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Interdependence Day


The Englewood Review of Books is a blog of Englewood Church in Indianapolis.  This church has a rich history and continues to be involved in missional activity in the city.  My wife's family has deep roots in this church, and one of her cousins is involved with the Englewood Review and the publishing house Doulos Christou Books, publisher of Shane Claiborne's Iraq Journal 2003. The recent post, "Interdependence Day" reminds us of our interdependence as human beings with each other and with world in which God has placed us in his good creation.  Here are some of my favorites:

  • Shop only at locally-owned merchants or restaurants.
  • Write a note of appreciation to a mother; thank her for raising a child.
  • Spend the 4th of July baking cookies or bread.  Give your baked goods to the person who delivers your mail or picks up your trash the next time you see them.
  • Spend the day hiking in the woods.  Think about how God cares for the sparrows and lilies of the field.
  • Host a neighborhood yard sale, except require that participants barter things/services for things they want.  Donate any unwanted items at the end of the day to a locally-owned thrift store.
  • Climb a tree and sit there for a long period of time, observing and documenting – in photographs, drawings, paintings, writings, etc. – the forms of life that you see from that vantage point.
  • Sit down and handwrite a letter to an old friend or family member.  Tell them one of your favorite memories of them.
  • Call a meeting in your neighborhood to plan a large-scale fall tree planting throughout your neighborhood.
  • Plan a neighborhood cleanup day – picking up and recycling litter, sweeping sidewalks, etc.
  • Plan a workday in your community garden, or if you don’t have a community garden gather neighbors to brainstorm how you might start one.
  • Host a neighborhood potluck, and encourage neighbors to use local foods in the dishes they contribute.
  • Look for everything you have two of and give one away.
  • Host a neighborhood conversation about the practicalities and details of using alternative forms of energy (solar, wind, etc.).
  • If there are abandoned/foreclosed homes in your neighborhood, gather neighbors to clean up and/or beautify these properties.
  • Track down old teachers and mentors.  Let them know the influence they have played in your life.
  • Visit an elderly neighbor or family member.  Have them tell you the story of their life.
  • Pray the Lord’s Prayer and commit to one concrete action to live out each part.
  • Babysit someone else’s children.
  • Go to a place where people are gathered and offer free hugs to all.

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