Thursday, June 07, 2018

Current Fundraising Campaign: Will you partner with us?

The Community of the Holy Trinity is the founding House of the Order of Jesus Christ, Reconciler (OJCR).  As a house of the order we are committed to hospitality and reconciliation.
At this point in time, the main ministry of hospitality and reconciliation is the worship community we sponsor, called the Oratory of Jesus Christ, Reconciler. This worshiping community is a house church that rotates gathering for worship in members’ homes in the Roger’s Park neighborhood of Chicago. The purpose, of the oratories of OJCR, is to provide a space of worship and connection with the body of Christ without needing to define oneself as a particular member of a particular denomination or Christian group and without needing to, accept a particular theology or even know what one believes. Through Eucharistic worship, discipleship events, and fellowship we seek to offer an hospitable space for people to explore their faith in Christ and grow in love and knowledge of God in the life of the Spirit. Our current members have come through various denominations but do not feel that any one of them is entirely fitting of their full experience of faith in Christ. Some do also participate in other congregations, but feel most at home where historic orthodox Christianity is affirmed but no one way of practicing or believing is held exclusively.
The community itself is currently made up of 4 members, Rev. Jubi Dutcher, Zac Lowing, Kate Kamphausen and the Rev. Larry Kamphausen. Jubi and Larry co-pastor the oratory with Jubi currently serving as the lead pastor. Jubi is a member of the collective, the Women’s Health center in the uptown neighborhood of Chicago and is a comic book artist. Zac is a sexton at Grace Episcopal Church and is a photographer (of the unseen beauty of Chicago alleys) computer artist and videographer of Chicago’s buskers, and has experienced homelessness. Kate is a member of St John’s Episcopal Church in Old Irving Park in Chicago, and is a fashion and costume designer in Chicago. She is married to Larry, who is an iconographer and artist co-founder of the co-operative art gallery, Agitator.  He is  also a temporary worker and is Abba of the Order of Jesus Christ, Reconciler.
While we have sought and been able to support one another, community life and our ministries through our collective funds each of us is in a situation of fixed incomes.. In the past couple of years our incomes have remained the same or have declined, while the community’s expenses of rent, food, and utilities have increased. So, we are asking you to come along side us and partner with us in our work through one time or regular financial contribution.
At this time we are also, expanding our work of hospitality and reconciliation through pilot programs of fostering worker co-operatives (like Agitator gallery) and property cooperatives (still in the early idea stages of development) for the Order of Jesus Christ, Reconciler.
In choosing to support us financially we hope you will want to also participate in our life  and get to know us. For our supporters we will keep you up to date through a quarterly newsletter, keeping you appraised of how our pilot programs of fostering worker co-operatives, beginning a property cooperative and the ministry of the Oratory of Jesus Christ, Reconciler are going.
Whether or not you are able to financially support us at this time if you are in Chicago we invite you to receive our hospitality: We also invite you join us for our community meals to get to know us better on Monday evenings at 7:30 and for brunch on Saturday mornings at 10 am (this meal is followed by our weekly community meetings). We also invite you if you live near us in Albany park to come to our morning prayer Monday through Friday at 8:45 am, or night prayer at 9:30 pm. we simply ask that if you plan to join us for meals  that you let us know ahead of time so we can be sure to prepare enough food.
To donate and become a support please visit our gofundme page

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Word from Abba Basil Irenaeus

To partner with us use the donate button in the side bar or visit our fundraising page.  Thank you for supporting the Community of the Holy Trinity and the Order of Jesus Christ, Reconciler

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brief Update on the Community

In a week from this Saturday, three of our members will be professing permanent vows as the Order of Jesus Christ, Reconciler is founded.  At that time Holy Trinity will be the first House of the Order (thought we have been functioning in that way for the past year).
In order to live fully into being a House of the Order of Jesus Christ, Reconciler we will be looking for a property that will serve as our residence with worship space for our daily prayer and as the main worship space for the Oratory of Jesus Christ, Reconciler.

We are also looking for people who are interested in intentional Christian community and would be willing to commit to the community in this time of transition and commit to become resident members upon our moving into our new property.  Our current space doesn't allow us to receive new members as resident at this time.

At this time we are looking at our finances and consulting a fundraiser as we prepare for this next stage in our life as a community.

We do have immediate needs so if you wish to support our work at this time use the donate button in the side bar, or send a check to The Community of the Holy Trinity, 3748 W. Eastwood # 2, Chicago IL, 60625.  We are a religious non-profit.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A long year, but new things are on the horizon

Last year at this time we were uncertain if we had a space for the Community of the Holy Trinity.    And it had been just a few months since the Church of Jesus Christ Reconciler came completely under our oversight and became the Oratory of Jesus Christ, Reconciler.   It has been two years since our Rule was re-written to reflect that we were to be the first House of the Order of Jesus Christ, Reconciler.  In the past year we have been in a bit of maintaining.  The ministry of the Oratory has continued though our ability to offer hospitality has been curtailed in our current space.  We've hosted a few events but that is about all.  We have no space for guests.

Come september and the fall we will step into our new role as a House of the Order of Jesus Christ Reconciler as the Order will be inaugurated and profession of vows will take place on September 6th.
We also hope to begin raising money for and beginning the search for a property in Chicago.

Things have moved very slow around these changes over the past few years, but things are coming together.

Once the Order is founded we will be officially a House of the Order of Jesus Christ, Reconciler.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Trust, Faith, and Synchronicity : or Winter is Upon Us.

The past year or so things with the community have been a little out of sync.  We have been going through a number of transitions: members leaving, new members coming in, working on developing a Student in Residence program, needing to move and becoming the first and founding House of an ecumencial religious order.  The transition from a single independent intentional community to first house of the Order of Jesus Christ, Reconciler has been in process since 2011, as forming a religious order just takes time.  Other things came unexpectedly, and were simply following opportunities that presented themselves, like the request to help a degree program at a local university to develop a student in residence program with intentional communities in chicago.

All of that would be enough stress on a community, if things were working out.  What has happened is that things just have been out of sync.  Nothing's been lining up.  A house was offered to the community but we'd have had to move in at the worst possible time, and back out of agreements we'd made.  Just then as we searched for other properties just as we thought we'd found what we needed things have prevented our getting those properties.  And of course what space we get affects our ability to take on any potential student's in residence.  Nothing is lining up nothing is working out or fitting together easily.

This lack of synchronicity and failure for things to work out has been an occasion to wonder what was God's call, was it time to move on? This might have been a temptation.  I don't know.  We are continuing on. Though, due to very recent turn of events, now the smallest we've been since our first few months as a community.

This has me thinking about time, timing, and that the realm of the Gospel and of God that Jesus announced  is it's own time (Barth I find argues for this quite well in the Church Dogmatics).  The community is seeking to live into and as our Rule says be a parable of this other time.  When there is synchronicity of various times and timing, I am confident of God being at work.  It's easy to see and trust when the times line up.  Not so easy to trust when everything is out of sync.  Difficult when God's time the time of the Gospel and the realm of God is out of sync with my won time.

Things are out of sync, it would be easy to conclude, even reasonable to do so, that this means that the community is doing something wrong, or even that we should give it up, move on to other things.

Yet..., even while nothing is lining up, and things are dwindling, people are affirming the ministry and witness of the community.  This feels contradictory, and admittedly it is confusing.  It's difficult to discern what to do, or what is the correct path.    Here is perhaps the place for the virtue of steadfastness and perseverance.  When things line up and all is clear, to push forward to maintain the course isn't a difficulty, doesn't really require steadfastness or perseverance.

Things are happening, but it looks like the community is definitely entering into a period of deep winter, of cutting back and pruning, and of no growth.  It looks bleak.  I'm reminded of the scene in the Secret Garden, when they first enter the garden and the girl asks, is it dead, and the boy replies no it is quick and he cuts a branch to reveal green and sap in the branch.  There is life here but it has been slowing down, and many external signs of life are fading away.  It looks like a long and potentially harsh winter ahead, but I trust God has prepared us for this winter.

I've written a more personal reflection on this same theme and

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Revised Rule

For the past year we have been working on a revision of our Rule, as various changes have been taking place and as we are preparing to become the first House of the Order of Jesus Christ, Reconciler.  To read the revised rule go here.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Christmas Sermon

Bellow is the sermon Prior Larry preached at the shared Christmas Day service with Immanuel and St Elias:

Nativity of Our Lord Year B Proper III

A Christmas Sermon: Beyond Speach
Today God returns to Zion in a most peculiar way, by becoming human.  Today God joins God’s self to God’s creation.  In this God proclaims peace. In this God speaks to us in order that we may be freed from what burdens us.  This word, this speech, is light in darkness.  God comes that we may see, and not stumble around.  But the God of the entire universe, the source of it all, comes in a most peculiar way – like every other human being, as an infant.
There is a mystery here.  Mystery, meaning not just that this is beyond comprehension or something we must attempt to puzzle out, but something upon which we are too contemplate.  This is something that should arrest our attention like a painting or work of art.
Think of the earth, with its forest and deserts, oceans plains, mountains, rivers and lakes. Think of all the animals and planets - the intricacy of the habitats.  Think of the food you eat, what sustains you and gives you life.  Just this planet and the life here is amazing and beautiful. Think of the moon that affects the tides that lights up the night, and then think of the Sun its warmth and light that makes life possible on this planet that orbits the sun.
Think of the other planets that orbit this star we call the sun.  Our solar system is simply one of many that make up the Galaxy in which we live, which we see in our night sky as the Milky Way. Then think of all the Galaxies in the universe, the images our telescopes bring back to us of what is out there in this vast universe.  Think of all that was spun into existence out of the big bang, as our universe began.
Think then of the one beyond all that, the one before there could be a before, the Beginning. Think of this one who spoke all into being, the very reason for existence and life.  This one we call God who exerted no energy but created energy, the one who made all ages and things, the very universe.  This one wants to speak to us. This one has spoken. This one wants to enlighten us; this one wants to free us from our burdens, our sin.  This one beyond all time and being and existences, comes to our aid, in our darkness and confusion and speaks softly with caring. This one doesn’t come to crush, doesn’t come in terror but comes with words of peace.
This one beyond all things, source of all things, the one who is the speech that spoke all into being, comes and becomes what this one created, by becoming Jesus of Nazareth, joining God’s self to God’s creation, forever.  This is the one who is source and sustainer of all things, joins what this one created and sustains.
Does that arrest your attention, isn’t this something worthy of a life time of contemplation, and rapture. This should turn all our thinking on its head, that a baby 2000 year ago in a back water territory of the Roman Empire, was the incarnation of God.  The one beyond all thought and being and power, the very source, the very life of all things, is joined with matter.  This one comes in this way to be with us to enlighten us to lift our burdens, and say you are not alone, I Am.  Come into my light, step out of your confusion, you don’t need to stumble around and hurt yourself and others.  And yet we still do.  We in various ways turn aside from this light from this astounding thing that the God who spoke all things into being is joined forever with matter, with human flesh.
Yet this changes everything. God has become one of us in Jesus Christ.  This one born of the Virgin Mary is laid in a feeding trough.  This one was from conception the Son of God, the Word, the light of light, the very intimate speech of God to God’s creation. Listen, attend here is the beginning and the entirety of wisdom, our enlightenment and liberation.