Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Word from Abba Basil Irenaeus

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Current Fundraising Campaign: Will you partner with us.

The Community of the Holy trinity began as a community of mutual support of Christian artists, social workers and social activist, pooling resources, sharing living space, and praying and eating together.  The Community of the Holy Trinity has offered mutual support to members in a variety of life circumstances.  Over the years we have supported each other through unemployment, underemployment, and homelessness (by accepting as members those who did not have a home at the time of joining the community).  For most of our history the community has sustained itself  through pooling of member’s resources.  Since 2014, as a House of the Order of Jesus Christ, Reconciler we have continued this practice of mutual support adding the ministry of the Oratory of Jesus Christ, Reconciler. The Oratory is a worshiping community that meets in members homes in the Rogers Park Neighborhood of Chicago.
Currently our community has four members.  Jubi Dutcher is pastor of our Oratory (currently in the form of a house church that meets in congregants homes in the Rogers park neighborhood of Chicago) and she works with and is a member of the women’s health collective The Women’s Health Center.  Zac Lowing is a formerly homeless computer artist, photographer, and Youtuber and is the Sexton at Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park.  Kate Setzer Kamphausen is a freelance costume designer working in film and Chicago storefront theater.  Larry Kamphausen is the Abba of the Order of Jesus Christ, Reconciler, co-founder of the new cooperative art gallery, Agitator, an iconographer, spiritual director, and co-pastor of our oratory.
All of this we couldn’t be doing, the art, working at the women’s health center, costuming, spiritual direction leading a religious order, providing the pastoral leadership of the Oratory of Jesus Christ, Reconciler if we were living on our own.  
Since becoming the founding House of the order it has become clear that we need partners beyond our members in the community and Oratory for our sustainability.  We are not only making our own life together possible but we are supporting things like women’s health, high impact discipleship and participation in a worshiping community, arts and various works of reconciling.  We invite you to consider joining us through a one time or regular financial contribution to help us sustain and grow as a community.  We not only wish to maintain what we are doing but to be able to more fully continue the work we are doing and to expand the hospitality of the community.  For our donors we will send you a regular newsletter of our life together and milestones and their will be opportunities to learn from our life together and our work in spiritual direction, women’s health, costume design, art and worker co-operatives and providing affordable housing through co-operative ownership.
As a house of the Order of Jesus Christ, Reconciler we seek to foster reconciliation through collective and cooperative endeavors and creating spaces for people to grow in faith and seek faith without needing to identify with particular or singular denominational identity.  partner with us through your prayers and a one time or regular donation large or small. Together we can continue the work God has placed upon our hearts. Thank you for your support of our community and its work.
We have an immediate need to raise $2000, the go fundme page has a funding request of $3000. The $3000 would provide a buffer in our immediate circumstances. But we are hoping you may commit to not only meet our immediate needs, but a regular donation.  

Thank you for your support and partnering with us.

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.