Monthly Archives: September 2013

Episode 6 :: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-1

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In this episode. . .

Whose Birthday Is it, Anyway? A radio adaptation of Alternatives’ best-known resource for Advent and Christmas. This episode features: Let’s Get Off the Christmas Roller-Coaster  (by K. DiAn Kempf Jones, inspired by the book UNPLUG the Christmas Machine) + Reflections, an Alternative Giving letter and making a Christmas Tree-Shirt

COMING next episode: Whose Birthday? – 2, featuring “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Reflection + Real Life Experience

SEASONAL HELPS from  Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth (published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake, BC, Canada, best known for its Season of Creation curriculum)

September-December | ADVENT | CHRISTMAS

Most of the following AV resources are part of this “Whose Birthday?” radio series.

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MISSION
To learn more about SLW! – our mission, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog four times a week.

We at Simple Living Works! believe that simple living really does work! Voluntary Simplicity, choosing to live simpler lives, is a faithful, satisfying and effective lifestyle. Contemporary faith-based simple living is guided by the five Life Standards of Living More with Less, the classic by Doris Janzen Longacre. I discussed those standards in episode 2. The Mission of SLW! is “equipping people of faith to 1. challenge consumerism2. live justly and 3. celebrate responsibly.” The three parts of our Mission are elaborated in text and video at these links. We extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | THEMES/Seasons Index | Submission guidelines for Whose Birthday? 2013 | Issues 1-24

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To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom. To SUBSCRIBE, click below:  

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

Click ABOUT for Music and Cover Art Credits. Guest Voices: Rita Iversen; Three friends: Angela Iversen, Jaronika Dancy and Gabby Preciado. Photo credit (Christmas Tree-Shirt and kids): Jana Fickbohm. The Whose Birthday? radio series, originally produced by Peter Iversen, has been slightly edited to remove dated information.

Episode 5 :: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle – 2

BreakForthIntoJoyVideoIn this episode. . .

Break Forth Into Joy: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle, part 2 + Simplifying early winter festivals with Treasury of Celebrations

Hear the second part of Alternatives’ award-winning program Break Forth into Joy: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle, and then hear about a big resource for simplifying Christmas, New Years and Epiphany.

Break Forth Into Joy! itself is 15-minutes. In this episode three additional 10-minute bonus segments of people featured in the main part. These additional sections have themes of freedom and possessions, family and children, and taking action. Relevant to Christmas.

Some of the Speakers

John and Mary Schramm wrote A Service for Ending, Blending & Beginning Christmas Traditions for Alternatives.

David Allen Sorensen and Barbara DeGrote-Sorensen, co-authors of Tis a Gift to be Simple; Six Weeks to a Simpler LifestyleEscaping the Family Time Trap: A Practical Guide for Over-Busy Families, and numerous others. 

David wrote Whose Birthday: An Introduction; Barbara wrote KEEPING CHRISTMAS: Ideas for celebrating a meaningful holiday for Alternatives.

Thomas Thangaraj

Kathleen Connolly has written several things for Alternatives:
A Different Kind of Wish List | Appropriate Christmas Gifts and Questionnaire | Closing the Season | “Light Shine in Deepest Night” Activities.

Break Forth into Joy: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle won best-of-class in Religion at the Dallas International Film Festival. It has a free study guide when you’re ready to use it at the your church or in your group.  Video Version (on YouTube)

SIMPLIFYING FESTIVALS

See the Show Notes for episode 4, for a quick overview of Treasury of Celebrations, especially simplifying Fall Festivals.

Treasury of Celebrations is the last edition of a long-standing Alternatives staple, The Alternate Celebrations Catalog, first publishing in 1973, the year Alternatives was founded. Here’s a quick history overview. This last edition, a compilation of the six earlier editions, is called Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth (published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake, BC, Canada, best known for its Season of Creation curriculum).

QUICK OVERVIEW

• Treasury of Celebrations
• 1: Making Choices
• 2: Gifts
• 3: Celebrations
• 4: Rites of Passage

Part 1: Making Choices
• Simple Living
• Gift Giving
• Food and Celebration
• Getting Started
Part 2: Gifts
Part 3: Celebrations – We’ll discuss rites of passage, like birthdays and weddings, as well as winter, spring and summer celebrations in later episodes.

I will bring some of them up again in future episodes at appropriate times. If you’re eager, you can read them now or anytime for free online in the archives of SLW!

September-December

ADVENT

CHRISTMAS

Planning an Alternative Christmas Workshop
How to Organize an Alternative Christmas Community Festival

Most of the following are part of the upcoming “Whose Birthday?” radio series.

Let Jesus Come, Let Santa Go: audio workshop

UNPLUG the Christmas Machine: Leader’s Guide (audio and text)

The Celebration Revolution of Alexander Scrooge

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Carols with Justice sing-along

What Does Jesus Want for Christmas? (pageant)

Let’s Get Off the Christmas Roller-Coaster

Whose B’day? (5 of 24 editions have audio versions)

Other TEXT resources (no accompanying audio/visual)

15 Christmas Packets

An assortment of Advent/Christmas Calendars

Christmas Anthologies to read alone or aloud

Christmas Campaign Kit

Advent/Christmas Articles Index

Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art: Celebrating Advent/Christmas

Worship Alternatives: Advent/Christmas

Thematic Index: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany

Alternatives’ Legacy Resource: Voluntary Simplicity Study/Action Guide also deals primarily with celebrations. Also, To Celebrate: Jan.-Feb. (catalog #6).

Share your thoughts on this podcast and this episode. Email  Feedback AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org  [or SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com or SimpleLivingWorks2@gmail.com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

PLANS

In episode 6, I begin the six-part adaptation of the well-known “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” which includes several of Alternatives’ audio shorts.

If you haven’t subscribed yet, we hope you will now through iTunes, Stitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review.

We’d love to get to know you as a subscriber to this podcast and to the several blogs we post new each week. Subscriptions are FREE and they keep you current automatically when we post something new. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews.

Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same.

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization.

Thanks to John Pitney for music on this episode: “Learn to Live Simply So Others Can Simply Live”  from “Walk Lightly on the Earth.”

This podcast is covered by the Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-and-share-alike license. To learn more about Creative Commons, click on its link on our web site home page.

MISSION

To learn more about SLW! – our mission, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2.

We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog four times a week.

We at Simple Living Works! believe that simple living really does work! Voluntary Simplicity, choosing to live simpler lives, is a faithful, satisfying and effective lifestyle. Contemporary faith-based simple living is guided by the five Life Standards of Living More with Less, the classic by Doris Janzen Longacre. I discussed those standards in episode 2.

The Mission of SLW! is “equipping people of faith to 1. challenge consumerism2. live justly and 3. celebrate responsibly.” The three parts of our Mission are elaborated in text and video at these links. We extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, which served from 1973-2011.

Simple Living Works! web site home page | THEMES/Seasons Index

Submission guidelines for Whose Birthday? 2013 | Issues 1-24

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Read & subscribe to the SLW! blog.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom. To SUBSCRIBE, click below:  

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

Click ABOUT for Music and Cover Art Credits.