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Change-Is-Our-Choice-Cover-232x300Simple Living Works! eNews #46, July, 2015

Simple Living Works! Weekly Digest

SLW! Podcast #48: Mike Mercer, Exec. Dir., Northwest Earth Institute || NWEI on Wikipedia

NorthWest Earth Institute‘s newest discussion course ebook,  Change Is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions, is a brand new five-session discussion course on climate action that will help your community or organization to do just that – take action to increase resilience and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Presented in an interactive ebook, this new discussion course experience integrates video, audio and printed content with action plans.

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Change  of Focus for SLW! Blog

I’m somewhat proud of my reputation as a ‘dealmaker.’ I bring people together. Likewise, I like to collaborate with colleagues and like-minded people. I’ve served more as a consolidator and editor than writer. I’ve compiled and published numerous collections, such as Worship Alternatives and Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art.

In this light, the SLW! blog will begin to focus more on others’ efforts for simple living. The blog will be posted at least once a week — the first week on the monthly SLW! eNewsletter, which is e-mailed separately to some 8000 subscribers. Since SLW! podcast is released on the 1st and 15th of each month, the weekly will highlight each episode. Other blogs will highlight the work of others, including links and brief summaries, not reposts of articles.

Since part of the mission of SLW! is to “encourage people of faith. . . to celebrate responsibly,” the new format will include a brief list of “Upcoming Alternate Celebrations,” drawn primarily from SLW! site and blogs. Those added to SLW! Treasury of Celebrations since its publication are marked NEW.

Your feedback on this plan is welcome.

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July 15 SLW! Podcast: Laird Schaub, Fellowship of Intentional Communities

Upcoming Alternate Celebrations

What’s Happened

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

IMAGE: New course from Northwest Earth Institute

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

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 GivingGive away at least 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.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

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Interfaith Power and Light: A Religious Response to Global Warming

Simple Living Works! Weekly Digest

SLW! Podcast #47: Exec. Dir. Susan Stephenson of Interfaith Power and Light

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Change  of Focus for SLW! Blog

I’m somewhat proud of my reputation as a ‘dealmaker.’ I bring people together. Likewise, I like to collaborate with colleagues and like-minded people. I’ve served more as a consolidator and editor than writer. I’ve compiled and published numerous collections, such as Worship Alternatives and Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art.

In this light, the SLW! blog will begin to focus more on others’ efforts for simple living. The blog will be posted at least once a week — the first week on the monthly SLW! eNewsletter, which is e-mailed separately to some 8000 subscribers. Since SLW! podcast is released on the 1st and 15th of each month, the weekly will highlight each episode. Other blogs will highlight the work of others, including links and brief summaries, not reposts of articles.

Since part of the mission of SLW! is to “encourage people of faith. . . to celebrate responsibly,” the new format will include a brief list of “Upcoming Alternate Celebrations,” drawn primarily from SLW! site and blogs. Those added to SLW! Treasury of Celebrations since its publication are marked NEW.

Your feedback on this plan is welcome.

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July 1 SLW! Podcast: Northwest Earth Institute [complete preview] || NWEI on Wikipedia

Upcoming Alternate Celebrations

What’s Happened

What Others Are Doing

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

IMAGE: Interfaith Power and Light logo

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

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 GivingGive away at least 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.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

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Simple Living Works! eNews

#45, June, 2015

SLW! Podcast Episode #46

Jared Brock is the author of A Year of Living Prayerfully, and the co-founder of Hope for the Sold, an abolitionist charity that fights human trafficking. Jared is happily married to his best friend, Michelle, with whom he is the co-director and co-producer of Red Light Green Light.  Together they have traveled to over 40 countries and have spoken in over 100 cities around North America. Jared’s writing has appeared in Huffington Post, Converge, Esquire, and Relevant Magazine, and he writes regularly at JaredBrock.com.

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

IMAGE: Jared and Michelle Brock on tour

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

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 GivingGive away at least 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.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

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SLW! Podcast

Alternatives’ legacy audio recording Living Simply and Loving It! was made to accompany  Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists Shy or Bold. | Similar TEXT Version | Gerald Iversen

Then we made the video Simple Living Struggles and Solutions, which is based on the same concepts but includes many different examples. See it as Simple Living Works! on YouTube.

Parts 1 & 2 below link to the newly-produced podcast episodes. Segments 1-5 go to the original recordings (without notes). MENTION links go to the free resources referenced on the SLW! site.

PART 2 – Ep. 45 (episode index)

PART 1 – Ep. 44

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  • In the Steps of St. Paul -Rita and I had the pleasure of traveling to Greece (and a bit of Turkey) this spring. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. . . about five years late. Two new grandchildren kept changing our plans! We visited the sites where St. Paul planted early Christian churches, and for whom epistles in the New Testament are named – Thessaloniki, Philippi, Corinth, Ephesus.
    A main incentive of such a tour for Simple Livers is the Life Standard “Learn from the World Community.” Other ways to learn are through Fair Trade, food and music. The five Life Standards of Living More with Less sometimes require trade-offs. Such a trip rubs up against “Cherish the Natural Order,” because they tend to be environmentally stressful, and against “Do Justice!”
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  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – MAY
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index

What’s Happened

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SUBSCRIBE through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of Show Notes, then check ‘Notify me of new posts by email.’ 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.

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

IMAGE: Jerry & new-born granddaughter Eliana Iversen

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

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 GivingGive away at least 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.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

IMG_0204Rita and I had the pleasure of traveling to Greece (and a bit of Turkey) this spring. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. . . about five years late. Two new grandchildren kept changing our plans!

We traveled with 25 CIMG_0249alifornia Central Coast Lutherans and eleven TennIMG_0254essee United Methodists. The eleven day trip – half bus and half cruise – was organized through E.O. – Educational Opportunities, a non-profit organization. Several leaders, mostly pastors, recruited participants. Russ Gordon was bus captain. Carl and Susan Nielsen were trip hosts. Carl is a also an energetic professional photographer and videographer who captures the sites for E.O.

We visited the sites where St. Paul planted early Christian churches, and for whom epistles in the New Testament are named – Thessaloniki, Philippi, Corinth, Ephesus. (Ten couples renewed their wedding vows in Corinth. Remember the love poem in I Cor. 13?) We also visited the extraordinary monasteries/nunneries perched atop monoliths at Meteora, and the Coliseum and Parthenon in Athens.

Yes, such a trip does put St. Paul’s work in context. Most of the sites are larger and more sophisticated than I had imagined. Despite its economic woes, Greece continues to maintain wonderful museums and to restore historic ruins.

Interesting contrast. The merchants in Greece were friendly but reserved. In Turkey they were aggressive.

A main incentive of such a tour for Simple Livers is the Life Standard “Learn from the World Community.” Common ways to learn are through Fair Trade, food and music. The five Life Standards of Living More with Less sometimes require trade-offs. Such a trip rubs up against “Cherish the Natural Order,” because they tend to be environmentally stressful, and against “Do Justice!” because cruise lines are notoriously unfair to cruise workers. The cruises are also inherently wasteful, most noticeably food and consumables.

Rita plans to offer a program this fall to church groups based on the tour. She’s writing her daily journal and processing my photos now. If/when it’s uploaded to the internet, I’ll post a link.

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

IMAGE: Jerry & Rita Iversen in Greece with mountains, restored ruins and baklava

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

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 GivingGive away at least 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.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.

Simple Living Works! eNews #44 — May, 2015

Jerrys-headshotMay SLW! Podcasts: Livin’ Simply ‘n Lovin’ It!

Similar TEXT Version | Gerald Iversen

PART 1 – Ep. 44

PART 2 – Ep. 45 (complete preview)

  • Segment 3: Life Standards – Learn from the World Community, Nurture People, Non-Conform Freely
  • Segment 4: Mission
  • Segment 5: Resources

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  • Off to Greece — Rita and I recently walked in the steps of St. Paul.

What’s Happened

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You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3).
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Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email Feedback@SimpleLivingWorks.org [or SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com or SimpleLivingWorks2@gmail.com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

IMAGE: Jerry Iversen

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

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 GivingGive away at least 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.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.


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SLW! PodcastJeff Yeager, much more than the Ultimate Cheapskate

Author of The Cheapskate Next Door and Don’t Throw That Away!

Jeff’s The Cheap Life on YouTube (AARP)

Jeff’s Savings Expert (AARP)

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Off to Greece

Rita and I are walking in the steps of St. Paul in Greece soon. SLW! blog will be on vacation mid-April till early May.

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SUBSCRIBE through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of Show Notes, then check ‘Notify me of new posts by email.’ 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.

Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast.

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email Feedback@SimpleLivingWorks.org [or SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com or SimpleLivingWorks2@gmail.com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

IMAGE: Jeff Yeager 

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

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 GivingGive away at least 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.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index. To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.


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