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:
- It’s hard to talk about success in the churchby 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 truthsby 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 companionby 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 […]
- The crowning of a Kingby Martha Tatarnic on May 8, 2023 at 7:50 pm
Image via Shutterstock / rarrarorroDo we believe any of this?In the week leading up to the coronation, a parishioner asked me if we would be singing “God Save the King” in our Sunday service. I typed a quick text to our Music Director to put in this request, but I didn’t end up […]
- The vulnerability of the Wordby Martha Tatarnic on April 17, 2023 at 7:37 pm
Papyrus 66, also known as the Bodmer Papyri. © The Martin Bodmer Foundation, Cologny (Geneva)The editing of Mary Magdalene & the God who isn’t done with usWe expect that the Bible will continue to have new things to teach us. It might be surprising, however, for many of the faithful to […]
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
The Greatest Teacher, Failure Is
What Does ‘Trust God’ Really Mean?
Rolling Stone’s Top 100 List: The Sound of Prayer
A Sidewalk Birth
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