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Episode 82 :: WHOSE Birthday? – Christmas Eve/Day

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Tony Campolo

Simple Living Works! Podcast

SHOW NOTES

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom, or visit the Episode Index.  SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

WHOSE Birthday?

A 4-episode series drawn from Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? #20, 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. All the items are linked below. Or use the search engine in window #4 at SimpleLivingWorks.org.

#80-Pre-Advent

[Preview]

“WHOSE Birthday?” How-to

Inspiring Reflections

Fun Activities

#81-Advent

[Preview]

Inspiring Reflections

Fun Activities

#82-Christmas Eve/Day

[Preview]

Inspiring Reflections

Fun Activities

#83-Christmas Season-Epiphany

[Preview]

Inspiring Reflections

Fun Activities

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WHOSE Birthday? #28, online edition for 2016.

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See article about “Whose Birthday?” in fall edition of the national publication for ELCA leaders, Seeds for the Parish, p. 7.

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Advent Conspiracy: video, family guide and Advent calendar, Sunday School curriculum, Advent sermon outline // SLW! Podcast

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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 twice-a-month 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.

Earlier Episodes

Episode 62 :: Author Tim Kasser

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Show Notes

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom, or visit the Episode Index.

Tim Kasser

“My primary interest concerns people’s values and goals, and how they relate to quality of life. Over the last decade I have been especially focused on studying ‘materialistic values,’ i.e., being wealthy, having many possessions, being attractive, and being popular.

My colleagues and I have found that when people believe materialistic values are important, they report less happiness and more distress, have poorer interpersonal relationships, contribute less to the community, and engage in more ecologically damaging behaviors. My research has recently been investigating how values relate to well-being in various nations around the world, as well as what leads some people to become especially focused on different types of values.”

VIDEO: The High Price of Materialism. In this short animation, psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how America’s culture of consumerism undermines our well-being.

More The High Price of Materialism – New Dream (Center for a New American Dream)

The High Price of Materialism

Overview

In The High Price of Materialism, Tim Kasser offers a scientific explanation of how our contemporary culture of consumerism and materialism affects our everyday happiness and psychological health. Other writers have shown that once we have sufficient food, shelter, and clothing, further material gains do little to improve our well-being. Kasser goes beyond these findings to investigate how people’s materialistic desires relate to their well-being. He shows that people whose values center on the accumulation of wealth or material possessions face a greater risk of unhappiness, including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and problems with intimacy—regardless of age, income, or culture.

Drawing on a decade’s worth of empirical data, Kasser examines what happens when we organize our lives around materialistic pursuits. He looks at the effects on our internal experience and interpersonal relationships, as well as on our communities and the world at large. He shows that materialistic values actually undermine our well-being, as they perpetuate feelings of insecurity, weaken the ties that bind us, and make us feel less free. Kasser not only defines the problem but proposes ways we can change ourselves, our families, and society to become less materialistic.

Also MENTIONED

Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood

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Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway? is a new, free online collection for Lent/Easter.

DIY Who’s Risen? Yes, you can produce our own customized, do-it-yourself Who’s Risen? 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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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 twice-a-month 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.

Earlier Episodes

SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

Episode 62 – John “Affluenza” de Graaf

Read about John at Champions of Simple Living Today
The Common Good Podcast:  John de Graaf Episode #on episode 39 – Affluenza,  #The Common Good Podcast, episode 40.- Happiness Initiative

Also MENTIONED

Affluenza: A New Disease of the Rich in Era of inequality

Center for  New American Dream

SLW! Podcast: Pope Francis

Episode 60 – Phil Petrie, artist and Simple Living Leader

Episodes 57-59

This legacy ‘WHOSE Birthday?’ is a three-part SLW! podcast series 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.

Part 1 – Advent 1 & 2 || Part 2 – Advent 3 & 4 || Part 3 – Christmas and Epiphany || Christmas Campaign Kit (CCK) || Bonus Materials

Episode 56Ken Weigel, Exec. Dir. of Advent Conspiracy

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

FREE Church Resources: Children’s Curriculum, audio, video, more // Advent Conspiracy FAQ’s

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.

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 –  FEBRUARY

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. || 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

Share your thoughts on this podcast and this episode. Email SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Read & subscribe to the SLW! blog. |  Follow us on Pinterest.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments below, then check  

SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same.

Episode Index

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

IMAGE: Tim Kasser

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — listen to episodes #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, to educate and inspire you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.org

Click ABOUT for Music and Cover Art Credits.

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization. Instead, we urge Alternative Giving. Give away 25% of what you spent last year on all celebrations – Christmas, birthdays, etc. — to local, national and international causes.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

 

Episode 61 :: Film Producer, Author John de Graaf

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Show Notes

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom, or visit the Episode Index.

Read about John at Champions of Simple Living Today

The Common Good Podcast:  John de Graaf on episode 39 – Affluenza; The Common Good Podcast, episode 40 – Happiness Initiative

Also MENTIONED

Affluenza: A New Disease of the Rich in Era of inequality

Center for  New American Dream

SLW! Podcast: Pope Francis

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DIY “Who’s Risen?”

Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway? is a free online collection for Lent/Easter. Also, contribute your art and articles to SLW! for it. 

DIY Who’s Risen? Yes, you can produce our own customized, do-it-yourself Who’s Risen? 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.

Submit Now to Whose Birthday? 2016

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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 twice-a-month podcast. The content is different, though the subject is the same. Click on blog at the top of the show notes of any episode.

Recent Responses to All SLW! Media

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

Earlier Episodes

SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

Episodes 57-59

This legacy ‘WHOSE Birthday?’ series 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.

Part 1 - Advent 1 & 2 //  Part 2 - Advent 3 & 4 // Part 3 - Christmas & Epiphany

*Christmas Campaign Kit (CCK) // Bonus Materials

Episode 56Ken Weigel, Exec. Dir. of Advent Conspiracy

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

FREE Church Resources: Children’s Curriculum, audio, video, more // Advent Conspiracy FAQ’s

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.

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 – JANUARY

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. || 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

Share your thoughts on this podcast and this episode. Email SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Read & subscribe to the SLW! blog. |  Follow us on Pinterest.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments below, then check  

SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same.

Episode Index

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

IMAGE: John de Graaf

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — listen to episodes #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, to educate and inspire you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.org

Click ABOUT for Music and Cover Art Credits.

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization. Instead, we urge Alternative Giving. Give away 25% of what you spent last year on all celebrations – Christmas, birthdays, etc. — to local, national and international causes.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

 

Episode 59 :: WHOSE Birthday? part 3

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Show Notes

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom, or visit the Episode Index.

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.)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

*Christmas Campaign Kit (CCK)

Audio has been lightly edited to remove out-of-date contact information. See Show Notes above for references to CD insert.

* * *

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.

Submit Now to Whose Birthday?

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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 twice-a-month podcast. The content is different, though the subject is the same. Click on blog at the top of the show notes of any episode.

Recent Responses to All SLW! Media

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

Earlier Episodes

SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

Episode 56Ken Weigel, Exec. Dir. of Advent Conspiracy

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.

FREE Church Resources: Children’s Curriculum, audio, video, more // Advent Conspiracy FAQ’s

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.

Episode 54: Paul Canavese on Pope Francis

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.

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)

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 // JANUARY

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. || 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

Share your thoughts on this podcast and this episode. Email SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Read & subscribe to the SLW! blog. |  Follow us on Pinterest.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments below, then check  

SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same.

Episode Index

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

IMAGE: “Whose Birthday?” #16 by Doyle Burbank-WIlliams

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — listen to episodes #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, to educate and inspire you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.org

Click ABOUT for Music and Cover Art Credits.

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization. Instead, we urge Alternative Giving. Give away 25% of what you spent last year on all celebrations – Christmas, birthdays, etc. — to local, national and international causes.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

 

Episode 58 :: WHOSE Birthday? part 2

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Show Notes

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom, or visit the Episode Index.

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.)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3 – coming

*Christmas Campaign Kit (CCK)

Audio has been lightly edited to remove out-of-date contact information. See Show Notes above for references to CD insert.

* * *

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.

Submit Now to Whose Birthday?

* * *
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 twice-a-month podcast. The content is different, though the subject is the same. Click on blog at the top of the show notes of any episode.

Recent Responses to All SLW! Media

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

Earlier Episodes

SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

Episode 56Ken Weigel, Exec. Dir. of Advent Conspiracy

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.

FREE Church Resources: Children’s Curriculum, audio, video, more // Advent Conspiracy FAQ’s

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.

Episode 54: Paul Canavese on Pope Francis

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.

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)

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

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. || 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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Episode Index

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

IMAGE: “Whose Birthday?” #16 by Doyle Burbank-WIlliams

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — listen to episodes #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, to educate and inspire you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.org

Click ABOUT for Music and Cover Art Credits.

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization. Instead, we urge Alternative Giving. Give away 25% of what you spent last year on all celebrations – Christmas, birthdays, etc. — to local, national and international causes.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

 

Episode 33 :: Susan Vogt, Meg Cox, Art Simon, Betsy Taylor

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Show Notes

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom, or visit the Episode Index.

WHOSE Birthday? – an audio adaptation of SLW’s signature publication Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? — our Advent/Christmas annual for individuals, families and congregations. [Note: some of the original tracks have been lightly edited, so you may notice minor irregularities. Sorry.]

WHOSE Birthday? 2014 podcast series is taken from Edition #18 | TEXT | SPANISH text, entitled “Adviento”

INSPIRING REFLECTIONS (with discussion questions), FUN ACTIVITIES and DAILY CALENDAR based on liturgical cycle B (Gospel of Mark)

[Inside secret: If you want to hear all the episodes at once, instead of waiting for them to be released on iTunes, Stitcher, etc., go to Podcast Index/Preview.]

#33 – Susan Vogt, Meg Cox, Art Simon, Betsy Taylor

#34- Daniel Berrigan, William Sloane Coffin and more!

#35-Susan Briehl, Jill Miller and more!

#32 – Igniting Simplicity Within Our Hearts

  • What Happened to Christmas?
  • Why a Simpler Christmas?
  • Top 10 Uses of Whose Birthday? (text only)
  • More Exciting, Helpful Ways to Use Whose Birthday? – Going Beyond Whose Birthday? (text only)
  • Alternative Giving: What Jesus Wants for Christmas
  • How to Use These Resources
  • Picture Your Child with St. Nicholas
  •  Igniting Simplicity Within Our Hearts: A Daily Calendar/Journal – Pre-Advent and Advent 1 | READINGS for Sundays and holidays
  • Reflection for Advent 1: Creating Unforgettable Christmas Traditions – Katerina Katsarka Whitley
  • Different Kind of Wish List – Kathleen Connolly

Guest voices: Angela Iversen and Matt Rixner

WHOSE Birthday? podcast series 2013, episodes 6-11

Themes/Seasons: Alternatives’ Collections Index

Advent/Christmas/Epiphany | Lent/Easter | Other Seasons | Anytime/Non-Seasonal | Music | Art | Audio | Video | Spanish | Living More with Less

Alternative Giving

WHOSE Birthday? 2014 online edition #26 | Looking ahead to Advent/Christmas and back to Easter season, you may have something to contribute to our on-going collection Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway? for Lent/HolyWeek/Easter and to our most widely-read annual resource, Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany. Though it’s no longer printed on paper, WHOSE Birthday? is published online since 2012. Some editions also come in AUDIO formats. Contribute  ART | PERSONAL EXPERIENCES | FAMILY ACTIVITIES | Submission Guidelines | All past editions are available on the SLW! site. Thanks to Creative Commons licensing, individuals and congregations can reprint articles without further permission. The articles are carefully indexed —  ADVENT/CHRISTMAS |LENT/EASTER.

Recent Responses to All SLW! Media

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

Coming

  • Nov.-Dec. – new “WHOSE Birthday?” Podcast series. Podcast Indexincluding “WHOSE Birthday?” 2013.

Mentions in Earlier Episodes

Episode 31: Church consultant, writer and self-styled neuroecclesiologist BOB SITZE brings decades of significant congregational and denominational leadership to his writing.  An ardent critic and beneficiary of contemporary church life, Bob lives and works alongside his spouse Chris in Wheaton, Illinois. | Bob’s blog online for TheLutheran.ORG, not .com | My blog ’bout Bob’s Book Simple Enough | Bob’s blog series that just may be a fore-taste of his book to come: StewardShift. | Bob’s Beyond Simplicity series for Alternatives | Bob’s Advent Meditation for Alternatives: “Be (UN)Afraid. Be Very (UN)Afraid!

SLW! Honor Roll of Champions of Simple Living

Also Mentioned

SLW! Mission | Ask Slim | Consumo Must Go! skit | “WHOSE Birthday?” submission guidelines | The Common Good Podcast

Responses: Simple Living Humor | Fall Festival Helps

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SLW! Podcast episode #30 — Paul Canavese and spouse Ann contributed to the Wedding Alternatives Supplement. They hosted Rita and I on a speaking tour. Read the notes of that visit at Post #58.

  • Advent resources | Personal life
  • Paul’s message series on Gospel.Link – ways of creatively engaging people and faith communities on daily life spirituality, through a bunch of leader and participant resources, some closely related to simple living.
  • His new set of small group series on the Spirituality of Work, for seven different occupations; the last session of each is work/life balance.
  • As a Catholic publisher, The Pastoral Center loves talking about Pope Francis and Catholic social justice documents. Pope Francis has been a big advocate for living more simply and in closer solidarity with the poor — and doing so with joy! Pope Francis is working on a much anticipated encyclical on ecology.  Paul creates resources to help get those messages out.
  • Ann and Paul have also become the co-directors of Growing Up Catholic, reaching out to Catholic families, also with a simplicity aspect.
  • Paul also heads up GospelLiving.org.

Relevant Pastoral Center links: Advent eResources, included Simply Advent by Paul, incorporating some SLW! resources | Free online series, including “Faith@Work” and “The World As It Should Be” at Gospel.link | Spirituality of Work resources from The Pastoral Center, including small group resources for seven occupations | Family and parenting resources at GrowingUpCatholic.com | Resources supporting Pope Francis’ Joy of the Gospel, including “The Joy of Just Living: Living simply, sustainably, and in solidarity with the poor” | Other Simple Living and Ecology resources | Simply Advent handouts, inserts for-a-simpler-more-faith-filled-advent-eresource.

More Advent/Christmas Resources

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 – November
Worship Alternatives: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany

Tony  & Shane Uncut

The complete 3-1/2 hour talk between Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne about simple living and global justice. Parts of that dialog became the DVD “Simply Enough,” which has been re-issued by World Vision Canada as “Choose Justice.” The complete series — episodes 20-27 – including Show Notes.

Champions of Simple Living Today – Vicki Robin, Cecile Andrews and more!

Simple Living blog/site preview service

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I hope that you will see the values of the following free resources and will use them as needed, or even better, acquaint yourself with them now so that you’re prepared for your next event.

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.

We have covered much of this resource in earlier episodes. To LISTEN, visit the Episode Index.

Jubilee Economics colleague Lee Van Ham’s new book Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us, part of The OneEarth Project.

In addition to this podcast and its show notes, we post new SLW! blogs several times a week. We hope you’ll read and subscribe. The BLOG is the companion to our two-times-a-month podcast. The content is different, though the subject is the same. Click on blog at the top of the show notes of any episode.

Share your thoughts on this podcast and this episode. Email Feedback@SimpleLivingWorks.org, or SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — listen to episodes #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, to educate and inspire you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Read & subscribe to the SLW! blog. |  Follow us on Pinterest.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments below, then check  

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Episode Index

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

MORE Mentions in Earlier Episodes

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)

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.org

Click ABOUT for Music and Cover Art Credits.

*GRAPHIC:  Whose Birthday? #18 cover

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization. Instead, we urge Alternative Giving. Give away 25% of what you spent last year on all celebrations – Christmas, birthdays, etc. — to local, national and international causes.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.