM, 6 PM (refreshments
"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
January 22, Launch
of Hillel at Rhodes College. Hors d'oevres at 4:45, program at
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
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 –
MASS GATHERING with guest speaker, 7:30 – 9
The dinner will fill up, register
Register for the
speaking at 7:30: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eesjnuhu00a1ea8c&oseq=&c=&ch=
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
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.
God film. Appointments will be
necessary and can be booked
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
(This seems not to be on their website at http://www.beethovenclubmemphis.org/;
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 gmail.com
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
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.
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
February 10, 5 PM, Concert,
Beethoven Club, 263 S. McLean, Memphis, TN. Adam Bowles,
program at https://mailchi.mp/31120ed8dd73/concertsfive-tomorrow-december-1282641?e=053a4e2a7d
February 10, 8:00 PM, The Halloran Center at the
Orpheum. Jewish comedian Robert Klein, fundraiser
for Temple Israel. $100 Orchestra, $75 Balcony. http://orpheum-memphis.com
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
Feb 11, 1 PM. Jewish Community
Center,. film, Sammy Davis Jr.,
I've Gotta Be Me. 100
$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
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
$7, less for
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.
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.
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. https://www.bsholom.org/events
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
(The ADDRESS PAGE here has links to many other house of worship
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).
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
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. https://midsouthpeace.org/event/youthadult2018/
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
22, 7:30 PM. Jewish Community Center,. film, Big Sonia.
93 Minutes. US, English $7, less for
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
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
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
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.
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
Feb. 26, 2018 Lynching Sites of Memphis
at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 -
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
Weds Feb 28, 11:10 AM, Lindenwood Christian Church 2400 Union
(at East Parkway).
Open to all. Free. Colloquia Credit available. http://www.MemphisSeminary.edu
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
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 http://www.memphis.edu/benhooks/
Friday March 2, 2018 Bryan
Stevenson, from the Equal Justice Initiative will be
speaking at Hope Church (8500 Walnut Grove Rd) from 7:30 -
"... 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 agapemeanslove.org. "
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)
Sponsored by TENNESSEE NURSES ASSOCIATION DISTRICT 1 AND
THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MEMPHIS/SHELBY COUNTY
FREE and Open to the Public
1:30 p.m. Introduction of Candidates Emcee: Greg Hurst, WREG-TV
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
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"
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 http://midsouthpeace.org 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
Flier at http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Moral-Mondays-in-Memphis--March-12-at-Temple-Israel.html?soid=1110009660710&aid=w4C7NM_lUxs
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ef2v14301feac9af&oseq=&c=&ch=
Tuesday March 13m 7 - 8:30 PM MICAH monthly meeting
at Idlewild Presbyterian Church
ORGANIZATIONAL UPDATE PLUS A SPOTLIGHT ON VOTERS'
RIGHTS. 1750 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38104
Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope. https://www.micahmemphis.org/
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
(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
March 17. How can one miss St. Patrick's Day at
St. Patrick Catholic Church?,
477 South 4th St, http://stpatsmemphis.org
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
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
March 19. Monday Holy Communion
Episcopal, Come Hear Father Greg Boyle;
His Work with Gangs is Among Most Ambitious on the
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
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 http://www.calvarymemphis.org/lentenpreaching
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
Dan Matthews, Feb 15&16; Barbara
Lindblad evening Feb 21, noon Feb 22&23.
March 7 - poets evening. (Change, Buddy Stallings has an illness
in the family)
Micah Greenstein, March 8&9.
Becca Stevens, March 15&16, evening
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
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
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
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
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) http://www.jhsmem.org
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
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
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 http://www.lindenwoodcc.com/our-ministries/worship-and-music/good-friday-service
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 https://wrjtempleisraelsisterhood.wildapricot.org/event-2807327
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
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
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
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
Where Do We Go From Here? Symposium
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
April 4, 2018
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
April 4, 2018
Wise, author of Dear
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
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." https://www.claybornreborn.org/union/
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.
April 6: Bonfire,
Community Dinner & Pinewood Derby
- 6-8 pm Pinewood
race car derby for children 7 - 12
organized by the Muslim Boy Scout. There will be prizes for
design and speed. Car design session and practice date TODAY
Saturday March 31st at 6pm
- 7:30 - 8:30 pm Dinner
& Bonfire with short lecture
by Sh Yasir Qadhi (Bonfire Cancelled due to
with Sh Yasir & Youth Bonfire (register)
- 10:30 am-2 pm: Animal
Rights in Islam with Sh Yasir Qadhi
- 7:30 - 8:30 pm Youth
Bonfire with Br Safi Khan
April 8: Sisters'
- 3-5 pm:
Sisters' Halaqa with Sh Yasir Qadhi
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
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
(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
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 -
This usally has wonderful bits of local history; this
meeting may well inlude a discussion of tyhe relationship
with local group MICAH.
April 10, Second Tuesday. 7 PM Monthly
meeting of MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action
Structurally, this is a grouping of representatives of
about 50 local religious-and-other organizations seeking common
projects to work on - they are presently surveying members to help
choose projects, the choice to be made about June 24. (1) Is your
organization involved? (2) Everyone is welcome at meetings,
even if not in a member organization. (Voting is by
organization representatives.) Location varies, and is
announced at https://www.facebook.com/MICAH901/
April's monthly meeting will be at
Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies' (MCUTS) new location inside the Union Avenue
April 11 Wednesday Speak901 Gala from 5:30pm to
7:30pm at the Benjamin J. Hooks Library. Have
you ever wondered about other people's experiences and how those
experiences shape who they are? Join us in a community
conversation where different Memphians share their stories.
Light refreshments will be provided.
April 12. 7 PM Vanderhaar Symposium. (One of the
major Memphis Interfaith events)
Stephanie Teatro, Tennessee
Immigrant and Human Rights Coalition, speaking on
"Who Gets to be an American? University Theater, Christian
(easiest place to drive in is from Central Avenue opposite
Mid-South Fair Grounds; the theater is
near the corner of Central and East Parkway). http://www.gvanderhaar.org
6:00 PM Memphis Jewish Community Center.
Yom HaShoah (Commemoration of the Holocaust)
Speaker at 6:30 PM: Roger Brooks, President of Facing History, speaking about the Lodz Ghetto and the Holocaust.
April 14. Fundraising dinner for Pleasant View School (The
Muslim Day School)
April 14, 2-9 PM. American Cancer Society, Relay for Life.
Sunday April 15, 2018
Reading of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham
Jail" by Dr. Ernest L. Gibson III, Assistant
Professor of English, Rhodes College at 4:00pm in the Idlewild
Presbyterian Church Sanctuary.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Beethoven
Club, 263 S. McLean, Memphis, TN
Free admission – Reception to follow. Program at https://mailchi.mp/21c3ee120836/concertsfive-tomorrow-december-1305757?e=053a4e2a7d
April 17, Third 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.
April 18-22. Africa in April. Festival, Robert R. Church Park
at Fourth and Beale.
April 20 Friday 6 PM Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
Sri Adi Shankaracharya's birthday is
celebrated as Shankara Jayanthi. Sri Adi Shankaracharya is
considered an incarnation of Lord Shiva and the greatest Guru (Jagad
Guru). He purified Vedic knowledge by teaching discernment and
instituted the worship of deities as worshiping different forms of
the one God.
(As many of you know, I love carrying stories from one house of
worship to another. Shankara stories are among my favorites. with
ICCT also has a new Yoga class, Saturdays 11 AM
-12. $5 per class, starting May 5. info firstname.lastname@example.org
April 20, 7-10 PM, Memphis Islamic Center. $20. A
special program on the legends of Abu-Bakr, by visiting scholar
Mufti Husain Kamani.
Abu-Bakr was the first Muslim Calif, that is, the
first leader after the death of Muhammad.
April 21, Calvary Episcopal Church parking lot downtown. All
day (5 am - 5 pm). Teams warming up for the Barbecue
championship. Free to come visit, $10 adults/$5 kids to sample.
No charge for teams to participate. Educational talks
about barbecue. Proceeds support the community breakfast for the
April 22 2 PM Sunday Jewish Historical Society at the
Jewish Community Center.
Panel discussion: Elvis and the
Jewish Connection. Several local Jews with Elvis
connections - e.g. Lansky the clothier, a band player,
memorabilia dealer, etc. free, open top everyone.
April 23, Monday 7 PM. Boy Choristers
from St. Paul's Cathedral, London, at Calvary Episcopal. Free
doors open 6:30./ Calvary is one of eight
stops on their US tour, designed to celebrate the 60th
anniversary of the American Memorial Chapel in St. Paul’s—a
tribute to US servicemen who gave their lives in World War II.
27, 7:00 PM.
Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet”- A sweeping
history of the environmental movement. This documentary, Part
II will be shown in the Chapel of The St. Patrick office complex
at 7pm on
April 27. At 6:30there
will be refreshments available while participants gather for the
conclusion of the film shown a week ago.
Saturday April 28, 2018, 7:30 PM
79th Anniversary of the lynching of Jesse Lee Bond
Candlelight prayer service to commemorate
the 79th anniversary of the lynching death of Jesse Lee Bond in
the town square, Depot Square, 12020 Walker St., Arlington at
Driving Directions: From
I-40, take the Arlington, Airline Rd exit and drive
northward on Airline for until it ends into US Highway 70
(about 5-6 miles). Turn right on Hwy 70 and go about
one-half mile to the next light which is Chester St. Turn
right on Chester and drive a long block around a curve and
over the railroad tracks and the Square will be on your
right. The exact address is 12020 Walker, Arlington.
April 28. 10 AM Conference on
Immigration, at the Stephen Olford Center,
4000 Riverdale Road. Organized by the group Presbyterian
Women. Conference itself is free but if you want there is
a lunch for $20. For
details or to reserve lunch call Balmoral Presbyterian Church
April 28, Prayers at Indian Cultural Center and Temple, 10:30 AM
and 6 PM
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Jayanthi
April 28. Emmanuel Center Carnival. 12- 2 PM, A carnival
for neighborhood kids byu onme of Memphis's best charities
for poor inner-0city education. Donations wanted of
children's books and art supplies.
604 St. Paul Avenue, http://www.emmanuelcentermemphis.org/
April 29. The Pema Karpo Meditation Center has a studygroup, "The
Way of the Bodhisattva" meeting Sundays at 12:30PM (after their
regular Sunday morning service) until 1:30 or 2 pm.
April 29, Sunday 11 - 1:30 pm. Memphis Islamic
Center. Town hall meeting and report of building progress.
Anyone welcome to come visit. Have you ever wondered about the
process of building the Muslim equivalent of a "megachurch"?
April 29, noon-4 PM. Joint Spring Festival. Heartsong
Church, Memphis Islamic Center, Memphis Friendship Foundation.
10225 Humphreys Rd, Cordova (just north of the eastend of Walnut
Grove, a very pretty drive.) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Fun for kids,
games, food to purchase, barbecue, etc.
April 29. 5 PM Mary and Martha, The Musical. Balmoral
Presbyterian Church. Potluck supper follows at 6 PM. (meat and
drinks will be provided.) An original piece, readers theater
style, done by the choir. Written by Fran Addicott.
May 1. Primary election for local offices.
May 1, 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. This week's speaker
will be an early
founder of this group and a discussion of the history of
this very unusual organization.
The calendar for Memphis in May is now
online, at http://www.memphisinmay.org/
May 2, Noon, Temple Israel. Lunch and Learn. Great
Jewish Renegades. Bring lunch, drinks provided; free.
May 2, 7:30 PM. "Ramadan Revival", Memphis Islamic
Center. Learn all about the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
May 3, 2016. "Lag B'Omer" is a minor Jewish holiday, having to do with a pause in a plague many centuries
ago, often celebrated with picnics. Chabad (the orthodox but
very open to visitors Jewish group on south Kirby, 2570 Kirby)
is having a barbecue dinner, beer, kid games, etc., at 5:30
PM. $12 adults, $10 for age 11 and under. info
May 4-6, Beale St. Music Festival
May 4 - 6 to 9 PM Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser for Church Health
Center. $65, at the Concourse.
In this interactive cooking class, Chef Joshua House and his
team from L'Ecole Culinaire will guide you through new, delicious
dishes in our beautiful teaching kitchen at Crosstown Concourse.
Come with an appetite and your favorite wine or beer! Menu
Holy Moly Guacamole with Tortillas
Elotes: Grilled Corn with Cotija
Shrimp Tostadas with Black Beans and Anaheim Salsa Fresca
Starting May 5, INDIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL at the Indian Cultural
Center and Temple. Tickets to individual events are
typically $25 or $35 and up.
Poster at https://icctmemphis.org/events/2018-05/
(click on May 5)
May 5, 5:30 May 11 6:30, May 13
3:30 June 23 3 PM,
May 5, 5:30 PM Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Concert of
Vocal Music (Carnatic Music)
May 4 - 6 John
Pavlovitz (well known blogger, "Stuff that needs to be said")
in Memphis for workshops with several organizations. Church
and advocacy group leaders interested in a workshop May 4 at 6
PM call Julianne by April 27 at 753-5042 or email
office(At)unitymemphis.org Public events, highly
May 5, 1 PM. Avoiding Compassion
Burnout, A conversation
with John Pavlovitz.
At Lindenwood Christian Church (2400 Union, at
East Parkway), sponsors include Memphis Theological Seminary and
Unity Church of Practical Christianity. Followed at
PM: Building a Bigger Table with John Pavlovitz. (same
place and sponsors.)
May 5 (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)
May 6, 4 PM. Rutter's Requiem, at St. Mary's Episcopal
St. Mary's Cathedral choir and
members of Bartlett United Methodist Church choir will present
the REQUIEM in its entirety on Sunday, May 6 at 4pm. Bill Skoog will conduct the
choirs along with an orchestral ensemble and organ
Two good exhibits
at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, May 1-31.
"I am your protector" This powerful storytelling and
photography exhibit will be displayed to share diverse stories
of people who have been a “protector” of someone who is
different than them.
Free" Barrier Free is a socially-engaged art
installation created by Memphis-based artist Yancy
Villa-Calvo about the impact of barriers. This large
installation includes three main elements: a physical
barrier with portraits of families and individuals, free
standing life-size mirror and cut-out silhouettes of
families surrounding the wall, and an actual fence in
which people can express a wish, a frustration, a
solution, a thought or a prayer.
May 6. 7 PM. Beth Sholom Synagogue Concert and dessert, Steve
Katz and Graham Warr. "From Beethoven to Bacharach".
$10. . reservations 601-683-3591 or
May 7, 7:30 PM, Belvedere Concert Preview, Beethoven
Club, 263 S. McLean. Free
May 8, Second Tuesday, meeting of MICAH (Memphis
Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Action.)
Structurally, this is a grouping of
representatives of about 50 local religious-and-other
organizations seeking common projects to work on - they are
presently surveying members to help choose projects, the
choice to be made about June 24. (1) Is your organization
involved? (2) Everyone is welcome at meetings, even if
not in a member organization. (Voting is by organization
representatives.) Location varies, and is announced
May 10, 10 AM. Temple Israel. Prime
Timers coffee and conversation. Special guest Liz
Marlow will discuss: Chaim Rumkowski, Chief Elder of the
Łódź, Poland Ghetto, 1940-1944.
May 10. Major Memphis In May event at the
Orpheum. For many other events see http://www.memphisinmay.org/
May 10, May 12, start of summer events
program in Germantown. See https://www.germantown-tn.gov/home/showdocument?id=2378
May 11. Concert, Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
Flute and Vocal. Tickets https://icctmemphis.org/e-services/payment-links/pay-now/?id=188
May 12, Saturday. Workshop, Masjid Ar-Rahman.
Gain the Healing Benefits of Fasting. Free.
2-3 PM (presented by a registered dietician.)
May 13. Concert, Indian Cultural Center
and Temple. Carnatic music. Tickets https://icctmemphis.org/e-services/payment-links/pay-now/?id=188
May 13, Sunday, 10 AM
Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Special
prayers to Shiva. Shiva Sahasra Kalasa Abhishekam
is an exceptionally (visually)
colorful ceremony well worth seeing. Visitors
welcome, dress conservatively. Directions on the
address page. Click Addresses
14 - Temple Israel Brotherhood golf tournament (fund
raiser). details email@example.com.
May 14, Lynching Sites of Memphis Project (2nd and 4th
Mondays) 5:00pm - 7:00pm at First Baptist Church (East
Parkway) All are welcome! There are some excellent
essays online at
and a New York Times piece at
May 15, third 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. Msgr Kirk will be discussing
the consequences of Pax Christi joining MICAH.
May 15 - Check the Concerts List Page! Click on
May 16. Memphis Islamic Center. 9 PM Ramadan starts in a few days, with a lot
of additional programs at the mosques for the next
month. For anyone who would like to look in for a
Join us Wednesday evening
for a study of Surah Yusuf hosted
by Br. Safi Khan, where students will extract
lessons from its meaning, commentary, and context.
We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday at 9 pm for
our first session inshaAllah.
May 16-24 Indian Cultural Center and
Temple. 6 - 8 PM. Discourses by Sri Swami Abhishek
Chaitanya Giri Maharaj
(Lectures on Vedanta) Free,
all are welcome.
May 18, Jewish Holiday of Shavuot, also known as
Pentecost. "The feast of
weeks", seven weeks of seven days after Passover - hence
50 days, hence identical in origin with the Christian
holiday of Pentecost, 50 days after Easter, when the
disciples returnedt o Jerusalem for Shavuot.
Temple Israel will have a noted
singer, Dan Nichols, leading services Friday at 8:15 PM
and Saturday 5-7 PM. Other synagogues will have other
events -Of course Chabad will have its traditional
spectacular party. And of courses some churches
have special Pentecost events.
May 20, 10 AM. Shavuot Service at Chabad. Ceremonial
reading of the ten commandments (in Hebrew) followed at
11 AM by an Ice Cream Party and lunch with Blintzes,
Cheesecake, etc. (Dairy dishes are
traditional for Jewish Pentecost celebrations. Y'all
Foreign Languges wanted - St Mary's Episcopal
Pentecost Voices Needed
May 20, 8 & 11 am
If you speak another language we would like
to have you be part of a group of voices to read the Acts passage
for Pentecost Sunday on May 20
. Both services
need readers! If you can contribute, email firstname.lastname@example.org
May 20, 4 PM Texas Boy Choir at St. Mary's
May 20, 4 PM "Peace Like a River". A massive
Presbyterian Choir will perform at Rhodes College/Bryan
Followed by a reception and then
a massive FOOD PACKING planning to
pack 10,000 meals (I'm not sure, but suspect this is similar
to the annual programs at the Muslim Pleasant View
School.) It would help a great deal if they have an
estimate of how many will come - leave a message at a
participating Presbyterian Church, e.g. Balmoral P.C.-USA
Sunday, May 20, 2018 5:00pm - Brief
prayer service at the Ell Persons site near Summer Ave and Wolf
River, for the 101st anniversary of his lynching. (I
believe people park at the Crossroads Center, Summer and I-40
interchange, and walk or carpool from there.)
May 21, Third Monday, Pax
Christi, the Roman Catholic Peace Group (all are welcome). At
the Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grave at Prescott. Pot luck
supper 6:30, speaker 1t 7.
May 22, MIFA (Metropolitan Interfaith Association) Join us for MIFA’s Founders
Day celebration on May 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
at Church of the Holy Communion’s Cheney Hall located at 4645
Walnut Grove Road. THIS IS A MAJOR INTERFAITH
EVENT AND WELL WORTH THE COST,
or (901) 529-4569.
The event, entitled MIFA at 50: Celebrating God’s Tapestry, will
pay tribute to MIFA’s interfaith legacy. The keynote speaker will
be The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher. In addition, we’ll
recognize outstanding donors and volunteers. The City of Memphis,
Memphis Islamic Center, St. Peter Catholic Church, Temple Israel,
and Church of the Holy Communion are sponsors of the
event. More details http://Memphisirg.org/MIFA50.pdf
May 26. Memphis Islamic Center Fundraiser - Woodland Hills
May 28, 2nd and
4th Mondays, Lynching Sites Project
LSP Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway
North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm.
June 1 The Art of Dinner Cooking Class: Spanish
Tapas $65, to support Church Health Center
Friday, June 1, 2018 | 6-9 p.m. Church
Health Nutrition Hub 1350 Concourse
Ave. | Memphis, TN | 38104
June 2, Saturday. 11:30 Am. Annual luncheon of the
League of Women Voters. Open to the public, $25
luncheon. These people have excellent speakers and often local
politicians pay attention to them. Well worth going to meet
them. RSVP to email@example.com. Luncheon will
be at Seasons52
June 2. Saturday Feast of St. Columba. (Fundraiser, camp and
retreat center "in the woods")The Feast of St.
Save the date! The
annual Feast of St. Columba will be June 2 at 6PM.
are $75 each, purchase at https://www.saintcolumbamemphis.org
Don't miss this evening of fellowship, fun and food!
June 3. St John's Episcopal Church has announced as a
sermon title "Are Muslims Saved?". I do hope a few of
my Muslim friends will turn up to hear what is said or talk with
3245 Central. The main service is at 10:45 AM.
For anyone interested, there will be a 9 AM presentation by the
Memphis police, "Active Threat Training."
June 3, Sunday, 4PM BealeCanto concert at St. Mary's Episcopal
June 3, 5 PM Evensong and supper (low country boil, charge) at
Calvary Episcopal Church.
JUNE 3. ANNUAL RAMADAN IFTAR DINNER. One of the main
interfaith events of the year, always full so register
early! Free but you must reserve by the deadline.
pleasure we announce the scheduling of our 12th Annual
Ramadan Memphis Interfaith Dinner. We would be honored if you
and your guests could join us for this event on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at 6
Please be sure to RSVP by Sunday,
May 19th, 2018.
You may register in one of the
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leave a voicemail with your name and contact information.
June 5, first Tuesday, 6:30 PM. Catholic
Ministry to Gay and Lesbian Persons (but they have great
speakers, on many issues, and everyone is 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
June 5, 12, 19. Temple Israel Movie Nights, 7 PM. Free. RSVP
(Also - kids movies for various ages on June 5, see list at
Tuesday, June 5: Wendy’s Shabbat and Lives
Tuesday, June 12: Keep The
Tuesday, June 19: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
June 6, Wednesday. Lunch and Learn, Temple
Israel. (Bring your lunch, drinks provided). Rabbi
Feival Strauss will speak about Bob Dylan.
June 5-7, Facing History Seminar, Holocaust and Human
Behavior. Intended for teachers, $400.
June 7, 8:00 PM Youth
Interfaith Iftar ("Breaking Bread" after the day-long
Muslim Fast), Memphis Islamic Center. The "regular" guests at
this are the youth of Farmington
Presbyterian Church. Others are
June 7, Facing History, start of online course, new way
to teach with "To Kill a Mockingbird".
June 9, Fundraiser ($100, $125 at the door) Civil Rights Museum.
"A night at the Lorraine."
7 PM. Dancing, entertainment, etc. https://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/
June 9, Friday, 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, Indian Cultural Center
and Temple. Special prayers to to Lord Sri
Venkateswara. The picture in the e-mail is an unusual
picture of the interior of the main temple building here in
Memphis, suggesting how colorful this ceremony will
be. Look at the picture online at https://icctmemphis.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Shiva_Sahasra_Kalasa.jpg
June 9 deadline to get tickets to go to a June 10 REDBIRDS game
with Memphis Theological Seminary.
Monday June 11, 2018 2nd and 4th Mondays. Lynching Sites of
LSP Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway
North) from 5:00 - 7:00pm.
June 11. Join the Memphis Boychoir & Girlchoir in a
joint performance with the Mobile Singing Children. If you are
interested in joining the Memphis Boychoir & Girlchoir,
contact Brian Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays after school.
June 12. Opening of new exhibit at the Temple Israel Museum.
" Holocaust Survivors: A Pictorial Project"
Opening reception 4:30 - 6 PM Friday June 15.
June 12. Second Tuesday. Monthly meeting of MICAH, check
their Facebook page for details (Memphis Interfaith Coalition
for Action and Hope.)
June 12, 19. Temple Israel
Movie Nights, 7 PM. Free. RSVP appreciated at
Tuesday, June 5: Wendy’s
Shabbat and Lives
Tuesday, June 12: Keep
Tuesday, June 19: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr
June 14 (possible) June 15
(probable). Eid El-Fitr, major Muslim holiday. Events at
Agricenter International. Prayers at 9:00 am. Parking (all
day, in-and-out) $10, arrive early as parking will be a slow
process due to the large crowd at 9 am. If you just want to join
the festivities later (e.g. non-Muslim visitors are welcome),
come later. Food, free kids bounce toys,
child-oriented ($5 admission) at 12:30, 3 PM, 5 PM.
June 15, 8:30 AM - Noon, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Feast
of Evelyn Underhill, poet, novelist, pacifist, mystic,
She was the English language's most widely read writer on
prayer, contemplation, spirituality, worship, and mysticism in
the first half of the 20th century. This morning of June
15 will have two meditations (8:30 & 10 am) and teachings of
her writings with quiet time of reflection, Holy Eucharist at
11:15 am and light lunch following. $8 (or do volunteer work).
June 15, 5 PM, Calvary Episcopal. Special choral
evensong to see the choirs off to a trip to Bristol,
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