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Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop

February 27 – April 9, 2020 • Tuesdays – Fridays

Lenten Preaching Series

12:0512:40 p.m.


Waffle Shop

11:00 a.m.1:30 p.m.


Lent After Dark

Wednesdays • March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1

Dinner: 5:156:15 p.m.
Speaker: 6:307:30 p.m.

Lent is a time of reflection, inquiry, and prayer, as we prepare for the heartbreak of Good Friday and the resurrection joy of Easter. During the noon hour of the Lenten season, Calvary Church invites wise and inspiring preachers into our pulpit from places near and far (geographically, philosophically, and even temperamentally). People from across Memphis come to hear voices that may challenge, but also instruct, inspire, comfort and unite. The line-up of speakers changes annually, some are known locally, others have a national following, including the late Marcus Borg, Jon Sweeney, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Diana Butler Bass.

Combined with the lunch-time offerings of the Waffle Shop, the noon experience nourishes both body and soul.

Come for the preaching and stay for the waffle. You are warmly welcomed to join in either or both of these nearly century-old Lenten traditions.

This year’s speakers

Debbie Blue
Author and Lutheran Minister, St. Paul, MN
February 27 ~ Thursday
Fletcher Harper
Executive Director of GreenFaith and Episcopal Priest, Highland Park, NJ
Wednesday, March 18
Kaitlin Curtice
Native American Christian speaker and author, Atlanta, GA
Thursday, March 19
The Rev. Gary Meade
Rector, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Dyersburg, TN
Friday, March 20
Scott Morris
Founder and Executive Director, Church Health Center, Memphis, TN
Tuesday, March 24
Jemar Tisby
Poscast host and president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective
Wednesday, March 25
Marti Tippens Murphy
Exeutive Director of Facing History and Ourselves, Memphis, TN
February 28 ~ Friday
Rabbi Micah Greenstein
Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel, Memphis
March 3 and 4 ~ Tuesday and Wednesday

Rabbi Micah Greenstein loves Torah no matter where it comes from. "Torah" in a broad Jewish sense refers to the teachings and wisdom of Judaism, but he treasures insights on goodness, love, justice, shalom, and compassion from every faith tradition and every reflection of God's unity. What inspires him most about the Jewish legacy he lives and teaches is that it is not simply a tale of enduring persecution and surviving hate, but rather a 4,000 year-old joyful embrace of faith, family, and the blessing that comes with being God's partner in healing a broken world.

Rabbi Judy Schindler
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies, Queens University, Charlotte, NC
March 4 & 5 ~ Wednesday & Thursday
Mark Jefferson
Assistant Professor of Homilitics, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA
Friday, March 6
Sonia Walker
Associate Pastor, First Congregational Church, Memphis, TN
Tuesday, March 10
James Alison
Author, theologian and Catholic priest, Madrid, Spain
Wednesday & Thursday, March 11-12
The Rev. Dan Matthews
St. John the Divine in New York, NY
March 13 ~ Friday

The Rev. Dan Matthews is a consistent favorite at Calvary’s Lenten Preaching Series. His preaching is inspired by powerful and meaningful stories, like the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. In light of these stories, Matthews pushes us to recognize when genuine blessings come our way. He believes that these moments of being “kissed by God” are more than being in the right place at the right time. His spiritual discipline of holy love is modeled after his mother’s ability to love with abandon. Each time he receives communion he is reminded of the transformative power of that love.

Kirk Whalum
Minister and grammy-winning saxophonist, Memphis, TN
Tuesday, March 17
The Rev. Sam Teitel
Pastor, Church of the River, Memphis
April 3 ~ Friday

The Rev. Sam Teitel is a minister, poet and storyteller with an irreverent wit and a deep, abiding love of scripture, especially the weird parts of scripture that people don't usually like to talk about. His sermons are candid, accessible, and often funnier than he means them to be. A lifelong Unitarian Universalist, he won the grand prize at the 2018 Preachers Fight Club storytelling event. Teitel has served as the minister of The Church Of The River in Memphis since 2017. Before he became a minister, he toured and performed as a slam poet. He is beyond thrilled to be returning to Calvary’s Lenten Preaching Series!