Chi Rho Connection, Vol. V, No. 4
CHI RHO CONNECTION
The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
Vol. V, No. 4
10 April 2004
1. "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time"
2. Dr. Rembert Truluck
3. PUSH, by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok
4. Food for Thought
5. Sanctoral Cycle
6. Adam's Last Word
This Issue's Quote:
"We're Gay --- We Pray --- Get used to it!"
A button worn by a delegate at the recent National
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a
little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor
Benjamin Franklin,US Statesman, 1706-1790
With thanks to Dan Carter of Anchorage, Alaska for
these two quotes.
"From the cowardice that dares not face new truth,
from the laziness that is contented with half-truth,
from the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth,
Good Lord, deliver me." Prayer from Kenya
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1. "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time"
We are proud to announce the publication of our new
book of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One
Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra L. Bochonok.
Our pre-publication sale is over and the book is now
only on sale at the regular list price of $20.95 each,
six or more copies for $15.75 each, plus shipping and
handling. You can see and order the book on our Web
site at http://www.chirhopress.com/products/devotionals.html#Bochonok.
Dr. Bochonok is the founder of the very popular Soul
Food Ministry Web site (www.soulfoodministry.org), a
special work of Metropolitan Community Church of
"Living As The Beloved" has a Scripture reading,
meditation, and prayer for every day of the year.
Dr. Bochonok's meditations are poignant, wise, and
amazingly pastoral. Her many years of ministry as
a military chaplain and pastor, and now as an Internet
pastor shine through her every word. Her meditations
are simple, basic Christian teaching, yet glow with
power, grace, and beauty. These are devotions that
will light your days for many years to come.
Dr. Rembert Truluck, author of "Steps to Recovery
from Bible Abuse"
"I welcome the opportunity to commend to you this new
book of daily meditations by my friend Sandra Bochonok.
The meditations are centered in a realistic practical
understanding of love and recovery 'one day at a
time.' Filled with personal experiences, helpful
information and quotes from other sources, the book
is easy to read. Dr. Bochonok draws upon her own
personal spiritual pilgrimage and her loving listening
relationships with many people in her own family and
in her life as a minister and teacher at MCC DC. Thank
you, Sandra, for passing on to us what you have
discovered that has been helpful to you."
Copies are now in stock! Order your copy of
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time" today.
Only $20.95, plus shipping and handling, six or
more copies are $15.75 each plus shipping and
2. Dr. Rembert Truluck
Just one month ago, on March 9, 2004, Dr. Rembert
Truluck celebrated his 70th birthday. Dr. Truluck
is the author of "Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse,"
one of the most successful and important books published
by Chi Rho Press, and he maintains the Web site by the
same name at www.truluck.com.
We naturally want to celebrate the long life and successful
ministry of this wonderful man. But there is also an
urgent need that he has been brave enough to lift up to
us for our prayerful attention. We are Chi Rho Press
want to commend Dr. Truluck's special needs at this time
to you all.
On the day of his birthday, Dr. Truluck wrote, "I was
born seventy years ago on 3/9/34. Yesterday I lost the
job that I have had for the past four years that has
made it possible for me to give a gift copy of my book
to every MCC clergy person in the fellowship that I
could locate and contact since the book was published
the last of January 2000. I have given hundreds of
copies of my book to others at conferences that I have
led and have sent many gift copies to readers of my Web
"My book and Web site are both being translated into
several other languages by people who are committed to
helping get my message out to as many others as possible.
I am grateful for you and what you have done to spread
and share the good news of God's unconditional accepting,
affirming love for all GLBT people.
"I checked Google again yesterday and saw that [links to
my site on] 'Bible Abuse' are found on 610,000 other Web
sites now. My Web site and book are being used in GLBT
small group study throughout the world from Taiwan to
Texas. I receive e-mail almost every day from gay and
lesbian people who tell me that finding 'Steps to Recovery
from Bible Abuse' on the Internet has saved their lives."
"My next most pressing [future] step is to work on and
finish my next book, which will be on the subject of
'Your Inner Jesus.' . . . Millions of people are still
very interested in Jesus and long for a clear understand
and experience of the 'Real Jesus.'
"I have written a lot lately about experiencing God and
the Spirit of Jesus within your own mind and heart. . . .
The 'Real Jesus' is already with and within you. Nobody
has to tell you or lead or mislead you in your experience
with Jesus. You already have within your own life and
spirit the presence of God and the humanity and spirit
of Jesus that you can discover and experience for
yourself. My next book will explore and explain and
provide study helps and 'lessons' to be the logical
sequel to 'Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse.'"
"As I look back over my own history in study, writing,
pastoral ministry, travel, work with MCC and everything
else, I rejoice in what I have learned from others and
from my own life, and realize and am renewed and
energized by the thoughts of where God is leading in
even the smallest details of what is happening now in
my life. God runs the universe and everything that
exists. To be in God's hands and in God's work is to
be safe and productive no matter what forms or shapes
God decides to use to mold and teach you and me so that
God can use us for good.
"One of my closest friends has been trying to help me
in this time of financial crunch, even suggesting that
I should shut down my Web site and the updates. I have
no intention of closing my Web site or abandoning my
update e-mails to you. I do need some financial help
if you can give it. God will show me the way and will
fully equip me to follow it."
The Board and staff of Chi Rho Press urge all of our
supporters and readers to help Dr. Truluck in his time
of great financial need. At present, he has no income
except for the support and gifts of his friends and
followers. Won't you help?
Send whatever you can to Dr. Rembert Truluck, P.O. Box
24062, Oakland, CA 94623, USA.
Sign up for his regular e-mail updates by writing him at
Visit his excellent Web site at http://www.truluck.com
Buy his wonderful and inspiring book, "Steps to Recovery
from Bible Abuse," on line at http://www.chirhopress.com/products/gayandchristian.html#Truluck.
But most of all, we encourage you to prayerfully send a
contribution to him at Dr. Rembert Truluck, P.O. Box
24062, Oakland, CA 94623, USA.
If you would prefer to make your contribution anonymous,
or if you would like your contribution to be fully tax-
deductible, you may make your gift check out to Chi Rho
Press, designate that it is "For Dr. Truluck" in the memo
line, and send it to Chi Rho Press, P.O. Box 7864,
Gaithersburg, MD 20898, USA.
Or you may make your contribution on line at this link:
http://www.chirhopress.com/sponsor.html. You can specify
contributions of any multiple of $10, $25, $50, $100, or
$150. Just choose the amount you want to give and note
in the "Special Instructions and Comments" that your
contribution is designated "For Dr. Truluck" and we
will make sure he receives your generous gift.
Thank you for your support of this incredible man who
has given so much to our community of faith and who now
needs our help. Please feel free to send this article
to all your friends.
3. PUSH, by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok
"PUSH -- Pray Until Something Happens!"
I have heard prayer described as "political action and
social energy." History has always belonged to the
intercessors, and this national election year provides
gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered citizens and
friends with an unprecedented opportunity to change the
United States of America's bigotry and homophobia through
unceasing prayers. Remember "one plus God is a majority"
and there are no little prayers.
With gay marriages in the forefront of national news, so
blatantly used as a political ploy to divide and polarize
the United States, pray until something happens. PUSH
morning, noon, and night as you read the newspapers,
watch the news, participate in debates, sign petitions,
and work tirelessly for justice and change on local,
state, national, and even global levels. PUSH into
Presidential Election Day. In its many forms, prayer
empowers, energizes, equips, and encourages those who
work so courageously for gay rights and government
recognition, protections, and benefits. Being a
target of discrimination and on the front lines of
change can be exhausting and prayer will strengthen
you. Consider praying for those who actively oppose,
slander, vilify, and persecute gay, lesbian, bisexual,
and transgendered citizens. Pray for protection of
the U.S. Constitution. Pray, pray, pray. God will
honor your prayers.
The bottom line is this; I believe we have been born
in world history for such a time as this. So pray
until something happens. Pray without ceasing. Pray
morning, noon, and night. God will use these prayers
beyond your wildest imaginings and deepest yearnings.
4. Food for Thought
Here's another inspirational bit I gleaned off the
Internet, with no attribution. We really liked it
and hope it inspires you as well.
The next time you feel like GOD can't use you, just
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a daydreamer
Jacob was a liar
Leah was ugly
Joseph was abused
Moses had a stuttering problem
Gideon was afraid
Samson had long hair and was a womanizer
Rahab was a prostitute
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
David had an affair and was a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Isaiah preached naked
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt
John the Baptist ate bugs
Peter denied Christ
The Disciples fell asleep while praying
Martha worried about everything
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once
Zaccheus was too small
Paul was too religious
Timothy had an ulcer...AND
Lazarus was dead!
...no more excuses now. God can use you to your full
potential. Besides you aren't the message, you are
just the messenger.
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 2004
Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary from today until
our next scheduled electronic newsletter.
Fri. April 9, Good Friday.
Fri. April 9, Holy Friday (Eastern Orthodox).
Fri. April 9, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945).
Theologian and martyr. Recognized early on as a
brilliant theologian, Bonhoeffer was deeply committed
to the ideals of Christian community. He helped
organize resistance to the Nazi takeover of German
churches. When the Confessing Church movement was
snuffed out he was imprisoned for his participation
in the plot to kill Hitler. Influenced by the Social
Gospel movement in America, he later wrote in prison
of the need for a "religionless Christianity." His
writings have been a major influence on Christian
Ethics in our time.
Sat. April 10, Holy Saturday.
Sat. April 10, Great Vigil of Easter.
Sat. April 10, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955).
Mystic and scientist. A French Jesuit priest, Teilhard
was both one of the most creative theological minds of
the 20th century and an eminent scientist. He did
extensive work in geology and paleontology in China,
helping to discover the remains of "Peking Man." He
sought to develop a synthesis of science and religion,
integrating the theory of evolution with a cosmic
vision of Christ at the heart of the cosmos. His
writings, seminal to the development of Process
Theology, were suppressed by Rome during his lifetime.
Sun. April 11, Eastern Orthodox Easter. This year the
Orthodox holidays of the beginning of Lent, Palm Sunday,
Pascha (Easter), and Pentecost coincide with the Western
calendar, an uncommon event.
Mon. April 12, Easter Monday (United Kingdom, Canada,
Thu. April 15, Income Tax Day (USA).
Sun. April 18, Yom HaShoah (Jewish). Day of remembrance
for victims of the Holocaust by the Nazis in 1933-45.
Not only were six million Jews murdered, but many from
other groups, including gay men and lesbians.
Wed. April 21, Queen's Birthday (United Kingdom)
Wed. April 21, Administrative Professionals Day (U.S.A.).
Unofficial holiday (also known as Secretary's Day).
Thu. April 22, Earth Day. International day first
observed in 1970.
Fri. April 23, Cesar Chavez (1927-1993). Farm worker.
Raised in a family of Mexican-American migrant workers,
Chavez transformed a local labor struggle into a moral
cause that challenged the conscience of the nation. He
was committed to absolute nonviolence, and was supported
by many religious leaders. Inspired by a priest who
gave him a passion for justice, and a community activist
who taught him how to organize, he became the driving
force in founding the United Farmworkers Union.
Sun. April 25, St. Mark the Evangelist. Apostle and
Evangelist. The writer of the second gospel is not
named, but it is traditionally associated with either
John Mark (a missionary companion of Paul) or another
Mark associated with Peter. He is symbolized by a
winged lion, recalling Jesus as the Lion of Judah.
Mark was the first to write down the stories of Jesus.
Around 70 ce, this Jewish Christian provided his readers,
and us, with a handbook on how to follow Jesus.
Wed. April 28, Oskar Schindler (1908-1874).
"Righteous Gentile." Here is an example of a person
who is remembered not for being holy (living a religious
or virtuous life), but rather for being used by God in
doing something holy. Schindler was a German
industrialist who made a fortune on the labor of Jews
in his factory. Although raised as a Catholic, he was
not religious. He was a gambler, heavy drinker, and
unfaithful husband who used others for his own gain.
For reasons which have never been clear, and at great
personal risk, he used his power and influence to save
the lives of 1,100 men, women, and children. At the
end of the war he was impoverished. Today he is buried
in Jerusalem at Yad Vashem (Holocaust Memorial) among
the "Righteous Gentiles."
Thu. April 29, St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380).
Doctor of the Church. An Italian mystic, teacher,
and nun, Catherine devoted herself to serving the
poor and sick around her. She showed her love for
Jesus by loving her neighbors. She was known for
mediating disputes for both individuals and powerful
political and ecclesiastical leaders. Experiencing
ecstatic visions, her relationship with Christ was so
intense she finally received the sign of the stigmata.
Fri. April 30, Beltane (Wiccan). Cross-quarter day,
halfway between Spring equinox and Summer solstice.
Celebration of joining of the goddess with the energy
of the god in a sacred marriage that resulted in all
Order the 2004 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary,
complete with the entire year's Sanctoral Cycle, at
6. Adam's Last Word
The month of March, and indeed most of Lent, swept by
in a blur. So much has been going on that I didn't get
out any editions of the Chi Rho Connection at all in
March! I have finally been able to make some time to
finish this up and get it to you. Thanks for your
patience! I hope you missed us, even just a little.
The end of a long process "Living as the Beloved" is
published! The great excitement in March was the
production of Sandy Bochonok's splendid book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time."
Sandy Bochonok's 50th birthday is April 20. Buying her
book would be a wonderful gift to her!
For a while there I had over 70 boxes of books stacked
in my living room, but managed to get it all stowed
away in our warehouse/order fulfillment room and the
odd closet, as well as shipping out quite a few of
those boxes to our faithful supporters who ordered the
book in the pre-publication sale.
Please order this excellent book on our Web site at
Our two books of Lenten meditations did pretty well
this year and we will continue to have them in stock
throughout the year. Our hope is that pastors will
order one or both of them with an eye toward planning
small group studies next Lent.
They can be found at
Speaking of our Lenten devotions, Randy Jedele, the
author of "You Need Only to be Still," visited the DC
area from Des Moines, Iowa, recently. We were able to
spend some time together, visited the Franklin Roosevelt
Memorial in Washington, had dinner at one of Washington's
gay restaurants, and attended church at MCC of Washington
DC. It was good to spend time with one of our newer
The Liturgical Calendar for 2004 has been very popular too.
The Rev. David Park has laid down that role for Chi Rho
Press. We are happy to announce that the 2005 Liturgical
Calendar and Lectionary will be produced in a joint effort
by the Rev. Clay Witt and Ms. Raye-Anne Dorn. We expect
to have the 2005 Liturgical Calendar out this summer.
Clay and Raye-Anne bring an exciting combination of
perspectives and liturgical backgrounds to the effort.
Watch future issues of the Chi Rho Connection for more
information about this developing project.
We have other exciting news as well! We have signed a
contract with Gretchen Gaines, author of the immensely
popular "My Memory Book: A Journal for Grieving Children,"
to publish her new book "You and Your Grieving Child."
Work has begun on the editing of this wonderful new
resource for parents of children who have lost a loved
one to death and we anticipate it will be a great
companion book to "My Memory Book." You can view and
order "My Memory Book" at this link: http://www.chirhopress.com/products/socialaction.html#SocialMemory
And we have signed a contract with Bill Gaston for the
publication of his book, "Christian with a Twist." Over
the last few years, Bill has published his weekly
meditations centered on the liturgical year in the
weekly newsletter/bulletin insert of the Metropolitan
Community Church of Washington, DC. Now Bill has
gathered three years worth of Bible passages and
reflections based on them for the Sundays of the
Church year. Very different from Sandy Bochonok's
book, "Living as the Beloved," Bill's book contains
the very popular, wise, and witty reflections of a
lay Christian who has lived with liver cancer for an
amazing 12 years. Now having entered hospice care,
this book is Bill Gaston's legacy to us and we are
honored and privileged to be able to publish it this
year. For obvious reasons, we are moving ahead rather
quickly with this book -- with incredibly unaccustomed
speed actually! -- and expect to have it out within the
next couple of months.
So as you can see there is much going on at your LGBT
Christian publishing house. We are grateful for your
part in the life of this ministry.
As we celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior on this
Easter weekend, may you be enriched and enabled in all
that you do. Thank you for letting Chi Rho Press be a
small part of your life, and thank you for being such a
large part of our ministry.
Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed!
R. Adam DeBaugh, Director, Adam@....
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