Monthly Archives: October 2014

Episode 32 :: Igniting Christmas Simplicity in Our Hearts

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Show Notes

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom, or visit the Episode Index.

WHOSE Birthday? – an audio adaptation of SLW’s signature publication Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? — our Advent/Christmas annual for individuals, families and congregations. [Note: some of the original tracks have been lightly edited, so you may notice minor irregularities. Sorry.]

WHOSE Birthday? 2014 podcast series is taken from Edition #18 | TEXT | SPANISH text, entitled “Adviento”

INSPIRING REFLECTIONS (with discussion questions), FUN ACTIVITIES and DAILY CALENDAR based on liturgical cycle B (Gospel of Mark)

[Inside secret: If you want to hear all the episodes at once, instead of waiting for them to be released on iTunes, Stitcher, etc., go to Podcast Index/Preview.]

#32 – Igniting Simplicity Within Our Hearts

  • What Happened to Christmas?
  • Why a Simpler Christmas?
  • Top 10 Uses of Whose Birthday? (text only)
  • More Exciting, Helpful Ways to Use Whose Birthday? – Going Beyond Whose Birthday? (text only)
  • Alternative Giving: What Jesus Wants for Christmas
  • How to Use These Resources
  • Picture Your Child with St. Nicholas
  •  Igniting Simplicity Within Our Hearts: A Daily Calendar/Journal – Pre-Advent and Advent 1 | READINGS for Sundays and holidays
  • Reflection for Advent 1: Creating Unforgettable Christmas Traditions || Katerina Katsarka Whitley
  • Different Kind of Wish List – Kathleen Connolly

#33 – Susan Vogt, Meg Cox, Art Simon, Betsy Taylor

#34- Daniel Berrigan, William Sloane Coffin and more!

#35-Susan Briehl, Jill Miller and more!

Guest voices: Angela Iversen and Matt Rixner

WHOSE Birthday? podcast series 2013, episodes 6-11

Alternative Giving

WHOSE Birthday? 2014 online edition #26 | Looking ahead to Advent/Christmas and back to Easter season, you may have something to contribute to our on-going collection Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway? for Lent/HolyWeek/Easter and to our most widely-read annual resource, Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany. Though it’s no longer printed on paper, “WHOSE Birthday?” is published online since 2012. Some editions also come in AUDIO formats. ART | PERSONAL EXPERIENCES | FAMILY ACTIVITIES | Submission Guidelines | All past editions are available on the SLW! site. Thanks to Creative Commons licensing, individuals and congregations can reprint articles without further permission. The articles are carefully indexed —  ADVENT/CHRISTMAS |LENT/EASTER.

Recent Responses to All SLW! Media

Welcome to the other podcast I co-host/produce The Common Good Podcast.

Coming

  • Nov.-Dec. – new “WHOSE Birthday?” Podcast series. Podcast Indexincluding “WHOSE Birthday?” 2013.

Mentions in Earlier Episodes

Episode 31: Church consultant, writer and self-styled neuroecclesiologist BOB SITZE brings decades of significant congregational and denominational leadership to his writing.  An ardent critic and beneficiary of contemporary church life, Bob lives and works alongside his spouse Chris in Wheaton, Illinois. | Bob’s blog online for TheLutheran.ORG, not .com | My blog ’bout Bob’s Book Simple Enough | Bob’s blog series that just may be a fore-taste of his book to come: StewardShift. | Bob’s Beyond Simplicity series for Alternatives | Bob’s Advent Meditation for Alternatives: “Be (UN)Afraid. Be Very (UN)Afraid!

SLW! Honor Roll of Champions of Simple Living

Also Mentioned

SLW! Mission | Ask Slim | Consumo Must Go! skit | “WHOSE Birthday?” submission guidelines | The Common Good Podcast

Responses: Simple Living Humor | Fall Festival Helps

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SLW! Podcast episode #30 — Paul Canavese and spouse Ann contributed to the Wedding Alternatives Supplement. They hosted Rita and I on a speaking tour. Read the notes of that visit at Post #58.

  • Advent resources
  • Personal life: backyard garden, chickens, bees, community sidewalk garden.
  • Paul’s message series on Gospel.Link – ways of creatively engaging people and faith communities on daily life spirituality, through a bunch of leader and participant resources, some closely related to simple living.
  • His new set of small group series on the Spirituality of Work, for seven different occupations; the last session of each is work/life balance.
  • As a Catholic publisher, The Pastoral Center loves talking about Pope Francis and Catholic social justice documents. Pope Francis has been a big advocate for living more simply and in closer solidarity with the poor — and doing so with joy!  So Paul creates resources to help get that message out. Pope Francis is working on a much anticipated encyclical on ecology. Paul will definitely have resources to help faith communities study and reflect on it once it’s released.
  • Ann and Paul have also become the co-directors of Growing Up Catholic  which reaches out to Catholic families, also with a simplicity aspect.
  • Paul also heads up GospelLiving.org.

Relevant Pastoral Center links: Advent eResources, included Simply Advent by Paul, incorporating some SLW! resources | Free online series, including “Faith@Work” and “The World As It Should Be” at Gospel.link | Spirituality of Work resources from The Pastoral Center, including small group resources for seven occupations | Family and parenting resources at GrowingUpCatholic.com | Resources supporting Pope Francis’ Joy of the Gospel, including “The Joy of Just Living: Living simply, sustainably, and in solidarity with the poor” | Other Simple Living and Ecology resources | Simply Advent handouts, inserts for-a-simpler-more-faith-filled-advent-eresource.

More Advent/Christmas Resources

SLW! Recommends Literacy Service

This service contains books (paper, eBooks, audio), video (DVD, internet), audio (CD, MP3), blogs, podcasts, sites. These are somewhat current resources. For classic resources, visit Study/Activity/Action Guides.

For more ideas, go to Getting Started. Also see Champions of Simple Living and other worthwhile Links.

Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – November

Worship Alternatives:
Advent/Christmas/Epiphany

Tony  & Shane Uncut

The complete 3-1/2 hour straight talk between Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne about simple living and global justice. Parts of that dialog became the DVD “Simply Enough,” which has been re-issued by World Vision Canada as “Choose Justice.” The complete series — episodes 20-27 – including Show Notes.

Champions of Simple Living Today

Vicki Robin, Cecile Andrews and more!

Simple Living blog/site preview service

I hope that you can see the values of the following free resources and will use them as needed, or even better, acquaint yourself with them now so that you’re prepared for your next event.

Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth, the last edition of the classic series Alternate Celebrations Catalogs.

We have covered much of this resource in earlier episodes. To LISTEN, visit the Episode Index.

Jubilee Economics colleague Lee Van Ham’s new book Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us, part of The OneEarth Project.

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Episode Index

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

MORE Mentions in Earlier Episodes

Themes/Seasons: Alternatives’ Collections IndexAdvent/Christmas/Epiphany | Lent/Easter | Other Seasons | Anytime/Non-Seasonal | Music | Art | Audio | Video | Spanish | Living More with Less

Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art for Simpler Living and Global Justice ( Foreword by Cecile Andrews | Introduction | How to Use This Collection | QUOTES | ART | En Español (all)

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.org

Click ABOUT for Music and Cover Art Credits.

*GRAPHIC:  Whose Birthday? #18 cover

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. Instead, we urge Alternative Giving. Give away 25% of what you spent last year on all celebrations – Christmas, birthdays, etc. — to local, national and international causes.

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*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

Episode 31 :: Bob Sitze, Champion of Simple Living

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Show Notes

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom, or visit the Episode Index.

Church consultant, writer and self-styled neuroecclesiologist BOB SITZE brings decades of significant congregational and denominational leadership to his writing.  An ardent critic and beneficiary of contemporary church life, Bob lives and works alongside his spouse Chris in Wheaton, Illinois.

Bob’s blog online for TheLutheran.ORG, not .com

My blog ’bout Bob’s Book Simple Enough

Bob’s blog series that just may be a fore-taste of his book to come: StewardShift.

Bob’s Beyond Simplicity series for Alternatives

Bob’s Advent Meditation for Alternatives: “Be (UN)Afraid. Be Very (UN)Afraid!

SLW! Honor Roll of Champions of Simple Living

Also Mentioned

SLW! Mission | Ask Slim | Consumo Must Go! skit | “WHOSE Birthday?” submission guidelines | The Common Good Podcast

Responses: Simple Living Humor | Fall Festival Helps

The Common Good Podcast

* * *

Coming

  • Nov.-Dec. – new “WHOSE Birthday?” Podcast series. Podcast Indexincluding “WHOSE Birthday?” 2013.

Mentions in Earlier Episodes

SLW! Podcast episode #30 — Paul Canavese and spouse Ann contributed to the Wedding Alternatives Supplement. They hosted Rita and I on a speaking tour. Read the notes of that visit at Post #58.

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Advent resources
  • Personal life: backyard garden, chickens, bees, community sidewalk garden.
  • Paul’s message series on Gospel.Link – ways of creatively engaging people and faith communities on daily life spirituality, through a bunch of leader and participant resources, some closely related to simple living.
  • His new set of small group series on the Spirituality of Work, for seven different occupations; the last session of each is work/life balance.
  • As a Catholic publisher, The Pastoral Center loves talking about Pope Francis and Catholic social justice documents. Pope Francis has been a big advocate for living more simply and in closer solidarity with the poor — and doing so with joy!  So Paul creates resources to help get that message out. Pope Francis is working on a much anticipated encyclical on ecology. Paul will definitely have resources to help faith communities study and reflect on it once it’s released.
  • Ann and Paul have also become the co-directors of Growing Up Catholic  which reaches out to Catholic families, also with a simplicity aspect.
  • Paul also heads up GospelLiving.org.

Relevant Pastoral Center links: Advent eResources, included Simply Advent by Paul, incorporating some SLW! resources | Free online series, including “Faith@Work” and “The World As It Should Be” at Gospel.link | Spirituality of Work resources from The Pastoral Center, including small group resources for seven occupations | Family and parenting resources at GrowingUpCatholic.com | Resources supporting Pope Francis’ Joy of the Gospel, including “The Joy of Just Living: Living simply, sustainably, and in solidarity with the poor” | Other Simple Living and Ecology resources | Simply Advent handouts, inserts for-a-simpler-more-faith-filled-advent-eresource.