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Brother Bill

by the Rev. Paul McLain


Not long after I first arrived at Calvary, the Reverend Bill Kolb sent me an email welcoming me to Calvary and Memphis, letting me know we share a mutual interest in pastoral care and inviting me to lunch at a midtown restaurant at 2:30. I emailed Bill back and said, ‘This all sounds wonderful, but

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New Chronicle Issue

The Chronicle newsletter includes events and stories of how Calvary is making God’s love visible in downtown Memphis. If you have a story idea, submit it to Director of Communications Robyn Banks.

Scott Walters

Thoughts on an Ashless Ash Wednesday

by the Rev. Scott Walters


For the first Ash Wednesday since Ardelle and I entered the Episcopal Church 24 years ago, I won’t receive the imposition of ashes on my forehead by another Christian today, hearing the loving and unadorned reminder that I am dust, and to dust I shall return. This is a great loss for me.

Scott Walters

Tending and Repair

by the Rev. Scott Walters


The 100 North Main building is an instance of something I’ve wondered at since my house building days. One would think that humans wear out the things we build. And, of course, we do. Boot soles and palms rub stair treads and handrails slowly to dust one touch at a time.


But when

Mardi Gras Floats

Calling all Calvary Krewes! Decorate your parade “float” (car, wagon, bike, etc) in your best Mardi Gras decorations for a chance to win a King Cake for your family and the royal title until Mardi Gras 2022. Please send a picture and a video of your float to gmunn@calvarymemphis.org by Feb. 9.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!


Shakespeare and QAnon

by the Rev. Amber Carswell


Shakespeare’s Othello and Much Ado About Nothing are two sides of the same coin. Both stories feature couples in love and evil antagonists who plot to thwart that love by sowing lies amidst the good wheat. Much Ado‘s comedic arc, where the lovers overcome Don John’s shadowy machinations to ultimately be joined in marital bless,

Calvary Welcomes New Organist-Choirmaster

by Kristin Lensch, Organist-Choirmaster


After conducting a regional search, I am delighted to announce that Dr. Brian Campbell will be joining the Calvary staff as assistant organist-choirmaster. In this role, he will share in the playing of all services, accompany the choirs, and oversee the Friends of Music concert series together with the committee.


Brian is one of the finest organists

Making Connections

by Greta Cooper Young


Since the pandemic, Calvary’s Clothes Closet and Sunday morning Community Breakfast have been able to keep operating while other groups have closed services like these. Calvary volunteers wear masks and distance themselves by standing behind tables.


The pants table is usually run by Claudia. Claudia is a force of nature. She shows up consistently and hands out

Epiphany Chalk above Cracked Windows

by The Rev. Paul McLain


On the day before Epiphany, a parishioner sent our clergy team an email sharing the tradition of Epiphany chalk. It is a centuries-old practice in some communities to bless chalk on Epiphany so that people may use it to bless their homes. The chalking is done above the lintel of doorways and looks like a