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A Listing of events of probable interest.                Updated December 9, 2018

(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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December 9. 
The plans for World Religion Day< January 20, 2019, are proceeding.  Saci Roy would love to hear from those likely to attend or help. (See January 20 below).

        I feel compelled to note with distress the multiple actios of arson recently directed against the houses of worship of Jehovah's Witnesses in Washington State. Reason unknown.

December 8.
In mid-January Dean Andy Andrews will be leaving St. Mary 's Episcopal Cathedral for a church in Vickburg. Wish him well! (Eleven years here.)
      The Church Health Center annual report is online at

December 2

for Christians, is the season leading up to Christmas. Interestingly, the best single Advent sermon I ever heard was in a Memphis Mosque. The text was the birth of John the Baptist (who gets somewhat better press in the Qur'an than in the Gospels.)  In part the idea was: John was a religious man, a preacher of the story of the One God, a man who knew what he wanted to do and was good at it. (In fact, John got to baptize Jesus, not the other way around.)  Wouldn't  you like your child to grow up to be like John?  Well, your kids are about to be bombarded with Santa Claus stories and toy advertisements - you parents should go home and study your stories about John the Baptist and Jesus, so that when your kids have questions you will have good and appropriate and helpful stories to tell them. And take an active interest in your children's education.

      I've always enjoyed a story told by Maria Von Trapp (in one of her books, not in the movie.)  She says that after the family escaped Austria (by taking a train to Italy, not by climbing the mountains) the youngest boy complained he had forgotten his toy bear and they would have to go back. Explaining that they could not go back, Maria explained that Jesus had also forgotten his bear when the family fled to Egypt, and Jesus had had to learn to get along without his bear, also...

     Incidentally, did you know that we actually have the records of the synagogue in Alexandria Egypt, showing that they took up a collection to meet the needs of refugees - the Jewish parents of young children, who fled to Egypt to get away from a guy who was killing children,  by the name of King Herod?  I don't know why this fact isn't mentioned in Sunday Schools - is it too political to suggest that houses of worship might collect money for refugees?  It is the first collection on behalf of refugees that I happen to have heard of.  I always welcome invitations to speak on the intertestamental period - what happened between the end of the Hebrew Bible and the start of the New Testament, why are the Roman Soldiers in Jerusalem and why are the Temple Priests in cahoots with them? (Oh, that synagogue collection is about 40 BC - the time of the first Herod, not the later Herod  of the Gospels - but historians believe the second Herod acted like the first.)

     Chanukah, from the evening of December 2 to the evening of December 10, is a minor Jewish holiday (it doesn't get into the Hebrew Bible, it is in the Book of Maccabees in the Old Testament Apocrypha) which gains its importance mainly by proximity to Christmas (hey, Jewish parents need stories to tell their kids, also.)  My father's somewhat non-conformist version of the Chanukah story is at

My apologies for not making timely mention of Diwali, which came early this year (early November), the Hindu "Festival of Lights". One source of information is

     There is an interesting article about Jewish "Peace" groups at

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 resumed its 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

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

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 and forthcoming:

A FEW Advent and Christmas events - there is no way I can list them all,
so I'll mention a few of the more exceptional or unusual as I hear of them.

There is an interesting list at

December 7-13 (except Monday) The Singing Christmas Tree, Bellevue Baptist  (Charge, I think in the $6-$26 range. Unusual enough to be worth it.)

December 8 - two Christmas concerts, see usual list at Dec 8

December 14 7 PM.  St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Memphis Camerata Christmas Concert, Free.

 THE WOLF RIVER SINGERS present free CHRISTMAS CONCERTS: Sat., Dec. 15, 7:30pm, at Our Lady of Perpetual help in Germantown and Sun., Dec. 16, 3:00pm, at St. Peter Church in downtown Memphis. 

December 16, 4 PM. A Beale Canto Christmas V.  A men's choir of professional musicians, performing free (donations welcome.)
St. George's Episcopal Church.   This is a professional choir far beyond most of the Christmas music you'll hear in Memphis, Not to be missed.
2425 S Germantown Rd  Germantown, Tennessee 38138

December 16, 6- 7:30 PM Second Presbyterian, (Poplar-Goodlett-Central) Festival of Carols

Wednesday, December 19th, 5:30pm:   Saint John's Episcopal Church
Blue Christmas liturgy (for those who mourn loved ones especially during Christmas)
"It's the most wonderful time of the year... unless it isn't. For many, this season is not a joyful one, but a time that highlights loneliness, depression or loss. Our Blue Christmas service is a liturgy that creates space to hold the places of our sorrow, pain, burdens, fears, worries, and losses. We will have a candle-lit service with music, poetry, prayers, silence and scripture. All are welcome."

December 24 Monday, Christmas Eve:   Saint John's Episcopal Church
4:30pm: Family & Children’s Pageant and Christmas Eucharist.
11:00pm: Festal Eucharist with full choir and instrumental music.

--- (end of the separate Christmas list)---

December 2, 3 PM. Movie, "Romero", on the life of Archbishop Romero. Free. Braganza Room of the St. Patrick Outreach Center. Starts promptly at 3 PM, running time 105 minutes. Conter of 4th and Pontotoc Street.
This substitutes for the monthly meeting of Pax Christi.)  This Archbishop of El Salvador was assassinated, and recently sainted.

December 2, 4 PM. Concert of Lessons and Carols, Calvary Episcopal Church.

December 2, 6-8 PM Porter Leath parties
for 7th grade at Memphis Botanic Garden; for 8th grade at the Memphis Racquet Club
Fundraiser, $40

December 2  Deck the Gingerbread House for Church Health, Sunday, December 2, 2018 | 2-4 p.m.
Church Health Welcome Center, 1350 Concourse Ave. | Memphis, TN | 38104

Gingerbread house package $25  2/$40.  for kids from 2 to 92, but other ages are also welcome.

December 2, 6:30 PM  Bonfire at Memphis Islamic Center (High School - College age.)

December 2, 7:30 PM, Masjid Ar-Rahman. The Muslim Businessmen Association meeting will take place this coming Sunday Dec 2, 2018 at Masjid Ar-Rahman right after Isha prayer (Iqama is at 7:30 pm). "We have some experts in the field who will show our business community how we could benefit from the association by lowering the cost of running the business and sustaining profitability."

December 3, 6 PM   Indian Cultural Center and Temple. Final ceremony of the month of Karthik
"Karthik month is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The whole month is considered auspicious to seek the blessing of Lord Shiva / Rudra. Rudra Abhishekam is being performed with a variety of objects like flowers, curd, sugarcane juice, milk, coconut water, honey, bilpatra, etc. This kind of Abhishekam gives prosperity, achievement of all desires, eliminates negative forces, getting rid of negative karma and will give you joy and success in life."

December 4, 4-5:30 PM Jewish Community Center, Chanukah Party, free, open to all. Autographs by Omri Casspi, the Israeli powerhouse player of the Memphis Grizzlies.

December 4. Second Tuesday Potluck Supper, Catholic Mission to Gay and Lesbian Persons. (Everyone is welcome, this group gets excellent speakers!) 6:30 PM, Marian Hall, under the sanctuary at Immaculate Conception Cathedral. (Parking in the rear is easiest).  Potluck Supper at 6:30, speaker  7 PM Sr. Cathy Galaskiewicz, about the advent season, dessert, music and singing. This will be a great party!

December 6, 5:30-&:30 PM, Habitat for Humanity
unveils a photo exhibition, "Nicaragua, A Global Village Experience."
7136 Winchester Rd., Memphis 38125. RSVP

December 7. Temple Israel. Chanukah Dinner. $8. RSVP by December 5.

December 8, 9-10:30 AM, Germantown Baptist Church. CommUNITY breakfast with the mayor.

December 8, 2 PM Chrismas Concert, (Barber Shop) Memphis Men of Harmony
with Santa Claus. St Benedict at Auburndale High School, 8250 Varnavas Dr., Cordova, TN 28016.  $15, less for seniors.

December 8, 2 PM, Germantown Holiday Parade

December 8,  7 PM Balmoral Presbyterian Church, Christmas concert by Beale Canto. Free.
Sample at

December 9, 11 AM - 12:30 PM. Memphis Islamic Center, Town Hall Meeting
Report on construction progress, new construction at the Memphis Islamic Center,

December 9, 2 PM. Memphis Jewish Community Center, Jewish Historical Society Lecture.
    "The Suitcase", storytelling and music. The history of a German family's life before World War II and their remarkable survival.

December 9, 2 PM.  St John's Episcopal Church 1207 Peabody. The Memphis Concert to Protect the Aquifer. (Fundraiser, $50 up.)

December 9, 6:30 PM, Great Hall, Germantown - fundraising dinner for Masjid Ar-Rahman, which is in the send phase of fundraising for a day school and large community hall.  Memphis is a good city for what are called "Megachurches", and it is of interest that one should probably count Temple Israel, The Indian Cultural Center and Temple, the Memphis Islamic Center, and Masjid Ar-Rahman in that category, the last two still very much in their building phases (And the ICCT still building also).  The dinner is free but there will be a fund appeal.

December 10, 5:30-7:30 PM Jewish Community Center, Exhibit Opening.
70 FACES. The stories of 70 community members in Memphis and in partner city Shoham, Israel

December 11, Second Tuesdays,  7 PM, MICAH (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope) meeting at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar. (location varies each month)

Numerous Christmas concerts this weeks - see the "Christmas" list above.

December 12 - 9 AM and 6 PM prayers at the Indian Cultural Center  and Temple,
"Subramanya Shasthi, also known as Skanda Subramanya Shasthi is an important festival for that is dedicated to Lord Subramanya (Skanda). It is observed on the ‘Shashti’ (6th day) tithi during the Shukla Paksha (the bright fortnight of moon) in the month of ‘Margashira’. Subramanya Shashti holds special significance for Lord Kartikeya followers as it marks the triumph of Lord Subramanya over the demon named Tarakasura."

December 13 - 5:15 PM  Gun Violence Vigil, anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. By "Moms demand Action."  First Congregational Church, 1000 South Cooper st., Memphis 38104 "Light Up the Night For Peace,"  Light Refreshments after the vigil. Nursery care 5 - 7 PM for ages 6 mo to 5 years.

December 16  2 PM (for toy train fanatics)  A member of Balmoral Presbyterian Church has a "Choo-choos and cookies" Christmas party showing off his spectacular collection of Lionel trains (smallish room tightly packed with train track, trains, accessories.)  Admission - a jar of peanut butter for the food bank.  Private home, e-mail me or phone me for directions (Edward Ordman,, 327-9735)

December 18, Third Tuesdays, 7 PM, Care Partner Support Group (for people dealing with someone with dementia). Jewish Community Center,
conference room. Info Adina Samberg, 372-4585

December 19. PRIZM concert at De La Salle Elementery SChool (3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.)

December 22, PRIZM concert at Hutchison School (classical and soul works the students learned at Winter Camp.)

December 28 - Fourth Friday - 6:30-10:30 PM. Contra Dancing at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.


Jan 6, Epiphany party at Calvary Episcopal

Jan 12, 7 PM, Cannon Center  and January 134, 2 PM, GPAC
 PRIZM alumni performances, half an hour before the Memphis Symphony Orchestra concerts.

January 20 
"The World Religion Day" 2-4 PM
World Religion Day was established in 1950 by the Baha'i Spiritual Assembly and is celebrated every January to celebrate harmony among the religions and paths.
 World Religion Day Memphis Event is scheduled!
Sunday, January 20th 2pm-4pm
Caritas Village-Upstairs Event Center
CELEBRATE religious harmony and meet your neighbors.
Please join us for the worldwide event, celebrated each year. This year our program includes music, entertainment and meeting the faith/path groups. Open and free to the public. ADA access elevator and downstairs cafe is open to the public for purchasing beverages and food. For more information, please email us at c/o Saci (Sydney C) Roy

January 23, Supper and speaker, St. John's Episcopal

January 23, Point in Time Count  
(is this the annual census of the homeless?)

January 26 7 PM, Buckman Performing Arts Center, PRIZM, Cordova High SChool Orchestra, Ballet on Wheels, "Youth Classical Concert"

January 27 (date was changed), Jewish Historical Society Speaker , Jewish Community Center at 2 PM
        Dr Josh Parshall,  The Workman's Circle in Southern Cities

 (apparently cancelled) February 10, Jewish Historical Society Speaker (Usually at the Jewish Community Center at 2 PM)
      Hal Lansky and other descendants of Jewish shop owners on Beale Street, discuss History of Beale Street Jews

February 21, 7 PM, Jewish Historical Society Film, Jewish Community Center, "Who will write our history?"

March 17,
Jewish Historical Society Speaker ( Jewish Community Center at 2 PM)
       Steven Weisman, "The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion"

March 21, 7:30 PM, Purim Play at Temple Israel  (usually The Book of Esther, done as musical comedy.)

April 8-10 Conference of the Westberg Institute,  the "parish nursing" program of the Church Health Center.  Program proposals invited.

April 10,
Supper and speaker, St. John's Episcopal

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


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

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  "

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