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This legacy ‘WHOSE Birthday?’ is a three-part SLW! podcast series for Nov. 15, Dec. 1 and Dec. 15. It features well-known preacher and national leader Louis Lotz, author Meg Cox and others. It can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar and readings match this Advent’s lectionary cycle (C, Luke).
Encourage others. Use this article in your newsletter/web site.
Each episode is released about two weeks in advance so that you can plan how to use the calendar, reflections and activities with others at the appropriate time. Nov. 15 episode includes Advent 1 and 2; Dec. 1, Advent 3 and 4; Dec. 15, Christmas and Epiphany. (Complete previews of all three episodes are also available now.)
- Calendar: Yes! to Jesus & Joy / No! to Stress & Stuff
- Let’s Talk About Christmas (Christmas Campaign Kit – CCK)*
- Rituals of Light
- Calendar: Advent 1 + readings + Carols with Justice (CCK)*
- Christmas Hai Ku
- Biblical Reflections by Lou Lotz: Advent 1
- Calendar: Advent 2 + readings + Carols with Justice (CCK)*
- Reflection: Advent 2
- Gift Giving Traditions
- Why a Simpler Christmas?
- Yes! to Jesus & Joy / No! to Stress & Stuff: Calendar – Advent 3
- Bearing Gifts Does Not Make Us Wise (CCK)*
- The Pedigree, by John Bell, copyright Iona Community, used by permission
- Biblical Reflections by Lou Lotz – Advent 3
- Getting a Clear Picture of the Spirit of Christmas – Tom Rinkoski
- Calendar – Advent 4
- What Is a Gift? (CCK)*
- Christmas Game (CCK)*
- Ready for Christmas (poem)
- Reflection – Advent 4
- Gift Traditions: Gift Theft
- Farewell (see Part 1)
Part 3 – coming
- Biblical Reflections by Lou Lotz – Christmas Eve
- Yes! to Jesus & Joy / No! to Stress & Stuff – Calendar for Christmas
- Faces of the Children
- “Birthday Gift for Jesus” Giving Calendar
- Reflection – Christmas I
- Reflection – Epiphany
- The Christmas Story
- WHOSE Birthday? Contest
- Farewell (see Part 1)
*Christmas Campaign Kit (CCK)
- Bonus Materials
- Holiday Magic: The Gift of Faith
- Christmas – It’s All About Gifts!
- A Latin American Christmas Creed
- In the Midst of Distraction
- Let’s Get Off the Christmas Roller-Coaster
- No Cost Gifts
- Word Finds
- Alternative Daily Calendar: e-Treasures for Advent – A Web-based Calendar for Advent and Christmas
Audio has been lightly edited to remove out-of-date contact information. See Show Notes above for references to CD insert.
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DIY “WHOSE Birthday?”
In addition to this podcast series, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Episode 55: Provocative, profound words from the historian of the voluntary simplicity movement. 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
COMING: WHOSE Birthday? (part 3, Dec.15)
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 – December
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. || 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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