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Memphis Inter-Religious Group

http://MemphisIRG.org


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page added to  Sept 15,  2017

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.)

2017

Sept 6, 6:30 PM, Campaign Non-Violence planning meeting. See Sept 16-26 below. 
at the Center for Transforming Communities, 258 N. Merton, 38112,

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

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

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

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

September 9  Free Legal Aid Clinic, 10 AM - Noon, Benjamin Hooks Library.  See the flier at http://memphisirg.org/2SLegalAid.pdf  also March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept 9, October 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

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

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

Sept 10, 1-6 PM  Central Gardens Home Tour (fee for tickets)  http://www.centralgardens.org/hometour

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

Sept 10. Dinner for Special Needs Adults

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

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

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

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

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

Sept 15 7 PM Calvary Episcopal Church - Dinner and a night of Jazz, $10 suggested donation.
http://www.calvarymemphis.org/assets/1981/2017_music_web.pdf

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

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

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

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

Sept 1.  6-8 PM Memphis celebrates "901" at Autozone Park - "Exposure", Free, a city celebration.
Many local groups and charities will have exhibits.
http://www.exposurememphis.com/details?bblinkid=57649093&bbemailid=4692071&bbejrid=355764330

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

August 10.  Two New York area Presbyterian Churches visit Memphis in the course of a Civil Rights tour.
Balmoral Presbyterian is seeking volunteers to help with giving them tours of the Civil Rights Museum 9am - noon,
Afternoon at Rock and Soul and Beale Street, evening potluck at Balmoral. See the Balmoral newsletter at
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102752268720&ca=98d9c44b-85c7-415b-9c69-6d4ec3da3077
Potluck Supper for Welcome at Balmoral - 6:30 PM. Fried Chicken and Banana Pudding provided, bring a dish to share.

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

August 12  Free Legal Aid Clinic, 10 AM - Noon, Benjamin Hooks Library.  See the flier at http://memphisirg.org/2SLegalAid.pdf
also March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept 9, October 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

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

August 13, Memphis Islamic Center 

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

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

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

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

August 18, Sabbath Dinner at Chabad, (traditional Jewish) $20  ($40 two adults and any children under 12). Reserve by Aug 16.
https://jewishmemphiscom.clhosting.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/3570846/lang/en   or call 754-0404

August 18-19. MLK 50- Where do we go from here? Events at the Civil Rights Museum and Minglewood Hall.
August 18-19, 2017, Drop the Mic Symposium and Poetry Slam
August 18 - 3 PM at Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St
August 10 - 5 PM, MInglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave.
free, open to the public.
The annual Poetry Slam on August 19 features poets performing works based on the selected theme "Where Do We Go from Here?" before a judging panel. The daylong Symposium on August 18 features workshops and plenary sessions designed to enhance creativity and expression and is open to noncompeting poets.
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1110009660710&ca=231b2026-e768-4ae8-ae2e-f52f041c237f


August 19. Opening Celebration, Crosstown Concourse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press release and more details at http://Memphisirg.org/8_23_2017

August 6 - 27: Barrier Free: A Socially Engaged Art Installation, at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
https://www.latinomemphis.org/barrierfree
 


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

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

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

August 25. Last day to register for ---

FAITH CLUB LUNCH ‘N LEARN

Tuesday, August 29, Noon - 2:00 pm

Temple Israel Crosstown

1350 Concourse Avenue


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


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

August 26  Pranic Healing Meditation ($20) Unity Church of Practical Christianity.
http://www.unitychurchofpracticalchristianity.org/whats-happening/singing-bowls-meditations

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

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

August 27, 10 AM. Calvary Episcopal formally installs Rev J Scott Walters as Recotor during the 10 AM Service.
His message is in their current newsletter, at http://calvarymemphis.org/assets/1981/chronicle_aug_sep_17_web.pdf

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

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

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

August 29. The start of Fall courses available to the public  at Rhodes College (Meeman Life-Long Learning Center). fees apply/
Information (and  list of courses) https://fs22.formsite.com/webmanagerrhodesedu/form54/index.html
One example, 6 weeks, $180: THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF AMERICA: RACE & VIOLENCE IN THE UNITED STATES

August 30 Bratfest at Calvary Episcopal. 5:30-7:30 PM.
$7 for adults.
http://calvarymemphis.org/assets/1981/chronicle_aug_sep_17_web.pdf  (at the end)

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

August 30, Jewish Community Center Gala at GPAC  - Joshua Nelson, Prince of Kosher Gospel.  6:45 reception, 7:30 program. ($180 charge for tickets, I think). Tickets at http://www.jccmemphis.org/the-arts/mjcc-annual-gala/




May 26. RAMADAN, the lunar month in which devout Muslims do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset, will be approximately sunset May26 to sunset June 24  (depending on actual observation of the moon).  There is an excellent essay on Ramadan  in the British press, at  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/when-ramadan-2017-start-uk-10261128
There are a great many dinners, special services, etc - e.g. Masjid As-0Salaam has daily suppers at about 8:05 PM and special services nightly 10-11:15 PM.

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


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

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

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1110009660710&ca=dfd87668-a176-4c49-9c2f-5e860dee12ad

June 10 Fr
ee Legal Aid Clinic, 10 AM - Noon, Benjamin Hooks Library.  See the flier at http://memphisirg.org/2SLegalAid.pdf
also March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept 9, October 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

June 10. Memphis Islamic Center,Fundraising Dinner,     7:30 -10 PM, $20 adultm $10 age 6-10, under 6 free
RSVP http://tinyurl.com/mz6pfpg 
at Esplanade,  901 Cordova Station Ave, Cordova, TN 38018

June 10, 9:30 PM- 4:30 PM. Workshop at Unity Church of Practical Christianity. $45. "Awakening to Past Lives, Future Lives..." See the link at
http://www.unitychurchofpracticalchristianity.org/whats-happening/are-workshop-coming-to-ucpc

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

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

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


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

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

June 13. Christian Pop music, "The K-Love Fan Awards "Ignite Hope", Paradiso Theatre, 7 PM. Commercial.
https://www.fathomevents.com/events/the-k-love-fan-awards

June 15.  Major meeting of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center at First Congregational Church. Hour??  https://midsouthpeace.org/civicrm?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/mailing/view&reset=1&id=230

June 16. Masjid Ar-Rahman is fundraising for a major new building - gymnasium, 14 classrooms day care, etc. Fundraising sessions on Friday June 15 after the main weekly prayers with sermon which is at 1 PM, also after the 10 PM prayers (mosques tend to a big turnout for after-dark prayers during Ramadan, when eating and drinking are not allowed during daylight hours.  Information on the project is at
http://files.ctctcdn.com/98c2aa0a001/6de2ac0b-b072-4ceb-ba3f-438739151ee5.pdf

June 16 PM. Lecture at the National Civil Rights Museum. The Lynching:The Epic courtroom battle that brought down the Klan.
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1110009660710&ca=231b2026-e768-4ae8-ae2e-f52f041c237f

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

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

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

June 17, 3 PM. Beethoven Club. Maeve and Linnea Brophy CD Recital
. Violin and Piano - Beethoven Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev.
263 South McLean   http://mailchi.mp/d3a74e938805/maeve-and-linnea-brophy-cd-recital-june-17-300-pm?e=053a4e2a7d

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

June 18 - Canon Laura Getty goes on sabbatical from St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral starting on July 16. There is a very interesting brochure about this at  http://files.constantcontact.com/5f045909001/2bb66b27-45b9-4df3-b141-2fc109338a46.pdf
Bishop Johnson preaches at both services here this morning (June 18)

June 21 (hour? Sunset?) Summer Sostice / Longest Day celebration at Unity Church of Practical Christianity. Bring chair, water, drums, insect repellent...
http://www.unitychurchofpracticalchristianity.org/whats-happening/2017-summer-solstice-celebration

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

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

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

June 24, NAACP Luncheon.
“Reflecting on the Past, Remaining Focused on the Future: 100 Years of Civil Rights and Human Rights Advocacy.” It’s set for 11:30 a.m. at the Memphis Hilton on June 24.  Tickets for the luncheon start at $100 and can be purchased at: http://bit.ly/2rh5vMe.

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

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

June 25 Bonfire and cookout - organized by Temple Israel Sisterhood and Brotherhood, open to nonmembers ($8 for members, $12 for nonmembers), RSVP by June 20.  http://mailchi.mp/7b821c0aefb6/6bcjbjdw69-1026953?e=6063e74ef8

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

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

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

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

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


July 8
Free Legal Aid Clinic, 10 AM - Noon, Benjamin Hooks Library.  See the flier at http://memphisirg.org/2SLegalAid.pdf
also March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept 9, October 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

July 9 - signup deadline for a whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock=climbing trip being organized by Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal) for August 2 to 5. Ages 12 and up, $200.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpRGsFDBtVqNf_khlVoagtsm0uf4WatXFvzG--D5TjHHBx8g/viewform?c=0&w=1

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

July 12. 6 PM. Bingo and Ice Cream at Calvary Episcopal Church.  $5 for ice cream and first bingo card. Welcome the new Rector, Scott Walker.
RSVP requested by July 10. 
http://mailchi.mp/calvarymemphis/preventing-gun-violence-40s-potluck-emmanuel-center-carnival-and-more-at-calvary-episcopal-church-180693?e=2f75c3ec8d



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

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

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


July 20. Italian-Style Deli for MIFA.
This restaurant will give 15% of its revenues for the day to MIFA.
Menus etc at http://finosmemphis.com/locations/?bblinkid=53884141&bbemailid=4450816&bbejrid=330049807
Who: Fino’s from the Hill and Fino’s East
What: Fino’s helps support MIFA
Where: 1853 Madison Avenue and 703 West Brookhaven Circle
When:  July
20


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

July 21-22. Conference: Empowering Women in the Church, Memphis Theological Seminary.
The title is "Calling in the Key of She". Free conference on how to develop  and maintain female-friendly congregations.
 http://mailchi.mp/memphisseminary/mts-empowerment-seminar-on-july-21-22?e=bfef1dc45f


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

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


July 24. Registration opens for Fall workshops at MidSouth Peace and Justice.
https://midsouthpeace.org/civicrm/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/mailing/view&reset=1&id=250
(These training programs are also available to religious groups, civic groups, etc.)

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


July 27 (last Thursday) 6-7 PM Monthly meeting of PERL (People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws)
At MidSouth Peace and Justice, 3573 Southern Avenue.
Meeting announcement at
https://midsouthpeace.org/civicrm/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/mailing/view&reset=1&id=250
Organization website is
http://enforcerapelaws.org/
Which also has important info such as the phone number for the YWCA Domestic Violence Hotline
(Eunice Ordman was a long-time volunteer at the YWCA shelter for abused women.)

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

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

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

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

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

August 2, Wednesday, noon. Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Feival Strauss, Temple Israel. Bring your own lunch. 
"The Greatest Jewish Thinkers of All Time "  RSVP appreciated.  https://timemphis.wufoo.com/forms/w6hdm8t0b5df85/


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

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

August 5. Memphis Bus Riders Union is hosting a block party to celebrate the return of bus service on the North side of the former 31 Crosstown. On August 5th, we'll be at the New Chicago CDC (1036 Firestone Ave) from 12 to 3 PM! Join us for food, music, and community as we celebrate new bus service from CHS to Manassas, improving our access to grocery stores, health care, jobs, family and education! Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/115293805761520/
Route map and list of significant stops at
https://midsouthpeace.org/civicrm/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/mailing/view&reset=1&id=250


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

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

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


Spring 2017:

The Rhodes College lecture schedule (Communities in Conversation) is at
https://www.rhodes.edu/content/spring-2017-schedule       (and events have been entered below)


The Marcus Orr Center calendar of events for Spring 2017 is now online at
http://us12.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ec054b567c0e8efaf5f01f0b3&id=edf7daab60&e=0c93d4a2c4
They have also posted a new page, which they hope to update frequently, "Humanities events on Campus".
http://www.memphis.edu/moch/events/hum_on_campus.php

The schedule for the Lenten Lecture Series is now on line at http://www.calvarymemphis.org/lentenpreaching

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


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

May 31-June 4. Special Prayers at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
Dwiteeya Jeernoddharana Maha Pratista
Schedule at  http://icctmemphis.org/icct/home/Jeernodharana2017  (scroll way down)
A few highlights:  Indian lunch and dinner each day.
June 2 - prayers 9-12, 5-7 PM, Indian dance  performance by local students 6-8 PM
June 3 - vocal music, 6-8 PM    (see link for more lists of prayer times)
June 4  Music 2-5 PM

June 2017: Major renovations to the Hindu Temple at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
This continues to grow - if you have not visited in a year or so, do go by just to see the fascinating buildings and gardens!  Some interesting information is at http://memphisirg.org/Jeernoddharana2017_1.jpg

June 2, 7 PM, Unity Church of Practical Christianity, Concert of Music, Message, and Mirth
http://www.unitychurchofpracticalchristianity.org/whats-happening/an-evening-of-music-message-and-mirth

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


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

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

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

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

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

June 4, 2017   Interfaith "Iftar" Ramadan Dinner. One of the major interfaith events of the year.
(Full, no spaces left)
 
https://www.facebook.com/events/175239636276778/

June 4. St John's Episcopal Church, Movie Series, "Chronicles of Narnia" starts with "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe".
5 PM dinner $10 for one, $20 for family, Central BBQ, followed by movie.

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

June 5,
First Tuesday evening:  Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbians, Pot Luck supper, all welcome. 6;30 PM. Speaker follows. Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at  Immaculate Conception Cathedral.  1695 Central Ave.    Parking lot is at the rear, around the block.

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

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


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

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

May 2,  5:30 PM Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration, Memphis Jewish Community Center (Israeli Independence Day) More info
at http://www.jccmemphis.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=Israel%20Week&category=Jewish%20Living )


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

May 3 Supper at St. John's Episcopal.  5:30mix & mingle, dinnerat 6, speaker 6:30,done at7:30. $10 adult, $5 child. Register at
https://stjohnsmemphis.logosconnect.com/church/reg

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

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


May 4, Thursday, 7 PM. Music From the Stax Academy, Calvary Episcopal Church.
 http://www.calvarymemphis.org/assets/1981/2016_music_web.pdf

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

May 5 - traditional Jewish Sabbath Dinner at Chabad.
They do this periodically, and very well. Lots of Hebrew. $20 adult, $40 family.
details and register at  https://jewishmemphiscom.clhosting.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/3570846/lang/en

May 5-7 
The Beale Street Music Festival    has  a web page up at https://www.instagram.com/bealestreetmusicfest/

May 6  3 PM Concert- Fundraiser, $10. New Generation Ministries Empowerment Center.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/empowered-by-grace-divine-tickets-33958794669


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

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

May 7, 6 PM, Symphony in the Gardens - Memphis Symphony at the Dixon, one of my favorite Memphis events.
http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=468f9991f44dfbf22825bae61&id=68e4c4a5b6&e=40dc70b0b2

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

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

May 9, 10:30AM  Special  service at Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
http://icctmemphis.org/icct/home/narasimha_jayanthi

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

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


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



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


May 6 - 31, Afro-Columbians, Roads of Freedom. Special photography exhibitat the National Civil Rights Museum,
i
n connection with Memphis in May. 
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1110009660710&ca=231b2026-e768-4ae8-ae2e-f52f041c237f
 

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

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

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

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

May 12,11:30 AM. Rhodes College prize award and lecture.
Rhodes Phi Beta Kappa awards the College's highest academic honor, the Peyton Nalle Rhodes Prize. The Rhodes Prize was established in 1980 to celebrate President Rhodes' unstinting commitment to the liberal arts.  Paula Millirons Koelle '85, recipient of the Rhodes Prize and accomplished genetic specialist, will be this year's Phi Beta Kappa luncheon speaker.
Our induction ceremony will take place on Friday, May 12 at 11:30am in Hardie Auditorium, with the luncheon immediately following in the Refectory. 
Please just let me know via reply to this email if you would like to join us. The induction ceremony is free and open to the public; the luncheon requires reservations by Monday, April 24 ($17). As ever, we would be honored by your presence.    sciubbaj at rhodes.edu
 
May 13 Free Legal Aid Clinic, 10 AM - Noon, Benjamin Hooks Library.  See the flier at http://memphisirg.org/2SLegalAid.pdf
also March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept 9, October 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

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

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

May 13 

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

These cleanups have proved to be an excellent way of fulfilling our vision of uniting the community through service---bringing people together from all walks of life. In addition to cleaning up streets in the area around MIFA, in Memphis' poorest zip code, people who would otherwise not know each other will work side by side and begin to form relationships. Here's an article from the 2015 cleanup:  http://archive.commercialappeal.com/news/at-faith-in-action-cleanup-strangers-unite-to-beautify-downtown-neighborhood-ep-1055056821-324410051.html
 
In order for us to get an idea of how many volunteers we'll have, we urge participants to contact Isaiah Swanson at (901) 529-4521 or iswanson@mifa.org by Thursday, May 11We welcome participants of all ages, but please note that anyone under 18 will need a parent's signature on the volunteer form that Isaiah will provide.  Trash bags, water, and gloves will be provided, but please bring your own gloves if you have them.
 
May13 9:30- 11 PM. Anshei Sfard Lag B'Omer Bonfire.  The "Omer" is a Jewish period of semi-mourning with a slight resemblance to Lent.  The 33rd day is a "day off" from this  (in ancient times, a plague ended on this day)and is a traditional time for parties and picnics. Anshei Sfard - Beth El Emeth Synagogue (ABSEE)  has a bonfire. Singing, marshmallows,etc.  120East Yates North, just northof Walnut Grove just inside the I=240 loop.
     Chabad will have its Lag B'Omer party,  BBQ & Family Funday, Sunday, May 14th, 5:00 PM at the Chabad Center. 2570 Kirby Parkway. 
RSVP (by Thu. May 11th) 901-754-0404 or BBQ@JewishMemphis.com
$12 Adult, $10 Children (12 & under),

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

May 15.  7 PM Beethoven Club Concert.
http://mailchi.mp/606406315a43/grace-chamber-players-concert-this-monday?e=053a4e2a7d

May 2017 - Memphis in May.The honored country this year will be Columbia,
  There is an event schedule at
http://www.memphisinmay.org/news/posts/memphis-in-may-announces-colombia-as-2017 -honored-country

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

May19-20 "Beauty for Ashes Women's Conference." The organizer has led programs for homeless women, victims of violence, etc.
Holiday Inn Memphis Airport. Charge.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/8th-annual-beauty-for-ashes-womens-conference-2017-tickets-30731658217

May 20, Christian Women In Hats Tea Party Fellowship Conference by Launch Out Into The Deep Ministries (founder: Minister Lecia Martin). $30.  Southhaven, MS.  This looks like a very evangelical thing rather than "interfaith", but I mention it as an example
of religious activities in the Memphis area.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christian-women-in-hats-tea-party-fellowship-conference-may-20-2017-tickets-32563306727

May 20. 10 am - 3 pm Ruby Bridges Reading Festival, Civil Rights Museum
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1110009660710&ca=dfd87668-a176-4c49-9c2f-5e860dee12ad

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

Heroes in Recovery 6K
Make plans now to join the team for the Recovery Commission in the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee as we participate in the Walk/Run to benefit Grace House of Memphis.
Details: May 20, 2017, 8 AM, at Overton Park. Registration through April 9 is $30, Registration April 9 - May 19 is $35. Race Day Registration is $40.
Register today: http://heroesinrecovery.com/heroes6k/memphis-tn/
Heroes in Recovery has a simple mission: to eliminate the social stigma that keeps individuals with addiction and mental health issues from seeking help, to share stories of recovery for the purpose of encouragement and inspiration, and to create an engaged sober community that empowers people to get involved, give back, and live healthy, active lives. For questions, call, text or email Shannon Tucker at 901-281-0785 or shannon.tucker@gmail.com.

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

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

May 23  7-9 PM  Common Table Health Alliance - Annual Meeting, Gala, Fundraiser (e.g $100/ticket)
info http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=gndzyycab&oeidk=a07ee3i7iqud3b88e9e

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

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

May 26. RAMADAN,
the lunar month in which devout Muslims do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset, willbe approximately sunset May26 to sunset June 24  (depending on actual observation of the moon).  There is an excellent essay on Ramadan  in the British press, at 
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/when-ramadan-2017-start-uk-10261128



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


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



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

April 1.  Gandhi-King Conference at Christian Brothers University
8:30 AM - 5 PM at Christian Brothers University  Schedule at
http://www.gandhikingconference.org/
Map/ registration at http://www.gandhikingconference.org/register.htm
This long-standing and important Memphis tradition is being continued this year with cooperation from the Vanderhaar Symposium and the National Civil Rights Museum, and other sponsors.  Excellent speakers. Preregistration helps; free although contributions accepted ($25 requested).    Also https://www.facebook.com/events/385753988474085/permalink/392642941118523/
 
April 2. 2 PM Jewish Community Center - Art Exhibit Opening. The Exodus Project

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

April 2, Sunday, 5K Run, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. 2 PM at Shelby Farms. Notice from Memphis Islamic Center.
http://kickit5k.Racesonline.co,. register as 901 Ummah

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

April 3.   Monday, 11:45am-2pm, Rhodes College.  
1 in 3 Abortion Speak Out
VOX and Healthy & Free Tennessee will be hosting Rhodes' very first Speak Out Campaign to fight abortion stigma. This is a performance that will negate the silence around abortion on the Rhodes campus and in our communities. HFTN Youth Leadership Council members are organizing this event and it is open to the public. Come out and support! More information and links to share your abortion story or volunteer can be found at  https://www.facebook.com/events/1006508039449966/

April 4, 2018, will mark the 50th anniversary of the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. at the Lorraine Motel here in Memphis, Tennessee.  In remembrance of this event, the National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM) will present MLK50: Where Do We Go From Here?<http://mlk50.civilrightsmuseum.org/>, a year-long commemoration including a series of signature events and programs beginning on April 4, 2017.  As communities across the nation and world reflect on the life and mission of one of history’s greatest peacemakers, we want to take this opportunity to challenge and inspire local residents to consider how we may work individually and collectively to keep Dr. King’s dream alive and actively address the aspects of his mission for which there is still much work to be done.

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


April 4, 4:30 PM. Fight for $15 (living wage) Demonstration, 125 N. Main (City Hall).
   Moment of silence at 6:01 PM, the time Dr. King was shot.
Info and sign-up at  http://fightfor15.org/s-petition/april-4th-2017-memphis-rsvp/

April 4 - Break down the Walls dinner discussions - small groups).
Contact Courtney courtney.t.humphreys@gmail.com

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

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

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

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


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

April 7, Friday, 8 PM<. Pakistan's Sounds of Kolachi,
Buckman Performing Arts Center, St Mary's School. $25
http://www.stmarysschool.org/the-buckman



April 8. 
Free Legal Aid Clinic, 10 AM - Noon, Benjamin Hooks Library.  See the flier at http://memphisirg.org/2SLegalAid.pdf
also May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept 9, October 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

April 8, 10 AM - 12:30 , Memphis Islamic Center. Program with Yasir Qadhi, "Modernity and Islam".  $15, $30 family, $10 student.
"This is an essential aqeeda (creed) workshop for all ages regardless of your level of commitment or adherence to the faith. In this final session Sh Yasir Qadhi will focus on atheism: its main arguments, leading proponents and a refutation of the whole construct. "
Info and registration  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/modernity-islam-part-ii-the-fallacies-of-atheism-tickets-33152675545

April 8. Youth night at Masjid Ar-Rahman. 2nd Saturday each month, and not really an "interfaith" think so I won't mention it again. Separate activities for men and women.
more informationand registration at
 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0x5ojMgQ4LTWkcWXSubgtTZxfWu-LHBvcciUdVBtTjFAYxw/viewform?c=0&w=1

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


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


EASTER SEASON
April 9,. Palm Sunday, the start of "Holy Week" for many Christian Churches
April 14, Good Friday
April 16, Easter
      Many, many, church events this whole week.
The Calendar for St. Mary's Episcopal is at
http://files.constantcontact.com/5f045909001/0ed48648-fb5d-4e72-9cdc-bafac0f4b1fe.pdf
Among the Easter Egg hunts, Holy Communion Episcopal has one after the 9 am service on Easter.
Holy Communion's schedule is at http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101552278430&ca=cd5bda1b-d940-4092-9772-91e241ef94
    
The Boulevard, http://www.theblvd.org/    has assorted services - e.g noon Friday, 10-2 April 15 (Saturday), Sunday 12:30
Unity Church of Practical Christianity has an Easter Egg hunt and pot-luck supper after its Sunday Servuice on Easter (about 12:30 PM)


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


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


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


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

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

April 20, Hooks Institute Gala, Fund-raiser.  Holiday Inn, U of M campus. Speaker: Andrew Young.
Tickets $100 - $125.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-join-hands-for-change-gala-pursuing-the-dream-to-reality-tickets-29289645117

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

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





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

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

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

April 22. Church Health Center: Culinary Medicine. 

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

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

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


April 23 10 AM, Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Special prayers, Sudarsama Homam
http://app.getresponse.com/click.html?x=a62b&lc=13gmy&mc=JB&s=vYLJ7R&u=BnKON&y=J&

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

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

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

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

April 24 - Break down the Walls dinner discussions - small groups).
Contact Courtney courtney.t.humphreys@gmail.com 

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

http://www.jccmemphis.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=Israel%20Week&category=Jewish%20Living

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

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

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

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

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

April 28 - Russian National Ballet at GPAC (commercial)

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

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

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

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

Rain date Sunday same time. Free. http://ww901PalestineFest.com
Sponsorships available.

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

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

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

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



Sunday, April 30  St. Columba Sip 'n Zip

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

http://www.saintcolumbamemphis.org/  





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

March 6.  I've just noticed a series of lunches, "Women in Ministry".  I don't know much about it, but an entry is at
http://memphisseminary.edu/event/women-in-ministry-lunch-4/?instance_id=78
so I suspect that Memphis Theological Seminary would have information.

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


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

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

March 11.
Free Legal Aid Clinic, 10 AM - Noon, Benjamin Hooks Library.  See the flier at http://memphisirg.org/2SLegalAid.pdf
also March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept 9, October 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

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

March 11, 8 PM. Muslim night at the Grizzlies.
If you'd like to be with a mosque group that evening,  reserve a seat by March 1
at  https://www.groupmatics.events/event/IHN31117
There is a whole day of events planned, starting with youth basketball drills at 1 PM.  Questions? Cheree Duncan at 901-205-1451

March 11. 11 -1 Turkish Cooking class (ladies only) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/turkish-cooking-class-in-march-ladies-only-tickets-32550187487

March 11 Postponed To March 18 due to weather, - Festival of Colors, Indian Cultural Center and Temple.  Food stalls open 11 am, dances 1:30, 4 PM Bonfire. If you've wanted to visit this temple when it has colorful activities and not primarily Indian-language prayer services, this is an excellent occasion for a visit. Details https://www.facebook.com/events/444859479178970/

March 11 - Four Mile Run, for St Patrick's Day, Sponsored by Memphis Theological Seminary,
benefiting scholarship funds at MTS and Room at the Inn, an ecumenical ministry that serves people experiencing homelessness. Now beginning its sixth year in Memphis, the program provides emergency shelter and meals during the coldest months of the year—November through March.
http://donatenow.networkforgood.org/mts 
 or register at http://mts4mile.racesonline.com/

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

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

March 12 , Sunday 3 PM Lynching Sites Project Interfaith Service
 Lynching Sites Project commemorates the 125th Anniversary of the People’s Grocery Lynching.
 Join us for an interfaith worship service today Sunday, March 12 at 3 pm at lynching site, end of Waterworks Ave., opposite 1018 N. Second St.
For a report on the commemoration May 9 see  http://tsdmemphis.com/news/2017/mar/04/peoples-grocery-lynching-125-years-later/

March 12. 3 PM Beethoven Club Concert. Free. Clarinet, Pianist, Soprano. http://www.beethovenclubmemphis.org/

263 S. McLean Blvd. • Memphis, TN 38104

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

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

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


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


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

March 16
National Civil Rights Museum, Lecture:A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi's Black Freedom Struggle. Crystal Sanders.  6 PM
More info and link to register,  http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1110009660710&ca=9eb9733d-4e8d-4607-a3c8-b48c86562e97

March 18, Hindu Temple -
Festival of Colors, Indian Cultural Center and Temple.  Food stalls open 11 am, dances 1:30, 4 PM Bonfire. If you've wanted to visit this temple when it has colorful activities and not primarily Indian-language prayer services, this is an excellent occasion for a visit. Details https://www.facebook.com/events/444859479178970/
March 18 - Health and Legal Fair, put on by Muslims in Memphis. Open to all.
10 AM, Hollywood Community Center


March 19. Rise Against Hunger.  A Major Interfaith Event. 1 to 4 PM,
although some gather from noon to socialize and help set up.
A large roomful of people of all faiths pack many thousand  packages of food for refugees, storm victims, etc. 
Pleasant View School, 1888 Bartlett Rd, Memphis 38134  (a bit outside the Summer or Covington Pike expressway exits, map at link).
It helps if you preregister at http://www.memphisinterfaith.org/event/rise-against-hunger-meal-packing-event-2017/


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

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

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

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

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

    Jewish Community Center, 2 PM

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

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

March 27, 6:30 PM.  Beethoven Club Concert. Free. Four hands piano. http://www.beethovenclubmemphis.org/

263 S. McLean Blvd. • Memphis, TN 38104

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




The Lent Brochure from St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral is at
http://files.constantcontact.com/5f045909001/0ed48648-fb5d-4e72-9cdc-bafac0f4b1fe.pdf

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


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




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

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

March 30, Thursday, Can a Cell have a Sex?: Biological and Social Ontologies of Sex
Sarah Richardson // Harvard University // Simco Lecture
 
   Abstract at http://www.memphis.edu/moch/events/index.php
    University Center Theatre, Univ of Memphis

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

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

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

 

March 31. Historic Tour, Shiloh. Organized by St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
http://files.constantcontact.com/5f045909001/0ed48648-fb5d-4e72-9cdc-bafac0f4b1fe.pdf


Feb 1 - March 8, 6 Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 pm. Course at Chabad of Memphis, "The Dilemma: Modern Conundrums, Talmudic Debates, Your Solutions."  $99, discounts for 2 or more. An intriguing course on Jewish approaches to ethical philosophical and practical problems. (Do you throw the switch so that the streetcar will kill one person instead of four?  Do you punish the person who with criminal intent actually does a good deed - or vice versa? etc.)  I must admit that I have a personal fondness for this material: my father once used a Talmudic argument of the sort studied here in an argument before the US Supreme Court. 
Info at  http://www.myjli.com/  , "The Dilemma", then search for the class in Memphis TN.
It is fun to read examples of the issues studied at http://www.myjli.com/index.html?task=courses_detail&cid=1071

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


February 7 - 22, various dates. French Film festival, Univ of Memphis.  http://www.memphis.edu/moch/events/hum_on_campus.php
   (Feb 7. 9. 13, 16, 20, 22)



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


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

Feb 10, 7:30 PM, Friday, Organ Recital at Calvary Episcopal Church. http://www.calvarymemphis.org/assets/1981/2016_music_web.pdf

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

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

February 11. Free Legal Aid Clinic, 10 AM - Noon
, Benjamin Hooks Library. 
See the flier at http://memphisirg.org/2SLegalAid.pdf
also March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept 9, October 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

Feb 11, Saturday, 11 AM -1 PM.  Turkish cooking class for women, sponsored by the Atlantic Institute (Turkish Community organization.) Free. Details (menu,location, etc.)  at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/turkish-cooking-class-in-february-tickets-31772700001

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 16, 6-8 PM Civil Rights Museum. Speaker: Women and Convict Labor in the New South
by Talita L. LeFlouria.  Register athttps://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07edg2ioqb00e8bf9c&oseq=&c=&ch=
More info  http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1110009660710&ca=9eb9733d-4e8d-4607-a3c8-b48c86562e97

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

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

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

February 21 Third Tuesday of each month)  5:30 PM - Words3, the writers group at Holy Communion Episcopal Church. (Walnut Grove between  Poplar.)  It is nice to call in advance if you are planning to read a five minute piece. All are welcome to come listen.

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

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


February 22-23 Rhodes College: "W
e plan to host two terrific scholars to discuss Judaism and Islam in early modern England. "
Jerry Brotton has recently published “The Sultan and the Queen: The Untold Story of Elizabeth and Islam”:
http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/317980/the-sultan-and-the-queen-by-jerry-brotton/9780525428824/

Brotton has also written important studies on the cultural exchange of art as well as the history of mapmaking:
http://www.sed.qmul.ac.uk/staff/brottonj.html

He will be joined by James Shapiro, author of the groundbreaking “Shakespeare and the Jews”:
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/james-shapiro/shakespeare-and-the-jews/

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

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

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

Feb 24. MIFA group at Mississippi Kings. Hockey.
$16 up.  https://groupmatics.events/event/mifa

February 25, Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm. Ancient Egypt Family Day at Univ of Memphis Art Museum.
http://www.memphis.edu/egypt/events/familyday.php

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


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

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

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

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


Feb 1 -starting January 18 and five more Wednesdays (to March 1 but excluding Jan 25). Hillel of Memphis: Course in Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism)
6:30-8:30 PM. Free for students; $45 general public, $25 for members of Beth Sholom synagogue. Flier at http://memphisirg.org/1_18_2017.pdf
  (see Jan 25 for another event at Beth Sholom, which is why the teacher, the director of Beth Sholom, is unavailable Jan 25.)
Hillel House,  3581 Midland (just west of U of M campus.)


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

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

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

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

Feb 1, 5 PM, Rhodes College. A broken system: perspectives on the death penalty in Tennessee. Panel Discussion
Basement of the Paul Barrett Jr. Library (get directions from the gate person on University Avenue)
poster at http://memphisirg.org/2_1_2017.pdf

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

February 2.   Rhodes College: Digital Baldwin | February 2 @ 6:00 p.m.
Hardie Auditorium, Palmer Hall (reception @ 5:30 p.m.)   (enter from University Ave. gate, gate person can give directions.)
Featuring Zandria Robinson, Terence Tucker and Ernest Gibson. Each will introduce, screen, and discuss a video clip of Baldwin as a means to inform, to contextualize, and to highlight aspects of Baldwin’s work. Poster at  http://memphisirg.org/2-2-2017

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

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

February 3. Spaghetti Dinner at Temple Israel following the Friday evening Service. $8, to support the Boy Scout Troop.
Register at https://timemphis.wufoo.com/forms/wrx8kpy0yeed7u/   (Reception 5:45, service 6:15-about 7, then supper.)

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

Feb 4. Saturday, Movie, "Marvin Booker was Murdered".   Clayborn Temple,  294 Hernando St Memphis, 38126.  $10.
Doors open at 6pm. Seating at 6:30. Film starts at 7pm. Q&A w/ the Booker Family, their attorneys, Memphis residents in the film, and filmmakers after the screening.  Marvin,  was  active in St. Patrick's in Memphis before moving to Denver where he died; read more at 
http://memphisirg.org/2_4_2017.pdf.

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


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


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

February  7-8.  Shen Yun Dancers at the Cannon Center. 
This is an extremely spectacular show of Chinese Dance, which I'd put in the "not to be missed" category but do have to add a comment:  It is also propaganda and a fundraiser for Falun Gong. a  Chinese religious movement, a form of Christianity with which the PRC government has at times been extremely unhappy, although a non-Chinese speaker may have to look very closely to be aware of this, and in fact might not notice it at all.  Tickets are available now, $70 and up,
http://view.tmclient.ticketmaster.com/?qs=fd5d4831a0fcce74e9f2dc6727ebd44b8b57943f88fb9f59280178c9cf6e0fc130d0abdc804de6755ae70e14fe71d1702651315c6ca8a43fbb80cf0afeebc2f70af458ca877d0dab

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

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

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

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

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




Jan 13, 11 AM-2 PM. Nashville, major Religious Freedom Event.  The Muslim community will hold a meeting and Friday prayer service (with sermon) at the War memorial Building and State Capitol in Nashville. The main speaker will be Memphis' own Yasir Qadhi.
Information at https://www.facebook.com/events/1056465834480197/
(I trust someone will offer me a ride, or call if interested in a carpool. 327-9735 Jan 10 or 11)

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

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

Jan 15, after a brief service at 7:30 PM, "Muslim Youth and the Future of America",
Masjid Ar-Rahman
         [7906 Lowrance Rd, Memphis TN 38125]  Free, public.
     Poster at http://files.constantcontact.com/98c2aa0a001/bc24e188-6a5f-47ec-abdf-dd1411244a59.pdf

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

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

WORLD RELIGION DAY MEMPHIS   Free Public Open House
We are pleased to announce our event is being held this year at Pleasant View School in Memphis. Open to the public free. We celebrate our diversity at this worldwide event in Memphis each year in January. This year the events include fun yoga demonstrations for children, music, dance and an Open House to meet our wonderfully diverse Interfaith community. If your faith/path group is interested in sponsoring a table, please write us at wrdmemphis@yahoo.com.
       Possibly invalid:     https://www.facebook.com/World-Religion-Day-Memphis-1533821856868249/?fref=ts
       The flier is at http://memphisirg.org/1_15_2017.pdf
Dear Interfaith Friends:
We are honored to invite you to World Religion Day Memphis, celebrate with us on January 15, 2017 (Sunday 2pm-6pm). We would like to offer your group an event space on this day. This is the third year of celebration, and we will have an open gym format for the Public to meet our wonderful diverse faiths and paths. Our program includes fun yoga for children, music, and dance during the celebration. If your group is interested, please send us an email or call: 201 759 8617 to reserve a space. Email: wrdmemphis@yahoo.com and see our information on World Religion Day Memphis on Facebook. Thank you for your interest, spaces may be limited, so thank you for supporting the harmony among the faiths by attending and sharing this day. Warm regards, The Planning Committee- World Religion Day Memphis


January 16, Monday 8 am - 6 pm. Martin Luther King Day, events at Civil Rights Museum. Details http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/king-day

January 17, (Third Tuesday of each month)  5:30 PM - Words3, the writers group at Holy Communion Episcopal Church
. (Walnut Grove between Poplar.)  It is nice to call in advance if you are planning to read a five minute piece. All are welcome to come listen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 20, 2-4 PM, History Department "Teach-In", U of Memphis, Mitchell Hall. Two professors will lead a discussion on Fascism and Totalitarianism.
Classroom in the second floor, Mitchell Hall.
 
January 20, Sabbath Dinner at Chabad (charge). https://jewishmemphiscom.clhosting.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/759039/lang/en

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

January 21, Chakra Dance, 6:30 - 8:30 PM,
https://www.facebook.com/events/198566417278446/

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

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

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

January 22. 2 PM. Demonstration in favor of Roe v Wade, at Choices: Memphis Center for Reproductive Health,  https://www.facebook.com/CHOICESMemphis/
      1726 Poplar.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1369716146423945/

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

January 23. Memphis Bar Association. Cossitt Library Pro Bono Clinic  from 3-5:00 pm at the Cossitt Library, 33 S Front St Memphis, TN 38103.
   This is a free legal clinic. No appointment is necessary.  Bring any papers you have concerning your legal problem.
    The Bar association also offers a free legal aid clinic the second Saturday of each month, 10 AM to noon,  at the Benjamin Hooks Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.
    See the flier at http://memphisirg.org/2SLegalAid.pdf

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

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


Jan 25, Film at Brooks, see Jan 11

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

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

January 27-28. Presbyterian leadership training event. First Presbyterian Church,  166 Poplar Ave.
I post this mainly since people may be interested in the extremely detailed agenda posted online at
http://www.standrewpresbytery.org/tapestry-brochure-2-17/attachments/Tapestry_2017_small_booklet.pdf
Charge. Advertised as for Presbyterians but I assume others interested could enquire.

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

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

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

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

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



January 7, Saturday,  10:15am at the Central/Hooks Library. 
Planning meeting,
Memphis Women's March 
Contact address is   MemphisWomensMarch@gmail.com
Statement is at http://memphisirg.org/womens_march.jpg

January 8, Indian Cultural Center and Temple.  Vaikunta Ekadasi

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


January 9, 7 PM Jewish Community Center.  Debate
on what to expect in Israel Policy from Trump Administration. ($10, $7 for members). http://www.jccmemphis.org/jewish-living/goldberg-vs-tobin-israel-dialogue/

Register by noon Jan 9 for: January 11, Soul Supper 5:30-7:30 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church. Speaker Rev Dr. James Netters,  $10 (advance, adults.) Details  http://www.stjohnsmemphis.org/events/soul-supper-feat-james-netters

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

January 1. Pope Francis' message, Fiftieth World Day of Peace
https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/peace/documents/papa-francesco_20161208_messaggio-l-giornata-mondiale-pace-2017.html

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

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


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

2016

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


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


New Art Exhibit, University of Memphis Art Museum, Oct 15-Dec 17,
Opening reception Oct 14, 4:30-7:30 PM.
Details http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=9fc98126951638fc477cf31ef&id=bac42ca23a&e=793f4e5c7b

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

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

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




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



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


.

  St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
                            December 16, Camerata Concert, 7 PM
    Full St. Mary's event flier: http://files.constantcontact.com/5f045909001/82c1e1d5-c5ee-483f-8adf-6ab2f0e8d309.pdf

Holy Communion's full list  is at  
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101552278430&ca=2c0fffa8-35b0-4d5e-8244-ba272b79be67

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


December 16, 7 PM. "Black and Pink Card Decorating Party". (LGBTQ) Sponsored by "OUTMemphis" and "Healthy and Free Tennessee"  https://www.facebook.com/outmemphis/    https://www.facebook.com/events/203294910077590/ 

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

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

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


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

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

Calvary Episcopal  has Christmas eve services Dec 24 at 3:30, 5:30, 10:30 PM (and services the 18th and 25th)
http://calvarymemphis.org/assets/1981/chronicle_nov_dec_16_web.pdf

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

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

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



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

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


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

December 20, 7 PM - Women's evening, pottery display, Chabad Memphis. http://www.jewishmemphis.com/

December 20, 11 am - 1 pm. Women's Turkish Cooking class.
 Detailshttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/turkish-cooking-class-in-december-tickets-29948442598

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

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

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



Thinking of Christmas Presents?

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

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


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

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


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

 

Special honored guests:

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

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

Preregister by Dec 1 if you can, so they have a count.  https://timemphis.wufoo.com/forms/s9iu2os1wumkv6/



Christmas-related listings:

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

December 7, 5:30 PM St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.  Advent Candlelight Meditations, Sisters' Chapel
    same church, December 8,  Thursday, noon, healing Eucharist
                            December 16, Camerata Concert, 7 PM
    Full St. Mary's event flier: http://files.constantcontact.com/5f045909001/82c1e1d5-c5ee-483f-8adf-6ab2f0e8d309.pdf

Holy Communion's full list  is at  
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101552278430&ca=2c0fffa8-35b0-4d5e-8244-ba272b79be67

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


December 16, 7 PM. "Black and Pink Card Decorating Party". (LGBTQ) Sponsored by "OUTMemphis" and "Healthy and Free Tennessee"  https://www.facebook.com/outmemphis/    https://www.facebook.com/events/203294910077590/ 

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

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

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


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

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

Calvary Episcopal  has Christmas eve services Dec 24 at 3:30, 5:30, 10:30 PM (and services the 18th and 25th)
http://calvarymemphis.org/assets/1981/chronicle_nov_dec_16_web.pdf

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

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

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



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


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


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


December 14, 5:15 PM Light the Night for Peace.  (Anniversary of Sandy Hook shootings). Morris Park.
Sponsored by St Mary's Episcopal and Mom's Demand for Gun Sense.
 Community supper afterwards at St Mary's
Poster http://memphisirg.org/Dec14_2016.jpg




December 13, Pax Christi, Potluck supper and speaker (supper 6:30PM, speaker at 7.  Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grove at Prescott.
Sierra Club presenting on alternatives to TVAs plan to pump 3.5 million gallops of drinking water/day into Allen power plant.
 
December 13. Facing History Webinar: Can you identify Fake News?. See this webpage for this and several other Facing History events:
http://info.facinghistory.org/can-you-identify-fake-news-4?ecid=ACsprvsMeBmp6yxQKulzNLShkc2hB_wGot4X8AjGyEHUhIqlt4-XE_86BtTLfwizMp0Stw5cbIDu&utm_campaign=Digest+Emails&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=38958705&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8QjxRNsh1biYTqEyaxq7qN3uZiW2bA8gKa7V8qxkUiHt7l8ZP5EA1-8GIp1HMSZ7mL7OkImUmUs47xh02IBrJZNVjozA&_hsmi=38958705

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

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

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




December 13 Tuesday 6 PM. Civil Rights Museum. Movie (Free) 13th.  Documentary on the 13th amendment.
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1110009660710&ca=9bdf3f0f-fd9b-4063-a9d3-73c4349d5af8
They also have a special exhibition "Enslaved", in progress.

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

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



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

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


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

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

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






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

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

November 29. Beethoven Club, Concerts at 5.  A new series of informal concerts during the 5 - 7 PM time slot.
http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c986701d92297b94ce6e569b6&id=48d2d67b20&e=053a4e2a7d

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

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

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


December 1. Thurs 4-7 PM.  Free Movie, by AARP, at Kroc Center. "Southside with You", a movie about Barack and Muchele Obama's first date. Seems to be intended for audience age 50+, not an appropriate  movie for children.
Free with preregistration. Details at 
http://aarp.cvent.com/events/join-aarp-tennessee-for-a-free-screening-of-southside-with-you-memphis/event-summary-d9ed672ac5b74d15925c9895f1e34cf6.aspx

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

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

Dec 4, 4 PM  Calvary Episcopal Church.  Advent Lessons and Carols. Various Choirs.
http://calvarymemphis.org/assets/1981/chronicle_nov_dec_16_web.pdf

Dec 4, 7 PM. Rhodes College Singers in the Nave of St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
See more St. Mary's events at
  
http://files.constantcontact.com/5f045909001/82c1e1d5-c5ee-483f-8adf-6ab2f0e8d309.pdf

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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


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


October 16, sunset, start of Sukkot, the major Jewish holiday commemorating the 40 years in the wilderness. (Appropriately celebrated by eating outdoors, e.g. picnics.)  Temple Israel outdoor picnic, food trucks, 5:30 PM Oct 16th.  Habitat build Oct 16-20.
Brunches, sing-alongs, concert, etc, Oct 17, 19, 22, 23.   The Jewish fall holiday season then ends on:
October 23, Simchas Torah, celebrates the end of the annual cycle of Torah reading (in what some Christians call "the first Lesson, traditional Jewish services include a reading from the Bible - and the first five books are read in their entirely every year in traditional synagogues. On this date the end of Deuteronomy is read, the scroll is rewound, and the start of Genesis is read. A very colorful and festive ceremony.
Temple Israel:  best service for visitors is Sunday 7 PM, refreshments follow; Memorial service 9 AM Oct 24.
http://timemphis.org/sites/default/files/Temple-Israel-Voice-Sept-Oct-2016.pdf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 24. Facing History Annual Benefit Dinner  ($250, but one of the major interfaith events of the year,)
http://info.facinghistory.org/youre-invited-memphis-benefit-dinner-october-24

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

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

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

October 28-29, Workshop at Masjid Ar-Rahman,
($25) 7906 Lowrance Rd, Memphis 38125. "The Eternal Challenge: The Limits of Science and the Miracles of the Qu'ran."
Talks at the 1 PM Friday service at Masjid Ar_Rahman, Friday evening at Memphis Islamic Center, the main program Saturday 10 am - 6 pm at Masjid Ar-Rahman.
You may enjoy reading the description of the program at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-eternal-challenge-the-limits-of-science-and-the-miracles-of-the-quran-tickets-27285253929

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

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

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

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

Sinners For Saints II Halloween Ball

Saturday, Oct. 29 @ 9 p.m.

354 Madison Ave.

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

Click here for complete information.


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

October 30, 12-1:30 PM, St Marys Episcopal Cathedral, Farmers Market.
An experiment, with products from several church-related groups and projects.
For example, bread baked by a bakery established to employ homeless persons who have attended the Wednesday morning breakfasts. FGor more of what is featured, see
https://www.facebook.com/events/644172262418498/

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

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

November 1-7 Indie Memphis Film Festival   https://festival2016.indiememphis.com/welcome

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

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

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

November 6, 4:30-7:30 PM, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Workshop: RESTORE TO WHOLENESS: How the Church Can Help Families Heal from the Disease of Addiction. Details at http://www.episwtn.org/sites/307/uploaded/files/Recovery_Sunday_at_St_Marys.pdf

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

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

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

November 10
Marcus Orr Lecture. River Room, 3rd floor University Center, U of M. Reception 5:30, Lecture at 6
http://www.memphis.edu/moch/events/index.php

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

Anton Daughters // Truman State University


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

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

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

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


November 19, Free Concert, Trinity United Methodist Church, 1738 Galloway. The Beethoven Club presents The Grace Chamber Players.
http://www.beethovenclubmemphis.org/


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

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

October 1 - 10 - special services at Indian Cultural Center and Temple,
  Colorful processions, an excellent chance to visit this fascinating Temple.
Schedules and details at http://icctmemphis.org/icct/home/Dasara

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


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

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

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


ROSH HASHANAH. the Jewish New Year, begins at sunset Oct 2(Sunday). Traditional Jews have a two day holiday, Reform Jews one day; the first ten days of the month are the "ten days of repentance, culminating in Yom Kippur, "The Day of Atonement", starting at sundown  October 11.
All the synagogues in the city will have numerous events and special services. If you'd like to visit and are not comfortable with Heebrew, you'll find the most English at Temple Israel.
    Services October 2, 6:15 and 8:45 PM (same done twice, to fit everyone in.)  October 3, 10 am at Temple, 4:30 PM at Shelby Farms.
    October 7, 6:15 PM (reception 5:45),  October 8 10 AM,  October 9 11 AM at cemetery, October 11 6:15 and 8:45 (repeated)
    October 12 services at 10 am, speakers and classes all day, various service 4:15 pm - sunset.
    More detail in newsletter athttp://timemphis.org/sites/default/files/Temple-Israel-Voice-Sept-Oct-2016.pdf
Can't get there? Many of the services are online at   http://www.timemphis.org/worship-services/watch-services-live
One  of the speakers on the afternoon of October 12 will be Cornell Brooks, Chief Executive of the NAACP.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

 View the movie trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGYA8b7ppcY


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

October 8, 5-9PM, St. Philip's Church, Low Country Shrimp Boil.
$25 to Oct 2, then $30.
http://www.stphilipmemphis.org/docs/ShrimpBoil/Shrimp_Boil_8.5_x_11_Flyer_-_2016.pdf
9380 Davies Plantation Road, just north of the Stonebridge Golf Course and I-40. Directions at http://www.stphilipmemphis.org/about-us/visitors.html
 
October 9, 3 PM. Prizm Ensemble Chamber Music Concert, David Lusk Gallery, 97 Tillman Rd.
   For tickets, call Marsha Evans 901-758-0150

Program and Details at http://us12.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1249095630ed85017ed01b4a6&id=de62787559&e=6679338fb5
(this is part of the Prizm Ensemble program at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church; some excerpts from these pieces will be in the church service at 10:30 AM.)

Oct 14, 4:30-7:30 PM Art Exhibit opening reception, University of Memphis Art Museum,
Details http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=9fc98126951638fc477cf31ef&id=bac42ca23a&e=793f4e5c7b

October 15  Octoberfeast, picnic of St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral
, in Somerville. 10 am - 3 pm
One can buy tickets (adults $10 on their online pledge form, which I've given the link to since I've rarely seen such an elaborate online pledge form, at
https://www.eservicepayments.com/cgi-bin/Vanco_ver3.vps?appver3=wWsk24ZWJSTZKsGd1RMKlg0BDvsSG3VIWQCPJNNxD8upkiY7JlDavDsozUE7KG0nFx2NSo8LdUKGuGuF396vbd9TKjmaFk4eYNxayOKapVyXHubq5Z7ap5JVmPErc4ZeYHCKCZhESjGNQmZ5B-6dx0vBnrQPfwveEeSqdVjBnjI=&ver=3

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

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


St Columba Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center in Memphis, Tennessee

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


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


The Memphis Crisis Center: The Memphis Crisis Center desperately needs volunteers who are caring, committed, and reliable. While they handle some high-risk calls, the large majority of the calls come from individuals simply struggling with sadness, loneliness, emotional problems, or a difficult life challenge. Training is provided and volunteer times are flexible. MCC shifts are: 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., 1-5:30 p.m., 5:30-11 p.m., and 11 p.m.-7:30 a.m. The next New Volunteer training is Saturday,  Sept. 10 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 70 North Pauline, on the campus of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Email volunteers@crisis7.org to reserve your spot.  

Fall Programs for the Memphis School of Servant Leadership start Sept 7.
  http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5542c0dfe2962d87bc439cedf&id=a6555c8cf1&e=0e23e2b694
  Groups for reading, writing, studying, praying, visiting interesting churches.  Highly recommended!


30 Days of Opera - free programs by the Memphis Opera, to introduce opera to new audiences
(and great fun for everyone)  http://www.operamemphis.org/30-days-calendar


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

The Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning at Rhodes College
King Hall, 577 University Street
901-843-3965

www.Rhodes.edu/meeman






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

----

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

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

http://www.commercialappeal.com/columnists/david-waters/faith-gender-age-didnt-limit-eunice-ordman-30ebee23-e9e0-4e03-e053-0100007f0148-376458681.html
Obituary:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/commercialappeal/obituary.aspx?n=eunice-breckenridge-ordman&pid=179665790


 (2016)

The Calvary Episcopal Newsletter is on line at http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5472ab64f8f0fa71714dbebcb&id=7852498c57&e=2f75c3ec8d
Breakfast for the poor and homeless Sunday mornings 6-8 AM, volunteers wanted; Breakfast for those who can pay between the 8 and 10 AM Sunday services, $5 adults, $3 children, to support the homeless breakfast!  There is also a community clothes closet open every Sunday morning for those in need;
special needs include men’s work boots, pants, jeans, socks, belts, eyeglasses, and fleece jackets. There is also always a need for blankets, small toiletries, and sleeping bags.


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

Sept 26, Monday, 1 PM, Webinar about Election.
Catholic sponsorship, Sister Simone Campbell of "Nuns on the Bus". 
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6789547351035756803   to hear it live or get a recording.
An unusual chance to hear a discussion about religious values and the election, since most houses of worship are afraid to talk "politics."

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

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

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

Sept 28, Weds, 6:30-8 PM, Voter Participation Program  
Neshoba UU Church, 7350 Raleigh Lagrange Rd, Cordova, Tennessee 38018
This non-partisan training will teach community groups and unaffiliated individuals how to protect voters and our democratic election process.
Attendees will learn about Tennessee election laws and leave the training able to:
1) Serve as appointed poll watchers inside precincts,
2) Assist voters who have been turned away from the polls, and
3) Report voting problems and irregularities to the appropriate persons and organizations.
For questions or childcare requests, please contact voterprotection@neshobauu.org or call 901-877-8911.
https://www.facebook.com/events/287732788274565/


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

Sept 29,. arrive 5:30 PM for 6-8 PM program, , Facing History Event. Facing Ourselves: How Do We Deal with Difference?. 
Margolin Hebrew Academy, 390 S White Station Rd, Memphis. Free but registration is required. 
Register at  https://www.facinghistory.org/calendar/sl2016mem2-facing-ourselves-how-do-we-deal-difference?
 
Sept 29, 6 PM, Humanities on Tap.  Hammer & Ale, 921 Cooper St.  Discussion with Marcus Orr Center Fellows. For an explanations, see
http://www.memphis.edu/moch/events/additional_moch_events.php

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


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

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

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

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

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


Holy Communion Episcopal has its newsletter at
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101552278430&ca=26169a8f-435f-4dc5-a38a-2ea0f64654ba
Interesting current events include a picnic Sept 11, an interfaith discussion the morning of Sept 18. 5K race Sept 17, Parish retreat Sept 25.

Sept 10, noon - 2 PM, Invite from Black Lives Matter:
North Memphis Love, Peace, & Healing Block Party 
1099 Springdale St, Memphis, TN 38108-3041  Explanation and details at     https://www.facebook.com/events/887218801382649/

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

Sept 10-11.  Bike for MS. Bike-riding fundraiser for medical research, I think. Note sent by Temple Israel.
http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/TNSBikeEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=27805

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 16-18 SOULWORKS weekend at St. John';s Episcopal.  3-day daytime spiritual development event.
 https://stjohnsmemphis.logosconnect.com/church/reg

Sept 16 - 22. Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Series of programs (in Hindi).  Tea and snacks 4 PM, program, dinner at 8 PM.
 http://icctmemphis.org/icct/home/chitralekhaji

Sept 17  9 AM.  Book It 5K. Holy Communion Episcopal. Race to benefit   Books from Birth and Emmanuel Center.
http://bookit5k.racesonline.com/

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

Sept 18, Sunday 11 AM- 3 PM, The 28th Annual Kosher Barbecue Festival. (Yes, this gets real interfaith participation - the Muslims, among others,  do some wonderful kosher cooking. A wonderful day, with less crowding and less parking trouble than the big barbecue festival. Great fun, don't miss it.
 Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth Synagogue, 101 East Yates Rd North (just north of Walnut Grove, just inside the expressway.)

Sept 18,  Interfaith Vigil, Civil Rights Museum. National Campaign NonViolence Week 2016 Memphis September 18-25th. Join us September 18th at the National Civil Rights Museum at 3pm for the week's Opening Interfaith Ceremony.   A major interfaith event, with many organizations and faiths represented.

A draft poster is online HERE

Sept 20, 7 PM - Kosher cooking lesson for women and girls, preparing for the Jewish Holidays, Chabad Memphis. $30.

September 20, 8 PM, PBS TV  - "Defying the Nazis."
http://www.defyingthenazis.org/

Sept 22, Marcus Orr Program, U of Memphis, 342 University Center. Reception 5:30, program at 6
Panel Discussion: My Whole City Underwater: Race, Trauma, and Surviving Katrina
 
Sept 23-25 Parish Retreat (Family Camp) Holy Communion Episcopal.
(Camp is about a 3 hour drive from Memphis)
    Balmoral Presbyterian Church has its Family Camp this weekend at Nacome Camp, also about three hours away. Clearly a good weekend for camping!



September 5 - Labor Day Picnic, the Memphis Worker's Interfaith Network.
http://www.workersinterfaithnetwork.org/\       (charge for lunch, but always an excellent program and good interfaith representation)
Note: These people don't seem to be using their .org web page - they are using  https://www.facebook.com/winmemphis/

Sept 6, Tuesday, 7 PM. An Interfaith Discussion at St Georges'  Episcopal Church, 2425 S. Germantown Rd.
A remarkable program on "The Children of Abraham", with a stellar speakers list:
Father Bill Parham (CBU), Dr, Breckenridge (1st Baptist), Rabbi Joel Finkelstein (Anshei Sphard), Rabbi Ilan Glazer (Beth Sholom), Dr Yasir Qadhi (MIC - Rhodes), Imam Anwar Arafat (Masjid Ar-Rahman).    This is one not to be missed!
 https://www.facebook.com/stgchurch/photos/a.451552874930656.1073741825.165160153569931/1072865919466012/?type=3&theater

Sept 6, Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbians. 6:30 PM. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Marian Hall, underneath the sanctuary, parking and entry at the rear of the church.) Potluck supper, open to all, don't feel a need to bring anything, excellent discussions. The speaker this month is on "mindfulness."

Sept 7. Start of Fall Programs for the Memphis School of Servant Leadership.

  http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5542c0dfe2962d87bc439cedf&id=a6555c8cf1&e=0e23e2b694

Sept 8, Noon, Calvary Episcopal Church. 30 minutes of free opera, part of Opera Memphis' "30 days of Opera."

Sept 8, 6:15 PM, Planning meeting, Campaign for Nonviolence (plans for Sept 18th and 23rd events.)
Meet at Caritas - come earlier if you want to eat first.

Sept 8, 6 - 9 PM Rhodes College, Lecture. Dread Scott: The Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide.
A rather incendiary title, but the Rhodes College Communities in Conversation series has consistently had excellent speakers so this is certainly worth going to.  The gate man on University Avenue can give directions to Hardie Auditorium.  https://www.facebook.com/communities.in.conversation/
(That Facebook page has active discussion.)

Sept 8, 7:30 PM, Rhodes College, Faculty Concert, New Songs on Afro-American Texts.
Announcement at http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=977d4989f9b8042aaf1c44e93&id=1f34c64d92&e=c6777cf3dc

Sept 9, October 30, Dec 4, Dec 16, Jan 29, Feb 26, April 1, April 30,
The concert series for St Mary's Cathedral is now online at
http://www.stmarysmemphis.org/worship/music-ministry/concert-series/

Sept 9-11, St. Mary's Cathedral, Martyrs Weekend 2016: The Feast of Constance and her Companions
(A reference to thsoe who died helping during the Memphis Yellow Fever epidemics.)
"The Healing Continues"
Sep 9 "Letters and Music" Concert, 7 p
Sep 10 Daughters of the King Assembly, 9:30 a
Sep 11 Picnic at Elmwood Cemetery, 12:30 p
tickets on sale today in Martyrs Hall this Sunday!
Menu: Barbecue (vegetarian & kid friendly options available)-cost- $9/adult, $4/child, $25/family max

Sept 9, 7 - 9:30 PM.  Courtney Richardson, Gospel Music, Live Recording Session at Hope Church Memphis, 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38018. Charge ($20  gen adm adult)  https://cortneyinspires.ticketleap.com/singtheword/dates/Sep-09-2016_at_0700PM

The Temple Israel newsletter is on line at http://timemphis.org/sites/default/files/August-2016-Temple-Voice-Web-REV.pdf

May 26-Sept 4. Exhibit at Brooks Museum, Moroccan-born artist Hassan Hajjaj.  See http://www.brooksmuseum.org/  and click on Exhibits - upcoming.  Opening party Friday May 25, 5-9 PM, free, open.  He will take photos of Museum patrons May 26 starting at 10 AM (with paid museum admission, get in line early.)  Film, "A Day in the life of a Henna Girl",  7 PM July 13, $9, $5 for museum members and students.



July 9 opening, through August: Curated by the Church Health Center, The Mind’s Eye at Trezevent Manor, 3734 Waynoka Dr., will feature the photography of Frederick Toma, Willy Bearden, and Dr. Tom Gettelfinger. An opening reception will be held Saturday, July 9 at 4:30 p.m.  A portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Church Health Center and the Trezevant Foundation. The show will hang through August. For more information, contact Ken Hall at hallk@churchhealthcenter.org or 901-701-2303.

August 7 2016 - Program for adults with developmental disabilities.
"
Special Friends Fellowship Club.   A diocesan group consisting of members of All Saints, Grace-St. Luke’s, Calvary, Holy Communion, and St. Andrews has created a new ministry: Special Friends Fellowship Club. It kicked off on Sunday, June 26, at All Saints Episcopal Church. Special Friends is open to adults with developmental disabilities over the age of 19. The next meeting is Sunday, August 7 at All Saints Episcopal Church,1508 S White Station Rd, Memphis, Tennessee 38117. The events are held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include dinner, fun and games, and worship, and a great time to be together! Guests must register in advance with Janie Morris at 901-761-1020 or morrishome1@bellsouth.net.

August 9, 7 PM, One-Man Play about St. Francis.
St. Patrick Center, Corner of Dr. M L King Jr  Ave & 4th.
Poster at Aug_9_2016_poster.jpg


August 9, 16, 23 7 PM. Temple Israel sessions, "Don't Worry". Led by Temple clergy with textbook

Seven Prayers That Can Change Your Life: How to Use Jewish Spiritual Wisdom to Enhance Your Health, Relationships, and Daily Effectiveness by Leonard Felder, PhD.    Charge. details http://www.timemphis.org/sites/default/files/Voice%20June-July%202016_Reduce%20Stress.pdf

August 11, 6 PM, Speaker on Bangladesh Jerry and Judy Bettice
will host Bill Christensen who will share the story about the work that he has done for more than twenty years and continues to do with the poorest of the poor in Bangladesh.   http://www.psdintl.org/
RSVP and for directions call 
327-8067 or  e-mail  jbettice@earthlink.net

August 13, 9 AM. 5K Run for Palestine/Education. Shelby Farms Park.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1396750917020997/

August 13 6-8 PM.  Major Speaker (interfaith emphasis) Masjid Al-Mu'minun,
4412 South Third Street, Memphis 38109.
Poster at Aug_13_2016_Interfaith.jpg   
If you have not visited this mosque, or heard an example of Muslim efforts at interfaith work in Africa, this will be of special interest.
 "Serigne Mame Mor Mbacke,   is an international leader within the Murid movement founded by Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba (his grandfather) from Senegal.
The faith and academic communities are invited to meet Serigne Mame Mor Mbacke personally as well as become more familiar with the wholesome and abundant life envisioned and exemplified in the movement that he represents."
 
August 13-14, "Doing the Work" Workshop, Unity Church of Practical Christianity. $50 fee Saturday.
"Peace or  Pain? Worry or Calm? Stuck or Liberated? Howare you going to live your life? You Decide!"
http://www.unitychurchofpracticalchristianity.org/whats-happening/empowered-living-doing-the-work-byron-katie-workshop
August 16, American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee meeting, Memphis Botanic Garden.  (AIPAC is  extremely pro-Israeli-Government-in-power and may not be a comfortable meeting from an "interfaith" viewpoint, but I felt it appropriate to let people know it is happening.)
This was a "save-the-date notice, no hours given,
http://app.reply.aipac.org/e/es?s=1843795798&e=74364&elq=1706cb9ac8e34d07a17c4301975a2325

August 16 or 17 6 PM - planning meeting, CNV (Committee on Non-Violence?)  is working to plan new activities. Planning meeting at Caritas.
Write "Morman, Monica" <monica.morman@lmunet.edu>   to get on the e-mail list for schedule and details.


Aug 19-21  Major conference for Episcopal Men at Sewanee, TN.  https://tnchurchmen.org/

August 21, 8:30-1:30  Bloodmobile at Temple Israel.

August 21, 2 PM. Fashion show organized by teens at Temple Israel,
fundraiser tor the Exceptional Foundation, $10.


August 24.  Campaign for Nonviolence - Planning meeting at Caritas, 6:30 PM, planning for an interfaith vigil Sunday 9/18 at the Civil Rights Museum and a Nonviolent Memphis Event Friday 9/23.

August 24, Wednesday, Movie Night at the Unity Church of Practical Christianity.  6:30 PM.  "The Right Questions by Filmmaker Benjamin David Smith. When a sociology grad student spends his last semester living on the street in order to write his thesis on the homeless, he realizes he's bitten off more than he can chew. He struggles with objectivity as he's pulled into the lives of the very people he's trying to study. Just when he thinks he's regained control, a 10-year old boy will change his life forever.   [an e-mail says "double feature this week", but I can't find what else they have...)


Thursday August 25, 7 PM. Temple Israel. Music Sharing for Adults. Bring instruments, voices, etc. Last Thursday of each month.
Info contact Abbie Strauss at abbies@timemphis.org

August 27, Saturday, 10 AM, Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Discourse by scholar from Karnataka,
poster at 8_27_16_Nirmalananda.jpg
There are also special prayers Aug 24 8am to noon, Aug 25 9 AM, Aug 27 1 to 3 PM

August 27, 1:00 to 3:30 PM.  Children's Programs at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
The poster at http://icctmemphis.org/icct/home/kids_janmastami  is particularly attractive.

August 27, Sept 3 - Beethoven Club, free concerts.
http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=c986701d92297b94ce6e569b6&id=f432696e98&e=053a4e2a7d


August 28 - beginning of Fall Hebrew Classes at Temple Israel. Contact 
Dick Rubin at rmrubin@att.net.

August 31, Wednesday, 11:30 AM. Temple Israel, Lunch: "Family Love Letters, Peace of Mind During Vulnerable Times.
(
a program on legacy wealth management, estate planning, I think.)    RSVP by Aug 26, 901.761.3130 
Temple Israel is also organizing a trip to Israel, Dec 22 - Jan 2.





Until July 24. Art Exhibit, "Eye of Storm - Hidden Riches". Art by Stormie Steele, at Unity Church of Practical Christianity.
More info at https://stormiesteele.com/2016/06/02/eye-of-storm-hidden-riches/


The Film Group Indie Memphis is having a Youth Film Fest this Fall and is seeking entries from youth )up to an including June 2016 high school graduates.  A possible Youth Group project?  Submission deadline August 21. See http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1116744675827&ca=e5e3478f-da58-4997-9018-553aae634e30

June 5  (Approximate) start of Ramadan, the major Muslim month of repentance.  Fasting (no food or drink) sunrise to sunset. For several weeks, many mosque sermons  have concerned preparing for Ramadan; many of them are indistinguishable from Synagogue sermons leading up to Yom Kippur except that the scriptures read are in Arabic instead of Hebrew.
       Many customs are different in detail yet similar in spirit. Jews get "double credit" for good deeds in the ten days leading up to Yom Kippur, Muslims get it in the last ten days of Ramadan, if I understand correctly.  Synagogues regard it as an auspicious fund-rasiing period, and so do mosques. An interesting Muslim practice is that (quote from a mosque newsletter:)
      The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,
      "Whoever feeds a fasting person will have a reward like that of the fasting person, without any reduction in his reward."
       (Recorded by Ahmad and Al-Nasai. Also verified by Al-Albani as Authentic)
(Donations of any amount accepted, but $250 will feed one family for the month.)
philanthropy@memphisislamiccenter.org   

Ramadan ended on July 6 with Eid - El - Fitr, the Feast of the Completion


July 8, 7:30 PM. Church Health Center Night at the Redbirds.
7:05 PM Baseball game. $4 of every ticket sold through the link below goes to Church Health Center,

To purchase tickets, click the link below. Log in using the username "churchhealth" and the password "churchhealth," and you will be taken to the block of seats that have been reserved for our group. After you have selected your seats, proceed to checkout and click "New Account" to enter your payment information.

Buy Tickets

July 9, 7-9 AM. Serve breakfast to the homeless. From St. John's Episcopal:
"Volunteers Needed to Serve Breakfast at St. Luke's:  We are recruiting folks to help Sunday, July 9th from 7-9AM with St. Luke's Methodist Church Sunday morning breakfast - located at Highland and Midland. They serve about 80 homeless and others who live in poverty, mostly in the Buntyn and University of Memphis area. We need about 8 people to cook, serve and clean up. Contact Lesley Dillon (lesleyrd@aol.com or 901-493-5649) if you can help. Children 12 and up welcome."

July 9, 6 PM. Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
Shashti - Sri Subramanya Abhishekam


July 9, 9:30 - noon, Zumbathon for St., Jude. $5 admission.
Church of the Holy Communion, Episcopal, Walnut Grove between Perkins.

July 10, Goodbye reception for Rev. Chris Girata, Calvary Episcopal Church, following the 10 AM service.

July 16 - Overnight Urban Campout for all ages, Holy Communion Episcopal Church. 6 PM setup, 6:30 dinner, 8:30 movie, etc.
Details at http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101552278430&ca=2808bdfb-bcd6-4ea1-942d-df2ea606c32d
(there are also other events listed in this church bulletin, at the website.)

July 16, "Wet Havdalah", a family party at the close of the Sabbath, Temple Israel. Families and Children. Party starts 4 PM, bring water shoes, bathing suits, towels for kids. Pizza follows.  Reservations at

https://timemphis.wufoo.com/forms/sbitha50hoae5g/?utm_source=Temple+Israel+News&utm_campaign=faf48589e5-Temple_Israel_News_5_July_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_70ba279f7f-faf48589e5-92698110

July 19-21. Facing History Seminar for Teachers. (Charge).

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Exploring Freedom and Democracy
https://www.facinghistory.org/calendar/s2016mem3-interdisciplinary-approach-exploring-freedom-and-democracy

 
Wed, July 20, 12pm – 1pm, Temple Israel Lunch and Learn
The Living Wisely series with Rabbi Strauss explores how Jewish holidays enrich our lives. The topic for July 20 is "When Will We Find Peace? " Find out as we explore the minor holiday, the 17th of Tammuz. Please bring your brown bag lunch; cookies and drinks will be supplied. To RSVP, https://timemphis.wufoo.com/forms/s1rmdxtb1tx819q/

July 26. 10-2 Tomato Contest.
The Church Health Center will celebrate the almighty tomato at its second annual Farmers Market Tomato Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26 at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. Our tomato vendors will go head-to-head to see who has the tastiest tomato in the Mid-South. Who’ll be the judge? YOU! Stop by and cast your vote! For more information, contact Jimmy Hoxie at 901-701-2228 or hoxiej@churchhealthcenter.org.

July 26, 4-6 PM
The Church Health Center will screen Willy Bearden’s documentary Perea: A Bright Spot from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26 at Trezevant Manor (3734 Waynoka Dr.) Local filmmaker Willy Bearden and Dr. Scott Morris will be on-hand for a question & answer session after the screening of this film that profiles the work of Perea Preschool in Memphis' Klondike neighborhood. For more information, contact Ken Hall at hallk@churchhealthcenter.org or 901-701-2303.

July 28   6:30 PM and July 30, 12 noon, Dance Workshop.
The Church Health Center will host an Urban Fusion Dance Workshop on Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, July 30 at 12 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. Open to ages 10 and up, this workshop is an eclectic, energetic class where you’ll learn a hip-hop dance with a feel-good vibe from award-winning dance instructor Jaukeem Balcom. Pay what you can! Please wear shirts with sleeves and modest, loose-fitting attire. Contact Kristina Hall at hallkr@churchhealthcenter.org or 901-701-2241 to register.

July 29-31 The Trinity Institute. "Listen for a Change" An important symposium
in New York held in January, recreated in video in Memphis, local discussion groups. Hosted locally at St. George's Episcopal Cathedral on Poplar.  https://www.trinitywallstreet.org/trinity-institute/2016/home
Local liaison is the Memphis School of Servant Leadership, Kristin at foxtrautman@gmail.com
Planning meetings every other week during the summer.  A wonderful event that has had a very good interfaith turnout in past years.



June 25. Healthy Memphis - Common Table - Healthy Shelby.  5K and 1-mile walk at Shelby Farms.
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102490406310&ca=161ebb0a-b461-4ad1-b423-0bf8d2c2b107


June 25, Memphis Theological Center Night at the Redbirds., Ball game 6:35 PM. "Join Memphis Theological Seminary Saturday, June 25 at 6:35 p.m. at AutoZone Park in Downtown Memphis as the Memphis Redbirds face the New Orleans Zephyrs. MTS is the featured non-profit organization and will be highlighted throughout the game. President Jay Earheart-Brown will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Log onto http://www.milb.com/tickets/singlegame for ticket information. Wear your MTS gear and come out to show your support! "

June 26. 4 PM, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.  Evensong.
This Evensong will celebrate the one year anniversary of the SCOTUS ruling on Marriage Equality. Evensong is a beautiful service of evening prayer during which most of the office is rendered chorally.  A reception will follow in Martyrs Hall. The offering that evening will go to Project Metamorphosis which addresses LGBTQ youth homelessness.   http://www.stmarysmemphis.org/      Flier is at http://Memphisirg.org/Evensong_6_26_16.jpg

June 27. Annual Fundraising dinner, Masjid As-Salaam.
This is the 27th day of Ramadan, so the dinner is after sunset.

June 29, 6:30-8 PM. Closing barbecue reception (with Eucharist) for the "City of Soul" project at Grace-St.Lukes Episcopal Church.
Details at http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101552278430&ca=49cf465a-0adc-471c-8dd6-607ffd1fd9d9
(there are also other events listed in this church bulletin, at the website.)


June 30,  7 PM.  Temple Israel - Music Sharing.
 
RSVP online and then come enjoy music at the Music Sharing Session with Cantorial Soloist Abbie Strauss. We will sing together and prepare songs for the Friday night service on July 1.  RSVP at https://timemphis.wufoo.com/forms/s1e9vka917c3dyp/
This newsletter at http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=7bda15083be90232089d87536&id=28d3f5dba6&e=0b2f5806a0

June 6-11  PRIZM Summer Music Camp for talented young musicians.  901-598-9105 or http://prizmensemble.com
Public concerts at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church  June 6 at 7 PM; June 9,10,&11 at 7PM;  June 11 at 1 PM. Price $18 full / $10 reduced.

Programs are at http://prizmensemble.com/tickets#orderform.  I must admit a liking for PDQ Bach; one of his easier pieces will be on the Saturday matinee program.


June 6-11   Lifeblood Donor Fest. A week of special blood drives, ending with a party Saturday June 11 9:30 - 11 AM

at the football field at St. Benedict at Auburndale High, 8250 Varnavas Dr, Cordova, TN 38016   http://www.donorfest.org/

June 11-12 is the Jewish Holiday of Shavuot (a/k/a Pentecost, The Feast of Weeks). One of the three major "pilgrimage" holidays, this commemorates the giving of the Law at Mt. Sinai.  It is marked in synagogues by the reading of the Ten Commandments (generally, in Hebrew). The celebration of this holiday 50 days (seven weeks) after the death of Jesus is the occasion of the "Pentecost" stories in the Gospels. Like several other Jewish holidays, there are special memorial prayers for deceased family members, often causing relatively large attendance. Another reading is the Book of Ruth, often used as a springboard for families to talk with children in the conversations typically called "birds and bees" in American popular culture. Traditionally meat is not eaten, an excuse for lots of cheesecake and ice cream.

   Examples:  
   Temple Israel has its Shavuot service Saturday at 8:30 PM, refreshments, brief service, study groups. (Cheesecake competition), the memorial service Sunday morning 10 AM

    Chabad has an "all night" service starting Saturday at 10:30 PM. Sunday morning is a traditional (Hebrew) service at 10 AM followed at 11 AM by a party with lots of cheesecake, ice cream, blintzes, etc.

     ASBEE has programs at 7:45 PM,. 10 PM, 11 PM Saturday,  8:45 AM Sunday,  7:45 AM Monday, 7, 8, 8:15 PM Monday

June 7-10, FACING HISTORY seminar Holocaust and Human Behavior, for teachers grades 6-12 (mainly History and English),
Learn more about this seminar at https://www.facinghistory.org/calendar/s2016mem1-holocaust-and-human-behavior
See more about Facing History at  https://www.facinghistory.org/news-and-media
 

June 10-12 Memphis Potters Guild show at the Botanic Garden. 
http://www.thememphispottersguild.com
Friday 5-8, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 11-5


June 12, 3 PM. Beethoven Club Concert
. Beethoven Club, 263. S. McLean, Free Admission.  Program at 
http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c986701d92297b94ce6e569b6&id=2b51757e67&e=053a4e2a7d


June 12, 2016: 10th Annual Ramadan Interfaith Iftar Dinner. The dinner will be held at 6 PM at The Esplanade in Cordova. This is one of the major events of the interfaith year, Plan to attend - reserve in advance when they open reservations, it fills up. Free.
RESERVATIONS NOW OPEN -http://www.memphisinterfaith.org/event/10th-annual-memphis-interfaith-dinner/

June 14, Tuesday, 7 PM. Movie at Temple Israel.  Imber's Left Hand. A painter is stricken with ALS.
RSVP

http://www.timemphis.org/sites/default/files/Voice June-July 2016_Movies.pdf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yacpqzgv8Wc


June 15. An attempt to match charities and volunteers.  "Could we be The One? Volunteer Odyssey is hosting Minute Match, a "speed dating" event created to pair Memphians with the local nonprofit that has the right volunteer opportunity for them. Stop by Emerge Memphis June 15th from 5:30-7:30 p.m., if you are looking to start volunteering. Maybe we'll get a second date!Info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1537672053209168/
 RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/voluncheers-minute-match-tickets-25483325312
My impression is they are charging $5 to cover food and  beer Age 21+.

June 15.  Wednesday 6 - 8 PM, Know Your Rights  Theatre Workshop, doubling as a "Young Professionals Mixer". Free Live Music, Theater

  Cocktails available but I can't say if they are free! Sponsored by Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.
Details at http://midsouthpeace.org/civicrm/index.php?q=civicrm/mailing/view&reset=1&id=43#loadedload


June 15-18. Chamber Music Festival at Grace-St. Lukes Episcopal Church
. Free, Weds - Sat 7:30 PM, Thurs & Friday 3 PM.
http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=977d4989f9b8042aaf1c44e93&id=bc95641e32&e=c6777cf3dc

June 17-19, Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Discourses
by Sri Swami Abhishek Chaitanya Giri Maharaj. "..,,in his travels around the world enthralling avid listeners with his unique style of discourses on Vedanta. He accepts and guides whoever approaches him, seeing only the positive in each one's personal inclinations, urging every individual toward the final goal.."  Friday 6:30 PM, Saturday 11 AM & 6 PM, Sunday 10 AM & 6 PM.
This is part of the 22nd Anniversary Celebration of this Temple, June 15-19. An excellent time to see this impressive set of buildings, which is easier to get to for many people now that route I-269 is complete (on US 64 very close to I-269)

June 18, Saturday, 9 am - 2 pm. Literacy teacher training. St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral has a breakfast every Wednesday morning, open to all, that attracts perhaps 200 homeless people.
Give Someone the Gift of Reading - Be a Literacy Mentor
Literacy Training - Saturday, June 18 - 9 am to 2 pm
Literacy Mid-South will lead a training session at St. Mary's on Saturday, June 18th, for all volunteers who want to be trained to work with our guests after the Wednesday Community Breakfast on learning to read. Contact George Cowan for more info: owcinc@mindspring.com

June 18, Canoe and Kayak Race benefits Church Health Center. For more information, visit  http://outdoorsinc.com.

June 19, 9am - 3 pm, Give2Live  Gently Used Sale, Freedom's Chapel. 961 Getwell Rd.
Sale Benefiting Make A Difference, http://www.madifference.org/'

June 20, Monday, 6:00 PM. Annual Meeting of Jewish Community Partners (the umbrella Memphis Jewish charity), JCC  6560 Poplar.
RSVP http://www.jcpmemphis.org/rsvp

June 23, 7 PM. Movie, Temple Israel. A Borrowed Identity.  A Palestinian boy in an Israeli Jewish boarding school.
RSVP
http://www.timemphis.org/sites/default/files/Voice June-July 2016_Movies.pdf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdlBEyFMeg0

May 31, Hanuman Jayarthi prayers at Indian Cultural Center and Temple. 9:30 & 10:30 AM, 6-8 PM.


June 1, Noon. Lunch & Learn at Temple Israel.
  Bring your own lunch. Rabbi Feivel Strauss discusses "The Newest Jewish Holiday - Jerusalem Day" 
>RSVP


June 3, 5:30-7:30 PM. Opening reception, art exhibit at Ross Gallery, Plough Library, Christian Brothers University.
Rollin M. Kocsis: A Retrospective, 50 Years and Counting.  Exhibit runs June 3- August 3.  http://www.cbu.edu/gallery

June 3 and 4, preparations for Ramadan (see June 5 below). :  Al-Huda University & Islamic Association of Greater Memphis - Masjid Ar-Rahman cordially invite you to a seminar "All About Zakat" by Dr. Main Al-Qudah NEXT Friday 6/3 After Maghrib & On Saturday 6/4 After Fajr Prayer "Fiqh of Ramadan" 

("Zakat" is essentially "charity", in the sense in which it is what is expected: Hebrew is "Tzedaka"; Christian "tithing" is pretty close, although the Muslims use a percentage of capital reather than a percentage of income.  "Fiqh" is the rules or jurisprudence, in this case the technical riules abouit fasting in Ramadan.  Maghrib prayer is at about 8 PM and Fajr prayer is about 4:25 AM . Yes, that's right - the Muslims really do have some of their "Sunday School" classes at what many of us would call "the first crack of dawn." )  A good explanation of the "rules of Ramadan" readable by a non-Muslim is at
http://mca-a2.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/A-Guide-to-the-Fiqh-of-Ramadan.pdf


June 4, 7:30 p.m. Lindenwood Christian Church  Beethoven Club 2016 Benefit Concert

This concert will be the third annual collaboration between the Beethoven Club and the MRO. It will feature sopranos Chelsea Miller and Lesley Friend. Proceeds will go toward the annual Young Artists Competition
Tickets $10 adults, $5 students
available online after May 1 at www.beethovenclubmemphis.org
or at the door     Call 901-493-0958 for more information.


June 9, Movie at Temple Israel.  7 PM. Free. Zemene, an Ethiopian girl seeks medical help. 
RSVP

http://www.timemphis.org/sites/default/files/Voice June-July 2016_Movies.pdf
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/zemene   

Art Exhibit at Temple Israel: Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz  has been extended through May 26.
http://timemphis.org/about-temple/museum

May 22, Sunday 1 - 4 PM, STOP HUNGER NOW - MEAL PACKING EVENT.  This gets a large turnout and has been great fun in past years - packing prepackaged meals for overseas refugees. Pleasant View School,     Pleasant View School      1888 Bartlett Road, Memphis, TN 38134 United States

Sign up in advance at  http://www.memphisinterfaith.org/


May 22, 2 PM, Lecture, "Back in the USSR: The Struggle to free Soviet Jews."  Robyn Hetzner, Jewish Historical Society, at the Memphios Jewish Community Center.   http://www.jhsmem.org/


May 23, 5:45 PM  Discussions with legislature candidates, sponsored by Sierra Club, at Idlewild Presbyterian Church.


May 24,Tuesday 7 PM. Movie at Paradiso Cinema, Poplar at Mendenhall
Soledad O'Brian, "The War Comes Home".  Two veterans of the Iraq war suffer from Post-traumatic Stress.  Among the therapies attempted: transcendental meditiation.  A Fathom Events show, so it will be at Special Events prices - I can't find the price on line, might e.g. be $20.   http://www.malco.com/movie.php?selected_movie=4640

May 26 - close of clay sculpture exhibit at the Ross Gallery, Plough Library, CBU:  Agnes Gordon Stark.

May 26, Thursday, 5 PM. "Lag b'Omer", the 33rd day after Passover, is a very minor Jewish holiday, coinsidered a good excuse for a party. Barbeque, kids games, etc., at Chabad, ($10 suggested donation). 2570 Kirby Parkway, north of Quince.



May 27-29, Community Organizing Training at Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. Done once a year, and highly recommended.
https://midsouthpeace.org/events/community-organizing-skills-training


May 27, 6 and 8 PM, May 28 2-4-6 PM. Live Music on Beale. Plus-1 Jams, benefiting MIFA and MLGW's Plus-1 emergency assistance program.
Musicians will volunteer their talents at the MLGW tent located on Beale Street between Main Street and Second Street. Some of the acts include talented musicians who are MLGW employees.  (From the MIFA Minute, an e-mail newsletter. You can sign up for their newsletter at http://www.mifa.org/  under

"news and events" but they don't seem to have the newsletter (which lists the bands and musical styles) online.

May 28, 7:30 PM - Summer Symphony at the Botanic Garden - $20 Advance, $25 at door.) Hey, I like the Botanic Garden and outdoor concerts. Why not? http://www.summersymphonylive.com/


May 29, 9:15 AM, Speaker at Church of The Holy Communion (Episcopal, Walnut Grove between Perkins)

The Very Rev. Gregory Jenks, Dean of St George's College, Jerusalem.  I do not know whether he'll be talking theology, or about the situation of this Anglican college and divinity school in East Jerusalem. I have a very fond spot for the school, having (somewhat improbably) given a lecture there in 1971 on how American Judaism differed from Israeli Judaism.

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101552278430&ca=7e803f6d-96a1-4522-ba34-494cd9498cc2

May 29, Calvary Episcopal (downtown) welcomes a new Curate, Rev Niel Raman. Reception after the 10 AM service (about 11:15.)

Sunday breakfast is at 8:45 AM. Calvary has a particular long newsletter issue for the summer:
http://calvarymemphis.org/assets/1981/chronicle_may_june_july_16_web.pdf

May 29. Gong Meditation, Sonic Massage, at the Unity Church of Practical Christianity
http://www.unitychurchofpracticalchristianity.org/whats-happening/faye-henry-is-coming-back-to-ucpc
(Morning Service 10:30, Potluck lunch, sonic massage.  $20 suggested donation for the gong workshop.)


May 30  Fund-raising dinner ($180), scholarship fund of Margolin Hebrew Academy/Yeshiva.
At Baron Hirsch Synagogue. 6 PM. Reservations 682-2400  http://www.mhafyos.org/


May 1, Sunday, 9-10 AM Performance of "Voices from the Memphis Massacre"
Where:  Freedom's Chapel Christian Church, 961 Getwell Rd, Memphis, 38111. (map)
Description:  The Memphis Theological Seminary and Freedom's Chapel Christian Church will present "Voices from the Memphis Massacre," a performance commemorating the victims and survivors of the Memphis Massacre. This event is free and open to the public. Contact emann@memphisseminary.edu for more information.   http://www.memphis.edu/memphis-massacre/calendar/index.php


May 1, Sunday, 3:30-4:30 PM. The NAACP dedicates a historical marker for victims of the 1866 Memphis Massacre. Ceremony at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St., then a march to Army-Navy Park at 2nd & GE Patterson.


May 2,  "The 1866 Memphis Massacre and the Fourteenth Amendment"

When: Mon, May 2, 1:45pm – 5:30pm
Where: National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103, United States (map)
Description: The Memphis NAACP and the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association are co-sponsoring a public forum/CLE examining the Memphis Massacre and its connection to the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Please look at http://www.memphis.edu/memphis-massacre/calendar/index.php  - seating may be limited



May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm  National Civil Rights Museum.
NCRM Hooks•Hyde Hall,  450 Mulberry StMemphis, TN 38103 United States  
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Political cartoonist, Khalid Al-Baih, of Khartoon! joins art road trip Culturunners tour to discuss how he uses art to further understanding of social justice and human rights issues in the Middle East and the U.S.


May 7  Sat,  1-3pm   Cordova Bowling Center
Frame it Up for Humanity is a bowling fundraiser whose proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. The $30/person admission includes shoe rental, pizza, and soft drinks. Buy tickets now!

May 7 - 27
Exhibition: "Free at Last: Emancipation and Reconstruction in Tennessee"
2232 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114,  (
the Orange Mound Gallery in the Lamar-Airways Shopping Center)
Details at  http://www.memphis.edu/memphis-massacre/calendar/index.php



May 8, 6 PM Symphony in the Gardens. http://www.memphissymphony.org/specials
   $20, $5 children. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra performing on the lawn of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is one of the great pleasures of Memphis. Bring a picnic, bring little kids and let them run and dance to the music, enjoy!  Fancy prepared picnics and fancy table settings and locations as higher fundraiser) prices - see the poster on the website indicated.


May 11, 5:30-7:00. Calvary Episcopal Church. Low Country Boil. $10 adult, $5 kids, $30 family. Choral evensong at 6:45 with Boys and Gitrls Choirs and Canterbury Choir of Grace - St Luke's.
http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5472ab64f8f0fa71714dbebcb&id=56145a309d&e=2f75c3ec8d#mctoc10


May 12: 1:15 AM (fundraiser) Annual meeting of Common Table Health Alliance. Topic: Childhood Obesity, have we finally turned the corner?
Racquet Club.
  http://www.commontablehealth.org/    $75

May 14, 10 AM. Graduation Ceremony, Memphis Theological Seminary. First Baptist Church-Broad. 2835 Broad Ave. Memphis, TN 38112
http://memphisseminary.edu/graduation-information/


May 15 Sunday 2 - 5 PM  Song Festival at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple (Hindu Temple). Volunteers signing songs of particular writers, unless I misunderstand.


Sun, May 15, 2:45pm  (Notice from Temple Israel)
Ashley Tobias, chair of this program, invites adults of all ages to join Rabbi Greenstein – who has served on the Board and Executive Committee of the National Civil Rights Museum since the 1990s – as he leads a thought-provoking tour of the museum through a Jewish lens
> RSVP ($13/person)

May 15 will be the Parish Picnic at Calvary Episcopal Church. I note with amusement their "kiss a pig" contest - people vote for someone by contributing nonperishable food items for the Grace-St. Lukes food pantry by May 8, the person with the most votes gets to kiss the pig at the parish picnic. (Ionly know two or three of the contestants personally...)  Party in Court Square, $10 adults, $5 kids, $30 family.
http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5472ab64f8f0fa71714dbebcb&id=56145a309d&e=2f75c3ec8d#mctoc11


May 20-21. Symposium at U of Memphis: Memories of a Massacre: Memphis in 1866, a Symposium Exploring Slavery, Emancipation, and Reconstruction," which will take place May 20-21, 2016. It is jointly sponsored by the National Parks Service, the College of Arts and Sciences, the History Department, the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities, and additional community and campus partners.The key public lecture will be May 20, reception 5:30, lecture at 6, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of American History: Remembering Reconstruction. Robert K. Sutton // Chief Historian of the National Parks Service
More information at http://www.memphis.edu/moch/events/index.php  






April 13, Wednesday, 6 PM Free Movie at the National Civil Rights Museum:

  WALK WITH ME: The Trials of Damon J. Keith   Reception at 5:30.

In the wake of the 1967   Detroit race riots, rookie African American Judge Damon J. Keith shook the nation as he challenged the status quo and faced off against angry crowds,   the KKK, and even a sitting U.S. President.  WATCH THE TRAILER HERE   RSVP REQUIRED. CLICK HERE.

April 7, 6 PM, Women's dinner with Mitzi Minor. Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal). Walnut Grove between Perkins.   " The Holy Communion Women's Ministry invites all women to a dinner Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m. in the parish hall.  All women are invited and encouraged to attend. Guest speaker: Dr. Mitzi Minor, Mary Magdalene Professor of New Testament at Memphis Theological Seminary.
 Tickets in advance: $20 --  drop off checks at the church;
nursery provided (free of charge) by reservation.

A great night of fellowship, good food and great conversation!"


April 7, 7:30 PM.  Rabbinic Panel   Jewish Community Center

The MJCC hosts this panel discussion with rabbis, including Rabbi Strauss of Temple Israel. Learn how "ruach hasport" (sportsmanship / teamwork) is rooted in Jewish texts and traditions and how to incorporate it into your daily life.


April 8, 6:30 or 7 PM. Lecture, Akhenaten and the origins of monotheism in ancient Egypt. Mitchell Hall, Univ. of Memphis. Reception 6:30, lecture at 7 PM.
Sponsored by History Dept, Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, etc.   Dr. James Hoffmeier, Trinity International University.


April 8-9, Annual Gandhi-King Conference.  A very important annual event. Thwe schedule is now online at
http://www.gandhikingconference.org/


April 9 1-5 PM, rain date April 16, Memphis Arts Festival, Morris Park. Muslim sponsorship: Amin Center, http://aminusa.org/
(Morris Park is on Poplar opposite St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.  The AMin Center appears to be concerned with the needs and interests of converts to Islam.)

April 9 -"Striving For Justice" Tour of the Islamic Society of North America.  This is not a "denomination" in the sense of Methodists, Baptists, etc., although its magazine and many of the services provided look much like those organizations. A major meeting at the Cook Convention Center; registration charge.   One difference from a typical Christian denominational convention is a "matrimonial event", a meet-and-greet with the obvious purpose.

"An amazing day with outstanding speakers and an exceptional audience. Speakers include Omar Suleiman, Linda Sarsour, Azhar Azeez, our own Sh Yasir Qadhiand many more. The conference will be held in the Memphis Cook Convention Center on April 9th, 2016.

Other attractions include a youth track program, dinner banquet with entertainment, and matrimonial event; all on the same day. This is an eventful Saturday you won't want to miss!"   http://www.isna.net/isna-conference-in-memphis.html

April 9 at 11 AM to April 10 at 11 AM - Indian Cultural Center and Temple - Recitation of the Ramayana epic.
   
Construction seems to be permanently underway at the Temple - if you have not visited in a while it is worth the visit.
    It is now easy to reach, near the intersection of Route 64 and I- 269 (Morris Parkway) now that the new parkway is complete.
Directions at https://icctmemphis.org/icct/home/icct_directions
A history of the Temple is at https://icctmemphis.org/icct/home/icct_history

April 10 after 11 am service, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.  Labyrinth dedication.

April 10, 12 - 2 PM.  Midtown Mosque Open House.
1288 Jackson St  Memphis,TN 38107. See the renovations, hear plans, visit the community garden.  If you haven't visited a mosque, this is an interesting occasion other than a religious service to do so.

April 10, Sunday, 2PM Movie, Jewish Community Center. "Draw Back the Curtain". The story of Jews leaving the Soviet Union to come to America in the late 1980's.  As I understand it this film is about immigrants to Richmond, Virginia, and their are plans to make a similar film about Memphis. Sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the Mid-South.  This should be of interest to other communities in Memphis that are concerned with absorption of immigrants.

April 10, Sunday, 6 PM. Handel's Messiah, Parts II and III.  Independent Presbyterian Church, 4738 Walnut Grove Road.  http://www.indepres.org/events/messiah-/


April 10, 7 PM at Rhodes College, and April 11, 7 PM, Jewish Community Center. Memphis Friends of Israel has a speaker,
Melanie Phillips.  These will surely be strongly pro-Israel. Her book "Londonistan" is "about the British establishment's capitulation to Islamist aggression", according to the poster.  While Rhodes college usually does well, I'm not sure that these will be occasions where polite differences of opinion will be possible.  Still, I thought the evnts should be noted.  http://www.memphisfoi.org/


April 12, Tuesday 3 PM  Panel on Equal Pay for Women, Benjamin Hooks Library, sponsored by the American Association of University Women. 



Indian Cultural Center and Temple. It is worth checking their website as often I get rather short notice of events.
https://icctmemphis.org/icct/home/node
 The Tamil New Year was April 13.  April 20-24 is a sequence of major prayers for universal peace, see
https://icctmemphis.org/icct/home/yagnam 
I'm not sure what the ceremonies are connected with the major renovations of the Temple in June - I gather the builkding(s) may be closed and ceremonial figures will be displayed in the grounds. Explanation, anyone?
https://icctmemphis.org/icct/home/Jeernodharana2017
There is a calendar at  https://icctmemphis.org/icct/home/Cal_2016/#Mar16
April 15 and 17 - <<Sri Rama Navami is celebrating the birth of Lord Rama - the 7th avatar of Lord Vishnu to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya.  Vasantotsavam is an annual Seva celebrated to celebrate the arrival of spring season. Vasantotsavam is the combination of 2 words - "Vasantha" (Spring season in Sanskrit) and "Utsavam" (festival in Sanskrit).>>
Services 9:30 and 6:30 on Friday  April 15, followed by dinner
Services 10 AM Sunday, followed by lunch, then a service at 6 PM



April 14-17, visiting musician at Temple Israel. Numerous programs.

details at   http://www.timemphis.org/sites/default/files/Noah%20Aronson.pdf
Outdoor Concert 6 PM Saturday - bring a picnic (it is probably too late to order one online, but they may have extras to sell there.)

April 15, 6:30 PM  Feast & Follies Cabaret, Calvary Episcopal Church. Hors D'oevres, sweets, drinks, show music and non-sacred tunes, A Friends of Music fundraiser and live auction.
 http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5472ab64f8f0fa71714dbebcb&id=4ae5dd30cf&e=2f75c3ec8d
gives the number to call for tickets, but not the price --- it is $50, I believe.


POSTPONED(problems with the venue) (had been planned for) April 16-17, "1 Universe" Universal Fest, the Cannon Center.

Our friend Sandeep Pednekar is planning a major event, with major festivities possibly including a parade downtown. He is actively seeking help and participants!
group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1002407836482759/
more specific info   https://www.facebook.com/groups/1002407836482759/permalink/1002411149815761/
 

April 16, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Buckman Performing Arts Center at St Mary's School, Walnut Grove and Perkins.  Admission $28.  Musicians from the refugee camps.  537-1481   or

http://buckmanartscenter.com


April 16, Saturday, 5-7 PM National Civil Rights Museum, "Parent 2 Parent", "a conversation with Black and Hispanic parents about "the talk" they have with their sons and daughters about being black and brown in America." Speaker: Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, "Mothers and Black Boys Exploring Issues of Risk" Panelists: Tango Jackson, Nadida T. Amatullla-Matin, Mohammad Kamal, Tony Neal, Giovanni Madriz, and Omar Paez
Moderator: Dr. Christi Griffin, Founder & President of The Ethics Project, St. Louis, MO

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1110009660710&ca=12bbcd1d-a563-4e1c-b12d-910d502ad3f2





(ERROR  this is the 16th not the 18th) Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars,  Buckman Performing Center at St. Mary's, Perkins at Walnut Grove. Charge. Tickets 537-1483 or http://buckmanartscenter.com


April 17, Sunday, Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, a fundraiser for Porter-Leath. Riverside Drive.
http://www.porterleath.org/rajun-cajun-home


April 17, 2:30 PM Beethoven Club. 

For those interested in musical events, I should mention the local Beethoven Club,
http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=c986701d92297b94ce6e569b6&id=2eb8817c04&e=053a4e2a7d


April 20, Wednesday, 2PM. Unity Church of Practical Christianity, Their book group will be showing the movie "Soul Proof",
http://www.unitychurchofpracticalchristianity.org/whats-happening/soul-proof-documentary-showing


April 21, 7 PM.  The Vanderhaar Symposium (one of the major interfaith events of the year.)   Chad Pregracke will speak on "From The Bottom Up" One Man's Crusade to Clean America's Rivers.   CNN Hero of the Year 2013; a major force in cleaning rivers near Memphis.
University Theater, Christian Brothers University.  (
If you are new to the place, Enter off Central opposite the fairgrounds, the gateman will give directions.)    http://www.gvanderhaar.org/

April 21, Lecture, Rhodes College. Thomas Christensen – “1616: The World in Motion”
  at 6 p.m. Blount Auditorium, Buckman Hall (Reception at 5:30 p.m.) details at
https://www.rhodes.edu/content/spring-2016-schedule

This is part of a major symposium, April 21-22, about theworld of 1616 (a lot of emphasis on Shakespeare.)

http://www.rhodes.edu/1616


April 21, 2016 7-10 PM.  Annual Gala of the Benjamin Hooks Institute, Celebrating Black Men.
(Charge $100, tickets required)    Benjamin Hooks Institute Blog is at http://blogs.memphis.edu/benhooksinstitute/
"Triumph Through Perseverance"  Holiday Inn, U of Memphis.  Purchase tickets online by April 17.

Speaker is Marvin Ellison, CEO of J C Penney.



April 22. Friday, First evening of Passover.  This holiday celebrates the liberation of the Jews from Egypt. It has a close historical connection with Easter, as Jesus came to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.   The first two nights are celebrated with a festive ceremonial dinner called a "Seder" (literally, "order" as in "order of service").  Many local synagogues have celebrations and special services on the first or second evening and the first two and last two days.
CHABAD Memphis will have a very traditional Seder the first evening, reservations at
    https://jewishmemphiscom.clhosting.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/3271535/jewish/Seder-RSVP/lang/en
Temple Israel has its group seder the second evening, April 23 - this and other services are listed at
     http://www.timemphis.org/sites/default/files/Passover.pdf
See also April 27: Brit Hadasha




April 22-24 Weekend at Holy Communion Episcopal Church.  "Alleluia Be Our Measure" with a focus on service. Friday lecture by New Testament scholar Rev. Dr. Kathy Grieb; Saturday service project in connection with Emmanuel Center. The more I see of this, the more interesting it gets. Emmanuel Center is one of Memphis' particularly interesting inner-city ministries for youth.
 http://www.holycommunion.org/news/posts/urban-pilgrimage-a-place-to-gather-april-22-24




April 22, 5:30-7:30 Opening Reception, Exhibit "The Call of the Clay for 50 Years" exhibition by Agnes Gordon Stark, Ross Gallery, lower level of Plough Library, Christian Brothers University. Exhibition April 22 - May 26.


April 23. Saturday 9-12AM. "Walking as One"/  $15, free kids 12 and under, Church Health Center Wellness at 1115 Union Ave

"This year's 1.5-mile walk will be lead by the Mighty Souls Brass Band! Activities start at 9 a.m. and we'll start warming up for the walk with urban fusion dance before the walk kicks off at 10 a.m.   Activities include a kids' zone, Amurica Photo Booth, food trucks, and much more!

April 23, Family Night at Masjid Al-Noor.  Free. Dinner and program begin at about 7:30 PM

April 24, 1:30 PM Concert - Mighty Souls Brass Band. St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Outdoors, weather permitting. (Earth Day). Free, donations accepted.  There will be a picnic (Crawfish or barbeque, $10, kids $5, games etc.) following the 11 AM service, then the concert.


April 26, 6 PM ff. The Episcopal Gay-Lesbians-and-friends group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. 6 - Social - 6:30 worship 7 - dinner  7:45 program. 
http://www.stmarysmemphis.org/event/739772-2016-04-26-integrity-memphis-monthly-meeting/


April 27, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 PM. Neshoba Church (Unitarian-Universalist) Social Justice and Outreach Night. Topic-HUNGER
in America and the Mid-South Presentation by Andrew Bell, Marketing Manager of the Mid-South Food Bank followed by a facilitated discussion of the topic. Notice, click here.


April 27, 6-9 PM Brit Hadasha, the "Messianic Jewish Synagogue"  will hold a community Passover Seder at Germantown Methodist Church. Prices and details at http://www.brithadasha.org/index.php/2016-community-seder
"Come experience a traditional Jewish Passover seder with special emphasis on Yeshua the Messiah and His Last Supper."

The Messianic Jews are a group that identifies as Jews and also think that Jesus is the Messiah / Lord.  I'm not sure that they'd agree with me, but I view them as close to the Church of James in Jerusalem, which was effectively wiped out by the Romans when Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD.


April 29 - May 28. The Memphis In May schedule is now available (Canada is the honored country this year.)
http://www.memphisinmay.org/news   lists many of the events.  It does not list necessarily everything traditionally associated with Memphis in May
and Googling  -  Memphis in May 2016 - will find several pages with more details.


April 30, Saturday, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Clean-up Day: Berclair Elementary School, 810 N Perkins.
Second Prtesbyterian Church's adopted school.
" We hope you will join us as we help take care of our adopted school’s campus and gardens. Bring along your gloves, rakes, hoes, hedge clippers, brooms, and especially any wheelbarrows you may have! This is a great family service opportunity. If you have any questions, please email Kim Blankenship or call 531-6177. "

March 16 - May 13 - Exhibit at Temple Israel Museum - fabric work "Fabic of Survival",
embroidery, crocheting, etc. by Esther Krinitz, Highly recommended.
Read more at  http://www.timemphis.org/sites/default/files/Voice%20March%202016%208.pdf

Now to April 7 - The Interfaith Youth Corps is promoting "Better Together Day" on April 7, with an online challenge to write a few words and see those written by other when you do so.  https://www.ifyc.org/bettertogetherday

April 3, 8:30-1:30, Bloodmobile at Temple Israel.


April 4-5: The C.S. Lewis Lectures, sponsored by the Memphis Theological Seminary, at Lindenwood Christian Church.
http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=3218308aa96f3364a01e5ef45&id=aa7a7806d0&e=bfef1dc45f
Monday 7 PM, Tuesday 11 am and 7 PM.  Lectures by a leading authority on this famous and extremely popular author.
("Mere Christianity", "The Screwtape Letters", Narnia, Perelandria.)


April 5, First Tuesday, 6:30 PM - Roman Catholic Gays-Lesbians-etc-and Friends,
Marian Hall under the sanctuary at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. " Our presenters this month are from the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality: a ministry that serves homeless families by allowing them to stay together.   Come join us for food, prayer, and fellowship.  If you are in a rush and don't have time to cook or bring a food, no worries.  We always have extra and what we most want is your presence!"

March 20. Temple Israel Purim festival (picnic, kids games). 11:30 AM - 2 PM


March 20, Art show and sale at Memphis Jewish Home and Rehab, 36 Bazeberry Rd., Cordova. 756-3273. Donors sought.  2 to 5 PM. Free admission, valet parking. Art for dedication and for sale, wearable art and Jewelry.


March 20, 2-6 PM repeated March 23, 7 - 11 PM. Classic movie The Ten Commandments shown at the Paradiso Theatre, Poplar and Mendenhall. Part of the series at http://fathomevents.com  which often have higher-than-movie prices (e.g. $20 +/-)  This series includes a lot of operas, ballets, classic movies, shows about fine arts, etc., most of which don't qualify for this list of events of interfaith interest but may interest you anyway.  Note that while most of the "fathom events" are at the Paradiso, some are not - the nearest showing may be in Tupelo or Little Rock, so click through to see if and when the event is shown in Memphis.

March 23 - 24  PURIM, a minor Jewish Holiday celebrating the events of the biblical Book of Esther.
Note: according to Ian Fleming, Esther was the model for James Bond. It is fun to read the book (which most Jews consider a work of fiction) picturing a James Bond movie rather than a biblical epic. Many Purim celebrations are humorous in nature.
Temple Israel holds its religious service at 6 PM Wednesday March 23, reading the Book of Esther (children are traditionally issued noisemakers to amuse themselves during the Bible reading!). 
Temple Israel will hold its PURIM PLAY March 23 at 7:30 PM -
this is one of the great humorous musical comedies of the year in Memphis/ Get there very early (e.g. 7 PM) for good seats. FREE. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  I gather this year they will be making fun of the Musical "Hair" as well as of tbe story of Esther.


March 26, 10 AM-8 PM. MusliMEMFest. A major informational program - Art, Vendors, Entertainment - Food -
to connect with our Muslim neighbors.  More  information will be forthcoming. Poster at 3_26_16.pdf
for vendor information (and other information) go to http://muslimsinmemphis.org/vendor-registration/


March 31, Thursday, 5:30-7:30.  MIFA Founders Day Celebration. Interfaith Panel Discussion: Interfaith in Memphis: The Time Is Now. Music, Awards, etc. Panel: Rev Harry Durbin, Moderator; Imam Anwar Arafat, Rev Virzola Law, Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein.  The three panelists are among the best-informed and best speakers of the Memphis religious community.  Held at Church of the Holy Communion, 4645 Walnut Grove (between Perkins.)

Presented by the Muslim Community of Memphis with support also from Temple Israeli and the Church of the Holy Communion.

March 31, Orr Lecture, University of Memphis. The Economy of Violence: The American Revolution in the South  Alan Taylor // University of Virginia. 5:30 reception, 6:00 lecture. Details http://www.memphis.edu/moch/events/index.php



  Lenten Lecture Series at Calvary Episcopal Church.
The list of speakers for the Lenten Lecture Series, Tuesday-Friday,  is online at
http://calvarymemphis.org/lentenpreaching.  That site has brief biographies of the speakers.
Noon Tues-Thursday and  6:30 Wednesday evening. Excellent food available.
Feb 11-12 Rev John Pitzer (Baton Rouge, LA).   (Preaches Sunday Morning at St. Mary's Episcopal)
Feb 16-17, 17 evening: Rt. Rev Robert Wright (Atlanta, GA).
Feb 18-19: Rev Maxie Dunnam (local)
Feb 23, 24, 24 evening: Dr Tony Campolo (Pennsylvania).   
Feb 25, 26 : Rabbi Micah Greenstein (local, often crowded))
March 1, 2, 2 evening: Rev Dan Mathews (New York, formerly local, often crowded)
March 3, 4: Rev Walter Brueggemann (Ohio. very famous scholar. Also 7 PM March 3, Church of the Holy Communion.)
March 8: Rev Dr. John Kilzer (local). 
March 9: Rev Charyl Cornish (local)
March 9 (evening, March 10, 11: Rev Marianne Borg (Oregon; wife of the late Marcus Borg.)
March 15:  Rev Virzola Law (local). 
March 16, 17, 16 evening: Rev. Becca Stevens (Nashville, very popular)
March 18: Rev Richmond Webster (Birmingham, AL)



Feb 17-March 16, Wednesdays, Lenten series "Living the Year of Mercy in Our Lives",
10-12 am repeated 7-9 pm, Marian Hall conference room under the sanctuary, Immaculate Conception Cathedral.




March 3 - noted Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann  lectures on Bible and Economics at Holy Communion Episcopal Church. 7 PM. His topic: How do we read the Bible faithfully in the midst of a predatory economy?  (links to a flier, invite, etc.)


March 3, U of Memphis - Orr Lecture. Reception 5:30, Lecture at 6. Beyond Belief: Racism and Social Critique . 
Sally Haslanger // Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Details at

http://www.memphis.edu/moch/events/index.php


March 4, 7 PM Youth Classical Concert at Buckman Performing Arts Center, St. Mary's School, Walnut Grove and Perkins Extd. In acollaboration between Ballet on Wheels, PRIZM, and Cordova High School, young dancers and musicians come together for a spectacular evening.  Reserve free tickets at http://balletonwheels.org/events/
(Query - should I list more of the "Ballet on Wheels" events here?)


March 5, 2 PM.  Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, Violin Concert
with Violinist Randall Goosby, benefiting PRIZM.  Meet the Artist Q&A at 1:30. Pianist Arthur Hart. Reception after.

No ticket price- "Give what you can" to benefit Prizm's educational programs for young people.
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/suburbs/arlington-lakeland/diverse-prizm-concert-will-feature-arlington-high-graduate-2ae0b024-0030-1bdb-e053-0100007fb640-367565851.html


March 5, American Association of University Women, Program on Women's History, Hooks Library. Details??
    Dr. Tracy Hall-- President, Southwest Tennessee Community College
    Rev. Virzola Law-- Senior Pastor, Lindenwood Christian Church
    Dr. Shirley Raines-- Former President, The University of Memphis
    Director Gina Sweat-- Memphis Fire Department

March 6, Sunday. 4 PM Organ  Concert, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. David Briggs, Artist in Residence, St. James Cathedral, Toronto.  Free, donations accepted.


March 9, Wednesday, Luncheon. Fundraiser for Memphis YWCA
, $100. Keynote speaker on Domestic Abuse will be Dee Griffen, ABC news anchor. Reservations to Kathy Ivey 901-320-6002,  kivey @ memphisywca.org


March 11, Friday, 10 AM. Smarter Cities Initiative, at Bioworks, 20 Dudley St.  More info and Register at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smarter-cities-challenge-closing-reception-tickets-21730706127
An initiative to promote better access to medical care before it becomes an emergency, and reduce non-emergency
calls to 911.  Read more at the link.


March 12. Art show and sale at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church,
573 N, Highland. Benefits Children of Le Bonheur. Admission $10. 1 - 6 PM  327-8177


March 15, 8 AM - 3:30 PM Facing History. [Rachel Shankman Symposium] Legacies of the Holocaust: Building a More Humane World. All day program, including lunch. Talks, student panel, teaching ideas. University Center, University of Memphis. Rsvp requested by March 8,  Isabel_rodriguez@facinghistory,org

March 17. Thursday. Steve Ash – “A Massacre in Memphis: The Bloody Race Riot of 1866”
Rhodes College, lecture  6 p.m. Hardie Auditorum, Palmer Hall (reception at 5:30 pm) details at
https://www.rhodes.edu/content/spring-2016-schedule

This appears to have died and is recorded for historical purposes:
The Eroica Ensemble gives free concerts at some of our favorite houses of worship, a good chance to visit these places if you’d rather not visit a religious service but would like to get to know the place and people, and hear some exceptionally good classical music for free!    (  This may have died?)
The full schedule is at http://eroicamemphis.org/season.htm     497-9600



February 18, Lecture, Rhodes College:  Mel Chin – “Memphis: Art and Place”  Reception 5:30, lecture 6 PM.
 Details at https://www.rhodes.edu/content/spring-2016-schedule

February 19, 9:30 AM. Lenten Field Trip:  ST. Mary's Cathedral group visits St. Jude Hospital. 
Reserve your spot with Miranda, miranda@stmarysmemphis.org or at the office at 901-527-3361. Space is limited.
 

February 19. Fundraising Dinner for West Tennessee-Haiti Partnership. Church of the Holy Communion, Walnut Grove between Perkins. Bishop Don Johnson and
Father Frantz Cole from St. Vincent's Center for Handicapped Children, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.   Wine reception at 5:30 PM, Dinner from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Live Auction with Haitian artwork and souvenirs. A special Haitian meal will cost $30.00 per person or $50 per couple. RSVP via email or call 820-4438.

February 19. 7 PM Concert, Balmoral Presbyterian Church.  Acoustic Eidelon
.
 
Hannah Alkire and Joe Scott return to Memphis bringing their talent, their stories and their incredible music!  6413 Quince.  Free but donations appreciated. An example of their performance is on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbI6Zl9k6rU&feature=youtu.be

February 21, Walking Tour of Midsouth Fairgrounds with Jimmy Ogle. Meet at Mid-South Coliseum. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/229160714086481/


February 21, Sunday, 3-6 PM, The Memphis Inter-Religious Group is having a party
at the Ordmans' home . Light refreshments, open house style.  Come meet members of other groups, and socialize.
Rsvp helpful but not required.   327-9735 or emailto:admin@memphisirg.org
 directions at http://ordman.net/MapToOrdmans.html

February 22, Monday, 6:30 PM: Movie "Silvered Water: Syria Self-Portrait."
 
Free. U of Memphis, University Center Theater.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Sponsored by The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, the Department of History, and the Department of Political Science.
More info at 2_22_16.pdf

February 22,  7 PM  Jewish Community Partners (this is successor to the umbrella charity formerly called the Memphis Jewish Federation) will sponsor an address by Ron Dermer, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, at Baron Hirsch Congregation, 400 South Yates. Information at 901-767-7100 or http://jcpmemphis.org

February 23. Black Student Assn, U of Memphis presents Spike Lee's movie “Chi-Raq”
which addresses the rampant shootings in Chicago’s inner city. Spike Lee will speak after the film. 7:30 PM, Rose Theatre. Free, open to public.

February 24, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30) The Healthcare Movie. Neshoba Church (Unitarian-Universalist)
"THE HEALTHCARE MOVIE reveals the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to universal health care because of the heroism of people who took a stand nearly 50 years ago. It also reveals the continuing struggle in the United States between the fear of government intervention and the right to quality health care for all people. A discussion follows..." 
Details click here       7350 Raleigh Lagrange Rd, Cordova,  http://neshobachurch.org. 266-2626

February 25. Facing History presents Gospel Musical, "Look, What a Wonder!"

Rose Theatre, U of Memphis, 6:30-8:30 PM. Preregistration requested. (May fill up. Groups must preregister.)
http://info.facinghistory.org/memphis-was-made-by-upstanders-help-us-honor-their-memory-and-inspire-others

Feb 26.  Handel's Messiah. Memphis Symphony and the Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale. At the Cannon Center, 7:3 - 9:30 PM.   $25.

February 27-28 : Unity Church of Practical Christianity being visited by a candidate for the open ministerial position there. http://www.unitychurchofpracticalchristianity.org/ministerial-search.html

February 27 Saturday 7:15 PM - Community Dinner, Masjid As-Salaam,
1026 Stratford Rd (foot of Covington Pike.) A free dinner with Somali food, and a talk of the history of Somalia.  This has been an extremely high-quality series of dinners. The emphasis is usually on the long scope of history of the honored country, rather than current events or this decade's problems.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.



Feb 16. The group "Healthy and Free Tennessee" will be doing a lobbying day in Nashville. Info is at
 http://healthyandfreetn.nationbuilder.com/hftn_lobby_day_rsvp.   
This will inevitably be controversial for some readers of this site, as one of their issues is abortion rights. Of course there are a lot of other issues, e,g, medical insurance.  On the other hand, if you've never done a "lobbying day", it is a fascinating and worthwhile experience whether or not you agree on all issues.

February 16, third Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Writers Group
at Holy Communion Church. 
The topic is "A fine Romance".  All welcome to come listen; if you want to speak ( 5 minutes) contact cmodisett @ holycommunion.org.   (March 15: Lift every Voice, April 19 Health and Healing; May 17: Something borrowed; June 21: Walking in Memphis, found texts; July 19, Roots and Branches.

February 16-28, Film Festival at Memphis Jewish Community Center. 

details  http://jccmemphis.org/film    
  http://www.jccmemphis.org/culture/morris-and-mollye-fogelman-international-jewish-film-festival/       (trailers)
each film $7 ($5 for JCC members)  7:30 PM
Feb 16: Dough. (Comedy: Cannabis gets into Jewish bagels) At the Malco Paradiso.
Feb 18: Zemene.  (drama re: Medical care in Ethiopia) (7:30 at JCC)
Feb 20: The Last Mensch. (drama, Holocaust survivor and question of Jewish identity) (7:30 at at JCC)
Feb 21: Touchdown Israel (the attempt to play American football in Israel)   (Buffet 5:30, Movie 6:30, JCC)
Feb 23, Once in a Lifetime. (French history teacher, Facing History material). 7:30, JCC
Feb 24, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker, 7:30, Malco Ridgeway
Feb 27, Apples from the Desert ( child in Israel differs with religious parents)  8 PM JCC
Feb 28, Front of the Class (boy with Tourette's Syndrome), 1 PM JJ

February 17. Feast Day of the New Martyrs of Libya, 12:10 service, St. Johns Episcopal Church.

"the first annual feast day of the New Martyrs of Libya, beheaded by ISIS one year ago. Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 17th at 12:10pm in the Lady Chapel for a special service in conjunction with our usual weekly healing service. You can learn more about these martyrs on the Contemporary Christian Martyrs board outside the elevator on the first floor of Saint John's or at suscopts.org."

February 17, Wednesday 7:30 PM, Webern Chamber Choir on Tour, St. John's Episcopal Church



FACING HISTORY is planning a mural for their wall near the National Civil Rights Museum, and is seeking nominations of Memphians who should be depicted on that wall.  (Ends late Feb 2016)
http://info.facinghistory.org/memphis-was-made-by-upstanders-help-us-honor-their-memory-and-inspire-others

The Memphis Inter-Religious Group is having a party at the Ordmans' home on February 21, Sunday, 3-6 PM.  Light refreshments, open house style.  Come meet members of other groups, and socialize.
Rsvp helpful but not required.   327-9735 or emailto:admin@memphisirg.org
 directions at
http://ordman.net/MapToOrdmans.html

Feb 11, 6:30 PM - Fundraising dinner, $50. St Jude - Spirit of the Dream, Black History Month dinner.

https://www.stjude.org/get-involved/find-an-event/dinners-and-galas/spirit-of-the-dream.html

February 11, Thursday, 11 am - 12:30 PM. Benjamin Hooks Institute: 

 Lunch/Lecture: Black Power: Stokely Carmichael and His Legacy
Free and Open to the Public. University Center River Room (UC300)  The University of Memphis

Feb 11, 7:00 PM  St. Louis Catholic Church,   John Michael Talbot at St. Louis

"John Michael Talbot will provide in song and the spoken word a reflection on the Jesus Prayer in the context of the season of Lent and the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Talbot is considered a music legend, being one of the pioneer artists of contemporary Christian music. Since a capacity crowd is expected, please register at www.lumencivitatis.com. "  
http://www.stlouischurchmphs.org/events/john-michael-talbot-at-st-louis
http://www.stlouischurchmphs.org            203 S. White Station Road

Feb 12-13. Special visitor at Chabad Memphis (Traditional Jewish). Dr. Laz.

Friday Feb 12, 6 PM - service, dinner, lecture "Skullcaps and Switchblades". Dinner $20 (free under 12)
Saturday 10 AM service - "Bridging the Black and Chassidic Communities of Crown Heights" (Service and lecture, free,
    some lunch provided.)
Saturday 7:30 PM _ Concert, Wine and Cheese, Desserts. $18 per person
Further info
CLICK HERE


February 14, Valentine's Day, Sunday. 2-3 PM Free Concert (Donations accepted for MIFA).
Dr Steve Katz and Dr Graham Warr, AMRO Music Auditorium, 2916 Poplar.

February 14, 4 PM - Concert, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. AMAZING GRACE - Organ, Bagpipes, and Choir.
  Free, donations accepted. Dennis Janzer on organ, Rob McWilliam on bagpipes. Memphis premier for this duo.

February 15 - proposal deadline for the Gandhi King Conference. See April 8 below.

January 26 - Feb 10. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. French Film Festival at Rhodes College. 7 PM A chance to see some very famous films, for free. English subtitles. Details and list at https://www.rhodes.edu/content/spring-2016-schedule
Of interfaith interest: January 27, "Timbuktu."  This concerns the 2012 siege of Timbuktu, in Mali, by fundamentalistr Muslim fanatics. February 9, Parce que j’étais peintre/Because I was a Painter - about art produced by prisoner(s) in a concentration camp.  (Quick synopses not guaranteed, look them up.)


January 27, every Wednesday evening - program at Calvary Episcopal Church, downtown. Dinner at 6 PM, classes and special programs at 6:30, Compline service at 7:35.

Every Friday: The Qur'an, "Word for Word", commentary by Imam Anwar Arafat, Masjid Ar_Rahman,

7906 Lowrance Rd, Cordova. http://www.masjid-arrahman.org




February 6 and 7. Soulworks, at St. John's Episcopal. The Rev. Jay Sidebotham will be the third annual guest speaker at our upcoming SOULWorks Lecture Series 2016: Stumbling Our Way to Jesus! You won't want to miss this delightful and engaging opportunity to hear from one of the Episcopal Church's leading voices on spiritual renewal.

Saturday Feb. 6 - Lecture and Conversation with Jay Sidebotham in the Parish Hall.
9:00am - 3:00pm, lunch included (time subject to change)
Sunday Feb. 7 - Sunday School offering with Rev. Jay at 9:15am

February 7, Sunday. 10 AM - 1 PM Major fundraising day at the Jewish Community Center. 
Click here  for details
 

February 9 - Chinese New Year. 
Are there performances or other events we should list here?

February 9, 7:30 PM, Harris Concert Hall, U of Memphis. "Love Songs to Memphis". A free concert
to kick off the fund-raising campaign for the new Music Center for the University. I gather the state will put up $30 million if the university can raise $10 million.  Info about the new music center is at http://www.memphis.edu/musiccenter/

February 9, 2nd Tuesday  , 7 PM  Pax Christi
, the Roman Catholic Peace Group
-
A presentation on the Muslim view of "Mercy", by Dr. Moinuddin. We expect other Muslims to join us for conversation.  Meeting at the Friends' Meeting House,  Prescott at Walnut Grove .  Pot luck supper at 6:30 pm   Newsletter is here

Feb 9. Fat Tuesday Dinner at Calvary Episcopal, downtown.
Calvary’s famous waffles, a waffle topping bar, red beans and rice, and other tasty food that will be prepared and served by Calvary’s youth from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. All proceeds go to youth scholarship funds. This year there will be a photo booth, so please bring your best smiles and silly faces!


Feb 9 - Mardi Gras Party 7:30-9, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral,
  Beans and Rice, adult $7 child $5.

Ash Wednesday
- February 10th. Services at 8 am, 12 noon, 6 pm.    Stations of the Cross - Every Friday at 6 pm in the Nave

Feb 9 - Shove Tuesday supper at St. John's Episcopal - Pancakes, Syrup, Bacon. Donations accepted at the door. 5:30 PM


February 10. Ash Wednesday. Numerous church services.
St Mary's Episcopal has a nice 60-second online video at the upper left corner of    https://vimeo.com/154117241

Feb 10, 9 am - 1 PM. Day of Recollection, led by Msgr. Al Kirk, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Retreat Center, Dancyville (about 50 miles toward Jackson, TN). $30. Register at http://olqpretreats.com/location


January 30, Saturday, 9:30-11:30. Turkish Breakfast and discussion of recent events in Turkey.
Free,
Turkish House,
7829 Wingate Park Cove, Memphis TN 38119. RSVP requested, Memphis@Turkishhouse.org
The talk is by Mehmet Ulupinar, Ph.D., International Partnership Coordinator, University of  Central Arkansas


January 30   Healthy Memphis Common Table Event -
      The Skin You're In: Dr. Thomas LaVeist Documentary Brunch, in partnership with NAHSE

        
       Date: Saturday, January 30
     Time: 11:30 a.m.
     Location: Owen Brennen's Restaurant
      Cost: Approximately $25 per person for brunch
       Dr. Thomas A. LaVeist, professor and founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and CTHA 2015 Annual Meeting    keynote speaker, explores the astonishing disparity between black and white health in America. LaVeist seeks to travel across the country to speak with educators, researchers, health experts and people on the ground who make a difference everyday and tell their story. 
For more information on LaVeist's documentary, please visit his website by clicking here. To RSVP for the brunch, please email here with the subject line "LaVeist Brunch".

 January 30   Chili Cook-Off and Variety Show, Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion. Walnut Grove between Perkins.

January 30, 8 PM, GPAC: Israeli Dance Group "Koresh" Ballet, Modern, Jazz styles. Charge for tickets. Temple Israel Sisterhood has a group going.

February 1 is the start of United Nations "World Interfaith Harmony Week". http://worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com/
There will be a major"international" prayer vigil for, among others, the starving children in Syria.  Local participation is being organized by Mona Winfrey of Unity Church of Practical Christianity. A relevant video is at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY8_FQePCYk
and a place to sign up for more detailed information is at https://jt208.infusionsoft.com/app/form/default-campaign-form15

February 2 (First Tuesday). Potluck Supper and Speaker, Roman Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbians, 6:30 PM, Marian Hall (Social Hall underneath the sanctuary), Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Central.   All are welcome.   No need to bring food the first time you come.

February 2, 6:30 PM Fundraising Dinner - Mardi Gras Party. Calvary Episcopal Church downtown. Dress for Mardi Gras encouraged. Cajun Gumbo, vegetarian and seafood.$50, to benefit the Lenten Lecture Series.  RSVP by January 28 requested.
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5472ab64f8f0fa71714dbebcb&id=f9a6968388&e=2f75c3ec8d

February 5 and 6 - Weekend with an outstanding Islamic Jurist. Masjid Ar-Rahman. Talks Friday 1 PM and 7:30 PM,
  Saturday 5:30 PM (dinner provided), Q and A session 7:30 PM. Live English translation for all sessions by Imam Anwar Arafat
7906 Lowrance Rd, Memphis TN 38125  A brief video about the speaker is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a6NsYVm8WA
February 6: Saturday, Healthy Memphis Common Table event:
   
Live! African-American Women Surviving Breast Cancer through Education, Early Detection, Screening and Treatment
      Date: Saturday, February 6 
     Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
      Location: Temple of Deliverance  (COGIC, 369 G.E. PATTERSON AVE.)
The 2nd Annual Live! Just as We Are Breast Cancer Summit is designed to unite, support and empower African-American women to take charge of their breast health.
Sponsored this year by Baptist Memorial Health Care, the event aims to gather as many as 500 black women of various ages, education levels and socioeconomic backgrounds. For more information, contact Baptist Communications Coordinator Ann-Marie Wallace at annmarie.wallace@bmhcc.org.



January 27. The Annual POINT IN TIME count, the count of the homeless population. Volunteers are needed.
http://www.cafth.org/portal/open-volunteer-opportunities

January 27 - fourth Wednesday Brown Bag Lunch, Temple Israel - The subject this month is Tu B'Shevat, the "Jewish Arbor Day", "The New Year for Trees." Cookies and drinks provided. Reserve at http://timemphis.org  or 761-3120 (Sylvia) 
Please reserve by Jan 26.

 
January 23, 10 AM. Mexican Folkloric Dance, Buckman Performing Center at St. Mary's, Perkins at Walnut Grove. Charge.
   
Tickets 537-1483 or http://buckmanartscenter.com

January 23, Annual dinner of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.  $30  for the 6 pm dinner, $10 or what-you-can for just the 7 PM program.  First Congregational Church. http://midsouthpeace.org/


January 23, 6 PM, Indian Cultural Center and Temple (Eads).  Sri Chakra Navavarna Archana


January 24, Sunday. 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Bloodmobile at Temple Israel.

January 24 at 4:00 pm   St. Mary's Episcopal  Cathedral, Poplar.
The Acclaimed St. Mary's Wednesday Morning Musicians
Now is your chance to hear the outstanding music presented each week at the 8 AM Eucharist in Sisters' Chapel which is followed by the Community Breakfast. The program will feature a wide variety of musical styles with instruments and vocals presented by musicians John Bass, John Gaskill, Sean Murphy, Jeremy Shrader, Jim Spake, and Claire Valine. A freewill offering will benefit the Community Breakfast.

January 1 - Events all day at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple, Eads.  Various prayer services starting at times from 6 AM to 6 PM - food available at nominal prices 9 AM to 8 PM. Information  tables, discussions, etc. In past years this has been a wonderful event, welcoming to non-Muslims, a good chance to visit and learn about the Hindu Temple. Highly Recommended!  In my experience, no one will try to convert you, but there will be people around who can answer questions.

January 3, Sunday evening, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral:    
Feast of Lights   Service and  BONFIRE 
4:30   Youth Event for grades 6-12. Hear from the Episcopal Service Corps members on service and prayer.
6:00   Feast of Lights service; Broderick Greer, preacher
This West Tennessee tradition includes all parishes for the celebration of Epiphany, the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. Following the service of Lessons and Carols, there is a bonfire to burn the Christmas greenery. Bring your Christmas trees and garland to add to the fire.

January 6, 6 PM  Epiphany Service, St John's Episcopal Church. Hymns and music.

Jewish Project culminating January 7:
All members of the Jewish community in Memphis, from kids through seniors, are asked to sign up to read at least one chapter of the Torah at your convenience so that our community, collectively, will cover the entire Torah. All Memphis congregations are participating. This is a great family project. No previous background is necessary. You may read your chapter in English, and online resources are available at www.chabad.org or www.mechon-mamre.org.
 For additional information, contact Jewish Community Partners at (901) 767-7100.

January 7 - Health Memphis Common Table - Nonpartisan Community Forum re Gov. Haslam's Insure Tennessee Plan.
5:30 PM,
Baptist Memphis Education Center, 6027 Walnut Grove Road
"Please attend a community forum to educate constituents and legislators about and generate support for Insure Tennessee. Moderated by CTHA CEO Emeritus Renee Frazier, this non-partisan, community-based coalition is dedicated to thoughtful, thorough education on Governor Haslam's Insure Tennessee plan. To view the host committee, list of presenters and 65 organizational co-hosts, please click here.  "
For Rabbi Micah Greenstein's support of the plan, see a letter he wrote last October: http://www.timemphis.org/sites/default/files/Voice_October_2015 2.pdf

January 10 -

Maimonides Society Kick-off Event at the Grizzlies Game
Date: Sunday, January 10th @ 3:30 pm
Location: FedEx Forum
Are you a Jewish healthcare professional? Join us for a conversation with Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace before the Memphis Grizzlies take on the Boston Celtics. More details.

January 12 - Healthy Memphis Common Table event
Date: Tuesday, January 12
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program Begins: 9:00 a.m.
Location: First Baptist  Church - Broad Avenue

Join keynote speaker David Sweat, Chief of Epidemiology for the Shelby County Health Department, and guest speaker Beverly Robertson as they discuss the correlation between zip code and health disparity in Memphis and Shelby County. Register today by visiting www.commontablehealth.org.


January 12 (2nd Tuesday) Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic Peace group, meets at the Friends' Meeting House,  Walnut Grove at Prescott. 3387 Walnut Grove

January 14, Noon.  Jewish Community Center. Fund-Raiser for Jewish Community Partners. $18, Gov. Bill Haslam will speak about his recent trip (trade mission) to Israel. RSVP by Jan 7, 767-7100 or at http://www.memjfed.org

January 17, 2016. World Religion Day.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/World-Religion-Day-Memphis/1533821856868249
WORLD RELIGION DAY MEMPHIS 2016     FREE EVENT TO THE PUBLIC
SUNDAY, JANUARY 17TH, 2-4:30PM            UNITY CHURCH OF CHRISTIANITY, WALNUT GROVE
contact us at: Saci 201-759-8617                   FACEBOOK: World Religion Day Memphis

Join us in music and celebration of World Religion Day, a celebration of all faiths and paths. Free event open to all!
This year's theme was inspired by HH Sri Viswayogi Viswamji of the Viswayogi Foundation: "Arise, Awake & Unite" to Save Mother Earth."
The program will include brief prayers from ten different religious groups offering blessing of Mother Earth, interfaith speakers, various musical performances & video presentation of Viswamji.
World Religion Day is an interfaith observance initiated in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, celebrated worldwide on the third Sunday in January each year. Though initiated in the United States, World Religion Day has come to be celebrated internationally.
       Musical Performances:   Keith Anthony Blanchard         The Open Heart Choir     Roger Wild     Barbara Jenice   
                                                 Christine Conley
                    Chris Cuminotti               Julie Christen
Speaker: Linda Marks, Inter-Faith & Community Outreach, MIFA
Presenters/Co-founders World Religion Day Memphis: Sydney Sacirani Roy & John Gilmore

Roger Wild-Music Director, World Religion Day Memphis

January 17, 2 PM Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and Midsouth, Lecture at Baron Hirsch Synagogue, 400 S. Yates.
Gene Dattel: Beyond Ruleville Mississippi: A Delta Jew Discovers the North.

January 17, 2 PM  Fairgrounds Tour, presented by Jimmy Ogle  (click for details)

     An outstanding tour guide, important Memphis History


January 19 2017 (third Tuesday) Writer Group at Holy Communion Episcopal.
Walnut Grove between Perkins. "New Beginnings"


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