I learned about Shane Claiborne and The Simple Way fifteen minutes ago after cruising my friend Lisa Samson’s blog post about him. Wow and ouch.
Believe in Jesus. (?)
Believe Jesus. (?)
Sometimes the difference of one word can make all the difference. Jesus made waves. Tsunami proportions.
Is my activity even creating ripples?
Shane Claiborne interview: I did a dangerous thing of reading the Bible, and asking what if Jesus meant this stuff He said.
FROM THE WEBSITE OF THE SIMPLE WAY:
Our Mission is:
“To Love God. To Love people. To Follow Jesus.”
We’re giving that our best shot.
FROM THE SIMPLE WAY WEBSITE:
A number of people have asked us to come up with some simple, practical ideas around social justice. With the help of our friends at Geez Magazine, we’ve come up with the following… add your idea to the mix and let’s brew up some holy mischief.
Go out to eat with someone who is homeless, or invite them to your home or cafeteria to eat with you.
- Leave a random tip in the college bathrooms for the folks who clean them.
- Find out who makes the clothes for the athletic department and if those companies reflect the values of Christ.
- Learn to sew and begin making your own clothes.
- Start tithing 10% of all income directly to the poor (relationaltithe.com).
- Connect with a group of farmworkers who grow food for your cafeteria or favorite restaurant (such as Taco Bells Immokalee workers ciw-online.org).
- Give your winter coat away to someone who is colder than you are.
- Ask to see the budget of your school. What do the workers get paid compared to the administrators? Make sure folks know — if you are proud of this, affirm the folks who make those decisions… If not, begin a conversation with both workers and administrators of how this could be better.
- Ask where the campus gets its energy. Is it renewable? If not begin a plan for moving toward renewable energy (talk to folks at Eastern University about how they have done it by an optional ecological tax that is tacked onto tuition — it’s only a few dollars per student).
- Write one CEO a month — affirm or critique the ethics of their company (you may need to do a little research).
- Write only paper letters for a month (go computer free)
- Try sitting in silence for 15 minutes a day.
- Kill your TV — or go TV free for a year.
- Go down a line of parked cars and pay for the meters that are about to expire… Leave a little anonymous note of niceness.
- Beat a war machine into a plow, without hurting anyone of course (Isaiah 2:4) — NOTE: you might want to plan on a little sabbatical after this one, a little reading and writing retreat — in jail.
- Write to one social justice organizer or leader each month, just to encourage them in their work.
- Experiment with a post-oil era by going fuel free for a week — ride a bike everywhere, carpool, walk or hitchhike.
- Gut your TV and turn it into a pot for a plant.
- Try reading only female writers for a year (since many of our problems seem to be stemming from men).
- Go to a retirement home and ask to visit a few old folks who don’t get any visitors.
- Spend some time with someone who cleans the campus, get to know each other, share your stories.
- Invite one of the college cafeteria staff to your home for dinner or go to their home.
- Try jack-hammering the church parking lot to make space for potato plants.
- Track to its source one item you eat regularly
- Give your car away to a stranger
- Convert a diesel car to run off veggie oil.
- Try flushing your toilets off dirty sink water (for a little guide, check here).
- Buy only used (thrift) clothes for a year.
- Cover up all brand names, or at least the ones that do not reflect the upside down economics of God’s Kingdom.