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: The Rev. Buddy Stallings
Retired Episcopal priest in New York, N.Y.  

A persistent, passionate question in the Rev. Buddy Stallings’ preaching and ministry has been how is it that modern people can and, in fact, do remain faithful to an ancient practice of the faith. Admitting that the church drives him nuts, particularly when it is especially certain, he also acknowledges that he can’t do without it. In the mystery of those two truths, which somehow live side by side, he finds enough, actually more than enough, to keep him on the search. After retiring as rector from St. Bartholomew’s, one of Manhattan’s most storied parishes, Buddy Stallings now spends about half the year in Memphis. 

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 21:

Dr. 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.


Dr. Steve Stone
Memphis Friendship Foundation in Memphis, TN

When the new Memphis Islamic Center (MIC) began construction in Cordova, Dr. Steve Stone, the founding pastor of Heartsong Church was quick to welcome them to the neighborhood with a posted banner and readily opened the church’s doors to their new MIC neighbors when they found themselves lacking a worship space for Ramadan. This gesture of welcome gained national attention, and this past October Dr. Stone and MIC co-founder Dr. Bahshar Shala accepted the Roosevelt Freedom of Worship Award in New York City on behalf of their congregations’ collaborative efforts. After 19 years at Heartsong, Dr. Stone’s latest endeavor is serving as the executive director of the Memphis Friendship Foundation, which as its first and signature project is constructing Friendship Park of Memphis on land adjacent to the Memphis Islamic Center and Heartsong Church. 

Lamb with Red Lentils
Pumpkin Bisque (vegetarian)