The 2020 Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins Feb. 27, the day after Ash Wednesday and continues through April 3, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

Easter is April 12.

The series is free and open to the public. The series features local and national 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. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday during the Lenten Preaching Series.

The shop’s menu features some of the same recipes it has served since opening in 1928.

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

The preaching is Tuesday through Friday from 12:05-12:40 p.m. In addition, Calvary offers Lent After Dark at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

The speakers are:

Feb. 27 – Rev. Debbie Blue of St. Paul, Minn., author and Lutheran minister.

Feb. 28 – Marti Tippens Murphy of Memphis, executive director of Facing History and Ourselves.

March 3–March 4 Lent After Dark – Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Memphis, senior rabbi at Temple Israel.

March 4-5 – Rabbi Judy Schindler, assistant professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies, Queens University in Charlotte, N.C.

March 6 – Rev. Mark Jefferson, assistant professor of Homilitics, Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.

March 10 – Rev. Sonia Walker, associate pastor, First Congregational Church in Memphis.

March 11-12 – Fr. James Alison of Madrid, Spain, author, theologian and Catholic priest and Marcus Borg Endowed Speaker.

March 13 – Rev. Dan Matthews, St. John the Devine in New York City.

March 17 – Rev. Kirk Whalum of Memphis, minister and Grammy-winning saxophonist.

March 18 – Rev. Fletcher Harper, executive director of Green- Faith and Episcopal priest in Highland Park, N.J.

March 18 Lent After Dark and March 19 – Kaitlin Curtice of Atlanta, Native American Christian speaker and author.

March 20 – Rev. Gary Meade of Dyersburg, Tenn., rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

March 24 – Dr. Scott Morris, founder and executive director of Church Health in Memphis.

March 25 and Lent After Dark March 25 – Jemar Tisby, podcast host and president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective. He is a Ph.D student at the University of Mississippi.

March 26-27 -- Rabbi Rami Shapiro of Murfreesboro, Tenn, rabbi, speaker and author.

March 31 – Ekundayo Bandele, executive director of Hattiloo Theatre in Memphis.

April 1 – David Waters of the Institute for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis.

April 1 Lent After Dark and April 2 – Molly McCully Brown, poet and professor at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

April 3 – Rev. Sam Teitel, pastor of the Church of the River in Memphis.

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