#GIVINGTUESDAYNOW

#GIVINGTUESDAYNOW

During this COVID-19 crisis, we are facing the unknown which is undoubtedly mentally, physically, and spiritually exhausting. Yet, in the midst of this crisis, we have also seen incredible community emerge. People are reorienting what is most important to them as we realize that we need each other now more than ever. It is during this time that we are…

CHRISTMAS AT THE OPEN TABLE

CHRISTMAS AT THE OPEN TABLE

2019 has been a wild ride for The Open Table. Five years ago, when The Open Table started, none of us could have ever imagined how healthy and vibrant this community would become. Over the course of these five years all of you helped shape the direction The Open Table is going, and many of you have led in various capacities to…

SUBVERSIVE FEMININE

SUBVERSIVE FEMININE

#listentoblackwomen #reclaimingourspace #reclaimingourtime “Well behaved women rarely make history.” The same seems to be true for Biblical history as well. Biblical women, starting with Eve, rarely fit the meek and mild definition that patriarchal standards put forth. The Open Table, as part of the Sacred Feminine series, looked at the ways women have subverted patriarchal structures. The Open Table turned…

DISRUPTING RACISM: A BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING

DISRUPTING RACISM: A BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING

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 and diffuse tense situations, especially…

GENTRIFIED: A CONVERSATION ABOUT GENTRIFICATION AND RACE

GENTRIFIED: A CONVERSATION ABOUT GENTRIFICATION AND RACE

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 week we shared a conversation…

INTENTIONS AND ACTION

INTENTIONS AND ACTION

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 Way”.  The group will meet…

A SPECTRUM OF INJUSTICE: INTERSECTIONALITY AND RACISM

A SPECTRUM OF INJUSTICE: INTERSECTIONALITY AND RACISM

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 of these concerns, last Sunday…

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE OPPRESSED

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE OPPRESSED

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 KC. For a prelude, we…

JESUS THE LIBERATOR

JESUS THE LIBERATOR

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 continuing our series on race…

WHAT WE SAY MATTERS: A CONVERSATION ABOUT MICROAGGRESSIONS

WHAT WE SAY MATTERS: A CONVERSATION ABOUT MICROAGGRESSIONS

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. Jose Martinez to facilitate a…

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