SLW! eNews #38 – new “WHOSE Birthday?” online and podcast
Posted November 1, 2014on:
SLW! shares resources this Advent-Christmas-Epiphany in many ways.
1. The WHOSE Birthday? four-part podcast series includes reflections and activities by Daniel Berrigan, William Sloane Coffin, Meg Cox, Betsy Taylor and many more from edition #18. Episodes 32-35 will be released in iTunes and Stitcher Nov. 1 & 15; Dec. 1 & 15. Or you listen to any/all of them at your leisure on the SLW! site.
3. Once or twice a week we’ll highlight a series of reflections from a past edition in this blog, as we did in 2013. The first set, “Make Ready the Way of the Lord…” by Tom Hall, also includes Services and Activities by Julie Peeples and Paul Davis. All three are ordained ministers and have been affiliated with Habitat for Humanity. (To find the 2013 offerings, skim through Nov. and Dec. in the Archives in the right column of this blog.) Enjoy them now. Share them later with your family or congregation through your website, newsletter, study group. . . .
All three offerings — text, podcast, new, past — are different content. Also see “What’s Now,” “What’s Coming” and “What’s Happened” below.
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What’s NOW with SLW!
- Alternate End Times Before the new church year starts with Advent on Sunday, Nov. 30, we struggle with the End Times in the final Sundays of Ordinary Time, i.e., the Sundays after Pentecost. I offer a variety of resources that present a different view of the end of civilization as we know it. You may or may not find these helpful. As a devout progressive Christian, I have. Read my blog Vision of the Future. The resources offer a variety of ways to deal with Creation Crisis spiritually and psychologically, since so many of our wealth-and-power-obsessed corporate and government “leaders” refuse to deal with it actually. And gullible Americans persist in electing them and buying their products. |My recent blog Murder and Resurrection | Carolyn Baker – 02/09/14 – Spirituality: Carolyn Baker is the author of Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths For Turbulent Times, Navigating The Coming Chaos and others. | http://prn.fm/?powerpress_embed=18865-podcast&powerpress_player=default
- Extending the Table World Community Cookbook Updated
- What Might a Prophet Look Like? BOB SITZE on SLW! Podcast #31 | RELATED: What Might a Christian Life Look Like?
Fall Festival Resources
- Fall Plans blog
- How to Host an Alternative Gift Fair | Planning an Alternative Christmas Workshop | How to Organize an Alternative Christmas Community Festival
- UNPLUG the Christmas Machine Workshop Leader’s Guide | UNPLUG blog
- Resource Index: Advent/Christmas
- Thanksgiving blog: How We Celebrate Says a Lot About How We Live
- Anyone can use our online Leaders’ Guide and Participants’ Manual to UNPLUG the Christmas Machine Workshop at no charge. No one is allowed to sell copies of these.
- Submit now to “WHOSE Birthday?” 2014. Contribute to our most widely-read resource, “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” for Advent/Christmas, now published online. All 25+ editions are available on the SLW! site. Article Index.
- ART (line drawing, photo) that depicts the tension between faith and culture, especially at Christmas.
- PERSONAL EXPERIENCES (especially intergenerational ones) related to simplifying Christmas or finding meaning and happiness in relationships instead of stuff.
- FAMILY ACTIVITIES, rituals or worshipful ceremonies for Advent, Christmas or Epiphany.
- Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – November
- Check out a few of these thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.
- Treasury of Celebrations*: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth Earth – Sept.-Dec. | ADVENT | CHRISTMAS
- Worship Alternatives: Pentecost/Ordinary Time | Advent/Christmas/Epiphany
- Spirit of Simplicity: ART | QUOTES
- 10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations | Spanish: 10 puntas
- Alternatives’ Seasonal/Thematic Index
- WHOSE Birthday? reflections by Jim McGinnis of the Institute for Peace & Justice; singing nun Miriam Therese Winter (remember “Joy Is Like the Rain”?); Connie & Milo Thornberry, former director of Alternatives; Linda-Marie Delloff; Justo & Catherine Gonzalez and Marjorie J. Thompson.
- Nov.-Dec. – new “WHOSE Birthday?” SLW! Podcast series. Podcast Index, including “WHOSE Birthday?” 2013.
- Is Simple Living Libertarian?
SLW! promotes is COMMUNITARIANISM, that is, the community needs are more important than the individual “rights.” No, it is not Communism. We really have only one planet though we live as if we have several. Jubilee Economics believes in OneEarth Economics for the Common Good.
- SLW! Podcast #30 – Paul Canavese, head of GospelLiving.org. It’s so encouraging when someone uses or re-issues some of Alternatives’ resources. Paul Canavese of The Pastoral Center has incorporated some of Alternatives’ Advent/Christmas resources in its new Simply Advent eResource series. (Or see all of their Advent eResources.)
- Feeling Bullied by Consumo? Ask Slim. I’ll give my reply to questions that are broadly about simpler living and invite you to add yours.
- Recent Responses to all SLW! media with links
- Tony and Shane Uncut Finale — Tony Campolo & Shane Claiborne’s complete dialog on simpler living and global justice, in eight parts. To LISTEN visit the Episode Index. Endorsements
What Others Are Doing
- The Common Good Podcast Episode 53 :: Dan Swanson: How U.S. Policies in Latin America Drive Immigrants North for Survival
- Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability – New Course from Northwest Earth Institute
- Conversation about The OneEarth Project and the book, Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us, by Lee Van Ham. | TheCommonGoodPodcast.com, episode 42 | Lee’s new Slide Show
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