When Jesus ascending into heaven, he was taking a risk leaving the disciples on their own. He was making room for new leadership, both human and the Holy Spirit.
Every organization of consequence I’ve led has failed.
I started an effective student recruitment program at Calif. Concordia College, Oakland. When I moved on, I recruited another leader, who ended up doing little. I offered to come back two years after leaving to keep it going. They declined my offer. A few years later the college closed permanently.
In 1995, I was called to lead Alternatives for Simple Living, a national non-profit, affiliated with numerous mainline denominations. When I retired 12+ years later at the end of 2007, my goal was to make the transition to new leadership as seamless as possible. I did promptly everything the new leaders asked of me. Unfortunately, they were not able to sustain it and it was dissolved in early 2011.
I was not willing to let the vital message and treasury of educational and inspirational resources of an almost 40-year-old organization disappear. So I revived it in a different form as Simple Living Works! through social media. And the ELCA is maintaining Alternatives’ archives.
After I retired I got active in the local Sioux City Peace Coalition. We had monthly meetings and demonstrations for a wide range of social justice issues. You can read about it here.
Since our move, some of the advances of the Green Team that I headed in my local congregation have reverted to pre-green status. I left my records with the new, young congregational leadership, so I have hope that they will take steps to use recycled paper, for example. And install solar panels!
I left each of my ministries to make room for other leadership. In some cases I came back in a different form. Each of us may need to do the same.
(No, I am not comparing myself to Jesus or the Holy Spirit. I do adhere to the ELCA motto: “God’s Work. Our Hands.”)
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Tony and Shane Uncut: Tony Campolo & Shane Claiborne’s complete dialog on simpler living and global justice, in eight parts.
To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the Show Notes, or visit the Episode Index. You can listen to each episode as it is released the 1st and 15th of the month, May-Aug. Or listen to several or all episodes at Preview/Back-up. The detailed Show Notes are similar for each episode, though the topics are different.
Alternatives has a timeless message. It’s revolutionary ideas are indeed newsworthy! Alternatives produced three videos in the first 25 years. All are still available on YouTube and the audio of each has been produced in a series of podcasts last fall.
More recently, I was the guest on numerous radio programs and some of those are available on the SLW! site.
I hope you’ll listen to one or a few and be inspired to contribute to our ongoing efforts, especially Whose Birthday? and Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway?Submission Guidelines.
Now that Alternatives’ mission is being extended primarily through social media on the internet, I hope you’ll benefit personally from these programs and will share them with others, maybe even use with your congregation or group. I’m available to consult with groups via the internet. All for free.
The Common Good Podcast, Episode 27, 2012 (interview begins about minute 14.) And Episode 28. After my first interview on The Common Good Podcast, I became co-host and then producer later. This experience taught me how to become producer of the Simple Living Works! Podcast.
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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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