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Dear Friends,

By now, you are probably familiar with who we are, on one level or another. To you, we may be members of your family, or longtime friends; maybe we are partners in faith on the Immanuel campus; it is possible that you have worked with us, collectively or individually, to help make a difference in the world; perhaps we are simply known as “The 'Nidge”, a gathering place for an increasingly diverse group of friends. Really, we are all of those things, and more.

The Community of the Holy Trinity was begun in 2003 by current members Kate and Larry Kamphausen, and two friends, who have since moved on. The community was formed to provide a space for Christians, especially those who are artists, social activists, and social workers, to come together in mutual support of God’s calling and living out the Gospel. For us, this means holding property in common in a life centered on the daily rhythms of prayer and an environment of hospitality. Our inspiration has been the monastic tradition of the Church, as well as specific communities like the monks of Taize, and the Reba Place community in Evanston. At the writing of this letter, we currently have six members, who are all artists, musicians, activists, and writers, all with the passion, talent, and determination to help make the world a better, safer place, free of oppression and violence. The community's common purpose is prayer and hospitality, and joining together in mutual support of each others's callings.

By the end of this calendar year, The Community of the Holy Trinity will be coming under the umbrella of an organization called *Culture is Not Optional ( or “*CINO”). *CINO is a group which seeks to encourage and support Christian engagement with all aspects of culture -- the arts, sciences, politics -- and to do so with an open but distinctly Christian perspective. The organization, like Holy Trinity, is ecumenical, though its founders all come out of the Christian Reformed tradition.

In order to support our members in their pursuits, and to fulfill our desire to extend hospitality to those in need, we need your help. Our immediate need is to help support two of our members who are called to social activism full time, one of whom suffers from chronic health problems and is uninsured; longer-term, our goal is to help support any of our members who desires to follow their callings, as well as provide a place of retreat, respite, and healing for members as well as guests. The Community is also exploring expansion, as we have three people who are currently considering membership, and in order to be able to accommodate these people, we need to find more space.

In order to meet our immediate needs for this calender year and to lay a good foundation for the coming year we are seeking to raise $9000. Your donation will be tax-deductible, and in early 2010 you will receive a Year-in-Review letter that will let you know how our budget breaks down, and the activities of our members as they are able to put your donations to work in the world. We invite you to partner with us as we continue to live into and expand the work that was begun six years ago.

Cash, checks, and money orders may be sent to: Community of the Holy Trinity, 1510 W Elmdale, Chicago, IL 60660.

We look forward to this journey together!
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Thanks, Wil Wheaton, for the piece of nostalgia

I wanna know where my Happy Meal toys are this time around! Instead, McD's has those damn beanie babies again.
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Does insanity count?
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Thanks to everyone who responded to my previous post.

I want to clarify my skepticism. I'm not skeptical of universal health care- indeed, even before I had chronic health problems and no insurance, I was firmly in favor of some kind of National Health Care system.

What I'm skeptical about is that, even if the US implements such a plan, that it would be done in such a manner that it actually helps the health care crisis in our country.

Any other analyses of this are welcome.
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Can someone explain single payer health care, and its pros and cons, as if I were eight years old? Everyone seems all excited about this, but I'm still skeptical. Maybe I'm missing something.
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I always like to show off my new icons.

Props to [ profile] bammba_m for letting me steal it.

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Someone else's LJ entry about the same topic reminded me that on July 3rd, my LJ turned seven years old.


A whole hell of a lot has happened in the last seven years.



This thing still on?!?
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Nathan Lee McGlothlin

6 lbs 10 oz

July 4th, 2009


Welcome to the world!
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I can't get away from my asshole/emotionally abusive ex no matter what I do, it seems. Ten years later, it turns we have a mutual friend on Facebook (no, nobody here, so don't scramble to figure out who it is). I don't want to know anything about him, I don't care what he's doing, I don't even care if he's alive, quite frankly; I also don't want him to know where I am, what I'm doing, or how to find me. Part of me is seriously contemplating taking that mutual friend off my list, considering its not someone I would actually interact with these days, anyway.

When it rains, it sure fucking pours.
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I kid you not. Explains a few things, eh?
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I stole this icon from [ profile] tanyad, who also gifted me the extra user icons so I could use it.

I think I'm going to use this icon every time I talk about the medical establishment, from now on. Whatddya think?
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Urban tribe: if you don't have one, get one.
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Okay, was going to make a follow-up post to earlier today, but another weather front is moving in, so I am going to turn the computer off, close the windows, and go watch some Star Trek to see if I can forget temporarily what a mess the world is in.

Anyway, I am home, I'm okay, and I have an appt at a very understanding Drs office first thing tomorrow morning.

I will tell you more later.
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at the moment, and even that isn't a sure thing.
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Falling apart in kind of a serious way, here. Kelly and Dorian are going to take care of me. But i am having a hard time doing much more than breathing,
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Oh my God, the nurse at the St. Joseph clinic just FUCKING HUNG UP ON ME when I called to ask if the could help with the med refill crisis. I am SEEING RED!
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Well, the last few days I've seriously been considering the Find A Brick Wall And Bang Your Head Against It Repeatedly religion. Does that count?
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That joke of a doctor's office just called to inform me that they aren't giving me any more refills until I see a doctor. It takes two weeks to get a financial aid appointment, and another two to process the application. I have three days of meds left. Something has got to give. Got to love life of the uninsured. Anyone know a doctor willing to call in scrips for me till I can get a real doctor?


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