Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church is a
Christ-centered, discerning, inter-generational community of Friends,
committed to discipleship and outreach to impact society locally and globally.

Simple Living in the City

Simple Living in the City

Action Item Examples

Freedom from physical clutter

  • Give away what I don’t use or value
  • Stick to shopping list avoiding impulse buying
  • Give time or handmade gifts for Christmas and birthdays
  • Give away something that I love as a gift to someone
  • Have a joint garage sale with friends and donate proceeds to a nonprofit

Freedom from mental clutter

  • Get myself off e-mail & land mail distribution lists
  • Fast from e-mail one day a week
  • Practice centering prayer/meditation
  • Turn off the TV
  • Subscribe to fewer magazines
  • Take a break from my to do list for a day

Freedom from a fast-paced life

  • Change to a less stressful job
  • Work fewer hours
  • Slow down at yellow lights and drive the speed limit
  • Pray or talk to others in line rather than trying to get in the shortest line at the store


  • Say “no” to activities that take me from my current and central commitments
  • Eat more slowly – savor tastes
  • Take time for meals or coffee breaks (not on the go)
  • Stop to smell the roses or watch birds
  • Spend a leisurely evening with family or friends not worrying about the time
  • Take a restful vacation time rather than harried sight seeing

Creating spiritual space

  • Take a retreat day once a month
  • Practice a weekly Sabbath
  • Unplug from cell phone and pager for part of each day
  • Breath prayers throughout the day
  • Daily prayer time
  • Sacred place to pray
  • Hike once a week; retreat time in nature

 Living out values/vocation

  • Work fewer hours to have time for vocation/service/church community
  • Consider changing jobs to one that better matches your vocation & gifts
  • Write a life purpose statement
  • Carefully think through priorities


Building community

  • Take walks in my neighborhood and get to know folks
  • Walk rather than drive to the store
  • Share a bike with the neighbor kids
  • Take time for neighborhood or community events
  • Start a Bible study or reading group at my place of work
  • Have friends over for dinner

Conscious consumption/sustainable choices

  • Repair an item rather than buying a new one
  • Creatively think of ways to make due with what I have before I go to the store
  • Eat locally and organically
  • Research sources of food
  • Find out where my local garbage goes
  • Use a cloth bag for groceries
  • Bike, walk, or bus to work
  • Share a car
  • Bring my own container for leftovers to restaurants
  • Ask questions of the clothing stores I shop at regarding sweatshop