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What a Week!

Posted on: April 24, 2014

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

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

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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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2 Responses to "What a Week!"

[…] What a Week! What a wonderful array of related celebrations! Earth Day, Tuesday; Arbor Day (trees), Friday; National Parks Week; Audubon Day (birds), Sat. SLW! mission combines justice and much less consumerism with responsible celebrating. 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. 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 […]

[…] What a Week! The SLW! mission combines justice and much less consumerism with responsible celebrating. 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. 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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