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Author/Activist Shane Claiborne Returning to WC


Author and social activist Shane Clairborne is following up his standing-room-only presentation at Wilmington College last winter with an appearance Jan. 24, at 7 p.m., in the McCoy Room of Kelly Center.

This year’s talk will highlight “Tearing Down the Walls.”

The Office of Campus Ministry, along with Student Government Assn. and the Political Science and Religion & Philosophy departments, are presenting the program, which is free and open to the public.

Claiborne said that, from picket fences and gated neighborhoods to office cubicles and prison cells, we live in a world of walls.

“We can end up lonely people… stuck in the ghettoes of poverty and the ghettoes of affluence,” he said, adding that God is “all about” tearing down walls. “We are not alone. Stories of compassion and reconciliation invite us into the promise that the gates will not prevail.”

He said, “Poverty and injustice become personal, as we gain the eyes to see the suffering around us. The Gospel comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable… but is good news to all of us.”

Claiborne, who has ministered to the homeless in Philadelphia for the past two decades, is the author of Jesus for President and director of Red Letter Christians, a movement committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.”