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Chi Rho Connection, Vol. III, No. 5

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    ************************* CHI RHO CONNECTION The Chi Rho Press eNewsletter Vol. III, No. 5 8 March 2002 ************************* Contents: 1. New Poll:
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      The Chi Rho Press eNewsletter
      Vol. III, No. 5
      8 March 2002



      1. New Poll: Personal PCs
      2. Office Life
      3. Featured Book: The Bible and Homosexuality
      4. FYI: Heterosexuals and Chi Rho Press
      5. Adam's Last Word:


      Welcome once again to the Chi Rho Connection, the
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      1. New Poll: Personal PCs

      Chi Rho Press Poll

      We are considering creating and selling e-books and
      would like to hear from as many of you as possible.
      We want to know about your use of Personal Digital
      Assistants (PDAs), or handheld personal computers,
      Palm Pilots, or pocket PCs. Please take a moment to
      answer the following questions. Just copy and paste
      them into a new e-mail with your responses and send
      them to Poll@.... Thank you!

      1. Do you now own a PDA, also sometimes called a
      Pocket PC, such as a Palm Pilot, Sony CLIE, or Compaq

      2. There are two main types of PDAs, those that use
      the Palm operating system and those that use
      Microsoft's Pocket PC operating system. Which
      operating system does your PDA use?

      3. Do you buy books to read on your PDA?

      4. If you don't own a PDA now, do you plan to
      purchase one in the near future?

      5. Would you welcome e-books as part of the Chi Rho
      Press inventory?

      6. Which books currently in our inventory should also
      be e-books?

      7. Would you buy e-books from Chi Rho Press?


      2. Office Life

      (reprinted from Great Results, the newsletter of the
      Avery Dennison Corp.)

      Fun Facts & Stats About Office Life!

      In 1850, 4 percent of Americans made a living from
      handling information.

      Today, information processing accounts for more than
      half of the U.S. gross national product.

      At the office, on average, 60 percent of each worker's
      time is spent processing documents.

      When asked to describe their organizational habits, 33
      percent of office workers said they were 'neat freaks,'
      27 percent said they were 'pilers,' 23 percent said
      they were 'filers,' 12 percent said they were 'pack
      rats,' and 2 percent said they were just plain 'slobs.'

      In a lifetime, the average North American will spend
      one year searching through desk clutter looking for
      misplaced objects.

      In a lifetime, the average American will spend eight
      months opening junk mail.

      Eighty percent of filed papers are never referenced

      An average of $250 is spent re-creating a lost document.

      The average North American will be interrupted 73 times
      a day.

      (From the National Association of Professional


      3. Featured Book: The Bible and Homosexuality

      'The Bible and Homosexuality,' by the Rev. Michael E.
      England. $10.95 each, $8.95 each for six or more
      copies, plus shipping and handling.

      Our featured book for March takes us back to the basics.
      For too many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered
      people of faith, the Bible has been used as a club to
      batter and beat them down.

      Only six lonely little verses that have been used against
      LGBT people. Despite the paucity of unequivocal
      condemnation in the Hebrew and Christian Testaments,
      religious folk use those six verses to justify a world
      of hurt for LGBT people, their families, and supporters.
      These 'clobber passages' are over-used and abused!

      So for much of the LGBT community, 'going back to the
      basics' of their oppression is going back to the Bible.
      The Rev. Michael England has written what we think is the
      best primer on 'The Bible and Homosexuality.' We are
      proud to have published this slim, but important volume,
      which has been our best seller for 10 years. In 1998 we
      published the fifth edition of Michael's important work.

      This is the best book that explores the Bible passages
      that have traditionally been used to condemn LGBT people.

      Sections include Inspiration; Critical Interpretation
      (Textual Criticism, Historical Criticism, Source Criticism,
      and Form Criticism); the Passages Believed to Relate to
      Homosexuality (Deuteronomy 23:17-18, Genesis 19:4-11,
      Leviticus 18:23 and 20:13-14, I Corinthians 6:9, I Timothy
      1:10, and Romans 1:26-27); the "Contra Naturam" (against
      nature) argument; Heterosexual Marriage as "the Only
      Biblical Model;" Adultery and Fornication; and a

      "The Bible and Homosexuality" is 72 pages, perfect bound,
      with a striking cover photograph of the Washington National
      Cathedral by renowned DC photographer Colin Winterbottom.

      Every thinking Christian and all people who wish to engage
      other Christians in reasoned debate should have this volume
      on their shelves.

      'The Bible and Homosexuality' is $10.95 each, $8.95 each
      for six or more copies, plus shipping and handling. You
      may order from our Web page at http://www.chirhopress.com/products/gayandchristian.html.


      4. FYI: Heterosexuals and Chi Rho Press

      FYI is a periodic column in which we explore various
      elements of what it means to be a small LGBT Christian
      publishing house. This FYI is about the role of
      heterosexuals in the life of your Press.

      Non-gay people (or 'the homosexually-challenged,' as the
      inimitable Michael Callan used to say) have played a
      significant role in the life of Chi Rho Press.

      Of course, we have always had non-gay customers and
      investors and we value those people who care about their
      lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered sisters and
      brothers. Many straight people have bought our books and
      used them in their churches, Bible studies, and personal
      libraries. We have even had non-gay people buy books as
      gifts for their LGBT friends and relatives! And of
      course, lots of gay people have purchased our books as
      gifts for their non-gay relatives and friends.

      But Chi Rho Press hasn't hesitated when it comes to
      publishing the work of our heterosexual friends. Our
      first non-gay author was Gretchen Gaines. Adam DeBaugh
      first met Gretchen at the Montgomery Hospice Society
      (Montgomery County, Maryland), where she was a pediatric
      bereavement specialist and social worker. She walked
      into his office one day with an idea for a book.
      Gretchen believed existing grief and bereavement
      resources for children talked down to kids and that she
      had a better idea.

      Adam and the Press board of directors loved the idea and
      soon we were working on 'My Memory Book: A Journal for
      Grieving Children.' Our production team was an interesting
      mix, as we enlisted Mary Lou O'Brien, a very talented
      non-gay calligrapher to letter the entire book. Adam (a
      gay man, lest there be any doubt!) edited and laid out
      the book, and another gay man, Craig Arnold, painted the
      cover artwork. Gretchen, Adam, Mary Lou, and Craig met
      frequently to go over the layout and design of the book,
      now in the second printing of the second edition. It has
      been one of our best selling titles.

      Then the indomitable Roberta Showalter Kreider called one
      day, a diminutive, 70-something Mennonite lady married to
      Harold Kreider, a truly remarkable retired Mennonite
      minister. Roberta and Harold had changed their minds
      about gay people after getting to know some gay folk and
      hearing their faith stories. Roberta was convinced that
      a book of LGBT people's faith stories would be an agent
      for change in the churches. And of course, she is
      absolutely correct. Her book, 'From Wounded Hearts:
      Faith Stories of LGBT People and Those Who Love Them,'
      was a best seller and included non-gay people writing
      about the LGBT people of faith whom they love.

      Now out of print, 'From Wounded Hearts' was a ground
      breaking book. Roberta is working on her second
      anthology of LGBT couples, 'Together in Love.' Chi
      Rho Press hopes to be able to review the manuscript soon.

      And non-gay people have been on staff as well, both as
      paid staff and as volunteers. For about a year and a
      half, Jason Gergler served as part time office staff.
      Jason is a colleague at Adam's secular job and took a
      second job with Chi Rho Press. He set up our database
      in Access and did a tremendous amount of data entry, as
      well as other office tasks. He remains a good friend of
      the Press, helping out frequently with Access questions.

      Recently Kathy Hurt-Mullen started volunteering in the
      Press office one day a week. Kathy is the mother of
      two wonderful daughters and has many gay and lesbian
      friends, including our permanent staff Adam and Kevin.
      She is helping with data entry tasks for a while until
      a new job starts.

      We can truly (and proudly) say, Chi Rho Press, not just
      for gay people!

      Just For Your Information!


      5. Adam's Last Word: Web Page Changes, Discover Cards,
      Winter, What Winter?

      Our dynamic new Web minister will be making even more
      changes in the Web site this weekend. Some author's
      biographies, a few reviews, pictures of Board members,
      and some changes to the links and icons on the main page
      are planned. We are so excited about the continually
      evolving Web page and encourage you to visit from time to
      time to check it out. We have had quite a few visitors
      since the last issue of the Chi Rho Connection. Thanks
      for visiting!

      And remember, you can become an important part of the
      life of Chi Rho Press by making your tax deductible
      contributions on line. Just go to
      http://www.chirhopress.com/sponsor.html. And thank
      you for your support!


      Did you know we accept Discover cards? Now is a great
      chance to limber up that Discover card that has been
      sitting in your wallet and use it at Chi Rho Press!
      Just call, fax, e-mail, or go to the Web site and make
      your purchases using your Discover card.

      Of course, we also accept Visa, MasterCard, and American

      And lest there be any confusion, you can always pay by
      check or money order (and even cash, though we don't
      recommend sending cash through the mail). You can use
      the Web site to figure out how much your order will be,
      then send us your check or money order for that amount,
      along with what you are ordering and your mailing address,
      and we will ship your order upon receipt of your payment.
      If you don't want to bother with figuring out the cost,
      just e-mail me with what you would like and I will do it
      for you.


      This has been an odd winter in the Washington, DC area,
      with almost no snow and not that many cold days. The
      temperatures are rising to the 70s again this week and
      the weather is lovely. As we move on toward Easter at
      the end of this month, I hope that Lent is a time of
      reflection and renewal for you.

      Thanks for being a part of this ministry and thanks for
      your support!


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      suggestions, your assistance with selling our books,
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      prayers for this ministry.

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