Claiborne visits during Spiritual Emphasis Week

Sat, 2006-09-23 09:21 -- univcomm
September 23, 2006

Anderson University will welcome Shane Claiborne to the campus for Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW), October 17-19. Claiborne is a founding partner of The Simple Way, a radical faith community that lives and serves in Kensington, Philadelphia. The Anderson University office of Spiritual Life and Counseling Services sponsors SEW once each year to offer students and the community an opportunity for worship and study with an off-campus speaker.

Claiborne 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 the large congregation at Willow Creek Community Church outside Chicago.

During the recent war in Iraq, Claiborne spent three weeks in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team (a project of Voices in the Wilderness and Christian Peacemaker Teams). Shane was witness to the military bombardment of Baghdad as well as the militarized areas between Baghdad and Amman. As a member of IPT, Shane took daily trips to sites where there had been bombings, visited hospitals and families, and attended worship services during the war.

Shane is a founding partner of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped to birth and connect radical faith communities around the world, many of whom have become known as a “new monasticism, ” which produced the book Schools for Conversion. At the Simple Way, faith 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. 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. 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 the book The Irresistible Revolution.

All services will be conducted October 17-19 on the Anderson University campus. Morning services will be conducted during chapel/convocation at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday in Reardon Auditorium. Evening services will be conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Byrum Hall. The services are free and open to the public.

For more information about Spiritual Emphasis Week, contact the Anderson University office of Spiritual Life and Counseling at 765-641-4203 or

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, education, theology and nursing.