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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

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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.

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.’

2022 Emmanuel Meal: Yay or Nay?

Emmanuel Meal—yay or nay?

Monday, Dec. 19, is the 80th Emmanuel Meal for Calvary Episcopal Church. Should our tradition continue? We have been looking for volunteers to take on leadership roles. If you would like the tradition to continue, please step up. We are looking for people to lead committees as it is six weeks away. The work is easy

Overriding the Default Setting

by the Rev. Scott Walters


“In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.” – David Foster Wallace


The quote above is from David Foster Wallace’s commencement address at Kenyon College

Triage Artistry

by the Rev. Paul McLain


During a recent conversation about the overload of tasks, information, distressing news, and distractions that so many of us are experiencing these days, a wise person observed, “we are all becoming triage artists.” By that he meant we all, even retirees, are learning to prioritize the vast amount of our external stimuli in the instant,

A Note from the Rector on Vestry Elections

Vestry election season is upon us. And several important goods are in tension in parish elections. The first is that an effective vestry depends on diverse gifts and perspectives. It needs men and women, of various ages and interests, with different areas of expertise and experience. It needs longstanding members and active people who have joined Calvary more recently.

“Are you still alive?”

by the Ven. Mimsy Jones


One morning in late August, as I finished a delicious breakfast of soft scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, and a warm blueberry muffin served to me in my cramped but clean hospital room in Camden, Maine, I heard someone I assumed was a doctor (it was way too early for family to visit) ask in a

Royalty & Doors

by the Rev. Katherine Bush


A confession: I did not get up early to watch the Queen’s funeral. I did scroll through the pictures and videos later in the day (a second confession: I wanted to see what Kate and Meghan wore). So, this is not a blog about that beautiful and precise liturgy; it’s not a blog