What 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.
List of Interesting, Relevant Articles
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What’s NOW with SLW!
- What Can I DO for Earth Day? Learn about perennial grains (from my blog Perennial Design) and pledge to plant a tree in 2014 (from the Arbor Day Foundation and the Trillion Trees by 2020 Campaign).
- Murder and Resurrection: “What if we destroy the planet before Jesus gets back?” Guy McPherson, PhD., on Conversations with Great Minds, his book Going Dark, thought-provoking Nature Bats Last blogs at his site GuyMcPherson.com. Derrick Jensen’s weekly Resistance Radio. Listen or download Guy McPherson. 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. Submission Guidelines | 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.
- 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
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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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*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.
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