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Welcome to the blog of the Enough for Everyone program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). By "just living" we mean both justice-based living and just simply living – freeing ourselves from the clutter of stuff so we can focus on living faithfully and living well. Join us in the exploration!

About the Author
Bryce Wiebe coordinates Enough for Everyone, a ministry of the Presbyterian Hunger Program. He loves slow food and is fascinated by the way things are made.  He is excited to dive into experiments in simplicity with you.  His sacred cow of consumption: kitchen gadgets.

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February 4, 2009

Enough for Every Valentine

This Valentine's Day we have many opportunities to show our love for not only our loved ones, but our communities and all God’s people and places around the world. 


Ironically, on a day set aside to express love, going the traditional route with gifts may unwittingly cause suffering that we do not intend. From child labor in West African cacao fields to lead-laced fumes from Peruvian smelters, our decisions may be more far-reaching than we know. 


Consider the following ideas or create your own!



-  The Presbyterian Coffee Project is more than fair trade coffee—it’s tea, cocoa, chocolate and snacks, too. Equal Exchange offers several types of chocolates for a variety of palates. 

Divine Chocolate offers great films of cacao farmers talking about the benefits of Fair Trade, as well as recipes, product descriptions and a search engine for stores in your area.



-  Use Local Harvest's Organic Restaurant Finder to find local, organic and sustainable restaurants and markets.

-  Cook at home and check out Greening Your Food & Drink



Partners for Just Trade offers fair trade crafts from Peru, educates about fair trade, and was founded with help from the Presbyterian Hunger Program. 

SERRV carries a wide variety of items in a range of prices that will please both your sweetie and your pocket book. 

-  From chocolate to earrings to silk ties, Global Exchange’s Fair Trade Store has something for everyone.



The group New American Dream offers creative suggestions for Giving Freely While Spending Frugally.  



What creative ideas are you planning this Valentine’s Day? What have you done in the past? 


We’d love to share your ideas with others. We are creating an online guide to sustainable celebrations for Valentine's Day (much like our other Just Living holiday materials). We'd love to publish your ideas. Submit ideas by commenting on this post, or emailing us. You will be given credit for your submissions.


December 17, 2008

Enough for EVERYONE

Three and a half months into my internship and I'm still figuring out with what "Enough for Everyone" means to me. Enough for Everyone. "Enough" is well and good. I can handle having enough. It keeps me in food and cloths. "Comfortable" in a word. It is the "Everyone" part that is hard to get my brain around.

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December 15, 2008

In absence, presence

Each year as Advent begins, I look forward to setting up the Christmas tree. I have a small 4-foot artificial tree that belonged to my grandparents. Many of my ornaments came from them, too. My favorites are the antique European...

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December 3, 2008

Thinking about Thanksgiving

This year, my wife and I found ourselves at home for Thanksgiving not able to travel back to Oklahoma to be with family. She worked until four that morning and slept until noon so my daughter and I did most...

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November 10, 2008

Thinking Sustainably About Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it is time to think about ways in which our celebrations can be made more sustainable. Thanksgiving is a uniquely American celebration. It has changed considerably since the first Thanksgiving, a three day harvest celebration attended...

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