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

Ash Wednesday: Grieving the Rebellion of Our Cancerous World.

by csmith - February 25, 2009 - 2:01 pm

Recently, because my son Noah has been diagnosed with Hodgkins’ lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system, I’ve been thinking a lot about what cancer is and what it means to live in a world where cancer abounds. Put simply, cancer can be described as rebellion at the cellular level. Typically, as a body need [...]

Field Recordings – Summer Art Program

by csmith - August 12, 2008 - 8:06 am

Historically, field recordings of music were made within a community or region in order to document and preserve the songs and music of a local culture. In America, this was done particularly in regions with a strong musical identity, such as Southern farms or the hills of Appalachia. With the prompting of a collaborative artist [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Our Covenant.

by csmith - December 4, 2007 - 12:11 pm

This post is long overdue, as we completed our work on this covenant back in July. I just have kept forgetting to post it here.  A little background…  In January 2006, we started a conversation to review what it means to be a member of Englewood.  By October 2006, we had started to draft this [...]

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 [...]

Soundtrack to the Advent Season.

by csmith - - 12:47 pm

A couple of years ago, our dear friends at Vineyard Central recorded a lovely acoustic cd of music for the advent season that has been passed around Englewood for the last few years.  This is not your traditional Christmas music fare…  The project was organized — and most songs sung — by Janet Pressley-Barr, a [...]

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 [...]


by csmith - October 29, 2007 - 10:36 pm

These are a couple of pictures from one of the days that some of our moms spent canning tomatoes together. Most of the tomatoes they canned — in different forms: juice, sauce, salsa, etc — came from local farms, and they were able to preserve a fair number of quarts (and pints) for each of [...]

“The Pumpkin patch”

by csmith - - 10:18 pm

[ This coming Sunday night, we are planning to have a walkthrough of our website and a conversation about how to best utilize it. So... this week I'm going to try to post daily, so that we will have plenty to look at on Sunday night...] A couple of weeks ago, the kids in our [...]