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Posted on: November 15, 2020



11/15/20–eNews #110

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

LATEST–Episode 1120::How Empowering Women Changes the World

Episode 1020::Scott Klinger: Maximizing Justice Over Profits Is Possible

Episode 0920:: So Much We Learn from Outsiders: Immigrant Advocacy

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Read and use this Advent–“The Liberating Birth of Jesus: A Birth Story Able to Reverse Our Planet’s Perils” by Lee Van Ham. Read more here. // Hear more here.

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Can we liberate Christmas from its cultural captivity and rediscover the truly prophetic story that speaks to the crises of our world today?

Peace On Earth and the Politics of Christmas

Sat. 12/5, 10:30 am-12:30 pm EST

The celebration of Christmas is often wrapped in innocent, Hallmark-card imagery. But in fact the biblical texts describing the coming of Jesus are making powerful assertions about the politics of the Bible that speak very much to our contemporary global crises.  In this virtual class, we will reflect on the “nativity narratives” in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke to see how they express core biblical themes of justice and liberation.  We will try to “un-domesticate” these tales of liberation and reflect on how they are truly challenging us to a revolutionary discipleship.  A perfect event for Advent. 

Registration is required.  A $10 donation is requested (or whatever you can afford).

Register today!

The deadline for registration is November 30.

Questions? Contact Will O’Brien at (215) 842-1790 or

The Alternative Seminary is a program of biblical and theological study and reflection designed to foster an authentic biblical witness in the modern world.  

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Invitation to Read and Sign OneEarth Jubilee Covenant for the 2020’s

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Latest UPDATE from Jubilee OneEarth Economics

Well worth a read!

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2020 Resources from Advent Conspiracy

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The Thom Hartmann Hidden History Series

The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment 

The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America

The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote and How to Get It Back

The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream

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Worthwhile Blogs, Webinars, Podcasts

Patheos–Progressive Christian // Jesus for Everyone // Crazy Town

Peace Podcast from John Dear
on Apple and Google.
Author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’ — SLW! #114: Part 1 // TCGP #98: Part 2

“Celebrating the Launch of ‘John Dear’s Beatitudes Center for the Nonviolent Jesus.'” —


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Jubilee in the Midst of the CoronaVirus

Click to access Jubilee-in-the-Midst-of-the-Coronavirus.pdf


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Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy / Steady-Stater Podcast — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

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Post-Election Thoughts

Shallow Patriotism

I’m disturbed by the use of the American flag for partisan political purposes. I call it shallow patriotism. Also disturbing is the use of fake flags — American flag with black stripes to show support for police or soldiers. These false flags show disregard for America,  not loyalty. The commercialization of the flag by using it for purses, clothing, etc. is an affront to the flag. As a child I was taught respect for the flag. not its abuse, manipulation or redesign. Avoid being drawn into “shallow patriotism.”

This is more than “flag etiquette,” such as taking the flag down at night or shining a light on it in the dark. It is illegal to desecrate the flag, to burn it or to make something of it that it is not.

Beware the Clinton Syndrome

I was there. I saw it happen. The Democrats were so happy to see Bill Clinton elected that they sat back, and instead of working for systemic change, said “Bill’ll handle it.” And he couldn’t because the Republicans under Newt Gingrich and his “Contract on America,” organized against him and took over the House two years later.

American progressives must not be apathetic! Joe won’t handle it. He’s a militarist and a corporatist. Despite his calls for unity, the Republicans with their really deep pockets are organizing against him. We must also organize to pressure him to do what’s best for the Earth, not the wealthy.

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We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

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PRODUCTION NOTE: SLW! Blog/Nudge/eNews has become a monthly, released on the 15th.

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

*We choose to use month numbers rather than the traditional names because the names are inaccurate (September means “7” but is the ninth month?!) and they honor gods and emperors from warring ancient Roman culture. For more, see Weekly Nudge, 8/8/18.

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