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THE OPEN TABLE IS

The Open Table is a community of hospitality and conversation; a place of rest and beauty. Everyone who has imperfections or struggles with deep questions is welcome. Our gatherings are simple and our theology is earthy. We gather for shared meals, songs, and short topical discussions about the intersections of spirituality and life. Our inspiration comes from a first-century Jew named Jesus Christ who birthed a new society in the shell of the old, a society full of outcasts whose faith and actions were wholly integrated.

We curate spaces and experiences meant to challenge and inspire, so we can rediscover ourselves and experiment with ways to care for the world around us. Our gatherings are community sourced so many perspectives can be included, and our hospitality grows out of conversation with those around the dinner table, regularly taking us into the community. Join us every second and fourth Sunday from 6:30 – 8:00pm for food, music, and conversation.

Childcare is available for birth through 5 years.

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March 2017

WALKING WITH THE ADDICTED

At our latest gathering, Andy Garcia-Ruse, MA, LCPC and Treatment Consultant for the KC Region of American Addiction Centers, led us in a beautiful question and answer time about how we can walk alongside people [...]

February 2017

FAITH AND ADDICTION

For our gathering on Feb. 12, we had as our conversation partner Merritt Benz, LCSW and Owner/Director of the Bedford Therapy Group here in Kansas City.  She has a lot of wisdom and experience in [...]

January 2017

ADDICTION PANEL DISCUSSION

We had a great conversation about addiction and treatment options on Sunday.  If you weren't able to make it to the gathering, you can listen online here.  As we were wrapping up, we asked everyone [...]

THE SCIENCE OF ADDICTION

Taylor Johnson, a local assistant professor, PhD student and addiction counselor, facilitated a conversation with us about different types of addiction as well as how the brain functions in the midst of the addiction cycle. [...]

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OUR VALUES

COMMUNITY

Organic and authentic community is hard to come by. People are busier than ever and often don’t have a space to relax and connect with others. The Open Table is that space where a deep welcome is offered and nothing is expected in return. It is a space where people can question and doubt, laugh and have conversation. It is a place where people are together while differences are appreciated and valued.

HOSPITALITY

Grassroots hospitality starts with friendships, and everything flows from that relational place. We wish to be place sharers with people, offering a listening ear to those experiencing hardships of any kind, offering empathy instead of quick fixes. Through relationships our community will be moved to act, to do simple things to help share the load for one another.

REST

It is good to have time to breathe deep and relax. In a world where all are encouraged to be hyper productive, we intentionally create space for rest – rest from the pressures of life, rest from busyness, rest from a frenetic pace of life. Rest rejuvenates, rest renews, rest reinvigorates. When we rest, when we slow down our pace of life, we take an intentional step that makes us more available – available to see the beauty and brokenness all around us.

BEAUTY

All things are beautiful in their own way. No one has the market cornered on beauty. Every single person has creative energy and that should be celebrated as the most beautiful gift any one person can offer another. Even if someone is singing off-key, coloring outside the lines, or telling bad jokes, it is beautiful because it is them being vulnerable, it is them offering their gifts. Beauty also lies in story, song, and nature. It wakes us up and changes us for the better when we encounter it. To quote Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker, “The world will be saved by beauty.”

MEET YOUR HOSTS

NICK PICKRELL
NICK PICKRELLCURATOR
WENDIE BROCKHAUS
WENDIE BROCKHAUSASSISTANT CURATOR
ALEX TREASTER
ALEX TREASTERCOMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

HOW TO FIND US

ENTER THROUGH THE COURTYARD ON THE NORTH SIDE OF 55TH ST. BETWEEN BROOKSIDE BLVD AND OAK ST.

FIND US

318 E 55th St. KCMO 64113

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816.363.1300

EMAIL

curator@theopentablekc.com