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Chi Rho Connection, Vol. IV, No. 11

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    ************************* CHI RHO CONNECTION The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press, Your LGBT Christian Publishing House Vol. IV, No. 11 15 June 2003
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      The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
      Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
      Vol. IV, No. 11
      15 June 2003


      1. Web Site Milestone!
      2. A New Printing of "My Memory Book"
      3. Featured Book: "The Road to Emmaus"
      4. Become a Guardian Angel
      5. Sanctoral Cycle
      6. Adam's Last Word


      This Issue's Quote:

      The right to be heard does not automatically include
      the right to be taken seriously.
      -- Hubert Humphrey


      Welcome once again to the Chi Rho Connection, the
      electronic newsletter of Chi Rho Press. Thank you
      for passing this Chi Rho Connection on to others.

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      1. Web Site Milestone!

      We have had our 10,000th visitor to the Chi Rho Press
      Web site at http://www.ChiRhoPress.com This is since
      we started the site in August 2000. I want to give a
      prize to the 10,000th visitor, but it turned out to be

      Every Saturday morning, I go onto the Web site to check
      that things are working right and to look at the counter.
      Imagine my shock when I saw the counter say 10,000!

      It would be unseemly to give myself a prize, so I decided
      to simply share this milestone with our faithful readers.
      Thanks for helping us reach this big step. Ten thousand
      visitors to a specialized Web site like ours is a big
      milestone and we are proud to have reached it.

      Perhaps you all can help us meet our next 10,000 more

      Come visit us at http://www.ChiRhoPress.com


      2. A New Printing of "My Memory Book"

      We are very pleased to announce to the young and the
      young-at-heart a third printing of "My Memory Book: A
      Journal for Grieving Children, Second Edition" by
      Gretchen Gaines-Lane, LCSW-C. Please visit
      to read about the book and to order your copy.

      Though created for children by a children's grief and
      bereavement specialist, many adults are using "My Memory
      Book" to create memorials for loved ones who have died.
      Like a panel in the AIDS quilt, a copy of "My Memory Book"
      can become an important part of the grief process after
      losing a beloved friend or relative.

      "I love this workbook for children of all ages," says
      Patricia Kelly, co-author of "Final Gifts" and a
      consultant in the Washington, D.C. area. "This is a
      book to treasure."

      The unique genius of this book is that it is wonderful
      for anyone to use, regardless of age. "My Memory Book"
      provides enough exercises for readers of any age to
      return to it again and again to celebrate the life of
      one recently lost and of their life together. The book
      also includes a special section in the back for readers
      to design their own exercises.

      "My Memory Book" is available from Chi Rho Press for
      $10.95 each, $8.95 each for six or more copies, plus
      shipping and handling. Order it at


      3. Featured Book: "The Road to Emmaus"

      "The Road to Emmaus: Daily Encounters with the Risen
      Christ," is an inclusive devotional edited by Joseph W.

      "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 reflection.

      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

      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, the
      late Joseph Houle, Virginia Miles, Fr. Robert Nugent, Jack
      Pantaleo, the Rev. Dusty Pruitt, the Rev. Andy Sidden, and
      the late Rev. Larry Uhrig.

      Faithful readers of this list-serve will know that "The
      Road to Emmaus" is currently the source of the Chi Rho
      Reflection, which is sent out every Sunday.

      "The Road to Emmaus" is available at $9.95 each plus
      shipping and handling. Six of more copies are $7.50 each.
      Order on our Web site at


      4. Become a Guardian Angel

      We have recently added a number of new Guardian Angels
      to our growing list of partners in the ministry of Chi
      Rho Press.

      All contributions to Chi Rho Press are fully tax
      deductible. If you are able to make a financial gift to
      this ministry, we would welcome your support. Gifts and
      contributions of any size are welcome and appreciated!

      Our Guardian Angel Individual Sponsors program starts
      with a minimum gift of $150 a year and our Guardian
      Angels receive discounts on Press publications, free
      gifts during the year, and special other perks.

      You may contribute on line, paying with your credit
      card at http://www.chirhopress.com/sponsor.html or send
      your check or money order to Chi Rho Press, P.O. Box 7864,
      Gaithersburg, MD 20898.

      Thanks for your support!


      5. Sanctoral Cycle

      As a regular feature in the Chi Rho Connection, we
      are offering up traditional and modern saints and various
      holy days and holidays listed in the 2003 Liturgical
      Calendar and Lectionary from today until our next
      scheduled electronic newsletter.


      Sunday, June 15. Father's Day (U.S.A., United Kingdom).
      Many churches honor and recognize fathers on this day.
      Care should be given that fathers of all kinds are
      included equally: foster, adoptive, grandfathers,
      partners of men with children, and those who take a
      fathering role in a child's life.

      Saturday, June 21. First Day of Summer (Northern
      Hemisphere). Summer solstice is an important
      celebration for Wiccans. Fires are lit to honor the
      sun and the bounty of nature.

      Saturday, June 21. First Nations Day (Canada).
      Held at the Summer solstice, this is the most sacred
      day among Indian, Metis, and Inuit peoples. Community
      feasts are held.

      Tuesday, June 24. St. Jean Baptiste (Qu├ębec, Canada).

      Wednesday, June 25. Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929).
      Indian Christian mystic. Sundar Singh came from a
      wealthy family in northern India, which followed the
      Sikh faith. As a teenager he had a mystical vision
      of Christ addressing him in Hindustani. For becoming
      a Christian he was turned out into the streets. He
      wore the robes of an Indian holy man, wandering across
      the country preaching the Gospel. He often taught in
      parables, and like Jesus attracted large crowds. He
      saw in Jesus a model for bridging the spiritual wisdom
      of the East and West.

      Friday, June 27. Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
      This day in 1969 marks the 'official' beginning of the
      modern movement for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and
      transgendered rights. Tired of taking routine abuse
      from the police, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a
      local gay bar in New York City, decided to fight back.
      Led largely by drag queens, they started a series of
      riots that sparked a powder keg of pent-up anger,
      leading to an awakening of pride and self-determination.

      Sunday, June 29. Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles. Peter
      and Paul figured as the most significant leaders in the
      early "Jesus Movement." Peter was a common fisherman
      known for being quite impetuous. Jesus gave him the
      nickname of "rock," which by Catholic tradition led to
      his becoming the first Pope. He led the early church
      in Jerusalem, and eventually ended up in Rome where he
      was crucified upside down. Paul, on the other hand,
      was not one of Jesus' original followers. A Pharisee
      trained in the Law, he helped persecute the first
      Christians. After his conversion he was primarily
      responsible for spreading the faith to Gentiles across
      the Roman Empire. He wrote the first books of the
      Christian Scriptures as letters to churches he founded.
      He and Peter often did not get along. Ironically, Paul
      also ended up in Rome, and was martyred about the same
      time as Peter.

      Tuesday, July 1. Canada Day (Canada)

      Friday, July 4. Independence Day (U.S.A.). Federal


      Order the full 2003 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary,
      complete with the entire year's Sanctoral Cycle, at,


      6. Adam's Last Word:

      Tomorrow I start a new job at my secular work. I got a
      promotion! Yeah! Focusing on a specific contract with
      the National Cancer Institute, I am the new Project
      Administrator, and am pretty excited about it.

      A week from Monday is my birthday. <sigh> Gifts are
      always welcome! Actually just go on the Web site and
      buy a book or a piece of stained glass or something.
      That would be a wonderful gift for me, honest! And
      hopefully it would be good for you too!


      Our Remainder Table continues to be a very popular way
      for our customers to obtain copies of five of our most
      popular books are greatly reduced savings.

      Find it at http://www.chirhopress.com/products/remainders.html.


      Craig Arnold is traveling in Ireland now for a couple of
      weeks, but before he left he showed me his concept painting
      for cover art work for the Rev. Dr. Sandy Bochonok's book
      of daily devotions, Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
      Time. I think you will like the art work, and we will be
      posting it on the Web site after Craig's return and when
      the three of us have all agreed on it's final form.

      You can see Craig's first cover art work on "My Memory Book!"


      We are out of Spiritual Journey essays, so this notice
      is especially important:

      WRITERS! I know you are out there! I need your
      500-word faith stories. Please contribute to our
      series of faith stories, 'The Journey is Our Home:'
      Sharing Our Faith Journeys. Our readers would like
      to read about your experiences of faith. Won't you
      please write up even a small part of your journey
      of faith and submit it to us? Just send your faith
      story to Adam@.... You will be blessed
      by the exercise, just as you are a blessing to others.
      Thank you!


      R. Adam DeBaugh, Director, Adam@....


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