Chi Rho Connection, Vol. V, No. 16
CHI RHO CONNECTION
The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
Vol. V, No. 16
30 September 2004
1. 2004-2005 Liturgical Calendar Published!
2. Church Bookstore Starter Kit
3. "Christian with a Twist"
4. Sanctoral Cycle
5. Adam's Last Word
This Issue's Quotes:
"Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is
the key to unlocking our potential."
-- Sir Winston Churchill
"There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes."
-- William John Bennett
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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.
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. 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
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.
How to order: you may now order the 2004-2005
Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary on the Chi Rho
Press Web site at this link:
You may also 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.
The Liturgical Calendar is $11.95 each, six or more
copies are $9.50 each, plus shipping and handling.
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
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 are final.
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 Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
I love today's passage. It gives me a chance to vent
about one of my pet peeves. Oh no, not again, you may
be thinking. But seriously, I think that wisdom and
understanding are too much ignored and even sometimes
discouraged in our religious lives. Many people seem
to park their brains outside the church door, and I
wonder sometimes if they remember to pick them up on
their way out.
That is harsh and negative, I know, but so much talk
of religion these days is negative. Our religious
institutions have to accept some of the responsibility
for that. I do not understand the conflict between
science and religion. What better way is there to
honor God's Creation than to study the intricacies of
it? And does not each new thing that we discover lead
to even more awe and wonder about the complexity of
what God has done?
Today's passage says that God created wisdom at the
very beginning of Creation, that wisdom was there when
each and every thing came into being. Of course we can
never understand it all, but it is all real and all of
it is knowable, if only to God. There is a bit of God
in each of us and we are each a part of all that is.
We consist of body, mind, and spirit. We have hospitals
and health clubs to maintain our bodies. We have schools
and libraries to enrich our minds. We have churches and
scripture to support our spirits. We would not think of
accepting the level of health care or education of Jesus'
time, but somehow we think that the level of spiritual
development that was good enough then should be good
Another of today's suggested readings is John 16:12-15
in which Jesus promises to send to us the Spirit of
Truth that will teach us what he could not in his time
and place. I think that the Spirit of Truth that Jesus
promised is not unrelated to the Wisdom spoken of in
Proverbs. I think that God desires that all of Creation
be alive and growing, certainly our part of it which God
created in God's own image.
4. 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.
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.
Mon. Oct. 4, St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226). Friar
and founder of the Franciscan order. Likely the most
popular and admired of all the saints, and also the
least imitated; Francis was completely devoted to the
poor and the suffering of Christ. Born into a wealthy
family, he sought glory as a young knight, but instead
ended up seriously ill and in prison. Encounters with
beggars and lepers touched him so deeply he embraced a
life of poverty. Late in his life he became the first
to receive the stigmata, or wounds of Christ in his
hands, feet, and side. Because of his deep love for
them, his feast day is often celebrated by blessing
animals. He reminds us of the radical simplicity of
the gospel and the sacramentality of creation.
Wed. Oct. 6, Founding of the Universal Fellowship of
Metropolitan Community Churches (1968). Anniversary
of the first service held by Rev. Elder Troy Perry.
A former Pentecostal minister from Florida who had
been thrown out of his church for being gay, Troy
Perry knew that his experience was not unusual.
Called by God to start a church where GLBT people
would be welcome, he held the first service in his
living room near Los Angeles. Twelve men and women
joined him for the first service of what became MCC
LA, the Mother Church of UFMCC, now the largest
religious organization in the world for GLBT people.
Thu. Oct. 7, Sts. Sergius and Bacchus (d. 290).
Martyrs in death and lovers in life. These two
saints were tortured for refusing to compromise
their faith by making a sacrifice to Jupiter.
They were officers in the Roman army and lovers.
After their arrest they were paraded through the
streets in women's clothing, which was meant to
humiliate them. Bacchus died first and came to
Sergius in a vision, telling him not to lose heart,
they would soon be together for eternity. They later
became patron saints of the Byzantine army, and are
still honored among certain Arab nomads. Early
Christian writings show that the Church has not
always had a negative view of homosexuality.
Thu. Oct. 7 Fri. Oct. 8, Shemini Atzeret and
Simchat Torah (Jewish). Celebrates reading of
the Torah (Law). Features readings, processions,
and blessing of children.
Mon. Oct. 11, Columbus Day (U.S.A.). Federal
holiday, can also be designated Peoples of the
Mon. Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day. Anniversary
of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and
Gay Rights. This day has been marked yearly in the
GLBT community since 1987. In this powerful personal
act of liberation and rebirth we can experience the
reality of Jesus' words, "the truth will set you free."
Because equality cannot be achieved by staying in the
closet, it is important for each of us to come out to
our friends and family. When people know a gay or
lesbian individual personally, they are far less likely
to maintain negative stereotypes and prejudices. Coming
out is not a one time event, but is rather a life long
process. Whatever it may be, take the next step toward
living your own life with integrity.
Mon. Oct. 11, Thanksgiving Day (Canada).
Tue. Oct. 12, Matthew Shepherd (1976-1998). Victim
of hate crime. A 21 year old freshman at the
University of Wyoming, Matthew was abducted, tied
to a fence, and beaten into a coma by two young men.
His murder gave a face to the tragedy of gay bashing.
He is remembered not for any particular achievements
in his brief life, but as a symbol of the violence
that is bred by homophobia and the rhetoric of hate.
Tue. Oct. 12, Day of the Race (Mexico). Traditional
date for Columbus Day.
Fri. Oct. 15 (approximately, it depends on the sighting
of the moon), Ramadan (Islamic). Holy month of Islam
that commemorates revelation of Qur'an to Mohammed.
Begins when new moon of the ninth month is sighted in
Saudi Arabia. Strict fasting is observed daily from
sunrise to sunset. (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.)
Fri. Oct. 15, St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582). Mystic
and Doctor of the church. Raised in a wealthy Spanish
family, Teresa became a Carmelite nun. In an age in
which women's voices went unheard, she became a
towering figure, author of four books, religious
reformer, founder of 17 convents. As a woman who
based her authority on mystical visions, she fell
under the suspicion of the Inquisition. Her best
known work, "The Interior Castle," describes the
soul as a castle, and the journey of prayer that
leads from meditation to mystical union with Christ.
Sat. Oct. 16, Thomas Cranmer (d. 1556). Creator of
the Book of Common Prayer. During a time of political
and religious turmoil, as Archbishop of Canterbury
Cranmer was instrumental in the English Reformation
and the institution of the Church of England. Under
Queen Mary, a devout Catholic, he was declared a
heretic and burned at the stake. His legacy is
carried in the Book of Common Prayer, the beauty
of its liturgical language and its influence on
Christian prayer and worship even to our own time.
Sat. Oct. 16, National Boss Day (U.S.A.).
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
5. Adam's Last Word
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@....
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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.
Please keep the Chi Rho Press board of Directors in
your prayers. We meet this Sunday afternoon (after
church and brunch, of course!).
Chi Rho Press has a new Treasurer! Mr. Steve Barchers,
of Front Royal, Virginia, a long time member of the Chi
Rho Press board of directors, has been unanimously
elected Treasurer of the Press. Steve has already
begun work and is moving ahead like gang busters! As
the board tells me, I am a Word Guy, not a Numbers Guy.
<sigh> I hope they mean that kindly! Steve's
assistance is invaluable to me and to your Press.
Another staff change to announce is the addition of the
Rev. Clay Witt as Web minister for Chi Rho Press. Our
long term Web minister (who prefers to remain anonymous)
has performed amazing service to the Press for a number
of years. She will continue doing some work, with Clay
taking over primary responsibilities for design and
implementation of the Web site. Watch the Web site for
a new look, and some new features.
Speaking of the Web site, it is not too early to think
about your holiday shopping! Christmas is less than
three months away. Chi Rho Press never closes at
least our Web site never closes and is available for
your shopping needs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
(366 days this year!). If you intend to order stained
glass, it would be a good idea to place those orders as
soon as possible, so our Stained Glass Elf has plenty
of time to create your pieces in plenty of time for
Christmas. We hope you will consider doing at least
some of your holiday shopping at Chi Rho Press.
Gracia y paz,
R. Adam DeBaugh, Director, Adam@....
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