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Episode 30: A Conversation with Shane Claiborne


Shane Claiborne Co-Founder of the Simple Way.

Shane Claiborne is a co-founder and board member of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world.

Claiborne graduated from Eastern University and did his 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.

His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been seen on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s also given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame. Currently, Shane speaks regularly at denominational gatherings, festivals, and conferences around the globe.

Shane joins us in Episode 30 at Let The Music Play as we take a look into the wisdom and insight gained from living a life powered by love and grounded in simplicity.

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You can read all the cook books, buy the finest ingredients, and be uber disciplined in the food preparation, but to leave out delight is to forget to turn the oven on.
If life is a meal, I belief it’s delight that does the cooking.


Original > Copy

There’s never been another you. To own that reality is a choice.

It’s also choice to become a replica of what has already been.

Nevertheless, in all of our individual originality, we do all rhyme with Love.

One love…in billions and billions of never-before forms.

This is our story.

This is our song.

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…is actually what we need to be doing. There’s no other way to come to know what we don’t know.

It is the missing ingredient to move us from disorder to reorder.

And after we unlearn our habitual reflexes and responses, there’s always a period of unknowing.

That’s ok. And, actually, it (hopeful unknowing) just may be the point.

We’ve always connected the dots looking backwards.

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