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Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the Lord. — Psalm 134

I am priest. I spend my days in ministry at St. George’s Anglican Church, a 226-year-old church in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario. But ‘priest’ also describes who I am as a writer.

The work of the priest is the work of “lifting up.” The priest lifts up the stories and experiences, questions and doubts and miracles of her people. The priest’s job is to help the people, both inside and outside of the church, to see their story as part of the story of God’s love at work in our world.

My blog is filled with stories reflecting on everything from an interesting conversation with one of my children to political musings on the times in which we live. I look for joy in the whirlwind of the Parent-Work juggling act, come clean about my own doubts and struggles in faith and tell of experiences of wonder and miracle. I find words of wisdom and insight not only on the pages of Scripture but also from such diverse sources as StarWars, Eminem, and my chiropractor.

Recent and Popular Blog Entries:

  • Taylor Swift: Mirrorball & Priest
    by Martha Tatarnic on February 19, 2024 at 11:34 am

    I got the idea to have a Taylor Swift music night at our Wednesday evening Advent Café service. Advent Café is one of our church’s worship offerings, and its setting, evening timeslot, and musical offerings allow us to be creative in a different way from Sunday mornings. Although Swift has made […]

  • One week ago: Peace and war in Israel
    by Martha Tatarnic on October 12, 2023 at 12:01 am

    Separation barrier on the Israeli West Bank. Image via Shutterstock / badahosOne week ago, my dear friends Cheryl and Tanya and I were having Communion together on a rooftop patio in Jerusalem, Israel, and were meandering around the city commenting on how safe and at home we felt, what a profound […]

  • It’s hard to talk about success in the church
    by Martha Tatarnic on September 18, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    Image via Shutterstock / Wirestock IncIt’s hard to talk about failure too, and that needs to changeI was having a conversation with a group of my clergy colleagues recently. “It can be hard to talk about success in the church,” one parish priest noted with dismay. “Nobody wants to hear […]

  • Barbie Girl: From dream worlds to gospel truths
    by Martha Tatarnic on August 28, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    Why the Barbie movie was brilliant, limited, and offered hopeOur pink movie-going outfits, ready for a double feature film lineup: Oppenheimer and Barbie.As a child, I played Barbies in an uncomplicated, guilt-free way. I loved the clothes and hair, the miniature household items and the […]

  • Impostor syndrome is my companion
    by Martha Tatarnic on June 15, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    Image via Shutterstock / TA designAnd maybe I don’t have to “Fake it ’til I make it”For whenever I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)I was recently asked how I deal with that negative voice in my head telling me I can’t do something. I was asked the question because I am a […]

What if  COVID-19 changes nothing? https://www.christiancentury.org/article/opinion/what-if-covid-19-changes-nothing

I had an eating disorder, and it is time to share that story
https://medium.com/ministrymatters/i-had-an-eating-disorder-and-it-is-time-to-share-that-story-d52be99c8ccd

The Greatest Teacher, Failure Is
https://medium.com/ministrymatters/the-greatest-teacher-failure-is-74c76f3651f5

What Does ‘Trust God’ Really Mean?
https://medium.com/ministrymatters/what-does-trust-god-really-mean-4e6eb47d8cf4

Rolling Stone’s Top 100 List:  The Sound of Prayer
https://medium.com/ministrymatters/rolling-stones-top-100-list-the-sound-of-prayer-d3c5652c63d5

A New High
https://medium.com/ministrymatters/a-new-high-4d90bb2e2b32

A Sidewalk Birth
https://medium.com/ministrymatters/a-sidewalk-birth-e6fcc0f86af3

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Archives:

The conversation about faith and sex that The Bachelorette sparked
https://www.christiancentury.org/martha-tatarnic

Eating Niagara: Anglican priest offers new take on diet books
https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/living-story/9601677-eating-niagara-anglican-priest-offers-new-take-on-diet-books/

Anglican Theological Review (2005 & 2014)
In 2014, I published an article called “Whoever Comes to Me: Open Table, Missional Church and the Body of Christ,” in The Anglican Theological Review
http://www.anglicantheologicalreview.org/static/pdf/articles/tatarnic.pdf

In 2005, the same journal also published my article, “The Mass Media and Faith: The Potentialities and Problems for the Church in our Television Culture.”
http://www.anglicantheologicalreview.org/read/article/427/

The living diet: An interview with author Martha Tatarnic
http://pencilsandpopcans.com/the-living-diet-an-interview-with-author-martha-tatarnic/

Jesus, food and a way of life – Eating played a powerful role in the shared journey of Jesus and his followers.
https://niagaraanglican.news/2019/05/25/jesus-food-and-a-way-of-life-eating-played-a-powerful-role-in-the-shared-journey-of-jesus-and-his-followers

It’s Been A While… And a Book Review, Too.
https://preceptsandlifepreservers.com/its-been-a-while-and-a-book-review-too/?fbclid=IwAR0J0O6Yha9tiKqfiYL6p-HL5NlXGtXIg8FufMysBRup4qYoAJUo65vQPrI

A minister found freedom from viewing food negatively, and now helps others
https://faithnewsniagara.com/archives/jun/june-19/martha-tatarnic-living-diet.html