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Chi Rho Connection, Vol. IV, No. 16

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  • Adam DeBaugh
    ************************* CHI RHO CONNECTION The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press, Your LGBT Christian Publishing House Vol. IV, No. 16 1 September 2003
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 4, 2003

      The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
      Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
      Vol. IV, No. 16
      1 September 2003


      1. Same Gender Marriage Around the World
      2. Let's Bring Back REAL Biblical Marriage!
      3. "My Memory Book"
      4. An Opportunity for Investment in Chi Rho Press
      5. Sanctoral Cycle
      6. Adam's Last Word


      This Issue's Quote:

      "The fact is that bigotry and ignorant legalistic
      judgmental abusive religion are a choice and not an
      orientation. We do not know what causes sexual
      orientation, but we know what causes bigotry.
      Ignorance! Sexual orientation is not a choice.
      Prejudice and hypocrisy are. GLBT people are not
      evil. Bigots are. Homosexuals are not an abomination
      to God. Hypocrites, homophobes, and bigots are!"
      Dr. Rembert Truluck, "Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse"


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      1. Same Gender Marriage Around the World

      Worldwide Geography of Laws Recognizing Homosexual
      Unions: A Tendency That Started in Scandinavia

      ROME, AUGUST 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The recent document
      published by the Vatican concerning homosexual unions
      responds to laws approved on this matter in countries
      around the world or of draft laws currently under study.

      The following is a summary of such laws as found in
      countries throughout the world.

      Scandinavia: Denmark was the first Nordic country
      (1989) which allowed the registration of the civil
      union of two persons of the same sex. Norway (1993),
      Sweden (1994), Iceland (1996), and Finland (2002) then
      adopted this decision. Homosexual couples have the
      same rights as married heterosexual couples, but they
      cannot adopt a child or take recourse to artificial
      insemination, with the exception of in Sweden, where
      adoptions have been possible since 2002.

      France: Since October of 1999, according to the law
      regulating civil unions (PACS), homosexual couples
      benefit from fiscal (joint tax returns, rights of
      inheritance), and social (work permits, housing)
      dispositions just like married couples.

      Canada: Homosexual couples are recognized since April
      of 2000 in the Province of Ontario. A draft law on
      homosexual "matrimony" is currently being debated.

      Germany: Since August of 2001, a "contract of common
      life" gives similar rights to homosexual couples as
      those of matrimony, although it does not grant the
      fiscal regime proper to married heterosexual couples
      nor the possibility to adopt children.

      Belgium: Since June of 2003, the law authorizes
      homosexual "matrimony" with the same rights as
      heterosexual matrimony, with the exception of

      Croatia: Since July 2003, homosexual couples have the
      same rights as heterosexual couples who live in free

      Great Britain: A "civil union" draft for England and
      Wales was published by the government on June 30. This
      new juridical statute would give homosexual couples the
      rights of the heterosexual. It must be submitted to
      Parliament before the end of the year.

      Italy: Since 1998, the cities of Pisa and Florence have
      opened a Registry of homosexual unions.

      Switzerland: The cantons of Zurich and Geneva have
      adopted a "civil pact of solidarity."

      Spain: The autonomies of the Basque Nation, Navarre,
      Andalucia, and Catalonia have adopted laws on "unions
      of persons of the same sex."

      United States: The state of Vermont recognizes the civil
      union of homosexual couples. The state of New Jersey
      (December of 1997), and the city of San Francisco
      authorize the joint adoption of a child by a homosexual


      2. Let's Bring Back REAL Biblical Marriage!

      There is a lot of talk about same-gender unions being
      a major violation of the Biblical institution of
      marriage. Most of the people who spout that kind of
      nonsense mean marriage to be one man and one woman in
      a monogamous relationship having children. While those
      kinds of relationships do exist, they are not the only
      model of relationship in our modern western culture.
      But is that the Biblical model? Biblical law has a lot
      to say about relationships. Let's take a look at what
      US law would need to be like if it were to follow the
      Biblical models:

      Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union
      between one man and one or more women. (Gen. 29, 17 -
      28; II Sam. 3, 2 - 5)

      Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take
      concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam.
      5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21)

      A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife
      is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall
      be executed. (Deut. 22, 13 - 21)

      Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be
      forbidden. (Gen 24:3; Num 25 1 - 9; Ezra 9:12; Neh.

      Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution
      nor the constitution of any State, nor state or federal
      law, shall be construed to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19;
      Mark 10:9)

      If a married man dies without children, his brother
      shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his
      brother's widow or deliberately does not give her
      children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be
      otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by
      law. (Gen. 38 6 - 10; Deut 25 5 - 10)

      How many concubines does your straight male friend have?


      3. "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."

      Space is available throughout the book for the grieving
      person to write or draw. Directions for over 20
      exercises are given on the left-hand side page, and
      the right hand side page is devoted to the grieving
      person's creative use. The reader uses "My Memory
      Book" to create a book of memories about the loved
      one who died that is uniquely his or her own. "My
      Memory Book" encourages written exercises, collage,
      journaling, and drawings in any medium the user cares
      to employ.

      Dr. Phyllis Silverman, one of the most renowned experts
      in the bereavement field, writes, "This is one of the
      best workbooks I have seen to help . . .understand the
      nature of grief. It legitimates . . . ties to the
      deceased and helps find ways to talk about these

      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.

      Though many buy this book for family members, many
      counselors in the professional community have also
      recognized the therapeutic benefits of "My Memory
      Book" and use the book with their clients. "This
      workbook is a wonderful tool to assist therapists
      and counselors in their work with bereaved children,"
      says Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, BCD, Professor, Fordham
      University Graduate School of Social Service.

      An Illinois hospice and hospital ordered another 100
      copies of "My Memory Book" for their on-going use. We
      are proud of their recommendation of this important
      book as a bereavement tool for people of all ages.

      "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.


      4. An Opportunity for Investment in Chi Rho Press

      The Board of Directors of Chi Rho Press has authorized
      issuing new Promissory Notes at 6% simple interest. The
      Promissory Notes are a way for Chi Rho Press to seek
      capitalization for our ministry. The investments will
      be used to pay down existing, more expensive debt,
      increase staff effectiveness, and fund the printing of
      new publications. We urge you to invest in this ministry
      with $1,000 or more in Promissory Notes.

      Promissory Notes in $1,000 increments are available from
      Chi Rho Press, at 6% simple interest, repaid in eight
      quarterly payments over a two year period.

      Write Adam@... for the text of the Promissory
      Note, and send your check for $1,000 (or $2,000, $3,000,
      or even $5,000!). We will send a signed Note upon the
      receipt of your check.


      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.


      Monday, Sept. 1, Labor/Labour Day (U.S.A., Canada).
      Federal Holiday

      Wednesday, Sept. 3, Samuel Checote (d. 1884). Creek
      Chief and preacher. Checote was born in present-day
      Alabama and attended mission schools as a child.
      After the Creek nation was forced to move west of
      the Mississippi tensions led to the banning of Christian
      preaching. Checote refused to abandon his faith in
      Christ, and interceded with the chief to lift the ban.
      A Creek Methodist district was established. Checote
      became a lay preacher, and worked to have the Bible
      and many hymns translated into Creek. He was elected
      chief three times, and worked tirelessly to overcome
      racial and cultural differences.

      Thursday, Sept. 4, Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965).
      Missionary doctor and Nobel laureate A person of many
      talents and interests, Schweitzer earned doctorates
      in theology, philosophy, and medicine. He was a
      noted organist and interpreter of the music of J. S.
      Bach. His "Quest for the Historical Jesus" had a
      radical effect on how scholars approached the life
      of Christ. His work as a medical missionary founding
      his own hospital in Africa led to receiving the Nobel
      Peace Prize in 1952.

      Sunday, Sept. 7, Grandparent's Day (USA)

      Wednesday, Sept. 10, Mother Teresa of Calcutta
      (1910-1997). Founder of the Missionaries of Charity.
      As a simple nun from Albania, Teresa felt a special
      calling to care for the poorest of the poor. She
      left her convent and took on a simple white sari with
      blue borders and went to Calcutta, looking for Jesus
      among the sick and homeless. She founded the
      Missionaries of Charity, who care especially for the
      destitute and dying. Widely admired and loved as a
      living saint, she became the subject of many films,
      and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She did
      not merely practice charity, she embodied it.

      Thursday, Sept. 11, 9-11 Anniversary (U.S.A.). Second
      anniversary of the terrorist attacks flying commercial
      planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and
      a field in Pennsylvania.

      Monday, Sept. 15, Martyrs of Birmingham (d. 1963).
      Four young girls. A few weeks after Martin Luther
      King had given his famous speech, "I Have a Dream," and
      in the midst of an intense summer of civil disobedience
      and demonstrations, the situation in Birmingham, Alabama
      had come to a head. The nation watched as fire hoses
      and attack dogs had dramatized the evil of racism. Much
      of the civil rights movement was based in black churches.
      On a peaceful Sunday morning someone threw dynamite
      through the basement window of the 16th Street Baptist
      Church, where four young girls, who had just finished
      their Sunday School class, were changing into choir
      robes. In their eulogy Dr. King called them "martyred
      heroines of a holy crusade for freedom and human

      Monday, Sept. 15, Respect for the Aged Day (Japan)

      Tuesday, Sept. 16, Independence Day (Mexico)

      Tuesday, Sept. 16, Day of Peace. International day
      established by the United Nations.


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


      6. Adam's Last Word:

      I can not believe summer is over. Labor Day was just
      this Monday and we are lurching into September. It
      continues warm and rainy in the Washington area, but
      there has been some incipient color in the leaves
      around and about, reminders that Autumn and then,
      God help us!, Winter is on the way. Enjoy the
      remaining warm days and the coming Autumn, my friends!


      I had a splendid time at MCC NoVA last Sunday,
      preaching and running our Traveling Bookstore. What
      a grand congregation! If you are in northern
      Virginia and looking for a church home, I really
      recommend MCC NoVA. http://www.mccnova.com/


      We have a Chi Rho Press board of directors meeting
      Sunday. Please keep us in your prayers.


      In the next edition of the Chi Rho Connection we hope
      to have some significant announcements which you will
      want to be sure not to miss. A new board member, the
      announcement of new publications coming up, and other
      exciting news. I look forward to writing you again
      on Sept. 15.

      God bless you all!

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


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