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(books, pamphlets, audio, video, etc.)AUDIO and VIDEO | TEXT and ART
The following TEXT and ART collections appear below Audio/Video.TEXT and ART Publications/Resources
10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations
Alternative Art Gallery
Alternatives' Quarterly Review / Reader
Carols with Justice
Christmas Campaign Kit
Christmas Packs (1-15)
Clusters: Lifestyle Alternatives
The Good Life curriculum
Lenten Calendars & Guides
Living More with Less Study/Action Guide
Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists shy or bold
Simply Delicious: Quantity Cooking for Churches
Sing Justice! Do Justice! New Hymn & Song Texts to Familiar & New Tunes
Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art
Stories and Songs of Simple Living
Those Who Speak for God (minor prophets)
Treasury of Celebrations
Unplug the Christmas Machine Workshop Leader's Guide
Voluntary Simplicity Study/Action Guide
Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? (Advent/Christmas annual, 1-26)
Who's Risen from the Dead, Anyway? (Lenten study/action guides)
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Simply Enough: Straight Talk from Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne on Simple, Just Living
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Tony and Shane's DVD Project - Tony Campolo, Shane Claiborne and Gerald Iversen talk about the upcoming project. (Go to AV Archives.)
Simple Living Struggles & Solutions original (in AV Archives). (Also, See Video Scripts below.) See the free UPDATED video entitled Simple Living Works! (on YouTube).
Or view individual segments.
Break Forth Into Joy: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle VIDEO (excerpt in AV Archives / complete at YouTube above). (See Video Scripts below.)
Celebration Revolution of Alexander Scrooge VIDEO - See AV Archives.
Carols with Justice SING-ALONG VIDEO. Click the second line below.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas VIDEO. Click the next line below.
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2003 A Dome Odyssey VIDEO (excerpt in AV Archives) - Moving the Earth Dome to Sergeant Bluff.
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- Christmas Audio Sampler - The Story of Jason (sample) – 4:00
- Sing Justice! Do Justice! (O Baby Born in Bethlehem) | Source
- Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? #16 | #17 | #18 | #19 | #20
See text versions below.
- More-with-Less Christmas Radio Program Demo (:90)
Selections from a series of thirty 90-second programs
- Whose Birthday Is it, Anyway? Radio Program: Simple Living Works! Podcast, episodes 6-11.
Demo (19:00 total) - Selections from a series of six 28-minute programs (See AV archives).
- Let Jesus Come, Let Santa Go! Workshop
- Let's Get Off the Christmas Roller Coaster (8:43) | Script
- Unplug the Christmas Machine Workshop. See TEXT version below.
- What Does JESUS Want for Christmas? pageant. See TEXT version below.
End of AUDIO / VIDEO Resources | Detailed AV Archives
Begin TEXT Resources
- (general) e-Treasures for Advent - A Web-based Calendar for Advent and Christmas
- (general) "Birthday Gift for Jesus" Giving Calendar
- 2016 Use #7
- 2015 Use #16
- 2014 Use #5
- 2013 Use #4 or #9. They have the same start date, Dec. 1st, and are not based on the lectionary cycle.
- 2012 Use #13. It has the same cycle ( C ) and start date, Dec. 3rd.
- 2007 Use #14. It has the same cycle ( A ) and start date, Dec. 2nd.
- 2006 Use #13. It has the same cycle ( C ) and start date, Dec. 3rd.
- 2005 Igniting Simplicity Within Our Hearts (B)
- 2004 Gentle, Faithful Steps Toward a Simpler Christmas (A)
- 2003 Yes! to Jesus & Joy / No! to Stress & Stuff (C)
- 2002 A Simple Christmas (B)
- 2001 Spirit of Simplicity Calendar (A)
- 2000 Sustainable Change Calendar of Hope (C)
- 1999 More CHRISTMAS - Less Consuming (B)
- 1998 A Simpler Season (A)
- 1997 God Is Coming! (C)
- 1996 New Years Alternatives
- 1995 Which Way to Bethlehem?
- 1994 Traveling to Bethlehem
- 1993 Welcoming the Prince of Peace
- 1992 Waiting for the Light
- 1991 What Gifts Shall We Bring? Calendar of Alternative Gift-Giving Ideas
- #15: Reclaiming Christmas
- #14: Gifts of Peace
- #13: A Simple Christmas
- #12: What Is a Gift?
- #11: Preparing to Celebrate the Birth of Christ
- #10: Reaching Out to Others
- #9: Make Room at the Inn
- #8: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? (for households)
- #7a: Santa Doesn't Come to the Poor
- #7b: Alternative Christmas Packet (for households)
- #6: Make Room at the Inn
- #5: The Light Shines in the Darkness
- #4: Advent: Beginning All Over Again - Walter Wink
- #3: Where Shall We Find Him?
- #2: Alternative Christmas Packet - Sorry, Missing
- #1: Alternatives Christmas Campaign
See 10 Tips above. Other support materials are available on "Simply the Best: Over 30 Years of Alternatives" CD-ROM.
- #19 (Liturgical Cycle B)
- #18: HUNGER (Liturgical Cycle A)
- #17: Connecting with God, Others, Myself
- #16: Taking More Time to Reassess (no cycle)
- #15: A Time to Reassess (Liturgical Cycle A)
- #14: Spirit of Simplicity (Liturgical Cycle C)
- #13: 12 STEPS to a Simpler Life (Liturgical Cycle B)
- #12 : Half the Stuff-Twice the Joy (Liturgical Cycle A)
- #11: 40 Days to a Simpler Life (Liturgical Cycle C)
- #10: At Least 10% for God's Creation (ecology)
- #9: Of Paths and Ponderings (Liturgical Cycle A)
- #8: Rivers in the Desert (Cycle C: Luke)
- #7: The Joy of Discipleship (Cycle B: Mark)
- #6: Drink from the Well of Living Water (Cycle A: Matthew)
- #5a: Journey Toward Understanding (Cycle C: Luke) for adults
- #5b: Journey Toward Change (for children)
- #4: Footsteps to Follow
- #3: The Road to Jerusalem (Cycle C: Luke)
- #2: Responsible Living in God's World
- #1: Learning the Meaning of Ministry
- Introduction: How to Influence Others
- 1. Speakers (See AUDIO version of Living Simply and Loving It above.
- 2. Workshop Leaders
- 3. Event Organizers
- 4: Discussion Groups
- 5: Media Workers
Alternatives’ Simpler Living Community Network (SLOW Down)
- NEW - 6: Send a Message! Be the Message!
- Cover Page | Table of Contents (web version)
- Part 1: Making Choices
- Part 2: Gifts
- Part 3: Celebrations
- Part 4: Rites of Passage
(See AUDIO version above.)
See AUDIO version above. Also see Carols with Justice above.
Also see Worship Alternatives below.
- See AUDIO versions, #16-20, above.
- COMING--#28 for 2016
- #27 (Susan Vogt, Melodie Davis, Bob Sitze and more)
- #26 (Susan Vogt, others)
- #25 (Lee Van Ham, Doyle Burbank-Williams and others)
- #24 (Gerald Iversen and others)
- #23 (Michael Lerner, Bruce Forbes and others)
- #22 (Richard Rohr, Sarah Butler Berlin, Tony Campolo and others)
- #21 (Bob Sitze, Lynn A. Miller, Meg Cox and others)
- #20-text & PDF (Tony Campolo, Shane Claiborne and others)
- #19-text & PDF (Millard Fuller, Walter Wink, Ched Myers and others)
- #18 (William Sloane Coffin, Daniel Berrigan, Katerina Whitley, Art Simon, Susan Briehl, Betsy Taylor)
- #17 (Esther Armstrong, Meg Cox and others)
- #16 (Lou Lotz)
- #15 (Jim McGinnis)
- #14 (Bill McKibben)
- #13 (Miriam Therese Winter)
- #12 (Ron Sider)
- #11 (Megan McKenna)
- #10 (Connie & Milo Thornberry)
- #9 (Tom Sine)
- #8 (Linda-Marie Delloff)
- #7 (Michael Crosby)
- #6 (Justo & Catherine Gonzalez)
- #5 (Marjorie J. Thompson)
- #4 (Tom Hall)
- #3 (George S. Johnson)
- #2 (Joan Chittister)
- #1 (Walter Brueggemann)
- A. Reflection/Activity Guides
- Cycle A (Matthew)
- Cycle B (Mark)
- Cycle C (Luke)
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E. NEW / BONUS / Other || Submission Guidelines
- Index de paginas en Español
- 10 puntas para una Navidad mas Sencilla y mas Significativa
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- Calendarios para la Cuaresma
- Nuestra Boda
- Annual Reports
- History (Timeline with photos)
- News Releases
- Retired Newsletters (no longer produced)
- INSIDE INFO - Member-Donor-Volunteer Update
- Alternatives' Quarterly Review / Reader
- Simplicity e-Newsletters / Simply :60 / Alerts / eNuff
- Siouxland Regional News
- SLOW Down (volunteer network) Newsletters
- You're Making a Difference! (donor news, 2005-08)
- Travel/Tour notes and photos, 2005-present
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