Shane Claiborne is 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. 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.
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 graduated from Eastern University and did graduate work at Princeton Seminary. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Eastern.
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. He has been featured in a number of films including Another World Is Possible and 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 appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and AlJazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame. Shane speaks regularly at denominational gatherings, festivals, and conferences around the globe.
Ciona Rouse is a free-lance writer, editor, and educator in Nashville, TN. She is the author of Life, Breath, and Water: Praying with Africa, and has been a contributing writer for Companions in Christ, Credo Confirmation Curriculum, and Claim the Life. She served as the Director of the Shared Mission Focus on Young People from 2002-2005, helping establish the Division on Ministries with Young People at the General Board of Discipleship. Ciona has also spent time volunteering with HIV/Aids patients in South Africa and will share from her experiences of being the Body of Christ throughout the weekend.
Lake Junaluska Youth Registration Form (.pdf)
Register before March 15th and receive a $100 credit for your group. Registration forms and deposits of $60/person must be postmarked by March 15, 2014. Credit will be subtracted from the balance due 30 days prior to arrival.