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SLW! Weekly Digest

Posted on: December 8, 2015


Simple Living Works! Weekly Digest

Dec. 8, 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? #23

Reflection: Hope in History vs. Consumer Addictions

Rabbi Michael Lerner reflects on how the holidays of the lights in Judaism and in Christianity are not only about the return of the sun but also of the possibility of a transformation of human reality.


Food Swap Game

Stan Friend shares a game that can be played anytime, especially with children, to promote local, sustainable and healthy food choices.

You Don’t Have to Green Up Alone!

Steven L. Beumer has a simple three step strategy for protecting and nurturing God’s kingdom on Earth: Conservation, Conversion and Creation. 

SLW! Podcast Episode 51 :: Steve Beumer, White House ‘Champion of Change’ Honoree

WHOSE Birthday? #22

Whose Birthday? #21

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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 — Christmas and Epiphany (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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