Episode 108: Walter Brueggemann on Abundance + More


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Walter Brueggemann is surely one of the most influential Bible interpreters of our time. He is the author of over one hundred books and numerous scholarly articles. He continues to be a highly sought-after speaker.

Brueggemann was born in Nebraska in 1933. At Union Theological Seminary he earning the Th.D. under the primary guidance of James Muilenburg. He also earned a Ph.D. in education at St. Louis University.

Brueggemann has served as faculty at two institutions in his career: Eden Theological Seminary (1961-1986) and Columbia Theological Seminary (1986-2003). He is currently William Marcellus McPheeters professor emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia.

W.B.’s Website, including Biography and Resources (books, articles, blog, audio, video, speaking engagements)

In this episode–Celebrating AbundanceGift and Task: A Year of Daily Reflections and DevotionsA Way Other Than Our Own: Devotions for Lent; and Rebuilding the Foundations: Social Relationships in Ancient Scripture and Contemporary Culture (with John Brueggemann)

W.B.’s Biblical Reflections for “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” #1.

W.B.’s Foreword to Alternatives’ collection of new hymns Sing Justice! Do Justice!

SLW! Ep. #69–Sabbath as Resistance: Saying NO to the Culture of NOW [5/15/16]

Money and Possessions: SLW! Ep. #84: Six Theses [1/1/17] // #85: brief Biblical survey [1/15/17]

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Simpler Formats for 2018SLW! Weekly Digest will be discontinued and the SLW! Podcast will be reduced to one episode per month, issued on the 15th. The complete SLW! Monthly Digest on the SLW! site will continue to feature the latest posts from colleague organizations and will be updated weekly. Simpler Living Weekly Nudge will feature offerings from SLW! It comes as your free subscription to  SLW! Blog.  The Daily Nudge comes by email (send NUDGE to SimpleLivingworks@yahoo.com) or by Twitter @GeraldIversen. Choose the options that work for you.

Subscribers to SLW! Podcast will receive The Common Good Podcast (TCGP)–which I produce and co-host–on the 1st of the month. Likewise, subscribers to TCGP will receive SLW! Podcast on the 15th as a BONUS. So, SLW! Podcast subscribers will continue to receive two episodes per month. This makes good sense since the missions of both SLW! and Jubilee OneEarth Economics are so complementary and the two work together closely. For example, I blog on the Jubilee site at CasaJubileo.org occasionally. Your comments on these changes are welcome.

Previous Episodes

Bonus: Derek and Nancy Casady of The Climate Mobilization Confront Climate Crises
Earth’s climate and livability are the biggest issue before us in 2018! That’s why our first episode of the year brings you the articulate voices of Nancy and Derek Casady. Listeners, you’ll hear their stories of why, after all the great experiences of their lives to date, they are now ardently devoted to mobilizing more of us to reverse climate change—still doable, but only if we mobilize like the Allied Powers did in WWII. Hence the name Climate Mobilization. Why should war mobilize us more fervently than working against aggressive powers destroying Earth’s livability?

Vision of the Future (Jerry’s classic blog)

WHOSE Birthday?

A 4-episode series drawn from Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? #15 (lectionary cycle B), Alternatives’ annual Advent/Christmas/Epiphany resource for individuals, families and congregations.

To find resources referenced in each episode, go to the links in the TEXT version of each item, which are linked below. Or use the search engine in window #4 at SimpleLivingWorks.org.

Meet the author:

Episode 103: Kathy McGinnis, director and co-founder of The Institute for Peace & Justice, and her late husband Jim, wrote the reflections for the “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” series in the upcoming Nov.-Dec. episodes (#15). Visit the Institute’s site to see its fascinating history, inspiring programs and numerous awards.

10 Tips for a Simpler, More Meaningful Christmas | SPANISH: 10 puntas


#105-Advent 1-2

#106-Advent 3-4 & Christmas Eve

#107-Christmas Season-Epiphany

Themes/Seasons: Alternatives’ Collections IndexAdvent/Christmas/Epiphany 

Spanish Advent-Christmas Resources

WHOSE Birthday? #29, online edition for 2017.

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Carols with Justice – Entire collection of 15 carols (new words to familiar tunes) as text and audio || Jill Miller and DeeEtta Riley || Pageant based on these carols || Carols Sing-AlongThese new stanzas help to connect Jesus’ birth with our lives through social justice, care of Creation, and discipleship as simpler living.

Advent Conspiracy: video, family guide and Advent calendar, Sunday School curriculum, Advent sermon outline // SLW! Podcast // FREE Church Resources: Children’s Curriculum, audio, video, more // Advent Conspiracy FAQ’s

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The Simpler Living Daily NUDGE

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In addition to this podcast and its show notes, we post a weekly SLW! blog. We hope you’ll read and subscribe. The BLOG is the companion to our podcast. The content is different, though the subject is the same. Click on blog at the top of the show notes of any episode. Blog INDEX

Recent Responses to All SLW! Media

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

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.

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 a Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations | SPANISH: 10 puntas

Jubilee Economics / The OneEarth Project colleague Lee Van Ham’s books Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us and From Ego to Eden: Our Heroic Journey to Keep Earth Livable, both 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 Slide Show || Lee’s new blog series Jubilee Is Bigger Than We’d Thought: Permeates Scripture, Addresses Today’s Crises

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