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. And now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty.
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, his classic The Irresistible Revolution and his newest book, Executing Grace. 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, 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.
Andrew Root, PhD (Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is most recently the author of Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross (Fortress, 2014) and Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker (Baker, 2014). He has also written The Relational Pastor (IVP, 2013) as well as a four book series with Zondervan called A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry (titles include Taking Theology to Youth Ministry, Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry, Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry, and Unlocking Mission and Eschatology in Youth Ministry). In 2012 his book The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry (with Kenda Creasy Dean, IVP, 2011) was Christianity Today Book of Merit. He has written a number of other books on ministry and theology such as The Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being (Baker Academic, 2010), The Promise of Despair (Abingdon, 2010), Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation (IVP, 2007) and Relationships Unfiltered (Zondervan/YS, 2009). Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Kara, two children, Owen and Maisy, and their two dogs. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Andy spends far too much time watching TV and movies.
Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley is an activist/scholar and distinguished speaker, teacher and wisdom keeper who addresses a variety of issues concerning American culture, faith, justice, our relationship with the earth and Indigenous realities. His expertise has been sought in national venues as diverse as The Huffington Post, Moody Radio and Time Magazine. Dr. Woodley currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural Studies at George Fox Seminary. His books include: The Harmony Tree: A Story of Healing and Community (Friesen, 2016), Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision (Eerdmans, 2012) and Living in Color: Embracing God’s Passion for Ethnic Diversity (Intervarsity, 2004). Randy was raised near Detroit, Michigan and is a legal descendant of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. He is a member of the Oregon Dept. of Education American Indian/Alaska Native Advisory Board.
Edith Woodley is a speaker/mentor on issues concerning Native American Spirituality and Creation. As a full-time mother, grandmother and farmer, she has developed a unique relationship with the land and insights concerning how to raise a family on a small farm. Edith is an Eastern Shoshone tribal member who was raised on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. She graduated from Bacone Indian College in Muskogee, Oklahoma and is co-founder of several organizations with Randy Woodley. They serve together on the Greater Portland Native Climate Council.
Together, the Woodleys have been involved in mentoring Indigenous leaders and others, for almost three decades. As co-founders of Eagle’s Wings Ministry in 1999 (eagleswingsministry.com) they were considered early innovators in the Native American Cultural Contextual Movement. Their service for over 25 years to the most disenfranchised people in America led them to become serious about important issues such as racism and eco-justice. They have co-founded such organizations as Christians for Justice, Evangelicals 4 Justice (E4J) and CHCHEW (“chikoo”) The Coalition for Healing Chinook-Kalapuya Earth and Water. In 2004 the Woodleys became co-sustainers of Eloheh Farm (elohehfarm.com). Eloheh Farm & Seeds is a permaculture, regenerative teaching farm, school and community in Newberg, Oregon that propagates Open Pollinated, non-GMO, Farm-Direct Seeds (elohehseeds.com). Together, the Woodleys speak on a variety of topics concerning Indigenous people’s rights, racism and eco-justice and Indigenous spirituality.
Leanor Ortega Till
In 2000, after a decade touring in a Christian ska-punk band, Five Iron Frenzy, Leanor Ortega Till helped to found Scum of the Earth Church in Denver, Colorado. Scum of the Earth is an urban Denver Christian congregation focused on “the left-out and right-brained.” Leanor became licensed as a pastor under The Alliance for Renewal Churches in 2004. She served as the Director of Women’s Ministry and curated an art gallery housed in the church for 16 years. Leanor has recently been sent out of the church walls and now serves under Denver’s Urban Skye Ministries where she continues to speak, teach and serve the homeless as well as others who may not attend church.
Leanor is wife to Stephen Till and mother to Eliseo and Inez.