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“No worries. We’re all just doing the best we can these days.”

by the Ven. Mimsy Jones

Ebet Peeples, Calvary’s Coordinator for Welcome and Community, texted those twelve words to me the day after I confessed to her that I had missed the deadline to turn in my January blog. If you know Ebet at all, or have ever watched her in action, you will understand what I mean when I

The Soul of Calvary

by the Rev. Paul McLain

A musician on his deathbed last fall shared one of the most convincing proofs of the existence of God that I have ever heard. His eyes lit up when he thought about downtown Memphis. He reflected on the unique culture, music, food, and vibe, how the city itself has a soul. He thought for

Sabbath Attention

by the Rev. Scott Walters


Recently I heard a writer named Judith Shulevitz interviewed by Ezra Klein on sabbath keeping, which strikes me as a fine topic for consideration in the New Year. (Here’s a link for the curious: Click Here)

In the interview, Shulevitz referenced a fascinating study at Princeton Seminary by a couple of social psychologists


by the Rev. Paul McLain


When Ruthie and I lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of our favorite places to visit was a small Gothic church on the Old Santa Fe Trail called the Loretto Chapel. It was built in 1873 and is still in use today. There is a legend about the chapel:

“When the Loretto Chapel was built,

Welcoming Worry

by the Rev. Scott Walters


Somewhere in southern Virginia, driving home from a wonderfully relaxing Thanksgiving in Richmond with our kids, I asked Ardelle if she wanted to listen to a podcast episode about anxiety. She said, “sure,” and so we did that. Which, it occurs to me now, might provoke some anxiety in you at the thought of being

The Year I Played with a Full Deck

by the Ven. Mimsy Jones


Some of the best advice I have ever received came from a woman named Mary Jennings – Sister Mary Jennings, to be exact.


Sister Jennings was one of a small group of nuns (and one priest- male, of course) from the Roman Catholic Cenacle Retreat House in St. Louis who came to Memphis every summer to

This week’s e-Pistle

The e-Pistle is Calvary’s weekly e-newsletter where you can learn of news, events, and ways to serve through Calvary Episcopal Church. Subscribe here.

2022 Vestry Election

Calvary’s nomination committee, comprised of 2021 Sr. Warden, James Aldinger, and the four third-year vestry members (Will Hayley, John Owen, Laura Trott, and Anna Kathryn Word), presents the following slate for election to the 2021 vestry: Jessica Flynn, Clay Woemmel, Franklin Barton, Terri Dulaney, and Kate Connell.

Additional nominations may be made until 24 hours before the election on Sunday, Nov.

Emmanuel Meal

Emmanuel Meal is a Christmas dinner for our neighbors who are experiencing poverty or homelessness. Calvary offers this meal on the third Monday of December every year. You can volunteer to cook, serve, clean up, and more. Sign up here.

You also can purchase paper turkeys for $40 each to subsidize the cost of this meal.

Stay Connected

by the Rev. Paul McLain


Since last Wednesday, I experienced the deaths of six persons in my circle of Calvary, previous parishes, and personal friendships. And some of you told me of others in your circles who died over the last few days. Two mantras I keep repeating have helped me through these days. One is, ‘be gentle with yourself.’