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.

THE POLITICS OF THE TABLE

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:45+00:00 September 13th, 2016|

On Sunday, Dr. Mike Graves recounted the story of Jesus' feeding of the 5,000 and brought to light all the communion language used to describe this miracle.  He also brought to light how this act was a very political one and is relevant to how the church can become political today.  Listen to our discussion [...]

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POWER, PRIVILEGE AND POLITICS

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:45+00:00 September 2nd, 2016|

On Sunday, Rev. Dr. Wallace Hartsfield II joined us to discuss the United States’ political history, citing various ways our political system works (and doesn’t work) for white folks, black folks, and other minorities living in our borders. Dr. Hartsfield is Pastor of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church and Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Central [...]

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FAITH AND POLITICS TODAY

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

On Sunday, Eric Garbison from Cherith Brook Catholic Worker discussed four distinct kinds of politics.  This is especially helpful as we generally only view politics through the lens of policy and voting.  The four political approaches were partisan & electoral, culture wars, political theology, and emergent tradition. All four engage the world differently and we were [...]

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FIRST CENTURY POLITICS

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:45+00:00 August 10th, 2016|

On Sunday, Dr. David May helped us understand the political reality of the first century world.  He spoke of the political nature of Jesus' parables, teachings and actions.  It was a very helpful primer to help us begin to do the hard work of contextualizing Jesus' actions for today's world.  If you missed our gathering, [...]

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SHEDDING OUR POLITICAL BAGGAGE

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:45+00:00 July 16th, 2016|

On Sunday, we had a great introductory conversation about the polarizing nature of politics.  We discussed why we get so passionate about this subject in particular, and then discussed the contrasts between the US political system and the kingdom of God.  To listen in on parts of our discussion, tune in on our newly released [...]

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THE OPEN TABLE PRIMER

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:45+00:00 July 6th, 2016|

The community of God is one marked by hospitality, generosity, inclusion, peace, and love.  The vision for this community compels us, it excites us and we can't help but drop everything and get involved.  The Open Table, since its inception, has sought to embody this.  We hope to create a community of substance, where we [...]

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SUMMER TAIZÉ REFLECTION

By | 2016-10-11T11:48:31+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|

Our last gathering on June 12 was difficult. Earlier that morning, a man took the lives of nearly 50 people and injured many more at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. This act of violence was heartbreaking and we were angry that someone would target those who are LGBTQ. It was hard to put words [...]

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A VOICE FOR THE EXPLOITED

By | 2016-10-11T11:48:47+00:00 June 7th, 2016|

At our last gathering, Kristy Childs, founder of Veronica's Voice, shared her powerful story with us.  She is a survivor of sexual exploitation and now runs a survivor led organization that works with women who have experienced sexual exploitation.  Below are some resources she wished to share for those who would like to know more [...]

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MIRACLE MAN, DARRYL BURTON

By | 2016-10-11T11:49:03+00:00 May 17th, 2016|

On Sunday, we welcomed Darryl Burton back to The Open Table to talk about his story of wrongful conviction and eventual release 24 years later.  It was a powerful discussion about anger, determination, patience and salvation.  If you haven't had the chance to hear Darryl's story, below is an excerpt from his website.  For more [...]

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A PEOPLE OF PLUNDER

By | 2016-10-11T11:49:16+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|

On Sunday, Andrew Johnson gave a compelling talk on our propensity to plunder the Earth's resources as soon as we forget that we ourselves came from the dust.  He quoted lots of different authors so below is a short list of some of the thinkers he drew from.  Enjoy! Resources from Andrew Rebecca Solnit, The [...]

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WHEN I WAS SICK

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:46+00:00 April 18th, 2016|

Last Sunday, Wendie Brockhaus led us in a discussion about the healthcare system we all interact with.  Many people shared their stories of heartache and struggle from the perspective of both patient and healthcare professional.  Wendie opened our night with a poem reflecting on her time as a hospital chaplain, and left us with a [...]

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THE LORD’S PRAYER

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:46+00:00 March 30th, 2016|

On Easter, we spent time sharing stories of transformation and renewal.  Not only did we hear from a select number of storytellers, but we also heard from people willing to their their own stories.  To bring us back together after this time, we shared in this responsive reading based on the Lord's Prayer. Our Mother [...]

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