Shannon T.L. Kearns
Shannon T.L. Kearns
January, 2013
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Finding Community
January 30, 2013
personal

For much of my life I’ve felt like the odd man out. I’ve always been out of step. I was never one of the cool kids. I never had the same interests or hobbies. I’m introverted. I like to read and spend quiet weekends alone. I wasn’t the happy, bubbly high schooler. I wanted to talk about bigger issues, not the latest whatever. I’ve found it difficult to make and keep friends. I tend to be rather intense in relationships…

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Ordination Videos
January 29, 2013
personal

Just wanted to share a couple more ordination related things before I move on to some other topics! In case you missed, an essay about my path to ordination was on the Huffington Post last Friday. I finally got the videos of the ordination uploaded. They are embedded below. If you are still wanting to know more about the North American Old Catholic church, I really recommend you watch video three. Bishop Ben Evans offers a bit of really helpful…

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Weekly Bookshelf
January 28, 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. This week I read the newest book by Seth Godin: The Icarus Deception: How High Will You…

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A New Reality
January 25, 2013
personal

It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks. Amazing and exhausting all at the same time. As an introvert, big events (like my ordination) take a while to process. I’ve spent the past week being mostly quiet, trying to process everything that has happened (and slowly, slowly trying to put my apartment back into some kind of liveable shape!).   When I sent out the press release about my ordination I thought that there might be a bit of interest;…

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Countdown
January 17, 2013
timespecific

We are getting ever so close to ordination time! Tomorrow I’ll have a post up detailing how folks can participate, even from far away, so be looking for that!   I am feeling mostly calm today. I am still waiting for a couple of things to arrive in the mail, but it won’t be a disaster if they don’t show up. Everything else is mostly in place. I still need to write a bunch of thank you cards for the…

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Jodie Foster and Coming Out
January 14, 2013
activism

Last night I was hanging out on Twitter (as one does) and my feed started going fast and furious about Jodie Foster. I don’t have an antenna and so I had no idea what they were talking about. Some were saying she had come out, some were saying that her speech was garbled and confusing, and on and on. I was able to watch the speech on YouTube and I, personally, found it incredibly moving and sincere.   The criticisms…

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Ordination Land
January 12, 2013
personal

My ordination is a week from today, and to be honest, it’s just about all I can think about right now.   Planning an ordination is more complicated than one would think. Lots of details keep coming up that I wasn’t expecting. I’m thankful that the church I am working for it allowing me to rent the chapel to have the service (and that a friend was kind enough to pay that rental fee for me). I ordered a tea…

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Lost In Translation
January 9, 2013
personal

It’s been one of those weeks: you know the ones where all of your self doubt gets riled up and you’re not sure that you can ever do anything good in the world. You all know that I am currently planning my ordination. And I’m learning a lot about myself in this process. I wanted to share some of the things that are coming up for me.   The other night I attended my friend Alison’s ordination. It was a…

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Weekly Bookshelf
January 7, 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.   This week I read Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 2: On Your Own. I…

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Press Release
January 7, 2013
personal

Below is the full text of the press release. You can download the pdf here: press releaseĀ Please distribute widely.       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE contact: Shannon Kearns Tel: 610.462.1805 email: shannontlkearns@gmail.com Ordination of Transgender Priest Progressive Catholic Group to Ordain Transgender Man to the Priesthood The North American Old Catholic Church, one of the largest Old Catholic bodies in the United States, will ordain Shannon T.L. Kearns to the priesthood on January 19, 2013. Kearns, who is a transgender…

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