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Discussion/Study/Action/Activity GUIDES

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I. Year Round Guides for a series or multiple sessions

A. Adults

1. Faith-based guides

a. Beginners - people who are open but have little information
b. Intermediate - people who have some idea; longer series
c. Advanced -- "deep thinkers"

2. Guides for a general audience (not faith-based)

B. Children & Intergenerational

C. Teens

II. Seasonal Guides

A. Advent and Christmas

1. Single session (one hour)
2. Multiple Session / Extended Time/Workshop
3. Children/Teens & Intergenerational

C. Lent and Easter

Specific Titles

I. Year Round guides (series/multiple session)


'Tis a Gift to Be Simple -- David Allen Sorensen and Barbara DeGrote-Sorensen
Six Weeks to a Simpler Lifestyle -- David Allen Sorensen and Barbara DeGrote-Sorensen
Living Simply
Break Forth into Joy! VIDEO | Discussion Guide
Families Creating a Circle of Peace - from Institute for Peace and Justice, St. Louis


Faith and Money Study Guide (includes Money Autobiography)
Living More with Less Study/Action Guide | More LMwL support materials
Simpler Living, Compassionate Life -- Michael Schutt, ed.
Those Who Speak for God: Household Studies in the Minor Prophets
Beyond Guilt and Hopelessness -- George A. Johnson
Beyond the News: Money VIDEO -- MennoMedia/Herald Press
Beyond the News: TV Violence & Your Child VIDEO -- MennoMedia/Herald Press
Basic Trek: Venture into a World of Enough -- MennoMedia/Herald Press


Clusters: Alternative Lifestyles for Families and Single People | Clusters blog

Adults--General audience

Affluenza (VIDEO and book) -- John De Graaf
Escape from Affluenza VIDEO -- John De Graaf
Northwest Earth Institute: numerous series, Voluntary Simplicity, etc.

Children & Intergenerational

Kids Creating Circles of Peace - from Institute for Peace and Justice, St. Louis
How to Teach Peace to Children
365 TV Free Activities
365 Outdoor Activities
Just Family Nights
Parent TREK -- MennoMedia/Herald Press
More Mudpies: 101 Alternatives to TV
Games: The AnyTime Game, Lifestories, Conversation Pieces
Books of Games: Simple Fun for Busy People, Everyone Wins
Reading Aloud: story books
Storytelling: Pete Seeger's Storytelling Book
Stories and Songs of Simple Living (book and CD)


The Merchants of Cool VIDEO (no discussion guide)
Games: The AnyTime Game, Lifestories, Conversation Pieces
Books of Games: Simple Fun for Busy People, Everyone Wins
Stories and Songs of Simple Living (book and CD)

II. Seasonal guides

Advent and Christmas--Single session (one hour)

Simple Living 101, including "Alternative Event Organizer's Kit"
"Let's Talk About Christmas" Worksheet
Advent/Christmas Adult Discussion/Activity Guides
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas VIDEO | Discussion Guide

Advent and Christmas--Multiple Session / Extended Time / Workshop

Advent/Christmas Adult Discussion/Activity Guides
Let Jesus Come, Let Santa Go AUDIO Workshop
UNPLUG the Christmas Machine and Leader's Guide to UNPLUG the Christmas Machine Workshop TEXT | AUDIO

Advent and Christmas--Children, Teens & Intergenerational

Child/Teen Advent Christmas Discussion/Activity Guides
The Christmas Game
The Christmas Game 2
Reading Aloud: The Christmas Stories Set
Home for Christmas


Who's Risen From the Dead? Discussion/Activity Guides, Passover and Easter Seders

Many More Articles: Non-seasonal
Many More Articles: Advent/Christmas
Many More Articles: Lent/Easter
Many More Articles: Other Seasons

Page updated 9 Feb. 2014

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