Shannon T.L. Kearns
Shannon T.L. Kearns
March, 2013
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Why Market Your Church?
March 27, 2013
marketing

Sometimes when I talk about church websites, social media, or marketing in relation to the church people get their hackles up. Today I want to talk a bit about why I think how we do these things is important and to tackle some of the most popular complaints I hear from folks:   * Our website is fine the way it is. Sure it’s not flashy, but we should be spending time and money on more important things!   Your…

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Weekly Bookshelf
March 25, 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 History of the Mass by Robert Cabie. He outlines all of the various…

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Lead With Why
March 20, 2013
marketing

The other week I was watching some TED Talks. I’ve only recently gotten into listening to these, but I am learning a ton from them.   I watched a talk by Simon Sinek called “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” It’s geared toward businessy folks, but I found a lot of resonance to the work that I am doing with both Camp Osiris and House of the Transfiguration. He talks about how every group communicates the answers to three questions: what,…

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Dear Church
March 20, 2013
marketing

Dear Church, We need to have a talk. It’s about your website. I can see you rolling your eyes. “Not this conversation again. You youngish folks are always bringing up the website. We’ve done the best we can with it.” I know you hate this conversation, but here’s the thing: Your website matters. And, at this moment, your website is terrible.   I know you’ll say that you don’t have the money or the skills to redo your website. You’ll…

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Weekly Bookshelf
March 18, 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 was a week for young adult books!   First I read Requiem (Delirium) by Lauren Oliver…

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Being Embodied
March 14, 2013
queertheology

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of giving a talk at SafeHouse church for their “Being Sexual” series. My talk was entitled “Being Embodied”. I shared some of my journey as a trans* person and talked about the importance of being embodied people. The talk is now online! This talk is really the heart of the work that I do; translating the queer experience and queer readings of Scripture in ways that they are relevant to people…

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What's On My Mind
March 13, 2013
personal

Lately I’ve been feeling stuck. Unsure of what to write about. I’ve been feeling uninspired and bored. Part of it is the depression I always suffer from during this time of the year, part of it is the weather, but most of it, I think, is a sense that this space needs to shift somehow. It needs to expand to hold more of what I do and am. I have no idea what that will look like at this point…

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Weekly Bookshelf
March 11, 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.   First up this week was Faith Under Fire: An Army Chaplain’s Memoir by Roger Benimoff. It’s…

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Weekly Bookshelf
March 4, 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 started out with The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and…

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