Episode 51 :: Steve Beumer, White House ‘Champion of Change’ Honoree


Steve and team paste signs to storm sewers — “No Dumping — Flows to Waterways” — to keep lakes and streams free of trash and toxins. Steve’s T-shirt boasts the ELCA motto: God’s Work. Our Hands.

Show Notes

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1. Tell us in detail, Steve, about being a White House honoree.

2. Tell us about some of your other endeavors for social justice through your congregation, synod, denomination and city.

3. As a successful insurance man, how did you come to embrace simple living? What moved you to invite me to speak to your group several years ago?
4. Our ELCA church-wide bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, recently conducted a national webinar with William B. Horne II: Confronting Racism. Has being part of a bi-racial family had influence on your efforts?

Gerald’s Travel Journal Post #257 contains the pictures and conversation from my visit with Steve in Florida. Read Steve’s Fair Trade Resolution at 3/21/12.

Champions of Change White House Event Blog (with honorees’ comments; Steve’s second from the right)

Articles in The Lutheran by Steve:

Jesus Didn’t Leave Cuba — reflections on a recent trip to Cuba to rededicate a Lutheran Church. (2/14)
Step up to Protecting the Earth (7/13)
Unity (9/11)

Article for “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?”

You Don’t Have to Green Up Alone!
Steve has a simple three step strategy for protecting and nurturing God’s kingdom on Earth: Conservation, Conversion and Creation.

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Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – August

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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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