Lent After Dark

Lent After Dark

Calvary offers Lent After Dark for those who may not be able to make it during lunch or who want to bring their families for an evening meal and hear a speaker. Lent After Dark takes place every Wednesday during Lent with a soup and salad dinner available from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. and a speaker beginning at 6:30 in the Great Hall.

The cost for dinner is $6/person and $20/family max and includes soup, salad, bread, and drinks. A vegetarian soup is offered each week. All proceeds go to Hunger Ministries at Calvary. See below for each evening's soup offerings. 

Lent After Dark Menus and Guests

February 21: Dr. Barbara Lundblad
Joe R. Engle Professor Emerita of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York, N.Y.

Barbara Lundblad's brilliant and compassionate preaching has placed her in constant demand as a conference leader, a guest preacher, and a teacher of preaching across the country. Barbara says, “Preaching – both the deep engagement with biblical texts and the connection with the congregation – has always brought me joy.” She is the author of two books: Transforming the Stone: Preaching through Resistance to Change and Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense.  

Broccoli Cheese (vegetarian)


February 28: The Rev. Winnie Varghese
Trinity Church in New York, N.Y. 

The Rev. Winnie Varghese has a huge heart for mission and social justice. She currently serves as the director of community outreach at Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York. Through her writings and lectures, Varghese has become a prominent voice for justice throughout the Episcopal Church. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post; author of Church Meets World; editor of What We Shall Become; and author of numerous articles and chapters on social justice and the church. Prior to joining Trinity Church, she served as priest-in-charge and then rector of St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery, a vibrant and diverse church in Manhattan that tripled in size under her leadership. 

Portuguese Kale
Black Bean (vegetarian)


March 7: Poetry Panel
** Due to a family illness, the Rev. Buddy Stallings is unable to be with us. 

Richard Rohr says that if you find a new way to understand God, your whole life might change. Join Katherine Bush, Amber Carswell, Hal Crenshaw, and Scott Walters for a panel on poetry and faith, where we'll explore how poetry has mattered to -- and changed -- our lives.

Fennel Red Lentil with Chicken
Tomato Basil (vegetarian)


March 14: The Rev. Becca Stevens
Thistle Farms & Community of Magdalene in Nashville, Tenn.

Becca Stevens is many things…an Episcopal priest, author, speaker, social entrepreneur, and founder and President of Thistle Farms, the largest social enterprise in the US run by survivors of human trafficking and the commercial sex trade. She has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, and CNN. When the Rev. Stevens speaks, listeners are struck by her earnest, empathetic delivery infused with her personality and sense of humor. Her honest message offers people a way to move from fear and cynicism into inspired action. 

Sausage Chowder
Peanut (vegetarian)


March 21Dr. Bashar Shala
Memphis Islamic Center in Memphis, TN

Dr. Bashar Shala, a renowned cardiologist and co-founder of the Memphis Islamic Center (MIC), made national news several years ago after the MIC’s neighbors at Heartsong Church put out a banner welcoming MIC to the neighborhood. Approaching Ramadan with construction incomplete, Dr. Shala took Heartsong at their word and asked Dr. Steve Stone, Heartsong’s founder, if they could use the church buildings to worship. He enthusiastically agreed, and a beautiful bond between the two congregations was formed. Last October, the relationship between MIC and Heartsong was honored when Dr. Shala and Dr. Stone accepted the Roosevelt Freedom of Worship Award in New York City. Dr. Shala is also the recipient of multiple Physician Recognition awards from the American Medical Association and the James Givens’ Award for Excellence from the University of Tennessee, and in 2011, he was awarded the Diversity Memphis Humanitarian of the Year award.

Lamb with Red Lentils
Pumpkin Bisque (vegetarian)