Shannon T.L. Kearns
Shannon T.L. Kearns
July, 2011
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Call for A Queer Theology Synchroblog
July 25, 2011
activism

Recently Jules Kennedy offered an idea for a conference that’s led by and featuring queer people talking about their own experiences. She has updated what’s in the works for the gathering on her blog. Brian Gerald Murphy issued a call for a Queer Theology. Today I’d like to offer an idea as well, but first I want to offer some thoughts on why these ideas and proposals are important. Lately I’ve been feeling like I keep getting stuck in the…

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Conversations I Keep Getting Stuck In
July 20, 2011
activism

Lately I feel like I’ve been having the same conversations over and over again. Well-meaning folks keep asking the same questions, raising the same issues, and involving me in the same round and round conversations. So in an effort to help preserve my sanity and hopefully to start to move us to a place where new conversations can happen I’m doing two things. One, I set up a resource page. There are lots of categories and lots of information. If…

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8 Ways for Your Church to Be Welcoming to Trans* People
July 16, 2011
activism

These are some initial thoughts I have about making worshipping spaces welcoming for trans* and gender non-conforming people. This is just a beginning list; some of the first steps people can make. I’m sure I’m missing things and I hope that you’ll include your own answers in the comments. I also know that since I’m not genderqueer there are things that I’m not thinking of; please add to this list! I want this to be a resource for people who…

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Dreaming Church
July 14, 2011
personal

I’ve been dreaming for a long time about starting a church. Some people ask why anyone would bother to start a new church; there are so many churches out there, can’t you just get involved in one the already exists? Or, you only want to start a new church because you think it’ll be perfect and no church is perfect. Or, you know that costs a lot of money, we can’t afford to start another church. To all of these…

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Sermon on the Ethiopian Eunuch
July 11, 2011
theology

“A Strange Baptism” preached by the anarchist reverend july 10, 2011 Acts of the Apostles 8: 26-40 26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) 27So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come…

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Preaching
July 7, 2011
personal

I am preparing to preach on Sunday. This will be the first full sermon I’ve given in a while so I’m a bit nervous. That, coupled with also teaching a Bible study and still coming down off of/recharging from the Wild Goose Festival means that this post might be a bit shorter than usual. I had planned on writing a long post about ordination, but I just don’t have the energy to put into it right now. I think instead…

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Book Review: The Last Report on the Miracles At Little No Horse
July 6, 2011
book reviews

Today’s book review is of: The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse: A Novel (P.S.) by Louise Erdrich. This is a fantastically rich novel. Erdrich writes the story of a woman who, after a tragedy occurs, disguises herself as a male priest and goes to live among the Obijwe as a missionary. Erdrich weaves together the tales of the people on the reservation as well as the past and present of Agnes/Father Damien. The language of the…

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