Seeking the Manifold Wisdom of God on Indianapolis' Near-eastside

[Chris Smith] Imagining Creation – Post #1

by csmith - October 6, 2008 - 7:38 am

I have been helping to coordinate an event for the Spirit and Place Festival called “Imagining Creation” which will be held on Sunday Nov. 9.  This event is a conversation around these questions: What part does spirituality play in the green movement? In his Ethical Living blog, Giulio Sica wonders whether the environmental debate is [...]

Shane Claiborne: Creative Cures for the Common Xmas.

by csmith - December 11, 2007 - 4:24 pm

Creative Cures for the Common Christmas (by Shane Claiborne) A few years ago I remember a pastor friend telling me they tried something a little different for their Christmas services. Instead of the usual holiday décor and clutter of the sanctuary, they brought in a bunch of manure and hay and scattered it under the [...]

Water Reflection – Week #3 (from our youth)

by csmith - December 10, 2007 - 12:59 pm

Water Clean/Safe by Mary Clanton Over a billion people in the world do not have access to safe water. Many women and children in rural areas in developing countries spend hours each day walking kilometers to collect water from unprotected sources such as open wells, muddy dugouts or streams. In urban areas they collect it [...]

Ragan Sutterfield on Farming: Just do it!

by csmith - - 9:57 am

A wonderful blog post from Ragan Sutterfield on farming wherever you are… The Quarter-Acre Farm When someone finds out that I farm they often respond, “Oh, I would love to farm.”  My response is usually “Why don’t you?”  Too often people identify farming with something big—a hundred acres in the country with cows, chickens, pigs—the [...]

Water Reflection – Week #2 (from our youth)

by csmith - December 6, 2007 - 9:59 am

The World Water Crisis:  Running Low on Water by Andrew Dyke  Did you ever think that the world would someday run low on water? In the opinions of experts, if our water usage doesn’t change, the amount we have available will be cut in half by the year 2020. In some areas of the Middle East [...]

Water Reflection – Week #1 (from our youth)

by csmith - November 29, 2007 - 12:54 pm

Close to Home by Isaac Adams  During the past month or two, people in the Southeast have been having a really tough time. Due to drought, the water levels in lakes and reservoirs of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida have dropped to extreme levels. Because of this, the states have issued a severe drought emergency, restricting [...]

Our Advent Water Project (Intro)

by csmith - November 27, 2007 - 11:48 am

Englewood Christmas Project Ten Reasons We Should Care About Water 1. Every 15 seconds a child dies from drinking contaminated water 2. More than 2.2 million people, mostly in developing countries, die each year from diseases associated with poor water and unsanitary conditions 3. Only 1% of the total water resources on earth is available [...]

What would Jesus buy?

by csmith - - 11:28 am

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, comes this piece from NEWSWEEK, on Rev. Billy and the “Church of Stop Shopping”…  It seems that this “church” is mostly about the show, but their message is dead serious and has garned the praise of many including the well-known Old Testament Scholar, Walter Brueggemann. What would [...]


by csmith - - 10:28 am

Apologies for the break in posting…  and thanks to all who have kept the conversation going in the comments! This past weekend, I found that Ragan Sutterfield has a blog.  Ragan is a farmer and a writer, a sort of Wendell Berry for the younger generations, who is also the author of the excellent Ekklesia [...]

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

by csmith - October 31, 2007 - 10:48 am

I am almost done with Barbara Kingsolver’s wonderful new book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which tells the story of her family’s commitment to eat only locally-produced food for a year.  There’s so much food for thought — not to mention thought for food — here.  I hope that some others here at Englewood will read this [...]