Memphis Inter-Religious Group
page added to 10/18/2016
HISTORY PAGE - some notes on past
some are placed
here so people have the contact info-
(Yes, I've noticed they aren't in the right
order - I just move things in batches from the "events"
I'll try to fix this someday. Does anyone actually
read this page? Maybe it needs to be replaced by a blog, or
discussion, for example.)
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/
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
Colorful processions, an excellent chance to visit this
Schedules and details at
( I find it of interest when lunar calendars get slightly
out of synchronization. Last year the Jews and Muslims had
special events the first ten days of the same lunar month;
this year the Muslims had theirs a month earlier and the
Jews and Hindus both have it this lunar month.)
October 2. 4 PM. Blessing of the Animals,
St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
Bring pets on leashes or in carriers. Kids but no pets? There
will be a petting zoo.
October 2, St John's Episcopal. 10:30 service -
invites police officers to attend in uniform to be
Blessing of the animals at 4 pm, Overland Place Athletic
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 email@example.com 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
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
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
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
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
Uplift the People: A Focus on Community Interests
Rather Than Political Ideologies
see more at
October 6 6-10 PM. Feed the Soul, Fundraiser for
MIFA. $45. The
Warehouse at 36 East G.E. Patterson Avenue. The party
takes place inside this eclectic South Main district venue
and on its surrounding exterior patio and grounds. This has
been an annual event raising money for seniors and families
in crisis. This is the last year in this format; next year
expect something new for MIFA's 50th anniversary. http://www.mifa.org/feedthesoul
October 7, Friday, 7 PM: Co-creating Sacred
America. $25 Workshop, Unity Church of Practical
Christianity, 9228 Walnut Grove,
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
Sold only online.
October 8, 5K run, "Million Calorie Burn",
Cooper Young Neighborhood, First Congregational Church.
Registration Fee: Starting at $25
Common Table Health Alliance
October 8, 5-9PM, St. Philip's Church, Low Country
Shrimp Boil. $25 to Oct 2, then $30.
9380 Davies Plantation Road, just
north of the Stonebridge Golf Course and I-40. Directions at 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
October 15 Octoberfeast, picnic of St. Mary's
Episcopal Cathedral, in Somerville. 10 am - 3 pm
One can buy tickets (adults $10 on their online pledge form,
which I've given the link to since I've rarely seen such an
elaborate online pledge form, at
October 15-16. "Advancing Mindfulness"
(Invitation from Munoj Jain)
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
to reserve your spot.
Fall Programs for the
Memphis School of Servant Leadership start Sept 7.
Groups for reading, writing, studying,
praying, visiting interesting churches.
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
The Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning at
King Hall, 577 University Street
May 23 2016 is the first time I feel I've done a reasonably
thorough update of this page since my wife's final
illness. I've deeply appreciated all the messages and
offers of support and the visits. Thanks for bearing with me,
and apologies for all the events that did not get posted in a
My work here has been delayed by dealing with my wife's
death and estate. I hope that I'm (slowly) getting
back to normal.
My wife, Eunice Ordman, died on April 16. (Nearly 92, heart
trouble). There was a wonderful article by David Waters.
The Calvary Episcopal Newsletter is on line at 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
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
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
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
A specific invitation has been made to the interfaith
"The dance performance at
the temple will be spectacular and very different . It's the
traditional dance from Kerala state and the masks and eye make
up is what makes it different. It will be a visual treat and
very very different."
Sept 28, Weds, 6:30-8 PM, Voter Participation
Program Neshoba UU Church, 7350
Raleigh Lagrange Rd, Cordova, Tennessee 38018
This non-partisan training will teach community groups and
unaffiliated individuals how to protect voters and our
democratic election process.
Attendees will learn about Tennessee election laws and leave the
training able to:
1) Serve as appointed poll watchers inside precincts,
2) Assist voters who have been turned away from the polls, and
3) Report voting problems and irregularities to the appropriate
persons and organizations.
For questions or childcare requests, please contact
email@example.com or call 901-877-8911.
Sept 29. Church Health Center. Free Training:
First aid for Mental Health crisis.
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
firstname.lastname@example.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
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
Sept 9 -29 Temple Israel Lobby, Women's
Foundation for a Greater Memphis' 2015 & 2016 Legends Award
Fourth Saturday, 3:30. Pranic
Healing Meditation, through September ,by Mona
Winfrey at Unity Church of Practical Christianity.
Info phone 901-831-5550
The Dixon Gallery and Gardens - Food truck Fridays
outdoor movies 8 PM on May 26, June 2, June 9, June
23. These and others at http://www.dixon.org/eventcalendar
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
Interesting current events include a picnic Sept 11, an interfaith
discussion the morning of Sept 18. 5K race Sept 17, Parish retreat
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
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
Sept 12 and 13. WKNO shows DUTY OF THE HOUR, a
movie about Benjamin Hooks, a major Civil Rights leader from
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.
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.
Click here to RSVP.
Please RSVP by Sunday Sept 11.
Location: St. Luke Cafeteria (480 South Highland St Memphis, TN
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: email@example.com or call
Sept 15, Marcus Orr Program, U of Memphis, 304 University
Center. Reception 5:30, program at 6
Memphis Reads - Screening: Spike Lee's When the Levees
Broke, Parts 1 and 2
(see also Sept 22: These events will consider the
meaning and impact of Hurricane Katrina. They are organized in
conjunction with Memphis Reads, whose 2016 book selection, Salvage
the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, focuses on the days before the storm hit
in a poor, rural African American community on the Mississippi
gulf coast. )
September 15 Thursday - James Award, Fundraising
Dinner for Planned Parenthood. $275. info
Grace Weil, 901-725-3008 orgweil @ ppgmr.org
Sept. 16-18 SOULWORKS weekend at St. John';s Episcopal.
3-day daytime spiritual development event.
Sept 16 - 22. Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
Series of programs (in Hindi). Tea and snacks 4 PM,
program, dinner at 8 PM.
17 9 AM. Book It 5K. Holy Communion
to benefit Books from Birth and Emmanuel Center.
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
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
A draft poster is online HERE
Sept 20, 7 PM - Kosher cooking lesson for women and
girls, preparing for the Jewish Holidays, Chabad
September 20, 8 PM, PBS TV - "Defying the Nazis."
Sept 22, Marcus Orr Program, U of
Memphis, 342 University Center. Reception 5:30,
program at 6
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
(charge for lunch, but always an excellent program and good
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
A remarkable program on "The Children of Abraham", with a stellar
Father Bill Parham (CBU), Dr, Breckenridge (1st Baptist), Rabbi
Joel Finkelstein (Anshei Sphard), Rabbi Ilan Glazer (Beth Sholom),
Dr Yasir Qadhi (MIC - Rhodes), Imam Anwar Arafat (Masjid
Ar-Rahman). This is one not to be missed!
Sept 6, Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbians. 6:30 PM.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Marian Hall, underneath
the sanctuary, parking and entry at the rear of the church.)
Potluck supper, open to all, don't feel a need to bring anything,
excellent discussions. The speaker this month is on "mindfulness."
Sept 7. Start of Fall Programs for the Memphis School of
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
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
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,
The concert series for St Mary's Cathedral is now
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
"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
The Temple Israel newsletter is on line at
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-701-2303.
August 7 2016 - Program for adults with
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 email@example.com.
August 9, 7 PM, One-Man Play about St. Francis.
St. Patrick Center, Corner of Dr. M L King Jr Ave & 4th.
August 9, 16, 23 7 PM. Temple Israel sessions, "Don't
Worry". Led by Temple clergy with textbook
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.
RSVP and for directions call 327-8067
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
If you have not visited this mosque, or heard an example of Muslim
efforts at interfaith work in Africa, this will be of special
"Serigne Mame Mor Mbacke,
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!"
16, American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee meeting, Memphis
Botanic Garden. (AIPAC is extremely
pro-Israeli-Government-in-power and may not be a comfortable meeting
from an "interfaith" viewpoint, but I felt it appropriate to let
people know it is happening.)
This was a "save-the-date notice, no hours given,
August 16 or 17 6 PM - planning meeting, CNV (Committee on
Non-Violence?) is working to plan new activities. Planning
meeting at Caritas.
Write "Morman, Monica" <email@example.com> 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
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
Info contact Abbie
Strauss at firstname.lastname@example.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.
August 28 - beginning of Fall Hebrew Classes at Temple Israel.
Contact Dick Rubin at email@example.com.
August 31, Wednesday, 11:30 AM. Temple Israel,
Lunch: "Family Love Letters, Peace of Mind During Vulnerable
(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.)
ended on July 6 with Eid - El - Fitr, the Feast of the
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,
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.
July 9, 7-9 AM. Serve breakfast to the homeless. From
St. John's Episcopal:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
July 16, "Wet Havdalah", a family party at the close of
the Sabbath, Temple Israel. Families and Children. Party
starts 4 PM, bring water shoes, bathing suits, towels for kids.
Pizza follows. Reservations at
July 19-21. Facing History Seminar for Teachers. (Charge).
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Exploring Freedom
Wed, July 20, 12pm – 1pm, Temple Israel
Lunch and Learn
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
more information, contact Jimmy Hoxie at 901-701-2228 or
July 26, 4-6 PM The
Church Health Center will screen Willy Bearden’s documentary
Perea: A Bright Spot from 4-6 p.m. on
Tuesday, July 26 at Trezevant Manor (3734 Waynoka Dr.) Local
filmmaker Willy Bearden and Dr. Scott Morris will be on-hand for
a question & answer session after the screening of this film
that profiles the work of
Memphis' Klondike neighborhood.
more information, contact Ken Hall at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Local liaison is the Memphis School of Servant Leadership, Kristin
Planning meetings every other week during the summer. A
wonderful event that has had a very good interfaith turnout in past
June 25. Healthy
Memphis - Common Table - Healthy Shelby. 5K and
1-mile walk at Shelby Farms.
June 25, Memphis Theological Center Night at the
Redbirds., Ball game 6:35 PM. "Join Memphis
Theological Seminary Saturday, June 25 at 6:35 p.m. at
AutoZone Park in Downtown Memphis as the Memphis Redbirds
face the New Orleans Zephyrs. MTS is the featured non-profit
organization and will be highlighted throughout the game.
President Jay Earheart-Brown will throw the ceremonial first
pitch. Log onto 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
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
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
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
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
football field at St. Benedict at Auburndale High, 8250 Varnavas Dr, Cordova, TN 38016
11-12 is the Jewish Holiday of Shavuot (a/k/a
Pentecost, The Feast of Weeks). One of the three major
"pilgrimage" holidays, this commemorates the giving of the Law
at Mt. Sinai. It is marked in synagogues by the reading
of the Ten Commandments (generally, in Hebrew). The
celebration of this holiday 50 days (seven weeks) after the
death of Jesus is the occasion of the "Pentecost" stories in
the Gospels. Like several other Jewish holidays, there are
special memorial prayers for deceased family members, often
causing relatively large attendance. Another reading is the
Book of Ruth, often used as a springboard for families to talk
with children in the conversations typically called "birds and
bees" in American popular culture. Traditionally meat is not
eaten, an excuse for lots of cheesecake and ice cream.
Temple Israel has its Shavuot service Saturday at
8:30 PM, refreshments, brief service, study groups.
(Cheesecake competition), the memorial service Sunday morning
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
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
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
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/
Tuesday, 7 PM. Movie at Temple
Israel. Imber's Left Hand. A painter is stricken
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
15. Wednesday 6 - 8 PM, Know Your Rights Theatre
Workshop, doubling as a "Young Professionals Mixer". Free Live
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.
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
the Gift of Reading - Be a Literacy Mentor
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: email@example.com
June 18, Canoe and Kayak Race benefits Church Health
more information, visit
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.
June 23, 7 PM. Movie, Temple Israel. A Borrowed
Identity. A Palestinian boy in an Israeli Jewish
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
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
June 4, 7:30 p.m. Lindenwood Christian Church Beethoven Club
2016 Benefit Concert
Tickets $10 adults, $5
available online after May 1 at www.beethovenclubmemphis.org
or at the door Call 901-493-0958 for more
June 9, Movie at Temple Israel. 7 PM. Free.
Zemene, an Ethiopian girl seeks medical help.
Art Exhibit at Temple Israel: Fabric of Survival: The Art
of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz has been extended through
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
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
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
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.
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.
27-29, Community Organizing Training at Mid-South Peace and
Justice Center. Done once a year, and highly
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
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/
and events" but they don't seem to have the newsletter (which
lists the bands and musical styles) online.
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/
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.
Calvary Episcopal (downtown) welcomes a new Curate,
Rev Niel Raman. Reception after the 10 AM service (about 11:15.)
is at 8:45 AM. Calvary has a particular long newsletter issue for
Gong Meditation, Sonic Massage, at the Unity Church of
(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
May 1, Sunday, 9-10 AM Performance
of "Voices from the Memphis Massacre"
Freedom's Chapel Christian
Church, 961 Getwell Rd, Memphis, 38111. ()
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
firstname.lastname@example.org for more
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
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 ()
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
450 Mulberry StMemphis, TN 38103 United States
Political cartoonist, Khalid Al-Baih, of Khartoon! joins art road
trip Culturunners tour to discuss how he uses art to further
understanding of social justice and human rights issues in the
Middle East and the U.S.
May 7 Sat,
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.
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/
14, 10 AM. Graduation Ceremony, Memphis Theological
Seminary. First Baptist Church-Broad. 2835 Broad
Ave. Memphis, TN 38112
May 15 Sunday 2 - 5 PM Song Festival at the
Indian Cultural Center and Temple (Hindu Temple). Volunteers
signing songs of particular writers, unless I
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.
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
More information at http://www.memphis.edu/moch/events/index.php
April 13, Wednesday, 6 PM Free Movie at the National Civil
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.
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
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
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.
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.
8-9, Annual Gandhi-King Conference. A very
important annual event. Thwe schedule is now online at
April 9 1-5 PM, rain date April 16, Memphis Arts Festival,
Morris Park. Muslim sponsorship: Amin Center, 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.)
-"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 Qadhi, and
many more. The conference will be held in the Memphis Cook
Convention Center on April 9th, 2016.
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.
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.
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
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
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
The Tamil New Year was April 13. April 20-24 is a
sequence of major prayers for universal peace, see
I'm not sure what the ceremonies are connected with the major
renovations of the Temple in June - I gather the builkding(s)
may be closed and ceremonial figures will be displayed in the
grounds. Explanation, anyone?
There is a calendar at 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
Services 9:30 and 6:30 on Friday April 15, followed by
Services 10 AM Sunday, followed by lunch, then a service at 6 PM
14-17, visiting musician at Temple Israel. Numerous programs.
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.)
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
gives the number to call for tickets, but not the price --- it is
$50, I believe.
with the venue) (had been planned for) April 16-17, "1 Universe"
Universal Fest, the Cannon Center.
Sandeep Pednekar is planning a major event, with major festivities
possibly including a parade downtown. He is actively seeking help
group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1002407836482759/
more specific info https://www.facebook.com/groups/1002407836482759/permalink/1002411149815761/
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
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
this is the 16th not the 18th) Sierra Leone Refugee
All Stars, Buckman Performing Center at St. Mary's, Perkins at Walnut
Grove. Charge. Tickets 537-1483 or
April 17, Sunday, Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, a
fundraiser for Porter-Leath. Riverside Drive.
April 17, 2:30 PM Beethoven Club.
For those interested in musical
events, I should mention the local Beethoven Club,
Wednesday, 2PM. Unity Church of Practical Christianity,
Their book group will be showing the movie "Soul
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
University Theater, Christian Brothers University.
( If you are
new to the place, Enter off
Central opposite the fairgrounds, the gateman will give
Lecture, Rhodes College. Thomas Christensen –
“1616: The World in Motion”
at 6 p.m. Blount Auditorium, Buckman Hall (Reception
at 5:30 p.m.) details at
This is part of a
major symposium, April 21-22, about theworld of 1616 (a lot of
emphasis on Shakespeare.)
April 21, 2016 7-10 PM. Annual Gala of the
Benjamin Hooks Institute, Celebrating Black Men.
(Charge $100, tickets required) Benjamin
Hooks Institute Blog is at 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
Temple Israel has its group seder the second evening, April
23 - this and other services are listed at
See also April 27: Brit Hadasha
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.
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
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
1:30 PM Concert - Mighty Souls Brass Band. St. Mary's
Episcopal Cathedral. Outdoors, weather permitting.
(Earth Day). Free, donations accepted. There will be a
picnic (Crawfish or barbeque, $10, kids $5, games etc.) following
the 11 AM service, then the concert.
April 26, 6 PM ff. The Episcopal Gay-Lesbians-and-friends
group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at St.
Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. 6 - Social - 6:30 worship 7 -
dinner 7:45 program.
April 27, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 PM. Neshoba Church
(Unitarian-Universalist) Social Justice and Outreach Night.
Topic-HUNGER in America and the Mid-South
Presentation by Andrew Bell, Marketing Manager of the Mid-South
Food Bank followed by a facilitated discussion of the topic. Notice,
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
Jews are a group that identifies as Jews and also think that Jesus
is the Messiah / Lord. I'm not sure that they'd agree with
me, but I view them as close to the Church of James in Jerusalem,
which was effectively wiped out by the Romans when Jerusalem was
destroyed in 70 AD.
April 29 - May 28. The
Memphis In May schedule is now available (Canada
is the honored country this year.)
lists many of the events. It does not list necessarily
everything traditionally associated with Memphis in May
and Googling - Memphis in May 2016 - will find
several pages with more details.
April 30, Saturday, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Clean-up Day:
Berclair Elementary School, 810 N Perkins.
Second Prtesbyterian Church's adopted school.
" We hope you will join us as we help take care of our
adopted school’s campus and gardens. Bring along your gloves,
rakes, hoes, hedge clippers, brooms, and especially any
wheelbarrows you may have! This is a great family
service opportunity. If you have any questions, please email Kim
Blankenship or call 531-6177. "
- May 13 - Exhibit at Temple Israel Museum - fabric work
"Fabic of Survival",
embroidery, crocheting, etc. by Esther Krinitz, Highly
Read more at http://www.timemphis.org/sites/default/files/Voice%20March%202016%208.pdf
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
8:30-1:30, Bloodmobile at Temple Israel.
4-5: The C.S. Lewis Lectures, sponsored by the Memphis
Theological Seminary, at Lindenwood Christian Church.
Monday 7 PM, Tuesday 11 am and 7 PM. Lectures by a leading
authority on this famous and extremely popular author.
("Mere Christianity", "The Screwtape Letters", Narnia,
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!"
Temple Israel Purim festival (picnic, kids games).
11:30 AM - 2 PM
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
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
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/
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.
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.
Lecture Series at Calvary Episcopal Church.
The list of speakers for the Lenten Lecture Series,
Tuesday-Friday, is online at
That site has brief biographies of the speakers.
Noon Tues-Thursday and 6:30 Wednesday evening.
Excellent food available.
Feb 11-12 Rev John Pitzer (Baton Rouge, LA).
(Preaches Sunday Morning at St. Mary's Episcopal)
Feb 16-17, 17 evening: Rt. Rev Robert Wright (Atlanta,
Feb 18-19: Rev Maxie Dunnam (local)
Feb 23, 24, 24 evening: Dr Tony Campolo
Feb 25, 26 : Rabbi Micah Greenstein (local, often
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
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,
March 18: Rev Richmond Webster (Birmingham, AL)
Feb 17-March 16, Wednesdays, Lenten series "Living
the Year of Mercy in Our Lives",
am repeated 7-9 pm, Marian Hall conference room
under the sanctuary, Immaculate Conception
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,
March 3, U of Memphis - Orr Lecture. Reception 5:30,
Lecture at 6. Beyond Belief: Racism and Social Critique
. Sally Haslanger // Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. Details at
March 4, 7 PM Youth Classical Concert at
Buckman Performing Arts Center, St. Mary's School, Walnut
Grove and Perkins Extd. In acollaboration between Ballet on
Wheels, PRIZM, and Cordova High School, young dancers and
musicians come together for a spectacular evening.
Reserve free tickets at http://balletonwheels.org/events/
(Query - should I list more of the "Ballet on Wheels"
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.
ticket price- "Give what you can" to benefit Prizm's
educational programs for young people.
American Association of University Women, Program on Women's
History, Hooks Library. Details??
Dr. Tracy Hall-- President, Southwest Tennessee
Rev. Virzola Law-- Senior Pastor, Lindenwood
Dr. Shirley Raines-- Former President, The
University of Memphis
Director Gina Sweat-- Memphis Fire Department
Sunday. 4 PM Organ Concert, St Mary's Episcopal
Cathedral. David Briggs, Artist in Residence, St.
James Cathedral, Toronto. Free, donations accepted.
March 9, Wednesday, Luncheon. Fundraiser for Memphis YWCA,
$100. Keynote speaker on Domestic Abuse will be Dee Griffen, ABC
news anchor. Reservations to Kathy Ivey 901-320-6002, kivey
March 11, Friday, 10 AM. Smarter Cities Initiative,
at Bioworks, 20 Dudley St. More info and Register at
An initiative to promote better access to medical care before it
becomes an emergency, and reduce non-emergency
calls to 911. Read more at the link.
March 12. Art show and sale at Annunciation Greek Orthodox
Church, 573 N, Highland. Benefits Children of Le
Bonheur. Admission $10. 1 - 6 PM 327-8177
March 17. Thursday. Steve Ash – “A
Massacre in Memphis: The Bloody Race Riot of 1866”
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
Rhodes College, lecture 6 p.m. Hardie Auditorum, Palmer
Hall (reception at 5:30 pm) details at
This appears to have died and is recorded for historical
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
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
19, 9:30 AM. Lenten Field Trip: ST. Mary's
Cathedral group visits St. Jude Hospital. Reserve
your spot with Miranda, email@example.com 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
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
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
Rsvp helpful but not required. 327-9735 or emailto:firstname.lastname@example.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
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..."
7350 Raleigh Lagrange Rd, Cordova, http://neshobachurch.org.
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
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.
Feb 16. The group
"Healthy and Free Tennessee" will be doing a lobbying
day in Nashville. Info is at
This will inevitably be controversial for some readers of
this site, as one of their issues is abortion rights. Of
course there are a lot of other issues, e,g, medical
insurance. On the other hand, if you've never done a
"lobbying day", it is a fascinating and worthwhile
experience whether or not you agree on all issues.
February 16, third Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Writers Group
at Holy Communion Church. The
topic is "A fine Romance". All welcome
to come listen; if you want to speak ( 5 minutes) contact
cmodisett @ 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
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
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
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)
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:email@example.com
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.
February 11, Thursday, 11 am - 12:30 PM. Benjamin
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.
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
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
Dr Steve Katz and Dr Graham Warr, AMRO Music Auditorium,
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
15 - proposal deadline for the Gandhi King Conference.
See April 8 below.
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
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.)
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,
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
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
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
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,
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
- 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
Memphis Common Table Event -
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
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
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".
30 Chili Cook-Off and Variety Show,
Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion. Walnut Grove
30, 8 PM, GPAC: Israeli Dance Group "Koresh" Ballet,
Modern, Jazz styles. Charge for tickets. Temple
Israel Sisterhood has a group going.
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
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.
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
February 5 and 6 - Weekend with an outstanding
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
7906 Lowrance Rd, Memphis TN 38125 A brief video about
the speaker is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a6NsYVm8WA
Saturday, Healthy Memphis Common Table
Women Surviving Breast Cancer through Education, Early
Detection, Screening and Treatment
Date: Saturday, February 6
a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Temple of Deliverance (COGIC, 369 G.E.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
27. The Annual POINT IN TIME count, the count of the homeless
population. Volunteers are needed.
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
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,
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
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:
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
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.
Baptist Memphis Education Center, 6027 Walnut
"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
January 10 -
Maimonides Society Kick-off Event at
the Grizzlies Game
Date: Sunday, January 10th @ 3:30
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
12 - Healthy Memphis Common Table event
Date: Tuesday, January 12
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Begins: 9:00 a.m.
First Baptist Church - Broad Avenue
January 12 (2nd
Tuesday) Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic
Peace group, meets at the Friends'
Meeting House, Walnut Grove at
Prescott. 3387 Walnut Grove
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 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
WORLD RELIGION DAY MEMPHIS
2016 FREE EVENT TO THE PUBLIC
OF CHRISTIANITY, WALNUT GROVE
contact us at: Saci
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.
Performances: Keith Anthony
The Open Heart Choir Roger
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 Fairgrounds
Tour, presented by Jimmy Ogle (click for details)
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.
An outstanding tour guide, important Memphis History
January 19 (third Tuesday) Writer Group at Holy Communion
Episcopal. Walnut Grove between Perkins. "New Beginnings"
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