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Chi Rho Connection, Vol. IV, No. 20

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  • Adam DeBaugh
    ************************* CHI RHO CONNECTION The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press, Your LGBT Christian Publishing House Vol. IV, No. 20 1 November 2003 All Saints
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2003

      The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
      Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
      Vol. IV, No. 20
      1 November 2003 All Saints Day


      1. The New "2004 Liturgical Calendar" is Out!
      2. Stained Glass Available
      3. "My Memory Book"
      4. "The Road to Emmaus"
      5. "Positively Gay"
      6. Sanctoral Cycle
      7. Adam's Last Word


      This Issue's Quotes:

      Will Rogers on growing older:

      "Eventually you'll reach a point when you stop lying
      about your age and start bragging about it."

      "The older we get, the fewer things seem worth
      waiting in line for."

      "Some people try to turn back their odometers.
      Not me, I want people to know why I look this way.
      I've traveled a long way and some of the roads
      weren't paved."

      "When you are dissatisfied and would like to go
      back to youth, think of Algebra."


      Welcome once again to the Chi Rho Connection, the
      electronic newsletter of Chi Rho Press. Thank you
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      1. The New "2004 Liturgical Calendar" is Out!

      "A Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary, Year C, November
      2003 through November 2004," compiled by Dr. David Kerr
      Park. Spiral bound, 8 ½" x 11", 84 pages. $10.95 each,
      six or more copies for $8.95 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
      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 2004 Liturgical Calendar today!
      See it on our Web site at:

      $10.95 each, six or more copies for $8.95 each.


      2. Stained Glass Available

      Like books, stained glass makes wonderful holiday gifts.
      The stained glass elf has been busy in the Chi Rho
      Press workshop (or should that be stained glass bear?).

      Check out the stained glass section of our Web page at
      There are pictures of all five stained glass pieces:

      The clear cross (usually with a red center) for $12.00;

      The LGBT rainbow flag for $18.00;

      The red AIDS ribbon for $7.50;

      The rainbow cross for $18.00;

      And the rainbow Star of David for $18.00, all plus
      shipping and handling.

      Use our handy shopping cart and pay with your credit card!

      Put the stained glass bear to work!


      3. "My Memory Book"

      The holidays are a difficult time for someone who is
      grieving the loss of a loved one. "My Memory Book"
      is an excellent gift to someone who is young or just
      young-at-heart. "My Memory Book: A Journal for
      Grieving Children, Second Edition" by Gretchen
      Gaines-Lane, LCSW-C is a wonderful tool to help move
      through the grieving process. Please visit http://www.chirhopress.com/products/socialaction.html#SocialMemory
      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

      4. "The Road to Emmaus"

      Another wonderful holiday gift, that will keep on
      giving throughout the year, is "The Road to Emmaus:
      Daily Encounters with the Risen Christ," an inclusive
      devotional edited by the late Joseph W. Houle.

      "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
      http://www.chirhopress.com/products/devotionals.html - EMMAUS.

      5. "Positively Gay"

      Another excellent gift the third edition of
      "Positively Gay: New Approaches to Gay and Lesbian
      Life" (Celestial Arts, 2001).

      Chi Rho Press is now carrying this book in part because
      our founder and Director, Adam DeBaugh, wrote the chapter
      entitled, "Using Your Gay and Lesbian Voting Power."
      This is an important book and the updated new edition,
      in the bright red cover, is an important addition to
      every LGBT library.

      "I wish we had published that!" says Adam DeBaugh. "But
      I am proud to have been a part of Positively Gay since
      the publication of the first edition in 1979. This
      book has been a classic for 24 years, a must read for
      all LGBT people and their allies!"

      "Positively Gay has been widely and consistently praised
      for its practical treatment of the variety of topics
      affecting the lives of gays and lesbians. In this revised,
      third edition, Dr. Betty Berzon has brought together an
      impressive list of contributors from diverse backgrounds,
      disciplines, and approaches to spotlight significant but
      frequently overlooked issues that often take center stage
      in a gay or lesbian person's life." (From the book jacket.)

      Author Michelangelo Signorile says, "Positively Gay was
      the first gay book I ever read. It scared me. It challenged
      me. It excited me. And it eventually made me feel good
      about myself."

      Sections of the book include, Being Gay: Personal Issues,
      Social Options; Partnering: The Special Issues of Same-Sex
      Coupling; Family Relations: Fresh Perspectives; Aging: A
      Season of Grace; Religion: Reconciling the Spiritual
      Dilemma; The Practical Aspects: Taking Control of Your
      Life; People of Color: The Special Experiences of
      Minorities Within a Minority; Young People: The Future
      of Our Community; and Telling Our Stories. There is
      also a helpful discussion guide.

      Authors include the compiler and editor, Betty Berzon,
      Mark Thompson, Betty Fairchild, Del Martin and Phyllis
      Lyon, Rabbi Denise Eger, Rev. William Johnson, Father
      Robert Nugent, Brian McNaught, R. Adam DeBaugh,
      Teresa DeCrescenzo, and John Preston. U.S. Rep. Barney
      Frank wrote the Foreword.

      "Positively Gay" sells for $14.95, plus shipping and
      handling. See it on our Web site at


      6. 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.


      Sat. Nov. 1, Feast of All Saints. The tradition of
      remembering all the saints together dates to the early
      history of the Church, which affirmed "the communion
      of saints" as the mystical Body of Christ, transcending
      both time and space. Even when no one is visibly with
      us in our prayers and our spiritual path, we are
      surrounded by their presence and inspired by their
      witness. All the saints, some famous and some known
      only to God, answered God's call in their life in their
      own unique way. This collective feast reminds us that
      each of us has our own special gifts, and we are each
      called to do something holy for God.

      Sun. Nov. 2, Commemoration of All Faithful Departed
      (All Souls Day). In some traditions there has been a
      distinction between remembering the official canonized
      saints on All Saints Day and commemorating those whose
      names are not on any calendar, but are cherished as
      models of faith, or are dearly loved family and friends.
      They, as well, are part of that great "cloud of
      witnesses" who encourage us in our spiritual journey.

      Sun. Nov. 2, Day of the Dead (Mexico). Dia de la
      Muerte, a popular Mexican custom of remembering and
      honoring the dead.

      Tue. Nov. 4, Election Day (USA).

      Sun. Nov. 9, Martyrs of Kristallnacht (1938). Victims
      of anti-Semitism. As part of the buildup to what became
      the "final solution," the Nazis mounted a coordinated
      assault on the entire Jewish community of Germany. In
      one night the storm troopers burned down 191 synagogues,
      destroyed 7,500 shops, rounded up 20,000 Jewish men for
      "protective custody" at Buchenwald concentration camp,
      and killed 100 Jews. The pogrom became known as
      Kristallnacht, or Crystal Night, for all the broken
      windows. There was virtually no protest outside of
      Germany to this action.

      Tue. Nov. 11, Veteran's Day (U.S.A.). Federal Holiday.

      Tue. Nov. 11, Remembrance Day (Canada).

      Tue. Nov. 11, Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855).
      Philosopher. A prolific author whose writings were
      important in the development of Existentialism,
      Kierkegaard barely saw himself a Christian, let alone
      a saint. He devoted himself to exposing official
      Christianity, and especially the Church of Denmark,
      as a fraud. He originally planned to go into the
      Lutheran ministry, but instead chose a life of
      introspection and writing. By allowing most people
      to think that being a Christian required nothing more
      than being born into a "Christian state," the Church
      made sure no one would ever feel challenged to become
      a Christian. Compared with the New Testament, he
      charged, official Christianity was nothing more than

      Wed. Nov. 12, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1651-1694).
      Poet and scholar. Born near Mexico City to an unwed
      mother, Sister Juana had a passion for learning that
      led to her becoming the first great poet of Latin
      America and early champion of equality for women in
      the church. She turned her back on opportunities for
      social advancement and marriage when she became a nun.
      Her fame as a scholar and theologian spread even to
      Spain. Because she was a woman she faced fierce
      opposition to her writings and was silenced by the

      Wed. Nov.12, Nuzul al Qur'an (Islamic). Revelation
      of the Qur'an to Mohammed

      Wed. Nov. 12, Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i). Birth
      of the Baha'i teacher and messiah. No work is done
      on this day.

      Sun. Nov. 16, St. Margaret (1046-1093). Queen and
      patron of Scotland. One of the last members of
      Anglo-Saxon royalty, she married King Malcolm of
      Scotland. There she devoted much of her life to
      reforming the church and clergy, as well as founding
      many schools, hospitals, and orphanages. She was
      famous for her love for the poor and for reducing
      warfare between the clans.


      Order the new 2004 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary,
      complete with the entire year's Sanctoral Cycle, at


      7. Adam's Last Word

      On this All Saints Day, let us remember The Rev.
      Gene Robinson with our prayers, especially tomorrow,
      Sunday, November 2. We join the Rev. Troy Perry in
      encouraging that public prayers be offered for him
      and his partner, Mark Andrew, in public worship
      services that day. On Sunday, November 2, 2003
      (All Souls Day), the Rev. Gene Robinson will make
      history when he is consecrated as the first openly
      Gay sitting bishop in the Episcopal Church. God
      bless you, Bishop Gene Robinson, and bless the good,
      faithful, and brave saints of New Hampshire!


      Christmas is a little over two months away! You
      can do all (or at least much) of your holiday
      shopping on our Web site. Please visit


      Over the next few issues of the Chi Rho Connection,
      we will highlight other things which we think will
      make great Christmas gifts, stained glass, rainbow
      key chains and bracelets, and, of course, books.
      Remember, you can do ALL your holiday shopping right
      on www.ChiRhoPress.com, pay using your credit card,
      and never leave the warm light of your computer!

      Give the gifts of knowledge and inspiration for the
      holidays this year. Give a book from Chi Rho Press.


      We are very relieved and happy to have the 2004
      Liturgical Calendar out. We apologize for the
      lateness of this and are grateful to the many of
      you who have written asking when it was going to
      be available. It is here now, in a bright green
      cover, and we love it! We are taking steps to make
      sure that the 2005 Liturgical Calendar will be out
      in the summer of 2004!


      We are grateful for new Guardian Angels of Chi Rho
      Press who have contributed $150 or more to the on-
      going ministry of your LGBT Christian publishing
      house. These tax-deductible contributions provide
      a tax break for you and a real blessing to us!

      Also we are grateful for the long-time supporter
      who has invested in a $1,000 Promissory Note from
      the Press. Repaid over a two year period at 6%
      simple interest, these Promissory Notes are a
      wonderful way for our partners in ministry to have
      a significant investment in the Press as well as
      helping to capitalize this ministry. Thanks to
      Promissory Note investors in September and October
      we have eliminated much of the remaining expensive
      credit card debt!


      Please keep the Chi Rho Press Board of Directors
      in your prayers as we meet tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 2.
      We will gather for worship at Holy Redeemer MCC in
      College Park, MD (my home church), then fellowship
      together over brunch at a local restaurant, and back
      to the church for our meeting.


      God bless you all!

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


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