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Simple Living Works! eNews

#51 – Dec., 2015

In This Issue:

  • WHOSE Birthday? Podcast series
  • New SLW! Blog Index
  • WHOSE Birthday Is It, Anyway? #27
  • Worth Revisiting
  • Advent Conspiracy – interview with Ken Weigel
  • Wisdom from Author David Shi on Simple Living
  • Do-It-Yourself “Whose Birthday?”
  • Free Fall Festival Resources
  • What Others Are Doing – So much help!
  • More!

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I’m pleased to be quoted in
“Simply Christmas: Sustainable ways to observe, cherish the season”
in the current issue of The Lutheran Magazine.

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New SLW! Blog Index

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WHOSE Birthday? Podcast Series, Episodes 57-59: Christ Was Born to Set Us Free

This legacy ‘Whose Birthday?’ is a three-part SLW! podcast series released Nov. 15, Dec. 1 and Dec. 15. It features well-known preacher and national leader Louis Lotz, author Meg Cox and others. It can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar and readings match this Advent’s lectionary cycle (C, Luke).

Encourage others to listen. Use this article in your newsletter/web site.

Each episode is released about two weeks in advance so that you can plan how to use the calendar, reflections and activities with others at the appropriate time. Nov. 15 episode includes Advent 1 and 2; Dec. 1, Advent 3 and 4;  Dec. 15, Christmas and Epiphany. (Complete previews of all three episodes are also available now.)

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Worth Revisiting

WHOSE Birthday? #22

Whose Birthday? #21

Whose Birthday? #23

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WHOSE Birthday? #27

The classic Advent/Christmas resource “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” is available in multiple formats in 2015 to meet your personal, family and community needs.

“Whose Birthday?” #27 is a new, free online collection. 

“Xmas Gift Equation” and “Priceless Gifts” by Susan Vogt
“Saving Forgetful Old St. Nick’ and “O Holy Night at the Clothes Closet” by Melodie Davis
“Advent Devotions” by Bob Sitze
“Putting Herod Back Into Christmas” by Joy Carroll Wallis

You’re welcome to contribute to our most widely-read resource. All past editions are still available on the SLW! site. The articles are carefully indexed. The current edition will be updated as new material arrives, so send ideas and items anytime. Prepare something now while it’s really on your mind. Submission Guidelines

Yes, YOU can have our own customized, DIY Whose Birthday? Click here for tips to CREATE, PRODUCE, DISTRIBUTE and PROMOTE your do-it-yourself version.

Make it provocative, humorous, serious or a combination, in your way to advance SLW! mission: “equipping people of faith to challenge consumerism, live justly and celebrate responsibly.”

Read past editions in the archives.

What’s NOW with SLW!

What’s Coming

  • SLW! Podcast: WHOSE Birthday? part 3 (Dec. 15)

What Others Are Doing – So Much Help!

I’m glad to pass along links from simple living bloggers, podcasters, coaches and others. Some faith-based, some not. You needn’t read them all. Choose FIVE links — including SLW! — to investigate.

What’s Happened

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Simple Living Works! Weekly Digest

Nov. 24, 2015

In This Issue:

  • Worth Revisiting
  • WHOSE Birthday? Podcast series
  • New SLW! Blog Index
  • WHOSE Birthday Is It, Anyway? #27
  • Advent Conspiracy – interview with Ken Weigel
  • Wisdom from Author David Shi on Simple Living
  • Do-It-Yourself “Whose Birthday?”
  • Free Fall Festival Resources
  • What Others Are Doing – So much help!
  • More!

New SLW! Blog Index

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Worth Revisiting

How We Celebrate Says a Lot About How We Live: Observations on Thanksgiving

from Whose Birthday? #21 —

Reflection: ‘RULES’ for Buying (Lynn A. Miller)

Activities:The Best Gift I Didn’t Get (Sandi Baete)

Parties with a Purpose (Sandi Baete)

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SLW! Podcast #57

A legacy ‘Whose Birthday?’ is a three-part SLW! podcast series released Nov. 15, Dec. 1 and Dec. 15. It features well-known preacher and national leader Louis Lotz, author Meg Cox and others. It can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar and readings match this Advent’s lectionary cycle (C, Luke).

Encourage others to listen. Use this article in your newsletter/web site.

Each episode is released about two weeks in advance so that you can plan how to use the calendar, reflections and activities with others at the appropriate time. Nov. 15 episode includes Advent 1 and 2; Dec. 1, Advent 3 and 4;  Dec. 15, Christmas and Epiphany. (Complete previews of all three episodes are also available now.)

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WHOSE Birthday? #27

“Xmas Gift Equation” and “Priceless Gifts” by Susan Vogt
“Saving Forgetful Old St. Nick’ and “O Holy Night at the Clothes Closet” by Melodie Davis
“Advent Devotions” by Bob Sitze
“Putting Herod Back Into Christmas” by Joy Carroll Wallis

The classic Advent/Christmas resource “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” is available in multiple formats in 2015 to meet your personal, family and community needs.

“Whose Birthday?” #27 is a new, free online collection. You’re welcome to contribute to our most widely-read resource. All past editions are still available on the SLW! site. The articles are carefully indexed. The current edition will be updated as new material arrives, so send ideas and items anytime. Prepare something now while it’s really on your mind. Submission Guidelines

Yes, YOU can have our own customized, DIY Whose Birthday? Click here for tips to CREATE, PRODUCE, DISTRIBUTE and PROMOTE your do-it-yourself version.

Make it provocative, humorous, serious or a combination, in your way to advance SLW! mission: “equipping people of faith to challenge consumerism, live justly and celebrate responsibly.”

A legacy “Whose Birthday?” is  being release as a multi-part SLW! podcast series in Nov. 15, Dec. 1, Dec. 15. It can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar matches the lectionary cycle (C).

Read past editions in the archives.

What’s NOW with SLW!

What’s Coming

      • SLW! Podcast: WHOSE Birthday? parts 2, 3 (Dec. 1, Dec. 31)

What Others Are Doing – So Much Help!

I’m glad to pass along links from simple living bloggers, podcasters, coaches and others. Some faith-based, some not. You needn’t read them all. Choose FIVE links — including SLW! — to investigate.

What’s Happened

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Simple Living Works! Weekly Digest

Nov. 18, 2015

In This Issue:

  • WHOSE Birthday? Podcast series
  • New SLW! Blog Index
  • WHOSE Birthday Is It, Anyway? #27
  • Advent Conspiracy – interview with Ken Weigel
  • Wisdom from Author David Shi on Simple Living
  • Do-It-Yourself “Whose Birthday?”
  • Free Fall Festival Resources
  • What Others Are Doing – So much help!
  • More!

New SLW! Blog Index

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SLW! Podcast #57

A legacy ‘Whose Birthday?’ is a three-part SLW! podcast series released Nov. 15, Dec. 1 and Dec. 15. It features well-known preacher and national leader Louis Lotz, author Meg Cox and others. It can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar and readings match this Advent’s lectionary cycle (C, Luke).

Encourage others to listen. Use this article in your newsletter/web site.

Each episode is released about two weeks in advance so that you can plan how to use the calendar, reflections and activities with others at the appropriate time. Nov. 15 episode includes Advent 1 and 2; Dec. 1, Advent 3 and 4;  Dec. 15, Christmas and Epiphany. (Complete previews of all three episodes are also available now.)
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WHOSE Birthday? #27

“Xmas Gift Equation” and “Priceless Gifts” by Susan Vogt
“Saving Forgetful Old St. Nick’ and “O Holy Night at the Clothes Closet” by Melodie Davis
“Advent Devotions” by Bob Sitze
“Putting Herod Back Into Christmas” by Joy Carroll Wallis

The classic Advent/Christmas resource “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” is available in multiple formats in 2015 to meet your personal, family and community needs.

“Whose Birthday?” #27 is a new, free online collection. You’re welcome to contribute to our most widely-read resource. All past editions are still available on the SLW! site. The articles are carefully indexed. The current edition will be updated as new material arrives, so send ideas and items anytime. Prepare something now while it’s really on your mind. Submission Guidelines

Yes, YOU can have our own customized, DIY Whose Birthday? Click here for tips to CREATE, PRODUCE, DISTRIBUTE and PROMOTE your do-it-yourself version.

Make it provocative, humorous, serious or a combination, in your way to advance SLW! mission: “equipping people of faith to challenge consumerism, live justly and celebrate responsibly.”

A legacy “Whose Birthday?” is  being release as a multi-part SLW! podcast series in Nov. 15, Dec. 1, Dec. 15. It can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar matches the lectionary cycle (C).

Read past editions in the archives.

What’s NOW with SLW!

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Simple Living Works! Weekly Digest

Nov. 9, 2015

In This Issue:

  • New SLW! Blog Index
  • Worth Revisiting: WHOSE Birthday? by Richard Rohr, Tony Campolo and Meg Cox
  • Advent Conspiracy – interview with Ken Weigel
  • WHOSE Birthday Is It, Anyway? #27
  • Wisdom from Author David Shi on Simple Living
  • Do-It-Yourself “Whose Birthday?”
  • Free Fall Festival Resources
  • What Others Are Doing – So much help!
  • More!

New SLW! Blog Index

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Worth Revisiting – WHOSE Birthday? #22

Reflection: Is Christmas Christian?

Richard Rohr asks about getting beyond the externals of the Christmas consumer culture to that which truly transforms us and draws us to God.

Activity: The Best Gifts at Christmas

Tony Campolo relates how the best gifts should represent investments of time and personal creativity that can be used to help those Jesus called the least of these.

Activity: A Family Giving Tree

Meg Cox uses the concept from Shel Silverstein’s book The Giving Tree to create a family ritual of giving in meaningful ways that reflect the spirit of Christmas.

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SLW! Podcast Episode #56: Ken Weigel, Director of Advent Conspiracy

Since 2006 Advent Conspiracy has become a global movement of people and churches resisting the cultural Christmas narrative of consumption by choosing a revolutionary Christmas. In this episode, Ken illuminates each of four tenets:

  • Spending Less,
  • Giving More
  • Loving All
  • Worshipping Fully

Because of people who have entered into the conspiracy, millions of dollars have been given to provide clean water solutions around the world.

FREE Church Resources: Children’s Curriculum, audio, video, more

Advent Conspiracy FAQ’s

2015 video on YouTube, 3:09

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WHOSE Birthday? #27

“Xmas Gift Equation” and “Priceless Gifts” by Susan Vogt
“Saving Forgetful Old St. Nick’ and “O Holy Night at the Clothes Closet” by Melodie Davis
“Advent Devotions” by Bob Sitze
“Putting Herod Back Into Christmas” by Joy Carroll Wallis

The classic Advent/Christmas resource “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” is available in multiple formats in 2015 to meet your personal, family and community needs.

“Whose Birthday?” #27 is a new, free online collection. You’re welcome to contribute to our most widely-read resource. All past editions are still available on the SLW! site. The articles are carefully indexed. The current edition will be updated as new material arrives, so send ideas and items anytime. Prepare something now while it’s really on your mind. Submission Guidelines

Yes, YOU can have our own customized, DIY Whose Birthday? Click here for tips to CREATE, PRODUCE, DISTRIBUTE and PROMOTE your do-it-yourself version.

Make it provocative, humorous, serious or a combination, in your way to advance SLW! mission: “equipping people of faith to challenge consumerism, live justly and celebrate responsibly.”

A legacy “Whose Birthday?” is scheduled for release as a multi-part SLW! podcast series in Nov.-Dec. It can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar matches the lectionary cycle (C).

Read past editions in the archives.

What’s NOW with SLW!


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Simple Living Works! eNews

Nov., 2015

In This Issue:

  • Advent Conspiracy – interview with Ken Weigel
  • WHOSE Birthday Is It, Anyway? #27
  • Wisdom from Author David Shi on Simple Living
  • Do-It-Yourself “Whose Birthday?”
  • Free Fall Festival Resources
  • What Others Are Doing – So much help!
  • More!

SLW! Podcast Episode #56: Ken Weigel, Director of Advent Conspiracy

Since 2006 Advent Conspiracy has become a global movement of people and churches resisting the cultural Christmas narrative of consumption by choosing a revolutionary Christmas. In this episode, Ken illuminates each of four tenets:

  • Spending Less,
  • Giving More
  • Loving All
  • Worshipping Fully

Because of people who have entered into the conspiracy, millions of dollars have been given to provide clean water solutions around the world.

FREE Church Resources: Children’s Curriculum, audio, video, more

Advent Conspiracy FAQ’s

2015 video on YouTube, 3:09

WHOSE Birthday? #27

“Xmas Gift Equation” and “Priceless Gifts” by Susan Vogt
“Saving Forgetful Old St. Nick’ and “O Holy Night at the Clothes Closet” by Melodie Davis
“Advent Devotions” by Bob Sitze
“Putting Herod Back Into Christmas” by Joy Carroll Wallis

The classic Advent/Christmas resource “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” is available in multiple formats in 2015 to meet your personal, family and community needs.

“Whose Birthday?” #27 is a new, free online collection. You’re welcome to contribute to our most widely-read resource. All past editions are still available on the SLW! site. The articles are carefully indexed. The current edition will be updated as new material arrives, so send ideas and items anytime. Prepare something now while it’s really on your mind. Submission Guidelines

Yes, YOU can have our own customized, DIY Whose Birthday? Click here for tips to CREATE, PRODUCE, DISTRIBUTE and PROMOTE your do-it-yourself version.

Make it provocative, humorous, serious or a combination, in your way to advance SLW! mission: “equipping people of faith to challenge consumerism, live justly and celebrate responsibly.”

A legacy “Whose Birthday?” is scheduled for release as a multi-part SLW! podcast series in Nov.-Dec. It can also be used as text or audio. It’s calendar matches the lectionary cycle (C).

Read past editions in the archives.

What’s NOW with SLW!


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