About Nick Pickrell

Nick is an activist, musician and performer in Kansas City. He presently serves as the Curator of a progressive Christian community called The Open Table. He is married to Sarah and is the proud parent of two terriers, Socks and Rocky.

PEACEMAKING FROM THE MONASTERY

By | 2017-08-31T15:16:25+00:00 August 31st, 2017|

Sr. Therese Elias joined us on Sunday to discuss how Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, influenced the larger activist community from within the walls of the monastery. Merton saw solitude as a crucial component to the life of an activist/advocate. If you weren't able to join us for the gathering, check out the podcast here. Below [...]

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SALT AND SILENCE

By | 2017-08-17T12:22:23+00:00 August 17th, 2017|

Adam Campbell, founder of the Peace and Permaculture Center and friend/former member of the Possibility Alliance, joined us on Sunday to speak about the Gandhian program and how it can inform Christ followers who want to live lives that look increasingly like Jesus.  If you were unable to join us, you can check out our [...]

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TAIZÉ REFLECTIONS

By | 2017-08-16T15:30:55+00:00 July 9th, 2017|

At our recent Taizé gathering, Andrea and Abhi Dutt led us through a beautiful reflection based on a book by Mark Nepo.  Our theme that night revolved around conflict, and how it can be difficult to navigate.  The author used the imagery of the sea - the waves, the swells, the break, and the shore [...]

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PROUD TO INCLUDE

By | 2017-08-16T12:17:37+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|

On Sunday, The Open Table discussed the ways we can deepen our welcome of LGBTQIA folks, even as an open and affirming community. We had a really beautiful discussion with Rev. Donna Simon from St. Mark Hope & Peace Lutheran* on Troost. Her wife Colleen and the baby who lives with them came with her. [...]

HOW ACCESSIBLE IS OUR TABLE

By | 2017-06-14T10:39:53+00:00 June 14th, 2017|

Environments speak just as loudly as words—just because we have a wheelchair ramp doesn’t mean we are truly accessible for persons with disabilities.  At our last gathering, Rev. Letiah Fraser, local pastor and disability rights activist, facilitated our conversation about how we could grow in becoming the kind of people and church who invite all into [...]

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WHO IS MY FAITH NEIGHBOR?

By | 2017-05-24T18:26:28+00:00 May 15th, 2017|

This past Sunday we welcomed Rabbi Doug Alpert, Mahnaz Shabbir, Sergio Moreno, and Diane Burkholder to speak from their various religious and secular traditions about how we can collectively build a more inclusive welcome. We were only able to scratch the surface on this complex topic, but our hope is to turn the words spoken [...]

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THE MOST SEGREGATED HOUR

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:44+00:00 April 28th, 2017|

On Sunday, we were joined by Chris Logan, a local pastor at Keystone UMC in Waldo. We had a great discussion about why Sunday mornings at 11am are still one of the most segregated hours in America. Unfortunately, there were some technical difficulties so we are unable to share the audio with you, but we [...]

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WHEN OUR WELCOME ENDS

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:44+00:00 April 13th, 2017|

On Palm Sunday, Nick Pickrell, Curator of The Open Table, spoke about the hidden expectations many in the parading crowds had of Jesus during his entry into Jerusalem. Jesus didn't meet those expectations so many ended up abandoning Jesus and joining in the chorus of voices shouting to crucify him. We have these same hidden [...]

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WALKING WITH THE ADDICTED

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:44+00:00 March 7th, 2017|

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 we love who are experiencing addiction. As we spoke about the experience of those in early recovery, Andy shared that [...]

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ADDICTION PANEL DISCUSSION

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:44+00:00 January 25th, 2017|

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 to share any resources they had for addiction treatment.  Below is a list of what was compiled.  Join us for [...]

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THE SCIENCE OF ADDICTION

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:45+00:00 January 11th, 2017|

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.  It was a fascinating discussion that can be listened to here. During the discussion, Taylor spoke about how process addictions [...]

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A MEDITATION ON DARKNESS AND LIGHT

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:45+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|

During this Advent season, we reflect on the hope that is to come through Christ's birth while remembering the feeling of hopelessness that exists for many during this season.  On December 11th, Emily Bartlett, a leader at The Open Table, led us in a beautiful meditation that we'd like to share with you. Before beginning the [...]

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