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A Listing of events of probable interest.           major update August 12, 2019 Minor addition August 13

(If an address is not given for something, you can probably find it listed here.)
In some cases these are specifically interfaith events, others are events of one religion that are not primarily religious services and where you might want to go to see a facility, learn of the culture, or meet people from a different group.  (I do include Hindu religious services, as visitors may want to go the that temple when something is happening and the schedule is so unpredictable.)  Some are civic events likely to draw representation from multiple religious or ethnic groups.  In posting things, we have not always explored all the shades of opinion, so we may not necessarily agree with the views of all the organizers.  We do hope to find things where many of our readers will be either sympathetic or interested in polite discussion of the issues.

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Elections: (Town of Arlington, Municipal, 2019 Sept 19, details omitted here)
                 City of Memphis Municipal Election, 2019 October 3 
                                  Registration Deadline Sept 3
                                  early voting Sept 13-23
                                   Last day to request absentee ballot Sept 26
       Further details

The WC Handy House (museum at 4th and Beale has reopened.

August 12

For those interested in events in Nashville, Jerry and Judy Bettice have pointed out that there is an events list for Nashville or probable interest at

Since I have a cousin who worked for some years in Sri Lanka, I occasionally notice news from there. There is a nice feature about an interfaith activist there (and some of the problems there) at 

There is a new Church Health Center Events Newsletter here

August 5.

The Memphis Islamic Center
is among the places collecting donations for the victims in El Paso and Dayton. American Red Cross is collecting online. I don't normally mention special collections here but there are usually an itnteresting variety going on, E.G> Memphis Islamic Center is collection on August 10 for  Rohingya refugee camps, flood victims, and orphans in Bangladesh.

With several mass shootings in the US, it has been difficult to see international news. Unfortunately, some of the international news is every discouraging about religious freedom and religious relationships, so much so that the US shootings scarcely make the international press. (Difficulties of refugees returning to Syria, general strike and tear gas in Hong Kong, Internet and telephone shut down so it is hard to know what is happening in Jammu/Kashmir.) 

Locally in Memphis, prayers are needed again for Ed Wallin who is back in the hospital (dehydration, perhaps a complication of chemotherapy.)

There is a nice article on the Mid-South Food Bank at
June 27

MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope,
has a new short video (under 3 minutes) at

The University of the South (Sewanee)
has a four-year basic theological education extension program. There are presently openuings in Tuesday and Wednesday evening classes at Calvary Episcopal.

The Shelby County Election Commission needs deputy registrars to help register voters at several events. Among them are
Sat. July 13, 2019  8am-2pm   Health Fair   St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church    1843 Brookins St. - 38108
Sat. July 27, 2019  11am -2pm Health & Wellness Fair   New Dimensions Ministries   3607 Frayser Raleigh Rd. 38128
contact via

Constance Abbey, a neighborhhod outreach associated with St Mary's Episcopla Cathedral, 700 Poplar, is seeking volunteer help.
"...needs volunteers for IT, data entry, clothes closet, cleaning, Cathedral community garden, transportation, housing placement, job placement, and medical guidance.
Please contact Margery at 662.202.5648 for a tour and appointment."

Germantown continues to strughgle with recovery from the June 7 flood.

On-line Movies:
Netflix has a series "13th",
the advert says "In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom." It is being discussed in some church classes. The class at Balmoral Presbyterian will be watching and discussing the first installment at 6 PM on Thurday July 13, visitors welcome.
HBO has the film "True Justice".  There is a nice newspaper article about it at
June 14

Germantown declared a disaster after the June 7 flood there. Donations will be accepted until July 15, and applications for relief for flood losses will be reviewed by a panel once it is known what funds are available.  Donations will be accepted at all IBERIABANK locations by simply stating that the donation is to be applied to the Germantown GIVES-2019 Flood Relief Fund. While donations will be accepted at all IBERIABANK locations, there are two convenient locations in Germantown, 7465 Poplar Avenue and 7860 Wolf River Boulevard.
Information at
What happened in Memphis June 12? (The shooting and riot). I wasn't there, or even nearby (I'm at my summer place, far north). I was very favorably impressed by Ryan Poe's piece in the Commercial Appeal June 13, saying that peaceful protests are more effective than violent ones and that there needs to be much more information before conclusions can be drawn. We know that people can change, that good people can do bad things (and conversely), that law enforcement people as well as soldiers can find themselves in dangerous situations and that their reactions and behavior can vary. I've had enough occasion to visit the US military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, to be aware of some facts about PTSD and the effects of violence on people experiencing it.  I can't help recalling  that I was a graduate student in Berkeley, California, in the 1960's, and witnessed riots that had quite a variety of complex causes. On one occasion  the Berkeley Chief of Police went on television to publicly ask Governor Ronald Reagan to remove the National Guard from the streets of Berkeley so that the police could restore order. It is important to remember that the original confrontation was between the suspect and US Marshals, not local police.
     While I'm sure that much more information will be available sometime in the future, people may want to see other reports, and I encourage looking in various sources.
As a few examples
Let us remember all the remarkable work done in Memphis to promote peace and to promote good relations between different groups. Yes, we have glaring poverty here, and a bad need to remedy that and some of the resulting problems, especially in the education and health areas.  MIFA is a long-standing effort to help people in need. Charities such as Porter-Leath, Bridges, Emmanuel Center, and others do important work in poor communities. MICAH has provided a mechanism for different groups to work together on important issues. Let me take this occasion to illustrate one of the more current efforts, by quoting an e-mail I recently received from Prof. Jonathan Judaken of Rhodes College:

   Several months ago I launched a new effort to put a spotlight on programming in Memphis with lectures, book talks, public conversations, or creative explorations for lifelong learners.
   Every week on WKNO-FM, I do a shout-out about opportunities for the Memphis community to expand their minds and open their hearts through public conversations. While we can only highlight a couple of events each week, the goal in the long run is that the landing page for this radio spot will become a one-stop-shop for all intellectually-oriented programming in Memphis:
     I am writing because I was wondering if you would either share this information with your list for the next few months so that I can help publicize events (if so, they should send information about any events to or if you would share the information of who is on your list, so that I can contact them about this service. My only interest is in helping spread the word about lifelong learning opportunities in Memphis.

I'm reluctant to give my mailing list to others; I've promised people on it I won't send them excessively frequent e-mails. (Partly because I'm on so many church, synagogue, mosque, charity, etc., mailing lists, I often get 150 e-mails a day, a reason I don't update the website as often as I'd like to.  But do drop a note of interest to Jonathan Judaken at, check out the website at    and do let me know if you feel I should pass on notes like Prof. Judaken's to this list more often.

I've moved earlier "notes" postings here to the   Home Page 

Upcoming events:

(Some of the ongoing, Weekly or monthly events - have been moved below the listings by date-)


Several Churches have Wednesday suppers. Please let me know of others.
  - Calvary Episcopal has  Wednesday suppers.   Class, Yoga, etc. follow.

- St Mary's Episcopal, 700 Poplar, has a Wednesday breakfast after a brief 8 AM service. The breakfast is intended mainly for the homeless but all are welcome and it is a chance to meet people you might not meet otherwise, in a very friendly environment. (Not to mention the chance to see the wonderful history exhibit on the Yellow Fever epidemic there, if you have not visited it previously.)

- Holy Communion Episcopal, Walnut Grove, has Wednesday suppers  

- 2nd Presbyterian, Poplar and Central at Goodlett, seems to have them but I'm not sure how often,. Check their calendar at

Current and forthcoming:

June and ...     MIFA announces its "community wide read"; houses of worship may want to take part. 

Temple Israel now puts its major quarterly newsletter online vis the website Issuu. 
Other houses of worship or charities may find this site useful. 
I believe it allows free posting and publications can be downloaded if the publisher allows it.

There has been a national call issued to form environmental study groups
based on the Roman Catolic Encyclical Laudato Si'.
The online call is at

July 27. World Religion Day planning meeting.
"    Please join us  for  a special World Religion Day Memphis meeting on Saturday, July 27th, 2019 from 1:30-3:00pm at Caritas Village, 2509 Harvard, 38112 (Binghampton area, off North Hollywood and Sam Cooper).
     We want to thank everyone that participated in our annual event in January, and an opportunity to tell you about our  exciting plans for 2020.
      If you have not attended our yearly event or meetings, please join us for cake and coffee and meet your Interfaith neighbors. All are welcome.
      If possible, please RSVP at, or call 201-759-8617 if your group would be interested in participating for next year.
       Our regular meetings will resume the third Thursdays of each month starting in August.
*World Religion Day Memphis is an event organization celebrated every January. We are not a religious organization, but a local group of Interfaith groups celebrating with a event locally. World Religion Day was started in 1950 by the Bahai Spiritual Assembly and established to recognize and celebrate the faiths, religions and paths for harmony and peace.

July 30 Last Tuesday. On the last Tuesday of each month, join Crosstown Concourse neighbors and friends for The Mystic.
So, what is The Mystic?
 The Mystic is a catalyst; through music, story, silence and dialogue, we hope to strengthen our attachment to hopes and dreams. In the mystic, diversity is a prerequisite for all creativity, which is why Crosstown Concourse is the perfect home. In The Mystic, the world is far-better served by different beliefs than it could ever be if limited by rigid uniformity.

August 6 
First Tuesday, Catholic Ministry to Gay and Lesbian Persons (everyone is welcome, the food, fellowship, and speakers are wonderful, you don't have to be gay to come!)  Pot Luck supper, all welcome. 6;30 PM. Speaker follows. Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at  Immaculate Conception Cathedral.  1695 Central Ave.    Parking lot is at the rear, around the block.  
Hope to see you Tuesday at the Cathedral!
we will be watching a short reflection from Fr. James Martin on "What the Emmaus story has to say to LGBT Catholics"  followed by discussion and prayer.   If you would like to view the video ahead of time, you can find it on U Tube at the link below:

August 7. Noon. Temple Israel Lunch & Learn   
(bring your own lunch)
Rabbi Feivel Strauss will continue the Jewish Revolutionaries series with a discussion on Hannah Arendt.

August 7. 4 PM  Unity Church of Practical Christianity.  "Wednesday, August 7th begins Metaphysics: A Deeper Conversation. A discussion group facilitated by Mona Winfrey covering a variety of topics and other disciplines as they relate to metaphysics and spirituality. NOTE NEW CLASS DATES! Click the link for a full list."

August 8. Temple Israel Coffee & Conversation   10 AM
Join Rabbi Feivel Strauss for a discussion on, "What do Jews Think About Islam?"

August 8, 6-8:30 PM Community V.O.I.C.E. Meeting 38105, ST Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, in Martyrs' Hall.
Organizing, Planning & Community Awareness Meeting, hosted by Center for Transforming Communities (CTC). Connect with neighbors through stories, food & fun! Questions? Need a ride? Contact Lenell at 731.267.4474 or  lenell at

August 9, 5:30 PM, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Potluck picnic,

a family fellowship gathering at Rainbow Playground in Overton Park. Join us for prayer, games, and a potluck picnic. Please bring lawn games!

August 9       9 AM and 7 PM prayers, Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
"Varalakshmi Vratam is a festival to propitiate the Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu. Varalakshmi is one who grants boons (“Vara”). It is an important pooja performed by many women. It is typically celebrated on the Second Friday or the Friday before the day of the full moon (Poornima) in the month of Sravana. Varalakshmi Vratam is performed by married woman (Sumangali’s) for the well being of all their family members, especially the husband, to get progeny etc. It is believed that worshipping the Goddess Varalakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalakshmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Wisdom, Love, Fame, Peace, Contentment, and Strength."

August 11 is the major Muslim Holiday Eid Ul-Adha
This marks the end of the Hajj (pilgrimage) season and commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son.
As a day of extremely high mosque attendance, it is too many people to fit in any of the mosques. This year prayers will be held at the Pipkin Building on the Mid-South Fairgrounds, 940 Early Maxwell Blvd., there will be two prayer sessions, 8 AM with sermon by Sheik Md. Zagdloul, and 10 AM with sermon by Sheik Hamzah Abdul-Malik.
There will be an Eid Carnival  (a great chance to visit informally with Muslim neighbors) at 1245 N. Germantown Parkway, Cordova,
11 AM - 5 PM, $10 / person includes Halal Buffet, $5 game card, kids rides.

August 11 is also the minor Jewish holiday of "Tisha B'av", the ninth day of the month of Av. It commemorates the destruction of the temples in Jerusalem.
Temple Israel will have an 11 AM program, "Art as spiritual revolt"

August 11 - St. John's Episcopal annual picnic / ministry fair. Charge.

August 11. MICAH College & Young Adult Interest Group Meeting: Sunday, August 11, 4:00PM, Lindenwood Christian Church: 2400 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38112. If you are a young adult between the ages of 18-24 and have been involved in MICAH, would like to be involved with MICAH, or are someone who works with young adults, please join us at this interest meeting to discuss the formation of a MICAH College/Young Adult Group.

August 12 
Second and Fourth Mondays. Lynching Sites Project LSP Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 -7:00 pm. Usually excellent discussions and speakers.

August 12 - Mondays in August, Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Ceremonies about Lord Shiva, 6 PM
"Shravan month is dedicated to Lord Shiva.The entire month is considered auspicious to seek the blessings of Shiva. Shiva Abhishekam is performed with milk, curd, honey, ghee, sugarcane juice, coconut water, bilpatra, flowers etc. This kind of abhishekam gives prosperity, achievement of all desires, eliminates negative forces, getting rid of negative karma and will give you immense joy and success in life."

August 13, 
Second Tuesday, meeting of MICAH (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Action.)
St John's UMC, 1207 Peabody
Structurally, this is a grouping of representatives of about 50 local religious-and-other organizations seeking common projects to work on (1) Is your organization involved?  (2) Everyone is welcome at meetings, even if not in a member organization. (Voting is by organization representatives.)  Location varies, and is announced at

August 14, Indian Cultural Center and Temple, special prayers 6 AM, 10:30 AM, 6 PM. Sri Vikhanasa Maharishi Jayanthi & Yajurveda Upakarma. 

    " Upakarma is conducted once a year during the Shravana masam or Dhanista nakshatara of Shravan month, when Brahmins ritually change their upanayanam thread accompanied by relevant Srauta rituals, making Sraddha offerings to the Rishis who composed the Vedic hymns."
     "Vikhanasa Maharishi, a human form aroused from Sri Maha Vishnu’s mind, arrived at Naimisaaranyam on the purnima day of Sravana masam at Sravana nakshatara. Hence, every year this day is observed as His birthday called Vikhanasa Jayanthi. Saga Vikhanasa got instructions from Sri Maha Vishnu, preached Vaikhanasa Bhagavath Shastras to his disciples Bhrugu, Mareechi, Atri and Kasyapa Rishis. His disciples in turn have given a physical form to these divine Shastras as number of text books containing four lakh slokas, which are together referred as Sri Vaikhanasa Agama."

August 15, 6 PM. National Civil Rights Museum. Beale Street Dynasty:
Sex, Song and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis with author PRESTON LAUTERBACH
Free & Open to the Public

August 15, Vigil for Stephen West 6:30 pm at First Congregational Church, 1000 South Cooper. (Many people consider his pending execution an inappropriate use of the death penalty.)

August 16, Muslim Legal Fund of America, speaker and dinner (free), The Great Hall, Germantown
RSVP and details

August 17, Rally for Gun Sense in America.  (at Fedex Forum)

Saturday, August 17, 2019
You need to register for this event on line in order to attend:
Click Here To Register for the Rally
August 18, Temple Israel. The bloodmobile will be on hand 8:30 AM - 1 PM.  Cheek swabs for bone marrow donation also available.
       (bone marrow donation information -    
     The Career Transition Group meets 9:30 -11. speaker about LinkedIn
     Sisterhood Bazaar 9 am - 1 pm
     More Sisterhood events

August 18, 3 PM. St Peter Missionary Baptist Church, 1410 Pillow St.

Annual Musical presented by the St. Peter Women’s Chorus, with invited musical groups and soloists.

A Sunday, August 18, 2019, Monday, August 19, 2019, and Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Honoring the Ancestors and 400 years of African American Resilience!
8/18/19 3 pm "A Commemoration in Music, Poetry, and Dance" at Second Congregational Church (764 Walker Ave.)
8/19/19 12 pm "High Noon Gathering at the Amistad Bell"  at LeMoyne-Owen College (807 Walker Ave.)
8/27/19 6 pm Talk About it Tuesday: “Remembering Trials, Celebrating Triumphs” at Withers Collection Museum (333 Beale Street)
ASALH’s 400th Commemoration Committee seeks to educate America and the global community about the arrival of Africans in the Virginia Colony and tell the story of the resilience of the African American family, their contributions to America, and most of all African American perseverance.

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

August 22, Jewish Community Center,
"Death and Dying Customs: Social Work Issues by Faith - Cultural Diversity" 7:30 am, charge $15 or $20 at door, NAWTN CEUs expected,  767-8511

August 22, 7 PM COncert at Srt Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
Basil Alter, violinist and composer, is presenting a concert of his original music for violin/piano, violin/bass and String quartet.

August 23, 7:30 PM. St Mary's Cathedral goes to baseball. "Friday, August 23th 7:00 pm Bishop Phoebe will join us in supporting the Memphis Redbirds! Contact Autozone Park to purchase your tickets, and let them know that you're part of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee group. Everyone who purchases a ticket to this event will receive a free Redbirds ball cap, hot dog and soda. All welcome!"

August 26, MICAH Task Forces, 6-8 PM, Lindenwood Christian Church, 2400 Union

August 26
Second and Fourth Mondays. Lynching Sites Project LSP Monday meeting at First Baptist Church (200 East Parkway North) from 5:00 -7:00 pm. Usually excellent discussions and speakers.  (note: they change meeting place in September, to Idlewild Presbyterian.)

August 27   Last Tuesday. On the last Tuesday of each month, join Crosstown Concourse neighbors and friends for The Mystic.
So, what is The Mystic?
 The Mystic is a catalyst; through music, story, silence and dialogue, we hope to strengthen our attachment to hopes and dreams. In the mystic, diversity is a prerequisite for all creativity, which is why Crosstown Concourse is the perfect home. In The Mystic, the world is far-better served by different beliefs than it could ever be if limited by rigid uniformity.

August 27, Last Tuesday. Planning meeting for World Religion Day 2020,  6:30 - 8 pm. Caritas Village,
2509 Harvard Ave (Binghampton). The speaker at this meeting will be Dr. Mohammad  Moiuddin, one of Memphis's leading Muslim interfaith activists.
"Can you kindly remind the Interfaith groups that World Religion Day Memphis will begin the pre-planning meetings tentatively the last Tuesday of each month at Caritas Village. We will be confirming that date with you shortly.
      "Please reach out to any religious faith/paths that might be interested in participating in our pre-planning meetings or become a part of the World Religion Day Memphis 2020 events, please contact us at saciranidd (at) or call 201-759-8617 (Saci Roy). "

August 28. Wednesday suppers resume at Calvary Episcopal downtown. 5:30 - 6:30 PM, Charcuterie and Pasta,

Sept 2. Campaign for Nonviolence planning meeting for Week of Nonviolence September 15-22  - 5:30 6:30 PM, Central Library
New Facebook page -

Sept 2.
First Tuesday, Catholic Ministry to Gay and Lesbian Persons (everyone is welcome, the food, fellowship, and speakers are wonderful, you don't have to be gay to come!)  Pot Luck supper, all welcome. 6;30 PM. Speaker follows. Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at  Immaculate Conception Cathedral.  1695 Central Ave.    Parking lot is at the rear, around the block.  

Sept 6, 6 PM, Ummah 901 (Muslim  regional group, mainly youth/young adults)  Fundraising Dinner. $15-20. Shelby Farms Park.
Details / RSVP:

Sept 6-8. Martyrs Weekend at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Programs remembering the Sisters who served in Memphis in the Yellow Fever epidemic.
Among other activities: Saturday 2-4 PM Health fair / Popsicles in the cathedral parking lot, 700 Poplar. 11:45 SM Sunday: Graveyard Euxcharist and BBQ lunch, Elmwood Cemetery.  Bring a side dish or dessert.

Sept 7. HealthyShelby 5K, Shelby Farms Park.

Sept 8, Chabad. "25" Gala with Dinner honoring Rabbi and Mrs. Klein, entertainment.  ($100-180+)
Poster at

Sept 8, Indian Cultural Center and Temple 11 Am- 7 PM. The annual Ganesh festival,
one of their most colorful events. an all day festival, a great time to visit and meet Hindu neighbors.

Sept 9, 5 PM. Lynching Sites Project has a new meeting place. They will now meet at Idlewild Presbyterian Church
Sept 10, 6 PM. MIFA Public Forum. Homelessness Here and Now. 6 PM. Second Baptist Church
4680 Walnut Grove Road      Admission is free, tickets required.       Click here for more information and to reserve tickets.


Sept 11  MIFA Fundraising Luncheon 
Do Good, Love Well Luncheon     SEPTEMBER 11 at NOON - Tickets $50
Holiday Inn University of Memphis     3700 Central Avenue    Click here for more information and to   purchase tickets.
Sept 11, St John's Episcopal.  5:30pm: Join us for our new Rector Installation
Bishop Phoebe Roaf will be present to install the Rev. Jay Biedenharn as Saint John’s 5th Rector. A festive reception will take place immediately following in the Parish Hall.

Sept 12, 6:30 PM "The Voices of Yellow Fever: History Comes Alive"

Presented by the Elmwood Players at Elmwood Cemetery Chapel
Special musical performances will accompany this production and are sponsored by St. Mary's Cathedral, the spiritual home to the Martyrs of Memphis. $20 per person. Advance ticketing is required--this event is likely to sell out soon! Call 901-774-3212 (Elmwood Cemetery) or click for information /registration:

Sept 15, 4 PM  Concert for a Nonviolent Memphis. Halloran Center, 225 S. Main St.
Poster at 

Sept 15. Major public meeting of MICAH 4-6 PM
Event: Second Public Meeting
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
620 Parkrose Ave, Memphis, TN 38109
Please join us for a very important public conversation & discussion with both current (active) city leaders and prospective city leaders (including all mayoral candidates)  about the future of our great city. We hope to find answers & solutions on major issues such as education, economic & transportation equity as we will also do a "deep dive" on the relationship between city residents and law enforcement and immigration officials.

Sept 16.     Civilian Response: Active Shooter Event   Monday, September 16  6:00 - 8:00 P.M.
    Memphis Jewish Community Center MJCC Belz Social Hall
Memphis Jewish Federation invites the entire Jewish community to join a special active threat training session based on FBI best practices. Learn a skill set and thought process that will empower you to react during critical moments to help you and others survive an active shooter situation. Direct any questions to the program's instructor Stuart Frisch, Regional Security Director for Secure Community Network/Jewish Community Partners.

Sept 22, 2:30-5 PM. PINK Palace Museum and many other sponsors.
I AM US - Peace and Unity Festival, a major interfaith event.
Representatives of many faiths present for informal discussion. Talk by Sri Viswayogi Viswamjee
Pink Palace Museum Mansion Theater. 3050, Central Ave.
Poster is (click here)
"This Multicultural & Interfaith Festival for Peace and Unity is being  held Sept 22nd from 2:30 to 5 pm at the Pink Palace Museum's Mansion Theater as part of the Campaign Non Violence's week of action for Peace and Unity. 
This will be a collaborative effort with Viswayogi Foundation, Unity Church of Practical Christianity, and C.H.A.N.G.E Inc. and 10 faith traditions and 7 cultural groups.

Sri Viswayogi Viswamjee Maharaj (Swamiji), will be traveling here from India to be our keynote speaker. This  event will have speakers representing various faiths, and cultural musical and dance performances. We will have speakers, performers and participants that reflect the rich diversity of the cultural and religious make of Memphis as part of US, (United States) as each one of us,comes together for Peace and Unity. Thus our logo "I AM US".

We will have an opening ceremony whereby each Spiritual Leader or Cultural representative symbolically lights a candle for their tradition with a prayer for Peace and Unity, placing it around the central Candle representing the totality of Allah, of God, of  Great Spirit, of Supreme Oneness. 

It is our sincere belief that actions like this Festival creates an energetic shift in the consciousness that transcends the human consciousness far beyond the day of the event. 

We also will have Compassionate Community Sharing tables to provide information, share and/or receive resources. The  non profit organization will also be sharing information on what they do to help the community.

We hope that the Festival will result in two things: 
(1) bring the diverse groups  together as ONE, and (2) help us share resources with each other to serve this community we call our home. 

The time is now for US to stand as One people for Unity and Peace. 

Anjana Challa, Mona Winfrey & TM Garrett, Organizers"

Sept 23 Equinox.  The Unity Church of Practical Christianity, home to many interfaith activities, has a celebration at 7:30 PM

Sept 24 
Last Tuesday. On the last Tuesday of each month, join Crosstown Concourse neighbors and friends for The Mystic.
So, what is The Mystic?
 The Mystic is a catalyst; through music, story, silence and dialogue, we hope to strengthen our attachment to hopes and dreams. In the mystic, diversity is a prerequisite for all creativity, which is why Crosstown Concourse is the perfect home. In The Mystic, the world is far-better served by different beliefs than it could ever be if limited by rigid uniformity.

Sept 25. Soul Supper at St. John's Episcopal Church. Dr Scott Morris of the Church Health Center will speak.

Sept 28. Fundraiser ($75 up) for Common Table Health Alliance. Underground Low Country Seafood Boil.

October 12, 2019:  Lynching Sites Project is the featured non-profit with Playback Memphis
October 19, 2019: 
Lynching Sites Project will hold a dedication for two markers of lynching victims

Monday, October 28, 2019 FACING HISTORY ANNUAL DINNER. Fundraiser, Expensive, but one of the highlights of the interfaith year in Memphis. Save the Date.  Sign up for sponsorship arrangements starting June.
6:00-6:45 PM - Cocktail Reception  6:45-9:00 PM - Program and Dinner    Memphis Hilton  939 Ridge Lake Boulevard  Memphis, TN 38120

October 30- Nov 4. Indie Memphis Film Festival. Contact Indie Memphis early if you have a film to submit, or want low rates on early-bird ticket subscriptions

December 23.
Winter Solstice. The Unity Church of Practical Christianity, home to many interfaith activities, has a celebration at 7:30 PM

February 4 (Save the Date)  Temple Israel fundraiser at GPAC,
An Evening with Jason Alexander


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Reminder: Loyalty Cards. Many local houses of worship, and other charities, are signed up to get donations from Kroger and from Superlo foods. If you have a loyalty card at either, you must REREGISTER EVERY YEAR to make a percentage of your purchases go to your selected charity. Sign up using your loyalty number at either or both of and   Reregister now and very year on your birthday, or some other day you choose to remember.
(So far as I know,  your registration at is permanent, no reregistration required.)

Farmers Market Note:
Thistle & Bee:  Thistle & Bee: Visit Thistle & Bee at the Cooper-Young Farmers Market on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The market’s summer hours are 8 - 1. You can purchase T&B’s cold lemonade and tea by the cup or growler, their amazing granola, and other products. Products are also available at Curb Market, The Mustard Seed, St. George's Book Shoppe, and Highpoint Grocery. All products are made by women employed by Thistle & Bee, who have survived sex trafficking and prostitution. Learn more on their Facebook page (Thistle and Bee Enterprises, Inc.), and at

Current art exhibits at the Ross Gallery, Plough Library, Christian Brothers University,  (Need to check...)
Friday 8 PM  Lectures on the life of Muhammad, Memphis Islamic Center.

See the flier at
Weekly:Courthouse Advice & Counsel Clinic    Every Thursday | 1:30 pm 140 Adams Ave, Room 134, Memphis, TN 38103
Mediator of the Day  Every Thursday | 10:00 am   140 Adams Ave, Div. 4, Memphis, TN 38103
Monthly:  2SLAC (2nd Saturday Legal Aid Clinic)  Every 2nd Saturday of the month | 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library | 3030 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38111
Veterans’ Pro Bono Clinic  2nd Tuesday of the month | 12:00 – 2:00 pm  1407 Union Ave, 11th Floor, Memphis, TN 38104

Last Tuesday of the Month: 
The Mystic: Discussion at Crosstown. Crosstown concourse, Church Health Center Community Room. A monthly gathering to find connection through music, story, and dialogue. All are welcome. Stop by. Bring a friend. Hosted by Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Dr. John Kilzer, Chris Miner, Dr. Scott Morris, and Kirk Whalum.  

First Thursday, 5:30 PM.  Potluck supper, "Faith Series", St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Brief service in the Sister's Chapel, potluck supper, each table will discuss a faith question of the night.  Monthly event, from Oct 2018

Last Thursday of the month:6-7 PM Monthly meeting of PERL   (People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws)
At MidSouth Peace and Justice, 3573 Southern Avenue. Organization website is
Which also has important info such as the phone number for the YWCA Domestic Violence Hotline
(Eunice Ordman was a long-time volunteer at the YWCA shelter for abused women.)

Sunday 8 AM:  Calvary Episcopal Church Community Breakfast: 
Cook or serve breakfast between 6-8 a.m. any Sunday morning for 200 poor and homeless guests at Calvary’s Community Breakfast in the Mural Room. Contact Mary Nease:

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.

Second Tuesday: Meeting of MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope. Location varies.

Third Tuesday:   Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic peace group,
pot luck supper at 6:30 PM, meeting at 7. Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grove at Prescott. 

Third Wednesday:  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.   

First and third Wednesdays, 6-7:30 PM.  meetings at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, 3573 Southern Ave.   "Memphis United", discussing criminal justice reform.
But see the Mid-South Peace and Justice website for many more kinds of meetings.

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens -  many events,  at

Indian Cultural Center and Temple. It is worth checking their website as often I get rather short notice of events.
Food is served at noon on Saturdays, if you'd like a chance to visit with the people as well as see the building.

(daily)    St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral; The Memphis Yellow Fever Epidemics. 
As Episcopal nuns were actively involved in aiding the sick, the cathedral has in its social hall a museum-quality exhibit about the epidemic.

Every Monday, 5:30-7:30 PM. Church Health Center.  Church Health offers free Health Education from 5:30-7:30 p.m. each Monday at 1115 Union. Health Education will teach you how to manage your hypertension, cholesterol, or obesity. It’s free and open to community. Registration is not required. Can’t make it on Monday? We also offer a special session from 9-11 a.m. the second Saturday of the month. Registration is required for the Saturday class. Please call 901-259-4673 to sign up.  

Every Tuesday, 10-11 AM, Short Story Group at St. Mary's Cathedral.

Every Wednesday, St Mary's Cathedral, 700 Poplar.  A brief service at 8 AM, then a breakfast. A large turnout of homeless people, everyone is welcome, a chance to visit with people you might not otherwise meet. "a hearty breakfast as well as art classes, neighborhood prayer walk, If you've never gad a chance to mingle with the homeless community on an "equal footing", this is highly recommended.
blood pressure checks, literacy classes, computer lab & career training"...

Wednesday: How many Churches have regular Wednesday evening dinners and programs? 
Calvary Episcopal downtown 5:15 - 6:15 PM, $6 adult, $3 child, $20 family max. Discussion groups follow.
Second Presbyterian (Poplar and Goodlett) also has a very nice dinner at 5:30; excellent programs / discussion groups follow.
Holy Communion Episcopal, Walnut Grove between Perkins, 5:30  $8.50 suggested donation

We get requests for information on 5K runs,
group walks, and the like, in terms of exercise, whether or not they are faith or charity related.  Those interested should look at the calendar page of Shelby Farms Park at   which has a remarkable number of events with a variety of goals and sponsorships.    5K's, bicycle events, stroller walks, nature walks, outdoor festivals, all too numerous to list here individually. If these events appeal, check their list at least monthly.

Fridays after the sunset prayer (Maghrib).  Koran, Word for Word, exposition by Imam Anwar Arafat, at Masjid Ar-Rahman.  Some  of the  Friday noon sermons at this mosque  are available online at    if you'd like to listen to a Muslim sermon.  

Wednesday Nights - Memphis Islamic Center, Islamic History, "Lives of the Sahaba" lectures by Yasir Qadhi. (Check - these are sometimes cancelled as he may travel.)  8 PM. Streamed on line and available at Youtube. Sermons are also available online.

The Hindu Temple (Indian Cultural Center and Temple, Eads.) has classes in Sanskrit and in Carnatic Music.

   Healthy Memphis - Common Table has a website on the subject of end-of-life planning at
They can also provide speakers on this topic for houses of worship or other organizations.


Should I sometimes mention regular services  or events that are not at the usual hour? E.g.
St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral has a Communion and Breakfast every Wednesday at 8 AM.  St Mary's will have a new cookbook for sale from Nov 8.
Temple Israel has a regular Bible discussion group with breakfast ("Torah Study", but colloquially "Bagels and Bible") with lox, bagels, and other goodies, at 8:45 Saturday mornings - most arrive by 8:30 to start eating before class. (Yes, Temple Israel also has Sunday School classes on Sunday.)
Masjid Ar-Rahman has a Koran study Friday evenings.  (start at sunset) -
see also

Allegro Music in Germantown prepares a weekly guide to musical events in Memphis. They are clearly finding out about some events (especially in churches) that I don't. They have allowed me to reproduce their weekly newsletter at

No, I don't list everything here from many of the organizations I hear from. Sometimes word gets to me too late, or the events are too numerous or too specialized.  Do check the websites of churches or other houses of worship that appeal to you, and websites of such groups as
the Church Health Center  ,
MIFA   ,
Bridges ,,
The Baha'i calendar of local events is at
--- what others?

Sept 7 and every Sunday 2:30-4, Memphis Islamic Center, ages 13 and up. "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Muslim Teenagers."  I don't normally post house-of-worship youth group meetings, but I liked the title. Further info Br Malik at 734.644.1966
The Memphis Islamic Center provides a set of links
Which I think well exemplifies good use of social media - it has a lot of sermons and other talks, but I didn't immediately see youth-group related material there.

(Aug 2015 notice) Traditional Indian Dance Lessons at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple:
Kuchipudi Dance Classes by Indian Ballet Theatre
Every Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Venue: ICCT Multi-Cultural Pavilion
Fee: A nominal donation of $ 40 per month
Dance Masters - Master Ramana and Chandra Prabha Vasili
Contact Master Ramana at (901) 387-9646 for additional details

6 PM Fridays - music and prayer: Award-winning musician Rev. John Kilzer hosts The Way, a service of recovery, at 6 p.m. every Friday at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1207 Peabody Ave. The Way focuses on recovery, encouragement, and hope. Music is a key component of the service with many local musicians stopping by to perform. The service, which is a joint ministry of Methodist Healthcare, St. John's, and the Church Health Center, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 901-726-4104 or visit

The Church Health Center

The Church Health Center Newsletter has too many events to list them all here. I've put excerpts from the newsletter of May 30, 2016 at
    A few examples:
*Farmer's Market Tuesdays through Oct 25/ 
1115 Union Ave. Join us at 9 a.m. for a free healthy cooking class; the market then runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Canoe and Kayak Race June 18

* The Church Health Center now offers free Diabetes Education, a 2-class series that will give you the skills to self-manage your condition. Classes are held each Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union. Registration is not required, and you may start at any point during the month. Can’t make it on Tuesday? Diabetes Education is presented in its entirety from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month. Registration is required for the Saturday course. Please call 901-701-2221 to sign up.

* The Church Health Center offers free Commit to Quit smoking cessation groups each month. Four-week group sessions start the first Tuesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. Call 901-701-2222 to enroll.


The Memphis Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Memphis are increasingly doing things jointly, as "Jewish Community Partners." They have a calendar of Jewish events, at

We are experimenting with putting some Quran excerpts, organized by Tanvir Kazmi, on-line. (more will arrive!) Is there interest in this?   The first very rough draft attempt is at

Christ United Methodist Church (Poplar opposite Oak Court Mall) has its website (including events lists and on-line sermons)

Which farmers markets shall we mention here?
  of course the one that runs all year: First Congregational Church.
"Year-round every Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Find us at the corner of Cooper St & Walker Ave. in the parking lot of First Congo  "

On Fridays the Tri-State Defender puts out a nice "this weekend in Memphis" activities list. I think the actual web address changes weekly but you'll typically find the link somewhere on the page

 SOUP KITCHEN: Every Tuesday at 3:30 PM  the Muslim Student Association at the University of Memphis  recruits volunteers for the Soup Kitchen sponsored by  Rhodes College which takes place at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1207 Peabody Ave., Memphis 38104.  All are welcome to come help it you'd enjoy meeting these young people. Even better, if you are out way east, meet with some of them at the Memphis Islamic Center (near Walnut Grove and Houston Levee - see our address page) at 2:45 and the carpools leave at 3 PM. For info contact  Br. Shehroz Kazmi at 901-216-1022.

The "OneCommunityCenter" (Yoga, meditation, holistic health) now has a Facebook page

2nd Wednesday, 6-7:30 PM. Monthly general meeting of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, 3573 Southern Ave.    

Facing History      maintains an events list at

The Prizm Ensemble 
This is a musical group (classical chamber music) headquartered at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, corner of Shady Grove and Yates, with its most important activity being a music camp and concert series (talented musicians ages 12 and up) in June each year.

Bridges, the youth service agency (  ) has substantially enlarged its "Bridge Builders" program, with regular events for young people from 6th grade to 12th grade.  This is an
excellent and very intercultural program and depends heavily on having a large variety of participants. It is often the first time that an inner-city young person encounters a Muslim or a Jew (or vice-versa.) We recommend it highly. On the other hand, I don't know how many readers of this page have kids in that age range or work with youth groups. I'd appreciate feedback on how often we should be reporting on "Bridge Builders" events. On this point, mail to or call 327-9735.

Have you ever visited the Memphis Sikh house of worship, 8221 Macon Rd, Cordova, TN 38018?
The web site with the schedule of services is at  

Alternate Tuesday evenings. (Started Sept 4)  There is a program at the Memphis Islamic Center in the late evening (after the Isha prayer, which recently has been starting at 9:30 PM.) For roughly half an hour, Sheik Yasir Qadhi, Memphis's nationally known Muslim cleric, answers questions from Muslims on "Practical issues facing Muslims", questions which may run from technical questions about prayer and eating to questions about politics and civil rights. Non-Muslims who wonder how Muslims are adjusting to the United States, or want to learn more about the practical problems facing Muslims in American society, might want to go and listen.

Sundays 11 AM and Fridays 7PM - Buddhist Meditation and Dharma Talk - Link Here
      A friend who attends the Sunday morning program points out that following the meditation, chanting, and brief lecture, there is a free Vietnamese lunch at the Vietnamese Buddhist Temple next door.

Training programs at Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. I have a problem: they do too much for me to list, but it is scattered between their website,
their Facebook page, and e-mails.  I'll continue to list an occasional activity here, but I urge people to go to their website and sign up for their e-mails.

Church Health Center Events:

Free cooking classes are offered in the demonstration kitchen at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Avenue, every Thursday at 9 a.m.,10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (901) 259-4673, or visit

The Church Health Center and MIFA will host a farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays starting May 7 and running through September 24 at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. The Market accepts credit, debit, cash and EBT. For more information, call Suzanne Ray at (901) 259-4673, Ext. 2237 or visit

The Church Health Center is now offering Wings Cancer Support Groups at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. For more information, call (901) 259-4673.

Award-winning musician Rev. John Kilzer will host The Way, a service of recovery at 6 p.m. every Friday at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1207 Peabody Ave. The Way focuses on recovery, encouragement and hope. Music will be a key component of the service with many local musicians stopping by to perform. The service, which is a joint ministry of Methodist Healthcare, St. John’s and the Church Health Center is free and open to the public. For more information, call (901) 726-4104 or visit  

The Church Health Center is offering a free, six-week course on diabetes education, helping people to take control of their diabetes. Classes are Mondays at 11 a.m. or Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Avenue. Those interested can start anytime. For more information, call (901) 259-4673. No reservation required.

The Church Health Center and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center are hosting the 2013 Women's Health Conference ("Our Bodies, Ourselves") from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, at the UT Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave. Registration required; seating is limited. Register at or call 901-701-2254.

Farmers Markets <seasonal, except for the one at First Congregational Church>
and Cooper-Young, "Year-round every Saturday, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Find us at the corner of Cooper St & Walker Ave. in the parking lot of First Congo  "

Please let me know of things that should be included.
 We also welcome reports of events you attended.

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