One thing I will not be giving up for Lent: The Lenten Noonday Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown. This season’s lineup is as impressive and intriguing as ever.
Let’s start with Rev. Otis Moss III, Jeremiah Wright’s successor at President Obama’s former Chicago church, Trinity United Church of Christ. Moss will be preaching March 14 and 15.
Controversial Jesus Seminar scholar Marcus Borg returns to Memphis to preach March 16 and 17. Best-selling author Phyllis Tickle, a resident of Lucy, Tenn., will drive down to preach March 28 and 29.
And Rev. Nancy Sehested, the woman who shattered Southern Baptist stained-glass ceilings when she became pastor of Prescott Memorial Baptist Church in 1987, returns to Memphis to preach April 11 and 12.
The preaching series opens March 10, the day after Ash Wednesday, and runs every weekday through April 15. Services, which are free and open to the public, are 12:05-12:40 p.m. weekdays at Downtown’s Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 N. Second St. Calvary’s Waffle Shop will be open for lunch each day 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Other scheduled preachers include Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Temple Israel, Dr. Maxie Dunnam of Christ United Methodist Church, Yasir Qadhi of the Memphis Islamic Center, and Rev. Keith Norman of First Baptist Broad.
Calvary’s Web site has a complete schedule.