St. Peder’s Lutheran Church invites you to a book launch party on Wednesday, August 17, for our former Director of Faith Formation Shannon Kearns’s book In the Margins: A Transgender Man’s Journey with Scripture. The event is at the church, 4600 E. 42nd Street, Minneapolis. The program starts at 7:00 pm.
This special evening will include storytelling and reading from the book, time for Q&A, and live music from Kith + Kin Chorus, an uncommon Twin Cities choir striving to build community, spread joy and give in service of others through harmony. Reception and book signing will follow.
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.
Through scriptural reflection and personal stories about gender identity, an ordained priest moves the conversation beyond transgender inclusion to demonstrate the unique theological insights transgender Christians can provide the church. This book will be a great addition to church libraries as well as a compelling read for book studies or adult faith formation classes. A study guide, written by Shannon, will be available for free closer to the book’s release.
Published by Eerdmans and to be released August 9, 2022, it’s available for pre-order now, wherever books are sold. St. Peder’s is collaborating with Moon Palace Books for this event. If you order from them and use the code “stpeders” you’ll get 10% off your order. Pick books up any time after the release date and bring them to the event for signing. Moon Palace will also be on site that night selling books. If you’re interested in bulk
orders, contact Moon Palace directly to set up an account for your church and learn more about other discounts available.
This event is free but to assist in refreshment planning please register at