What might the Biblical story of Jacob's relationship with Esau look like if we examined it through the lens of generational trauma dating all the way back to Isaac on the altar?
Or how might the story of Joseph resonate if we thought about it in context to Jacob's relationship with his mom?
These are but a few of the stories Shannon T.L. Kearns examines in his book: "In the Margins: A Transgender Man's Journey with Scripture." In this book Shannon takes the reader through his life story to this point and compares key moments with classic bible stories you may be familiar with. Listeners, this episode was a treat for me. Having double majored in both Theology and Theatre I was thrilled to read these classic stories with a fresh perspective and I know you'll be eager to hear Shannon's perspectives!
About Shannon T.L. Kearns
A former fundamentalist who became the first openly transgender man ordained to the Old Catholic priesthood, Shannon TL Kearns believes in the transformative power of story. As an ordained priest, a playwright, a theologian, and a writer all of his work revolves around making meaning through story. He is the co-founder of QueerTheology.com. His first book In the Margins: A Transgender Man’s Journey With Scripture just released from Eerdmaan’s books. He started and led Uprising Theatre Company for 6 years.
Shannon is a Humanitas New Voices Fellow for 2022 and was a recipient of the Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowship in 20/21 and he was a Lambda Literary Fellow for 2019 (in playwriting) and 2022 (in screenwriting) and a Finnovation Fellow for 2019/2020. He is a sought after speaker on transgender issues and religion as well as a skilled facilitator of a variety of workshops.
His work with Brian G. Murphy at QueerTheology.com has reached more than a million people all over the world through videos, articles, and online courses and community.
Father Shannon Kearns is familiar with liminal spaces. He’s lived in them his whole life. And while his experience as a transgender man has often made it difficult for him to fit in—especially in the context of Christianity—it has also shaped his perspective in important ways on complicated, gender-transgressing aspects of theology and Scripture.
In the Margins weaves stories from Shannon’s life into reflections on well-known biblical narratives—such as Jacob wrestling with the divine, Rahab and the Israelite spies, Ezekiel and the dry bones, and the transfiguration of Jesus. In each chapter, Shannon shows how stories have helped him make sense of his own identity, and how those same stories can unlock the transformative power of faith for those willing to listen with an open mind and stand alongside him in the in-between.
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