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Holy Shenanigans

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.

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Advent 1 - Bringing Hope Home with Matt Kendziera
Every week until Christmas Tara will be sharing stories and resources to help you cultivate hope, peace, joy and love. Plan on taking this journey together with Holy Shenanigans in what we are calling  #expectantadvent. Today's guest is Matt Kenzeria author of Bring It Home and host of the Chasing Goodness podcast. He shares an inspiring story of hope that you will not want to miss! Special thanks also to Suzanne Kendziera for sharing her song as this week's poem:  Praises to My King - Copyright Suzanne Kendziera 2004Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
28:25 11/22/2022
One Song, Two Moms
Tara talks about two important women in her life: her mother and her mother-in-love and the hymn that connects them both.This episode is dedicated to the memory of Janet Eastman, 1936 - 2022.Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
16:21 11/15/2022
From Real Estate to Wheel Estate
Imagine quitting your job, selling your car, and hitting the road on a cross-country journey. with a trio of dogs  Today's guest, Tracy Wright, did just that. She caught up with Tara to share the exciting life lessons she is learning on the road.Join us in gratitude practices all month long #yestotheblesschallengeSupport the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
18:19 11/08/2022
Say YES to the BLESS
Let's make November a time for blessing, thanks and gratitude. Tara invites you to Say YES to the BLESS by taking part in everyday practices of thanksgiving all month long.Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
13:14 11/01/2022
Who Is On My Bus?
Bill Withers sang "we all need somebody to lean on." Tara muses about the practices and people we need to help us see the sacred in the everyday experiences of life. Ready? Hop on the Holy Shenanigans bus!Thanks to Rev RH Hart for asking this question all those years ago at Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary.Sound Effects from Pixabay.Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
12:09 10/25/2022
Good Treats
Over the past few weeks, the gift of gratitude practices has bubbled, bubbled up to the surface - even amidst some toil and trouble! This experience of listening for the sacred in everyday life is something I call Holy Shenanigans. So in light of the good bubbling up of gratitude and the gifts of Halloween trick-or-treating: Let’s put on our Halloween best and go out to seek some good treats!Today's special sppoky music by  SoundGalleryBy from Pixabay.Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
10:34 10/18/2022
Three-and-a-Half Questions About Love with Bob Lebel
Tara puts three-and-a-half questions about love to Bob Lebel, a clinical geneticist in Syracuse, New York. Bob Lebel is a congenital Roman Catholic, came to ELCA as an adult.  Married, three sons, four grandchildren.  Earned advance degrees in Zoology, Theology, Ethics and Genetics; physician teaching and practicing medical genetics and genetic counseling at SUNY Upstate Medical University.  He enjoys singing in church, gardening with his wife, reading classics, listening to “classical” music, going to plays/musicals, and writing (over 300 publications ranging from poems to book reviews to scientific research and a book on genetic counseling).Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
11:10 10/11/2022
Does Gratitude Matter? with Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed
A message of hope in a season of grief and loss... Tara chats with researcher and author Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed about how resilience, grace, and gratitude lead to lasting change and wholeness. Rev. Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed (she/hers) is Visiting Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Union Theological Seminary, New York City. She is founder and host of Three Minute Ministry Mentor (weekly video, blog and podcast), and author of Pastoral Imagination (2021) and the #PandemicPastoring Report (2022). This episode also makes reference to the work of researcher, writer and speaker: Brene' BrownTo learn more about Eileen Campbell-Reed's work:Author WebsitePandemic PastoringThree Minute Ministry MentorSupport the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
36:48 10/04/2022
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 Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
27:24 09/27/2022
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 Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
25:46 09/20/2022
Fred Rogers & Faithfulness
During a recent trip to Pittsburgh, Tara geeked out over sets and props from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on display at the Heinz History Center. The legacy of Fred Rogers came to mind this week while she was musing on the weird parable about the shrewd manager. In a world obsessed with wealth and status, she concludes that faithfulness may be the most precious treasure of all. Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
08:07 09/12/2022
The Power of Pockets
What gifts do you have to extend love into the world? You might be surprised to find, it's something you carry with you every day. There is power in YOUR pockets.Poem: Odd Sock by: T.L. EastmanThere once was a basket of socks that had no mates anymore.  Mom had given my sister and I free reign to do what we wanted with them. “They can become, whatever you want.” We saw this basket of odd socks as treasure. We borrowed Mom’s sewing box. We added buttons, We added bows. We took humble tube socks and we made: puppets, Barbie dresses and attempted making sock monkeys.Together we had a great time with that basket of socks. To some they might have seemed disposable. But to us, with the help of some buttons, bows and blessing from our Mom - they were a treasure to delight in.We all have baskets of odd socks. We may not see them as anything but clutter, but what could be possible for those cast-off socks with a blessing, buttons and bows.I like to think that G-d appreciates all the baskets of odd socks. I think God is delighted with them - especially when we look at them with curiosity and the help of the creative notions of buttons, blessings and bows. I think G-d loves to embellish the odd socks of life and make treasure out of them. I hear G-d's got a great craft closet, where the odd socks can become whatever they want to be. There is treasure in baskets of odd socks. Can you see it? Can you be it? By the power of blessing, buttons and bows, together we can make treasure from a basket of odd socks.Copyright 2022 T.L. EastmanSupport the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
16:38 09/06/2022
Introducing Beta Male Revolution with Billy & Brandy Eldridge
In this episode of Beta Male Revolution, Billy & Brandy Eldridge speak with Pastor Tara Eastman about the intersection of feminism and religion.  Like what you hear? Check out Beta Male Revolution for more discussions about emotional intelligence, peacemaking, and self-actualized living.Thanks Billy & Brandy for making this Beta Male Revolution available to Holy Shenanigan listeners!Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
37:46 08/30/2022
Introducing Chasing Goodness with Matt Kendziera
Chasing Goodness is a podcast where speaker, storyteller and author Matt Kendziera finds incredible people using their faith and life as a catalyst for goodness in this world. In this episode, pastor, poet, and podcaster Tara Lamont Eastman joins the show to discuss the future of faith and how the arts play an important role in our connection with the divine.Like what you hear? Head on over to Chasing Goodness to be inspired to discover your own goodness in order to make your life, family, community and world better.Thanks, Matt for allowing Holy Shenanigans to share this episode with our listeners!Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
45:03 08/23/2022
Wild Goose Festival Pt. 4 with Frances Cutshaw
The Order of Saint Hildegard is an expansive, dispersed intentional community centered on the healthy and whole development of its members and chaplains. During the Wild Goose Festival, Tara sat down with its director and founder, Frances Cutshaw, who shares how the life of Saint Hildegard empowers her own calling and has led her to lift up others who are seeking the Sacred.Poem of the Week: Woman, Thank YouWoman - Thank you.For bringing life to lightand carrying it within you.Woman - we thank you.For your leadership, nurture, wisdom and challenge -Woman - we thank you. For walking with us, redirecting our steps,and teaching us to care for one another.Woman, we thank you. For your intellect, your grace and the millionsof ways you empower the world to love...Woman, we thank you.Sage, Friend, Strength-giver.Healer, Leader, Preacher.Parent, Chef, Dancer.Creative, Life-giver, Godbearer.Woman.You are impossible to define and life would be impossible without you.Woman, we thank you.Tara L. Eastman Copyright 2017Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
28:18 08/16/2022
Wild Goose Festival Pt. 3 with Joy Crawford
Come take a seat at the campsite with Tara and guest Joy Crawford, a spiritual director with a deep connection to the natural world. You're in for a thought-provoking conversation about Eco-Spirituality, the Divine Feminine, and finding balance in life.Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
27:24 08/09/2022
Wild Goose Festival Pt. 2 with Tonyah Dee
Tonyah Dee teaches about finding ways to daily increase inner strength, stability and confidence through practicing spiritual disciplines and healthy habits.  Tara sat down with Tonyah during the Wild Goose Festival to talk about love, serenity, and finding purpose in life. Tonyah Dee is a registered dietitian, Christ-centered life coach, and master meditation teacher, making her perspective deep yet broad. She teaches evidence based lifestyle tips integrated with spiritual practices, believing it is important to feed body, soul and spirit. Tonyah creates devotional chant music, and scriptural contemplations to go with her Christ-centered meditation and prayer practice. She is the founder of Yahlight, a movement to ignite and empower the Light within. For more visit: https://yahlight.com or go to Tonyah Dee's YouTube: YahlightSupport the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
35:23 08/02/2022
Wild Goose Festival Pt. 1 with Brian Allain
Today's podcast comes to you from the Wild Goose Festival in Union Grove, North Carolina. Tara sits down for a conversation with Brian Allain, the creative force behind Writing For Your Life, Publishing in Color, Compassionate Christianity and Heal Our Divides. For Brian's full bio and link tree, go to: https://writingforyourlife.com/brian-allain/Today's poem: God of ChangeGod of change, Blow a cool breeze my way. Focus my attention on love.Love that welcomes all.Love that is diversity.Change moves me, you, we into God’s dance of love - That spins us around, swirls our colors so that the gazing eye sees a picture of diversity - that is BEAUTY.Changing love, make us a swirling masterpieces.Make us ONE and you are ONE.Copyright 2022 T.L. EastmanSupport the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
25:10 07/26/2022
Come to the Water - Part 3
Tara reminisces about theologian, writer and mentor Phillis Tickle and how she offered an oasis of encouragement to keep her going in her spiritual journey.Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
11:08 07/19/2022
Come to the Water - Part 2
Tara muses about distractions and rest. She tells a story about how a word of encouragement can help cut to the heart of what really matters. Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
08:51 07/12/2022
Come to the Water - Part 1
Tara is traveling this week and she audio journals about one of the most well-known road trip stories of all time: the Good Samaritan. Wherever you find yourself on the map today, there are always opportunities to be a good neighbor.Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
12:54 07/05/2022
Smile Up To Your Eyes
In Episode 95 of Holy Shenanigans Podcast: Smile Up To Your Eyes, Tara tells a story about human hunger of boy, mind and spirit  calls us to actions to feed one another - but the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few. How do we see God in the face of all we meet? How can we to honor the humanity of each human? How can we smile up to our eyes and feed whatever hunger must be fed? Because the harvest is plentiful, but the workers, the workers are few…With Original Song by T.L. Eastman "Beyond the Silver Moon""Take a step, make it two time is moving so are you. Changes come oh so soon, I'm moving on for you. Times are tough, life is rough, we got some work to do. The journey’s on oh so long, my only grace/strength is you…I will fly through the midnight sky, sing by the moon, I will go to where they’ve gone before, beyond the Silver Moon."Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
19:49 06/28/2022
Dancing With G-d
Dancing with God is an invitation to show up as we are - where we are - and stop looking back. Would you like to take a turn on the Holy Shenanigans dance floor? Let’s go - and try a new step forward!Today's special ending theme is Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
11:00 06/21/2022
Sonny
Pastor Tara is a little under the weather this week, so Ian, the other Eastman associated with this podcast fills in and tries not to break anything. He tells a story about a kind act that changes a young boy's life.Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
04:33 06/14/2022
Walk With the Paraclete
We hear hard truths about the call of love and are joined by a special guest author and theologian Rebecca Trotter. Rebecca is a mom, writer, thinker, teacher, Christian and odd duck. Her activism has included working with organizations serving their local communities both here and around the world. Rebecca can be found at her website, The Upside Down World. Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
23:02 06/07/2022
A Voice For Buffalo with guest David Gray
Tara turns the mic over to guest David Gray, who shares his piece Preparing for Daycare,  about how his family moves through the world because of complex systems of racism and oppression. David has some important insights about how to work towards equity and justice. Will we listen?  Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.Also, here's a link to organizations you can support who are assisting victims and the neighborhood in the wake of the Buffalo tragedy.Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
18:24 05/31/2022
Prayer is for Everyone
Prayer is for everyone... Tara ponders a Jesus story that Jesus prays for everyone - and that means everyone! Would you like to learn more about prayer? Give us a listen as we explore the expansive practice of prayer.One of Tara's prayer practices is making art. This week's episode features a mixed media painting created to celebrate the 50th Anniversary for the ordination of women in the ELCA. (50 women/40 women of color and culture/10 women identifying as queer.) To view Tara's art and view the shop (Including merch for Holy Shenanigans Podcast), click here: Tara Lamont Eastman Art The song in today's podcast, "Oh God hear our prayer", is written and performed by Tara L. Eastman.Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
11:15 05/24/2022
Advocate For Change
Tara talks with writer and agent of change Spencer Burke from Lean Faith about some tools to aid us in times of change: curiosity, courage and community. She ponders letting go of fear and holding on to peace in the midst of change. Let’s take some time together to learn how to be courageous, curious, community-builders.About our guest:Spencer Burke is a widely sought after speaker, coach, trainer and strategist in the field of spiritual innovation. When ministries want to dream or feel stuck or confused, and want to love more and discern faster, they consult Spencer. As Director of Lean Faith, he helps spiritual communities discover the right questions, minimize risk, and test their ideas through rapid iterations. He is also the Founder of Hatchery LA - an incubator for Spiritual Entrepreneurs. Spencer has authored several books including, A Heretics Guide to Eternity and Making Sense of Church. For more than twenty years, Spencer has been a practitioner of the Enneagram. He is an ordained Disciples of Christ Minister, serving as the Minister of Innovation and New Church Development with the Pacific Southwest Region from 2015 to 2019. You can learn more about his ongoing work at: spencerburke.comTo sign up for weekly email insights, event info and general Holy Shenanigans - email us at: holyshenanigans@gmail.comSupport the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
33:58 05/17/2022
Parting Words
Tara talks with author and book lover Laura Alary about her new book, Sun In My Tummy, and how all our words, especially the parting ones, call us to  be  truly known by our love.  About our guest:Laura Alary is a writer and storyteller who believes that stories can make us bigger on the inside. She has loved books from the time she could barely clamber up the steps to the book mobile that rolled into her neighborhood once a week. After many years immersed in the academic study of bible and theology, Laura turned her attention to raising three creative and curious children, and writing books aimed at inviting all children to wonder, ask big questions, and be curious about the world. Laura has a B.A. in Classics from Dalhousie University (Halifax), an M.Div. from Knox College (Toronto), and a Ph.D. in New Testament from The University of St. Michael’s College (Toronto). She credits her storytelling skills to innumerable visits to the public library!Laura’s books include the church-year series Make Room, Look! and Breathe, Read, Wonder, Listen, What Grew in Larry’s Garden and most recently Sun in My Tummy and The Astronomer Who Questioned Everything: The Story of Maria Mitchell.You can find her here:https://lauraalary.caIG: @laura.alaryFB: @lauraalaryauthorTwitter: @lauraalary1Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
32:16 05/10/2022
Be a Shepherd
Tara talks with pastor, poet, magician and coffee bean roaster John Stephens about the 23rd Psalm as well as how making change requires loving and respectful action.About my guest:John Stevens was born and raised in South-East Idaho, and has spent all of his life living in the Pacific Northwest.  John is a pastor in the ELCA, roaster of the blessed bean, dabbler in the art of sleight of hand, and spends a lot of time over at the Dollar Store Children Sermons blog, where he provides springboards for Children's sermons.  As a writer, and poet, he also writes daily Haiku Prayers, and these can be found in book format from Amazon, or the Facebook page, "Haiku Prayers."  John serves as the pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, in Oregon City, Oregon.Support the showWhen in Central New York, come worship at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool NY, where Tara Eastman pastors.
21:19 05/03/2022