Writing

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:

  • The “Advent blues”: An unplanned pause from parish ministry
    by Martha Tatarnic on December 2, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    I am currently on leave from my position as rector at my church. It’s a caregiver leave, freeing me up to attend to the needs of a family member who has been struggling with significant illness. I credit my wise friend Louise with helping prepare my soul for taking this time away. About ten days […]

  • Just a small town girl
    by Martha Tatarnic on September 28, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    A few years ago, I topped off my three-month sabbatical with a trip to Elliot Lake, Ontario, to visit my Aunt Linda and Uncle Murray. We enjoyed an evening feast with dear friends of theirs — Mark and Julie, their daughter Caily and grandson Will — spending the night eating delicious […]

  • I wasn’t listening to the word “genocide” until now
    by Martha Tatarnic on June 30, 2021 at 2:41 am

    We can’t say that the one thousand (and counting) unmarked children’s graves at former residential school grounds in Canada were a “discovery”—Indigenous people have been saying for generations that thousands of their children were forcibly taken and did not come home. It is also not new […]

  • The empty spaces and distance of a Royal funeral in pandemic-tide
    by Martha Tatarnic on April 20, 2021 at 4:45 am

    And the not now and not-yet of resurrection Image via Shutterstock / malgosia janickaReminder: The Ministry Matters blog is a space for Anglicans in Canada (and Canadian Anglicans abroad) to share stories and reflections about our relationship with God, Jesus and the Church. Views and opinions […]

  • What the Church (and the world) must learn from Meghan & Harry’s Oprah interview
    by Martha Tatarnic on March 19, 2021 at 12:08 am

    image via NBC.comEdited (March 20) to add: As with all posts to the MinistryMatters online publication, the analysis and opinions expressed by any contributor do not necessarily reflect or speak for the entire Anglican Church of Canada. Of all of the claims that Harry and Meghan made in their […]

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