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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

Don’t Buy the Gift Card

Calvary has heard from a number of parishioners that they are receiving so-called “phishing” emails that ask for money, gift cards, or other favors posing as Rector Scott Walters.

 

The scheme involves cybercriminals mimicking church priests or other staff. Criminals typically pose as personnel in positions of authority and ask victims for money transfers or gift cards. Others ask to

Accessing Christmas

by the Rev. Scott Walters

 

On a recent trip to novel., to redeem a Christmas gift card, I picked up a collection of essays by Molly McCully Brown titled Places I’ve Taken My Body. Molly would have been one of our LPS preachers last spring if we hadn’t had to shut down for the pandemic that is still

On Thomas Merton and the Psalms

by the Rev. Amber Carswell

 

I’ve observed two diametrically opposed approaches to religious life and the pursuit of God.

 

First is the pursuit of novelty. I don’t think we can often be accused of this in the Episcopal Church, by and large, but the pursuit itself is certainly familiar to all of us in a consumer-driven society. “If I just had

Because it’s Clean

by the Rev. Paul McLain

 

In the movie “Lawrence of Arabia”, Major T. E. Lawrence was asked why he was drawn to the desert. He answered, “Because it’s clean.” Perhaps that is why John the Baptist began his ministry there. The wilderness of the Holy Land is not like those we have in the Mid-South. Instead of woodlands, marshes, and