Meals for Women’s Shelter

Are you interested in providing an individual meal for 30 women who are experiencing homelessness and who are staying in a downtown hotel during this difficult time? Several of our Calvary parishioners have been doing this for the last few months. We continue to be thankful for your support in providing meals for the Emergency Women’s Shelter.


We will continue

Returning to Calvary

by Rector Scott Walters


During the spread of COVID-19 in our world, planning even for the near future has been a difficult and elusive process. But I want you to know our plan for returning to worship at Calvary, as it stands today.


First of all, we do not know when that return will happen. But we do know who will

Calvary receives Community Foundation Grant

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis generously awarded $10,000 to Calvary Episcopal Church to assist with food, clothing, and hygiene products for our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness during this difficult time.


Calvary is still serving breakfast to 180 neighbors each Sunday, through physical distancing in the alley behind the church. Over 100 of these guests

A Med Student’s Act of Service

by Chelsea Ross Miller


He shuffled through the sliding doors to the Emergency Department and stopped at my podium to be screened for entrance into the hospital. He was elderly in his 80’s, and his tired blue eyes matched the color of the mask he wore.  I asked, “How can I help you, sir?”


He stated, “I was called by my

New Podcast Episode with Jemar Tisby

This conversation between the Rev. Paul McLain and Jemar Tisby is among the first in our podcast series with Lenten Preaching Series speakers and other faith leaders, authors, and creative thinkers around the world. Jemar Tisby is the author of The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism.

Helping Others

During this pandemic there are many ways to help:

  • Make certain you have a Kroger card with Calvary Outreach selected as the recipient of Kroger’s contribution.
  • Ask your workplace, gym, favorite non-profit, etc. or friends if they would allow us to put a bin in their space to collect men’s jeans for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.
  • Come sort and organize

(Still) Making God’s Love Visible in Downtown Memphis

by Christine Todd


So many people tell me they don’t believe in social media. I get it. People will know your life’s details. Some people say they look at Facebook but never post. Well, I get it because it does put you “out there.” I will tell you, though, during this time of isolation and distance,

Cards and Notes for Healthcare Workers

Dr. Henry Sullivant, a Calvary parishioner and vice president and chief medical officer at Baptist Memorial Health Care, offers the following thanks: “These are kind notes sent to our Baptist Memphis CEO. She reads them aloud at staff meetings. She said people wept. Thanks for your encouragement. These folks are working hard.”

If you would like to send a note,

Love in the Time of Quarantine

by Mimsy Jones


Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a best-selling book when I was in the retail book business back in the 1980s. Its title popped into my mind this morning as I prepared to watch the live-streamed service from our beloved parish church.


These services have touched me so deeply and powerfully that I

The Joys(?) of Quarantine

by Emlyn Polatty

A week ago, my schedule was packed; wake up at 5:30, get to school by 7:00, spend eight grueling hours on trigonometry and World War II and everything else, then go to rehearsal for two hours. Sing and dance until 4:00 or 4:30, and then, three or four days a week, head to Sekisui Midtown for a