Shawn is a creative writer, poet, and truth-teller who builds beloved community through vulnerability and restorative justice. As a recovering Pastor's kid and longtime ministry leader, he shares honestly, and at times humorously, about his emotional wounds and journey towards healing. Having been deeply involved in both conservative and liberal spaces, Shawn highlights the blindspots of each and warns of the dangers of religious extremism. He writes on a range of topics related to faith, politics, leadership, social justice, emotional healing, redemption, and hope. He is currently working on several creative projects including a fiction trilogy and a memoir of his childhood as a pastor's kid. Shawn has been married to his wife Jen for 20 years and lives in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the west side of Chicago with their dog Colin.