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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.

Holy Shenanigans Tara Lamont Eastman

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

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.

    Advocate For Change

    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.com
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    • 34 min
    Parting Words

    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:
    IG: @laura.alary
    FB: @lauraalaryauthor
    Twitter: @lauraalary1
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    • 33 min
    Be a Shepherd

    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.

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    • 22 min
    Muddy Forks & Labyrinths to Feed Your Soul

    Muddy Forks & Labyrinths to Feed Your Soul

    Tara talks with artist and storyteller Lisa Kaufer from Muddy Fork about how her love of creating feeds her soul. Tara also breaks down a Jesus story about breakfast on a beach. Stick around to see just what you might be peckish for as she asks the question, " What feeds your soul?"
    About our guest:
    Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Lisa ventured to the beautiful Southwest to attend the University of Arizona, where she earned degrees in Communication and Spanish. She has always felt called to help people grow in their personal journey and she has responded to this call by planning large-scale conferences, tutoring students with dyslexia, and serving in faith formation ministry with all ages. Lisa delights in cultivating play-filled spaces for community and conversation through her leadership at art workshops and spiritual retreats. This is also evident in her long-standing relationship with Montreat Youth Conference and her recent work designing new forms of ministry with Princeton Theological Seminary's Log College Project. It's also hard to miss the giant Turquoise Table in her front yard!

    Lisa lives in West Chester, Ohio with her husband, three children, and two Sheepadoodles. She currently serves as Director of Faith Formation at First Presbyterian Church, Middletown. In 2020, Lisa launched The Muddy Fork as a personal outlet for creative expressions and shared stories. Visit www.themuddyfork.org to learn more about her ceramic finger labyrinths, digital curriculum, and other devotional resources.
    Here are other resources that surfaced in our conversation:
    The Muddy Fork: www.themuddyfork.org ; FB/Inst @themuddyfork ; Etsy @MuddyForkStudio Montreat Conference Center: https://montreat.org/Arts, Recreation, & Worship Conference: https://www.re-create.cc/Montreat Youth Conference: https://montreat.org/y-ya-eventsAnn Laird Jones, Sally Jones Pottery: https://montreat.org/crafts-potteryStacy Krems, Sweet Rolling Pins: https://sweetrollingpins.com/Support the show

    • 27 min
    Live Into the Questions

    Live Into the Questions

    The long awaited season of Easter is here,  and while it’s a time of celebration and new life, I think that it also is a time to live into the questions we have about life. Do you have some questions? So do I. Join Tara for some space to ponder.

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    • 11 min
    Easter: The Women are here for it!

    Easter: The Women are here for it!

    The long awaited season of Easter - one of NEW LIFE is here - Hallelujah … 
    And I am here for it! This week Rev. Ruth Hetland of ConseCrate Boxes joins Rev. Tara for a conversation about sharing love and support by way of subscription boxes for women clergy - in Episode 84 of Holy Shenanigans Podcast: The Women are here for it!

    Special Guest Rev. Dr. Ruth Hetland is Interim Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota and the founder of ConseCrate Subscription Box, LLC.  She shares life with her husband, Chad, their two teenage sons, two dogs, five cats, one bearded dragon, and one tangerine gecko. She loves to write, drink good coffee, and do yoga.
    Instagram: @consecratebox
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

suzi cupcake ,

Legos and love!

Tara is one of my favorite people! I finally got to listen to this wonderful podcast that takes the sacred and the simple and makes a beautiful podcast. Not too short, not too long, (15 minutes). What a gift!

Deacon Nancy ,

Holy Shenanigans

Engaging and thoughtful!

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In a world full of hate, doubt and sin this podcast is just what our world needs. Take a minute, rewind and just listen. Reflect on your life and your purpose. This podcast has help ground me and keep me thinking. Great word and reflections Pastor Tara!

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