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Calvary communications recognized

by Robyn Mauldin Banks, Director of Communications Several of Calvary’s communications efforts received awards at the recent Episcopal Communicators conference held in Maryland in April.  An ALS Ice Bucket Challenge photo (pictured left, top) received the Award of Excellence for visual arts - photography, news/feature. A baptism photo (pictured left, below) from last year’s Pentecost service at the Metal Museum won an Award of Merit in the same category.   The 2014 Lenten... Read More
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Serving in Honduras

by Grace Bethell After much prayerful reflection and consideration, I have decided to return to Honduras for five weeks this summer. I am so excited about this challenging mission opportunity that God has presented to me. I cannot wait to share God’s love with those with whom I come in contact.    For the past nine years, spending time in Honduras has been a gift and bright spot in my life. I am so thankful to Calvary for giving me my first opportunity to travel to Honduras in... Read More
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Guiding imaginative hearts

by Ginny Strubing Just after college, I began teaching first and second grades. Though in a traditional classroom at the time, Maria Montessori’s “The Secret of Childhood,” resonated in a way that traditional methods of teaching did not, and I went on to become a Montessori teacher. Teaching the four-year-olds at Calvary has allowed me to bring my teaching experience into the spiritual world.  Teaching Godly Play is very similar to the Montessori method. Though the teachers... Read More
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Ministry Spotlight: Godly Play

If you have walked down the education wing on the second floor of Calvary during formation any time over the last ten years, you have witnessed our young people engaged in Godly Play.   Godly Play is a Montessori-based curriculum developed by Episcopal priest, Jerome Berryman, who is a graduate of the Center for Advanced Montessori Studies in Bergamo, Italy. According to Berryman, Godly Play’s goal is to “use the language of Christian tradition to encounter God and find direction in... Read More
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Second Chances

by Kim Moss, Hospitality HUB CEO Great things are happening just next door at the Hospitality HUB. Calvary Episcopal Church has been the principle supporter of the HUB since its inception in 2007 and without this support, the HUB would surely not exist. But why does it exist and what are we doing over here?   We provide our guests with a second chance at life: a helping hand to move them to achieving success in their lives. We do this by providing a host of services such as... Read More
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Parishioner Spotlight: Chris, Nicky, and Maddie Hitching

Calvary is many things to many people, and for Nicky & Chris Hitching, who each grew up as Episcopalians, it is, among other things, a fulfilling spiritual home after many years of being lapsed. Nicky began attending Calvary (sometimes, then all the time), shortly after moving to Memphis in 1993 from Washington, DC. When Chris, a native of Chattanooga, met Nicky in 2000, he began attending services, too. Their marriage was officiated by the Rev. Bill Kolb in 2001.     “I had... Read More
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Led by the Spirit

by Terry Johnson Before I moved to Memphis, I had never been south of Indiana. When I arrived, I was surprised when the first question people asked was not, "What do you do?" or, "Where do you live?" but, "Do you have a church home?" followed by an invitation to join them at their next service regardless of my answer. I lived in Chicago, New York and Detroit, all cities which embraced spiritual diversity, and although many of my friends and colleagues were churchgoers, an equal number were... Read More
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New Journeys

It's Wednesday, May 13, 2015, and I just finished my last class for Education for Ministry (EfM). On the drive home I thought about the last four years and wondered about those that had taken this journey before me and where time had gone. To think it all started with me picking up the church bulletin and reading about EfM classes that would start in the fall. It caught my attention. When I got home I looked it up online and thought, hum, this is interesting.  Two weeks later, after church,... Read More
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In the beginning was the Word

Baptized at the age of one or so in the Episcopal Church, I grew up feeling quite confident that I had a good understanding of Christianity. I knew God was amazing and that God loved me unconditionally. I sang with gusto during worship services. The Nicene Creed fascinated me. I had the Prayers of the People and Eucharistic Prayer memorized and served diligently most Sundays as an acolyte. We had a dedicated youth group with close relationships and fantastic adult mentors to teach our Sunday... Read More
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Raising up leaders in our community of faith

While I was a graduate student at Emory University, I worked for the Department of Campus Life. My boss and the director of the department was a remarkable man named Brit Katz. Dean Katz was one of the most energetic and cheerful people I’ve ever known. He would practically bounce across campus, happily greeting everyone (truly every single person) by name, and it was his greeting that was most memorable. No matter who you were or what you did, Dean Katz would greet you with the title leader.... Read More
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On being led

‘What led you to become a Deacon?’ is a question I’ve been asked frequently since my ordination in 1994. Sometimes I wonder if it’s a polite way of asking, ‘what possessed you?’ but more often than not the question is genuine and leads to some great discussions.  “I never saw a burning bush; that’s for sure!” is my usual reply, because my process toward ordination did not begin dramatically. The closest I ever came to a ‘burning bush’ was one day when my stomach turned flips as I sat in my... Read More
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