Shannon T.L. Kearns
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July, 2012
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Ask the AR: What's the deal with Christian condemnation of Trans* People
July 30, 2012
asktheAR

Time for another installment of “Ask the Anarchist Reverend”! As always, feel free to email, tweet, or leave a comment to ask your own question. What is different about the reasons Christianity uses to condemn trans folks than GLB folks? Thank you for asking this question. It really annoys me when people talk about the “clobber passages” about LGBT people and then only talk about the ones that deal with being LGB. There are different issues at play here. First,…

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Progressive Vs. Liberal
July 27, 2012
progressivetrouble

In the past couple of years or so I have heard more and more people call themselves “progressive”. And in the last year it’s ramped up even more, especially in light of all of the conversations about which church/structure/denomination/etc. is currently said to be dying. Some folks say that we should use progressive instead of liberal. That Liberal is a more academic term and it speaks to book knowledge. Progressive is somehow more embodied as action not just knowledge. I…

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Sometimes Ministry Feels Like Failure
July 25, 2012
church

Sometimes ministry feels like failure. It feels like all of the things you didn’t get done. All of the ways you could or should have done better. It looks like the people who didn’t show up to your event instead of the ones who did. It looks like the email you didn’t answer fast enough instead of the 100 you answered right as they came in. It’s messy and sometimes ugly. Sometimes ministry is wearing an alb backwards or tripping…

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Guidelines for Questions
July 24, 2012
activism

I’ve been working on some guidelines to help allies think through questions that are okay to ask. Here’s what I’ve come up with and I would love folks’ thoughts (this is trans* specific language but I would hope that it could be more broadly applicable): I would put questions into two camps: 1: Questions about issues trans* people face. I think these questions are important and help people to be a better ally. I can talk about job discrimination, access…

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Ask the AR: Resources for Parents of Trans* Kids
July 23, 2012
asktheAR

Today’s Ask The Anarchist Reverend question is: What resources are out there for parents of transgender kids? And what tips would you give a parent to help them be sensitive to the needs of potentially trans* kids? We’ve got two questions here but they both deal with kids so I decided to tackle both. I want to state up front: I’m not a parent. I am answering this question with resources I have read, things I’ve heard from other parents…

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Speakeasy Book Review: Viral Jesus
July 22, 2012
book reviews

This is a review of the book “Viral Jesus” by Ross Rohde. I got this book as a part of the Speakeasy book review program. This book is about what it takes to have a “viral” Christianity, meaning a Christianity that spreads as fast and as easily as the germs of a common cold. Let me state this up front: I believe in church planting. I think much of the way the institutional church is run is bogus. I think…

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Book Review: Church Outside The Walls
July 21, 2012
book reviews

This is a review of “Church Outside The Walls” by Raj Samuel. I received a free copy of this book as part of the Speakeasy review program. In exchange for the book I was asked to provide a review and here it is: This is a short (117 pages) ebook about the nature of the church. The book can be summed up in one sentence: Every single institution is doing it wrong but me. Really. He spends 100 pages talking…

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Resurrection
July 20, 2012
passion

My alarm goes off and I groan. I have never been a morning person. My mom used to have to wake me up for afternoon kindergarten. But I drag myself out of bed, head to the shower. Then I sit on a pillow in front of my small altar. It has candles on it and a hand carved bowl that was given to me by a former parishioner when I got married to my ex-wife. In the bowl is a…

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My Ordination
July 18, 2012
church

It’s hard to put into words what my ordination into the diaconate of the North American Old Catholic Church means to me. There was a time when I wasn’t sure that I was going to make it through any ordination process because of the cost, my trans* status, and my theology. And then along came the Old Catholics. We met on Twitter and it felt right from the start. And now here I am. And I don’t really have the…

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Ask the AR: What is Christian Anarchy?
July 16, 2012
anarchy

Another installment of Ask the Anarchist Reverend: First up a fun question: What is your favorite flavored waffle or pancake syrup? I prefer the straight up maple syrup, although I think the cheap stuff I got at the grocery store is “buttered flavor” (which should probably scare me more than it does) and it is delicious. Next up: What the hell is Christian Anarchism? I’ve written a bit about this over the years on the blog. I wrote about why…

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