The Insurgent Hopeful

One of the most important realizations of my life has been how resilient hope is in the face of outrageous challenges. Hope is, I believe, one of the most powerful forces we encounter–and one that always seems to find me.

Morgana (Shin Megami Tensei) Persona 5
Hope endures, like my buddy Morgana!

So who are you anyway?

Nothing like softball questions!

I am a snarky, sarcastic theologian, poet, Type A organizer. I am also a mom, wife, pastor, and currently a candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church.

I graduated from Methodist Theological School in Ohio in 2019 with my Master of Divinity, specializing in Biblical Languages and Texts (Greek). My thesis, Pursuing Orthoeros: Toward a Christian Sexual Ethics of Flourishing, challenges the Biblical, theological, and ethical underpinnings of a sex-negative sexual ethics and synthesizes contributions in the field to propose a sexual ethics that is faithful to God and to humanity.

I am also a published writer with contributor credit in Strong For a Moment Like This (currently unavailable) and We Pray With Her: Encouragement for All Women Who Lead as well as the upcoming Speaking Truth: Women Raising Their Voices in Prayer (available February 2020).

Welcome to the insurgency

Insurgent Hope is a continual work in progress. I invite one and all to journey with me through questions of parenting, family, and other relationships; faith, religion, and belief in a broken world; and the practical realities of home life and organization. I will also share reflections from my vocational work, including sermon texts and other references that I find helpful. All opinions are my own and not intended to represent an official position from the United Methodist Church or any conference, district, or local congregation therein – even when I wish they were.

I want to talk to you!

If you have questions, comments, proposals for writing work, or would like me to visit your group or congregation, get in touch using the contact form below. I look forward to hearing from you!

*All posts and written work on this Web site are the original work of Shannon (Hopkins) Trenton except where otherwise noted and may not be used without proper citation. Material cross-posted to other sites may be subject to additional copyright from the site owners.