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A Listing of events of probable interest.                major update June 14, 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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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.

May 22

     There is a nice piece on charities in Memphis in The Daily Memphian, at     
Another good essay on "Changemakers in Memphis" is at    
    Temple Israel June Movies, free but RSVP requested by May 30, see below June 4
    If your congregation has trouble providing rides for elderly and disabled (or teh ability to offer help) you might want to read this article:

     I've been traveling and cannot resist a personal story. Heidi and I have been training a small service dog (Molly) that many of you have met. We take her with us to many places. (She was extremely popular at the large MuslimFest at Agricenter.)  At the large Gateway Arch in St. Louis, we took her into the museum at the base of the Arch. This National Park has high airport-type security.  The guards (with a grin) said Molly could come in if she could, without our holding her leash, wait behind the yellow line until called and walk slowly through the metal detector. (This is in fact, probably a reasonable test of whether a dog is a trained service dog rather than an ordinary house pet.) It took some explaining to Molly. but she complied and was admitted.  So we are now reasonably sure that our 8-month old, 12-pound puppy is not carrying bombs inside her fur coat.
      There is, unfortunately, a less cheerful dog story. Decades ago, when most college fraternities admitted only White Christians,  some Jewish and some African-American fraternities were established.  Like the older fraternities, most or all of these now admit other people as members, but maintain their primarily-minority identification. Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish fraternity at Hofstra University, has been suspended for giving beer to a puppy (with a video online.)
        A more cheerful Jewish story:  The Ukraine was particularly effective at exterminating Jews during the Holocaust. When I visited the small synagogue in Kiev around 2000 it was the only surviving one there - there had been hundreds when the Nazis arrived and only three left when the communists took over.  There are now three again, two larger ones having been returned to the Jews. But surprisingly, the Ukraine has just elected a Jewish President - it already had a Jewish prime minister!   They are of differing parties, the newly elected President is probably not someone we approve of politically,  the prime minister is likely to be replaced - as we all know, choice of religion is always tied to choice of politics.
(My more interfaith, Muslim-Christian, dog story is at

April 30

      Or C
hadash Conservative Synagogue  has made arrangements to establish a new Jewish cemetery within the historic  Elmwood Cemetery.
There will be an informational meeting at Or Chadash (6629 Massey Lane) May 6 at 7 PM.

April 29.

     Heidi and I had an exceptionally good time at the recent Turkish brunch.  I do strongly urge people to go to groups other than your own.
There are a remarkable set of possibilities in the near future, even though end-of-school and exam times somewhat reduce the number of activities.
Just in the next few days, note the May Day rally at City Hall, the ordination of the new Episcopal Bishop on May 4, open to all; the Israeli speaker on Israeli politics (and how they relate to American politics)  May 5 (the dinner has a charge, but the 7 PM lecture is free), the May 7 potluck supper at the Roman Catholic Cathedral (which is sponsored by the mission to Gays and Lesbians but attracts a lot more people than that, and always has a good speaker...)

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. 

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

June 15 events include prayer ceremonies all day through 6 PM. Lunch following the 11:30 prayers (all invited)
I do encourage people to visit this beautiful temple complex, a half hour ride from midtown, which continues to grow in size, beauty, and complexity.
There is another event at 7AM June 16, I'm not sure after that.

June 14, Friday, refreshments 5:15 PM, service 6 PM. Temple Israel is doing a "Pride Shabbat",
LGBTQ especially welcome. Come meet some people you might not otherwise meet.

June 15 10-12 AM. Liturgical Writing Group meets at St Mary's Cathedral.

June 15, 8:25 PM. Memphis Islamic Center. Program on Emotionally Intelligent Parenting.

June 18, 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.

June 18, 7 PM. Memphis Jewish Community Center. Annual meeting of Jewish Community Partners, the local Jewish umbrella charity group.  Selected Reports on charitiable activities during the year.  All welcome.

June 19. Call from Micah Educational Equity Task Force. 

June 19, 7 PM. Calvary Episcopal Church - Movie Night, "Toy Story 3". All ages welcome.

June 20, short course, Legacy Planning Reimagined After Tax Reform
- continuing ed credit for professional tax advisors (possibly also of interest to those who itemize very large deductions) registration 7:45-8:30 AM, program 8:30-10:30 AM. Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Avenue. $20, less fopr members of The Planned Giving Council

June 20, 11 AM St Mary's Cathedral, Potluck Lunch and Faith Discussions. Bring a dish to share. Older children welcome.
     Contact Canon Patrick Williams:

June 21. Summer Solstice. The Unity Church of Practical Christianity, home to many interfaith activities, has a celebration at 7:30 PM
(as well as the Equinox Sept 23 and Winter Solstice Dec 23, all at 7:30 PM)

June 22. "Bikes for Perfect Attendance" School program

Saturday, June 22, 2019   9 Am.  Pipkin Building, Fairttgraounds, 940 Early Maxwell . For information,. e-mail


Each child will receive a free bicycle, helmet and t-shirt.


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

June 23, St John's Episcopal Church.
"Please join us for a reception welcoming our new Rector, Rev. Jay Biedenharn and his family on Sunday,  June 23rd following the 10:30am service in the Parish Hall."
  Stephanie Brown officially retired this week after 19 years as Saint John's Parish Administrator
June 24.
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.

June 24, 6-8 PM MICAH Meeting .   See  the MICAH website
Issue Night: June 24th, 6-8 PM, Location TBD

June 26. The Lynching Sites Project of Memphis points out that the film "True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality"
, will premier at 7 PM on HBO and will be available through the summer and fall. "An intimate portrait of this remarkable man, True Justice: Bryan Stevensonís FIght for Equality follows his struggle to create greater fairness in the system and shows how racial injustice emerged, evolved and continues to threaten the country, challenging viewers to confront it."

June 26. Movie Night at Temple Israel. Snacks 6:30, movie at 7 PM

Eli (Ryan Ochoa) gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the
subject of an animated art project for school. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, Eli discovers that his
Jewish grandpa, a San Diego dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman
when he was a boy.

June 27. MICAH Planning meeting.  (Planning major September event)
 The next planning meeting will be June 27, 2019 at 6:15 PM at Shady Grove Presbyterian.

June 27-30. National convention in Memphis, "Men of Reform Judaism"

June 29 6-10 PM  Memphis Islamic Center. Farewell Party for Yasir Qadhi, Outdoor event. Speakers, Children's Activities.
Yasir Qadhi is an extremely prominent Muslim scholar and his presence here in recent years has really put Memphis "on the map" in national and evben international Muslim circles. Everyone is invited to the good-bye party.  (He'll deliver the sermon at 1 PM June 28 at MIC, if you haven't yet heard him preach in person.)
Memphis Islamic Center has hired a new Imam,  Shaykh Mohammed Faqih. He will begin July 1.
If anyone is interested in what the process or recruiting an Imam looks like and what the qualifications might be, you might be interested in the current opening posted by another Memphis mosque, at

July 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. 

July 8  
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.

July 9.
Second Tuesday, meeting of MICAH (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Action.)
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

July 16 
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. 

July 22
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 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 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

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 15. Major public meeting of MICAH

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

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


(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 marketís summer hours are 8 - 1. You can purchase T&Bís 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 Ė 12:00 pm
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library | 3030 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38111
Veteransí Pro Bono Clinic  2nd Tuesday of the month | 12:00 Ė 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 Calvaryís 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. Itís free and open to community. Registration is not required. Canít 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. Canít 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. Johnís 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. Johnís 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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