Saturday I went to a workshop with Shane Claiborne at D.C.’s Servant Leadership School. And although I’m not a big proponent of being anybody’s groupie, I do have people I admire enormously (like Shane) and glean wisdom from… so that I can celebrate what they do, glorify God for His work in their story, and take in anything that seems needful for my own journey and calling, with the idea that I not become a mini-me of someone else but the unique version of God’s image that I am called to be.
So here are a few things (paraphrased) I heard Shane Claiborne talk about that were encouragements or challenges to me in terms of engaging the suffering of the world, building community, following Jesus:
- Our lives speak. Do we leave a trail of crumbs that attract people?
- Faith should be spread through fascination and not force.
- We can’t fence people in but we can provide a really good food source that they want.
- Quoting Martin Luther King: after you lift so many people out of the ditch you begin rethinking the entire Jericho Road.
- Quoting Desmond Tutu: we need a revolution big enough to set oppressors AND oppressed free.
- Regarding suburbia: it’s hard to heal in the vacuum that made us sick.
- It’s important not just to be right but to be nice.
- Christians should associate with the donkey who carried Jesus on his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, knowing that we’re not anybody but the “asses who get to carry Jesus in.”
- Doctrines are hard things to love. Ideologies don’t come with responsibilities but relationships do.
- “Do small things with great love or don’t answer the door.” — a quote above the door at Simple Way, getting at the need for rest and refreshment and pacing oneself.
- A person in love with their vision destroys it whereas a person who loves people creates community.
So glad I had the chance to hear him in person, beyond the books (Jesus for President, Irresistible Revolution, Becoming the Answer to our Prayers) and DVD (Ordinary Radicals) that had already been helpful in thinking through issues of faith and justice.