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Purim, St. Pat’s & Spring

Posted on: March 11, 2014

5-A333Mid-March Celebrations

Purim is a light and fun-filled festival about Jewish survival. Celebrants read the story of Esther from the Bible, exchange gifts, and sometimes dress up in appropriate costumes.

Purim is regarded as a minor festival because the directive for observance is in the book of Esther, not the Torah. It is the only Jewish holiday that deals specifically with anti-Semitism.

What’s NOW with SLW!

  • Alternative Rites of Passage, including Wedding Alternatives – March 1 Podcast – New bride calls Wedding Alternatives “essential tool”
  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – March 11-Your congregation probably has a Social Ministry Committee. Find out what the members do. Typical projects are direct help, such as serving at the local Soup Kitchen, or education, such as a Social Concerns Fair. Resolve to participate in one project this year.

Another Kind of Lenten Fasting

Our most important family alternative celebration occurs during Lent. We used the following idea one year and, at our children’s request, have repeated it. READ MORE

Check out a few of these thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.

What’s Coming

What’s Happened

  • Author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation. Her latest: Living Room RevolutionREAD MORE
  • Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists (shy or bold) + Jerry’s Excellent Adventure – Feb. SLW! Podcast | Sharing the Joy of a Simpler Lifestyle Through Speeches, Workshops, Events, Study/Action Groups, Simplicity Circles and Social Media

What Others Are Doing

Podcast Reminder

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Episode Index: #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 | #14: Simple Living 101 + Social Media BONUS | #15: author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation | #16: Rites of Passage, including Wedding Alternatives | #17: Vicki Robin, co-author of the best-seller Your Money or Your Life

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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. Instead, we urge Alternative Giving. Give away 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 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.

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