Why Gather?

The Hope and Promise of the Church

Martha Tatarnic

Jun/2022, 256 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640655515



As the COVID pandemic began to shut down the world, even within the church we found our busy hamster-wheel lives grind to a halt.

In the midst of a global crisis, the author found herself in a crisis of vocation, wondering whether or not there might be something else she could do with her life, other than serve the church. The church as a whole began asking questions of a similar and urgent nature. Why be together in Jesus’ name? Does any of what we do as the church in gathering, in proclaiming, in serving, in being together, in not being together, does any of it matter?

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The Rev. Canon Martha Tatarnic is a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada and rector at St. George’s Anglican Church in St. Catharines, Ontario—a large urban church that reaches thousands through their online presence. She writes a blog for the Canadian Anglican Church, Ministry Matters and is a contributor to Bearings OnlineThe Porch magazine, The Anglican Journal, and Christian Century. She is the author of The Living Diet: A Christian Journey to Joyful Eating. She lives in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

Why Gather? is not academic, but pastoral, offering Christian consolation and hope to laity and pastors challenged by life's circumstances or by church conflicts and other systemic sins.”
Anglican Theological Review

“In this powerful and insightful description of the church, Martha Tatarnic is both honest critic and appreciative jeweler. . . . For those who love the church, and for those who don’t but wish they did, this is the book to read.”
—Thomas G. Long, Professor Emeritus, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and author of The Witness of Preaching

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  • church
  • pandemic
  • ultrarealism

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