Shannon T.L. Kearns
Shannon T.L. Kearns
2013
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A Christmas Blessing
December 25, 2013
timespecific

Christmas can be a really tough time for queer and/or transgender people. For many of us, we have complicated relationships with our families. Many of us spend this holiday season either alone and separated from our families of origin, or we spend time with them, but get misgendered or have to hide a large portion of our lives. It can be painful to feel on the receiving end of scorn from the people who are supposed to love you. In…

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The Rebel Jesus
December 23, 2013
theology

For the past couple of Mondays, I’ve been reflecting upon Advent themes using songs that I love. Today I’m going to finish that series up with a reflection on Jackson Browne’s ‘The Rebel Jesus’. The video is here, lyrics are below: All the streets are filled with laughter and light And the music of the season And the merchants’ windows are all bright With the faces of the children And the families hurrying to their homes As the sky darkens…

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Why Clergy Matters
December 20, 2013
churchplantingjournal

When we were tabling at Pride this summer I ran into someone from another independent Catholic community. I was explaining about the Old Catholic church and how we differed from Roman Catholicism. I explained that ordination in our tradition was open to everyone. “Well, we don’t have a priest” she told me proudly and she walked away. There was a bit of judgment in her voice, a subtext of, “oh how sad for you that you are still clinging to…

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What You Were Born To Do
December 18, 2013
churchplantingjournal

I like to be liked. I don’t like conflict. I’m a peacekeeper at heart. When someone critiques me I want to explain, to justify, to make them understand what I was saying. In a fast paced online world, especially, this can be a particular challenge. People can’t read tone in a post, or 140 characters on twitter isn’t enough for me to add every single caveat that was needed. So then comes the harsh tweet in response, or an email…

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Families Are Messy
December 16, 2013
theology

For the next couple of Mondays, I want to reflect upon Advent themes using songs that I love. Today I’m writing about Joseph, Who Understood by the New Pornographers. The video is here and the lyrics are below: Rumors are flying All over Galilee these days And Mary, I’m trying To be cool When my friends walk by them They cannot look at me In the eye Baby, I’m trying You’re asking me to believe in too many things You’re…

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The Work Done, The Work Yet To Do
December 13, 2013
personal

This year was pretty incredible. When it began I knew that there would be some big things that were going to happen, but I had no idea how many big things were going to happen. I have done some of the best and hardest work of my life this year and discovered a lot about myself. I’m also excited about what next year is going to bring because a lot of this stuff is just getting started! The year started…

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Weekly Bookshelf
December 12, 2013
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. Notes From the Underground: The Spiritual Journal of A Secular Priest by Donald B. Cozzens: A collection…

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The What And The Why
December 11, 2013
churchplantingjournal

The other day I posted a link by Carey Nieuwhof talking about mission. A couple of people responded back with critique that mission isn’t nearly as important as vision. I totally agree with that idea, but to me the two are so intertwined as to be mostly inseparable. In this post I want to highlight a bit the differences between vision and mission and how they work together. To do that I’m going to use House of the Transfiguration as…

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A Subversive Christmas
December 9, 2013
theology

For the next couple of Mondays, I want to reflect upon Advent themes using songs that I love. Today is a reflection on “Song of the Magi” by Anais Mitchell. Video is here, lyrics are below: when we came we came through the cold we came bearing gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh and there were trumpets playing there were angels looking down on a west bank town and he so loved the world! wore we then our warmest…

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Broken Trust
December 6, 2013
personal

Yesterday the Archdiocese was forced to release a list of priests who had been accused of abusing children. (This post has the full story and is incredibly comprehensive.) The Archdiocese, on their website, said they had gotten approval from a judge to go ahead with the release when in reality they fought for thirty years to keep the list a secret. Seven of the names on the list had never been revealed before. Like in many other areas priests were…

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