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.

 


Don Martens, on his 2nd year serving as a Warden:

Don

Don Martens (Warden)

How long have you been attending sbt?  

Since the fall of 2008

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

I gravitate towards historical documentaries and non-fiction novels.

What is the oldest thing you own?

A pocket watch my grandfather owned. The oldest thing I purchased in 1978 (and still use daily) is a Hitachi digital clock radio on my bedside table.

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

Everywhere! I would do a global tour!

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

Mystery containers of things that should probably be thrown out.

What keeps you coming back to sbt?  

I need to hear the call to communion again and again: “come…. whether you have much faith or little, whether you have tried to follow or are afraid you have failed, …come.


 

Lorne Penner

How long have you been attending sbt?  

I was part of the early house meetings so that was June 2003.

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

I’ve been rereading the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy, some of Woody Allan’s early books, and some early Canadian History by Pierre Burton

I’m currently listening to Richie Havens and Frank Sinatra, before that is was Tom Waits, Lead Belly, & Chuck Berry

What is the oldest thing you own?

I have my Father’s first wedding ring from 1942

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

I would very much like to go back to Edinburgh, as well as Florence.

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

A growler of beer and several blocks of Bothwell cheese.

What keeps you coming back to sbt?  

I find St. Benedict’s version of the liturgical calendar  keeps drawing me back . . .

 


 

Tara

Tara McTavish

How long have you been attending sbt?

For about two and a half years. 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 (Warden)

How long have you been attending sbt? 

7 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.

 


 

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.


Dave Newsom

How long have you been attending sbt?

Occasionally since about 2008, full-time since about 2011

What do you like read and/or listen to?

Theology, classic science fiction, traditional Celtic and maritime folk music, fiction by dead English Catholics and their ilk

What is the oldest thing that you own?

A baptismal gown from several generations back

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

A tour of European monastic and otherwise religious communities

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

A sourdough starter

What keeps you coming back to sbt?

A connection to some of the best parts of the worship, theology, and practice of the one holy catholic and apostolic church; a personal commitment to stability, loving this particular local embassy of the eschatological kingdom with all its oddities and weaknesses


Murray Krushel

How long have you been attending St Ben’s?

12 1/2 years

What do you like read and/or listen to?

Read a fair bit of historical based novels, both factual and fiction

What is the oldest thing that you own?

Photographs of myself at ages 2 and 3

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

Return trip to China

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

Apples

What keeps you coming back to SBT?

The liturgy

 

 

 


 

Sarah Hodges-Kolisnyck

How long have you been attending St Ben’s?

About 5 years. We attended a few 7pm services when our oldest son was still an infant. Once he started walking we quickly realized that 4pm was a great fit for our growing family!

What do you like read and/or listen to?

I believe that information is strength, so I read a lot of non-fiction. Typically the topics relate to my two ‘careers’: parenting young children; and my studies towards my planned dual degree in the history of art and rhetoric and communications.

I enjoy the power of words and generally prefer to listen to singer-songwriter music with strong lyrics.

What is the oldest thing that you own?

Probably some ceramic dishes that my Baba gave me before she died. It was made in the 20s in Canada, and I fell in love with the very unique, very simple pattern of a sprig of prairie grass and wheat on yellow background.

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

I would buy a cottage on the ocean in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. I would live there now if it wasn’t for my strong family roots in Winnipeg. The smell of the ocean, the community, the culture and the landscape will always bring me back there.

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

Milk. With 3 kids 6 and under we go through a 4-litre every day or two.

What keeps you coming back to sbt?

I love that sbt is rooted in theology and history, or perhaps what some might call an “ancient future”. The leaders and the community are thoughtful and patient, engaging my mind and my soul.

 


Danielle Morton

How long have you been attending St Ben’s?

Three-ish years.

What do you like read and/or listen to?

Listening- everything from Jessye Norman to the Dave Brubeck Quartet; Classic Jazz, Classic Soul, Classical.

What is the oldest thing that you own?

A rock I brought home from Ballivor, Ireland- it’s a piece of the crumbling fence that once circled my great-grandfather’s farm.

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

Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brasil

What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

I grew up on a dairy farm so I always have dairy products around: yogurt especially.

What keeps you coming back to sbt?

The invitation to the Open Table that is adapted from a prayer used in the Iona community:

This is the table, not merely of the church, but of Christ.

It is made ready for those who love him,

and for those who want to love him more.

So come, whether you have much faith or little;

have tried to follow, or are afraid you’ve failed.

Come, because it is His will that those who want to meet him

might meet him here.

 

 

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