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Organ Update: A Gradual Crescendo

The organ builders have been back this week, busy installing some renovated pipework which has nearly doubled the size of the instrument we’ve had since January!


You’ll hear some unique solo reed stops once again (English horn and French horn) and notice the swell shades moving again. The shades give us more volume control as they open and close. Behind

Saint Barnabas and Saint Nora

by the Rev. Paul McLain


Tuesday of last week marked the Feast of Saint Barnabas. His name means “son of encouragement.” His original name was Joseph, but when his fellow apostles recognized his gift for encouraging others, they changed his name. Early on, Barnabas sold a piece of land that he owned. He took the money he received

Nathan Brasfield joins Calvary staff

It’s my great joy to introduce you to Nathan Brasfield, Calvary’s director of youth & community ministries as of July 1. The observant reader will also note the newly combined leadership of two crucial ministry areas at Calvary. More on that shortly. Nathan comes to us with a deep theological education, with a special interest in biblical studies and

From Servants to Friends

by the Reverend Paul McLain


A couple of years ago, a church board of which I’m a member made a large grant to Literacy Mid-South. Since I was encouraging many of you to volunteer with this organization as part of this new partnership, I thought it might be time to practice what I preach and volunteer myself. I went through

Astronomical Liturgy

by the Rev. Katherine Bush


Last week, after church, my son and I packed up the car and drove over the Mississippi River bridge. We were bound for the small town of Newport, Arkansas, where I had scored a last-minute reservation for a room in a hotel that didn’t look too seedy. We got

Crowd-sourced Wisdom

by the Rev. Katherine Bush


Yesterday I was talking with a fellow Calvary-ite, and he pulled out his phone mid-conversation to share two quotations from Tom Shadyac’s Lenten sermon of last week. A lot of things are worth pointing out about this moment. One, his phone was a tool of focus and not distraction (but that’s

God Loves a Cheerful Receiver

by the Rev. Paul McLain


Throughout my life, I have heard the adage, ‘God loves a cheerful giver,’ particularly during church stewardship drives. But I have never heard anyone say, ‘God loves a cheerful receiver.’ I wonder why that is. I think we all want to be givers or feel we’re in a position to give. There is joy in

Monument Re:Generation Grant from Monument Lab

This blog isn’t usually where you’ll find breaking news, but today it is. Last week, Monument Lab in Philadelphia announced the second cohort of teams in its Re:Generation initiative to “create new or to expand existing public art, public history, or public humanities projects.”

Fasten Your Seat Belts!

by the Rev. Mimsy Jones


Buckle up, friends, because Calvary’s 101st Lenten Preaching Series is about to take off, and the lineup is bursting with brilliant, compassionate preachers.


The depth and breadth of the list is remarkable. Where else but in Calvary’s LPS would you find a Rabbi (Micah Greenstein), an Imam (Anwar Arafat), a Unitarian Pastor (Sam Teitel), a Presbyterian