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Can Christmas still change the world?
The Christmas story is a story of love, hope, redemption and relationship. So, what happened? How did it turn into stuff, stress and debt? Somehow, we’ve traded the best story in the world for the story of what’s on sale.
In 2006 five pastors imagined a better Christmas practice for their own communities. Today, Advent Conspiracy is a global movement of people and churches resisting the cultural Christmas narrative of consumption by choosing a revolutionary Christmas through
- Spending Less,
- Giving More
- Loving All
- Worshipping Fully
In this episode, Ken illuminates each of those four tenets.
It is not enough to say no to the way Christmas is celebrated by many; we need to say yes to a different way of celebrating.
Give to Water
This Christmas, give to change the world
Since its beginning, Advent Conspiracy invited every co-conspirator to allocate a portion of resources to address the global water crisis. There may be no better time of year to really see the stark contrast between the extravagance of culture and the simplicity of water. More than a billion of our global neighbors lack access to clean water and sanitation, and we believe Christmas can change this. Because of people like you who have entered into the conspiracy, millions of dollars have been given to provide clean water solutions around the world.
FREE Church Resources: Children’s Curriculum, audio, video, more
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DIY “WHOSE Birthday?”
The classic Advent/Christmas resource Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? is available in multiple formats in 2015 to meet your personal, family and community needs. Whose Birthday? 2010 was the last edition distributed on paper. Since then I have published it on the internet.
Whose Birthday? #27 is a new, free online collection. Also, contribute your art and articles to SLW! for it.
Whose Birthday? #16 is scheduled for release as a SLW! podcast series late Nov. 15-Jan. 1. This legacy resource can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar matches the lectionary cycle (C).
DIY Whose Birthday? Yes, you can produce our own customized, do-it-yourself Whose Birthday? You’re welcome to assemble and copy a version that meets your local needs. All of our resources and service are now free of charge.
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Welcome to the other podcast I co-host/produce, The Common Good Podcast.
Episode 55: Provocative, profound words from the historian of the voluntary simplicity movement, David Shi.
David E. Shi (pronounced “Shy”), the 10th president of Furman University from 1994 to 2010, is a leading figure in American higher education. A prolific writer and speaker, David has shared his knowledge of such topics as American history, sustainability, and leadership with thousands of people in the corporate, higher education, and nonprofit sectors. As a consultant, David has helped organizations and communities strengthen their ability to work with their constituents and achieve their objectives. David regularly travels across the country for speaking engagements and consulting partnerships.
Author of the classic The Simple Life: Plain Living
and High Thinking in American Culture
(1985/2007), as well as In Search of the Simple Life : American Voices, Past and Present (1996). Recently, “The Simple Life — Past and Present,” Foreword to Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future” by Samuel Alexander and Amanda McLeod of the Simplicity Collective.
Paul comments on impact of the Pope Francis’ encyclical and his visit to the US on 1) alternative economics, 2) the creation crisis and 3) voluntary simplicity.
Paul’s provides insight on how small organizations such as The Pastoral Center, Simple Living Works! and Jubilee OneEarth Economics can keep the Pope’s momentum going. We discuss Paul’s new resources for families, especially children.
- Paul’s creation care website: CatholicCreationCare.com
- Creation Care Kids: CreationCareKids.com
- On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’): http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html (full document). Of special interest, sections 203-227 deal with voluntary simplicity.
- The Good Life – Alternatives’ Vacation Bible School (VBS) curriculum
- Paul and Ann, Champions of Simple Living
- Paul’s interview of SLW! podcast episode 30
- The Pastoral Center // Gospel Living // Growing Up Catholic
- Paul’s redesigned Advent bulletin inserts incorporating text and art from Alternatives
Ep. 53 — World Community Cookbooks UPDATED from Herald Press / MennoMedia; Valerie Weaver-Zerscher, editor. These cookbooks support the Life Standard “Learn from the World Community.”
- Extending the Table, revised edition
- Simply in Season 10th Anniversary Edition
- More with Less, 40th Anniversary Edition, fall, 2016
Ep. 52 – Kristina’s “Alternative” Ph.D. Dissertation. Although Alternatives closed officially in early 2011, its mission and resources are being extended since then by Simple Living Works! An important document written around that time is Kristina Kahl’s Ph.D. dissertation. It is also a cautionary tale. In this episode the author speaks.
The Crisis of Social Change for Simple Livers: How a Faith-Based Organization and its Members Affect the Voluntary Simplicity Movement. Go to: Abstract, Table of Contents, Email. For a copy of Kristina’s Ph.D. dissertation, contact her at: email@example.com
- Meeting Kristina: Gerald’s travel journal post #225
- More Simple Living Works! (Alternatives) historical documents
- A Short History of Alternatives with photos
- Email around the closing of Alternatives and founding of Simple Living Works! in 2011
Ep. 51: Steve Beumer, Champion of Change, White House Honoree, one of 12 People of Faith Acting for the Climate
Ep. 50: Joyce “Earth Mama” Rouse. Read her bio, philosophy and resources at her NEW Website! Also, Songbooks, Whole Enchi-Mama on a USB Thumbdrive, Standing on the Shoulders music video, sheet music offerings — all NEW. EarthDay.fm is a 24 hour internet station that plays Eco or Earth music—and has listeners in over 120 countries. Her music streams at Spotify, Amazon Cloud Drive, iTunes Radio and iTunes Match, XBox, Rhapsody, EarthDay.fm and more streaming and internet radio. Hear some of her full cuts at https://soundcloud.com/earthmamamusic Her “Enough Is as Good as a Feast” is in Alternatives’ Stories and Songs of Simple Living — introduction, audio and lyrics.
Ep. 49, Laird Schaub, Exec. Sec., The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cooperative culture. Intentional communities are pioneers in sustainable living, personal and cultural transformation, and peaceful social evolution. “Intentional communities” include ecovillages, cohousing, residential land trusts, income-sharing communes, student co-ops, spiritual communities, and other projects where people live together on the basis of explicit common values.
COMING: WHOSE Birthday? (Nov. 15-Jan. 1)
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.
Tony & Shane Uncut
Vicki Robin, Cecile Andrews, John de Graaf, Duane Elgin and more!
Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists (shy or bold) | Share the Joy of a Simpler Lifestyle Through Speeches, Workshops, Events, Study/Action Groups, Simplicity Circles and Social Media + BONUS: Social Media Supplement // Self-Starters Needed! // Free coaching for groups on the internet
Jubilee Economics / The OneEarth Project colleague Lee Van Ham’s book Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us, part of The OneEarth Project. Also, hear The Common Good Podcast, which I co-host and produce: Episode 62: Jeff Lincer, Heroic Efforts to Manage Habitats || NEW three minute film: Ecology and Economics—Colleagues, Not Rivals || Conversation about The OneEarth Project and the book, Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us, by Lee Van Ham, including| TheCommonGoodPodcast.com, episode 42 || Lee’s recent Slide Show
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