Chi Rho Connection, Vol. V, No. 14
CHI RHO CONNECTION
The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
Vol. V, No. 14
19 September 2004
1. 2004-2005 Liturgical Calendar Published!
2. Church Bookstore Starter Kit
3. "Christian with a Twist"
4. Ways You Can Help
5. Sanctoral Cycle
6. Adam's Last Word
This Issue's Quote:
"We strongly support President Bush's call for a
Constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage,
and we believe that neither federal nor state judges
nor bureaucrats should force states to recognize other
living arrangements as equivalent to marriage. We
believe, and the social science confirms, that the
well-being of children is best accomplished in the
environment of the home, nurtured by their mother
and father anchored by the bonds of marriage. We
further believe that legal recognition and the
accompanying benefits afforded couples should be
preserved for that unique and special union of one
man and one woman which has historically been called
The 2004 Republican Party Platform
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1. 2004-2005 Liturgical Calendar Published
Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary, Year A, November
2004 through November 2005, compiled by Raye-Anne Dorn
and the Rev. Clay Witt. $11.95 each, six or more
copies, $9.50 each, plus shipping and handling. It
is not up on our Web site yet, though we hope our Web
minister will be able to finish removing this year's
calendar and posting the 2005 Liturgical Calendar very
soon. In the meantime, you may order by telephone, fax,
e-mail, or snail mail. See instructions at the end of
Chi Rho Press is pleased to announce a brand new
Liturgical Calendar for the coming 2004-2005 church
year. The Liturgical Calendar features readings from
the Revised Common Lectionary, widely used as the
ecumenical consensus on readings for each Sunday and
holy day in the three-year cycle. 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 the popular 8 ½"
x 11" format.
Featured in this new Liturgical Calendar are these
sections: A Heading that identifies the day in the
church year (for example, the first Sunday of Advent,
or Proper 20) with alternative descriptions where
appropriate. The Revised Common Lectionary readings,
including a brief summary of each reading. (These
are intended as only a very brief overview to identify
general themes as an aid to worship planning. We do
not represent them as anything approaching a thorough
exegesis.) The First Reading is usually from the
Hebrew Testament, but there are exceptions, such as
the use of readings from Acts during the Easter season.
These are sometimes selected thematically to fit the
Liturgical Calendar, but often are simply being read
through key passages over a series of weeks. This is
followed by a Response, usually a Psalm. The Epistle
Reading is next, like the Hebrew Testament Reading
typically a series of key passages from the same book
being read over a number of weeks. Finally the Gospel
Reading follows the story of Jesus through the
Christmas and Easter cycles, plus the teachings of
Jesus the rest of the year.
Next is a section on Worship Planning, including the
liturgical Color of the day, Symbols and decorations
that can be used to enhance the worship experience,
and Special Events and secular and Jewish holidays
for the week which the congregation may want to
remember and commemorate on Sunday.
Rev. Witt has added lots of Notes in the Worship
Planning section which serve to explain in more
detail information about the time of the church year,
provide resources for further study and information,
and develop liturgical themes to make your worship
experience more rich and meaningful.
The last section for each Sunday is called Following
God's Footprints and is the unique contribution of
Raye-Anne Dorn, a former Roman Catholic priest. For
every day of the year, Raye-Anne gives us a traditional
saint, with a brief overview of an important theme for
which the saint is remembered and what that particular
saint can teach us. Some Diversity Dates are also
included, special occasions for celebrations of
diversity, such as special celebration days for
specific cultures (e.g., Cinco de Mayo) and special
days for the GLBT community (e.g., a day of remembrance
for Matthew Shepard).
The 2004-2005 Liturgical Calendar will be a helpful
aid for anyone involved in planning worship, as well
as a useful resource for all who want to know more
about the Church year and the rich liturgical life
of the Church Universal. We think you will like this
new Liturgical Calendar.
About the Authors:
Raye-Anne Dorn is a former Roman Catholic clergy who
describes herself as being "stuck in pre-Vatican II
times." She is a full-time wife, mother, professional
student, and federal government employee in Washington
DC. She presently seeks, and finds, God at Holy Redeemer
MCC in College Park, Maryland as well as at the local
Catholic Churches, United Methodist Churches, Churches
of the Nazarene, and AME Churches of the metropolitan
Washington DC area. She is a member of the Board of
Directors of Chi Rho Press.
The Rev. Clay H. Witt received his theological education
at Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C., where he was
granted an M.Div. in 1996. He also holds a J.D. from
the University of Tennessee and a B.S. in accounting
from Steed College in Johnson City, Tennessee. He is
currently serving as a Pastoral Assistant at MCC
Washington, with a focus on Internet ministry. Among
other things, he is the author of the weekly reflections
called "Soul Food for the Week's Journey" at
<www.soulfoodministry.org>. He served as the founding
pastor of MCC Washington's parish extension, Holy
Redeemer MCC in College Park, Maryland, from 1998
through April 2003. He is a member of the Board of
Directors of Chi Rho Press. He also has a full-time
position as an attorney with the Federal government.
Clay grew up in Eastern Tennessee as a member of the
United Methodist Church. He was active as a layman
in the Protestant chapel program while serving in the
military. He attended worship with Roman Catholic
congregations from time to time in the 1970s and
early 1980s. He had his first experience as a member
of an MCC in San Diego in the mid-1970s. He has been
a member of MCC Washington since the mid-1980s.
How to order: until our over-worked Web minister is
able to get the new 2005 Liturgical Calendar and
Lectionary posted on the Web site, you may order by
sending your order, along with your name, address,
telephone, and credit card name and expiration date
by e-mail (to Orders@...), snail mail (to
Chi Rho Press, P.O. Box 7864, Gaithersburg, MD 20898),
or telephone or fax (at 301/926-1208). Or if you
prefer you may send a check or money order to our
post office box.
A single copy is $11.95 plus $3.50 shipping and
handling (S&H), totaling $15.45.
Two copies are $23.90 plus $4.50 S&H, totaling $28.40.
Three copies are $35.85 plus $4.50 S&H, totaling $40.35.
Four copies are $47.80 plus $5.50 S&H, totaling $53.30.
Five copies are $59.75 plus $5.50 S&H, totaling $65.25.
At six or more copies, the bulk discount kicks in (it
is less expensive to buy six than five under our weird
percentage discount system), so six copies are $59.70
plus $5.50 S&H, totaling $65.20.
Seven copies are $66.50 plus $6.50 S&H, totaling $$73.00.
Eight copies are $76.00 plus $6.50 S&H, totaling $82.50.
Nine copies are $85.50 plus $7.50 S&H, totaling $93.00.
Ten copies are $95.00 plus $7.50 S&H, totaling $102.50.
At eleven copies, we pay shipping and handling, so eleven
copies or more are simply $9.50 each.
If this is all too complicated for you, we will send out
a special Chi Rho Connection to announce when the 2005
Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary is up on the Web site.
Thanks for your patience!
2. Church Bookstore Starter Kit
The Board of Directors of Chi Rho Press announces a
new way for local churches to start their own church
bookstore, our Church Bookstore Starter Kit. Chi Rho
Press would certainly be only one of a number of
publishing houses that a local church might want
to purchase books from for resale. In order to make
the process a little easier, we offer an easy to deal
with starter kit of books on consignment for the first
six months to serve as the nucleus for a new local
Here are the terms for this opportunity:
You look through our on-line catalog at
http://www.ChiRhoPress.com and select books or other
items you think you would want in your new bookstore.
Contact us at StoreStart@... with the
titles you are interested in and the numbers of your
initial order. We require a ten book minimum for this
offer, but you may mix titles to make the ten book
minimum (you can start as low as two copies of each
of five titles, for instance). Send us the name,
address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail
address of your congregation; your pastor's name,
and the name of your bookstore manager for verification
Chi Rho Press offers a 30% discount off the list price
on books purchased for this special program. (Commercial
bookstores, with resale licenses, customarily receive a
40% discount with a minimum order of six books, and a
20% discount for an order of fewer than six books.)
Unfortunately, because of the wear and tear common with
church bookstores, we can not accept returns. All sales
You will be sent an invoice for the actual shipping
costs of your initial bookstore order, which is due
You will also receive a second invoice for the books
you have ordered, which will include your new church
bookstore's 30% discount. We leave the books with
you on consignment for the first six months. During
those first six months of your new bookstore, all we
ask is that you send a written itemized accounting
each month, enumerating the number of Chi Rho Press
books you have sold and including a check for those
sales only. Upon the receipt of each month report,
we will send an amended invoice.
After the initial six month consignment period, the
full balance of the invoice is due to Chi Rho Press,
payable within 30 days of the end of the initial six
Of course, if any of the titles you order for the
initial six month consignment period sell out, we
will be glad to fill and invoice you for new orders
at any time. New orders will not be invoiced under
these terms for the ?Church Bookstore Starter Kit,?
but under our regular discount and payment will be
due within 30 days of the invoice.
Please write StoreStart@... for more
information or to place an order for your new church
3. "Christian with a Twist"
Because we have published two books of reflections
and meditations on Scripture this year, we want to
be able to share samples of both with you. The weekly
Chi Rho Reflection, e-mailed every Sunday, features
the meditation of the day taken from our first major
book this year, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok. "Living as
and is available for $20.95 each, six or more copies
for $15.75 each, plus shipping and handling.
Not wanting to short change our readers, we have
decided to include a selection from our second major
book of reflections, "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, in each of the Chi Rho Connections,
published twice a month.
"Christian with a Twist" is available for $19.95 each,
$14.95 each for six or more copies, plus shipping and
handling. You can read more about it and order it at
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.
Here is a selection from the Ordinary Time section
of "Christian with a Twist."
Please read Isaiah 6:1-8.
If I had turned to this passage six months or a year
ago I would have probably passed it by more quickly
than you could say, "cherubim and seraphim." I mean,
what the heck is a seraph anyway? I like my God to be
natural. Six winged creatures and purification by fire
seem like the stuff of pagan religions, not mine.
But then what is natural? I have learned a bit about
pagan beliefs of late, and while they are way too
complicated for me, Jesus told me not to judge.
Christianity can be made very complicated, too.
To some it is unbelievable. Jesus did not say
anything about seraphs, but he did know the book
of Isaiah and I am sure his reflections were a lot
better than mine. Maybe I should be looking for the
truth rather than a way to justify my unbelief.
Whether they came from the mind of Isaiah or holy
intervention, the seraphs said something that is
very real to me. Before the communion table we
"Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might!
Heaven and earth are full of your glory!"
I feel the presence of Jesus as we come forward to
the table. For me the bread and the cup are symbols
of that reality. For others perhaps they are
physically transformed. God meets us where we
are; physically, mentally, and spiritually. I
guess we could also add; imaginatively.
The image of a six-winged creature purifying the
mouth of Isaiah with a live coal is not one I want
engraved on my mind. But then, I have cheerfully
ridden a gurney on the way to surgery several times.
Some would rather face a seraph with a hot coal. The
lessons of Jesus we can take anywhere. Jesus taught
that God can provide whatever is needed for us to
measure up to the tasks God lays before us.
I affirm that when I serve communion. If somebody
needs a mystical creature to convince them that
their voice can be used by God, then I am sure God
can come up with such a creature. After all, God
came up with me.
4. Ways You Can Help
There are three ways you can share your financial
resources and the bounty God has given you.
First, purchase a Promissory Note to invest in the
ministry of Chi Rho Press. The Board of Directors
has authorized the sale of additional Promissory
Notes at 6% simple interest. The Promissory Notes
are a way for Chi Rho Press to seek capitalization
for our ministry. The investments will be used to
pay down existing, more expensive debt, increase
staff effectiveness, and fund the printing of new
publications. We urge you to invest in this ministry
with $1,000 or more in Promissory Notes.
Promissory Notes in $1,000 increments are available
from Chi Rho Press, at 6% simple interest, repaid
in eight quarterly payments over a two year period.
Write Adam@... for the text of the Promissory
Note, and send your check for $1,000 (or $2,000, $3,000,
or even $5,000!). We will send a signed Note upon the
receipt of your check.
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, 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, like 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 or send
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.
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.
Sat. Sep. 18, Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961). Secretary
General of the United Nations. A skilled Swedish
diplomat, Hammarskjöld served for eight years as the
head of the United Nations. He was a rare person in
that public service was not a means to gain power, but
a religious vocation, a way of living out his faith.
He was deeply committed to the cause of world peace.
His personal journal, "Markings," published after his
death, revealed his own inner struggles with finding
meaning in life. What is still unknown to most people
is that he was also a gay man.
Mon. Sep. 20, Henri Nouwen (1932-1996). Priest and
spiritual guide. After ordination in his native Holland,
Nouwen taught in the U.S. at Notre Dame, Yale, and
Harvard. He was drawn toward monastic life, and became
one of the most popular and influential spiritual writers
of our time. The spiritual life, he said, was not
something just for saints or "perfect people," but the
call of Jesus was for all of us, even in our brokenness.
Tue. Sep. 21, St. Matthew. Apostle and Evangelist. The
author of the first book in the Christian Scriptures is
traditionally associated with Matthew, also known as Levi
the tax collector. These were hated as traitors who
collaborated with Rome. Jesus was severely criticized
for eating at the same table with them. Tradition says
Matthew traveled to the East, but we really know nothing
of his life and death. Most likely the Gospel was
written by an anonymous second generation Jewish
Christian in a Greek community. "Matthew" wrote the
story of Jesus in a way that addressed the needs of
the early church, a central concern to his gospel.
Tue. Sep. 21, First Day of Autumn (Northern Hemisphere).
The autumnal equinox marks when the day and night are of
equal length, celebrated as the harvest festival Mabon
in Wiccan communities.
Tue. Sep. 21, International Day of Peace. International
day established by the United Nations.
Fri. Sep. 24 (sunset) - Sat. Sep. 25, Yom Kippur (Jewish).
The Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish year,
is observed with strict fasting and ceremonies of
Mon. Sep. 27, St. Vincent de Paul (1580-1660). Apostle
to the poor. Vincent began his life as a priest simply
as a means of escaping his family's grinding poverty.
Anything was better than living on the farm. He managed
to obtain service among the wealthy and powerful of
Paris. At mid-life he experienced a great transformation
as he understood the seriousness of his vocation and
dedicated his life to serving the poor. He founded
hospitals, orphanages, and homes for the mentally ill.
Wed. Sep. 29, St. Michael and All Angels. While angels
(from the Greek word angelos, or messengers) are
mentioned often in the Bible, only a few are named.
The Archangel Michael is described as the captain of
the heavenly host who helps humanity in fighting the
enemies of God. Michael has been recognized as a
protector, intercessor, healer, and guardian.
Thu. Sep. 30 (sunset) Tue. Oct. 5, Sukkot (Jewish).
The Feast of Tabernacles (or Booths) is a harvest
festival and a remembrance of the journey of Israel
through the Sinai desert living in tents.
Order the brand new 2004-2005 Liturgical Calendar
and Lectionary, complete with the entire year's
Sanctoral Cycle. See the end of article number
one in this issue of the Chi Rho Connection for
6. Adam's Last Word
We are very pleased that thanks to the faithfulness
of new authors Clay Witt and Raye-Anne Dorn, we have
been able to publish our annual "Liturgical Calendar
and Lectionary" a bit earlier this year. They opted
to use the same basic format we have used in the past
two years. There are some changes in content and the
way the liturgical material is presented. The Rev.
Witt has a wonderful liturgical take on the worship
experience and I am sure you will appreciate his
notes and explanations of various elements of
Raye-Anne Dorn has taken us in a rather different
direction with the Sanctoral Cycle, not focusing on
modern "saints," but instead highlighting the lives
of traditional saints from the historic church
hagiography. Her brief digests of important themes
in the lives, ministries, and witness of the saints
provide amazing mini-sermons on various aspects of
faith and practice. She has given us a saint for
every day of the year except for high holy days, on
which Raye-Anne believes the focus should be on the
special Christian event rather than on a particular
Order your 2004-2005 Liturgical Calendar now. I
look forward to hearing your reaction to the new
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 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@....
If you are moved to help in any way, or if you have
any questions or insights into this exciting project,
please write Adam@....
Autumn is almost upon us here in the Northern
Hemisphere and we are gearing up for all kinds
of change, the weather is changing, traffic has
increased noticeably as schools have reopened and
people have returned from their summer vacations,
and the holidays are looming ahead of us.
Christmas is just a bit over three months away!
Of course, that impels me to remind you that it
is not too early to begin your Christmas shopping
and to suggest that a great place to do your
holiday shopping is at the Chi Rho Press Web
site, http://www.ChiRhoPress.com We never close
for your shopping convenience!
If you are going to order stained glass, the earlier
you do that, the better, to give us some time to
fabricate the glass pieces you order and get them
to you well in time for the holidays. View our
stained glass gift selections and place your orders at http://www.chirhopress.com/products/stainedglass.html.
Let's keep the people of the Caribbean islands, and
Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast in prayer as they
face yet more hurricanes in what is shaping up to
be an amazing hurricane season this year. Charley,
Frances, Ivan, and now Jeanne, it sounds like a
parade of nice people, but the reality is that these
names, when associated with hurricanes, represent
something fierce and dangerous. Pray for all those
affected by the storms this season.
Gracia y paz,
R. Adam DeBaugh, Director, Adam@....
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