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A Listing of events of probable interest.        updated Nov 28, 2019  items added Nov 30

(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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I always appreciate your help in letting me know what your group is doing where members of other groups would be welcome.


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News:


November 28

The 2019 Freedom Award Show from the National Civil Rights Museum (Oct 30)
is online at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On-wj6TBLjg&feature=youtu.be

St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral
has its Advent / Christmas events calendar online at

http://www.stmarysmemphis.org/sites/574/uploaded/files/SMEC_Advent_Christmas_2019_flyer_FINAL_REVISED_LR_for_social_media1.pdf 
(I will not be listing all of those in the events list below)

A Memphis Judge
made derogatory comments about Jews, Muslims, and immigrants on a private Facebook page, then apparently accidentally made it public. He has been reprimanded by the Tennessee  Board of Judical Conduct. Article in the Daily Memphian at

https://dailymemphian.com/article/8953/judge-jim-lammey-reprimanded-for-social-media?fbclid=IwAR0pM7fkNZ7i8l32vkMSQn8VL8UgzJRaGLeuQiWRBN9DxbszhaLdAtuS4iI

Balmoral Presbyterian Church is a featured example on the national website of the Presbyterian denomination PC-USA  for the national outreach program, "Matthew 25".  The article is at
https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/balmoral-presbyterian-church/

The 2018 Annual Report of the National Civil Rights Museum is online at

https://issuu.com/ncrmuseum/docs/ncrm-annualreport-fy18-pages-11052019
(I've previously mentioned issuu.com as a good place to post alarge annual reports and the like.)

I suspect most people have heard by now that MIFA is getting $5 million from the Jeff Bezos Day 1 Families Fund.  Loosely, the money is restricted to assist homeless families in specific ways as defined under rather precise federal rules.  So it won't do  everything MIFA wants to do, but will be a big help in specified areas.


November 17

   The United States Census Bureau will send a speaker to any group or meeting to explain the many reasons why the census is
important to communities and why everyone needs to participate. Terrance Fluker, Partnership Specialist for Shelby County, can be reached at
731-589-9102 or Terrance.O.Fluker@2020census.gov
    A Labyrinth  is not a maze, but a walking path for meditation.  Hoiw many houses of worship in Memphis have one?  There is one in the undercroft at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, usually open for use during business hours: M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Call (901) 527-3361 to confirm availability.
     The Presbytery of the Mid-South has called The Reverend James Luther Gale, Jr., former Associate Executive Presbyter for the Synod of Mid America, to be the Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of the Mid-South. (PC-USA).


November 13

A nice Associated Press piece on Jewish-Muslim bonds:

https://www.apnews.com/53cda15b218a4ace8d1c5268c8aa9e57?utm_source=Memphisirg_org
Yad VaShem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Israel,
has produced a remarkable collection of traveling Museum-quality exhibitions. They consist of downloadable posters that essentially any organization can have printed locally for display locally. But in addition, they are all available online! 

https://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/ready2print/index.asp?utm_source=Memphisirg.org


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

Election Dates for 2020:  March 3, Presidential Primary, County Primary.  Register by Feb 3, Early voting Feb 12-25, Absentee Deadline Feb 25.
                                                          August 6
, State and Federal,  Primaries, County election.  Register by July 7, Early voting July 17 _ Aug 1, , Absentee Deadline July 30.
.                                                                   
Nov 3, Federal and State General Election.  Register by Oct 5, Early voting Oct 14-29, Absentee Deadline Oct 27.

Upcoming events:

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

2019

Several Churches have Wednesday suppers. Please let me know of others.
  - Calvary Episcopal has  Wednesday suppers.  5:30-6:30 PM  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
  http://www.2pc.org/





Current and forthcoming:

June and ...     MIFA announces its "community wide read"; houses of worship may want to take part.
https://community.mifa.org/our-city-our-story 


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.
https://issuu.com/timemphis/docs/ti-voice-summerissue-2019_final

The Fall Newsletter (and schedule) of Calvary Episcopal Church is online - http://calvarymemphis.org/connect/chronicle-newsletter/     It has a lot of things I don't fit in here...

The events calendar of The Unity Church of Practical Christianity is at https://www.unitymemphis.org/calendar.html

Prayer times at mosques: The major service of the week, the one with the sermon (hence the most interesting to visitors) is around noon on Friday. Masjid aa-Salaam (top of Stratford Rd) has its service at 1:15 Pm, as does masjid al-Noor, near the U of M campus. Masjd ar-Rahman has two (due to a large membership) at 12 noon and at 1:30 PM.  Memphis Islamic Center has its service at 1 PM. The mosques also have routine brief prayers - a fine time to just go meet people - typically at  5:45 AM, 12:30 PM, 3 PM, 10 minutes after sunset, and 7:30 PM  (these are from a mailing from Masjid Ar-Rahman, thers may differ by e.g. 15 minutes.)
 

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November 29 - at Masjid Ar-Rahman, a candidate for Imam is giving sample talks and sermons. Sheikh Amro Mahmoud Elaswalli will speak noon Friday at Ar-Rahman, 7:30 PM at Al-Noor, 7:30 PM Saturday at Ar-Rahman, Pizza dinner provided, 5:45 and 11 AM Sunday at Ar-Rahman. More information at 
https://files.constantcontact.com/98c2aa0a001/5ad4057c-d2ca-4e50-a5d4-64bef7f352a0.pdf 

November 29 - 30 speaker at Memphis Islamic Center. Ustadh Safi Khan will speak Friday at 1 PM and 8 PM ("Gratitude"), Saturay 12:30 PM "How to Talk to your Teen (RSVP), 8 PM Hadith  study for College and Young Professionals. (Hadith, roughly, is the study of what Mohammad said that is not in the Qur'an.)

December 1, 4 PM. Calvary Episcopal Church. Service of Lessons and Carols.

December 1 8 PM Memphis Islamic Center. Visiting speaker Imam Zaid Shakir

December 2, 11:45 AM. Women's Lunch and Learn at Chabad. (Orthodox Jewish organization). "Flowers or Weeds. Is this crazy world really beautiful? Lesson 1: Changing of the Garden." Rivky Klein hosts. $18, or $99 for seven of the lessons. (I can testify she is a wonderful hostess!)
Register at
https://www.jewishmemphis.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/3839662/jewish/Rosh-Chodesh-Society.htm
 

December 3  
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.  Rabbi Micah Greenstein will speak.
 
December 3, Tues, 7 PM - St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Christmas music. Rhodes Singers. Free

December 4, Wednesday, 5:30 PM St John's Episcopal. A Service for any one regardless of gender or age who has experienced grief and loss related to children. This liturgy offers an honest and necessary space for prayers of lament, Scriptures for healing, and a Eucharist of hope. We believe, as in the words of Isaiah, that those who have seen the darkness of death will eventually see the dawn.

December 4, 11,18 St John's Episcopal, 12:10 PM. A brief Eucharist (30 minutes) followed by a bible discussion (Isaiah and Matthew); bring a sack lunch.

December 4 - 7, Toy 13 &14 Fill the Toy Truck for Porter-Leath. Donate new unwrapped toys for local children under age 5.
4615 Poplar (at Perkins Extended)8Am - 6 PM Weds-Friday Dec 4-6, , 8 - 4 Saturday Dec 7.
Details, later dates, Santa visit schedule, at

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1120878379071&ca=5e636b2d-2cb8-4817-a098-67eae6ba8404

December 5, 5:30 PM St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Potluck Faith Meal.
Thursday, Dec 5th 5:30 pm in Sisters’ Chapel Join us for a brief prayer service, potluck meal, & faith conversation. Each table will engage in discussion, based upon a faith question(s). Older children welcome and encouraged to attend. Bring a dish to share! For questions, contact Canon Patrick Williams: pwilliams@stmarysmemphis.org

December 6, Crosstown Arts Open House    Friday, Dec. 6, 5-8 pm    Crosstown Arts, 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280
All Crosstown Arts spaces — galleries, The Green Room, Crosstown Theater, the cafe, Art Bar, Shared Art Making, and artist studios — will be open to the public. Live music, hot cocoa, performances, tours, art exhibitions, and more.
During this event, Crosstown Arts fall 2019 session resident artists will open their studios to the public for a behind-the-scenes look at the residency program. Residents will present musical performances, readings, visual art, and more.
Free and open to the public. This event is happening concurrently with the annual Crosstown Concourse holiday lighting party.

December 7, 3:45 PM, Baron Hirsch Congregation, guest speaker Seth Davis, director of IsraAid USA which provides global relief in disaster situations and long-term recovery aid.

December 7,  7:00pm Balmoral Presbyterian Church.  BealeCanto Christmas VI 
The Men of BealeCanto invite you to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at our most popular concerts in our performing season. Join us for this concert of traditional carols and new favorites to usher in a season of joy, light, and love.

December 8, 10 AM, St Mary;s Episcopal Cathedral. I don't normally mention regularly scheduled Sunday School classes or similar events here, but can't pass up that Dr. Bashar Shala (of the Memphis Islamic Center and the Memphis Friendship Foundation) will be giving a talk "Introduction to Islam" at the Sunday morning program here..

DECEMBER 8, 9 AM - 2 PM, Chanukah Marketplace at  Temple Israel. Bloodmobile present 8:30 AM - 1 PM.

December 8  Israel Festival (Friends of Israel) (Not really an interfaith event, tends to attract pro-Israeli government Christians and a variety of Jews)
11 am - 5 PM, Agricenter International. Speakers, displays, market, children's activities, etc.  http://memphifoi.org

December 8, 2 PM. Jewish Historical Society. Professor Kirsten Fermaglich:  "A Rosenberg by Any Other Name, A History of Jewish Name Changing in America"  Memphis Jewish Community Center   6560 Poplar Avenue. Free

December 9, Luna Nova Concert at Grace-St Lukes Episcopal, 1720 Peabody. Donations accepted. Details at

https://mailchi.mp/f043403410b2/luna-nova-winter-concert-december-9?e=c6777cf3dc
Luna Nova moire schedule at
http://www.lunanova.org/
 
December 10, Tuesday, book signing at Memphis Jewish Community Center.  Wines and hors d'oeuvres at the Shainberg Art Gallery, The Story of the MJCC, "Seventy Years of Jewish Connection", by Tom Jones and Susan Adler Thorpe.

December 12, 10 AM, Naturalization Ceremony, Federal Building, tentatively Judge Mark Norris, Courtroom #4, 9th floor.  If you've never seen one, they are interesting.

December 13, Friday, 7 PM - St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Christmas music. Memphis Camerata

December 13-14. B aron Hirsch Congregation hosts Israeli scholar and newswoman Sivan Meir Rahav. She will speak at a Shabbat dinner Friday evening, speak at services Saturday morning and afternoon, and dialogue with a local media personality Saturday evening.
Friday dinner at 5:45, $30 Adults, less for teens and children
https://www.baronhirsch.org/

December 14. 11 Am to 3 PM CARITAS VILLAGE Caritas is hosting its First Happy Holiday’s Merry Market Jingle Jam .
This is a free public event that features holiday shopping from vendors such as local artists, artisans, craftsmen, jewelry makers, clothing designers, etc. There will also be raffles, giveaways, live music, hot cocoa, and cookies This event is located in the Caritas Upstairs Conference Hall.
In our downstairs Cafe, Santa and his elves will be posing for photos with him and his team. Caritas will also be accepting toys for its Holiday Toy Drive and will provide a 10% Discount to anyone who orders in the Cafe.
If you are interested in being a vendor for this event, please contact Saci Roy by phone at 201-759-8617 or by e-mail at saciranidd@yahoo.com.

December 15, 1-3 PM St John's Episcopal.  Memphis Single Moms Spa & Shop
On Sunday, December 15 Saint John’s is partnering with the Memphis Mom’s Blog to host a community outreach event for single mothers across Memphis to Christmas shop for their children in the PLC from 1-3pm.
Donations of new, unwrapped toys are being accepted in the Parish Hall and throughout the community at commercial venues.
Volunteers to help with childcare are in high demand!
Please email Allison Pace if you are able to help lead crafts, movies and snacks for children up to 10 years old. Teen volunteers welcome and service hours granted!


December 15, 4 PM St John's Episcopal, Annual Service of Lessons and Carols
Featuring the Memphis Chamber Choir, with the Memphis BoyChoir and Memphis GirlChoir at Saint John's for our annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which tells the story of Christ's arrival in festive music and scripture. This service draws people from across the region, so arrive early to get a good seat! Nursery will be available. www.memphisboychoir.org
Organ and Brass Prelude at 3:40pm

December 18. St Mary's E[iscopal Cathedral. Pizza at 5:30, go out caroling at 6:15 PM

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

December 23, 6 PM. Chanukah party at Baron Hirsch Congregation. $10 adult, $5 child. Pizza, Latkes, salad bar, games, etc.

2020

January 8    7 PM. The Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour, at Crosstown Concourse. Z(1350 Concourse Ave.)
Sponsored by the Memphis Freindship Foundation, one of Memphis's most interesting interfaith projects.
$27, all proceeds to the Memphis Friendship Foundation.  Limeted seating so book promptly.
Buy tickets at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-laugh-in-peace-comedy-tour-tickets-78994816623
Press release is at https://files.constantcontact.com/2509ccb3301/c2f0bcad-13fe-45a7-9441-b81d058be78f.pdf

Jan 12, 10:30 AM. Temple Israel, Prime Timer's Brunch and Concert. $22. A memorable performance by Julianne Thomas and Dom Fosco.
Julianne and Dom have been making music all of their lives. Julianne offers a stirring vocal style with a joyful presence, while Dom is an amazing instrumentalist on keyboard, sax, and backgrounds. Their repertoire includes traditional jazz, standards, blues, and R&B. Everyone will sing and smile, swoon over the tunes, and tap their toes while Julianne and Dom create a journey back in time that is “Unforgettable.”a
Registration is $22/person and includes brunch and entertainment. Click to register: 
Register by Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020.


January 16. Jewish Federation Fund-raising Luncheon, women only, minimum household annual pledge $180. Tuitle of the luncheon is "I'm not really a Waitress."  Details
https://jcpmemphis.org/womens-philanthropy
 
January. World Religion Day.
"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) yahoo.com or call 201-759-8617 (Saci Roy). "


January 26. Sunday morning at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. 11 AM service, 12:30 reception, 1 PM World Premier Concert, new composition by Dennis Janzer (Director of Music at St. Mary's)

January 26, Memphis Grizzlies' Faith and Family Night on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 5 pm at FedEx Forum. Tickets are $35 per person for children and adults. I know that the Episcopal Diocese is trying to organize a big block of seats so that their youth group can stand on the court during the National Anthem. Othere theme nights at the Grizzlies are listed at https://www.nba.com/grizzlies/tickets/groups/theme-nights

January 29 (Last Wednesday). League of Women Voters - a few interested people meet over lunch at Fratelli's at the Botanic Garden,Cherry Road. If you'd like to meet them and find out what the League is doing, you are welcome.

Feb 23, 4 PM, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, LeMoyne-Owen Concert Choir

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

February 11 (Save the date) Tentative date for major League of Women Voters dinner.

February 20, 7-9 PM. The 33rd Annual Dr Henry Logan Starks Scholarship and Awards Dinner, First Baptist Broad Church, 2833 Broad Avenue.
   (For the Memphis Theological Seminary).  Info about sponsorships or reservations call 901-334-5808 or Starks@memphisseminary.edu

April 3, 6 PM, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Marek Kudlicki, International Concert Organist

May 1-2-3 Beale Street Music Festival. Discount early tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beale-street-music-festival-tickets-74474004753?aff=BSMF20Email
 
June 7, 4 PM  St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Beale Canto concert





ONGOING EVENTS 

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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 kroger.com and superlo.com.   Reregister now and very year on your birthday, or some other day you choose to remember.
(So far as I know,  your registration at smile.amazon.com 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 http://www.thistleandbee.org.


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 http://memphisirg.org/2SLegalAid.pdf

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
[Are the following still going? 
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
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
http://enforcerapelaws.org/
Which also has important info such as the phone number for the YWCA Domestic Violence Hotline
(Eunice Ordman was a long-time volunteer at the YWCA shelter for abused women.)


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: maryvnease@gmail.com

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.
https://www.micahmemphis.org/

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.
http://www.paxchristimemphis.org 

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.   http://www.holycommunion.org/events   

First and third Wednesdays, 6-7:30 PM.  meetings at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, 3573 Southern Ave.  http://www.midsouthpeace.org/   "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 http://www.dixon.org/eventcalendar

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.
https://icctmemphis.org/icct/home/node

(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 http://www.shelbyfarmspark.org/calendar   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
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXfMPAjkjTo8ghKT6hzDH_w    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.
E.g. https://www.youtube.com/user/MemphisIslamicCenter
http://www.memphisislamiccenter.org/


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
http://www.planwishlive.org/
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) -
http://files.ctctcdn.com/98c2aa0a001/38a5a115-0354-454b-87b7-e6b6b116d73c.pdf
see also http://files.ctctcdn.com/98c2aa0a001/dcb49750-7b18-43c4-8958-88d32b5e15be.pdf


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   http://memphisirg.org/Allegro_Concerts_List.html

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 http://www.churchhealthcenter.org/  ,
MIFA http://mifa.org/specialevents   ,
Bridges http://bridgesusa.org/ ,
http://commontablehealth.org/upcoming-events.php
http://midsouthpeace.org/,      
http://www.workersinterfaithnetwork.org/  
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/lifestyles/faith-in-memphis/
The Baha'i calendar of local events is at  http://midsouthbahai.wordpress.com/calendar/
--- 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
https://www.youtube.com/user/MemphisIslamicCenter
https://www.facebook.com/MICmemphis
https://twitter.com/micproject
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 http://www.stjohnsmidtown.org.

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 http://memphisirg.org/CHCNewsletter.html
    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.

 
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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  http://www.memjfed.org/community-calendar


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 http://memphisirg.org/quranexcerpts.html

Christ United Methodist Church (Poplar opposite Oak Court Mall) has its website (including events lists and on-line sermons)
 at http://www.cumcmemphis.org/

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
http://www.cycfarmersmarket.org  "


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 http://tsdmemphis.com/greater-metro


 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
at https://www.facebook.com/OneCommunityCenter



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

Facing History      maintains an events list at 
   http://www2.facinghistory.org/campus/events.nsf/events?readform

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. http://www.prizmensemble.com/

Bridges, the youth service agency ( http://www.bridgesusa.org/  ) 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  admin@memphisirg.org 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 http://www.midsouthsikhsabha.org/  

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 http://midsouthpeace.org//,
their Facebook page  http://www.facebook.com/midsouthpeace, 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 ChurchHealthCenter.org.

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 ChurchHealthCenter.org.

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 stjohnsmidtown.org.  

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 churchhealthcenter.org/midsouth 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 www.cycfarmersmarket.org  "

Please let me know of things that should be included.
(admin@memphisirg.org) 
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 We also welcome reports of events you attended.






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