Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne

Christian Activist, Author & Founder

The Simple Way

Philadelphia, PA USA

The real secret is that as we give ourselves to something bigger than ourselves, there’s something in us that ignites.


By Roadtrip Nation

Shane Claiborne


My road in life has been direct.
I was raised in East Tennessee, which is part of the “Bible Belt,” so I grew up surrounded by religion and Christianity.
Eventually, I realized that the church was more so teaching me what to believe rather than how to live, so I decided I wanted to venture away from home to learn more about truth and love.
I moved to Philadelphia for college and attended Eastern University, where I studied sociology and youth ministry.
Some friends and I travelled to Calcutta, India, to work alongside Mother Theresa—she taught us that there’s work that needs to be done everywhere, so we moved back home to help our own community.
We bought a house in Philadelphia where we live together, share all resources, and do a lot of work to help our neighbors and community.
Our small New Monasticism community grew into a local non-profit called The Simple Way.
I wrote a book, “The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical,” which was published in 2006—it details my experiences and describes what I believe is the true Christian lifestyle.
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High School
Sociology and Youth Ministry
Eastern University


Christian Activist, Author & Founder

I co-founded a non-profit organization under the New Monasticism movement.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Philosophy & Religion
Non-Profit Organizations
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Surround yourself with a community of people who look like what you want to be. That (along with reading the Bible) was my primary inspiration for the work that I do.


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"What are you going to do when you grow up?"

Challenges I Overcame

Natural Disaster