Chi Rho Connection, Vol. IV, No. 22
CHI RHO CONNECTION
The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
Vol. IV, No. 22
4 December 2003
1. Bochonok Book Nearing Completion
2. The New "2004 Liturgical Calendar" is Out!
3. Books Make Great Gifts!
4. Sanctoral Cycle
5. Adam's Last Word
This Issue's Quotes:
"You can safely assume that you have created God in
your own image when it turns out that God hates all
the same people you do."
~ Anne Lamott
"The only queer people are those who don't love
~ Rita Mae Brown
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and
human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
~ Albert Einstein
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the
president, or that we are to stand by the president,
right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile,
but is morally treasonable to the American public."
~ Theodore Roosevelt
"Music is the voice of God you can hear!"
~ Johann Sebastian Bach
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1. Bochonok Book Nearing Completion
We will be announcing the prepublication sale of our
next big book, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra L. Bochonok within a
The editing is finished. Final layout galleys have
been delivered to the author. Reviewers have the
manuscript in hand for cover blurbs. Cover art is
finished and the cover designed. Bids have been
obtained from printers and a contract has been
entered into with our winning print house. Final
proofreading is in progress.
This is very exciting for us at Chi Rho Press and
we covet your prayers as we continue through this
last phase of the publishing process. We will soon
be putting the book up on the Web site for our
pre-publication sale and will send out a special
notice to our subscribers. We plan to list "Living
as the Beloved" at $20.95 but the prepublication sale
will be $16.95, a significant savings.
Watch for our next mailing, which will be the
announcement of the pre-publication sale of "Living
as the Beloved!"
2. The New "2004 Liturgical Calendar" is Out!
The 2004 church year has officially started! Sunday
was the first Sunday in Advent. But there is still
time to purchase your copy of "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 http://www.chirhopress.com/products/devotionals.html#Park2003.
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.
3. Books Make Great Gifts!
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,
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 "2004 Liturgical Calendar and
Lectionary," "The Children are Free," "The Road to
Emmaus," and "Together in Love" are all available and
ready to ship. Plus we have a video tape, an audio
tape, five different stained glass designs, rainbow
key chains and bracelets, and more!
We have designed gift certificates that can be made out
for any amount you care to give.
The gift certificates are not available on our Web site,
so send your check with a note indicating that you are
buying a Gift Certificate and we will make up an
attractive Gift Certificate for the amount of your
check for you to give along with a copy of our catalog.
Chi Rho Press Gift Certificates make excellent gifts!
Order some today at Chi Rho Press, P.O. Box 7864,
Gaithersburg, MD 20898.
Come shop at Chi Rho Press!
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.
Mon. Dec. 1, World AIDS Day. Since 1988 this day has
been a time for remembering those who have died and for
renewing our commitment to support those living with
HIV throughout the world. The red ribbon, which began
as a "grass roots" effort, has become an international
symbol of AIDS awareness.
Wed. Dec. 3, St. Francis Xavier (1505-1552). Jesuit
missionary to Japan. One of the founding members of
the Society of Jesus, Francis left his studies at
the University of Paris for an eleven-year journey
from which he never returned. He preached first in
India, where he was frustrated at the immorality and
greed of the European colonists. His travels then
led him to Japan. He respected the Japanese culture
and sought ways of connecting Japanese culture and
virtues with the Gospel message. He died at the age
of 46 while traveling to China.
Tues. Dec. 9, St. Juan Diego (16th century). Witness
to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Only 10 years after the
conquest of Mexico, Juan Diego, a humble Christian
Native American, experienced a series of visions
which marked the birth of Hispanic peoples in the
Americas. Mary appeared with dark skin and Indian
features, surrounded by symbols of Indian religion
and culture. She spoke to him in his native Nahuatl,
not Spanish. The message to the church was clear:
it must not serve as the agent of colonial oppression,
but be rooted in the experience of the people. Within
six years nine million Aztecs were baptized.
Wed. Dec. 10, Thomas Merton (1915-1968). Trappist
monk. An American priest whose writings are among
the greatest spiritual works of our time, Merton
initially turned his back on the world by seeking
solitude at the Abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky.
In time he came to understand a deep solidarity with
humanity and concern for issues of peace and justice.
He also had a strong interest in Eastern spirituality,
especially Zen Buddhism, from which he learned that
the path to God is found in experience, not analysis.
Wed. Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day. On this
day in 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, which aimed at securing
basic human rights for people of all nations.
Fri. Dec. 12, Sister Alicia Domon (d. 1977). French
nun and martyr. During a period of military
dictatorship in Argentina thousands of civilians were
abducted and never heard from again, including several
French nuns who had devoted themselves to working with
the poor and oppressed. Sister Alicia became closely
involved with the Mothers of the Disappeared, who
dressed in black and gathered in silence in the central
plaza each day, carrying pictures of their children.
Along with several others, Alicia was abducted and, as
later reports revealed, tossed out of an airplane over
the Atlantic Ocean.
Fri. Dec. 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico). Patron
of Mexico (see story of Juan Diego, Dec. 9).
Wed. Dec. 17, Dom Bede Griffiths (1906-1994) Monk
and Sannyasi. Raised in a middle-class English family
and student of C. S. Lewis at Oxford, Griffiths'
spiritual journey led him first to the Catholic faith
and the life of a Benedictine monk. While sent to
establish a monastery in India, he came to believe
that the secularized West had much to learn from the
East. He helped found a Christian ashram that was
faithful to Christian traditions, but adopted the
disciplines of the East, including yoga and meditation.
He dressed in the saffron robes and lived as a sannyasi,
or Hindu holy man. His liturgies combined Christian
and Hindu prayers and readings. He believed he could
find the truth of Christ present within all the religions
of the world.
Order the new 2004 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary,
complete with the entire year's Sanctoral Cycle, at
7. Adam's Last Word
Christmas is just three weeks away! We continue to
highlight 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 busy and very excited about the imminent
publication of "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by Sandra Bochonok. This is a lovely book of
daily devotions written by the founder and director
of SoulFood Ministry (www.soulfoodministry.org) and
we know you are going to love the book as much as we
do. Watch for the announcement of our pre-publication
I continue to pray that this Advent season is filled
with every good thing for you all, and that it never
gets too busy that you can not stop and reflect on
the reason for the season, the Christ Child, born in
humble circumstances, "God in a diaper."
God bless you all.
R. Adam DeBaugh, Director, Adam@....
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