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:

  • Celebrity break-ups & the Body of Christ
    by Martha Tatarnic on January 11, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    Peter Weber and Kelley Flanagan (from The Bachelor) are one of many celebrity couples to break up in 2020.My daughter and I had been watching the Instagram feed of one celebrity couple over the holidays, hoping for an engagement. Instead, they broke up on New Year’s Eve. Cecilia and I were both […]

  • We’re all rooting for you
    by Martha Tatarnic on December 14, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    image via Shutterstock / Sorn340 Studio ImagesReflections on beginning in ministry I can now sleep the night before I preach — soundly, even, if I’m lucky. But there were many years when I was both sick to my stomach and sleep-deprived every time I had to deliver a sermon. I remember my […]

  • Why is change so hard?
    by Martha Tatarnic on October 22, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Image by Vlad Indrei from PixabayI recently signed on to a coaching relationship with Peter Elliott, retired Dean of the cathedral in Vancouver, a person I have respected very much as a colleague and appreciated even more as a friend over the years. I have been finding ministry in a big downtown […]

  • Nothing can make up for the loss — back to worship in a pandemic
    by Martha Tatarnic on September 14, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Nothing can make up for the loss — back to worship in a pandemic When we all went into lockdown in mid-March, I had a pretty naïve idea of what was before us. I hadn’t been reading the dire predictions of economists who had been sounding the alarms for years that a global pandemic was on […]

  • Reconsidering vocation
    by Martha Tatarnic on June 22, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    I have long considered myself to be a borderline extrovert. Although I am naturally quiet, I feel energized by my leadership in the church — crowded services, busy coffee hours, long conversations with a group Bible study. I can go into a Sunday morning service feeling tired and out of sorts […]

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

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The conversation about faith and sex that The Bachelorette sparked

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

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.”

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.

It’s Been A While… And a Book Review, Too.

A minister found freedom from viewing food negatively, and now helps others