vol. 11, num. 2 :: 2012.01.20 — 2012.02.02
Throughout much of the world, winter strips away many signs of life and calls us to remember that summer’s abundance does not exist all the time, everywhere, for all people. By choice or by circumstance, some live on less all year round. What does simplicity look like in your life?
The confession of a modest hoarder.
Taking a simple lifestyle for granted -- and occasionally, as an idol.
On making changes to live closer to our place on a smaller version of “enough.”
Confessions about the difficulty of living on less.
A call to creativity, grace and the correspondence of action and belief.
An invitation to downsize in the new year.
Jesus offers an example for all classes.
A morning ritual offers lessons in complex simplicity.
Lessons from a history of accidentally going without.
Examining the source and nature of one’s treasure.
The Jones family can haunt us even in a well-intentioned quest to live simply.
Ideas for celebrating the beauty of nature by creating simple, found-object gifts.
On cultivating a new attitude toward the busier-than-thou game.
On the complexity of simplicity and giving up the closet.
An interview with Jim Merkel, the $5,000 man.
Aiden Enns proposes a 12-fold rule of life for the twenty-first century.
The future is named development by the businesses and gentrification by the activists…. Reconciliation will occur through a new conversation where the developers talk about the compassion they hold for those on the margin. The new conversation for the social activists is to acknowledge that without some wealth coming into their neighborhoods, they will continue to depopulate and deteriorate. The way into a future is to build relatedness between these groups. Beneath their positions is a common concern for the well-being of the city. A perpetually wounded city serves no one’s concerns. There are many examples where these groups have come together. It is all possible when people decide to work something out rather than trying to win and being right. It is the shift in conversation and a care for the whole that makes the difference.
Community: The Structure of Belonging
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