By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Shane Claiborne, a founding partner of The Simple Way community, will give the talk, "Tearing Down the Walls: Resurrecting belief, action and love," Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by Bucknell's Catholic Campus Ministry. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing.
Claiborne explains, "From picket fences and gated neighborhoods to office cubicles and prison cells, we live in a world of walls. We can end up lonely people, stuck in the ghettoes of poverty and the ghettoes of affluence. But God is all about tearing down walls. We are not alone. And another world is possible."
One of a growing number of innovative New Monastic Christian communities, The Simple Way consists of a group of young believers who live in simplicity and service among the poor and homeless in north Philadelphia.
Relying on interdependence and conservation of resources, the Simple Way Community Center encompasses grassroots organizations, intentional communities and hospitality houses providing shelter, food and clothing for those in need.
Claiborne strives to live an authentic Christian life, living unencumbered by material possessions, ministering to the marginalized in society as Jesus and the earliest converts to Christianity did, and striving to be an instrument of healing in a broken world. He has dressed the wounds of lepers with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, lived for three weeks with families in Iraq amidst bombings, and galvanized a grassroots student movement that saved a group of homeless families from eviction from an abandoned Philadelphia church.
The social activist is the author of several best-selling books including The Irresistible Revolution: Living Life as an Ordinary Radical, Jesus for President, and Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers. He is featured in the documentary, The Ordinary Radicals and co-directed the three-volume Another World is Possible DVD series.
A member of the Iraq Peace Team and a board member of the nationwide Christian Community Development Association, he has been featured on CNN, Fox News and NPR, in the Wall Street Journal, Sojourners, Esquire Magazine and Christianity Today.
"Through contemporary stories of compassion, faith and reconciliation along with practical solutions, Shane Claiborne's talk will invite us into the promise that the walls of isolation and loneliness, poverty and injustice need no longer stand," said Suzanne Domzalski, Assistant Catholic Campus Minister at Bucknell.
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