Chi Rho Connection, Vol. III, No. 11
CHI RHO CONNECTION
The Chi Rho Press eNewsletter
Vol. III, No. 11
28 June 2002
1. Adam's Birthday Celebration!
2. E-mail Bag
4. Featured Book: Come Home!
5. Two Brothers A Parable
6. Adam's Last Word
'But the wisdom which is from heaven is first holy,
then gentle, readily giving way in argument, full of
peace and mercy and good works, not doubting, not
seeming other than it is.'
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1. Adam's Birthday Celebration!
Chi Rho Press founder and director, Adam DeBaugh turned
55 on June 23.
If you would like to help celebrate or to honor Adam on
his birthday, the board and staff of Chi Rho Press
invite you to make a contribution to this ministry in
All contributions are fully tax deductible. May we
suggest a $55.00 contribution in honor of Adam's 55
Just send your check or money order, made out to Chi
Rho Press with the notation, 'Adam's Birthday' in the
memo line, to Chi Rho Press, P.O. Box 7864, Gaithersburg,
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All contributions in honor of Adam's birthday will be
used for the ministry of Chi Rho Press.
2. E-mail Bag
Occasionally we get e-mail or letters that are especially
gratifying. This one is from a faithful subscriber named
Richard and arrived today in response to this week's Chi
Adam and Chi Rho Press Friends,
This week's meditation and prayer spoke directly to my
own personal condition and was such a blessing to me.
God uses you in wonderful and healing ways. Blessings
on your continuing ministry to us and, by extension, to
the whole people of God. Richard
Many thanks, Richard. It is affirmations like this that
keep us involved in this ministry. We are especially
pleased that this week's Reflection spoke so directly
to your heart.
The Chi Rho Reflections are sent to our subscribers at
the beginning of each week and includes a selection from
that week's meditations from 'The Road to Emmaus,' a book
of daily Gospel readings and devotions written by and the
LGBT community of faith.
'The Road to Emmaus' is available on our web site at
are available at a reduced price of $9.95 each ($7.50 each
for six or more copies), plus shipping and handling.
We occasionally run a column called FYI, which discusses
aspects of publishing and the business of Chi Rho Press.
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4. Featured Book: Come Home!
'Come Home! Reclaiming Spirituality and Community as
Gay Men and Lesbians,' second edition, by Chris Glaser.
first published in 1990 by HarperCollins, the second
edition was published in 1998 by Chi Rho Press with the
addition of five new chapters to the original 20.
'Come Home!' is perhaps Chris Glaser's best book. It is
divided into five sections, each with five chapters.
The five sections are entitled, 'Welcoming God's
Acceptance,' 'Receiving Our Inheritance,' 'Discerning Our
Call,' 'Making Our Witness,' and 'Declaring Our Vision.'
Bishop John Shelby Spong called 'Come Home!' 'powerful,
sensitive, and provocative. . . . Glaser stands inside
his own humanity as a gay male and hears the word of God
through the Bible. Christians, gay and straight, need
this book if we are to be the body of Christ.'
This is a brilliant and important book by perhaps the
best-known Gay Christian writer in the U.S. today.
The Rev. Carter Heyward called 'Come Home!' 'an
enthusiastic compelling testimony to the power of faith
in the lives of many gay and lesbian Christians.'
Virginia Ramey Mollenkott said, 'If courage, honesty,
and insight are beautiful, then this is one beautiful
book. . . . I rejoice that in this book all the gay
men and lesbian women who have been robbed of their
spirituality are issued an urgent invitation: Come home!'
'Come Home!' by Chris Glaser offers a vision of faith,
hope, and affirmation inviting gay men and lesbians to
come home to their spirituality through Christian faith
and community. Order your copy today!
'Come Home!' is available for $19.95 each, $14.95 each
for six or more copies, plus shipping and handling.
5. Two Brothers A Parable
(Author unknown, received via the Internet. Especially
Once upon a time two brothers who lived on adjoining
farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift
in 40 years of farming side by side, sharing machinery,
and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch.
Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with
a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major
difference, and finally it exploded into an exchange of
bitter words followed by weeks of silence.
One morning there was a knock on John's door. He opened
it to find a man with a carpenter's toolbox. 'I'm looking
for a few days work,' he said. 'Perhaps you would have a
few small jobs here and there I could help with? Could
I help you?'
'Yes,' said the older brother. 'I do have a job for you.
Look across the creek at that farm. That's my neighbor,
in fact, it's my younger brother. Last week there was a
meadow between us and he took his bulldozer to the river
levee and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may
have done this to spite me, but I'll go him one better.
See that pile of lumber by the barn? I want you to build
me a fence, an 8-foot fence, so I won't need to see his
place or his face anymore.'
The carpenter said, 'I think I understand the situation.
Show me the nails and the post-hole digger and I'll be
able to do a job that pleases you.'
The older brother had to go to town, so he helped the
carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off
for the day. The carpenter worked hard all that day
measuring, sawing, nailing. About sunset when the farmer
returned, the carpenter had just finished his job.
The farmer's eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped. There
was no fence there at all. It was a bridge, a bridge
stretching from one side of the creek to the other! A
fine piece of work, handrails and all and the neighbor,
his younger brother, was coming across, his hand
outstretched. 'You are quite a fellow to build this
bridge after all I've said and done.'
The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and
then they met in the middle, taking each other's hand.
They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox on
'No, wait! Stay a few days. I've a lot of other projects
for you,' said the older brother.
'I'd love to stay on,' the carpenter said, 'but I have
many more bridges to build.'
6. Adam's Last Word
My birthday passed with appropriate fanfare and
celebration. June 23 was a beautiful day and I was
honored to be able to present the second of two stained
glass windows I made to my home church, Holy Redeemer
MCC, in College Park, MD. This window has taken a long
time to complete, unfortunately. Working a full time
secular job and my work with the Press, makes my stained
glass work feel like a third job some times, and I do
not always have the time I need. But the window is
finished and installed. (Work has already begun on the
This new finished window is the Communion Window (the
first was the Holy Spirit Window). I am donating the
designs and my labor to the church for these four windows
and church members have contributed money to cover most
of the cost of supplies (glass, copper foil, solder, and
The Communion Window is especially poignant for me because
Mr. Jim Plankenhorn endowed it in memory of his spouse,
the late Rev. Larry Uhrig. Larry was a dear friend of
mine and my pastor for a long time. He was pastor of
MCC Washington, DC for many years and was one of MCC's
Come visit Holy Redeemer MCC, at 4907 Niagara Road, Suite
102, College Park, MD 20740-1100; 301-982-5775, or visit
their Website at http://www.holy-redeemer-mcc.org See
the windows, but more importantly visit a wonderful,
loving, friendly, Christ-centered, and growing congregation.
Our Pastor is the Rev. Clay Witt.
My body is falling apart! Three weeks ago I slipped on a
manuscript I had cleverly left on the stairs while
carrying a laundry basket down to the first floor. I
fractured my coccyx, for which they can do nothing but
give me meds for pain and inflammation. (No jokes,
please, about my butt being in a sling!)
My birthday weekend was marred somewhat by a major
toothache, for which more meds (a heavy-duty antibiotic
and more pain meds) were prescribed. I had to miss a
wonderful hike at Great Falls, organized by my friend
Chris at Holy Redeemer MCC.
When I look in the mirror each morning, I notice that
the gray in my hair is slowly winning the struggle to
overtake the black. <sigh>
But, my dear friend Bill scolded me a few years ago
when I complained about getting older. Living in the
era of HIV, Bill said, gave us no right to complain
about growing older. Considering all the talented,
wonderful people who never got the chance to be 50, we
should gratefully cherish every day, week, month, and
year that passes. We should praise God that our aches,
pains, little accidents, and even the gray hairs, and
that they are not much worse or symptoms of a truly
severe, life threatening illness.
Bill is right, of course, and I thank God daily for my
life, my ministry, my work, and my health. And for the
opportunity to live in a remarkable time in the life of
And I thank God for you, our faithful readers. Thanks
for being part of this ministry!
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