Fire at Simple Way House: Pray, Please
I just got word that this morning there was a 7-alarm fire at the Simple Way house in Philadelphia, home of Shane Claiborne. Shane recently penned The Irresistible Revolution, a book on his experiences of living in this new monastic community he helped to establish.
Here’s what Billy from the Ashram just wrote about the fire:
I am deeply saddened to report that the Simple Way house at 3200 Potter Street was very badly damaged, and from what I’ve heard, has been condemned and will probably be torn down soon. I just got off the phone with Chris Lahr and he told me that apparently everyone is ok, though it sounds like Shane made a pretty narrow escape and everyone has lost a lot of valuable personal articles. I think that I can safely speak for anyone who has ever been to 3200 Potter when I say that we’ve all lost something that is a vital part of our unfolding communal story. This place has truly been one of the most important and life changing destinations for Christian pilgrims in America over the course of the last decade.
It’s important that we pray for this community in Philly. They are trailblazers and way-preparers.
(Thanks to Beth for the transluscent news.)