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‘Simple Way’ Founder Speaks on New Monasticism

Shane ClaiborneAuthor and activist Shane Claiborne spoke to students Wednesday in MPAC about his inspiring ministries and how God helped him find his purpose.

Claiborne spent time on the streets of Calcutta working with Mother Teresa as well as on the staff of a Chicago mega-church. In 1998, he helped found The Simple Way, a Christian community in inner city Philadelphia that has spawned numerous ministries and an international movement called The New Monasticism. His books include “Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals” and “Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical.”

He told students the story of how The Simple Way began and how much it has grown since. He explained that all of his ministries have been a result of “inconvenient interruptions” and how he was able to find a purpose in them.

“God is bigger than all of us. He can make the rocks cry out,” Claiborne said. “He wants to use us to change the patterns of injustice in the world.”

He concluded by advising students to “Make space to be interrupted. Make space for somebody else’s pain and God’s plan.”

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