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Almost everything we do though social media is related to our web site. It doesn’t need to be large or complicated. It is the base to which we can refer people. We can store all your basic information there. They are not expensive, nor are they difficult to maintain. I pay $5 a month for a site that’s over 1000 pages.

But don’t buy more than you need in terms of size (space), or features (you don’t need a shopping cart if you’re not selling anything) or training. I know a new leader of one well-established organization who dissolved the organization within three years partly because s/he bought a bunch of new, expensive computers, a new website and an expensive training contract. Simple living means living below our means – in our business as well as our personal life.

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What’s NOW with SLW!

What’s Coming

What’s Happened

  • Not Ordinary Times – April Podcast – Episode 18 – Guest: Peter Sawtell of Eco-Justice Ministries discussing a new initiative — a challenging call to “be the church” in this time of environmental crisis — backed up with a comprehensive set of resources and background materials that will guide churches through a six-month season of worship and preaching that takes seriously the devastation of the global environment. (The weeks between Pentecost, 6/8/14, and Advent, 11/30, are traditionally Ordinary Time, the non-festival part of the Church Year.) + Resources for Pentecost and Ordinary Time from Worship Alternatives
  • In stark contrast to the misuse of farmland to produce biofuels presented in a recent episode of TheCommonGoodPodcast, Vicki Robin presents a vision of locally produced food and strong community in Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth. Hear my interview with Vicki on the recent Simple Living Works! Podcast. With Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin wrote one of the most enduring, influential books to have come from the sustainable living movement, Your Money or Your Life.

What Others Are Doing

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. 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.

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 | #18: Not Ordinary Time: Eco-Justice Ministries | #19: Simply Delicious: Quantity Cooking for Churches / Hunger / Alternative Summer Festivals | #20-27: Tony and Shane Uncut

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 AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org [or SimpleLivingWorks AT yahoo DOT com or SimpleLivingWorks2 AT gmail DOT com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity #8-A2280

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 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 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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Mini-Show Notes

Overviews of Summer Festivals, Simply Delicious: Quantity Cooking for Churches, Hunger Resources from Worship Alternatives, plus SLW! new Literacy Service.

To LISTEN, go to the complete Show Notes and click the player at the top or the bottom, or visit the Episode Index.

Treasury of Celebrations

We have covered much of this resource in earlier episodes.

For this episode,

MAY-AUG (SUMMER):

Simply Delicious

Quantity Cooking for Churches

Grace Winn, ed.

Table of CONTENTS

Hunger from Worship Alternatives

Mentions This Episode

RESPONSE

Gifts that Give Hope: Lancaster’s Alternative Gift Fair | Gifts that Give Fairs. Check out Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists, especially chapter 3: Events. You may want to add to it, as several folks have.

SLW! Recommends Literacy Service

This service contains books (paper, eBooks, audio), video (DVD, internet), audio (CD, MP3), blogs, podcasts, sites. These are somewhat current resources. For classic resources, visit Study/Activity/Action Guides. I have interacted with each of these titles and sources.

SLW! does not sell anything, but we recommend resources from other sources and publishers, which we urge you to get from your public library or your local, independent bookstore. For help locating a local source, visit IndieBound.org. Some are free on the internet. Most of the links take you to my previews. Some of the titles are faith-based, most are not. They vary from simple to complex, from friendly to polemical.

Find a TOPIC that interests you; try a few of the entries. Then move to another TOPIC. The titles are not in alphabetical or priority order.

Literacy Topics:  Activism | Celebrating | Economic Environmental Family/Children Financial Food, Water, Agriculture Happiness Health/Medical |

Historical Media Peace/War/Militarism/Empire Political Spiritual/Faith Time and Work General

For more ideas, go to Getting Started. Also see Champions of Simple Living and other worthwhile Links.

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What’s NOW with SLW!

What’s Coming

What’s Happened

  • Not Ordinary Times – April Podcast – Episode 18 – Guest: Peter Sawtell of Eco-Justice Ministries discussing a new initiative — a challenging call to “be the church” in this time of environmental crisis — backed up with a comprehensive set of resources and background materials that will guide churches through a six-month season of worship and preaching that takes seriously the devastation of the global environment. (The weeks between Pentecost, 6/8/14, and Advent, 11/30, are traditionally Ordinary Time, the non-festival part of the Church Year.) + Resources for Pentecost and Ordinary Time from Worship Alternatives
  • In stark contrast to the misuse of farmland to produce biofuels presented in a recent episode of TheCommonGoodPodcast, Vicki Robin presents a vision of locally produced food and strong community in Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth. Hear my interview with Vicki on the recent Simple Living Works! Podcast. With Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin wrote one of the most enduring, influential books to have come from the sustainable living movement, Your Money or Your Life.

What Others Are Doing

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. 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.

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 | #18: Not Ordinary Time: Eco-Justice Ministries | #19: Simply Delicious: Quantity Cooking for Churches / Hunger / Alternative Summer Festivals | #20-27: Tony and Shane Uncut

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 AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org [or SimpleLivingWorks AT yahoo DOT com or SimpleLivingWorks2 AT gmail DOT com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity #2-A4279

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 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 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.

5-A2964What a wonderful array of related celebrations this week! Earth Day, Tuesday; Arbor Day (trees), Friday; National Parks Week; Audubon Day (birds), Sat.

The Alternate Celebrations Catalogs have been published since 1973. They are a unique source of information and inspiration on various religious and social holidays and commemorations. Now the internet makes so much more information available!

We have so many celebrations and commemorations — some are a full month, some a week, most are a day. Some are always the same date, like Christmas; some move, like Easter; some are the same day of the month but not the same date, like Mother’s Day.

I intend to add to the online Treasury of Celebrations, the most recent Alternate Celebrations Catalog — not just historical background but two critical elements — alternative ways to celebrate those memorable days and ways to simplify the celebrations.

Alternatives’ mission — and now SLW! mission — combines justice and much less consumerism with responsible celebrating.

I hope to call attention to holidays that are worthy but lesser known, whether religious or secular. Those added beginning in April, 2014, are noted as NEW.

Why? How We Celebrate Says a Lot About How We Live.

RELATED:

Reshaping Our Celebrations / Celebrations: Regaining Perspective / Celebrations as Identification

List of Interesting, Relevant Articles

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What’s NOW with SLW!

What’s Coming

What’s Happened

  • Not Ordinary Times – April Podcast – Episode 18 – Guest: Peter Sawtell of Eco-Justice Ministries discussing a new initiative — a challenging call to “be the church” in this time of environmental crisis — backed up with a comprehensive set of resources and background materials that will guide churches through a six-month season of worship and preaching that takes seriously the devastation of the global environment. (The weeks between Pentecost, 6/8/14, and Advent, 11/30, are traditionally  Ordinary Time, the non-festival part of the Church Year.) + Resources for Pentecost and Ordinary Time from Worship Alternatives
  • In stark contrast to the misuse of farmland to produce biofuels presented in a recent episode of TheCommonGoodPodcast, Vicki Robin presents a vision of locally produced food and strong community in Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth. Hear my interview with Vicki on the recent Simple Living Works! Podcast. With Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin wrote one of the most enduring, influential books to have come from the sustainable living movement, Your Money or Your Life.

What Others Are Doing

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. 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.

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 | #18: Not Ordinary Time: Eco-Justice Ministries | #19: Simply Delicious: Quantity Cooking for Churches / Hunger / Alternative Summer Festivals | #20-27: Tony and Shane Uncut

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 AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org [or SimpleLivingWorks AT yahoo DOT com or SimpleLivingWorks2 AT gmail DOT com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity #5-A2964

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 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 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.

5-A1371I CARE about food. I was raised on a cattle and grain ranch in California. I take personal responsibility for every morsel of food I buy or put on my plate – eat it, share it or compost it. I urge you to do the same.

The problem with agriculture is much more basic than GMO’s, organics, herbicides or inputs (fertilizer, nitrogen, etc.).

The most basic problem is annuals vs. perennials. Prairie grasses are perennials. Most food and fuel grains, like wheat, corn and soy beans are annuals. The soil is disturbed so they can to be planted anew every season.

Learn more about the value, benefits and prospects of perennial grains at TheLandInstitute.org or at my blog Perennial Design. (We’re not talking about lawns!)

Lierre Keith is a long time activist, and the author or co–author of seven books, most notably Deep Green Resistance and The Vegetarian Myth. On Resistance Radio, she and Derrick Jensen discuss how and why agriculture is inherently destructive, and is, as Jared Diamond noted, the worst mistake humans have ever made.

So appropriately, Arbor Day, April 25,  falls in the same week as Earth Day. So, if you’re thinking, “In the midst of climate crisis, what can I DO?” As Martin Luther famously said, “If I knew the world was going to end tomorrow, I’d plant a tree.”

Arbor Day (from the Latin arbor, meaning tree) is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Today, many countries observe this holiday. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.

Although not the official state motto, I’ve seen on some Nebraska license plates is “Home of Arbor Day.” (Also, Nebraska, a conservative state, is putting up some of the strongest resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline!)

The motto of the Arbor Day Foundation, in Nebraska City, NE, is “We inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.” The Arbor Day Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation and education organization. A million members, donors, and partners support its programs to make the world greener and healthier. The foundation runs Arbor Day Farm, an educational center.

I heard about the Trillion Trees by 2020 Campaign on The Future of Civilization, a speech by Lester Brown, founder of World Watch Institute.

An example of a new, less-water-intensive method of growing trees worldwide is the groasis technology (think: grow oasis). It is not irrigation, it is a planting technology.

So, do TWO things for Earth Day – learn about perennial grains and pledge to plant a tree in 2014!

P.S. from EarthMama11 Important Ways to Honor Earth! | Earth Day Gift Song for you – Only One from her A Sense of Place CD

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What’s NOW with SLW!

  • Murder and Resurrection: “What if we destroy the planet before Jesus gets back?” What about our kids and grandkids? Recently I heard Thom Hartmann interview Guy McPherson, PhD., on Conversations with Great Minds. I read an excerpt from his book Going Dark, then some of the very thought-provoking Nature Bats Last blogs at his site GuyMcPherson.com. McPherson claims that we cannot stop the Great Implosion (my term) because the climate crisis of today is due to our excesses 40 years ago (called a ‘positive feedback loop’). The best we can do, according to him, is to be with the ones we love now in the moment. We may be able to extend the horizon of the Great Implosion, possibly even reduce its intensity. The human population will drop from nine billion in 2050, to one billion in 2100. Extinctions of all life may be fewer than 90% by 2100 as now expected. Even though we cannot control the massive greed of corporations or the politicians they own, we can control our own lives. And the best way to do that is through voluntary simplicity. I know of no better explanation of faith-based voluntary simplicity than the Five Life Standards of Living More with Less. The Roman Empire executed Jesus and God raised him from the dead three days later. Humans and their civilizations have been killing God’s Creation on Earth for 500 years and the pace has been picking up immensely in the past 60 years. How and when God resurrects life on Earth remains to be seen. I’m confident S/he knows best.
  • P.S. I’ve read Derrick Jensen on the End of Civilization for quite awhile. Since 10/6/13, he has a weekly radio program, Resistance Radio on the Progressive Radio Network (internet), PRN.fm. Listen or download, recently Guy McPherson. (I don’t find a subscription in iTunes.)
  • P.P.S. I’ve begun offering a Simple Living Blog Preview service, which will give some worthwhile blogs to consider following – faith-based or secular.RELATED: What Might a Christian Life Look Like? | Vision of the Future | Chris Hedges: The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Civilizations (video).
  • SLW! Podcast Episode #19: overviews of Alternative Summer Festivals / Simply Delicious: Quantity Cooking for Churches / Hunger resources from Worship Alternatives + Literacy service
  • Since we’re in Eastertide, you may have something to contribute to our on-going collection Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway? for Lent/HolyWeek/Easter and to our most widely-read annual resource, Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany. Though it’s no longer printed on paper, “WHOSE Birthday?” is published online since 2012. Some editions also come in AUDIO formats. ART | PERSONAL EXPERIENCES | FAMILY ACTIVITIES | Submission Guidelines | All past editions are available on the SLW! site. Thanks to Creative Commons licensing, individuals and congregations can reprint articles without further permission. The articles are carefully indexed —  ADVENT/CHRISTMAS | LENT/EASTER.
  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – April
  • 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

  • Not Ordinary Times – April Podcast – Episode 18 – Guest: Peter Sawtell, Founder and Exec. Dir. of Eco-Justice Ministries discussing a new initiative — a challenging call to “be the church” in this time of environmental crisis — backed up with a comprehensive set of resources and background materials that will guide churches through a six-month season of worship and preaching that takes seriously the devastation of the global environment. (The weeks between Pentecost, 6/8/14, and Advent, 11/30, are traditionally  Ordinary Time, the non-festival part of the Church Year.) + Resources for Pentecost and Ordinary Time from Worship Alternatives
  • In stark contrast to the misuse of farmland to produce biofuels presented in a recent episode of TheCommonGoodPodcast, Vicki Robin presents a vision of locally produced food and strong community in Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth. Hear my interview with Vicki on the recent Simple Living Works! Podcast. With Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin wrote one of the most enduring, influential books to have come from the sustainable living movement, Your Money or Your Life.

What Others Are Doing

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. 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.

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 | #18: Not Ordinary Time: Eco-Justice Ministries | #19: Simply Delicious: Quantity Cooking for Churches / Hunger / Alternative Summer Festivals | #20-27: Tony and Shane Uncut

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 AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org [or SimpleLivingWorks AT yahoo DOT com or SimpleLivingWorks2 AT gmail DOT com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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

GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity #5-A1371

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 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 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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My faith tells me that whatever God has in store for me after I die is OK with me. I don’t need streets paved with gold or harps. Same with the End Times. However S/he wants to end it is OK with me. I don’t need horsemen and angelic armies.

But we do need to answer the question, “What if we destroy the planet before Jesus gets back?” As an old guy, my chances of suffering through the Great Implosion of the environment starting about 2050, are not all that great.

But what about our kids and grandkids?

Recently I heard Thom Hartmann interview Guy McPherson on Conversations with Great Minds. McPherson is professor emeritus of Univ. of Arizona. I read an excerpt from his book Going Dark, then some of the Nature Bats Last blogs at his site GuyMcPherson.com. I found them very thought-provoking and not the typical drivel found in so many blog comments.

McPherson claims that we cannot stop the Great Implosion (my term) because the climate crisis of today is due to our excesses 40 years ago (called a ‘positive feedback loop’).

The best we can do, according to him, is to be with the ones we love now in the moment.

We may be able to extend the horizon of the Great Implosion, possibly even reduce its intensity. The human population will drop from nine billion in 2050, to one billion in 2100. Extinctions of all life may be fewer than 90% by 2100 as now expected.

Even though we cannot control the massive greed of corporations or the politicians they own, we can control our own lives. And the best way to do that is through voluntary simplicity. I know of no better explanation of faith-based voluntary simplicity than the Five Life Standards of Living More with Less.

The Roman Empire executed Jesus and God raised him from the dead three days later. Humans and their civilizations have been killing God’s Creation on Earth for 500 years and the pace has been picking up immensely in the past 60 years. How and when God resurrects life on Earth remains to be seen. I’m confident S/he knows best.

P.S. To believe that the fall of civilization or the Great Implosion of the Earth’s environment will be the trigger for Jesus to return and rescue us is as theologically unviable as the belief that the return of the nation of Israel – NOT the STATE of Israel – will trigger the end of time, as Zionist Christians (sic) believe.

P.P.S. I’ve read Derrick Jensen on the End of Civilization for quite awhile. Since 10/6/13, he has a weekly radio program, Resistance Radio on the Progressive Radio Network (internet), PRN.fm. Listen or downloadrecently Guy McPherson. (I don’t find a subscription in iTunes.) Beware of other podcasts in iTunes bearing similar names: Resistance Radio (News and Politics, i.e. libertarian), The Resistance Podcast (Sermons from The Resistance Church of the Nazarene, Canton, OH), and The Resistance (Christianity). I’ve listened to each and do not recommend any of them.

P.P.P.S. Earlier this week I began offering a Simple Living Blog Preview service, which will give some worthwhile blogs to consider following – faith-based or secular.

RELATED

My essay “What Might a Christian Life Look Like?

My blog Vision of the Future

Chris Hedges: The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Civilizations (video). Christopher Lynn “Chris” Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist specializing in politics and society, spoke at Moravian College on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Hedges is the seventh Peace and Justice Scholar in Residence at Moravian College. His talk was drawn from his most recent book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.

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What’s NOW with SLW!

What’s Coming

What’s Happened

  • In stark contrast to the misuse of farmland to produce biofuels presented in the current episode of TheCommonGoodPodcast, Vicki Robin presents a vision of locally produced food and strong community in Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth. Hear my interview with Vicki on the recent Simple Living Works! Podcast. With Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin wrote one of the most enduring, influential books to have come from the sustainable living movement, Your Money or Your Life.

What Others Are Doing

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. 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.

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 | #18: Not Ordinary Time: Eco-Justice Ministries | #19: Simply Delicious: Quantity Cooking for Churches / Hunger / Alternative Summer Festivals | #20-27: Tony and Shane Uncut

Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast. Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest.

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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 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 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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As Vicki Robin said in our podcast interview, there are so many blogs about simple living on the internet! It’s not hard to find them using an internet search. (My favorite search engine is Ecosia.org because their profits are used to plant trees.)

I’d like to help save you time by previewing some of the sites and blogs on my site. If you see something that interests you, click the link and enjoy. Some are faith-based, such as GodSpace and Gospel Living. Some are secular, such as Zen Habits, PostConsumers, Down the Lane, and Frugal Living for the Family.

I’ll tip you off here when there’s a new batch, or you can check back at my site from time-to-time.

By listing a blog, I’m not necessarily recommending it. I have added a few gentle cautions about some of them.

Blogs listed or comments made after this service begins today are given dates.

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What’s NOW with SLW!

What’s Coming

What’s Happened

  • In stark contrast to the misuse of farmland to produce biofuels presented in the current episode of TheCommonGoodPodcast, Vicki Robin presents a vision of locally produced food and strong community in Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth. Hear my interview with Vicki on the recent Simple Living Works! Podcast.With Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin wrote one of the most enduring, influential books to have come from the sustainable living movement, Your Money or Your Life.

What Others Are Doing

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. 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.

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 | #18: Not Ordinary Time: Eco-Justice Ministries | #19: Simply Delicious: Quantity Cooking for Churches | Hunger | Alternative Summer Festivals | #20-27: Tony and Shane Uncut

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 AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org [or SimpleLivingWorks AT yahoo DOT com or SimpleLivingWorks2 AT gmail DOT com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

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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Easter — Celebrating the Resurrection

Sunday, 4/20/14

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What’s NOW with SLW!

  • Check out a few of these thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.
  • In the current SLW! Podcast, I interview Peter Sawtell of of Eco-Justice Ministries discussing a new initiative –Not Ordinary Times. This challenging call to “be the church” in this time of environmental crisis is backed up with a comprehensive set of resources and background materials that will guide churches through a six-month season of worship and preaching that takes seriously the devastation of the global environment.
  • In the second half of the current SLW! podcast, I overview the resources from Worship Alternatives for Pentecost and Ordinary Time (the non-festival half of the church year that runs from Pentecost to Advent, June-Nov. Some of us like to plan ahead. By the way, Worship Alternatives has little to do with the rites and practices of the pentecostal denominations.)  You may want to read my earlier blog Ready for Pentecost?
  • A new addition to our Featured Writers page, Pastoral Economic Struggles: Facing Together Global Capitalism’s Domination in Daily Life by Lee Van Ham. This faith-based essay focuses on changes that can be thanks to the Holy Spirit. It is an inspiring piece for any believer, though written primarily for pastoral leaders. Pentecost is a time to think about and work toward change. The Holy Spirit is a force for change, an agent for transformation.
  • In my conversation with Brian Czech of the secular Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy (CASSE), he explains not only why our growth-oriented capitalist economic system is destroying the Earth but also how a steady-state economy could bring our relation with the Earth back in balance. Creating a Strong Economy That Does Not Grow: TheCommonGoodPodcast.com, episode 46.
  • Since we’re starting Holy Week, you may have something to contribute to our on-going collection Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway? for Lent/HolyWeek/Easter and to our most widely-read annual resource, Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany. Though it’s no longer printed on paper, “WHOSE Birthday?” is published online since 2012. Some editions also come in AUDIO formats. ART | PERSONAL EXPERIENCES | FAMILY ACTIVITIES | Submission Guidelines | All past editions are available on the SLW! site. Thanks to Creative Commons licensing, individuals and congregations can reprint articles without further permission. The articles are carefully indexed —  ADVENT/CHRISTMAS | LENT/EASTER.
  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – April

What’s Coming

What’s Happened

  • In stark contrast to the misuse of farmland to produce biofuels presented in a recent episode of TheCommonGoodPodcast, Vicki Robin presents a vision of locally produced food and strong community in Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth. Hear my interview with Vicki on the recent Simple Living Works! Podcast.With Joe Dominguez, Vicki wrote one of the most enduring, influential books to have come from the sustainable living movement, Your Money or Your Life.

What Others Are Doing

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. 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.

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 | #18: Not Ordinary Time: Eco-Justice Ministries | PREVIEW: #19: Simply Delicious: Quantity Cooking for Churches | Hunger | Alternative Summer Festivals | #20-27: Tony and Shane Uncut

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 AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org [or SimpleLivingWorks AT yahoo DOT com or SimpleLivingWorks2 AT gmail DOT com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Welcome Word of Encouragement

AWESOME…..AWESOME. …..really like the new ‘social media’ approach to your powerful message. Fruitful Blessings!!

Marilyn Lines, Office of Family Ministry Coordinator, Christ the Redeemer, Lake Orion, Michigan

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

GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity ART #3-A551-1

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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