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NOT Jesus CEO!

I wrote a chapter on the Prosperity Gospel for a college text book and named names of the “evangelists” of this devious perversion of Jesus’ words.

Entirely on the other hand, Faith and Money Network*, a colleague of SLW! for over 30 years, now has a new, intriguing limited-time (three month) weekly 60-minute internet radio program on VoiceAmerica.com. I subscribed to the podcast in iTunes. The Show Notes are on the FMN site at FaithAndMoneyNetwork.org. Host Mike Little has outstanding guests lined up! You can listen live Mondays at noon (EST) or hear any of the past shows at. . .

FMN on the Radio

Hear such guests as Rev. Roy Howard and theologian Ched Myers, Trip of Perspective leaders Djaloki Dessables and Kim Montroll, philanthropists Judy and David Osgood, and more, probing a range of topics that can help you make the connection between your faith and your money.  

January 20: Escaping the Work-More/Spend-More Cycle, with Rev. Matthew Colwell, Tim Darst and Angela Lincoln

Pastor Matthew Colwell will show us why and how to slow our lives down a bit and remember who we are and whose we are.  Then Angela Lincoln and Tim Darst will share their story of choosing to consume less than is typical in the U.S., opening a full and faithful life for themselves and their daughters. Through their story, we can begin to see the advantages of being thoughtful consumers, knowing that how we live affects other people and the planet, and how conscious consumption choices can free us to enlarge our mission and impact in the world.

January 13: Faith and Money: The Biblical Vision, with theologian Ched Myers

We may try to separate money and faith in our lives, but the Bible will have none of that.  Money themes are woven throughout the Bible. In both the Old and New Testaments, we have lessons and stories, parables and prophecies about living together in God’s economy of enough for all. Let’s begin to recover what God has provided in the Scriptures.  Activist, theologian and popular educator Ched Myers will share his thoughtful and challenging insights into the Bible’s instructions around money. And we will hear examples of people who are, today, taking these biblical instructions to heart in their daily lives.

Ched Myers is an activist, theologian and popular educator who animates scripture and issues of faith-based peace and justice.  Ched writes prolifically, leads retreats and seminars, preaches and teaches and facilitates gatherings, partnering with a variety of theological and social justice organizations over the past 40 years.

January 6: Faith and Money: making the connection with special guests, Betsy Edmonds and Frank Butler

For more information please contact Mike Little at 202.469.8512 or mike@faithandmoneynetwork.org

What’s Now with SLW!

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the complete Show Notes. Individual Episode Index (or see the list at the bottom of these notes)

COMING next episode: Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists (shy or bold) + BONUS Social Media Supplement – Jerry’s Adventures in Social Media

  • Free Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – Jan. 29: “Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”-from Matthew 6:24-33. How do my clothes reflect my personality and my values? Did the people who made my clothes get a fair wage for their work? Go to your clothes closet. Choose enough clothes to wear a different outfit each day for a week. Put the other clothes aside. Wear only the clothes you’ve chosen for the next two weeks. (from Trek)

What Others Are Doing

More Resources

Podcast Reminder

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 iTunesStitcher.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? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED | #13 – Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter  

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

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*GRAPHIC: Mike Little, Exec. Dir., Faith and Money Network, formerly Ministry of Money

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.

*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 2. We 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.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

3-A555SHOW NOTES

In this episode. . .

Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler, More Meaningful Lent and Easter – Click this Index and follow along as you listen.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the complete Show Notes. Individual Episode Index (or see the list at the bottom of these notes)

COMING next episode: Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists (shy or bold) + BONUS Social Media Supplement – Jerry’s Adventures in Social Media

Lent/Easter Resources Site Map

Resources Master Index (Archives)
Collections Index by Theme/Seasons

Advent/Christmas/Epiphany | Lent/Easter | Other Seasons | Anytime/Non-Seasonal Music | Art | Audio | Video | Spanish | Living More with Less

Lent/Easter

  • Bulletin Inserts are indexed in Articles by season.

Mentions in This Episode

Those Who Speak for God: Household Studies on the Minor Prophets

Guides for Sharing These Resources: School of Layout | Reaching Out Through the Media

Overflow Project 50-Day Challenge | my blog Simplify + Give + Change = Water

Bring Simpler Living to Your Group!

Testimonials/Feedback/Comments/Response

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What’s Now with SLW!

  • Let’s Get Ready for a Simple, More Meaningful Lent & Easter  – Jan. 15 SLW! Podcast
  • New Year, New Daily Inspiration: free Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – Jan. 24 – “Quality time” can be a myth, an excuse to spend a little time together in order to spend more time working to make more money to accumulate more stuff. Quantity time is also needed for healthy relationships, being there… in sports and fun, worship, talking, the arts. If you find this is a problem, discipline yourself to keep track of relationship time and increase it 10% each month till you reach your goal. Jan. 25 – Life Standard: Non-conform Freely. The forces against living simply are extremely powerful and devious. Some of them are quiet, unwritten… like how we dress in church, how our house will look at Christmas time. But many of them can be loud, in-your-face forces that work to get as deeply into our pocketbook as possible. (See September for media pressures.)

What’s Coming

  • Social Media Supplement to Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists Shy or Bold – Feb. 1 SLW! Podcast

What Others Are Doing

More Resources

Podcast Reminder

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 iTunesStitcher.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? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED | #13 – Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter  

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

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

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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.

*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 2. We 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.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

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Here are some good reasons. . .

Chinese New Year

What’s Now with SLW!

  • Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter  – Jan. 15 Podcast
  • Thought for the Day from free Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar. 
    • Jan. 21-Cooperative, non-competitive games nurture relationships. Try The Christmas Game IThe Christmas Game IIThe Anytime GameLifestories: a fun board game of telling tales; Futurestories; and Conversation Pieces: Parents, Kids and Other Animals. See September 19 for more titles.
    • Jan. 22-A weekly family meeting at a set time helps to coordinate schedules and gives children respect, inclusiveness and empowerment. It can also diffuse arguments. At a time of tension, one can say, “Let’s take this up at the family meeting.” Take turns taking minutes. Follow with family fun-time.

What’s Coming

  • Social Media Supplement to Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists Shy or Bold – Feb. 1 SLW! Podcast

What’s Happened

What Others Are Doing

More Resources

Podcast Reminder

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 iTunesStitcher.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? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED | #13 – Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter  

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

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

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest.

GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity: ART #3-A0861

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.

*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 2. We 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.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

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Recommended Reading

In 2012, I began an enlightening collaboration with Jubilee-Economics.org.

I have been so touched by its OneEarth message that I now co-host and produce The Common Good Podcast each month and blog at Jubilee-Economics.org once a week.

Jubilee’s Exec. Dir. Lee Van Ham has recently released the first volume of his Eden Trilogy. I had the honor of reading and commenting on it before publication.

Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us is available in paperback at your local independent bookstore and online as an eBook.

I urge you to do at least one of the following about the book:

TheCommonGoodPodcast.com, episode 42 (33:32)

Inside Personal Growth with Greg Voisen (34:08)

Follow the progress of the book at TheOneEarthProject.com.

Then recommend the book to others easily at GoodReads.com. Establish a free account easily, as I did recently, and give Lee five stars, maybe even a comment of encouragement.

What’s Now with SLW!

  • Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter  – Jan. 15 Podcast
  • Thought for the Day from free Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar. Jan. 17 – We find meaning in life through our relationships with God, nature and people, not through stuff. Often we allow our things to own us. We go into debt paying for something. We have to maintain it, then secure it so nobody steals it! What owns whom?

What’s Coming

  • Social Media Supplement to Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists Shy or Bold – Feb. 1 SLW! Podcast

What’s Happened

What Others Are Doing

More Resources

Podcast Reminder

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 iTunesStitcher.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? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED | #13: Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent & Easter

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

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

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GRAPHIC: Blinded by Progress

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.

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 2. We 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.

*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

story-of-SOLUTIONS-300x300Recommended Reading: 

The Human Cost of Stuff

Too Much Stuff in Your Life?

7 Ways to Turn it Around

From sharing to repairing, the inspiration you need to lighten your load.

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BONUS

Besides its famous short videos, Story of Stuff Project also offers Blogs, Podcasts and Teaching Tools.

Most recent video: Story of Solutions

Podcast

The Good Stuff features interviews with changemakers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and folks just like you who are growing Solutions in their communities.

Teaching Tools

Whether you’re a teacher, a faith leader, or just somebody who is interested in learning more about how we make, use, and throw away Stuff, we offer a diverse set of curricula and resources for all ages.

Blog

Our latest take on what’s happening in the world of Stuff — what’s good, what’s not so good, and what people just like you are doing to grow Solutions in their communities.

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What’s Now with SLW!

  • Living More with Less UPDATED – Jan. 1 Podcast – Interview with the editor of the 30th Anniversary Edition of this seminal book for modern faith-based voluntary simplicity. MennoMedia BLOG about SLW! Podcast
  • New Year, New Daily Inspiration: free Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – Jan. 1 Blog
  • 40th Anniversary: Non-Sentimental Journey We celebrated Alternatives’ 40 years of service in modest, curious ways, such as 2003: A Dome OdysseyReader Comment: (addressed to Pete, producer of most of Alternatives’ Iowa electronic resources): Watched the dome odyssey off of the Simple Living Works website. I laughed until I cried. That video is the funniest movie I’ve ever seen. You are so talented! — Elysha

What’s Coming

  • Let’s Get Ready for a Simple, More Meaningful Lent & Easter – Jan. 15 SLW! Podcast
  • Social Media Supplement to Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists Shy or Bold – Feb. 1 SLW! Podcast

What’s Happened

  • Explaining Santa to My Granddaughter – Reader Comment: Great job! I laughed out loud. The story you told about talking to her about Santa was CLASSIC! –E.R.I., Flagstaff, AZ

What Others Are Doing

More Resources

Podcast Reminder

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 iTunesStitcher.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? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED

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

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

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest.

GRAPHIC: Story of Stuff Project

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.

*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 2. We 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.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

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Richard Foster’s Guidelines for Simplicity

  1. Buy things for their usefulness rather than their status
  2. Reject anything that is producing an addiction in you
  3. Develop a habit of giving things away
  4. Refuse to be propagandized by the custodians of modern gadgetry
  5. Learn to enjoy things without owning them
  6. Develop a deeper appreciation for the creation
  7. Look with a healthy skepticism at all “buy now, pay later” schemes
  8. Obey Jesus’ instructions about plain, honest speech
  9. Reject anything that breeds the oppression of others
  10. Shun anything that distracts you from seeking first the kingdom of God

“May God give you – and me – the courage, the wisdom, the strength always to hold the kingdom of God as the number one priority of our lives. To do so, is to live in simplicity” Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline

Renovare is based on the teachings of Foster and the late Dallas Willard. Renovare produces the occasional podcast Simplicity: Spiritual Development. The hosts repeat Foster’s guidelines at the beginning of each podcast. The guidelines are quite practical. Renovare and the podcast focus more on spirituality than practical simpler living. I look forward to each episode. I subscribed through iTunes.

Foster has written several seminal simple living works, such as Celebration of Discipline (chapter 6) and Freedom of Simplicity. Foster’s guidelines supplement the Five Life Standards of Living More with Less.

A handy list of simplicity resources from the Quakers.

What’s Now

  • Living More with Less UPDATED – Jan. 1 Podcast – Interview with the editor of the 30th Anniversary Edition of this seminal book for modern faith-based voluntary simplicity. MennoMedia BLOG about SLW! Podcast
  • New Year, New Daily Inspiration: free Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – Jan. 1 Blog
  • 40th Anniversary: Non-Sentimental Journey We celebrated Alternatives’ 40 years of service in modest, curious ways, such as 2003: A Dome OdysseyReader Comment: (addressed to Pete, producer of most of Alternatives’ Iowa electronic resources): Watched the dome odyssey off of the Simple Living Works website. I laughed until I cried. That video is the funniest movie I’ve ever seen. You are so talented! — Elysha

What’s Coming

  • Let’s Get Ready for a Simple, More Meaningful Lent & Easter – Jan. 15 SLW! Podcast
  • Social Media Supplement to Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists Shy or Bold – Feb. 1 SLW! Podcast

What’s Happened

  • Explaining Santa to My Granddaughter – Reader Comment: Great job! I laughed out loud. The story you told about talking to her about Santa was CLASSIC! –E.R.I., Flagstaff, AZ

What Others Are Doing

More Resources

Podcast Reminder

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 iTunesStitcher.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? | #12: Living More with Less UPDATED

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

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

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest.

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.

*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 2. We 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.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

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Alternative Dr. King Resources

 

Treasury of Celebrations: The Dream Lives On | Family Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

 

Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art

9 Quotations | 6 Quotations (After clicking on a link, use Martin Luther King in your computer’s “find” function.)

ART – Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
3-A543–Dr. King Was Right – Bulletin Insert/ART + text (After clicking on link, use item number in your computers’ “find” function.) | 4-A326–MLK profile [graphic above] | 4-A0961–Martin Luther King, Jr, Prayer | 4-A3882–Jan. 18: Dr. Martin Luther King Day – brief bio

What’s Now

  • Living More with Less UPDATED – Jan. 1 Podcast – Interview with the editor of the 30th Anniversary Edition of this seminal book for modern faith-based voluntary simplicity. MennoMedia BLOG about SLW! Podcast
  • New Year, New Daily Inspiration: free Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – Jan. 1 Blog
  • 40th Anniversary: Non-Sentimental Journey We celebrated Alternatives’ 40 years of service in modest, curious ways, such as 2003: A Dome Odyssey. Reader Comment: (addressed to Pete, producer of most of Alternatives’ Iowa electronic resources): Watched the dome odyssey off of the Simple Living Works website. I laughed until I cried. That video is the funniest movie I’ve ever seen. You are so talented! — Elysha

What’s Coming

  • Let’s Get Ready for a Simple, More Meaningful Lent & Easter – Jan. 15 SLW! Podcast
  • Social Media Supplement to Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists Shy or Bold – Feb. 1 SLW! Podcast

What’s Happened

  • Explaining Santa to My Granddaughter – Reader Comment: Great job! I laughed out loud. The story you told about talking to her about Santa was CLASSIC! –E.R.I., Flagstaff, AZ

What Others Are Doing

More Resources

Podcast Reminder

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 iTunesStitcher.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? | NEW – #12: Living More with Less UPDATED

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

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

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest.

Worship Alternatives Thematic ART Index

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.

*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 2. We 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.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.



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