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Advent Abundance!

Posted on: December 13, 2013

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

Advent Resources for Kids

Advent Resources Galore for 2013

Come Home to God: An Advent Meditation Video for 2013

Coming Home to the Advent Story: First Podcast | Second Podcast

Northwest Earth Institute: Simplicity Packet

Share the gift of simplicity. Your friends and family will thank you when they learn how to do more with less, and save time and money!
Give your loved ones a Voluntary Simplicity Gift Package from the NW Earth Institute. It includes a copy of Voluntary Simplicity, a one-year NWEI membership and NWEI window decal — all for $35, the price of a membership alone.
This special offer runs through December 31st, 2013. To order a Simplicity Gift Package, call (503) 227-2807.
You can also order a copy of Voluntary Simplicity online (without an NWEI membership) as a gift for $25 by clicking here, and order gift memberships online by clicking here.
Wishing you much happiness this holiday season,
NWEI team

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

Reclaim the Season

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Advent/Christmas Reflections

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 ReflectionsWalter Brueggemann,  and yet to come, Bill McKibbenRon 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 

Podcast Reminder

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at or at (then click window #3). LISTEN through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through 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?

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

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

GRAPHIC: Center for a New American Dream


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