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Episode 89: Northwest Earth Institute’s “A Different Way”

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Simple Living Works! Podcast

SHOW NOTES

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Northwest Earth Institute 

Northwest Earth Institute is a non-profit organization that inspires people to take responsibility for Earth.

NWEI was founded in 1993 with a simple objective: to give people a framework to talk about our relationship with the planet and to share in discovering new ways to live, work, create and consume.

For over 20 years, NWEI has helped make change more possible, more social, and yes, more fun by helping people connect with their communities and take action, together.

A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World, the newest book from NWEI, offers us a chance to reconnect with what matters most, explore practical ways to simplify our lives, and reduce our impact.

Conversation with Lacy Cagle, NWEI Dir. of Learning

Mentions in This Episode

Earlier Episodes

Ep. 88 :: Nancy Pearlman, Executive Director of Educational Communications, is a dedicated educator, anthropologist, environmentalist, and documentary producer who has devoted her life to protecting the environment, helping society, and improving the quality of our colleges.

Educational Communications

Core Projects – www.ecoprojects.org

Additional Projects: Campus Greening // Eco-View // Social Justice and the Arts // Ecological Action Checklist (English and Spanish)

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Cecile AndrewsEpisode 87

Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation Working with Millennials and Minimalists through local groups to Build Resistance to regressive governments.

A community educator, Cecile is active in the transition movement in the United States. Cecile and her husband are founders of Seattle’s Phinney Ecovillage, a neighborhood-based sustainable community, which has morphed into Sustainable Greenwood-Phinney.

Cecile’s Champion of Simple Living PROFILE

She’s the author of. . .

Cecile’s site is CecileAndrews.com (NOT SimplicityCircles.com)

Individual Episode Index.

SLW! Podcast Ep. 15 with Cecile — See the Show Notes of #15 for more interesting links.

Mentions in This Episode

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John de Graaf‘s Champion of Simple Living PROFILE

John’s recent articles:

PODCASTS – See these episodes for many interesting links.
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Episode one of the two-part series is based on Walter Brueggemann‘s six theses about money & possessions throughout the Bible; episode two is his brief survey of the theme of money and possessions in the Bible.

Essential Reading! — Contents, Series Foreword, Foreword (Richard Horsely), Preface, Introduction (Chapter One) — available free online.

Brueggemann Bio

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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.

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 –  MARCH

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 a 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. Also, hear The Common Good Podcast, which I co-host and produce. || Three minute film: Ecology and Economics—Colleagues, Not Rivals || Lee’s 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 of this page. 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

  • 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 twice a week as SLW! Nudge and SLW! Digest.
  • Living More with Less: the 5 Life Standards of Voluntary Simplicity
  • IMAGE: NWEI.org
  • 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.orgClick 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 56 :: Ken Weigel of Advent Conspiracy

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Show Notes

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

Ken 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.

Give to Water

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

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DIY “WHOSE Birthday?”

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. 

Whose Birthday? #16 is scheduled for release as a SLW! podcast series late Nov. 15-Jan. 1. This legacy resource can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar matches the lectionary cycle (C).

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 55: Provocative, profound words from the historian of the voluntary simplicity movement, David Shi.

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)

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 streams at 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  ||  See MORE.

COMING: WHOSE Birthday? (Nov. 15-Jan. 1)

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 – October

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

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: AdventConspiracy.org

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 55 :: David E. Shi, author, educator

DavidShiShow Notes

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

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.

Thanks to TED Greenville for the first half of the interview.

* * *

DIY “WHOSE Birthday?”

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. 

Whose Birthday? #16 is scheduled for release as a SLW! podcast series late this fall. This legacy resource can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar matches the lectionary cycle (C).

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? 2015

* * *
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 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.

MENTIONS in This Episode

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  ||  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 – October

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

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: DavidEShi.com

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 54 :: Paul Canavese on Pope Francis

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Paul, Ann and daughters

Show Notes

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

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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DIY “WHOSE Birthday?”

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. Use as much as you need in print or online. Also, contribute your art and articles to SLW! for it. The 2015 ed. is scheduled to be on our website in late Sept. When it’s ready, I’ll announce it in the Simple Living Works! weekly blog and monthly eNews.

Whose Birthday? #16 is scheduled for release as a SLW! podcast series late this fall. This legacy resource can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar matches the lectionary cycle (C).

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.

  • CREATE – select the items most appropriate for your congregation or group, including graphics. Add some of your own original material if you choose.
  • PRODUCE – assemble the items in an attractive way, using publishing software (probably already on your computer) for a paper version; or electronic software for internet-based version (using PDF’s of a paper version or a template for a newsletter version).
  • DISTRIBUTE – Hand out copies to your congregation or group at a worship service or meeting or by mail, make additional copies available to share with friends and relatives. Do not sell for a profit or copyright it under our Creative Commons license.  Post it on your congregation’s or your personal web site.
  • PROMOTE – Tell people where it’s available using social media and any other ways available to you — newsletter, worship bulletin, posters, etc.

To make your selections, visit:

Submit Now to Whose Birthday? 2015

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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.

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

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

IMAGEs: Simply in Season and Extending the Table from Herald Press/MennoMedia

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 53 :: World Community Cookbooks UPDATED

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

Guest: Valerie Weaver-Zerscher, editor

World Community Cookbooks from Herald Press / MennoMedia

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

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)

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DIY “WHOSE Birthday?”

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. Use as much as you need in print or online. Also, contribute your art and articles to SLW! for it. The 2015 ed. is scheduled to be on our website in late Sept. When it’s ready, I’ll announce it in the Simple Living Works! weekly blog and monthly eNews.

Whose Birthday? #16 is scheduled for release as a SLW! podcast series late this fall. This legacy resource can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar matches the lectionary cycle (C).

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.

  • CREATE – select the items most appropriate for your congregation or group, including graphics. Add some of your own original material if you choose.
  • PRODUCE – assemble the items in an attractive way, using publishing software (probably already on your computer) for a paper version; or electronic software for internet-based version (using PDF’s of a paper version or a template for a newsletter version).
  • DISTRIBUTE – Hand out copies to your congregation or group at a worship service or meeting or by mail, make additional copies available to share with friends and relatives. Do not sell for a profit or copyright it under our Creative Commons license.  Post it on your congregation’s or your personal web site.
  • PROMOTE – Tell people where it’s available using social media and any other ways available to you — newsletter, worship bulletin, posters, etc.

To make your selections, visit:

Submit Now to Whose Birthday? 2015

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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.

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

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

IMAGEs: Simply in Season and Extending the Table from Herald Press/MennoMedia

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 52 :: Kristina’s “Alternative” Ph.D. Dissertation

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Show Notes

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

Although 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.

Hi Jerry,
It is good to see that you are keeping the organization – at least the materials – alive and well.
Dissertations are a very big endeavor. And as you know, I spent many a year with the organization so as to produce such a product.
That being said, this is a project that uses a sociological mindset. Again, another perspective that gets misunderstood. Most people align it with psychology. Not the case. Sociology looks at how people and society interact. It is more of the nature vs nurture argument – sociology being the nurture. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the dissertation. I worked really hard on it and feel it offers a strong qualitative account of simple living, the relationship between faith based beliefs and simple living, as well as the role a national organization played in the larger conversation of simple living.
Please note that I have also used pseudonyms for the organization and all people I interviewed.
I would love feedback!
Best,
Kristina

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, Email

My QUESTIONS to Kristina

  1. What caught your attention about Alternatives that steered you toward us for your dissertation work?
  2. Tell us about the process of writing your dissertation.
  3. Tell us about your sociological conclusions.
  4. Do you still have interest in the voluntary simplicity movement?
  5. What are you doing now? What are your plans for the future?

For a copy of Kristina’s Ph.D. dissertation, contact her at: knkahl@fortlewis.edu

* * *

DIY “WHOSE Birthday?”

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. Use as much as you need in print or online. Also, contribute your art and articles to SLW! for it. The 2015 ed. is scheduled to be on our website in Sept. When it’s ready, I’ll announce it in the Simple Living Works! weekly blog and monthly eNews.

Whose Birthday? #16 is scheduled for release as a SLW! podcast series late this fall. This legacy resource can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar matches the lectionary cycle (C).

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.

  • CREATE – select the items most appropriate for your congregation or group, including graphics. Add some of your own original material if you choose.
  • PRODUCE – assemble the items in an attractive way, using publishing software (probably already on your computer) for a paper version; or electronic software for internet-based version (using PDF’s of a paper version or a template for a newsletter version).
  • DISTRIBUTE – Hand out copies to your congregation or group at a worship service or meeting or by mail, make additional copies available to share with friends and relatives. Do not sell for a profit or copyright it under our Creative Commons license.  Post it on your congregation’s or your personal web site.
  • PROMOTE – Tell people where it’s available using social media and any other ways available to you — newsletter, worship bulletin, posters, etc.

To make your selections, visit:

* * *
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.

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.

Since beginning in 1987, FIC works through Communities Directory, Communities magazine, Community Bookstore, community-focused Events, Classifieds, the Blog, and more. FIC promotes cooperative culture and sustainable living by providing the information and inspiration for those seeking community, forming communities, struggling with the challenges of community, and those who want to develop a greater sense of community where they are. However community touches your life, FIC’ll try to help you find what you’re looking for.

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

Submit Now to Whose Birthday? 2015

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

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: Kristina Kahl

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 16 :: Alternative Rites of Passage

AngelaNPeteShow Notes

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

Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth, the last edition of the classic series Alternative Celebrations Catalogs.

Part 4. Rites of Passage, such as birthdays, anniversaries and funerals

Wedding Alternatives: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth (Angela and Pete, above, contributors to Wedding Alternatives Supplement)

Treasury Intro: SLW! podcast episode 4 (the need to simplify all our celebrations)

Rites of passage are rituals or celebrations that mark the passage of a person through the life cycle, from one stage to another, from one role or social position to another. In the pre-modern world, these rites served at least four functions: Safe passage | Moments of learning | Connection to community | Transformation experiences

The place of rites in modern society

Resist the pressures of the consumer society and observe the rites in ways that enable you to recover the renewing and maturing power they are intended to have by focusing on the following:

  • People, instead of the gifts and other paraphenalia used to aid or celebrate the transition.
  • Values and ideals, instead of mindlessly celebrating to anesthetize the person(s) to the trauma of transition.
  • Community, instead of the consumer culture’s narcissistic privatization of life transitions.
  • Change. Rites help people visualize the desired outcome of the passage and to see themselves on the other side — occasions of transformation.

Creating our own rituals

Although some of life is logical, much of life is not. Even when we are young we come to understand that life is full of mystery. Without rituals and ceremonies within our communities and families, we feel adrift and cannot understand why.

Overview of Rites of Passage (alphabetical, not chronological order)

NEW – Green Birthday Parties contributed by long-time friend and former board member Dick Webster from OH.

Wedding Alternatives, which also has been published as the Alternative Wedding Book includes:

The original version is available free online, including a more recent supplement. The book version, called The Alternative Wedding Book, is still in-print from Woodlake/NorthStone Publishing, BC, Canada.

It you think this resource may be out-of-date, read this testimonial for Alternative Wedding Book that I received in late 2013, signed Arizona Bride.

Inspired by Arizona Bride, we’ve added a line for Tithe in the Wedding Budget. The couple included 10% of their wedding budget as a charitable contribution for environmental causes.

She plans to continue giving the book to friends who are preparing to wed. By the way, it’s available free and complete as Wedding Alternatives at SimpleLivingWorks.org; also in Spanish as Nuestra Boda.

I hope you’ll find my blog Occupying the Flagstaff Bridal Fair both humorous and enlightening.

And I’ve added Meredith Gould’s helpful book Getting #Married: Using Social Media to Celebrate the Sacred to the Wedding Alternatives Supplement.

I hope that you can see the values of these 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.

Mentions in This Episode

RESPONSE

Laurel Gray’s new book, THE EVOLUTION OF A PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN: Making Dramatic Turnarounds Along Life’s Unpredictable Journey (a spiritual autobiography).

Link to my blog Fundamentalist ≠ Evangelical, explaining why I decline to call conservatives and fundamentalists “evangelicals.”

Another note from another friend. . .

Keep us posted whenever you play or mention my songs and we’ll help spread the word any way we can. Thanks for all you do for our Amazing Earth!! Blessings, Joyce EarthMama Rouse

EarthMama provides some of the theme music for this podcast. Hear her complete version of Simple Gifts on episode #2.

I’ve renewed a friendship with Paul Canavese and his spouse Ann Naffziger. They hosted Rita and me while we were on a speaking tour of Calif. Paul now operates GospelLiving.org and ThePastoralCenter.com. They contributed to the Supplement to Wedding Alternatives (see their wedding vows). And the LINK to the Travel Journal of that Calif. tour (scroll to POST #58).

Colleague Lee Van Ham of Jubilee Economics is progressing well with his new book Blinded by Progress, including his numerous interviews.

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PLANS

In future episodes, you’ll hear from Vicki Robin, the co-author of the classic best-seller Your Money or Your Life. Her new book is Blessing the Hands that Feed Us. Also, preparing for Pentecost and Ordinary Time, and info about Alternative Summer Festivals.

In May, I plan to start a series called Tony  & Shane UNCUT – the complete 3-1/2 hour straight talk between Tony Campolo and Shane Caliborne 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.”

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

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Cecile Andrews | CecileAndrews.com
Champion of Simplicity and Community Conversation Circles

A community educator, Cecile is active in the transition movement in the United States.  She’s the author of The Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life (1998) | Slow is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure and Joie de Vivre (2006) | Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness (2009) | NEW! Living Room RevolutionA Handbook for Conversation, Community and the Common Good (2013)

To LISTEN, visit the Episode Index.

NorthWest Earth Institute

Shareable.net about a sharing economy | New Dream Community Action Kit: Guide to Sharing

Simplicity-Matters.org | My Travel Journal to D.C./Maryland. Scroll down to Post #198 to see their happy faces and comments.

Champions of Simple Living Today | I interview John De Graaf, producer and author of Affluenza, on TheCommonGoodPodcast.com.

RELATED: Reimagining America: An Evening with Gus Speth & Juliet Schor | Speth and Schor discuss innovations in collaborative consumption, ways the sharing economy is changing our country, and opportunities to define a new American Dream.

Helpful Articles on SPRING Festivals

(We talked about Lent and Easter (April 20) – in Episode #13.)

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Themes/Seasons: Alternatives’ Collections IndexAdvent/Christmas/Epiphany | Lent/Easter | Other Seasons | Anytime/Non-Seasonal | Music | Art | Audio | Video | Spanish | Living More with Less

Lent/Easter10 Tips for a Simpler, More Meaningful Easter | Article/ART Index: Easter | Bulletin Inserts are indexed in Articles by season. | En Español (all) | Lenten Calendars and 40-Day Guides - For the current liturgical cycle (A), use #6, 9, 12, 15, or 18. Some are not based on a cycle and can be used any year. | Sing Justice! Do Justice! New Songs & Hymns to Familiar & New Tunes: Lent/Easter, e.g. #19 | Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art for Simpler Living and Global Justice ( Foreword by Cecile Andrews | Introduction | How to Use This Collection | QUOTES | ART )

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Episode 15 :: Author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles

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Cecile Andrews

Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation

A community educator, Cecile is active in the transition movement in the United States. Cecile and her husband are founders of Seattle’s Phinney Ecovillage, a neighborhood-based sustainable community, which has morphed into Sustainable Greenwood-Phinney.

She’s the author of. . .

The Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life (1998)

Slow is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure and Joie de Vivre(2006)

Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness (2009)

NEW! Living Room RevolutionA Handbook for Conversation, Community and the Common Good (2013)

Cecile’s site is CecileAndrews.com, NOT SimplicityCircles.com, which says it’s about simplifying your financial life. It looks pretty suspicious to me.

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

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NorthWest Earth Institute

Shareable.net about a sharing economy | New Dream Community Action Kit: Guide to Sharing

Simplicity-Matters.org | My Travel Journal to D.C./Maryland. Scroll down to Post #198 to see their happy faces and comments.

Vicki Robin, co-author of the classic Your Money or Your Life, has a new book, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth.  Also, http://www.jubilee-economics.org/journal/

Champions of Simple Living Today | I interview John De Graaf, producer and author of Affluenza, on TheCommonGoodPodcast.com.

RELATED

Reimagining America: An Evening with Gus Speth & Juliet Schor | Watch these videos to hear Speth and Schor discuss innovations in collaborative consumption, ways the sharing economy is changing our country, and opportunities to define a new American Dream.

Living Room Conversations – Open your ears. Open your mind. Open your home. (from Joan Blades, founder of MoveOn.org)

Helpful Articles on SPRING Festivals

(We talked about Lent and Easter – 4/20 – in Episode #13.)

  • Passover – Tue., April 15, 2014 – 7 days – Mon., April 21. In the USA, Passover ends one day later, Tues., April 22. In the Jewish calendar, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Jews will celebrate Passover on the sunset of Mon., April 14. | Freedom from slavery | What links are in place in your community?

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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 SupplementJerry’s Adventures in Social Media

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Themes/Seasons: Alternatives’ Collections IndexAdvent/Christmas/Epiphany | Lent/Easter | Other Seasons | Anytime/Non-Seasonal | Music | Art | Audio | Video | Spanish | Living More with Less

Lent/Easter10 Tips for a Simpler, More Meaningful Easter | Article/ART Index: Easter | Bulletin Inserts are indexed in Articles by season. | En Español (all) | Lenten Calendars and 40-Day Guides - For the current liturgical cycle (A), use #6, 9, 12, 15, or 18. Some are not based on a cycle and can be used any year. | Sing Justice! Do Justice! New Songs & Hymns to Familiar & New Tunes: Lent/Easter, e.g. #19 | Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art for Simpler Living and Global Justice ( Foreword by Cecile Andrews | Introduction | How to Use This Collection | QUOTES | ART )

Share your thoughts on this podcast and this episode. Email Feedback AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org [or SimpleLivingWorks AT yahoo DOT com or SimpleLivingWorks2 AT gmail DOT 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  

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.

Individual Episode Index: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED | #13: Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter | #14: Simple Living 101 + Social Media BONUS | #15: author Cecile Andrews

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

Click ABOUT for Music and Cover Art Credits.

*GRAPHIC: CecileAndrews.com

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.