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Shane Claiborne graduated from Eastern University and did graduate work at Princeton Seminary. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Eastern. His adventures have taken him from the streets of Calcutta where he worked with Mother Teresa to the wealthy suburbs of Chicago where he served at the influential mega-church Willow Creek. As a peacemaker, his journeys have taken him to some of the most troubled regions of the world – from Rwanda to the West Bank – and he’s been on peace delegations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Together with his friend Tony Campolo, Shane heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of Christians committed to living out the lifestyle prescribed in the Gospels. Shane is also the visionary leader of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. He is married to Katie Jo, a North Carolina girl who also fell in love with the city (and with Shane). They were wed in St. Edwards church, the formerly abandoned cathedral into which homeless families relocated in 1995, launching the beginning of the Simple Way community and a new phase of faith-based justice making.

Shane writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. Shane’s books include Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers – and his classic The Irresistible Revolution. Shane's newest book is Executing Grace (February 2016).

Shane has been featured in a number of films, including Another World Is Possible and The Ordinary Radicals. His books are translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over 100 times a year, nationally and internationally. His work has been published in Esquire Magazine, SPIN, Christianity Today, and The Wall Street Journal. He has appeared on Fox News, Al Jazeera, CNN, and NPR. You can follow Shane on Twitter (@shaneclaiborne), Facebook (ShaneClaiborne), and

Entries by Shane Claiborne

Beating Guns in Memory of Trayvon Martin

(8) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 3:19 PM

This week we heard that the gun George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin was being placed up for auction, with an opening bid of $5000. It's sickening.

There has been a Twitter-storm of folks suggesting we should acquire the gun and beat it into a plow with...

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Death By Blackness

(2) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 12:45 PM

The color of your skin shouldn't determine whether you live or die. But that is precisely the case for Duane Buck, a Texas man facing execution. His case is before the Supreme Court this month.

Earlier this month, the nation's highest court allowed the execution of another African American...

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Evangelical Support for Death Penalty Comes to an End After Decades

(12) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 10:32 AM

The National Association of Evangelicals recently issued a new resolution on capital punishment recognizing Christians who work to abolish the death penalty.

The new statement is not a call to abolish the death penalty altogether but it flags both social and theological concerns and affirms the growing movement...

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Why Philly is the Perfect Place for the Pope to Denounce the Death Penalty

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 10:37 AM

I guess there is no bad place to call for an end to execution. But Philadelphia, the City of Love, is a really divine place for his Holiness to denounce death.

Just this year, Governor Tom Wolf announced a halt on all executions in Pennsylvania, citing deep concerns about errors...

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Death Penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: A Call for Radical Mercy

(16) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 4:09 PM

It's hard to have mercy for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

It was Jesus who said, "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." And he certainly demonstrates that mercy on the cross as he forgives the people nailing him to it. But as a follower of Christ, mercy seems...

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Holy Week in an Unholy World

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 12:35 PM

We call it Holy Week. But it was a terrible week.

His trial reeked of injustice. His own disciple sold him out for a few pieces of silver, betrayed him with a kiss... and hung himself.

As he was arrested, one of his closest friends disregarded all his...

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Blessed Be the Housekeeping Staff

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 12:16 PM

I've often told young college-shoppers: Don't just consider how strong the academics are, or how good the football team is, or even how you like the campus or the town. All of those are good questions, but make sure you also ask: "What do you pay your housekeeping staff?"

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Ferguson, Dr. King And The Non-Violent Uprising

(3) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 7:11 AM

Dr. King said: a "riot is the language of the unheard."

What happens when folks do not feel like their voices are being heard?

They shout louder.

Rioting is what almost happened in Ferguson, and all of us who live in...

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Give us New Eyes

(3) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 9:21 AM

It's been said that our politics are often shaped by what we see out the window.
Twenty years ago if you'd asked me if I think police treat people fairly regardless of race, I would have said confidently "Yes" - just like 70% of white folks in the...

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Marching Through The Desert To End The Death Penalty

(3) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 3:32 PM

It's 93 degrees in Texas today. And Rev. Jeff Hood is walking 200 miles across the state. What would compel somebody to do that? He wants to end the death penalty... and he is not alone.

Rev. Jeff Hood is a Southern Baptist pastor, deeply troubled by his denomination's stance...

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If It Weren't for Jesus, I Might be Pro-Death Too

(44) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 5:06 PM

Southern Baptist leader Albert Mohler wrote a piece this week defending the death penalty. In his 1200 word argument for why Christians should support the death penalty, he does not mention Jesus a single time.

Digging deeper, as you read the official pro-death...

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Tennessee Death Row Invites Governor To Pray With Them

(4) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 9:02 AM

Yesterday the men on Tennessee's death row, 4 of whom have scheduled execution dates in the near future, invited Governor Haslam, the man who signs the death warrants to join them for prayer.

The backdrop for the story is that TN has more executions scheduled in a year than the...

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The First Year Of The Pope's Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:46 PM

A year ago -- March 13, 2013 - Pope Francis officially became Pope. Since then he has fascinated the world.

He didn't don the snazzy red shoes and fancy papal attire. He chose a humble apartment rather than the posh papal palace. He washed the feet of women in...

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Gun Death And Bringing America Back to Life

(33) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 2:37 PM

Yesterday, I read about the 2-year old child who shot herself by accident in North Carolina over the weekend. Then I read about the horror of another school shooting in Nevada. Only hours later -- shots rang out again on our block in North Philadelphia, for...

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Remembering Francis: From 12th Century Rebel to 21st Century Pope

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 11:52 AM

Today (October 4), Christians around the world remember one of the great heroes of our faith, and the Pope's namesake - Francis of Assisi. But Francesco Bernadone (Francis of Assisi), who died on October 3, 1226 must be laughing at the irony of it all.

He was one of...

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Beating AK47s into Shovels

(151) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 2:18 PM

It doesn't get much cooler than beating an AK47 into a shovel. We are starting to make a habit of it.

Our first weapon-conversion was on the 10th anniversary of September 11th. A welder buddy of mine took an AK 47 and transformed it LIVE, into a shovel and a...

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Remember Guantanamo Bay?

(13) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 10:14 AM

I had a chance to meet with some of the folks who have served as mediators to Guantanamo Bay prisoners, and I am deeply disturbed by what I learned.

Here's a little update from Guantanamo. Some of the things I learned...

One hundred and sixty-six prisoners remain in the prison....

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Taking Good Friday Liturgy to the Streets

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 3:51 PM

Taking Liturgy to the Streets...

Liturgy and worship were never meant to be confined to the cathedrals and sanctuaries. Liturgy at its best can be performed like a circus or theater - making the Gospel visible as a witness to the world around us. Consider these services that happened in...

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What Would Jesus Say to the NRA?

(782) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 3:43 PM

What does the birth of the baby Jesus 2,000 years ago have to offer the violent, troubled world we live in? Or what would Jesus say to the NRA?

I want to suggest: a lot. A whole lot.

Jesus entered the world from a posture of absolute vulnerability -- as...

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I Found Peace in Kabul

(10) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 10:03 AM

Afghanistan is one of the most desperate, beat up places in the world. Forbes magazine has called it the most dangerous nation on earth. More than 30 years of war have left 2 million people dead, and much of the country in chaos. But even in the most troubled places...

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