CHI RHO CONNECTION
The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
Vol. IV, No. 2
3 February 2003
1. A DC Judge's Comments
2. "For Another Flock"
3. "2003 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary"
4. "Together in Love"
5. "Family Stories" Video
6. Old Favorites
7. Sanctoral Cycle
8. Adam's Last Word:
A list serve we are on recently discussed the question
of whether being gay has influenced one's faith. One
of the best responses came from the Rev. Robert T.
Fuentes of the Holy Family Old Catholic Church.
"I suppose the only way for me to answer is to say
this, being gay has influenced how I live out my
Christianity, and being Christian has influenced how
I live out my being gay."
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1. A DC Judge's Comments
Instead of our usual first feature, 'The Journey is
our Home:' Sharing our Faith Journeys, we wanted to
share a brief quote from the judge at the trial of
the Soulforce Catholic Three.
By now most of you have probably heard about the three
Roman Catholics who were denied the Eucharist (Holy
Communion) at the Basilica of the Shrine of the
Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC by a priest
who assumed that since they were in Washington for
the Soulforce vigil at the National Catholic Bishops
meeting, they were at the Mass to protest. In fact,
of course, they were at Mass to worship. The three,
joined by many Soulforce supporters, went to the
hotel where the Bishops were meeting, and knelt with
hands outstretched as the Bishops left a meeting,
seeking one 'Prince of the Church' who would give them
Instead they were arrested. At their trial, they were
found guilty, but the judge, herself a Roman Catholic,
imposed a minimum fine, gave them no jail time (they
had already spent 30 hours in jail after their arrest),
and declined to forbid them from ever going back to
the hotel in order to engage in peaceful protest. And
she had this to say,
"Terrible violence was done to you when the Body of
Christ was denied to you," said Judge Mildred Edwards,
who also ordered the defendants to each pay $50 to the
Victims of Violent Crimes Compensation Fund.
"You are in solidarity with all victims of violence,"
Judge Edwards continued as she addressed the three
defendants. "I am terribly sorry for what happened to
you. As a member of the (Roman Catholic) church, I ask
you to forgive our church. There is no way I am going
to order you away from the Hyatt. You can engage in
peaceful demonstration as long as it is law-abiding.
Go in peace."
It is significant that Judge Edwards concluded her
remarks with the words traditionally said by the
priest-celebrant at the end of the Eucharist.
Wonderfully, it was a jurist who happens to be a
Roman Catholic woman of faith who ministered to the
Soulforce Catholic Three.
Detroit Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
testified at the trial for the defendants and in
support of the Soulforce Catholic Three.
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2. "For Another Flock"
Chi Rho Press is pleased to announce the publication of
"For Another Flock: Rainbow Meditations and Study Guide
for Lent," by Jeffrey Lea. ($10.95 each, $8.95 each for
six or more copies, plus shipping and handling.) View
it on our Web site at
Written out of the deep faith and learning of a gay
practicing Roman Catholic and from a Catholic
perspective, "For Another Flock" includes daily
meditations for all the days of Lent and Holy Week,
beginning with Ash Wednesday (which this year is March
5), and ending with Easter Sunday (April 20, 2003).
Scripture readings are provided for every day in Lent
and Holy Week followed by a reflection from a uniquely
gay and Catholic point of view and a prayer.
Following the daily meditations is a seven-week Lenten
Bible Study Guide. Jeff Lea's introduction explores
Lent as a penitential season, discussing penance and
repentance. Each weekly Bible Study starts with a
Gospel reading. There is a Lenten theme for each of
the seven sessions.
Week One is "An Ash Wednesday Ritual and Discussion of
the Nature of Penance." Week Two is "The Nature of
Temptation." Week Three is "The Meaning of Sin in our
Lives." Week Four is "Faithfulness and Homosexuality."
Week Five is "The Joy of Being Gay." Week Six is "The
Meaning of Judgement." And the concluding session is
"The Last Supper and the Mandatum" (New Commandment).
Seven Appendices conclude the book: Solemnities and
Feasts in Lent, Lectionary Cycle Calendar, The Books
of the Old Testament of the Various Biblical Traditions,
Small Group Study Guidelines, an Ash Wednesday Liturgy,
a Maundy Thursday Liturgy, and a Bibliography.
Jeff Lea writes, "Far too many gay women and men continue
to view the primary Christian scripture, the Holy Bible,
as a document hostile to people whose expression of
intimate love is homosexual. Nothing can be further
from the truth. While the Bible does condemn the
ritualistic abuse of human sexuality it does not ever
express a view of same-sex love as an abomination. In
fact it affirms it in the love story of Jonathan and
"The Bible's primary message is Love. To love God,
ourselves, and each other as God has loved us. The
Bible is not a handbook on how to hate sin. It is a
transcript of the ongoing love story between God and
the people of God.
"Lent is the primary renewing and penitential season
of the Church year. It is the time of personal
examination and purification before we enter into the
Paschal mystery on Easter Sunday. We are at the door
to salvation during this time. Gay people are also at
that door and we too have an experience of conversion
and faith. These meditations present the point of view
of a gay male Christian exploring the liminal experience
of coming out gay, coming out Christian, and discovering
affirmation in the Bible. The book provides both a
daily meditation on the scriptural readings for Lent,
and a seven-week group study that explores penance from
a positive gay perspective."
"For Another Flock: Rainbow Meditations and Study Guide
for Lent" is spiral bound, 5 ½" x 8 ½", 104 pages, and
sells for $10.95 each, $8.95 each for six or more
copies, plus shipping and handling. You may find
it on our Web page at
3. "2003 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary"
"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. Web site link,
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.
Featured in this new Liturgical Calendar are these
sections: Celebrations that may be featured on a given
Sunday, or alternate ways of naming a day in the
Liturgical Calendar. Next are Visual Elements,
including the standard color for the day (based on
modern ecumenical consensus), alternative colors,
commonly used symbols, and other creative suggestions.
Then the Revised Common Lectionary readings, including
a brief summary of each reading. The First Reading is
usually from the Hebrew Scriptures, but there are
exceptions, such as the use of readings from Acts
during the Easter season. These are sometimes
selected thematically to fit the Liturgical Calendar,
but often are simply being read through key passages
over a series of weeks. This is followed by a Psalm
or a Canticle. The Second Reading is next, usually
from the Epistles, like the First Reading typically
a series of key passages from the same book being
read over a number of weeks. Finally the Gospel
Reading follows the story of Jesus through the
Christmas and Easter cycles, plus the teachings of
Jesus the rest of the year.
On many Sundays there is a section of Alternative
Readings, some from the Revised Common Lectionary
and others are based on the suggestions of other
writers seeking to better balance the place of women
in the Lectionary or address other concerns. All
the Alternative Readings are from the Bible.
Finally comes Liturgical Notes, which includes a
Calendar for the week, Suggestions for that day,
and an empty space for your own Planning notes.
The calendar includes a new Sanctoral Cycle (the
list of saint's days), days from the secular
calendar, both official holidays and other days
that mark people's lives, as well as days from
other faith traditions.
A word about the new Sanctoral Cycle, a major
element of the calendar for each week includes
remembering the lives and deaths of those who have
gone before us. This is traditionally called the
Sanctoral Cycle (or list of saint's days). The list
used in this resource, however, was developed for
use in GLBT congregations to reflect the particular
needs we have for modern spiritual models.
This list is designed intentionally to be more
reflective of the faith and contributions of women
(Fanny Crosby, Julian of Norwich), lay persons
(Dorothy Day, Henry David Thoreau), ethnic minorities
(Sojourner Truth, Seattle), non-Europeans (Oscar
Romero), Protestants (Martin Luther, Soren
Kierkegaard), and especially modern examples we
can better relate to (Mother Teresa, Anne Frank).
This is an inclusive, contemporary Sanctoral Cycle
that can be used in practical ways in a gay and
Saints Days from the "2003 Liturgical Calendar and
Lectionary" for the next couple of weeks are found
in a new Chi Rho Connection feature in article 7, below.
A core of historical and Biblical names that are
still meaningful today have been retained (Mary the
Mother of Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi). Then others
not usually represented have been added, such as
persons of other faith traditions through whom the
light of Truth has also shown (Rabbi Abraham Heschel,
Gandhi), or artists and musicians (Michaelangelo,
Bach). In selecting contemporary examples Dr. Park
has emphasized persons who stood for inclusiveness,
justice, and spiritual diversity (Martin Luther King,
Clarence Jordan). Many gay and lesbian 'saints' are
included as well (Dag Hammarskjold, St. Aelred, Sts.
Sergius and Bacchus) and martyrs (Matthew Shepherd,
Harvey Milk) because it is important for us to
reclaim our own heritage as spiritual leaders and
people of faith.
Order your copy of the 2003 Liturgical Calendar today!
$9.95 each, six or more copies for $7.95 each. You may
find it on our Web site at
4. "Together in Love"
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
"Together In Love" is $24.00 each, $18.00 each for six
or more copies, plus shipping and handling.
5. 'Family Stories' Video
We have a video in stock featuring Roberta Kreider
and Mary Lou Wallner, with an introduction by the Rev.
Peter J. Gomes. 'Family Stories: Journeys of Spirit in
Mixed Orientation Families' was produced by John Davis
and is available for $26.95, plus shipping and handling.
'Family Stories' presents the journeys of two women whose
lives have changed dramatically in working through issues
of sexuality and religion. The untimely deaths of family
members (one a gay brother, the other a lesbian daughter)
lead them to confront their feelings of confusion and
hypocrisy. They provide hope for families, as well as
religious and social organizations, by clearly
demonstrating how minds can and do change.
Roberta Kreider compiled and edited the book "From
Wounded Hearts: Faith Stories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
and Transgendered People and Those Who Love Them,"
which is currently out of print, and the new anthology,
"Together in Love: Faith Stories of Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual, and Transgender Couples" (see article 4).
She is a 74 year old, heterosexual Mennonite woman
living in rural Pennsylvania with her husband Harold,
a retired minister in the Mennonite church.
Mary Lou Wallner is an active member of Soulforce, and a
frequent speaker across the country. Mary Lou resides
in suburban Chicago with her husband Bob, and is
completing a book of coping tools for Christians who
learn of a gay or lesbian loved one in their family.
She is also an R.N. and runs a free HIV clinic.
The Rev. Peter J. Gomes is the author of "The Good Book:
Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart." He has served
as Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard
University and minister in The Memorial Church since 1974.
'Family Stories' is in VHS format, color, and 35 minutes,
and sells for $26.95, plus shipping and handling.
See it on our Web page at
6. Old Favorites
"Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse" by Dr. Rembert
Truluck will help you counteract fanatical, judgmental
Dr. Truluck has identified a lethal trend in the religious
Community, the tendency to be legalistic and judgmental
and to use the Bible as a weapon to hurt people rather than
a source of healing and love.
He concentrates on the Good News of the Bible, Good News
that is for everyone, not just heterosexual white men.
Too often LGBT commentators concentrate on defending
their position that the Bible doesn't really say anything
bad about homosexuality.
Dr. Truluck concentrates on those many passages of the Holy
Scripture, which speak words of love, understanding,
tolerance, and joy for God's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgendered people and those who love them. Dr. Truluck
proves that the Bible is our friend!
We invite you to take this journey with us! Buy "Steps
to Recovery from Bible Abuse" on the Chi Rho Press Web
"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.
This book 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, some
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 over ten 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
"Called OUT!" was compiled by the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr,
Kathryn Poethig, Selisse Berry, and Melinda McLain. In
it 39 LGBT Presbyterians tell their stories about their
lives in, and out of the Presbyterian Church. People from
both the old northern and southern churches, and the
reunited Presbyterian Church (USA), from all over the
United States, tell their stories here with candor, wit,
An important book for all who either are Lesbian or Gay
or would seek to understand Gay people of faith,
regardless of their religion. Now in its second
printing, "Called OUT!" has been called an incredibly
valuable book. Former Stated Clerk William P. Thompson
said "Presbyterians should read 'Called OUT' within the
"Called OUT!" is available from Chi Rho Press for
$17.95 each, six or more copies for $15.25 each. You
may order on our web site at http://www.chirhopress.com/products/gayandchristian.html#CalledOut.
"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
"Come Home!" is available for $19.95 each, $14.95 each
for six or more copies, plus shipping and handling.
See it on our Web site at
"The Road to Emmaus: Daily Encounters with the Risen
Christ," is an inclusive devotional edited by Joseph W.
Houle and published in 1989 by Emmaus House of Prayer.
Since the house of prayer ceased to exist, Chi Rho Press
has exclusive rights to distribute this wonderful book.
"The Road to Emmaus" is a valuable resource for those
who wish to balance the frenetic pace of modern life
with moments of recollection and spiritual refreshment.
There is a Gospel reading for each day of the year and
a meditation based upon it. Each meditation is a
gentle invitation to become attentive to the presence
of the Sacred in the ordinary circumstances of our lives
and to open our hearts to the risen Christ in quiet
As an inclusive devotional, "The Road to Emmaus" affirms
the goodness of all God's children -- the young and the
old; the male and the female; the lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgendered person; heterosexuals; the single,
coupled, and celibate; and people of all races, physical
ability, and education. Its underlying message is that
the Gospel is good news for all people.
If you seek a deeper walk with the risen Christ, the
daily meditations of "The Road to Emmaus" will speed
you on your way.
James B. Nelson writes, "Reading the devotions in The
Road to Emmaus made scriptural passages come alive for
me, often in new ways. Further, the writings prodded
me to examine my spirituality more honestly. And, most
importantly, they freshened my hope."
Contributors to "The Road to Emmaus" include the Rev.
Kathy Baker, the late Rev. Harold J. Burris, Adam
DeBaugh, Sarah Fershee, Sr. Jeannine Gramick, the
Rev. Louis Kavar, Virginia Miles, Fr. Robert Nugent,
Jack Pantaleo, the Rev. Dusty Pruitt, the Rev. Andy
Sidden, and the late Rev. Larry Uhrig.
"The Road to Emmaus" is available for $9.95 each
plus shipping and handling. See it on our Web site at
That is just a run-down of our currently most popular
books. We hope you will find something here at Chi Rho
Press that will enrich and empower your ministry.
Other books, handouts, and stained glass are also
available on our Web site, along with reviews, authors'
biographies, archived issues of the Chi Rho Connection,
and other information about Chi Rho Press. Please
7. Sanctoral Cycle
As a new regular feature in the Chi Rho Connection, we
are going to offer up traditional and modern saints
listed in the 2003 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary
from today until our next scheduled electronic
Mon. Feb. 3, St. Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167).
Cistercian abbot and patron saint of Integrity.
Aelred wrote freely of his feelings for his friends
and fellow monks. While it is not known if he had
any romantic relationships, it is clear that he was
strongly attracted to men. He had a very positive
attitude toward creation and humanity, and was
comfortable embracing his own feminine side. He
developed a theology of friendship, and is today the
patron saint of Integrity, a lesbian and gay
organization for Episcopalians. (He died on Jan.
12, however this date is used by his order.)
Tue. Feb. 4, Cornelius the Centurion. The story of
Cornelius is told in Acts 10 and 11. He was an
important military leader and a deeply religious
person who was interested in Judaism. His story
is significant in the growth of the early church
because he and his family were among the first
Gentile converts, thereby opening the door for the
message of Jesus to spread throughout the Roman
Empire. His story is significant for gay and
lesbian people because of Peter?s vision, which
led him to go to Caesarea and visit this Gentile
home. This vision led Peter to understand that,
despite the laws of Leviticus, there was a higher
law of love, "God has shown me that I should not
call anyone profane or unclean."
Sat. Feb. 8, Martin Buber, (1878-1965). Jewish
philosopher and theologian. Buber had a strong
impact in reminding Christianity of its Jewish
origins. He wrote that Jesus exemplified the
highest ethical and spiritual ideals of Judaism.
He was a champion of interfaith dialogue and
improved understanding between peoples. He was
influenced by the Hasidic movement in Eastern Europe.
He became a professor at Hebrew University in
Jerusalem, and believed that Jews and Arabs could
find a just way to live together.
Tue. Feb. 11, Fanny Jane Crosby, (1820-1915). Hymn
writer and musician. Though she went blind at six
weeks of age, Fanny Crosby became one of the most
prolific hymn writers in America. She eventually
wrote more than 8,000 hymns. A lifelong Methodist,
her hymns speak of a personal devotion to Christ.
Among those that have been deeply loved (especially
in Evangelical churches) include, "Blessed Assurance,"
"Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior," and "To God be the
Fri. Feb. 14, St. Valentine, (d. 269). Martyr.
Though long since removed from the lists of "official"
saints, Valentine's Day has been taken over by the
greeting card industry and become fixed in the popular
calendar of most people. Its seems to have its
origins in England, where it was noted that birds
began to pair and mate around the feast of St.
Valentine. The original Valentine was likely a
Christian priest in Rome who was beheaded for
refusing to renounce his faith. By giving his
heart to God, he really did show us the depth of
7. Adam's Last Word
Hello to all our friends and readers! Sales of our
newest book, "For Another Flock" have been good, along
with sales of the "2003 Liturgical Calendar" and
"Together in Love." It is gratifying to see our
newer titles going well. The excitement of first
time author Jeff Lea, who wrote "For Another Flock,"
is wonderful to experience! We thought it would be
a good idea to list our newest books (articles 2
through 5) and a list of our other favorite best sellers
We hope you also like the new feature in the Chi Rho
Connection, article 7, the Sanctoral Cycle.
The Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy shook us all up
Saturday. We pray for the dead astronauts, their
families, and all the people at NASA as they mourn
their loss. I still believe in the benefits space
program. Imagine if the USA was spending more money
on the space program than on our own weapons of mass
R. Adam DeBaugh, Director, Adam@...
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