Shannon T.L. Kearns
Shannon T.L. Kearns
November, 2011
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A Sermon for TDOR
November 18, 2011
activism

(a repost from 2009, this is a sermon preached in 2008, but it still resonates with me) this is a sermon preached on “transgender day of remembrance”.  as a part of the service there was the yearly ritual where the names of all of those killed in the last year are read. in our setting we had the branches of a tree set up in the center of the room. empty branches. as each person entered the space they were…

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Wounded Healers
November 10, 2011
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“Hurt people hurt people”. I’d heard this line before and thought it was kind of cheesy, but it was said again this weekend at the Transgender Religious Leaders Summit and this time it has been rattling around in my brain. (I would like to state up front that this post isn’t just about trans* people or queer people in general but all of us who are called to the holy work of ministry or service.) Many of us are being…

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Start What You Need
November 9, 2011
activism

At the Transgender Religious Leader Summit I briefly met a woman who started the Order of St. Hildegard (which apparently doesn’t have a website). It’s a religious order in the way of Benedictine for transgender women. She told the story of starting the order. She had felt a calling to the life of a devoted religious but there was no where for her to pursue that vocation. So she started it herself. I loved hearing her talk about it and…

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Trans* Community
November 8, 2011
activism

I spent this past weekend at the Transgender Religious Leaders Summit. It’s a gathering for trans* identified people of faith to gather and share experiences, knowledge, and build community. This is the fifth year the event has been held, but the first year I have been able to attend. It’s a pretty cool group of people. Mostly folks from the Abrahamic faiths, but also a couple of pagan folks and others. Each year I think they get a more diverse…

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Queer People Should Keep Silent
November 7, 2011
activism

Why do you have to talk about being trans* all of the time? We get it. It’s part of your identity. We’re fine with it. We just wish you didn’t feel like you always had to include it. There’s so much more to your identity than just that, so why do you make it such a big deal? These are questions that I and my colleagues (both trans* and cisgender queer folks) get asked all of the time. Especially in…

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