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Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne (born July 11, 1975) is a Christian activist and author who is a leading figure in the New Monasticism movement and one of the founding members of the intentional community , the Simple Way , in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania. [1] [2] Claiborne is also a social activist, advocating for nonviolence and service to the poor. He is the author of the book, The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical . [3]


Claiborne grew up in East Tennessee. [4] His father, who was a veteran war veteran, died when Shane was 9 years old. A graduate of Eastern University , where he studied sociology and youth ministry, Claiborne did his final academic work for Eastern University at Wheaton College in Illinois . While at Wheaton, Claiborne did internship at Willow Creek Community Church. He has done some graduate work at Princeton Theological Seminary , but took a leave of absence, and is now part of The Alternative Seminary in Philadelphia. [5]

Claiborne worked alongside Mother Teresa during a 10-week term in Calcutta . [6] He Has written about how His work with Mother Teresa Impacted _him_ and made _him_ Realize the need to support has Consistent life ethic , to protect all human life from conception to natural death. [7] He spent three weeks in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team (IPT), a project of Voices in the Wilderness and Christian Peacemaker Teams . [8] He was witness to the military bombing of Baghdad and the militarized areas between Baghdad and Amman. As a member of IPT, Claiborne took a trip to the site, visited hospitals and families, and attended worship services during the war. He also continues to serve as a board member for the nation’s Christian Community Development Association, which was founded by the authors and community developers John Perkins and Wayne Gordon. [9]

On June 20, 2007, a seven-alarm fire at the abandoned warehouse The Simple Way Community Center where Claiborne lived. [10] He lost all of his possessions in the fire. [10] The Simple Way immediately up to donations to help those who have lost their homes in the fire. [11]

Claiborne is featured in the documentary The Ordinary Radicals , and co-directed the volume Another World is Possible DVD series. Claiborne wrote the foreword to Ben Lowe’s 2009 book Green Revolution: Coming Together to Care for Creation .

In 2011 he has appeared on both sides of the TV show “Red Letter Christians” with Tony Campolo . [12] That year also, he declared his unwillingness to pay taxes to fund US military activity. He withheld a portion of his income taxes corresponding to the percentage of the federal budget spent on the military, donating that money instead to charity. He wrote a public letter to the Internal Revenue Service to explain his decision. [13]

On May 7, 2011, married Shane Claiborne Katie Jo Brotherton. [14]

On January 26, 2016 Executing Grace – How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us . It makes a case for the death penalty by John Perkins , Philip Yancey and Desmond Tutu , among others. [15]


  • Executing Grace – The Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us (Harper Collins, 2016) ISBN  978-0-06-234737-4
  • The Irresistible Revolution – Updated 10th Anniversary Edition (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016) ISBN  0-310-34370-4
  • Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals , with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Okoro Enuma (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010) ISBN  0-310-32619-2
  • “What If Jesus Meant All That Stuff?” (Esquire Magazine, November 18, 2009) [16]
  • Follow Me To Freedom: Leading and Following an Ordinary Radical , with John Perkins (Regal Books, 2009) ISBN  0-8307-5120-3
  • Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals , with Chris Haw (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008) ISBN  0-310-27842-2
  • Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (InterVarsity, 2008) ISBN  0-8308-3622-5
  • The Irresistible Revolution: Living as a Radical Ordinary (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006) ISBN  0-310-26630-0
  • Iraq Journal 2003 (Doulos Christou, 2006) ISBN  0-9744796-7-5

See also

  • Simple living


  1. Jump up^ “How to Derail the New Monasticism An Interview with Shane Claiborne”. patheos.com . Retrieved May 25, 2016 .
  2. Jump up^ “The New Monasticism | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction” . Christianity Today. February 9, 2005 . Retrieved August 12,2011 .
  3. Jump up^ “The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical: Shane Claiborne, Jim Wallis: 0025986266301: Amazon.com: Books” . Retrieved May 25, 2016 .
  4. Jump up^ “Shane Claiborne – Fundamentalism” . Youtube. October 29, 2008 . Retrieved August 12, 2011 .
  5. Jump up^ “Teachers / Facilitators” . History and Mission . The Alternative Seminary. Retrieved August 22, 2016 .
  6. Jump up^ [1] ArchivedJune 10, 2008, at theWayback Machine.
  7. Jump up^ “A New Pro Life Movement – Consistent Life Blog” . February 14, 2017 . Retrieved March 2, 2017 .
  8. Jump up^ Goldberg, Michelle (April 24, 2003). “Dodging bombs for peace – Salon.com” . Dir.salon.com . Retrieved August 12, 2011 .
  9. Jump up^ “shane claiborne | Shane’s Bio” . the simple way . Retrieved August 12,2011 .
  10. ^ Jump up to:b “Their lives shattered Kensington after-fire” . Philly.com. January 21, 2008 . Retrieved August 12, 2011 .
  11. Jump up^ “Nonprofit starts two relief funds for fire victims” . Philly.com. June 22, 2007 . Retrieved August 12, 2011 .
  12. Jump up^ “RLC on TV – Red Letter Christians” . Red Letter Christians . Retrieved May 25, 2016 .
  13. Jump up^ “My Easter Letter to the IRS” Huffington PostApril 11, 2011
  14. Jump up^ Althoff, Allison. “Shane & Katie Claiborne: A Love Story” . Christianity Today . Retrieved January 12, 2017 .
  15. Jump up^ [2]Executing Grace official site
  16. Jump up^ “Shane Claiborne – Letter to Non-Believers by Shane Claibourne” . Esquire. November 18, 2009 . Retrieved August 12, 2011 .

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