Shane Claiborne

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Shane Claiborne (1975-) is an activist and author who is a leading figure in the New Monasticism movement and one of the founding members of The Simple Way in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The community was featured on the cover of Christianity Today as a pioneer in the New Monasticism movement. Claiborne is also a prominent social activist, advocating for nonviolence and service to the poor.

Claiborne grew up in east Tennessee. Claiborne did his final academic work for Eastern University at Wheaton College in Illinois. While at Wheaton, Claiborne did an internship at Willow Creek Community Church. He has done some graduate work at Princeton Theological Seminary, but took a leave of absence, and now is a part of The Alternative Seminary in Philadelphia.

Claiborne worked alongside Mother Teresa during a 10-week term in Calcutta. He spent 3 weeks in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team.  Claiborne is featured in the documentary The Ordinary Radicals, and co-directed the three volume Another World is Possible DVD series. In 2011 he has appeared as both a guest and co-host of the TV show "Red Letter Christians" with Tony Campolo.

Some evangelical leaders such as Shane Claiborne have also sought to distance themselves from the emerging church movement, its labels and the "emergent brand.


  • Beating Guns: Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence (2019)
  • Still Evangelical?: Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning (2018) contributed
  • Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It's Killing Us, (2016)
  • Jesus, Bombs, and Ice Cream Study Guide: Building a More Peaceful World (2013) with Ben Cohen
  • Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He said? (2012) with Tony Campolo
  • Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Enuma Okoro, 2010
  • Economy of Love: Creating a Community of Enough (2010) coauthor
  • "What If Jesus Meant All That Stuff?", 2009
  • Follow Me To Freedom: Leading and Following as an Ordinary Radical, with John Perkins, 2009
  • Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals, with Chris Haw, 2008
  • Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers: Prayer for Ordinary Radicals, with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, 2008
  • The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical,(2006, 2016)
  • Iraq Journal 2003, 2006


The Common Prayer

  • p. 10: Folks are bound to ask if this prayer book is for Catholics or for Protestants. Our answer is, "Yes, it is." ... We've drawn on some of the oldest and richest traditions of Christian prayer. And we've tried to make them dance.

    Our prayer lives Connect us to the rest of the body of Christ around the world;

  • p. 11: Doctrines are hard things to love.

Red-Letter Christians

  • Shane Claiborne in Jesus for President, p 291: God is in the business of resqueing people from the hells they experience on earth. Ang God is asking us to love people out of those hells.
  • Shane Claiborne says that Brian McLaren: “strips things down to the bare essentials, cutting through stale debates, old ideologies, and ethereal theology to unveil a simple love for God and neighbor that is worth devoting your life to.”
  • Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said? (2012) with Shane Claiborne is endorsed by Bono, Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Eugene H. Peterson, Phyllis Tickle, Richard Rohr, John Ortberg, Rob Bell, Jim Wallis and Brian McLaren.
  • Executing Grace (2016) is endorsed by Jim Wallis, Brian McLaren, Walter Brueggemann, and back cover endorsed by Desmond Tutu, Richard Rohr and Philip Yancey.
  • Major U.S. speakers at the March 5-9 "Christ at the Checkpoint"-event include Tony Campolo, Joel Hunter, Lynne Hybels of Willow Creek Community, and Shane Claiborne.
  • Shane Claiborne spoke at the Emerging Church Conference in Albuquerque, NM on March 20-22, 2009
  • Shane Claiborne endorsed The New Christians, by Tony Jones
  • Shane Claiborne endorsed Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola:
  • Brian McLaren recommends The Irresistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne as one of the "Spirituality: The Crisis of Purpose"-follow-up books for Everything Must Change. Other endorsers include Tony Campolo and Leonard Sweet
  • Shane Claiborne wrote the foreword in Oriented to Faith: Transforming the Conflict over Gay Relationships (2014), by Tim Otto.
  • In an article in Religion News Service, Shane Claiborne is described as a (Tony) Campolo acolyte at Eastern University in St. Davids.
  • Common Prayer (2012) suggested Reading of the month:
  • Beating Guns (2019) is endorsed by Walter Brueggemann, Scot McKnight, Richard Rohr and Tony Campolo.

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