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Calvary has been a wonderfully visible fixture in downtown Memphis for almost two centuries. It has been a refuge for those who need spiritual refreshment and Christian community and a force for justice and change. But what may be less visible is the way Calvary’s mission is sustained year after year, decade after decade. You are probably approached regularly

Back at Home

by Crady Schneider


I don’t remember the first time I entered Calvary Church. My mother was raised Catholic, my father Episcopalian, and when they had me, they switched from the Catholic Church to the Episcopal Church because the Episcopal Church offered a nursery (for those that know them, yes, this is really why).


So to say I grew up at Calvary

Thanks, Tom Bodett, but We’ve Got Our Own

by Suzanne Henley


The last thing my psychologist said before my release after the eighth and final week of my hospitalization for major depression and anxiety was, “Well, Suzanne, we’ve tried everything there is. You might want to give God a chance.” I did not have the emotional energy to even be mad at what I considered a totally inappropriate

More Than a Spectator

by Bill Haltom


I first set first foot in Calvary Episcopal Church some 40 years ago, thinking I was headed to a Waffle House or an International House of Pancakes. Stay with me, please, because I promise I am not making this up. I was in my first year of law practice, a baby lawyer, working in a downtown office

Vestry Elections to be held Sunday, Nov. 10

Identifying candidates to serve on the vestry, the governing board of our parish, is one of the most important tasks of our faith community. Members of the vestry act as agents of the parish in all matters involving parish property and assets and assisting the parish in its planning and in leadership. A candidate for vestry should exhibit personal

Parish Breakfast moves to Great Hall

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 8, Calvary’s Parish Breakfast, available from 8:45-9:45 each Sunday morning, will move to the Great Hall. Enjoy some of the same great breakfast items, including eggs, grits, and more, for $5/adults; $3/children; $20/family max. All proceeds from Calvary’s Parish Breakfast help support the Community Breakfast, a hot meal served to 175 of our neighbors experiencing homelessness

The Fall Chronicle Newsletter

The Fall issue of the Chronicle features Fall formation offerings and ministry opportunities as well as a spotlight on Calvary’s Camino pilgrimage, an article from Rector Scott Walters, and more.

The Chronicle newsletter is published four times a year and includes events and stories of how Calvary is making God’s love visible in downtown Memphis.

Scott Walters

Being Reconciled

by the Rev. Scott Walters

My flight had already been twice delayed, and the chances of making my connection in Houston were dwindling. I decided it might be best for everyone involved if I paused with a glass of beer on my way to gate A33. The pleasant woman behind the bar slid the drink

Commemorating 400 years of African American History and Culture: Healing Day National Bell Ringing

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopal churches to take part in a national action to remember and honor the first enslaved Africans who came to America in 1619 by tolling their bells for one minute Sunday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. CST. “The National Park Service is commissioning, and asking, churches and people from around this country to

Bishop Phoebe Roaf

Bishop Phoebe Responds to Gun Violence

Brothers and sisters,

My heart breaks at the news of two more incidents of mass shootings in our nation this weekend.  Last night I attended a prayer vigil for the victims of gun violence held at Grace-St. Luke’s.  Episcopalians gathered to pray together, cry together and support one another.  It was good to be with our diocesan family in these