Shannon T.L. Kearns
Shannon T.L. Kearns
December, 2012
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Christmas Courage
December 25, 2012
personal

Today is Christmas. It’s the day when christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, the one who came into the world to welcome the marginalized, overthrow the empire, and bring us all to wholeness.   This year I am spending Christmas with my family for the first time in several years. I love my family dearly but this trip is always fraught with tension and stress. My mom has refused to tell my siblings about my transition and so everyone uses…

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Weekly Bookshelf
December 24, 2012
book reviews

When I go into someone’s house or apartment for the first time, I find myself especially drawn to their bookshelves. I want to see the books that they read and the ones they have on display. I like to know which ones have mattered enough to keep, which ones are dogeared and worn, and which are on the stack to be read next.   This week I read G-Dog and the Homeboys: Father Greg Boyle and the Gangs of East…

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Rituals for Resistance: Cells
December 21, 2012
ritualresistance

This is part of a series: Rituals for Resistance. If we take seriously the idea that churches are to be base communities for resistance then our rituals as communities should strengthen us for the work of resisting the dominant narratives of the United States. I want to think through some of the things a lot of church communities already do and reframe them as tools for resistance. If you’ve missed any, you can catch up!   When I was in…

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Collars and Queers
December 19, 2012
queertheology

The other day, at the request of one of the Fathers in the Old Catholic church, I put the following on our Facebook page: “Please pray for our Seminarians, as they take the next step in their preparation for the Priesthood. Pray that the Lord will continue to send workers for the vineyard.” It seems like a simple request and lots of people “liked” the post and a couple commented. But then someone wrote “And pray that they don’t become…

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Weekly Bookshelf
December 17, 2012
book reviews

When I go into someone’s house or apartment for the first time, I find myself especially drawn to their bookshelves. I want to see the books that they read and the ones they have on display. I like to know which ones have mattered enough to keep, which ones are dogeared and worn, and which are on the stack to be read next.   I finally finished reading Patrick: Son of Ireland by Stephen R. Lawhead. This book has been…

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Rituals For Resistance: Eucharist (part three)
December 14, 2012
ritualresistance

This is part of a series: Rituals for Resistance. If we take seriously the idea that churches are to be base communities for resistance then our rituals as communities should strengthen us for the work of resisting the dominant narratives of the United States. I want to think through some of the things a lot of church communities already do and reframe them as tools for resistance. If you’ve missed any, you can catch up!   I think one of…

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A Glimpse Inside
December 12, 2012
personal

I was working on a post for today and I’m just not quite ready to share it yet. Instead I thought I would just share some miscellaneous thoughts and reflections (some frivolous and some more serious).   I’m getting ready for my ordination to the Priesthood. It happens in one month and one week. Things are coming together, but there are lot of details still to put into place. The process of planning is teaching me to be more and…

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Weekly Bookshelf
December 10, 2012
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When I go into someone’s house or apartment for the first time, I find myself especially drawn to their bookshelves. I want to see the books that they read and the ones they have on display. I like to know which ones have mattered enough to keep, which ones are dogeared and worn, and which are on the stack to be read next.   This week I was able to finish In the Shadow of Empire: Reclaiming the Bible as…

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Rituals for Resistance: Eucharist (part two)
December 7, 2012
ritualresistance

This is part of a series: Rituals for Resistance. If we take seriously the idea that churches are to be base communities for resistance then our rituals as communities should strengthen us for the work of resisting the dominant narratives of the United States. I want to think through some of the things a lot of church communities already do and reframe them as tools for resistance. If you’ve missed any, you can catch up!   I think one of…

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Radical Living: Sharing
December 5, 2012
activism

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been thinking out loud and asking questions about what it means to live a radical life. I’m becoming more and more convinced that this life is impossible to live in isolation. As I’ve tried to craft a life that fits with my values I am often unsure how to proceed. As I’ve worked on this new church start I’m often unsure of the strategy. As I think about how to live into a…

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