INTEGRITY MEMPHIS CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH at 102 N. Second accommodates two extremes. The Downtown church’s Waffle Shop, opened in 1928, serves comforting, tradition-valued recipes during Lent. But the church also hosts Integrity Memphis, a progressive group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight people who explore issues of faith and religion. Integrity Memphis, a group of about 50 members within the Episcopal church, is the local chapter of the national Integrity organization, a nonprofit grassroots voice that advocates inclusiveness and equality for gays. Community discussions on issues that affect the Memphis gay community are welcome at Integrity Memphis, and if participants have reservations about certain issues, those concerns are welcome, too. The group invites church leaders from around the city to open Integrity’s worship services, and its meetings go beyond religious topics. Integrity’s purpose is to engage in the ministry of worship, advocacy, and community education by allowing members to share life experiences. Integrity meets monthly on every third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are divided into worship, fellowship, dinner, and a program, and are open to all. Integrity Memphis, 102 N. Second, firstname.lastname@example.org, geocities.com/integrity_memphis/ main.html.
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