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.

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 [...]

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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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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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