Embrace Moving Forward

Shannon Kearse-High -- February 23, 2020

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Shannon Kearse-High We are excited to welcome Shannon Kearse-High who will be preaching this Sunday, February 23rd at 10:30 a.m. Shannon is a visual artist, published writer, and award-winning poet. She is also a full-time student at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley where she is completing her MDiv, M.A.S.T., and Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change. Upon graduation, she will be a chaplain who provides care to those who suffer from suicidal ideation in the LGBTQIA and Black communities.

Shannon hails from the Jersey Shore where she personally encountered the disparity between quality mental health care and its provision to marginalized communities. The awareness and subsequent interest in creating change nudged her toward Pennsylvania where Shannon worked as the Office Manager for True North Wellness which is a dual diagnosis behavioral health facility in York, PA. She then became the Admissions Coordinator with CHI Healthcare Network which provided inpatient services to individuals struggling with addiction and mental health diagnoses. While serving in both positions, Shannon received extensive training in diagnosis, demographic-specific care, de-escalation, and psychopharmacology.

Her past experiences as a newspaper reporter for the Guam Tribune, a teacher, trainer, and workshop facilitator have afforded her the opportunity to create open and brave spaces for those who need it and to give a voice to challenges that can be transformed into “individual specific” victories.

Shannon attends Pacific School of Religion by way of Lancaster Theological Seminary and will graduate in 2021. She is a member and Member in Discernment at City of Refuge, UCC in Oakland where she also co-directs the Art Ministry.

Shannon lives in Berkeley with her wife Joslin who is also a seminarian. They have four adult children one of whom is deaf. American Sign Language is Shannon's second language.


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