Shannon T.L. Kearns
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September, 2011
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Nonviolence Isn't About Feeling Good
September 28, 2011
activism

This is the next in a series of posts about what nonviolence is not. Yesterday I wrote about how nonviolence is not passive. Today I want to talk about how nonviolence is not about making everyone feel good about themselves. I spend a lot of time in religious circles on all sides of the political spectrum. One of the things I see and hear quite often is this idea that we have to make sure everyone is safe or has…

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Nonviolence Is Not Passive
September 27, 2011
activism

This is the first of a series teasing out some of the statements I made in a post called What Nonviolence Is Not. Nonviolence doesn’t mean sitting back and doing nothing. It’s unfortunate that we have no real name for active nonviolent resistance. Instead we have only a negation. Mark Kurlansky in his book Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea (Modern Library Chronicles) spends a lot of time teasing out what it means to have this concept spoken into…

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What Nonviolence Is Not
September 26, 2011
activism

There seems to be some misconceptions about what, exactly, nonviolence is and the purpose it serves. This is an age-old problem as I’ve seen the same misconceptions appearing in literature throughout the history of non-violent struggle. I’ve been hearing the same kinds of things come up a lot lately from people on both sides: Those who claim to be nonviolent and those who claim that nonviolence is useless. From my understanding of nonviolence, the following are some things that, to…

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Going Back Home
September 23, 2011
activism

Sometimes I am amazed at how different people and things can seem when you revisit them. I had the opportunity to visit some people from a church that I used to work for while I was visiting my family. When I began working at this church I thought it was incredibly liberal/progressive. It was so different from the churches of my youth. They encouraged intellectual wondering, they supported women pastors, there were some in the church that supported gay and…

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Holding Stories Close
September 22, 2011
personal

When I write on this blog I tend to be a bit private about what’s going on with me personally. I definitely write personal stories relating to my transition but often only after I’ve had time to process them and get some clarity on the situations. And there are still stories that I haven’t told. I was moved by this post by Jen Lemen this morning; thinking about secrets and the stories that we hold close to the chest. Lately…

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Traveling While Trans*
September 9, 2011
activism

It’s something cisgender folks often take for granted, I think, the ease with which they can travel. When you pack for vacation you grab whatever clothing seems the most comfortable or appropriate for what you’re planning on doing. You grab your documents and you’re good to go. It’s a much different experience for me when I travel. Tomorrow I am heading out on a trip to visit my family. My family loves me, but they don’t support my transition. This…

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