Chi Rho Connection, Vol. III, No. 17
CHI RHO CONNECTION
The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
Vol. III, No. 17
4 December 2002
1. 'The Journey is Our Home:' Sharing Our Faith
Journeys, by Chris Hubble
2. 'Together In Love' now in stock
3. Do Your Christmas Shopping at www.ChiRhoPress.com,
Special Offer on Shipping
4. 2003 Liturgical Calendar Published
5. Adam's Last Word:
If you want things to be different perhaps the
answer is to become different yourself.
-- Norman Vincent Peale
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1. 'The Journey is Our Home:' Sharing Our Faith
Journeys, by Christopher A. Hubble
The Chi Rho Connection is pleased to continue its
series in which people tell about their faith journeys.
To continue 'The Journey is Our Home' series, we have
called upon Christopher A. Hubble, of Boulder, Colorado,
USA. Chris is the author of 'Lord Given Lovers,' the
story of David and Jonathan, to be published next year
by Chi Rho Press
We hope you are blessed by the spiritual insights found
Here is Chris' story of faith, 'The Lighter Burden.'
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I grew up in Boulder, Colorado during the post-Vietnam
seventies and the 'New Wave' eighties. I vividly
remember the star of lights that adorned the foothills
above the city every Christmas. In November 1979,
when I was eight, Iranian students stormed the
American embassy in Tehran. The star above Boulder
remained lit until the hostages came home. It became
a symbol of hope and stability in a confusing world.
After the hostages returned, I closely identified with
the resurgent nationalism that accompanied Ronald
Reagan's tenure in the White House.
I missed the mark many other ways during my adolescence
and early adulthood. In 1989, I matriculated at Rice
University in Houston, Texas. Drunk with the hubris
of youth, I saw no need for God. The apparent
omnipotence of personal ambition was all I needed.
My newly discovered obsession to become an officer
in the United States Marine Corps fueled my self-
absorbed drive for success.
I also started drinking during college. Six and a
half years later, while stationed on Okinawa, chronic
alcoholism landed me on a psychiatric ward.
Fortunately, I was able to admit my problem and I
began the journey to sobriety. This journey led
me to a sponsor in Alcoholics Anonymous who
introduced me to Jesus for the first time (I had
been raised Catholic but hadn't yet learned what
it meant to be Christian). Eventually, I renounced
Catholicism. No one, not even the Pope in Rome,
had the right to tell anyone else how to listen to
the voice of God speaking in their heart.
Unfortunately, I waited another five years before
I heeded that voice in my own heart and came out
of the closet.
When, several years ago, I finally did come out,
I was an emotional mess. I had to resolve a crucial
dilemma: did coming out mean I was abandoning God
again? I thought God hated gays! My sobriety was
dependent on my relationship with God. Did coming
out mean I was going to drink again? Fortunately, I
discovered the story of David and Jonathan in 1 and
2 Samuel. The discovery that these two important
figures of Israel's history shared a loving, intimate
partnership transformed my life. David and Jonathan
have become my new stars of hope and stability.
Today, I know what God's vision is for me: tell the
story of David and Jonathan to my fellow Queers. I
also recently graduated from massage school and now am
blessed with the daily opportunity to minister to the
needs of others; I work to relieve their suffering and
facilitate their healing. These are demanding missions.
But God gives me all the courage and strength I need.
Jesus said, 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must
deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow
Me' (Luke 9:23). I'm grateful, today, that I found my
cross. It really is the lighter burden.
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2. 'Together In Love' now in stock!
The new anthology by Roberta Showalter Kreider, who
compiled 'From Wounded Hearts' for Chi Rho Press, is
now in stock.
'Together in Love: Faith Stories of Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual, and Transgender Couples' is an anthology of
LGBT couples, telling their stories of their faith
journeys as people in non-traditional relationships.
'Together in Love' has a foreword by psychiatrist Elsie
Enns Steelberg, is 360 pages, and contains 26 stories
by LGBT couples. It also includes other stories, poems,
and a father's message to the church.
Roberta Kreider compiled 'From Wounded Hearts: Faith
Stories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered
People and Those Who Love Them,' published by Chi Rho
Press in 1998. Now, with 'Together in Love,' Roberta
has put together another impressive anthology of LGBT
people of faith telling their stories.
Roberta Kreider writes, 'To truly embrace all of God's
creation as good and worthy of respect and love is the
most freeing experience I know. Never again do I want
to judge another person by skin color, status in life,
gender, sexual orientation, religion, or by what those
in authority determine for me. I am experiencing in a
much deeper way than ever before God's unfathomable heart
of love for me. May this also be true in your experience.'
From 'A Personal Message to Our Readers,' Roberta Kreider's
introduction to 'Together In Love.'
See 'Together In Love' on our Web site at
http://www.chirhopress.com/products/gayandchristian.html - Kreider
'Together In Love' is $24.00 each, $18.00 each for six
or more copies, plus shipping and handling.
3. Do Your Christmas Shopping at ChiRhoPress.com!
Like it or not, the holiday shopping season has begun.
What if we could point you to a store which is open
24 hours a day, seven days a week; where you can shop
in your pajamas if you want; where you can buy books,
stained glass, and even stocking stuffers; and where
shipping is free for orders over $100! Of course, we
are talking about our own Web page, http://www.ChiRhoPress.com
Books make great gifts! Titles such as Steps to
Recovery from Bible Abuse, The Bible and Homosexuality,
Come Home!, Called OUT!, Positively Gay, My Memory Book,
the new 2003 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary, and the
new Together in Love (compiled by Roberta Kreider, see
the previous article) are all available and ready to
ship. Plus we have five different stained glass
designs, rainbow key chains and bracelets, and more!
As a special incentive, shipping and handling will be
waived if your order totals $100 or more! Yes, that's
right, shipping is free for orders over $100.
Come shop at Chi Rho Press!
4. 2003 Liturgical Calendar Published!
'A Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary, Year B, December
2002 through November 2003,' compiled by Dr. David Kerr
Park. Spiral bound, 8 ½" x 11", 78 pages. $9.95 each,
six or more copies for $7.95 each, plus shipping and
handling. Now available on our Web site at
Chi Rho Press is pleased to announce a brand new
Liturgical Calendar for the coming church year. Our
newly designed Liturgical Calendar is packed with
useful information for planning worship and preaching
in the local church for each Sunday and Holy Day of
the Church Year. It is intended for use by pastors,
musicians, altar guilds, teachers, theological
students, and anyone using the Church Year as a
basis for worship or education. The Liturgical
Calendar is spiral bound so it can lie flat for
easy use, in a new, larger 8 ½" x 11" format.
Order your copy of the 2003 Liturgical Calendar today!
$9.95 each, six or more copies for $7.95 each.
5. Adam's Last Word
I am sorry for the delay in getting this issue of the
Chi Rho Connection to you.
Thanksgiving weekend in New York City was wonderful! It
was four days filled with good food, good friends, and
good worship. I was able to spend some excellent time
with my friends James and Chris. After watching the
Macy Day Parade and a fun train ride to Queens, I had
a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with the Rev. Reg
Richburg and Su Chin, Reg's mother, and their friend
Eve (I finally found my Eve!). Friday evening Reg, Su,
Eve, and I went to Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in
NYC for a wonderful service celebrating not only the
Sabbath, but the first night of Hanukkah and World
Saturday featured dim sum in Queens and the new Harry
Potter movie. (I am totally devoted to Harry Potter
and J. K. Rowling. Any author who can inspire kids to
read is a true hero to me!) On Sunday I went to MCC
New York for the morning service and set up our
traveling bookstore. The Rev. Pat Bumgardner preached
a wonderful sermon, and I was privileged to have brunch
with Pat and some wonderful women from the church.
Then I was on the road for the long trip home.
It was a wonderful weekend of fellowship and some
work, with time with a variety of inspiring people
of faith. I was able to spend a lot of time reflecting
on all I have to be thankful for and praising God.
We want to remind you all of our call for submissions.
We continue to look for 500 word essays for our regular
feature, 'The Journey is our Home:' Sharing our Faith
Journeys, as well as book reviews, inspirational
stories, favorite links, and your letters, suggestions,
We are excited about our new shipping and handling
policy, put in place for the holidays. For orders of
$100 or more, shipping will be free! Buy four copies
of Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse and one other
small item and the shipping is free!
Buy one copy each of Positively Gay, Steps to Recovery
from Bible Abuse, Come Home!, The Bible and Homosexuality,
Called OUT, The Road to Emmaus, and Together in Love and
the shipping is free!
Buy six pieces of stained glass and the shipping is free!
Well, you get the idea. Shipping is free for orders of
$100 or more from now through the holiday season. Just
our way of helping you do more of your Christmas shopping
at www.ChiRhoPress.com and to wish you Happy Holidays!
Our new Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary tells me
that Advent is upon us, the beginning of a new church
year. As we move from Thanksgiving (for those of us in
the United States) and on into the four week period of
preparation for the Advent or Coming of Jesus Christ
on Christ's Mass, or Christmas.
I am thankful for relative good health, a snug home, a
good secular job, friends and family, and my church
home. I am thankful for Chi Rho Press, this amazing
ministry, and our authors, investors, board of
directors, volunteers, contributors, and customers.
I am thankful for the opportunity to be involved in
this ministry and to work with so many amazing people
of faith. I am thankful for the faith stories we are
receiving from all over the world for our series, 'The
Journey is Our Home.' And finally, I am thankful for
YOU, our faithful readers, supporters, and friends.
As we are in the Advent season, preparing for Christmas,
I hope that you will shop for at least some of your
holiday gifts at www.ChiRhoPress.com. Also, I hope
you are moved to make a special gift to the ministry
of Chi Rho Press. You can contribute on line as well
as by check or money order to our postal address. Your
support will enable this ministry to continue and
Many thanks and God bless you all!
R. Adam DeBaugh, Director, Adam@....
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