CHI RHO CONNECTION
The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
Vol. V, No. 13
31 August 2004
1. Our Newest Books
2. Spanish Translation Task Force
3. Five Finger Prayer
4. How You Can Help
5. Sanctoral Cycle
6. Adam's Last Word
This Issue's Quotes:
"Self-pity is our worst enemy, and if we yield to it,
we can never do anything wise in the world."
-- Helen Keller
"When you are younger, you worry about what people
think about you. When you are older, you realize that
no one was ever thinking about you at all."
-- Brian Tracy
"Do not give any time to your past, you can't change
what happened 5 minutes ago."
-- Jan Ruhe
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1. Our Newest Books
We have published three excellent books this year,
which are similar yet very different. All three are
reflections or meditations based on Scripture, yet
the three authors approach their ministries in very
"Living as the Beloved" by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok
was the first large book we published this year. Sandy
has written a book of daily devotions, one for every day
of the year. She takes her inspiration from her beloved
grandmother, who liked to sing "one day at a time, Lord,
one day at a time." This simple immigrant woman's great
faith inspired Sandy Bochonok as a child and as an adult,
as a military chaplain and as an Internet minister
ordained in the Metropolitan Community Churches, as
a woman of faith and as a wonderful writer. And what
Sandy learned in her faith journey will inspire you as
"Living as the Beloved" is available for $20.95 each,
six or more copies for $15.75 each, plus shipping and
"Christian with a Twist: Reflections on Scripture
that are a bit more inclusive, a bit more relevant,
and with a bit of a bite," by William Gaston.
Bill Gaston wrote these reflections each Sunday over
a three year period for publication in the church
bulletin and newsletter of MCC of Washington DC.
Bill's reflections are based on one or more of the
Lectionary readings for the Sunday and his work pretty
much covers the three year cycle of the Lectionary.
As the subtitle suggests, Bill's writing has a bit
of a bite, and we believe you will enjoy his sharp,
but loving take on Scripture, life, and faith.
"Christian with a Twist" is available for $19.95 each,
$14.95 each for six or more copies, plus shipping and
The very first book we published this year was a book
of Lenten devotions. "'You Need Only to be Still:'
Using the Hebrew Scriptures to Journey Through Lent,"
by Randy Jedele.
This is a book of daily devotions for Lent, in which
author Randy Jedele takes us on a journey through the
Old Testament. A lay Christian Education minister in
the United Church of Christ in Iowa, Randy Jedele has
drawn on his strong Protestant and Congregationalist
background to enliven the Hebrew Testament for us in
But "You Need Only to be Still" is also a very
interactive book: each of the 40 days of Lent features
a Hebrew Testament passage, followed by two questions
for your consideration to bring the passage into our
own lives. For each Friday, Randy has chosen a
passage from the Psalms. Then Randy provides his
own "Thoughts for Meditating," a few paragraphs
reflecting on the ancient Bible story in which he
offers some background information where it is needed
and his own thoughts on the two questions.
Then on the right hand page for each day in Lent there is
space for the reader to write his or her own "Personal
Reflections," an opportunity for the reader to respond
and record thoughts and feelings. Each day concludes
with a prayer, a personal moment between the reader
It is not too soon to start thinking about your own
personal Lenten devotions for next Lent (Ash Wednesday,
the beginning of Lent, is Feb. 9, 2005!). And this
little book will be an excellent resource for a small
Lenten study group in your church.
"'You Need Only to be Still," is available for $10.95
each, six or more copies for $8.95 each, plus shipping
We encourage you to order one or two or all of these
three books, so alike, yet so different! We know you
will be blessed.
2. Spanish Translation Task Force
Our Spanish Translation Task Force met last Sunday,
August 29, and is working with the board of directors
on a plan for both translating some books and
publishing new books, written in Spanish and marketed
in the Spanish-speaking community.
There are two ways you can be part of this exciting
new effort, the first is assisting with the actual
translation, typing, and proofreading process; the
second is financial:
Chi Rho Press continues to look for volunteers who can
translate English documents into "Modern Spanish,"
that is Spanish that is not colloquial, not
"Spanglish," but easily understood by people from
many different Spanish-speaking cultures and
countries, and in which regionalisms are minimized.
If it is your special gift to be able to translate
English text into Spanish that is free of regional
colloquialisms, slang, and specialized words or
phrases, we would like to hear from you.
Right now, we need translators, proofreaders, and
people to type Word documents in Spanish.
Second, we need financial assistance! Publishing
books is expensive! If you are moved to assist your
LGBT Christian publishing house, you may make your
contributions on line using your credit card at
Or send your check or money order to Chi Rho Press at
P.O. Box 7864, Gaithersburg, MD 20898. For US citizens,
your contributions are fully tax deductible.
We are also looking for grant writers to help us
identify and apply for foundation grants. If this
is a gift you have, please contact Director Adam
DeBaugh at Adam@...
And of course we need your prayers for this venture
If you are moved to help in any way, or if you have
any questions or insights into this exciting project,
please write Adam@...
3. Five Finger Prayer
1. Your thumb is nearest to you. So begin your
prayers by praying for those closest to you. They
are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved
ones is, as C. S Lewis once said, a "sweet duty."
2. The next finger is the pointing finger Pray for
those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes
teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support
and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction.
Keep them in your prayers.
3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds
us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in
business and industry, and administrators. These
people shape our nation and guide public opinion.
They need God's guidance. Also include our servicemen
and women here and abroad who always stand tall in
the duty of defending and protecting our nation. They
need God's strength and comfort.
4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising
to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger; as
any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to
pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain.
They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray
too much for them.
5. And lastly comes our little finger; the smallest
finger of all. Which is where we should place ourselves
in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, "The
least shall be the greatest among you." Your pinkie
should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time
you have prayed for the other four groups, your own
needs will be put into proper perspective and you will
be able to pray for yourself more effectively.
4. How You Can Help
There are three ways you can share your financial
resources and the bounty God has given you.
First, help the evangelistic ministry of the Rev.
Delores Berry. You may write Delores directly at
Delores Berry, 314 Bentley Ridge Blvd., Lancaster,
PA 17602. Or by e-mail at RevDBerry@...
may visit Delores' Web site at:
And you can make
tax-deductible (for US citizens) contributions using
your credit card on the Chi Rho Press Web site at
or by phone
using your credit card to 301/926-1208, or by mail
paying by check to Chi Rho Press, P.O. Box 7864,
Gaithersburg, MD 20898. Just specify in the note
line on your check or in the 'Special Instructions
and Comments' section of our shopping cart that your
gift is for Delores Berry. We will forward all
contributions on to Delores and Judy.
Second, join Chi Rho Press as a partner in ministry
with Dr. Rembert Truluck. You may buy his wonderful
and inspiring book, "Steps to Recovery from Bible
Abuse," on line at
Or make a fully tax-deductible contribution by making
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. If you prefer, you may make your contribution on
line at this link: http://www.chirhopress.com/sponsor.html.
Just 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.
Third, Chi Rho Press itself needs your assistance! All
contributions to Chi Rho Press are fully tax deductible.
If you are able to make a financial gift to this ministry,
we would welcome your support. Gifts and contributions
of any size are welcome and appreciated! While we
encourage your generosity to our partners in ministry,
Delores Berry and Rembert Truluck, we could sure use
your help as well!
Our Guardian Angel Individual Sponsors program starts
with a minimum gift of $150 a year and our Guardian
Angels receive discounts on Press publications, free
gifts during the year, and special other perks.
You may contribute on line, paying with your credit
card at http://www.chirhopress.com/sponsor.html
your check or money order to Chi Rho Press, P.O. Box
7864, Gaithersburg, MD 20898.
If you want to designate your gift to the work of the
Spanish Translation Task Force, just let us know!
Thanks for your support!
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.
Tue. Aug. 31, John Bunyan (1628-1688). Puritan
preacher and writer. Born to an Anglican family,
Bunyan experienced a powerful conversion as a Puritan
when he married. His work as a lay preacher after the
English Civil War led to his imprisonment, where he did
most of his writing. As a Calvinist he saw the world
as a grand conflict between good and evil. He is best
known for "The Pilgrim's Progress," an allegory about
the Christian life as a journey and adventure of faith.
Wed. Sep. 1, Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year
Fri. Sep. 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.
Sat. Sep. 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.
Mon. Sep. 6, Labour Day (U.S.A., Canada). Federal
Fri. Sep. 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.
Sat. Sep. 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.
Sun. Sep. 12, Grandparent's Day (U.S.A.).
Sun. Sep. 12, Lailat al-Miraj (Islamic). Observance
of Mohammed's night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem
and his ascension to heaven. (All Islamic holidays
begin at sunset the preceding evening. The actual
dates sometimes may vary from this calendar, as the
day is based on the actual sighting of the moon.)
Wed. Sep. 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
Wed. Sep. 15 (sunset) - Thu. Sep. 16, Rosh Hashanah
(Jewish). The Jewish New Year is a time of
introspection, abstinence, and prayer. Features
include sounding of the ram's horn and sharing
Wed. Sep. 15, Respect for the Aged Day (Japan).
Thu. Sep. 16, Independence Day (Mexico).
Fri. Sep. 17, St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179).
Abbess and visionary. Hildegard is one of the most
amazing women in church history. She started as a
simple Benedictine nun, but excelled as an author,
prophet, preacher, theologian, musician, composer,
poet, doctor, and pharmacist. Her intense visions
and ecological and holistic spirituality speak
strongly to our own time.
Order the 2004 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary,
complete with the entire year's Sanctoral Cycle, at
6. Adam's Last Word
It is hard to believe that summer is approaching it's
end and that next weekend is the three day weekend of
Labor Day. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Autumn
is lurking in the wings, ready to make it's appearance
with the beautifully changing leaves and the attendant
weather changes. I guess I am ready. Autumn and the
holiday season that accompanies it can be a very pleasant
time of year and it certainly can't be much wetter than
the summer has been here in Maryland.
My dear friend Barbara, who teaches Fourth Grade, and
a new friend, Tasha, a lovely young woman of Russian
ancestry, who has recently moved here from Massachusetts
and has gotten a job teaching Seventh Grade nearby.
They have start the beginning of the school year. Tasha
and Barbara and all teachers deserve our respect, support
I hope this time of year finds all of our readers and
supporters in good health, ready for the changes that
lie before us, and eager for whatever lies in store
for you, with God's help and grace.
We hope you will offer your assistance to the Spanish
Translation Task Force. If you do not speak Spanish,
perhaps you can help with your financial gifts. But
certainly keep us in your prayers.
We will be taking the English edition of the 2005
Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary to the printer
this week, so watch for a special notice about the
publication of this annual resource.
Gracia y paz,
R. Adam DeBaugh, Director, Adam@...
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