Shane Claiborne

Founding Partner, The Simple Way; Member, Board of Directors, Christian Community Development Association, Philadelphia, PA

(as of 2009)

Shane is a founding partner of The Simple Way. At the Simple Way, their little revolution is lived out locally, as days are spent feeding hungry folks, doing collaborative arts with children, running a community store, hanging out with neighbors, and reclaiming trash-strewn lots by planting gardens.  This faith community in inner city Philadelphia helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world, many of whom have become known as a “new monasticism.”  These communities seek to follow Jesus, to rediscover the spirit of the early Church, and to incarnate the “Kingdom of God” -- a way of life standing in stark contrast to the world of militarism and materialism.  Shane and The Simple Way do much work to expose the fundamental structures that create poverty and to imagine alternatives to them.

Shane serves on the Board of Directors for the Christian Community Development Association, one of the largest national associations of faith-based organizations whose pillars are Redistribution, Relocation, and Reconciliation.  He graduated from Eastern University, and did graduate work at Princeton Seminary. His ministry experience is varied, from a 10-week stint working alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta, to a year spent serving at Willow Creek Community Church outside Chicago.  Shane writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. He is featured in the DVD series Another World Is Possible and is the author of several books including The Irresistible Revolution and Jesus for President.

Seminars by Shane Claiborne