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Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Fire at The Simple Way
Re-posted from Mike's blog -

I just heard (thanks Rebecca) that several houses in Shane Claiborne's Simple Way community and the surrounding neighborhood in Philadelphia burned down last night - including Shane's own home and all his belongings. Eight houses burned in all, including the Simple Way's community center where they ran their "Yes! And..." creative arts program and the building and equipment for their Cottage Printworks microbusiness. Though over 100 people were evacuated from their homes, thankfully nobody was hurt.

Many of you will know Shane from his book The Irresistible Revolution. He and his fellow Simple Way members are at the leading edge of a new movement of neo-monastic intentional communities - i.e. small groups of typically young Jesus radicals who move into urban areas among the poor to live intentionally in transformational community. Shane has been especially inspirational to me (I wish I had the courage to live as he does) and our church is actually reading his book together this summer.

Anyhow, while I know that Shane and his friends place no value on material possession and will likely emerge from this crisis more passionate than ever, even still it is a setback for them and their ministry. If you would like to contribute to the Simple Way Rebuilding Fund or to the Kensington Families Fund (for their neighbors who also lost their homes), click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for instructions on how to do so.

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  • At 6/20/2007 07:33:00 PM, Anonymous becky

    I got an email from Jamie Moffett, who runs the website and the MySpace page. He asks that everyone spread the word - donations are needed desperately for the displaced families and to rebuild TSW - the building they lost housed a lot of really amazing ministries.

  • At 6/20/2007 09:17:00 PM, Blogger Anne

    I sent this on to our pastor who was just reading Irresistible Revolution. I pray God does remarkable things in rebuilding this whole community.

  • At 6/21/2007 06:12:00 AM, Blogger Joanna

    I saw an article about a big fire in Philly and prayed that it wasn't their place... so sorry to find out it was. As you said, they will come out of this passionately.

  • At 6/21/2007 06:58:00 AM, Blogger Sensuous Wife

    Even if you don't place a large value on material possessions, this has got to be an awful thing to go through. My heart goes out to them!

  • At 6/22/2007 09:15:00 AM, Blogger Sally

    thank you for posting this- praying for them.


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