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:

  • Maundy Thursday in a Pandemic
    by Martha Tatarnic on April 9, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Image via Shutterstock / Kyna StudioMaundy Thursday in a pandemicDismantling the lie that we can ever live merely for ourselvesA picture in a March Hello magazine showed Duchesses Meghan and Kate shaking gloveless hands with people lined up to greet them outside of the big Commonwealth […]

  • Praising God as a Response to Covid-19
    by Martha Tatarnic on April 5, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Praising God as a response to COVID-19Livestream with musicians “Infinitely More”We started our new Wednesday night sermon series, “Mary, Mother of Jesus: Who is She?” in January, back when the world seemed normal. Over the past three weeks, our community has been […]

  • The Grace of Being Stuck
    by Martha Tatarnic on March 23, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Image via Shutterstock / hxdbzxyThe grace of being stuckMy friend Cheryl and I were planning a trip to the Holy Land during Lent. We were to fly out March 8 and spend nine days seeing as much of Jerusalem and the surrounding area as possible. Although the Coronavirus and its impact had […]

  • God or Science?
    by Martha Tatarnic on March 13, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Image via Shutterstock/sun okGod or science?I sat down with Owen and David, members of my parish, on a Tuesday night. I needed to hear from two scientists about their thoughts on a statement that my ten-year-old son had brought home from school. “My friends believe in science not […]

  • Thank you Curt!
    by Martha Tatarnic on January 7, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you Curt!

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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