Shannon T.L. Kearns
Shannon T.L. Kearns
May, 2010
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crucifixion part two
May 31, 2010
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Transition is, by it’s nature, both intensely public and intensely private. In the Passion narrative there are parts that Jesus has to face alone. There were moments where his friends could not accompany him, moments when he was the only one experiencing the pain and suffering. Even though, in the end, all of the people involved would be transformed, they were all transformed in their own way. Before I began to transition friends who were further along in their transitions…

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crucifixion part one
May 28, 2010
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Matthew 27: 45-46: From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Most of us know the story of the crucifixion. Growing up in the evangelical church it was used as a weapon to make those listening to the story feel so horrified by what Jesus suffered, because of them,…

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the garden
May 26, 2010
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Matthew 26: 36-46: Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father,…

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peter's betrayal
May 21, 2010
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Matthew 26:30-35: When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters because of me this night: for it is written, “I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.” But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” Peter said to him, “Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.’ Jesus…

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the last supper
May 19, 2010
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Luke 22: 19-20: Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” Originally I hadn’t planned on writing about the Last Supper. It isn’t that this…

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jennifer knapp
May 18, 2010
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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shXiuqiOYNQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&] in a bit of a digression from my normal posting, i just wanted to share a song with you. it’s been all of the talk of the christian music world over the past couple of weeks that Jennifer Knapp came out as a lesbian. when i was growing up i loved jennifer knapp’s music. she was one of my favorite singers. her music touched my soul in ways i can’t even explain now. her songs are still some of…

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judas
May 8, 2010
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Matthew 26: 25: Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” He replied, “You have said so.” 47-50a: While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign saying, “the one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.” At once he came up to Jesus and said, “Greetings Rabbi!”…

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naming ritual
May 7, 2010
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in addition to the work i am doing around writing a trans theology, i am also trying to write some liturgical pieces surrounding different aspects of transition. the first piece i have been working on is a naming ritual. this piece is decidedly christian in a lot of the language. i realize that for some that might be a turn off, but i also think there really needs to be specifically christian rituals for transition (in addition to rituals from…

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spoken word
May 6, 2010
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spoken word 1 1 today i wanted to share with you a recording of a spoken word piece that i wrote about my transition. it’s a fairly short piece, but it’s one of the first things i wrote relating transition to the passion narrative of Jesus. a little different than the straight up theology, but i thought it might be fun to post. enjoy!

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coyote grace
May 1, 2010
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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1-OlJlfUJQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&] this is an incredible group called “coyote grace” they write and sing so eloquently about trans issues. thought you might enjoy this post on a saturday! check them out at: coyotegrace.com

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