Posted December 13, 2013on:
Only 12 More Adventing Days Till Christmas!
Several colleague organizations — faith-based and secular — offer splendid, recent resources for Advent. Please consider at least one of the following.
Mustard Seed Associates (Godspace)
Blogs, Video, Podcasts
Northwest Earth Institute: Simplicity Packet
Center for a New American Dream: Simplify the Holidays
Every year, New Dream encourages our community to Simplify the Holidays. In addition to resources like the pledge and the popular Simplify the Holidays booklet, this year we offer SoKind Registry to help New Dreamers opt out of the excessive holiday consumerism.
By creating a SoKind Holiday Wishlist, you can encourage your family members to stay out of the malls, and instead give gifts that truly enhance your life. From homemade presents and secondhand goods to gifts of time and experience, SoKind can help you design a holiday season that’s about more fun and less stuff!
Looking for a place to get started? We’ve collected 10 of our top gift ideas to help you get started with your SoKind holiday registry, or simply to inspire your gift-giving this holiday season.
Here’s to a more joyful (less cluttered!) holiday season!
Lutheran Peace Fellowship
Simpler Christmas, Faithful Life
Creative Ways to Celebrate a Peace and Justice filled Holiday
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Numerous well-known writers have written reflections for Alternatives. Check out Sr. Joan Chittister’s series (in addition to WHOSE Birthday Is It, Anyway? 2013 – #25 and WHOSE Birthday? Podcast series).
More Alternative Advent Reflections — Walter Brueggemann, and yet to come, Bill McKibben, Ron Sider, Megan McKenna, Tom Sine. If you can’t wait, help yourself to the whole Whose Birthday? collection (or in Spanish).
Other TEXT & ART Resources
Christmas Anthologies to read alone or aloud | Christmas Campaign Kit | Seasonal/Thematic Index: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany | Many More Alternative Christmas Articles – Investigate a few that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. | 10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations | Winter Festivals
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). LISTEN through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through iTunes, Stitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.
Access individual episodes: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?
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Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist
GRAPHIC: Center for a New American Dream