Three Degrees of Separation
Shane Claiborne is a leading spirit in a gathering movement of young people known as the New Monastics. Emerging from the edges of Evangelical Christianity, they are patterning their lives in response to the needs of the poor -- and the detachment they see in our culture's vision of adulthood.
Christianity can be built around isolating ourselves from evildoers and sinners, creating a community of religious piety and moral purity. Christianity tan also be built around joining with the broken sinners and evildoers of our world crying out to God, groaning for grace. Bath are magnetic and contagious.
A few years ago, Philadelphia chose to inaugurate its Sidewalk Behavior Ordinance (which criminalized homelessness by making it illegal to lie or sit extensively on sidewalks) on Martin Luther King Day. Define irony.
The vision of Jesus is not spread through organizational structures, but through touch, breath, shared life. It is spread through people who have discovered love.
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The large number of vacant houses in the Kensington neighborhood of North Philadelphia is an issue for residents living there. If they remain unboarded, the houses become "shooting dens" for drug users, specifically, heroin addicts. Here, Justin, in the basement of The Simple Way community house, paints artwork on a piece of plywood that will board a door of an abandoned house.
Voices on the Radio
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A passionate discussion is unfolding in public and in private among Evangelical leaders and communities. Should Christians be involved in politics and if so, how? What has gone wrong, and what has been learned from the Moral Majority up until now. In this live public conversation, Krista probes these ideas with three formative Evangelicals.