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.

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 [...]

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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GIVING TO THE OPEN TABLE

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:45+00:00 December 1st, 2016|

The Open Table has been around for 1 1/2 years now, and we are loving how this community is changing how we do church. Through social justice forums, warm meals, service projects, thoughtful conversations and progressive Christian teaching, we are forging a new path for how Christianity can look in the 21st century. Help us [...]

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DISRUPTING RACISM RESOURCES

By | 2016-12-01T16:43:27+00:00 November 28th, 2016|

As Christians, we are called to be peacemakers but often times lack the skill set to diffuse conflict when potentially violent situations occur. On Sunday, 150 people gathered together to discuss how to be allies to people of color as instances of hate speech and violence increase all over the country.  We hosted three workshops that [...]

SACRED STORIES

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:45+00:00 November 14th, 2016|

With the results of the election coming in and the rise in hate speech and violence, we recognize that this is a very disorienting time for many.  As a response to all this we held a night devoted to sharing stories of orientation and inspiration; stories that inspire and transform us; stories that lead us [...]

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A TAIZÉ AWAKENING

By | 2016-10-11T11:46:55+00:00 October 4th, 2016|

Last Sunday we met for our quarterly Taizé gathering.  It is a time we cherish, as it is designed to refresh and renew through short songs, times of silence, and some guided meditation.  On this particular night, Andrea Dutt shared from Mark Nepo's Book of Awakening.  Below is the excerpt we read from that night. The [...]

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