Our Kitchen Table

The Kitchen Table is the saint ben’s version of a church board, so called because our very earliest meetings were held around a big kitchen table in our first church home, the long-closed St Alban’s Anglican Church. This group currently gathers a half dozen times over the course of the year, to consider not only the usual church board matters such as budgets and staffing, but also to act as something of a discernment group and sounding board for the wider saint benedict’s table community.

We decided that this year we needed to raise the profile of the Kitchen Table, so that the wider community would have a better sense of who is serving in this capacity. We asked each member to respond to a series of questions, and we think the results do provide something of a picture of who these people are.

 

Chris

Chris Sones

How long have you been attending St Ben’s?

I’ve been attending St Ben’s for about 6 years

What do you like read and/or listen to?

I like to go back and forth between fiction and non-fiction books, the most recent ones being The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (fiction) and Deep Economy by Bill McKibben (non-fiction). I’m also a big classic rock fan…you can’t go wrong with Led Zeppelin!

What is the oldest thing that you own?

The oldest thing that I own is a 1923 Dominion of Canada $1 bill

If you could travel anywhere in the world, with no worries about cost, where would that be?

I would go to this really cool off the grid eco-lodge in Guatemala called Chelemhá

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

White cheddar cheese, the stronger the better!

What keeps you coming back to sbt?

Over the time that I’ve been coming to St Ben’s I’ve become part of a great community of friends, which is one of the main reasons that I keep coming back. Another reason that I keep coming to St Ben’s is that it has always been a community which is willing to meet people where they are. I love the open invitation to communion that is offered at St Ben’s, and I believe that it is so important for a church community to help people understand that there is nothing that can keep God from loving them and that the invitation to forgiveness and reconciliation always stands.


 

Don

Don Martens (Warden)

How long have you been attending sbt?  

7 years

What do you like to read and/or listen to?   

Joseph Boyden novels, little bit of everything (except Hip Hop/Rap)

What is the oldest thing you own?

My grandfathers gold pocket watch.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, with no worries about cost, where would that be?

Turkey, Israel, Italy are on my list.

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

Mystery jars of goop at the back that I suspect contain cabbage…..

What keeps you coming back to sbt?  

Worship and community (in that order).


 

Lorne

Lorne Penner

How long have you been attending sbt?  

Before the beginning!

What do you like to read and/or listen to?   

I listen to everything from metal to folk

I am currently reading a biography on Thelonious Monk, a history of how we cook and eat called “consider the fork” and a novel by a former pastor and friend of mine Dan Unrah called You are the Boy

What is the oldest thing you own?

My 1978 Kawasaki kz 1000 motorcycle

If you could travel anywhere in the world, with no worries about cost, where would that be?

I would like to go back to Florence Italy  –  It was there in 04 when I arrived I truly felt I’d come to Europe and found my home away from home

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

Beer or cheese

What keeps you coming back to sbt?  

The flags in the sanctuary of All Saints


Kellie

Kellie Thiessen

How long have you been attending sbt?

About 7 years, however, at times we have been “off-site” members when we lived in the US for three years.

What do you like to read and/or listen to?

I am a news junkie.  I listen to many programs on NPR (National Public Radio).  I am also a non-fiction junkie.  I thrive on documentaries and reading books about real people who have made an impact on the world or who have a life story that has a profound message.  Or equally, I love books that explain the human condition.  And finally books, magazines that offer ideas for creating a sustainable/responsible lifestyle (examples of my library:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Still Points North, The Teenage Brain, Mother Earth News)

What is the oldest thing you own?

My life-partner:  Mike

If you could travel anywhere in the world, with no worries about cost, where would that be?

Because of my past life, my heart is in Latin America.

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

Organic Spinach or Kale

What keeps you coming back to sbt?

It is a physical place that brings my soul into a spiritual place of worship and prayer.  It is a sacred/peaceful dwelling for me in the context of a chaotic world.


 

Tara

Tara McTavish

How long have you been attending sbt?

For about sixteen months. We were attending another church in the mornings but this fall decided that one church was enough.

What do you like to read and/or listen to?

I love to read. In fact a day without reading is like a day without sunshine. I love the classics, fantasy (once a year I have to read Lord of the Rings I know I’m such a nerd!) romance, autobiographies, I like to keep in touch with young adult reading, pretty much anything except horror. Give me a good story that I can lose myself in and I am happy girl. Music is a big part of our life here in the MacTavish family. I love all types of music but the one the type that makes my heart sing is Celtic and Country

What is the oldest thing you own?

My husband. Oops I thought I read what is the oldest thing hanging around your kitchen!  I have two pieces of art from Grandparents that date back to the late 1800’s that mean a lot to me. Of course my husband means more!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, with no worries about cost, where would that be?

Kenya, my mom spent part of her childhood there and I want to go one day and see where she grew up. Also my Dad and I would watch Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom every Sunday evening just before heading out to Sunday evening service so I have always wanted to go on a safari.

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

Cheese, everything always tastes better with cheese.

What keeps you coming back to sbt?

To be honest the first thing that drew me to SBT was the statement “Behold what you are; Become what you receive” That statement touched a chord in my heart and every service when I hear it said it humbles me and brings me into a sense of worship and prayer.


 

Meaghan

Meaghan Pauls

How long have you been attending sbt? 

6 years.

What do you like to read and/or listen to? 

I love non-fiction, rarely read fiction and usually have a few books on the go. I also have a bad habit of not finishing books. Reading for my Masters in Landscape Architecture takes up a lot of my time. The most influential book for my thesis lately has been Lucy Lippard’s “The Lure of the Local: Sense of Place in a Multicentered Society”. For my book club we are reading “The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America” by Thomas King. And sometimes I do like to cozy up with a good cookbook, lately I have been reading through Sean Brock’s “Heritage”.

What is the oldest thing you own?

Probably my grandma’s watch. My grandpa gave it to her and engraved the back of it with ‘Erica Love Jack Xmas 1954′, the Christmas before they got married.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, with no worries about cost, where would that be?

Right now, Mexico City is at the top of my list.

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

Eggs. And usually cheese!

What keeps you coming back to sbt?

Sunday evenings at St Ben’s have always been a great way for me to intentionally and continually orient myself towards God. The stillness, the humble approach and the embrace of an ancient-future all contribute to this. The community and church clearly participate in a spirit of sending us into the world to live the life God has called us to individually and collectively. I love coming to St Ben’s to be sent out into the world to embrace the mystery of God and the world and to become what I have received.


 

Sean

Sean Carney

How long have you been attending sbt?

I started attending sbt on the first Sunday of Advent in 2007.

What do you like to read and/or listen to?

I enjoy listening to post-rock music (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, As the Poets Confirm) and reading cyberpunk novels (Neal Stephenson, William Gibson).

What is the oldest thing you own?

Ignoring my house, the oldest thing I own is a cast iron frying pan which I received from my Grandmother.  I use it regularly for cooking since it’s one of those few things that manages to get better with age.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, with no worries about cost,
where would that be?

This is more of a journey than a destination, but I have always wanted to travel the Trans-Siberian Railroad.

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

Beer.

What keeps you coming back to sbt?

The people, the space left open for stillness and silence, and the deep appreciation for art in all forms.


 

Charles

Charles Garinger

How long have you been attending sbt?

9 1/2 years

What do you like to read and/or listen to?

Anything of quality, with a few guilty pleasures

What is the oldest thing you own?

My fathers Gibson Acoustic guitar

If you could travel anywhere in the world, with no worries about cost, where would that be?

New Zealand

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

Hot sauce

What keeps you coming back to sbt?

Music and mystery


 

Jodi

Jodi Penner

How long have you been attending sbt?

I started attending services at St. Ben’s in fall of 2004.

What do you like to read and/or listen to?

I enjoy reading Biographies, True Crime novels.  Guilty pleasures – murder mysteries and paranormal/urban fantasy novels. ie A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, The Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts

My music taste is fairly broad.  Bands I can think of are: Pink Floyd, Cold Play, Enya, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Avril Lavigne,Taylor Swift, Pink, Chantal Kreviazuk, Classical, Jazz.  Oh and of course every one of Steve Bell’s cds!

What is the oldest thing you own?

The oldest thing that I own…I really have no idea…I have my Nanna’s Bible and I have a collection of vintage ceramic birds and two vintage head vases but don’t know their actual age.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, with no worries about cost, where would that be?

Italy.

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

Diet Pepsi, preferably Caffeine Free

What keeps you coming back to sbt?

sbt is a unique blend of wonderful worship, inspirational sermons and a feeling of acceptance, family and home for me.  I guess I would ultimately say it is the people that keep me returning, bonds and friendships formed over a common belief and sharing of praising God and trying to understand the mystery together.


 

Rachel

Rachel Twigg-Boyce (Warden)

What do you like to read and/or listen to?

Read? Anything.   Listen to:  Just about anything but my favourite is women with guitars singing about injustice. (aka foik)

What is the oldest thing you own?

It’s definitely a book, but I’m not sure which one.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, with no worries about cost, where would that be?

Does my upcoming trip to Spain count?  If not, then Egypt.

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

Weird random sauces that I needed for one recipe and then never use again.

What keeps you coming back to sbt?

Is it cheating to say everything?  The liturgy, the music, the people, the table.


 

Kalyn

Kalyn Falk

How long have you been attending St Ben’s?

12 years

What do you like read and/or listen to?

Right now David and I are reading Yes, Please by Amy Poehler.  I’m listening to podcasts from House for All Saints and Sinners and a wide range of music. When I put on shuffle, I get Dan Mangan, Of Monsters and Men, Ro Walker, Metric, Sia, Moby and a persistent Christmas album that I keep trying to delete.

What is the oldest thing that you own?

We lost most of our stuff in a fire 5 years ago.  I saved our wedding photo album, which is 23 years old.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, with no worries about cost, where would that be?

I’d love to travel around South America. Start in Paraguay, where my mom was born, and then travel south.

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

There is always some sea salt 70% chocolate and Strongbow Cider.

What keeps you coming back to sbt?

The open table, that moment where we’re called home again and again.

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