Lenten Preaching

Lenten Preaching Series 2015

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February 19 – March 27, 2015
Tuesdays – Fridays 12:05 pm-12:40 pm

Waffle Shop

Tuesdays – Fridays 11:00 am-1:30 pm

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For more than 90 years, Calvary Episcopal Church has offered an amazing opportunity to experience inspiring, world-class preachers, as well as eating delicious, classic, Southern food. This year, I want you to join us! Calvary’s Lenten Preaching Series features daily inspiration from preachers whose perspective will challenge and motivate us as we journey toward Easter. Calvary’s Waffle Shop celebrates first-rate Southern cuisine, made from scratch daily, and served by some of the cities’ finest volunteers. Lent at Calvary is an experience that will fill your body and soul and is sure to become one of your favorite Memphis traditions. New this year, both the Preaching Series and Waffle Shop will be offered Tuesday through Friday each week. This modified schedule allows us to be better stewards of our resources and to continue offering the excellent speakers and food you have come to love. This Lent, come fill your belly and your mind with love!

Here are this year's outstanding speakers

February 19 & 20 – Thursday & Friday

The Rev. Daniel Matthews, Sr.

Rector Emeritus of Trinity Wall Street in New York, NY 

In reflecting on his years of ministry at Trinity Wall Street there is no doubt about which event overshadows all others - “9/11. We ran for our lives to escape the thundering collapse of the Towers 150 yards away. None of us will ever be the same.”

February 24 – Tuesday

The Rev. Marilynn S. Robinson

Saint Andrew AME Church in Memphis, TN

An 8-year breast cancer survivor, Marilynn Robinson is an advocate for women’s health services. Robinson’s guiding principle is to, “be the best that I can be and do the most with what I have.” She measures success, “ending each day knowing I’ve made a difference in someone’s life.”

February 25 – Wednesday

The Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson

Saint Andrew AME Church in Memphis, TN

Robinson’s theme, “Ministering to Memphis – Spirit, Soul, and Body,” has inspired program development in social service outreach, highest quality childcare, Pre-K, and K-5 education, after-school enrichment and economic development.

February 25 at 6:30 p.m.: Waffle Shop After Dark
February 26-27 ~ Thursday & Friday

The Rev. Tony Campolo

Eastern University in St. Davids, PA

For 40 years, Campolo founded and led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that created and supported programs serving needy communities in the Third World as well as in “at risk” neighborhoods across North America. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the Red Letter Christians movement.

March 3 – Tuesday

The Rev. Dr. Stephen R. Montgomery

Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN

The dynamic leader of Memphis’ largest PC(USA) congregation, Dr. Montgomery is known both for his compelling preaching and his commitment to engaging the church in “hands on” servant ministry and peacemaking initiatives. 

March 4 at 6:30 p.m.: Waffle Shop After Dark
March 4-5 ~ Wednesday & Thursday

The Rev. Sarah Taylor Peck

Senior Minister of Community Christian Church, North Canton, OH

The Rev. Peck was called in January 2014 to the position of Senior Minister of Community Christian Church in North Canton, OH. Before accepting the call to Community Christian Church, she served as Associate Minister at Lindenwood Christian Church in Memphis, TN, where her work included preaching, leading worship, and pastoral care. Originally from Spokane, Washington, she attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. Sarah's husband, Andrew, is also a Disciples of Christ Minister and serves at Lindenwood Christian Church as the Associate Minister for Youth and Families.

March 6 – Friday

Dr. J. Kameron Carter

Duke Divinity School - Duke University in Durham, NC

Dr. Carter is presently working on a new book on the ideological uses of Jesus in the modern invention of the human, and thus in the making and sustaining of the present. Professor Carter calls this the problem of “the cultural Jesus.” Professor Carter reimagines the identity of Jesus and the politics of his identity in light of the new, global realities of the 21st century.

March 10 – Tuesday

Dr. Rosalyn R. Nichols

Freedom's Chapel Christian Church in Memphis, TN

Early in her ministry, following the death of childhood friend as a result of relationship/domestic violence, Dr. Nichols organized the nonprofit A More Excellent Way, Inc. (AWay) with a mission to help individuals from all walks of life to enter into, engage in, and maintain spiritually healthy relationships toward the elimination of relationship violence. 

March 11 at 6:30 p.m.: Waffle Shop After Dark
March 11-12 ~ Wednesday & Thursday 

The Rev. Becca Stevens

Author and founder of the Community of Magdalene and Thistle Farms for women who have survived lives on the streets, 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 13 – Friday

The Rev. Marlon Foster

Knowledge Quest in Memphis, TN

As a result of the death of his 18 year-old childhood best friend due to gun violence, Foster abandoned corporate aspirations and invested himself in the development of inner city youth within the neighborhood of his youth—the neighborhood he continues to live, work and worship within.

March 17 & 18 – Tuesday & Wednesday

The Rev. Gary D. Jones

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Richmond, VA

Among Jones’ richest and most formative times in parish ministry was his time as rector of Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis. His work there began on September 10, 2001, a day before the world changed dramatically. Since then, Gary has incorporated lessons learned from his staff and congregation in Memphis, along with formative experiences with the Society of St. John the Evangelist, to delve more deeply into the contemplative dimensions of the Gospel. 

March 18 at 6:30 p.m.: Waffle Shop after Dark
March 19-20 ~ Thursday & Friday

The Rev. Dr. Douglass M. Bailey

Winston Salem, NC

Over 75 percent of Christians live in cities, where the faithful are called to confront such problems as poverty, addiction, homelessness and access to quality education. Through his work with the Center for Urban Ministries, Bailey helped train ministers to contend with cities and the spiritual questions they generate. “If a church can’t be a sanctuary for all of humanity, maybe the church ought to go out of business,” he said.

March 24-25 ~ Tuesday & Wednesday
March 25 at 6:30 p.m.: Waffle Shop After Dark

Rabbi Micah Greenstein

Senior Rabbi, Temple Israel, 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 26 & 27 – Thursday & Friday

Dr. Mitzi L. Minor

Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN

Minor understands her vocation as, “a facilitator of our learning. My students and I gather around the New Testament as a guide for our journeys to God. Together, we read, reflect, ask questions, share experiences, have conversations, consider possibilities, and make plans for sermons, Bible studies, pastoral counseling, and our own journeying forward.”