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A Listing of events of probable interest.                major update April 18, 2019

(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.  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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April 17
Obviously, the Notre Dame fire was a major disaster.  Unlike the Twin Towers, it will necessarily be rebuilt, although that may not be complete in our lifetimes. (I'm sceptical of the "within five years" claim of the French giovernment, although it will surely be open toi tourists again within that time. It will be remembered for centuries - perhaps more than the Twin Towers, since the rebuild cathedral will still be one of the leading tourist destinations of the world.  It is interesting to reflect on how the times we lived in may be remembered in history, or to compare history to our times. Will the global warming of the coming years ever be compared, in how it affected civilization, to the "European little ice age" of the late Middle Ages?  Or will the results be as forgotten, in the long run, as the cities drowned under what is now the Black Sea when the great natural earth dam at the Bosporus failed?
       As a computer scientist, I will note the existence of modern 3-D images which may help in the rebuilding.    
 I do need to note that, almost simultaneously with the Notre Dame fire, there was a fire at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. It was a small fire and apparently unrelated.   

       It is difficult not to be concerned about the Chinese persecution of its Uighur  minority.  According to a NY Times story (widely circulated in the Computer Science community!) the Chinese government ius now using computer Artificial Intelligence to racially profile Uighurs.

     There is a very controversial bill to regulate voter registration drives in the state legislature. 

April 8
    The Vanderhaar symposium on April 11 has been cancelled, due to confusion at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
        There are quite a few new events listed. Some require advance reservations and you should do this promptly, especially if you are interested in a Passover Seder (see April 19 and 20)  and/or the ANuual Muslim "Iftar" dinner, May 19.
The new Bishop-Elect of the Episcopal Diocese will be speaking in the Lenten Lectures April 10.
        Zev Samuels, Manager of MIFA's Long-term Care Ombudsman Program for five years, has been named "Social Worker of teh Year" by the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
        See Passover information at April 19 - if you want to attend a synagogue Seder (dinner and Passover service) you need to reserve in advance.
        Facing History has a busy program of on-line seminars which may be of interest to religious school teachers as well as secondary school teachers.
       A reminder: you can find the Calvary Lenten Lectures you missed online at
March 20

It has been a very busy time. The terrorist shootings in New Zealand led to a remarkable vigil at Rhodes College on March 18, with a very strong statement by Sheik Yasir Qadhi. There has been an outpoiuyring of support for Muslims from preachers all over the city, and many have visited mosques.  If you'd like to visit a mosque but are nervous about when or where or would be more comfortable with someone playing host or hostess, I'll be happy to make arrangements. (phone 327-9735)

       It is hard not to be very excited every Lent by the quality of the speakers at Calvary Episcopal.  I mention names below, but can't do whole biographies - do look at the Calvary website for more information. Just in the next few days, preacher-musician Kirk Whalum, DR Hass the (Jewish) President of (Presbyterian) Rhodes College, very popular local preachers Hester Mathes, Val Handwerker, and Micah Greenstein, as well as the head of local United Way and some excellent out-of-town preachers.

        David Waters, long-time "faith" editor at the Commercial Appeal, is still active in Memphis. There is a nice piece about him at

         Since he is now writing for the Daily Memphian (among other activities) I'll point to an article there (not by David Waters) about the recent death of John Kilzer, an important leader of the local faith community:

         As many of you know, I write occasional interfaith articles for The Christian Science Monitor. My most recent is online at
      My earlier articles there can be found by searching for "ordman" on the website. Obviously I like it when you do that, it shows them I'm being read - but since they limit the number of free articles read per month, you'll also find my older articles there at

March 5

       The recent vote by the United Methodist convention
(voting on the conservative side on the homosexuality issue) has been well covered in the newspapers, but people might enjoy the collection of comments gathered by a project at the University of Chicago (in the newsletter program started by Martin Marty):
      There are several Muslim events in March, since an earlier Memphis Mayor declared March to be "Muslims in Memphis Month" for Muslim-sponsored "get to know your neighbors" activities. There is a full list at
      Shrove Tuesday events at many churches March 5; Ash Wednesday events on March 6. The beginning of the Christian reflective period of Lent leading to Easter. If I understand Muslim beliefs correctly (perhaps not all agree, of course) Jesus did not actually die but did ascend into heaven; he will return at the time of the mass resurrection and Last Judgement and will travel around the world preaching as the head of the believers in God.
      The Lenten Lecture Series at Calvary Episcopal is one of the highlights of living in Memphis, brief services and lectures noon - 12:45 Tuesday-Friday, breakfast or lunch at the Waffle Shop under the church, starting March 7.
      The minor Jewish holiday of Purim is March 21; see notes in the calendar.  Giving gifts of food is traditional during Lent, and Baron Hirsch synagogue has set a goal of providing the homeless with 5000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; they are now collecting jars of peanut butter and jelly, and money to buy the bread.  Sandwich assembly March 6, 6-7 PM. 400 S. Yates.  I believe distribution is handled by St. Mary's Soup Kitchen, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, the site of the Wednesday moring breakfasts.
      Masjid Ar-Rahman,
7906 Lowrance Rd, Memphis 38125,   (near I-385 and Hacks Cross)  is  still building, and is approaching megachurch numbers.  To reduce traffic jams, they have divided their noon Friday service (the big service of the week) into two sessions starting March 15. At 12:45 the sermon will be in English, at 2:15 pm the service will be repeated with the sermon in Arabic with English translation. (Masjid Al-Noor, near the U of M campus, is at 1:15, mainly Arabic. Masjid As-Salaam, at the top of Stratford Road, 1:15, mainly English.  (Note: I've found some women reluctant to visit a mosque  without knowing a friendly English-speaking woman will act as hostess. Let me know if you need one!)
     I've listed just a few events from the Jewish Family Service web page at   As many of these programs are of interest only to fairly specific groups, I won't make a habit of listing them here but want people to know that page is available.
     A Catholic Social Justice group has posted lists of how Contressmen and Senators voted last year on a numberf of social-justice related bills; it is at
     A list of proposals of interest in the Tennessee legislature is provided by the League of Women Voters at
     Trips to Israel organized by synagogues and churches are not uncommon, and I tend not to report them here. Of course the mosques facilitate the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. But this is the first time I'm noticed a major Hindu religious trip to India (in May) organized by the Indian Cultural Center and Temple, and people might enjoy learning more about it.
     Rev. Laura Gettys has been named interim Dean of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
     Some homelessness statistics: According to the 2018 Community Alliance for the Homeless Point-in-Time Report, of the 1226 people counted as homeless last year, 348 were families with children. During October-December, MIFA screened 765 unduplicated families for Emergency Shelter Placement. Of those, 389 were determined to be literally homeless.

February 23

  A fresh list of concerts is on the
  Allegro Convert Listing Page
and a fresh list of Church Health Center Events is on the Church Health Center page. 

 February 8
      There is an interesting list of jobs available via  It might be an interesting topoic of discussion for youth groups.

       Facing History has its video series "Eyes on the Prize" about the Civil Rights movement  available for web streaming; it may well be of interest to religious groups or classes high school to adult. Have a look.

     The Lenten Lecture Series Schedule for Calvary Episcopal is online at

     The Memphis School of Servant Leadership winter-spring program is online. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
as a support structure for anyone interested in expanded or new forms of religious activity/spiritual life.

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.
During Advent, the class is: "This adult formation class, led by Scott Walters, will study Barkley Thompson’s book, In the Midst of the City: The Gospel and God’s Politics, a collection of essays and sermons that addresses hot-button social issues of recent years and challenge the reader to be the vanguard of God’s kingdom in the world."

- 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  (on Christmas break until Jan 9)

- 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:

  Ongoing Museum Exhibit: 70 Faces of Memphis, Memphis Jewish Community Center.
Articles about some of these people are at

March 7 - April 12, Tuesday through Fridays - Lenten Lecture Series at Calvary Episcopal (noon Tues-Friday, Wednesday evening.) Also lunch and Wednesday supper at the Waffle Shop.
April 9  Sam Teitel, Pastor, Church of the River
April 10, Phoebe Roaf, Bishop Elect, Episcopal Dioceses of West Tennessee
April 11, Marie Howe, Poet  (also Weds evening April 10)
April 12, Dorothy Wells, ST Georges Episcopal Church, Germantown

April 8-10. Westberg Symposium.
The Church Health Center is home to the "Parish Nursing Program", supporting houses of worship than have a nurse available to assist their members. This is its annual program. On
April 8, Monday, 6:30 PM, Philip Yancey (Distinguished Christian author, journalist, and editor) will speak at First Baptist Broad, 2835 Broad Ave.  $25, register at

April 9, Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbians (usually the first Tesday, but 2nd Tuesday this month)
Marian Hall under the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Catered dinner this month, $10 (but no one turned away for lack of $10.)  Fr. Robert Marshall, pastor of the Cathedral, will speak to us on the celebrations of Holy Week.  In addition, Fr. Marshall will share with us a little of his background and his vocation story which is quite an interesting one in that he also holds a law degree.  Come and join us for a delicious catered meal by Dino's and hear the faith journey of lawyer -to-priest from Fr. Marshall.

April 9 
Second Tuesday, meeting of MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope. Meeting location varies, see  or Facebook  for locations and other committee meetings.    This meeting -  7 PM at First Congregational Church

April 9, 6 PM  Temple Israel, Meet the Author. HOLY ENVY by BARBARA BROWN TAYLOR: In Conversation with Rabbi Micah Greenstein
New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching the world's religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia...

April 9, 6:30 PM. Rabbi Lehrfield of Baron Hirsch Congregation delivers a preparing-for-0Passover lecture at the synagogue, "29 things to say at the Seder"  (The Seder is the service typically done over dinner in the home, the first two nights  of Passover.)

April 10. St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. The The Christ Community Health Services van will be in the parking lot beginning at 8am, with intake sessions taking place in the Crypt. (This is in connection with the 8 AM service and breakfast)
CCHS offers: FREE acute and primary care      Screenings for common health problems
Diagnosis of medical problems and health needs     Treatment and management of specific diseases
Treatment of minor injuries    Vision and Dental screenings by appointment

April 10, 7 PM. Temple Israel program, "Reclaiming our Matriarchs". "A program to reclaim our famous Jewish women from Biblical to modern times in a relaxed, fun environment. Drinks and snacks will be provided. This program is designed for women or anyone who identifies as a woman."  RSVP requested

April 10,
Supper and speaker, St. John's Episcopal
Mingling and fellowship begins at 5:30 in the Parish Hall, dinner served at 6, followed by our speaker, Rev. Dr. Lee Humphreys, former head of the Dept. of Religion at UT Knoxville.  Rev. Humphreys is author of several books on the Old Testament: "The Character of God in Genesis," "Joseph and his Family," and the Old Testament textbook, "The Story of God's People." Register by clicking the link below:

April 10, 7 PM, Jewish Community Center, Author Talk. Nathan Englander., His most recent book is a novel, ""

April 11, The Vanderhaar Symposium has been canceled 
(there have been administrative changes and accusations of problems at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which was to provide the speaker.)

April 11, 7 PM Concert at Temple Israel. free. Joe Buchanan. This is advertised as "Country/America steeped in Torah" and "The Jewish Cowboy."  He'll also be in a special Friday evening (Sabbath) Service at 8 PM Friday April 12 and other events this weekend in the Jewish community.

April 12, 10 AM. Wreath Laying at the graves of the Fort Pillow Massacre. National Cemetery, north end of National Street (2568 Townes Avenue, for map programs). This will also mark the 155th anniversary of the Massacre, 400 years of the first recorded history of slavery and the 200th anniversary of Memphis.
Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10 am -- 4 pm the Descendants of Union Soldiers Who Survived the Massacre at Fort Pillow on April 12, 1864 cordially invite you to "Remembering Fort Pillow ".  The event will be held at the Fort Pillow State Historic Park.

April 12. Indus Hospital Dinner    Pakistan Association of Memphis is hosting a beautiful evening with Pakistani legend Anwar Maqsood to raise awareness and funds for Indus Hospital in Pakistan. Please come out and support.
The Great Hall & Conference Center  7:00PM - 11:30PM    Tickets price: $20 per Person/Under 10 - FREE
FREE Childcare will be provided.   Buy tickets at

April 13-14 Sri Rama Navami Celebrations, Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
9 am and 5:30 PM Saturday, 10 AM Sunday.

April 14 is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Christian "Holy Week" leading to Good Friday and then to Easter on April 21. Many churches have special events on some or all of the days of Holy Week. Look at the church websites, found on our "address page."
 Bishop-Elect Phoebe Roaf will be presiding at several events at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Outgoing Bishop Don Johnson will preach at 11 AM Easter Day.
St John's Episcopal will be celebrating its 70th anniversary on April 14

April 14, 2 PM, Jewish Historical Society, at the Jewish Community Center.
Roots - Resistance - Renewal: Polish Jews 1975 to the Present.   by Chuck Fishman, internationally known photographer

April 16
(Third Tuesday), Pax Christi (The Roman Catholic Peace Group) meets at the Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grave at Prescott. All welcome, usually an excellent speaker and discussion.  Pot luck supper at 6:30 (no need to bring anything your first time coming), speaker at 7 PM.

April 17-21, Africa in April. The official country honored this year is Nigeria, but I'm told there will also be events or participation about Togo and Benin. Draft flier is at 2019_Africa_in_April.jpg

April 18, 6 PM. Spring ceremony at Indian Cultural Center and Temple.
Vasantotsavam is an annual seva to celebrate the arrival of the Spring season. Vasantotsavam is the combination of two words – “Vasantha” (Spring season in Sanskrit) and “Utsavam” (Festival in Sanskrit). This event welcomes the spring season in the Mid-South. On the final evening, Pravathi Devi is offered worship and taken out for a celestial ride on a finely decorated swarna ratham.

April 18, 9:15 PM, Masjid Ar-Rahman.  Talk by Imam Anwar   about 9 days he spent in New Zealand visiting the attacked mosque in Christchurch.

April 19, Good Friday. Lots of special church services. After the 11:45 PM service at Calvary Episcopal downtown they will do a "Way of the Cross Procession" through downtown streets. (And another inside the church, if you don't want the outside one.)

April 19 (evening)  is the start of Passover, an eight day holiday.  This is a major Jewish holiday commemorating the departure of the Jews from Egypt and freedom from slavery.  The most important celebration is the "Seder", a ceremony enacted at the dinner table the first two nights. Many Jewish families do this in the home, often in extended family groups or with guests. Several synagogues offer large group seders on one of the first two nights. As it is also a fancy dinner, there is a charge for it, but outsiders are definitely welcome, and if you can't afford it, call and ask.
Baron Hirsch will have a very traditional seder (lots of Hebrew, I expect) April 19, $45 for non-member adults, less for members and children, call

683-7485 (call soon, it may sell out).
Temple Israel runs a much more informal, more English, musical Seder on April 20. Register by April 15 at
Brit Hadasha (The Messianic Jewish Congregation - the group that says they are Jews but believe in Jesus, some Jews think they should call themselves"James Christians" after the Church of James in Jerusalem, which was wiped out by the Romans), has a Seder April 19 but reports it is sold out.

April 19. 5:30 PM.  Lindenwood Christian Church. Good Friday Service of the Cross. Wide participation from other rea clergy makes this a  significant interfaith event.
This annual service offers seven meditations from noted area clergy who each provide reflections on one of the Seven Last Words of Christ.  The Lindenwood Chancel Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Pianist Mark Ensley and Organist-Conductor Chris Nemec provide Lenten music by Mozart, Dubois, Faure, Rutter and others. Free, non-ticketed.

April 19-20 Imam Candidate visit.  (not really an interfaith event, but included so others can see how this is done, and visit if they'd like.)

Please join this weekend for a program conducted by Elhadj Mamadou Aliou Bah, Imam Candidate for Masjid Al-Muslimeen[3131 Director Rd Memphis, TN 38131]
1 PM Friday sermon and 7 PM Saturday program at Masjid Al-Muslimeen, 9:15 PM Friday talk at Masjid Ar-Rahman
It is noted that the candidate is fluent in Arabic, French, English, and Fulani, born in Guinea, studied in Medina and in Delaware.

April 20 10:30 AM special ceremonies at Indian Cultural Center and Temple.

According to Vedic Astrology, the transition of heavenly bodies like Saturn (Shani) and Jupiter (Guru) have an effect on the individuals born under certain Nakshatara/Rasi. These effects could be charaterized as being either positive or negative depending on Rasi (Moon sign) of the individual. To mitigate the negative effect and to enhance the positive effects of the transition, ICCT is performing the NAVAGRAHA SHANTHI (HOMAM). Performing Navagraha Homam and pooja after Ugadi (New Year) is important and beneficial for the following Rasi-Nakshatara’s:  (continues....)

April 20, 3-5 PM. Opening of "Divine Diversities", an exhibit of religious artifacts, at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis.

April 22 MICAH ISSUE NIGHT 6:00 - 8:00 pm

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH  To build synergy in our work, the Education, Economic, and Immigration and Intercultural Equity Task Forces meet in the same location on the fourth Monday of every month.

April 22, 5-7 PM. Lynching Sites of Memphis Project, meeting at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church, E. Parkway and Poplar.
The county has approved wording for a new historical marker on the 1851 lynching, to be placed in Market Square, probably this Fall.
This group usually has excellent speakers and discussions, all welcome.

April 23 Temple Israel. Noon  Lunch and Learn - Rabbi Feival Strauss and a discussion of "the history of Jewish guilt"
 (bring your own lunch)

TI CROSSTOWN  (The Temple Israel room in the Crosstown Concourse)
Join us for an evening of LGBTQ+ community building at TI Crosstown! We will make colorful, yummy matzah pizzas in celebration of Passover and spark new connections with our fellow members.

Wednesday April 24th, The First Annual Memphis Friendship Foundation Award Banquet will be held April 24, 2019 at Opera Memphis (6745 Wolf River Blvd, the north end of Kirby) at 6pm.  Fundraising dinner, $100 and up
MFF will present Daryl Davis with the First Annual Memphis Friendship Award. (This is the joiunt enterprise started by Heartsong Methodist Chuirch and the Memphis Islamic Center. Highly recommended.
 Tickets at

April 25 5-8 PM, April 26 9 AM-noon.  Church Health Center, Meet the Artists and Art Sale. Jill Steenhuis and Sergio Ruffalo. 
The art will be exhibited on three floors, accessible from the West Atrium of the Crosstown Concourse

April 25  7 PM Temple Israel at Crosstown. TI Talks: Let's Talk About Anti-Semitism
In response to the rise of Judeophobia and the massacre in Pittsburgh, ConnecTI will host this open space for diverse audiences to learn, converse, and connect regarding prejudice and identity in America. This final session will begin with a moderated discussion by Stacy Jacobson, reporter for WREG Channel 3 News, and Professor Jonathan Judaken of Rhodes College, and will end with a Q&A period and networking.

April 26. 165th Anniversary of Temple Israel.
5:00 pm: Annual Meeting 
5:30 pm: 165th Anniversary Preneg
6:00 pm: Shabbat Service with Guest Speaker Edward Felsenthal, Temple Israel Confirmation Class of 1982 and CEO of TIME

April 27 10 AM - 3 PM. Peacemakers retreat, Christian-Muslim understanding.
Organized by Doug Barr of Farmington Presbyterian and Sameer Mansour of Memphis Islamic Center.
At the Presbyterian campground, Pinecrest, 21430 TN 57, Moscow, TN.
(about a one hour drive). Free, all invited.  further info from doug (at) or 901-606-6292

April 27. 10 am 2 PM. County Health Department.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 27, 2019, in the Kroger parking lot at 3444 Plaza Ave, Memphis TN, 38111 located in the Poplar Plaza Shopping Center.
you may turn in unwanted or expired drugs for proper disposal.

April 28,  8:30 am - 1 pm  Bloodmobile at Temple Israel

April 28, 3 PM.  Beethoven Club Brass Quintet at Elmwood Cemetery. $20.
Tickets are $20 and are available at the Elmwood Tickets Site here.
April 28 Noon to 4PM.  Relieve Hunger, Spread Peace. The annual meal packing event
at the Muslim day school, Pleasant View School, 1888 Bartlett Rd.  A wonderful opportunity to be useful and feel useful while visiting with a large variety of people from many faiths (and a chance to see the school, if you have not. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Registration requested:

April 28  Steve Katz - organized concert at AMRO Music, 2918 Poplar, second floor. A Cabaret to benefit Church Health Center, $15 suggested donation.  Flier online here .

May 1. Noon. Temple Israel, Lunch & Learn
Rabbi Feivel Strauss will continue his series, “Jewish Revolutionaries.” May's Jewish Revolutionary is Rabbi James A. Wax. Please bring a brown bag lunch; drinks will be provided. There is no charge or registration required.

May 1, 1:30 PM  Mark Twain performance at Theatre Memphis, Senior Arts Series. Minimum donation $5.
Poster at  SeniorArtsSeries.jpg    (all events on the poster are at 1:30 PM)

May 2. Planned Parenthood Fundraiser, performance of "Cabaret", $50 and up. or call Darci at 901-725-3008.

May 4, 11 AM, Hope Church. Ordination of Phoebe Rauf as Episcopal Bishop of West Tennessee. (8500 Walnut Grove Rd.)

May 5, 2-3 PM free class on healthy and beneficial eating habits for elders and special needs people. Jewish Community Center. Call 767-8511, class 5477

May 6, Men of Reform Judaism, Annual Golf Tournament, Charity Fundraiser.

 May 7 First Tuesday, CMGLP. Catholic Ministry to Gays and Lesbian Persons. Everyone welcome; there is no presumption that you are gay etc. but you'll meet some people who are. Potluck supper 6:30 (no need to bring anything your first time), speaker at 7. Usually they have excellent speakers.
Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. 1695 Central, parking lot in the rear (around the block.) 

May 10, 6:30-8:30. Calvary Episcopal Church. Feast and Follies: a choir concert, heavy hors d'oeuvres, fundraiser $25. Tickets in advance via

May 14
Second Tuesday, meeting of MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope. Meeting location varies, see  or Facebook  for locations and other committee meetings.

May 16. 7:30 AM, class
($15 or $20 charge, CEUs) States of Mind: Elder addiction and its impact on the client and the family. Jewish Community Center 767-8511

May 16, Playhouse on the Square, performance of Cabaret! to benefit Facing History and Ourselves.
$75 fundraiser.
6:30 PM reception, 8 PM curtain.

May 17, Temple Israel.  Send-off dinner for Rabbi Katie Bauman, as she prepares for her new role as Senior Rabbi of Touro Synagogue in New Orleans.

May 18, Memphis Islamic Center Annual Fundraiser

May 19, The Annual IFTAR Dinner.  This is a major annual interfaith event sponsored by the Muslim community. Speakers will be Rev Dr. Stacy Spencer, Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Shaykh  Dr, Yasir Qadhi.  6-9 PM
Free but it fills up fast, reserve early!   and click on May 19

May 21 (Third Tuesday), Pax Christi (The Roman Catholic Peace Group)
meets at the Friends Meeting House, Walnut Grave at Prescott. All welcome, usually an excellent speaker and discussion.  Pot luck supper at 6:30 (no need to bring anything your first time coming), speaker at 7 PM.

May 25, 2 PM, Memphis Men of Harmony Concert  "Attic Memories"
St Benedict at Auburndale High School, 8250 Varnavas Dr., Cordova 38016
Reserved seating - $15, $12 for Seniors, Students, Military.
Call 901-870-8629 or  email jamclan1682(at)
If you'd enjoy joining a barbershop quartet or similar group,. rehearsals are at
Balmoral Presbyterian Church, 7:30 PM Tuesdays

June 1, 7:30 PM, Wolf River Singers, 25th Annual Pops Concert and Silent Auction
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 8151 Poplar Ave., Germantown

June 9, 4 PM Beale Canto at St Mary's Episcopal

June 10-16 Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Silver Jubilee Celebration

June 18, 7 PM. Memphis Jewish Community Center.
Annual meeting of Jewish Community Partners, the local Jewish umbrella charity group.

June 23, Church Health Center - Craft Food and Wine Festival

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

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


(Some places below here have bad formatting-software bug, sorry. Zoom to 200% may help.
I'll get it fixed when I can.)

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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