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As many of you know, The ERB is produced by Englewood Christian Church in the Englewood Neighborhood on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis.  It is one of the businesses that fall under the umbrella of Englewood Community Development Corporation (ECDC, a separate non-profit, but understood as a part of the church’s work).

 
I was delighted to wake up this morning and find that ECDC was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition!  Give the story a listen, as it gives a deeper look into our neighborhood, and the work of the church (via ECDC) in seeking the shalom (health/flourishing) of our neighborhood.  Excited to play a role in this transformative work!
 
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A Feature Review of

Kurt Vonnegut: Letters

Dan Wakefield, ed.

Hardback: Delacorte Press, 2012
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Reviewed by Larry Shallenberger.

 

[ Read an excerpt of this book ]

 

Mark Twain was consumed with concerns about his reputation and legacy to the point that when he sat down to write his autobiography he ordered the estate to keep the document sealed for one hundred years. [easyazon-link asin=”0520267192″ locale=”us”]The work was finally published in 2010[/easyazon-link]. Twain’s reminiscences were so rambling and anecdotal that one was left with the impression that Twain’s fear of being truly known submarined the project, despite the century-long moratorium of being judged by history. The mantle of being America’s satirist passed from Twain to novelist Kurt Vonnegut, but gratefully, the posthumous collection of Vonnegut’s correspondence is more generous in its revelations about his relationships, struggles and wit.

 

Letters was compiled and edited by Vonnegut’s longtime friend, Dan Wakefield, who was also a son of Indianapolis and a novelist. Wakefield organized Vonnegut’s type-written correspondence by decades and opened section with brief historic and biographical notes which provide quite helpful to those less versed in the particulars of Vonnegut’s life.

 

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Well, as most people in the US know, this Sunday is Super Bowl XLVI …

and usually the Super Bowl is not something that we would comment on here at The Englewood Review of Books, but this year Indianapolis is hosting the Super Bowl and it’s a pretty big deal locally.   Even closer to home than Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of the Super Bowl game, is the Super Bowl Legacy Project which has been a $150 million redevelopment in the Near Eastside neighborhood where Englewood Christian Church is located.

I have written a new piece about the role of churches and conversation in the Super Bowl Legacy Project, that is currently featured on the front page of the Christianity Today website:

A Legacy in Indianapolis That Outlives the Super Bowl

Long before the NFL named my hometown this year’s host city, Near Eastside leaders were revitalizing the heart of their neighborhoods.

Since the early 1990s, the NFL has a tradition of leaving a legacy in each Super Bowl host city by helping to fund a Youth Education Town (YET) there. YETs are typically built in lower-income neighborhoods to offer afterschool programming, including sports, tutoring, arts, and career training. But long before Indianapolis became the host city for Super Bowl XLVI, churches, including my own, and neighborhood groups on the city’s Near Eastside were diligently working to leave a positive legacy of a different kind.

The vision began years ago. In 2008, as Indianapolis was creating a bid to host Super Bowl XLVI, the city decided it wanted to do something different: Instead of building a YET, Indianapolis’s Super Bowl Legacy Project would showcase an entire neighborhood, with the YET being one part of the effort. Bill Taft, Indianapolis director of the national nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC), e-mailed Mark Miles, chairman of the Super Bowl Bid Committee, and pitched the idea of focusing on an entire neighborhood. Miles, inspired by former NBA player Kevin Johnson’s work in Sacramento, was receptive to the idea. Taft suggested two neighborhoods that had been part of the Great Indy Neighborhoods Initiative, in which neighbors developed a vision for rebuilding their communities.

The 2012 Host Committee decided to showcase the Near Eastside, 21 neighborhoods just east of downtown Indianapolis. The choice was apt, for the Near Eastside neighbors have a long history of talking and working together. For example, the Near Eastside Community Organization (NESCO) was founded in 1970, before the worst urban challenges hit the neighborhood, and churches were the driving force during NESCO’s early years.

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Super Bowl XLVI Legacy Project article on the Christianity Today website… ]

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Last Saturday was the celebration of the 100th anniversary of The East Washington Street branch of the Indianapolis Public Library (the library located just south of Englewood Christian Church).

One of the treats of this celebration was a brief talk by renowned Indiana author Scott Russell Sanders on the importance of public libraries for common good.  Scott’s most recent book A Conservationist Manifesto was selected as a 2009 Englewood Honor Book, as one of the best books of that year (Read our review here).  He also has a large retrospective collection of his essays (that includes nine previously unpublished pieces) entitled Earth Works that will be released by Indiana University Press in early 2012 (and is available for pre-order).

Listen to or download this talk:

Scott Russell Sanders on Public Libraries

Recording posted with the permission of the speaker.
IMAGE CREDIT: ScottRussellSanders.com

 

Through 12PM ET on Tuesday September 6th, you can enter daily for a chance to win a copy of Jon Huckins’s great new book Teaching Through Storytelling: Creating Fictional Stories that Illuminate the Message of Jesus.
[ Go here for more details and to enter ]


The Missio Conference will be held in Cincinnati on Sept 29-October 1.

MISSIO is… A  gathering of emerging church leaders and fresh expressions practitioners for conversation and collaboration in (re) imagining church in ways that are radically incarnational and contextual to embody the Gospel and Reign of God in today’s culture.  This will be an opportunity for people in traditional congregations to dialogue with leaders of emerging Christianity, to discover innovative resources for building community through radical hospitality, emergent worship, and missional church planting within a postmodern and post-secular world.  Together, we will explore what it means to be what the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, calls a “mixed-economy church,” where traditional congregations and new expressions of church work together to participate in God’s mission in the world.

ERB editor Chris Smith, will be leading a session on Slow Church, based on a book on this theme that he is co-writing with John Pattison.

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The Christian Community Development Association will be having their annual convention here in Indianapolis, October 12-16.

Go to the CCDA website for more details…  And if you’re coming to CCDA, plan to come out and visit Englewood Christian Church on Saturday afternoon October 15, to hear our story and to discuss asset-based community development  among churches.

Here’s a recent video about the CCDA gathering:

 

HUGE USED BOOK SALE!!!
Thursday May 12 – Saturday May 14

Englewood Christian Church
57 N. Rural St  / Indianapolis (Near Eastside)

5000+ Books!!!
Theology / Biblical Studies / Cultural Studies
Ecology/ Gardening / History
Mostly Christian / Mostly non-fiction.

Please help us spread the word using the Facebook e-vite

Most books priced at:
Hardbacks $3 each or  2 for $5
Paperbacks  $2 each or 2 for $3
Mass market paperbacks  $1 each or 3 for $2

*** Saturday morning (11AM-1PM) –
*** Fill a bag for $8 or 2 bags for $15!!!

We’re in the process of re-arranging our bookstore space and must clear out some books!!!
Please come and help us out… Take some great books home with you at dirt cheap prices!!

Thursday May 12:  9 AM – 8PM
Friday May 13:      10 AM – 5PM
Saturday May 14:   9AM – 1PM

 

No Longer Strangers

No Longer Strangers:
A Conversation on the Church and Immigration

Immigration is one of today’s most pressing issues, one on which there is much fear, misunderstanding and tension. We believe that in the church community – where, despite our ethnic heritages, we are brothers and sisters – we can begin to untangle the misunderstandings and seek justice and reconciliation together.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this important conversation – in English and Spanish – on the church and immigration.

Main Speaker:
Daniel Carroll Rodas, Author of: Christians At the Border

When: Friday evening April 8 and Saturday April 9, 2011

Where: Englewood Christian Church / Indianapolis

Registration / More Info: http://www.englewoodcc.com/nolonger/

Facebook E-vite (spread the word!): http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=191803657497627


INHABIT CONFERENCE - Seattle April 29-30The ERB is proud to be one of the sponsoring partners of the Inhabit conference in Seattle, April 29-30.

We look forward to being there and engaging in the conversation, and passing out copies of our print issue #2!

If you are in the greater Seattle area, you should make every possible effort to participate in this unique event, and if you are within a reasonable traveling distance, it is well worth your considering a trip to Seattle!

More info is available on the conference website:  InhabitConference.com

 

No Longer Strangers

No Longer Strangers:
A Conversation on the Church and Immigration

Immigration is one of today’s most pressing issues, one on which there is much fear, misunderstanding and tension. We believe that in the church community – where, despite our ethnic heritages, we are brothers and sisters – we can begin to untangle the misunderstandings and seek justice and reconciliation together.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this important conversation – in English and Spanish – on the church and immigration.

Main Speaker:
Daniel Carroll Rodas, Author of: Christians At the Border

When: Friday evening April 8 and Saturday April 9, 2011

Where: Englewood Christian Church / Indianapolis

Registration / More Info: http://www.englewoodcc.com/nolonger/

Facebook E-vite (spread the word!): http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=191803657497627

 

No Longer Strangers

No Longer Strangers:
A Conversation on the Church and Immigration

Immigration is one of today’s most pressing issues, one on which there is much fear, misunderstanding and tension. We believe that in the church community – where, despite our ethnic heritages, we are brothers and sisters – we can begin to untangle the misunderstandings and seek justice and reconciliation together.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this important conversation – in English and Spanish – on the church and immigration.

Main Speaker:
Daniel Carroll Rodas, Author of: Christians At the Border

When: Friday evening April 8 and Saturday April 9, 2011

Where: Englewood Christian Church / Indianapolis

Registration / More Info: http://www.englewoodcc.com/nolonger/

Facebook E-vite (spread the word!): http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=191803657497627

 

No Longer Strangers

No Longer Strangers:
A Conversation on the Church and Immigration

Immigration is one of today’s most pressing issues, one on which there is much fear, misunderstanding and tension. We believe that in the church community – where, despite our ethnic heritages, we are brothers and sisters – we can begin to untangle the misunderstandings and seek justice and reconciliation together.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this important conversation – in English and Spanish – on the church and immigration.

Main Speaker:
Daniel Carroll Rodas, Author of: Christians At the Border

When: Friday evening April 8 and Saturday April 9, 2011

Where: Englewood Christian Church / Indianapolis

Registration / More Info: http://www.englewoodcc.com/nolonger/

Facebook E-vite (spread the word!): http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=191803657497627