19 September 2000
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1. New Staff Hired
2. Books of the Month -- AIDS
3. Christian Social Action Books
5. Adam's Last Word
1. New Staff Hired
The Board of Directors of Chi Rho Press voted Saturday to dramatically
our paid staff. In a courageous move, the Board agreed with the
of the Director, R. Adam DeBaugh, to add a part-time Editor/Office Manager to
the paid staff.
Mr. Kevin Stone Fries has been offered and has accepted the new position.
Kevin begins work the week of October 16, 2000.
For all of its 10-year existence, Chi Rho Press has had minimal paid staff.
The Director, Adam DeBaugh, has not been salaried. When personal finances (or
the lack thereof!) forced Adam to seek secular employment, we hired a
office worker to help fill orders, do data entry, and other office tasks.
Since April, Jason Gergler has ably filled this position, working two evenings
a week. Jason will continue in this position but was unable to increase his
The Director and Board came to the conclusion that with our current excellent
growth, the Press would not be able to continue to grow unless we dramatically
changed our staffing configuration. The new position will be daytime work,
starting at three days a week.
Kevin Stone Fries has worked as first Assistant Editor and as of August,
of the Press. He will add the duties of the newly created Office Manager
position to his job description, working three days a week and for the first
time he will be paid!
Part of Kevin�s new duties will include staffing the office, customer service,
and marketing. He will be expanding our Internet marketing outreach, seeking
out new List-serves and Web pages to join and link to. He will also be
closely with LGBT and other bookstores. He will be working with welcoming
affirming congregations, MCC churches, independent LGBT congregations, and all
other religious/spiritual organizations serving the LGBT community and our
Please join us in welcoming Kevin to our paid staff. Kevin may be reached at
2. Books of the Month
HIV/AIDS is still an important issue in our community and throughout
September, we are featuring three important, small books on the HIV health
FAMILIES RE-MEMBERED: Pastoral Support for Friends and Families Living with
HIV/AIDS, by the Rev. Louis F. Kavar, Ph.D. HIV/AIDS causes families to be
re-structured, enlarged and changed -- "re-membered." This book explores the
dynamics of family systems and the realities of extended families of choice
in the context of HIV/AIDS. $10.95 each, six or more copies for $8.25 each,
plus shipping and handling.
TO CELEBRATE AND TO MOURN: Liturgical Resources for Worshiping Communities
Living with AIDS, by the Rev. Louis F. Kavar, Ph.D. "As people who
continue to live in the midst of AIDS, one of our greatest resources is
community of faith." Dr. Kavar discusses liturgical symbols that have
special meaning in the AIDS crisis for churches, and provides parts of
liturgies for various HIV/AIDS-related worship experiences. $3.95 each,
for $2.95 each, plus shipping and handling.
I'M STILL DANCING! A Gay Man's Health Experience, by the Rev. A. Stephen
Pieters. A powerful book by a long-term survivor of AIDS: articles, sermons
and journal entries chronicle life with AIDS. Sick since 1982 and diagnosed
with AIDS in 1984, Steve's cancers have gone into complete remission and he
remains well to this day. He served for many years as Field Director of the
UFMCC's AIDS Ministry. $8.95 each, six or more copies for $6.75 each, plus
shipping and handling.
Order on line at www.ChiRhoPress.com, using your credit card!
3 Christian Social Action Books
We are featuring two Christian Social Action resources by Adam DeBaugh this
month. They are small booklets, but have sold well over the years. As
summer comes to a close and we enter into the busy autumn season, churches are
restarting the education and small group programs.
The first of these books is an excellent small group course that lays the
foundations of a program of Christian Social Action in a local church or
THE LEAST OF THESE: A Christian Social Action Bible Study on Matthew
25:31-46,by R. Adam DeBaugh. This seven part Bible study is perfect for
small groups, cell groups, discussion groups, and Christian education
was Director of UFMCC's Department of Christian Social Action for 11 years.
It is a powerful study series on a vital Biblical mandate for all Christian
social action ministries. $2.00 each, six or more copies for $1.50 each, plus
shipping and handling.
The second book is a basic primer used to equip people of faith to
Communicate with their elected representatives in government.
WRITING TO CONGRESS: "Prophesy Against the Shepherds of Israel," Ezekiel
34:2,by R. Adam DeBaugh. A description of how best to write and visit your
elected representatives in government, with ten tips for effective
and a fascinating Bible study about the responsibility of the person of faith
to address his or her government. This is the third edition. Adam was
of the UFMCC Washington Field Office and (starting in 1975) was the first
person ever hired to lobby the US Congress on LGBT civil rights. $1.00 each,
six or more copies for $0.75 each, plus shipping and handling.
Order on line at www.ChiRhoPress.com, using your credit card!
As we know, we see discrimination in some form or another almost everyday and
often times it leaves a sour taste in our mouths. The following story
the side of diversity that we are all working for. You have have already
it on the Web and it may be apocryphal, but we think it provides an important
lesson for us all.
On a flight from Johannesburg a middle-aged, well-off white South African Lady
found herself sitting next to a black man. She called the cabin crew
over to complain about her seating.
"What seems to be the problem Madam?" asked the attendant.
"Can't you see?" she said "You've sat me next to a kaffir. I can't possibly
sit next to this disgusting human. Find me another seat!"
"Please calm down Madam," the attendant replied. "The flight is very full
today, but I'll tell you what I'll do -- I'll go and check to see if we have
any seats available in club or first class."
The woman cocked a snooty look at the outraged black man beside her (not to
mention many of the surrounding passengers). A few minutes later the flight
attendant returned with the good news, which she delivered to the lady, who
cannot help but look at the people around her with a smug and self-satisfied
"Madam, unfortunately, as I suspected, economy is full. I've spoken to the
cabin services director, and club is also full. However, we do have one seat
in first class." Before the lady had a chance to answer, the flight attendant
continued ... "It is most extraordinary to make this kind of upgrade, however,
and I have had to get special permission from the captain. But, given the
circumstances, the captain felt that it was outrageous that someone be forced
to sit next to such an obnoxious person."
With that, she turned to the black man sitting next to the woman, and said:
if you'd like to get your things, sir, I have your seat in first class ready
for you..." At which point, apparently
the surrounding passengers stood and gave a standing ovation while the black
man walked up to the front of the plane.
people will forget what you said ....
people will forget what you did ....
but people will never forget how you made them feel
5. Adam's Last Word.
We are getting autumn off to a flying start! Saturday�s Board meeting was
incredibly exciting, as the board shared a vision of growth and success,
spurred by the employment of new office staff for three days a week. Over the
next month, we will be preparing for Kevin to begin work the week of October
We hope you will welcome him to our busy faith community. Even though Kevin
has ably served Chi Rho Press as editor over the past almost three years,
new responsibilities will stretch and challenge him. We are confident he will
do an excellent job!
On a very personal note Chi Rho Press has been my baby for all these years.
Bringing Kevin on as paid staff inevitably means more change and growth for
Press. I am very excited about the possibilities this means for the Press.
excitement is tinged a little bit with some fear, of course. We are taking a
risk and there is some fear of failure for all of us. But I believe that we
now need to have professional staff on hand, during the day, working with the
Internet and with our customers in other ways. At the very least this will
mean that there will be a live person to answer the phone when you call for
three days a week.
But I am sure we will be telling you about many exciting changes over the next
few months as Kevin begins to settle in at his new work experience with the
Press. My good friends can tell you that two of my primary spiritual gifts
paranoia and insecurity, so change does not always come easy for me. I am
lucky in that Kevin Stone Fries is also my very close friend, and he knows how
to allay my innate fears of change and to help me grow.
One change, which we made at the end of July, was the addition of the Shopping
Cart on our Web site and the ability to accept credit card payments there. We
received our first check from Dottie Berry and the wonderful folks at D3
Innovations and it was a very welcome check indeed! This is a change is am
very comfortable with!! Thanks to all of you who have trusted us with your
credit card payments. We are making every effort to ensure that your credit
information is totally confidential and not shared in any way with any other
company or group.
We always covet your prayers, but I think we need your prayers and support now
more than ever as we embark on this incredibly exciting new venture. You may
write Kevin directly at Kevin@...
to pass on your greetings, your
welcome, and your support.
Within the next month we will be posting Kevin�s regular office hours in this
eNewsletter, as well as other changes that are happening here at Chi Rho
We are glad you are partners with us here at Chi Rho Press. We are eager for
your comments, your suggestions, your assistance with selling our books, and
your own purchases! And of course, we covet your prayers for this ministry.
Grace and peace,
Adam DeBaugh, Director
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