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Shandon Klein is currently a doctoral student in Religious Ethics at Southern Methodist University through the Graduate Program of Religious Studies. She is currently studying the role of religion and spirituality in the womanist ethic of risk and the ethic of control. Shandon is also a certified candidate for the order of Elder in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church and a lay delegate to the 2022 General Conference. She currently serves at First United Methodist Church Richardson.

Why I’m Still United Methodist: My Testimony

Audio Version I can remember the first time that I stepped foot in a United Methodist Church. I grew up Episcopalian, so I had been used to a very “high church,” “smells and bells” kind of experience. You know. Those liturgical gymnastics kind of services (sit, kneel, stand, kneel, sit, stand…) The services that have…

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Perkins Chapel at Southern Methodist University

Sermon: “Where is Your Treasure?” – Perkins Chapel, Perkins School of Theology, November 10th, 2021

Sermon Context Guest preaching for an online chapel service for Perkins School of Theology students, faculty, & staff hosted by the Perkins Financial Literary program on November 10th, 2021. Scripture Matthew 6:25-34 I’m so honored (and also scared out of my mind) to be preaching for Perkins Chapel in front of my friends, colleagues, and…

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Why Do We Think We Need the Institution to Make Disciples?

Short answer: Because without the institution making disciples of Christ, we can’t claim that the institution is a church. The institution would be serving only one master: itself. Context Commissioned article for United Methodist Communications on their Rethink Church Platform, revolving around the question: “Why do we need (or think we need) the institution to…

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Sermon: “Love Your Enemies” – First United Methodist Church Richardson, February 28, 2021

Sermon Context I was asked by my home church of First United Methodist Church Richardson to guest preach online during their sermon series, “Timeless” that was digging deeper into the Sermon on the Mount. As I prepared for this sermon, it became clear that the lens that my social location affords me colors my perspective…

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