Thanks so much for checking out my website! I just wanted to use this space to tell you a little bit about the guy behind the site.

I’m explaining the rite of foot washing for Camp Osiris attendees.


My name is Shannon (Shay) T.L. Kearns and I write as the anarchist reverend. I graduated in 2009 from Union Theological Seminary with my Master of Divinity. I am a Priest in the Apostolic Catholic Church in America. This site is a collection of original sermons and theological musings on the intersection of theology and being trans*. I also write about Christian anarchism, the church, and church planting. The views presented on this website belong to me alone and do not represent trans* people as a whole, all christian anarchists, or the church I work for. Everything on this site is copyrighted so please do not steal.

If you’re interested in seeing what other people have written about me you can check out this piece in The Advocate and this one in the StarTribune.


Take a look at the video I did for the “It Gets Better” campaign.


In this podcast I share the story of my journey from fundamentalist to anarchist while also talking about coming out.


In this post I highlight some of the reasons I identify as a Christian Anarchist.


I am the co-founder and co-director of Camp Osiris, a camp for young adults, adults, and allies to uncover the revolutionary queer power of the Bible and to equip them to be changemakers in their own communities. The camp is located in Minnesota and welcomes people from all over the country.


I am starting House of the Transfiguration, a new church Minneapolis.


I am available for speaking engagements or to do guest writing. I’m the winner of the 2008 Queertopia homoletics preaching competition and I’ve preached numerous times in various churches. I have also provided churches and other groups with Transgender 101 workshops and discussions, queer theology classes, session on the needs of queer youth and more. I have been published in Geez Magazine, Lavender Magazine, and on the Huffington Post and Believe Out Loud. If interested, send me an email at: anarchistreverend@gmail.com.


This site welcomes comments and discussion, just keep it civil, please. Comments that are deemed to be harmful to trans* and/or queer people will be deleted. Dissent is taken more seriously when one signs their name and provides a valid email address.


I currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you’re local (or swinging through town) and want to grab a beer or a coffee let me know!

2 Responses to About

  1. I am excited to discover your visionary website and trans Passion narrative! I just added you to my blog roll at the Jesus in Love Blog on LGBT Spirituality and the Arts. I wrote a novel (At the Cross) that is basically a queer Passion narrative. And I am currently working on text for a book of 24 gay Passion paintings by Douglas Blanchard. You may enjoy seeing his images with my reflections on the Passion at this link:


    So I look forward to learning more about your work and seeing your Passion unfold.


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