Hi, I’m Shawna Atteberry, and I am a writer, teacher, and baker. My love for writing began in the second grade when I wrote my first short story set on Venus (and that’s all I remember about it). My love for teaching began in high school when I started teaching a Sunday School class, and my love of baking began in the 4th or 5th grade when I received an E-Z Bake Oven for Christmas. I have worked many jobs over the course of my life, but at heart, I have always been and will always be a writer, a teacher, and a baker
As a writer, I have researched and written theological books and articles. In addition, I’ve edited religious education materials and published one book, What You Didn’t Learn in Sunday School: Women Who Didn’t Shut Up & Sit Down, (Wipf and Stock Publishing, February 2013). I also love to write about Chicago, and I’ve written three unpublished novels. When it comes to fiction I love to write urban fantasy. I also want to start writing about my love for baking, which has seen me through two years of the COVID-19 pandemic (so far). And yes, I am one of the reasons you had trouble finding flour anywhere in April 2020.
In addition to teaching Sunday School, I’ve also taught at local and national conferences, and I volunteer for Literacy Chicago as a Citizenship Teacher and an ESL tutor.
In my free time, I like to take long walks along Lake Michigan and through downtown Chicago, cook and bake for friends, crochet, knit, and read. You can follow my cooking and baking adventures on Instagram. I am an avid science-fiction/fantasy fan and consume books, TV shows, and movies in that genre. I am also a lay preacher and teacher at Grace Episcopal Church.
You can email me at Shawna@ShawnaAtteberry.com.
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Rev. Shawna R. B. Atteberry is an author, preacher, theologian, and speaker who writes, dreams, and talks about women in the Bible and feminist theology. In her spare time she writes urban fantasy. Her first book
I love your description of yourself as someone who “writes, dreams, and talks about women in the Bible and feminist theology.” I’m a little obsessed myself so I recognize a member of the tribe when I read one.
I’m looking forward reading more of your work.
Thank you Robin! I look forward to checking out your Facebook page.
Maybe being a single woman with a call to ministry is something we can learn about from the Catholics.
After all, they have single men (priests) and single women (sisters/nuns) who have been doing it for centuries. It seems to fit in their theology as a position of authority and respect and service.
You have some awesome information here for women in the Body of Christ, please prayerfully consider putting some of this on YOU TUBE
I found your about page very articulate! I agree with Selena that I didn’t immediately know what “Godde” was about, so a definition or link would be helpful. That’s cool you belong to EEWC–I loved reading their newsletters, and that also helps me place you in context.
Another EEWCer! Yeah! I just found them and joined last year. I was so happy to know that they existed. Are you on their email group?
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Very good bio. Congratulations on writing your first book. I am about 95% done with my first one.
You used a term “Godde” that I had to Google to find out what that meant. Now that I know, I wonder why you didn’t explain it in the context of what you are doing: “I empower women to be the leaders Godde calls them to be at home, work and church by exploring the Divine Feminine and stories of the women in the Bible.”
I also sense that you are passionate about your work in this area, but somehow that got a little lost for me when I was reading your About Me. For me, this read more like a resume and less like an autobiography—and I was wanting to read an autobiography. I wonder if you could revise this to be clearer, simpler and more impactful/attention-grabbing. I also wonder if the citations of your work, affiliations and experience would work better as a list towards the bottom of the post.
Hope these comments are helpful.
i love your updated “About Me” page! fabulous!
@revhipchick Thank you!
Thank you Michelle and Kimberly for taking the time to give me feedback. Kimberly, there is nothing wrong with being quietly spiritual. I know several people with your same story. You’re always welcome here.
I like this; you say what you do in such detail that the passion is there and although I’m quietly spiritual, I’m very interesting in reading more of what you like. I also like that you added something about yourself, because it makes you real and human. For me, that’s so important, because I’ve been burned so many times by organized religion that I tend to shy away from these topics; preferring instead to worship in private.
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I was after you in the comments today, so I came and checked out your About me page.
It looks great – very thorough and no question about who you are or what your blog/website is about.
I think you did it completely and clearly. A+ for that assignment!! 🙂
Shawna, the link to “Abagail” does not work.
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