About Wendie Brockhaus

Wendie Brockhaus, MDiv, is the Assistant Curator of The Open Table in Kansas City, Missouri. She considers herself "polyliturgical," as a member of the United Church of Christ, a pastor for a Presbyterian Church Plant, and a former Director of Spiritual Formation/Adjunct Instructor at local Methodist and Baptist seminaries. She has also served as a public school music teacher and hospital chaplain at an urban trauma center. She is married to Michael and they have two wily german shepherds. When she isn't reading voraciously, she enjoys Star Trek, shared meals, and long walks on the beach (born in L.A.).

OWNING OUR PAST: A HISTORY & THEOLOGY OF RACE

By | 2017-11-07T17:24:23+00:00 November 7th, 2017|

Racism has been deeply embedded in both society and religion, so how can we take part in the righting of the wrongs of generations both past and present?  At our last gathering on Sunday, Oct. 22, The Open Table community began a series of conversations on race, which will feature diverse voices from the greater Kansas [...]

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STOP, COLLABORATE, AND LISTEN

By | 2017-09-15T12:59:56+00:00 September 15th, 2017|

We had many things to pray for last weekend at The Open Table's gathering:  hurricane Harvey and Irma victims; wildfires in California; an earthquake in Mexico; the recent announcement about the plan to rescind DACA; as well as many personal concerns from our community.  Our nation has seen a marked increase in division in recent [...]

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BUILD WELCOME, NOT WALLS

By | 2017-06-01T16:44:52+00:00 May 30th, 2017|

God has called on Christians over the ages to welcome the stranger, but today our airwaves are filled with a narrative of exclusion and hate. We want to be a community who offers an alternative message--one of compassion and hospitality, in line with the teachings of Jesus.  Last Sunday as part of our series on [...]

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FAITH AND ADDICTION

By | 2017-05-18T14:02:44+00:00 February 21st, 2017|

For our gathering on Feb. 12, we had as our conversation partner Merritt Benz, LCSW and Owner/Director of the Bedford Therapy Group here in Kansas City.  She has a lot of wisdom and experience in leading people in complicated conversations, and we asked her to help us with the questions, "How do people struggling with [...]

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FORGIVENESS CAFÉ

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

How can I live a more forgiving life? Why should I forgive? Was I wrong to be angry? Must forgiveness be unconditional? What about justice? If I have wounded someone, how do I ask for forgiveness? Will forgiveness heal my shame? Am I unforgiveable?   These are just a few of the questions we addressed this [...]

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