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.

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 [...]

The Beauty of Creation

By | 2015-10-13T14:55:16+00:00 October 2nd, 2015|

Matthew Dorning, of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, shared a prayer by St. Basil as a way to prepare us for our conversation about icons and worship.  It was so good we had to share it with all of you who couldn't make it on Sunday. The marvelous perfection of creation, where everything fits and works [...]

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Benedictine Rest Exercise

By | 2015-09-25T13:29:04+00:00 September 25th, 2015|

As a follow up to our recent The Open Table gathering on Benedictine rest, Jon Bowles of Beggar's Table Church asked us to consider the following to gauge how balanced our lives are: The Benedictines divide their lives into 4 quadrants: work, community, prayer, and rest. As a way to assess how balanced we are, [...]

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A Jewish Prayer

By | 2015-09-25T13:25:15+00:00 September 25th, 2015|

At a recent interfaith discussion, Rabbi Jacques sent us off with the following. This is a good reminder that we have much to learn from one another, and can be inspired by people of other faith. Rav Ammi (Third Century, Tiberius), May you live to see your world fulfilled. May your destiny be for worlds [...]

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Rest and Prayer

By | 2015-09-18T14:33:31+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|

We recently had local spiritual director, Shana Puckett, at The Open Table. She spoke about the connection between rest and prayer, and she read a beautiful poem by Mary Oliver. Enjoy, and remember to keep your pen in the air. I don't know where prayers go, or what they do. Do cats pray, while they [...]

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