Prominent speaker and activist to speak at September 2020 conference on family homelessness
SUMMIT, NJ –JANUARY 27, 2020 – Family Promise, the nation’s leading nonprofit addressing family homelessness, announced Shane Claiborne as the keynote speaker at their September 2020 conference in Las Vegas, NV.
Shane Claiborne, the founder of The Simple Way, is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. He has been featured in a number of films including “Another World Is Possible” and “Ordinary Radicals.” His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over one hundred times a year, nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, TIME, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR.
“Our national conferences have had an array of leaders—from the faith community, politics, activism—speak as keynoters. This year, we are excited to have Shane Claiborne, who not only challenges us to consider the root causes of homelessness but also has a direct connection to our work—his mother is a long-time Family Promise volunteer in his native Tennessee,” said Claas Ehlers, chief executive officer of Family Promise.
“Claiborne’s messages are powerful and inspiring. As he has stated, when we engage directly and in relation with families in poverty, ‘we start to ask why people are poor, which is never as popular as giving to charity.’ We echo that belief as we strive to reduce housing instability and address the full range of issues that create and sustain poverty. Even if it is unpopular.”
The Family Promise National Conference offers members of the Family Promise network—working in more than 200 communities— the opportunity to come together and share best practices, resources, and key learnings across Affiliates nationwide. This year’s conference, which will run from September 29 – October 2, will be held at the M Resort just outside of Las Vegas and will feature panels and sessions led by members of the Family Promise network and leaders working towards ending family homelessness nationwide.
More information can be found by visiting familypromise.org/vegas2020.
About Family Promise
Family Promise envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. What began as a local initiative in Summit, NJ, has become a national movement that involves 200,000 volunteers and served more than 125,000 family members in 2018. Family Promise will change the future for 1 million children by 2030.
About Shane Claiborne
Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads-up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.” Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. Now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty and help stop gun violence.
Shane’s books include Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, Executing Grace, his classic The Irresistible Revolution, and his newest book, Beating Guns. He has been featured in a number of films including “Another World Is Possible” and “Ordinary Radicals.” His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over one hundred times a year, nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, TIME, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame.
Shane speaks regularly at denominational gatherings, festivals, and conferences around the globe.