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.

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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HOLY SATURDAY GUIDED PRAYER

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:46+00:00 March 26th, 2016|

The Open Table, Holy Week 2016 Following the Last Supper of Maundy Thursday and the darkness of the cross on Good Friday, on Holy Saturday, the church continues in prayer, waiting at the tomb.  The suffering is over, but Easter has not come yet.  Consider sitting at an empty table, or in front of an [...]

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TAIZÉ HOSPITALITY REFLECTION

By | 2016-10-11T11:50:13+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|

This past Taizé gathering was centered around hospitality, and Emily Bartlett shared an interactive reflection on that topic.  On display was an art piece of a human figure and below that were a number of different anatomical drawings of body parts.  This was meant to cause us to reflect on the need we all have [...]

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YOU WELCOMED ME

By | 2016-10-11T11:50:25+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|

On Sunday, Laurie Anderson spoke of how every policy decision we make politically affects real people with real stories.  Below are some resources she shared for folks who would like to get more involved in immigrant justice initiatives, as well as a beautiful prayer we spoke together as our benediction. The Immigrants Creed I believe [...]

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SUBVERSIVE HOSPITALITY

By | 2016-10-11T11:50:38+00:00 February 2nd, 2016|

At our last gathering, Dr. David May from Central Baptist Theological Seminary led our conversation about the three parables contained in Matthew 25.  We discussed the kind of subversive hospitality practiced by Jesus, in which we befriend and help the "least of these", while speaking truth to power and the systems which help perpetuate their struggles.  [...]

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TAIZÉ GRATITUDE REFLECTION

By | 2016-10-11T11:50:57+00:00 November 25th, 2015|

On Sunday at The Open Table, our Assistant Curator, Wendie Brockhaus, read a beautiful reflection on gratitude. This was read as part of our quarterly Taizé services and we wanted to share this reflection with you.  Enjoy, and be thankful! "Prayer of Acceptance” By Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr Eternal one who circles the seasons with [...]

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BLACK, BROWN AND BLUE

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:46+00:00 November 10th, 2015|

This past Sunday, close to 100 people came together to discuss issues concerning structural racism.  At the end of our discussion, several resources and other opportunities were mentioned for anyone who would like to dig deeper into these issues.  Read on for all the details. Upcoming events (as shared by “Black, Brown and Blue” participants [...]

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SPIRITUALITY REAWAKENED

By | 2016-10-11T11:51:33+00:00 October 29th, 2015|

On Sunday, October 25 Andrea Dutt spoke about her faith journey, and how she was doing work as an activist in issues of justice, yet somehow feeling like something was missing. After doing an online search for “action and contemplation”, she discovered Richard Rohr's Living School for Action & Contemplation (see website link below), and [...]

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Society, Faith and Beauty

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:46+00:00 October 13th, 2015|

On Sunday, Emily Bartlett, local massage therapist and photographer, facilitated a discussion on beauty.  We explored the difference between what society thinks is beautiful and what God thinks is beautiful.  It was a beautiful and vulnerable conversation.  To start our evening, she showed a video highlighting the kind of pressure that is put on women [...]

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