Chi Rho Connection, Vol. V. No. 7
CHI RHO CONNECTION
The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
Vol. V, No. 7
1 June 2004
1. Summer Reading List
2. Do you EBay?
3. Reflections on a Baby Changing Station
4. Watch Your Driving
5. Truluck Support
6. Sanctoral Cycle
7. Adam's Last Word
This Issue's Quote:
Gleaned from the Internet:
"How important does a person have to be before
they are considered assassinated instead of just
"If money doesn't grow on trees, then why do banks
"How is it that we put a human on the moon before
we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels
"Why are you IN a movie, but ON TV?"
"Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then
put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?"
"I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear
loose-fitting clothing. If I HAD any loose-fitting
clothing, I wouldn't have signed up in the first place!"
"Wouldn't it be nice if whenever we messed up our life
we could simply press Ctrl Alt Delete and start all
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1. Summer Reading List
Summer is fast upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere
and if you are looking for some reading material that
will edify, inspire, enlighten, and enliven you, we
have some suggestions! Here is a list of our best
selling titles, along with links to each book on our
Web site where you can find more information about
the authors, reviews of the books, color photos of
the covers, and more!
Our new book of daily devotions, "Living as the
Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra
L. Bochonok. $20.95 each, six or more copies for
$15.75 each, plus shipping and handling.
"The Bible and Homosexuality," by the Rev. Michael
England, is $10.95 each, $8.95 each for six or more
copies, plus shipping and handling. You may order
from our Web page at
"The Road to Emmaus" is available for $9.95 each, six or
more copies for $7.50 each, plus shipping and handling.
Our first book of daily devotionals. See it on our Web
"Families Re-Membered," by Louis F. Kavar is available
for $10.95 each, six or more copies for $8.25 each,
plus shipping and handling. Find "Families Re-Membered"
"Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse," by Dr. Rembert
Truluck, $24.95 each, six or more copies for $18.75
each, plus shipping and handling. Read about this
wonderful book at http://www.chirhopress.com/products/gayandchristian.html#Truluck.
"The Children Are Free: Reexamining the Biblical Evidence
on Same-Sex Relationships," by the Rev. Jeff Miner and
John Tyler Connoley. $12.95 each, six or more copies
for $9.75 each, plus shipping and handling.
"Together in Love: Faith Stories of Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual, and Transgendered Couples," compiled by
Roberta Showalter Kreider, $24.00 each, six or more
copies for $18.00 each, plus shipping and handling.
"Positively Gay: New Approaches to Gay and Lesbian Life,"
compiled and edited by Betty Berzon. $14.95 each, six or
more copies for $11.25 each, plus shipping and handling.
"Come Home! Reclaiming Spirituality and Community as Gay
Men and Lesbians," by Chris Glaser. $19.95 each, six or
more copies for $14.95 each.
"Called OUT! The Voices and Gifts of Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, and Transgendered Presbyterians," edited by
Jane Adams Spahr, et al. $17.95 each, six or more
copies for $15.25 each, plus shipping and handling.
2. Do you EBay?
Do you EBay?
Thanks to my son Patrick, I have opened an account on
EBay under the user name AdamThePublisher. With Patrick's
help, we set up a store on EBay called The Chi Rho Place.
If you like EBay, please go check it out!
The first e-mail I received as a result of the new Chi
Rho Place was from my son's partner, who's name is also
Patrick. The Other Patrick, or TOP as we call him, wrote
regarding the book "Positively Gay," "Is this book about
homosexuality? Does it come in any other colors?"
Any other colors??? <sigh> It is not easy being a
publisher! Of course, TOP went on to say, "I love
your new store!" and he ordered a copy of "The Bible
and Homosexuality," our first EBay sale. My favorite
We encourage you to check out The Chi Rho Place on EBay
(maybe that will be the name of our chain of brick and
mortar stores some day!), though we still encourage our
regular customers to use our Web site at
http://www.chirhopress.com for their orders!
3. Reflections on a Baby Changing Station
At a local restaurant recently, I went to the men's room
and noticed a baby changing station there.
It is a rather recent phenomenon, having baby changing
stations in the men's rooms in addition to being in
women's rooms. I reflected that it is in part at least
due to the influence of Gay men on our society. That
may be a bit presumptuous, I know, but how HAS the
LGBT community impacted on society at large?
No longer is the assumption that changing babies is
only women's work, but rather husbands, boyfriends, and
fathers are taking more of a role in the care of their
children. Gender roles are changing and that is a very
Hopefully, one thing the LGBT movement is doing is
helping move heterosexual relationships toward a more
mutual kind of relating. In some ways, the critics
of the Religious Reich are correct when they say that
same-gender marriages will destroy the institution of
marriage and the American family.
Hopefully we are destroying the sexist, patriarchal,
male dominated relationships of the past and replacing
them with relationships that are characterized by
mutuality, respect, cooperation, and love. All in
all, that is not a bad thing!
The baby changing station in a restaurant men's room
is perhaps a small indicator of the change that is
happening in our culture. I like to think that gay
and lesbian people have had some influence on making
that change a reality.
4. Watch your Driving.
An honest man was being tailgated by a stressed-out
woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned
yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing,
stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have
beaten the red light by accelerating through the
The tailgating woman about went ballistic, hit the
roof, and the horn, screaming in frustration as she
missed her chance to get through the intersection
with him. As she was still in mid-rant, she heard
a tap on her window and looked up into the face of
a very serious police officer. The officer ordered
her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her
to the police station where she was searched,
fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a cell.
After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the
cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to
the booking desk where the arresting officer was
waiting with her personal effects.
He said, "I'm very sorry for this mistake. You
see, I pulled up behind your car while you were
blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front
of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I
noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker,
the 'Follow Me to Sunday School' bumper sticker,
and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the
"Naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car."
5. Support for Dr. Truluck
Dr. Rembert 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 http://www.truluck.com
On the day of his 70th birthday, Dr. Truluck lost
the job that he has had for the past four years.
Chi Rho Press is a partner in ministry with Dr.
Truluck and we have called upon our readers to
help him in his time of financial need. Many
have done so and we have been gratified that a
lot of people have taken advantage of our
suggestion to make tax-deductible contributions
to Dr. Truluck through Chi Rho Press.
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 Rembert@... and 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
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.
We continue to encourage you to be generous. 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.
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 2004
Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary from today until
our next scheduled electronic newsletter.
Sun. May 30, St. Joan of Arc (1412?-1431). Maid of
Orleans and martyr. A young peasant girl, Joan was led
by angelic voices to restore the French throne.
Dressed as a soldier, she led the French army in
several victories, until finally being captured by
the English. In a church trial she was accused of
heresy and witchcraft, and burned at the stake at the
age of 19. Refusing to give up her male clothing or
deny her voices, she represents the confrontation
between purity and the corruption of power. She
inspires us to listen to our own inner voices and
respond with equal faith.
Mon. May 31, Memorial Day (U.S.A.). Federal holiday.
Mon. May 31, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This day celebrates the visit of Mary with her cousin,
Elizabeth, who was pregnant herself with John the
Baptist (Luke 1:39-56). The baby in Elizabeth's womb
leaps and she proclaims, "Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb," women's
experience validating the experience of women. Mary
breaks into the Magnificat, "My soul proclaims the
greatness of God." In this subversive song of praise
the patriarchal system is turned upside down as God
lifts up the oppressed.
Tue. June 1, St. Justin of Rome (c. 167). Philosopher
and Martyr. Justin came from a gentile family in
Samaria. He studied all the major religious and
philosophical movements of his day, eventually
deciding to become a Christian. He saw Christian
faith as the fulfillment of Greek philosophy. He
later settled in Rome and, upon refusing to sacrifice
to the gods, was scourged and beheaded.
Thu. June 3, Pope John XXIII (1881-1963). Reformer
of the Church. When John was elected Pope he was
expected to be no more than a transitional figure.
In a brief pontificate of less than five years, John
was able to bring about sweeping changes by opening
the church up to positive dialogue with the modern
world. John convened Vatican II (only the second
council since the 16th century) as a pastoral council
to address Christian unity, world peace, and the
needs of the poor. Its sweeping reforms have
dramatically affected not only the Catholic church,
but all of Christianity.
Sat. June 5, World Environment Day. Established by
the United Nations in 1972.
Mon. June 7, Seattle (1786?-1866). Chief of the
Suquamish. As a child growing up on Puget Sound,
Seattle witnessed the arrival of the first whites.
When he became chief he tried to use peaceful dialogue,
rather than violence, to coexist with the increasing
demands of the new settlers. He and his people
converted to Christianity, but he came to see that
there were fundamental spiritual differences between
his people and the whites, especially in our
relationship with the earth. He understood that
"to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its
Sat. June 12, Anne Frank (1929-1945). Witness of
the Holocaust. During the Nazi occupation of
Amsterdam, Anne Frank's family remained in hiding
for two years. At the age of 13 she took her school
books and a diary into captivity with her. There
she recorded not only their day to day struggle for
survival, but her personal growth as a young woman
who could find hope in the face of hopelessness.
Shortly after turning fifteen they were discovered
and she was sent to her death in the concentration
Mon. June 14, Flag Day (U.S.A.).
Sun. June 20, Father's Day (U.S.A., Canada, United
Mon. 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.
Order the 2004 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary,
complete with the entire year's Sanctoral Cycle, at
7. Adam's Last Word
The board of directors of Chi Rho Press is offering
Promissory Notes in increments of $1,000 to our
supporters who wish to invest in this ministry. Our
Promissory Notes earn 6% simple interest and are
repaid in eight quarterly installments over two
years. Write Adam@... for more
Memorial Day Weekend just ended here in the United
States. Monday will be the first paid holiday I have
had at my secular job since New Years Day. <sigh> I
hope you enjoyed the holiday!
We also need to take time this weekend (and all the
time) to reflect on the men and women who serve our
country in the military. Despite what we might think
about the Bush Family War the United States
unilaterally started in Iraq and despite the recent
atrocities which have come to light perpetrated by
American intelligence forces (which can only serve
to worsen the threat of terrorism at home and abroad
as we further alienate Islamic people), our women and
men in uniform are to be remembered and honored for
their sacrifice. And the veterans of past conflicts
need to be honored and thanked this weekend especially.
We are always looking for short essays from YOU to
include in an edition of the Chi Rho Connection. If
you would like to write for us, just send your
submission to eNews@.... Let us know
how you would like your name to appear in the by-line
and a little something about you we can share with
our readers. Thanks!
R. Adam DeBaugh, Director, Adam@....
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