Holy Shenanigans

Tara Lamont Eastman

Holy Shenanigans shares stories that surprise, encourage, and sometimes even turn life upside down – all in the name of love. Your muse is Tara Lamont Eastman, a creative, feminist and pastor. Join her on a journey of unforgettable spiritual adventure that is always sacred but never stuffy. read less

Hope & Mustard Seeds
Sep 27 2022
Hope & Mustard Seeds
Today we wish Holy Shenanigans a happy 2nd birthday... and talk about the intersection between faith, traumatic experiences, and trauma recovery with Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez.About today's guest:Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez is in the first call process toward ordination in Word and Sacrament ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Her first book, A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance: A Love Story of Grief, Trauma, Healing, and Faith, is published by Chalice Press.  Ohman-Rodriguez is a frequent workshop presenter in trauma-informed spiritual care and also curates the Trauma Recovery Page at Compassionate Christianity.  She holds master’s degrees in early child development and divinity. This weeks' poem: It's only just the dawnOctober’s chill is falling, fog is rolling, and crickets sigh. A train is on track with mourning’s blight and wheel clack in the mid-of-night.There’s always something moving, even a drowsy lark.                                                    There’s always changes coming, even in the deepest dark.True mercy can’t be kept apart from the shadows of life and love. Mercy stretches her arms to embrace the whole sad world and breach the great divide. There’s always someone walking, in the sweaty heat of life.                                              There’s always someone moving, shifting between dark and bright. Wandering souls aren’t lost, when they remember their cause. They hold tight to hope in the darkest night or the cold of an early frost. There’s always someone trying to tell you what you’ve done.                                            There’s always someone saying, you’ve lost and it can’t be won. There’s a train that travels in mercy and it fills the world with grace. On this train all are welcome – it’s no matter of beauty, wealth or place.There is One who says you’re accepted. There is One who extends all the grace.  This is One who banishes the darkness and ushers in the morning light to shine on every face.Don’t heed those words of worry. Don’t let them hold you down. Wait for morning’s dawning that streams beams of light all around.Look to the east and keep on walking – you’re walking in the sun. There’s always something moving, even a drowsy lark.                                                  There’s always mercy coming, even in the deepest dark.The journey’s not yet over – it’s only, just the dawn.Copyright Tara Eastman 2016Support the showWhen in Western New York, please join Pastor Tara in worship at First Presbyterian Church of Jamestown NY on Sundays at 10:30 am.
Mercy is the Message with EDJ
Sep 20 2022
Mercy is the Message with EDJ
Tara and author, pianist & activist EDJ consider the power of mercy in a conversation about deconstruction from fundamentalist conservative evangelical religion, embracing feminism, breaking free from purity culture  and learning how  forgiveness can flip tables of harm and bring unexpected healing in a Evangelical Deconstruction Journey. EDJ's Facebook accountEDJ's Instagram accountEDJ"s TikTokEDJ / Eady Jay loves to write about spirituality, sexuality, family, health and music. She has a degree in Christian Theology, 30ish years of senseless celibacy under her belt (wink), personal experience in weight-loss of 65 pounds, and years of professional experience building a business as a piano teacher. She is also a loving daughter, sister, aunt, wife and parent who cared for her terminally ill mother and is raising a child born with a cleft lip and palate. Over the years she has deconstructed the concept of hell leading her down the path of universalism. Then she deconstructed purity culture and many of the “isms” and became a queer-affirming, feminist. She is still on an Evangelical Deconstruction Journey (EDJ), reforming ethics rooted and established in the God who is love, grace and truth personified. EDJ is this writer’s initials and an acronym for Evangelical Deconstruction Journey. Eady Jay is a pseudonym derived from the initials EDJ.Poem of the Week: What if?Sometimes my mind spends most of the time replaying, creating and taunting with ideas that worry, ideas that cause scurry, ideas that wander and whine.Instead of thinking on what isn't sinking. Instead of pondering what is fine.Instead of focusing on what is present, what is pleasant and what is kind.Sometimes my mind likes to wander to places that are dark and cold.Taking me to places with unfriendly faces. The places where defense is gold.Instead of thinking, on what is today. Instead of cherishing what I hold.Instead of drawing attention to beauty, to what is sweet and bold.Sometimes I think I need to stop, and think of things that matter, that last beyond the temporal soil. Sometimes, I know I need to want, what I have,Not what I think, should be my goal.Instead of focusing on wants and what ifs.Instead of reaching to remotes.What if I looked at what I have,what I possess, and present a treasure to untold?Copyright T.L. Eastman 2007 Support the showWhen in Western New York, please join Pastor Tara in worship at First Presbyterian Church of Jamestown NY on Sundays at 10:30 am.