Episode 54 :: Paul Canavese on Pope Francis

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Paul, Ann and daughters

Show Notes

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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 came to our rescue when Jubilee Economics‘ site and The Common Good podcast were hacked in Feb., 2014. As an internet security expert, he helped us secure our site and get back to business instead of worrying about hackers.

I met Paul and Ann on a speaking tour of Calif. several years ago. They hosted me in their Bay Area home and later contributed their marriage vows to our collection Wedding Alternatives.

I was eager to talk to Paul about Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si, and about the Pope’s visit to the U.S. Paul is a friend of Jubilee OneEarth economics and head of a The Catholic Pastoral Center that publishes and distributes religious educational resources. He is preparing some resources around the encyclical.

Because of the timeliness of the pope’s visit to the US and its relevance to both of our organizations. We are publishing Paul’s interview simultaneously on both The Common Good Podcast and SLW! Podcast.

MENTIONS in This Episode

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

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Earlier Episodes

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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.”

Valerie was also my guest on Episode 12 for the 30th Anniversary Edition of Living More with Less, the classic by Doris Janzen Longacre. Third Way (Live Simply blog)

Ep. 52 – Kristina’s “Alternative” Ph.D. DissertationAlthough 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, EmailFor a copy of Kristina’s Ph.D. dissertation, contact her at: knkahl@fortlewis.edu

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 ThumbdriveStanding on the Shoulders music videosheet 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 is streamed in many places—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.

Ep. 48: Mike Mercer, Exec. Dir. of Northwest Earth Institute || Wikipedia   We create transformative change when we share learning, stories, and challenges with our community, whether on the bus, in the pew, at class, or at work. See MORE.

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 – September

Tony  & Shane Uncut

The complete 3-1/2 hour straight talk between Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne about simple living and global justice — episodes 20-27.

Champions of Simple Living Today

Vicki Robin, Cecile Andrews, John de Graaf, Duane Elgin and more!

Simple Living blog/podcast/site preview service

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.

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

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)

10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations | SPANISH: 10 puntas

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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