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Setting Up Camp

by the Rev. Katherine Bush


Since I arrived at Calvary about four weeks ago, I’ve been greeted with warmth and kindness. I’ve reacquainted myself with a westbound commute and started to learn some new names. I have climbed into the pulpit two Sundays and looked out over the altar two Sundays as well. It feels so

Remember to Remember

by the Ven. Mimsy Jones


Peter Gomes, the late great preacher and minister of Harvard’s Memorial Chapel, (and also, I might add, a brilliant, witty preacher at Calvary’s Lenten Preaching Series in the 1990s), had a unique perspective on Thanksgiving.


He lived in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the first immigrants, later called Pilgrims, landed in 1620, and where the first Thanksgiving meal

AIDS Fabric Sculpture

Inspired by the message of Calvary’s first HIV/AIDS Healing Service, Memphis artist and Calvary parishioner, David Johnson, created a fabric sculpture in 1989. Each opening in the fabric represents someone living with AIDS, someone whose life was taken by AIDS, or someone affected by AIDS. This sculpture will hang in Calvary’s nave through Thursday, Dec. 2, as we

Cloud of Witnesses

by the Rev. Buddy Stallings


As I write this note to you on All Saints’ Day, I am keenly aware of two things that, though they have nothing to do with saints, major or minor, have invaded my consciousness this afternoon. One is the amount of leftover Halloween candy, which presents the question of how much of my life I

Ghosts in a Bottle

by the Rev. Scott Walters


“God did not become a movement, a concept, an ideal, or even a committee, but a man of flesh and bone with a parentage, friends, a language, a country, a home. He inhabited not just a time but places, streets, rooms, countrysides, and by his presence in the flesh he changed them all.”
– Aidan

Calvary Vestry Slate for 2022 Announced

Vestry Elections: Sunday, November 14


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

The Spirituality of Decluttering

by the Rev. Paul McLain


“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: . . . a time to seek, and a time to lose: a time to keep, and a time to throw away.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6)


As we enter this season in which we reflect upon stewardship, it is a good time to

Just Sit

by the Ven. Mimsy Jones


“Sometimes I sits and think; and sometimes I just sits.”

         -Satchel Paige


Two interesting aspects of my life have converged this month. One is that I am preparing a series of meditations for a weekend silent retreat at St. Columba Retreat Center at the end of October. The other is that my favorite baseball team, the

Nurture Self

by the Rev. Paul McLain


Many years ago, a grief counselor ended our session by handing me a two-word prescription: ‘Nurture self.’ While that might not seem like a lot, it was amazing how seeing those two words on a little Rx prescription sheet gave me the permission and freedom to seek out activities (or space or silence) that would

2021 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 a diversity of 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