The Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins March 7, the day after Ash Wednesday, and will continue through April 12, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

The series is free and open to the public. The series features national and local speakers from various denominations, faiths and walks of life.

The Waffle Shop at the church, 102 N. Second, offers a weekday lunch during Lent.

The volunteer-run Waffle Shop is open from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday during the Lenten Preaching Series. The Waffle Shop menu features some of the same recipes it has served since its opening in 1928.

Included on the menu are fish pudding and waffles with chicken hash.

The Preaching Series is Tuesday through Friday from 12:05-12:40 p.m.

Here are the speakers:

March 7 – Rev. Buddy Stallings, retired Episcopal priest in New York City.

March 8 – Rev. Dr. Stacy Spencer, New Direction Christian Church, Memphis.

March 12-13– The Rev. Dan Matthews, St. John the Divine in New York City.

March 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Lent After Dark– Dr. Omid Safi, director of the Duke University Islamic Studies Center.

March 14-15 -- Dr. Omid Safi.

March 19-20 – Dr. Brian McLaren, Marcus Borg endowed speaker, author, activist and public theologian.

March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Lent After Dark -- Dr. Brian McLaren.

March 21 – The Rev. Dr. John Kilzer and Kirk Whalum, musicians and ministers, Memphis.

March 22 – Dr. Marjorie Hass, president of Rhodes College, Memphis.

March 26 – Rev. John Pitzer, associate rector at Trinity Episcopal in New Orleans.

March 27 – Rev. Hester Mathes, associate rector at Holy Communion, Memphis.

March 27 at 6:30 p.m.: Lent After Dark -- Dr. Diana Butler Bass, author, independent scholar and public speaker

March 28 – Dr. Diana Butler Bass.

March 29 – Msgr. Valentine Handwerker, pastor, St. Patrick Catholic Church, Memphis.

April 2 – Rev. Dr. Kenneth Robinson, president and CEO, United Way of the Mid-South, Memphis.

April 3– Barkley Thompson, dean, Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, Texas.

April 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Lent After Dark, Barkley Thompson.

April 4-5 –Rabbi Micah Greenstein, senior rabbi at Temple Israel, Memphis.

April 9 – Rev. Sam Teitel, pastor, Church of the River, Memphis.

April 10 – Rev. Phoebe Roaf, bishop-elect, Diocese of West Tennessee.

April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Lent After Dark -- Marie Howe, poet.

April 11 – Marie Howe.

April 12 – Rev. Dorothy Wells, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Germantown.

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