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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:

  • 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 […]

  • Evangelism now & post-COVID
    by Martha Tatarnic on May 28, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Image via Shutterstock / Piti TangchawalitEvangelism now and post-COVID We have not been left orphaned On May 21, clergy and licensed lay workers of the Diocese of Niagara joined together in a day of learning and conversation with Professor Judy Paulsen on the topic of “Living out our Apostolic […]

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

    Image via Shutterstock / Kyna StudioMaundy Thursday in a pandemic Dismantling the lie that we can ever live merely for ourselves A 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 Day […]

  • 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-19 Livestream 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 gathering electronically […]

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