Lenten Preaching

Lenten Preaching Series 2017

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March 2 – April 7, 2017
Tuesdays – Fridays 12:05 pm-12:40 pm

Waffle Shop

Tuesdays – Fridays 11:00 am-1:30 pm

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If there’s one thing we know for sure, Memphis likes a good party, and the best party of the season is at Calvary’s Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop. The joy that fills Calvary Church during Lent is infectious and spreads well beyond the members of this community to friends and neighbors from around the Memphis region. Each year, thousands gather in our church to be inspired by the words of great preachers from around the country. And after our spirits are filled with God’s word, we fill our stomachs with scratch-made food that celebrates our Southern roots. No matter where you come from, Lent at Calvary feels like home. We invite you to join me for the wonder-filled experience that is Lent at Calvary, to listen up and eat up the joy of the season as we dream for the future. This Lent, take a ride that will inspire and transform you from the inside out. We hope to see you at Calvary!


March 2-3 ~ Thursday & Friday

The Rev. Dan Matthews 

St. John the Divine in New York City, NY

Dan Matthews is one of the Series’ perennial favorites. His feisty and inspirational stories give great insight into the role of a Christian and leave listeners on the edge of their seats. Since 1972, Matthews’ work has been concentrated in larger, inner city parishes, but he also has been influential in bringing together faith groups and clergy through the Hallmark Television Channel, the Clergy Leadership Project, and the publication of Spirituality and Health.     

March 7 ~ Tuesday

Ms. Jana Riess

a Mormon and an American writer and editor in Cincinnati, OH 


March 8-9 ~ Wednesday & Thursday
March 8 at 6:30 p.m.: Waffle Shop After Dark

The Rev. Ollie Rencher 

 St Peter's Episcopal in Charlotte, NC 


March 10 ~ Friday

The Rev. Dorothy Wells

St George's Episcopal Church in Germantown, TN 

March 14 ~ Tuesday  

Mr. Kirk Whalum

World-renown saxophone player in Memphis, TN  

March 15-16 ~ Wednesday & Thursday
March 15 at 6:30 p.m.: Waffle Shop After Dark

Dr. Barbara Lundblad

Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY


March 17 ~ Friday

Bishop Julian Gordy

Bishop, ELCA Southeastern Synod in Atlanta, GA 


March 21-22 ~ Tuesday & Wednesday

Rabbi Micah Greenstein 

Temple Israel in Memphis, TN 

No matter what our path to God, Greenstein urges, “we should be building a better tomorrow for Memphis and the world. Remember in the Bible where God tells Abraham, ‘Go to a land that I will show you’? A lot of us think that land is Israel. But it doesn’t say that. Maybe what God is saying is, ‘You and I will create a land together, one that I will show you based on our mutual work.’ Maybe that land is Memphis.”

March 21 at TBD: Rhodes College
March 22 at 6:30 p.m.: Waffle Shop After Dark
March 23 ~ Thursday
March 23 at TBD: Church of the Holy Communion

Professor Omid Safi

Director of Duke Islamic Studies in Durham, NC  

March 24 ~ Friday

The Rev. Stephen Cook 

2nd Baptist Church in Memphis, TN 


March 28 ~ Tuesday

The Rev. Dr. Rosalyn Nichols 

Freedom's Chapel Christian Church in Memphis, TN 


March 29-30 ~ Wednesday & Thursday
March 29 at 6:30 p.m.: Waffle Shop After Dark

The Rev. Becca Stevens 

Thistle Farms & Community of Magdalene in Nashville, TN 

Becca Stevens proclaims love as the most powerful force for social change. She is an Episcopal priest and founder of Magdalene, residential communities of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. She founded Thistle Farms in 2001, which employs residents and graduates and houses a natural body care line, a paper and sewing studio and the Thistle Stop Café. She raises millions of dollars annually for the organizations she runs. 


March 31 ~ Friday

The Rev. Broderick Greer 

Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Memphis, TN 

April 4-5 ~ Tuesday & Wednesday
April 4 at TBD: St. George's Episcopal Church

The Rev. Lauren F. Winner

Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC

April 5-6 ~ Wednesday & Thursday

Nadia Bolz-Weber

House of All Sinners and Saints in Denver, CO

April 7 ~ Friday

The Rev. Steve Montgomery

Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN