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.).

DISRUPTING RACISM: A BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING

By | 2018-02-22T22:41:12+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|

Peacemaking is a skill that requires practice and repetition. Without it, it is difficult to know how to respond when encountering racism in Kansas City, in our families, and wherever we find it.  At our last gathering, Nick Pickrell and Iman Al-Hassan led an interactive workshop aimed at equipping people with practical tools to disrupt, distract [...]

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GENTRIFIED: A CONVERSATION ABOUT GENTRIFICATION AND RACE

By | 2018-02-03T22:34:11+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|

As more white folks are drawn back to the city, individuals and developers are buying up land, businesses, and housing stock.  This development displaces people of color, resulting in a cultural & historical loss and perpetuating economic disparities.  Are we breaking down the Troost divide in Kansas City, or simply pushing it further east?  Last [...]

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INTENTIONS AND ACTION

By | 2018-01-24T23:13:10+00:00 January 24th, 2018|

This post is an overview of our new small group and recap of our meetup in January. This month The Open Table is beginning an ongoing small group gathering for adults who would like to explore or deepen their spiritual practices and build community.  It's called "The Way Is Made by Walking" or just "The [...]

A SPECTRUM OF INJUSTICE: INTERSECTIONALITY AND RACISM

By | 2018-01-23T17:03:51+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Institutional discrimination and systemic oppression negatively impact marginalized people in myriad ways, from racism to sexism and classism to heterosexism. It can be dizzying to sort out all of the ways in which dominant groups leverage power that damage disenfranchised groups. It can be even more challenging to build connections between different oppressed groups.  Because [...]

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THROUGH THE EYES OF THE OPPRESSED

By | 2018-01-11T21:01:16+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|

This Advent season, we have been reading the Christmas story through the eyes of the oppressed, which continued on Christmas Eve with a service of music and meditations focused on reading the Christmas narrative through the lens of Jesus as liberator.  We gathered for a simple worship service at the beautiful Pilgrim Chapel in midtown [...]

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JESUS THE LIBERATOR

By | 2017-12-20T11:08:57+00:00 December 18th, 2017|

Jesus was a person of color who was born under an oppressive Roman regime, and when Jesus launched his ministry at age 30, he started by declaring freedom for the captives!  This message of liberation and hope has animated the church in poor and marginalized communities all over the world.  This Advent season, we are [...]

WHAT WE SAY MATTERS: A CONVERSATION ABOUT MICROAGGRESSIONS

By | 2017-11-30T11:51:06+00:00 November 30th, 2017|

I don't see race--I'm colorblind. So where are you really from? You don't speak [Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, etc.]? You're so articulate! I'm not racist, I have black friends! Many would deny being racist, but our speech and actions can communicate a different message.  For our third gathering in our series on race, we invited Rev. [...]

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TAKING A KNEE: A RACISM PRIMER

By | 2017-11-20T16:11:06+00:00 November 20th, 2017|

Colin Kaepernick took a knee on an NFL field to protest structural racism, which sparked a national debate about what racism is, especially in the post-civil rights era.  We recognize that taking a knee is not about the flag, or veterans, but about "liberty and justice for all".  It is vital for communities to have [...]

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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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