In our neighborhood of Indianapolis, Near Eastside, we in the Englewood Christian Church community have seen firsthand the wounds inflicted by a consumerist economy of scarcity. As in other urban neighborhoods, about 30 years ago many white neighbors uprooted themselves from here and moved to the bigger and greener pastures of suburbia. Into this vacuum has poured a host of greedy landlords, transient renters, and a wide variety of addicts—all of whom are held captive by perceived or actual economies of scarcity. And here we sit in the middle of it all, a church community that has weathered storms in this place for 115 years, seeking a life together that proclaims God’s liberation, abundance, and reconciliation to ourselves and our neighbors.
The Beauty of Roots
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