Shannon T.L. Kearns
Shannon T.L. Kearns
January, 2012
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Adventures Of An Accidental Church Planter (Or What Happens When God Moves Faster Than You Do)
January 31, 2012
church

The title of this post isn’t entirely true. I’m not quite an accidental church planter. I’ve been talking and dreaming about planting a church for the last 7 years at least. But I didn’t expect it to happen when it did. I was still trying to prepare. I thought I wasn’t ready. I thought I didn’t have enough support, or money, or time, or connections. And God said, “HA!” (God likes to say HA!) A couple of months ago I…

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Who Is God Calling?
January 30, 2012
church

I’ve written about owning your own calling and who you are called to and today I want to tackle another piece of calling: A couple of years ago I had a conversation with a representative from the national office of a denomination. He was tasked with going to seminaries to talk with students who were in that denomination and feeling called to ministry. I knew him through some connections and so we sat down to talk. The conversation we had…

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Ode to Twitter
January 28, 2012
personal

I’ve said to people that Twitter has changed my life and they generally look at me sideways. Or laugh. How could such a trivial medium have changed anyone’s life? Well, let me tell you: It has introduced me to some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. Some of whom I have exchanged emails, phone calls, and Skype conversations with. Some I have even met in person. People have supported me through tough situations and crappy encounters. I’ve had…

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Reflections on Dorothy Day
January 26, 2012
activism

I am preparing a lesson for Sunday for my senior highers on Dorothy Day. She is a huge inspiration to me. And also a challenge. She challenges me to look at my own life; What am I not willing to give up? Where do my words not match my actions? Am I being as humble and grace filled as she was? I am inspired by the ways in which she continually worked with and lived on the margins and still…

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Who Am I Called To?
January 24, 2012
church

When I want to understand something, books are my go to, so lately I’ve been trying to read a lot of church planting books. As we continue to work on House of the Transfiguration I am trying to wrap my head around the logistics of what God has called me to. The reality is I know that I am called but doesn’t mean I automatically know what I’m doing. So I’m reading. And the reading can be frustrating. Yesterday I…

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Own Your Calling
January 23, 2012
activism

Growing up I internalized all sorts of messages about pride. It was very bad to be prideful. I had to keep watch on myself lest I become too prideful. I shouldn’t get a masters’ degree because it would make me prideful (that was actually something someone told me). So I tried to not become prideful. I tried to push any attention I got back to God. And when I left the evangelical church, I carried these messages about pride with…

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Community Minister
January 18, 2012
church

When I was in seminary I did my field education at an awesome church called Judson Memorial. They had a wonderful training program. The year that I did my internship they brought in ten folks and called them “Community Ministers”. We had weekly meetings as a group where we talked about all sorts of things. Our internships were able to be whatever we made them. We all brought different gifts and interests to the table and were allowed to pursue…

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Church Growth
January 17, 2012
church

I’ve been thinking a lot about church growth lately. Why it happens, why it doesn’t. What it means when it happens and when it doesn’t, etc. Who counts as a member and who doesn’t? I’m not one of those people that thinks huge churches are the most “blessed by God” or the most healthy (I’m sure we are all aware of a GIANT church led by a narcissistic, abusive person). I tend to prefer depth of community and depth of…

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Transition Journal: Masculinity
January 16, 2012
personal

from my transition journal March 29, 2008: the hard parts: obviously not being happy with my body is really hard. and not passing as well as i’d like to. and i feel like in order to pass i have to do things that i wouldn’t normally do and that’s frustrating. like i have to talk less to cashiers and keep my voice with no fluctuations. if i talk normally then i get read as female. i have to gesture less,…

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An Epiphany Moment
January 13, 2012
passion

From a journal entry on March 8, 2008: for our next assignment in our preaching class, my exegesis section has to do an artistic presentation (because we’re in a special exegesis for the arts section) and i was totally at a loss on what to do because i don’t really like the passage that we’re assigned (it’s the “doubting thomas” passage in John 20). but i’ve been thinking a lot about queer bodies (because basically i’m a science experiment right…

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