Shannon T.L. Kearns
Shannon T.L. Kearns
October, 2011
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Nonviolence Does Not Preclude the Destruction of Property
October 25, 2011
activism

This is the next in a series talking about what nonviolence is not. I laid out the ideas that nonviolence is not passive, nonviolence isn’t about making people feel good, nonviolence isn’t about making sure that no one gets offended, and today we discuss nonviolence and the destruction of property. I think this will be the trickiest portion of this series as their are strong feelings this idea of property destruction. One of the major arguments toward nonviolence is that…

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Nonviolence Isn't Being Unoffensive
October 24, 2011
activism

This is the next in a series talking about what nonviolence is not. I laid out the ideas that nonviolence is not passive, nonviolence isn’t about making people feel good, and today we talk about the offensiveness of nonviolence. People often talk about being offended in a negative light. I was offended that someone said something mean, I was offended by that person being rude, etc. Sometimes this use of the word is legitimate. When I hear people using anti-gay…

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Caught In the Margins
October 15, 2011
activism

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about where I fit. As a person of faith, as an activist, as a queer person, etc. More and more I realize that I am continually caught in the margins and falling through the cracks. It’s really frustrating and often leaves me feeling mighty lonely. As a person of faith I often feel like I don’t fit in in activist and radical queer circles. A lot of these groups have valid critiques and complaints…

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Money is a Spiritual Issue
October 14, 2011
activism

I’ve been trying to follow the Occupy Wall Street stuff as best I can from my space in the midwest. I’ve popped into the local Occupation and hope to get there more often, but it is clear that there is more energy happening in New York. I am especially interested in the response of the faith community. Judson Memorial Church is leading a lot of the effort. I interned at Judson while I was in seminary and so I love…

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Vulnerability
October 5, 2011
activism

TRIGGER WARNING: in this post I plan to talk about things that will include sexual assault, rape language. Please be forewarned! In this post I am planning to share some of my deepest and most personal fears. I ask that you be cautious when leaving comments on this post particularly if you are a straight, cisgender man. (That doesn’t mean don’t comment, but please think through your comments before posting them.) As someone who holds to radical politics and radical…

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