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What’s behind the Thistle

October 7, 2009

It’s been awhile since I’ve written here. Partly out of being busy and experiencing an overabundance of transition, partly from a desire to focus on community outside of the www, and partly from just plain not wanting to share any of my thoughts. Although I’m still debating on how much I want to re-enter the blogosphere, I felt that I needed to post the following.

Through various job/volunteer opportunites, I have become familiar with a program called Magdalene.  The Magdale program operates a non-profit called Thistle Farms, which the women of the program run as they grown and learn that they are loved. Below is a portion Magdalene’s “About us” section.  Please read it and consider how you can support this organization, or others like it (two separate links are above). If you’re not involved in supporting your community in someway, I encourage you to do so. Find what makes you angry, and do something about it.

Magdalene is a two-year residential community founded in Nashville Tennessee in 1997 for women with a history of prostitution and drug addiction. Magdalene was founded not just to help a sub-culture of women, but to help change the culture itself. We stand in solidarity with women who are recovering from sexual abuse, violence, and life on the streets, and who have paid dearly for a culture that buys and sells women like commodities. 

At no cost, we offer women a safe, disciplined, and compassionate community for two years, paid for by the gifts we receive from individuals and private grants. Magdalene stands as a witness to the truth that in the end, love is more powerful than all the forces that drive women to the streets.

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