Shannon T.L. Kearns
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2014
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Year In Review
December 29, 2014
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I thought as I close out this year and move into a new space I would do a recap of the most viewed posts of the year and my favorites. I posted a lot this year and it was fun to re-revisit all of the essays. Here we go!! Top Posts of 2014 LGBT Christian Respectability Politics Have Got To Go: An essay about the dangers of respectability politics in the LGBT Christian community, especially the rise of the insistence…

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A Letter From Madeleine L’Engle
December 26, 2014
creativity

The other night I was reading “My Salinger Year” by Joanna Rakoff. It’s a memoir of her time working at the literary agency that represented JD Salinger. As part of her job she was given the task of replying to Salinger’s fan mail since he requested that nothing be sent on to him. The memoir is partly about her year working at the agency, partly about her response to Salinger’s mail, but mostly about what it is to be young…

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A Christmas Blessing for my Queer and Trans Family
December 25, 2014
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I know that Christmas can be hard for a lot of queer and trans folks. For many of us we are alienated from our families or isolated in places without a lot of support. So on Christmas day I like to offer a special blessing to my queer and trans family. On this day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, may we remember who we come from. May we remember that Jesus didn’t always get along with his family,…

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The First Time I Was A Brother
December 24, 2014
creativity

Yesterday I forgot that she was dead. I logged into Facebook and saw her mom’s name float down my screen and it all came flooding back. That she was dead; that she’s been dead for a while now. Four years, in fact. I miss her all over again. Grief is a sneaky bastard; it comes along and stabs you in the back when you least expect it and you are left reeling and trying to make sense of where these…

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Have Our Stories Lost Their Power?
December 23, 2014
theology

You can’t spend more than five minutes browsing around articles about the church (or listening in on church staff meetings) without hearing about the decline of the church. People end up in all sorts of a tizzy, “NO! The church isn’t in decline, it’s just shifting/changing/looking different.” Or “Yes, the church is in decline so we need to (enter one of a million ideas here).” From my perspective it’s clear the church is, indeed, in decline. It might also be…

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Magic Imaginations
December 22, 2014
creativity

It was the common refrain of every summer day, “Can I play with Chris?” I would anxiously await the go ahead and then cram my baseball cap on my head, tucking my hair up and in. Sneakers on my feet I run down the long, stone driveway, pausing slightly to look both ways to make sure no cars were coming. Then a quick dart across the street and up his long stone driveway. Up onto the porch and a quick…

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Weekly Bookshelf 76
December 19, 2014
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. Every week I like to share some of the stuff I’ve been reading (and my thoughts on…

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Time Is Relentless
December 18, 2014
creativity

The watch on my nightstand marks out a steady beat. Tick. Tick. Tick. This year, on my birthday, I had a bout of existential angst. I spent the day feeling unsatisfied, unsettled, unhappy. I felt like I wasn’t where I should be. I felt like everyone else was passing me by and that I was wasting my talents and my gifts. There are a lot of reasons for this: I’ve had a lot of unexpected barriers in my life. Coming…

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Finding My Own Process
December 17, 2014
creativity

I love to read books about the way that writers work. (In fact, I often read these books when I should also be a writer at work, but that’s another story.) I love to see photos of their workspaces, hear about the ways that they plan and carry out their days, see the materials they use to create their amazing works of art. When you read a series of these descriptions you start to see some similarities; lots and lots…

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Staring Down Fear
December 16, 2014
creativity

For a recent throwback Thursday, I posted the following image: It’s the program for a play that was produced my junior year of college. It was a play that I wrote. I was also in it, and co-directed it with someone I barely knew at the time but who then became one of my best friends. It’s still one of the things I am most proud of in my life. I had first gotten the idea for some of the…

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