Chi Rho Connection, Vol. VII, No. 10
CHI RHO CONNECTION
The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
Vol. VII, No. 10
5 July 2006
1. Episcopal Church, like MCC, to be Headed
by a Woman!
2. Children Retell Familiar Bible Stories
3. May We Suggest Chi Rho Cards?
4. Step Number 4: "Face and Deal with your
5. "Christian with a Twist"
6. Sanctoral Cycle
7. Adam's Last Word
This issue's Quote:
In the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, in the service
used to ordain a bishop, has these prophetic words,
"Let the whole world see and know, that things which
were cast down are being raised up, and things which
had grown old are being made new." Amen.
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1. Episcopal Church, like MCC, to be Headed
by a Woman!
Has the Metropolitan Community Church once again
spoken a Word of prophesy to the Church Universal
with the election of the Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson
as Moderator of the largely LGBT denomination? It
seems so, with the election of the Right Rev.
Katharine Jefferts Schori, bishop of Nevada, as
the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in
the United States.
Congratulations to the new "PB," as American
Episcopalians like to call the head of their
denomination, as well as to the Episcopal Church
which continues to reject the theology of exclusion
and "purity" that its more conservative members
keep trying to foist on the American branch of the
Anglican Communion. That notion of purity includes
opposition to the ordination of Gay and Lesbian
people; their elevation to the episcopacy (becoming
a bishop), like the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson; but also
includes notions of biblical inerrancy, opposition
to interfaith worship, women priests and bishops,
and remarriage after divorce. In other words, these
conservatives totally embrace the logic of all purity
movements, which is to exclude people who are different.
The delicious irony, of course, is that these
disgruntled conservatives turn to none other than
the notorious homophobe, misogynist, and crypto-
fascist Peter Akinola, the Primate of Nigeria.
Archbishop Peter fancies himself the true Archbishop
of Canterbury, which he has mistakenly places
somewhere in Nigeria, and is eager to serve as
bishop over the disgruntled (and wealthy) American,
Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, and even English
Anglican Churches who hate the idea of Gays, Lesbians,
Women, and God only knows who else becoming priests
Never mind the suspect theology of the Nigerian branch
of the Anglican Communion on such issues as polygamy,
not to mention the role of women in ministry and the
savage oppression of Gay and Lesbian people. Never
mind the traditional proscription in the world-wide
Anglican Communion of Bishops meddling in the affairs
of other dioceses. Never mind the fact that Jesus
always sided with the oppressed and marginalized and
outcast. Archbishop Peter has his eyes on the prize
and the prize is control of the world-wide Anglican
Church and the imposition of his repressive, un-
Christian, and hateful theology on everyone else.
Bishop Jack Iker, of the Fort Worth, Texas diocese
has already appealed to the Archbishop of Canterbury
to take his diocese out of the American church and
under the Episcopal oversight of another, more
acceptable (meaning male) Bishop. Other conservative
dioceses and churches will likely follow.
It looks as if the majority of delegates at the
Episcopal Church's General Convention in Columbus,
Ohio, have voted to remain pure and true to the
teachings of Jesus Christ, not the likes of Bishop
Iker and Archbishop Akinola. Jesus taught about
inclusion, not exclusion, about tolerance, not
discrimination, about love, not hate. And we
have a right to celebrate with our brothers and
sisters in the Episcopal Church in the US not only
over their overwhelming vote to be led by Bishop
Jefferts Schori, but over their willingness to stand
up for a Gospel of Inclusion and Acceptance.
As the Book of Common Prayer says in the service of
consecration of a bishop, "Let the whole world see
and know, that things which were cast down are being
raised up, and things which had grown old are being
made new." Amen and Amen.
2. Children Retell Familiar Bible Stories
Gleaned from the Internet, with no attribution.
These may have been floating around the ether for
a while and we apologize if you have read them
before, but we found them amusing.
STORY OF ELIJAH. The Sunday school teacher was
carefully explaining the story of Elijah the Prophet
and the false prophets of Baal. She explained how
Elijah built the altar, put wood upon it, cut the
steer in pieces, and laid it upon the altar. And
then, Elijah commanded the people of God to fill
four barrels of water and pour it over the altar.
He had them do this four times "Now, said the
teacher, "can anyone in the class tell me why the
Lord would have Elijah pour water over the steer
on the altar?" A little girl in the back of the
room started waving her hand, "I know! I know!"
she said. "To make the gravy!"
LOT'S WIFE. The Sunday School teacher was describing
how Lot's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of
salt, when little Jason interrupted, "My Mummy looked
back once, while she was driving," he announced
triumphantly, "and she turned into a telephone pole!"
GOOD SAMARITAN. A Sunday school teacher was telling
her class the story of the Good Samaritan, in which
a man was beaten, robbed and left for dead. She
described the situation in vivid detail so her
students would catch the drama. Then, she asked
the class, "If you saw a person lying on the roadside,
all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?" A
thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence,
"I think I'd throw up."
DID NOAH FISH? A Sunday school teacher asked, "Do
you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on
the Ark?" "No," replied David. "How could he, with
just two worms?"
HIGHER POWER. A Sunday school teacher said to her
children, "We have been learning how powerful kings
and queens were in Bible times. But, there is a
higher power. Can anybody tell me what it is?"
One child blurted out, "Aces!"
MOSES & THE RED SEA. Nine-year-old Joey was asked
by his mother what he had learned in Sunday school.
"Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses
behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the
Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea,
he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the
people walked across safely. Then, he radioed
headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers
to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were
saved." "Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher
taught you?" his mother asked. "Well, no, Mom. But,
if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never
THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD. A Sunday School teacher
decided to have her young class memorize one of the
most quoted passages in the Bible; Psalm 23. She
gave the youngsters a month to learn the verse.
Little Rick was excited about the task, but, he
just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice,
he could barely get past the first line. On the day
that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in
front of the congregation, Rick was so nervous. When
it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and
said proudly, "The Lord is my Shepherd, and that's
all I need to know."
LITERAL TRANSLATION. Sunday after church, a Mom asked
her very young daughter what the lesson was about.
The daughter answered, "Don't be scared, you'll get
your quilt." Needless to say, the Mom was perplexed.
Later in the day, the pastor stopped by for tea and
the Mom asked him what that morning's Sunday school
lesson was about. He said, "Be not afraid, thy
comforter is coming."
3. May We Suggest Chi Rho Cards?
Chi Rho Cards: A line of Gay and Lesbian greeting
cards from Chi Rho Press.
We are bringing back our line of greeting cards,
originally made available in 1993. With original
artwork by talented New York artist Timothy Leetch,
Chi Rho Cards are designed by and for the Lesbian
and Gay community. Chi Rho Cards are printed on
100% recycled paper and are affordably priced,
selling single cards (for $1.49 each), in packs
of five of one design (for $6.95), packs of ten
of one design (for $12.95), and in a sample pack
of two of each of the eight cards (for $16.95).
Women's Relationship Card. A religiously-themed card
for a Lesbian couple, suitable for Holy Unions,
Anniversaries, legal marriages, or just to celebrate
their relationship. On the cover, a dove of peace
holding entwined female symbols is superimposed over
the cross. Inside: "God's Blessings on Your
Men's Relationship Card. A religiously-themed card for
your favorite Gay male couple, suitable for Holy Unions,
Anniversaries, legal marriages, or just to celebrate their
relationship. On the cover, two men stand hand in hand in
a grand cathedral. Inside: "God's Blessings on Your
Lesbians' Anniversary Card. Two women, very much in love,
silhouetted on a seashore, make this a striking card for a
Lesbian couple's anniversary. Inside: "Happy Anniversary!"
Gay Men's Anniversary Card. An intimate scene of a Gay male
couple's bathroom decorates our card to celebrate your
favorite Gay couple's anniversary. "His and His" towels
are next to a steamed up mirror on which is written, "I
luv U" in a heart. Inside: "Happy Anniversary!"
All Purpose Anniversary Card. Our all purpose anniversary
card is ideal to celebrate anniversaries of relationships,
employment, sobriety, or any other special occasion. On
the cover, festive cards pinned to spell out "Happy
Anniversary." Inside: blank so you may write your own
Get Well Card. Send our little bear to cheer up a friend
who is ill, and speed their recovery. On the cover, little
Aloysius the Teddy Bear in his sick bed. Inside: "I Can't
Bear That You Are Ill. Get Well Soon."
Sympathy Card. An empty chair poignantly calls to mind the
loss of a loved one, through death or divorce. Inside:
"Grieving With You at Your Loss. You are in my Prayers."
Thank You Card. Our leaping figure celebrates all that we
have to be thankful for. Express your gratitude with this
joyous card. Inside: blank, write your own specific message.
All Chi Rho Cards measure 4-1/4" wide by 5-1/2" high and
come with plain white envelopes. Our packaging isn't fancy,
to save you money.
Order your selection of Chi Rho Cards now! Single cards are
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4. Step Number 4: "Face and Deal with your
Step Number 4 in the "Steps to Recovery from Bible
Abuse," but the Rev. Dr. Rembert Truluck, is to "Face
and Deal with your Anger."
Here is the introductory material from chapter 9 of
"Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse," in which Dr.
Truluck outlines the fourth step needed to recover
from Bible abuse.
The Fourth Step: Face and Deal With Your Anger
Anger toward people and toward God or yourself can
delay your recovery. Resist seeing yourself as a
Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow
to anger; for human anger does not achieve the
righteousness of God.
How Jesus faced and dealt with his own anger is
demonstrated in Mark 3:1-7, which is the basis for
the first lesson in the Fourth Step. Jesus began
dealing with anger by recognizing that he was angry
and by taking appropriate steps to deal with it.
The emotions of Jesus are given special attention
in the Gospel of Mark. Read through Mark again and
notice how often the human feelings of Jesus, such
as compassion, grief, amazement, etc., are brought
out. How Jesus handled his own feelings can be very
instructive to us in equipping us to recover and heal
from the abuses of sick, oppressive religion.
Anger is a prevailing feature of the current gay
lifestyle. Oppressed, abused people are usually
frustrated, and anger is the natural outgrowth of
frustration. The second lesson in the Fourth Step
will explore the origins and dynamics of anger and
suggest practical help in handling your anger.
The words "mad" and "anger" are used to mean the
same thing, because anger makes us at least "a
little bit crazy" and sometimes makes us into raving
maniacs. We cannot over emphasize the importance of
gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people
learning to recognize and control their anger.
Anger is a very natural and healthy emotion, but
when it develops into a lifestyle or an expression
of obsessive/compulsive behavior, anger kills.
See a very helpful (and entertaining, with lots of
cartoons) recent bestseller by Redford Williams, M.D.
and Virginia Williams, Ph.D., "Anger Kills:" Harper,
Buy the complete book, "Steps to Recovery from Bible
Abuse," on the Chi Rho Press Web site, at this link:
5. "Christian with a Twist"
Here is 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 the
late William Gaston.
"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
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 entitled "Who Turned Out the Lights?"
from the Pentecost and Ordinary Time section of "Christian
with a Twist."
Please read Genesis 1:1-4, Matthew 28:16-20, and 2
Enough already! God created the earth and called it very
good. God sent Jesus to teach the simple and honest truth
of God's love. Paul established the church. It has a few
warts and weaknesses, but still truth and beauty can
certainly be found within it.
God's kingdom is at hand, but still mostly we do not see
the light. We look around waiting for someone to show us
the way out of some darkness that we must be creating for
People who have had near death experiences report seeing
a blinding, beautiful light. I expect to be tired and
wanting to close my eyes and rest when I die. I want to
see God's light now while I am alive and awake.
Jesus said I could and by the grace of God I shall.
Anything that blocks my view will just have to get out
of the way. The light was turned on a long time ago,
and God did not give anyone the power to switch it off.
6. Sanctoral Cycle
As a regular feature in the Chi Rho Connection, we
are offering up traditional saints listed in the 2006
Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary from today until
our next scheduled electronic newsletter.
Thurs., June 29, St. Peter (Patron saint: fishers).
The successors of Peter: St. Peter lives on in his
successors and guides and feeds the flock committed
to him. The reality of our devotion to him is the
surest test of the purity of faith. "Where Peter
is, there is the Church," St. Ambrose. "I will give
you the keys of the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 16:19).
Fri., June 30, St. Paul. Whole conversions: St. Paul
complains in his letter to the Christians at the church
of Philippi that all seek the things that are their
own, and not the things that are of Christ. See if
these words apply to you, and resolve to give yourself
to God without reserve. "Wake up, O sleeper, rise
from the dead, and Christ will shine on you" (Ephesians
Sat., July 1, St. Isidore of Madrid. Simple faith:
St. Isidore became a saint because he preferred prayer
with God to conversation with other people, and because
he trusted the divine power and goodness rather than
any human aid. "Commit your way to the Lord; trust
in God and God will do this; God will make your
righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of
your cause like the noonday sun" (Psalm 37:5).
Sun., July 2, Bd. Peter of Luxemburg. Self-denial:
Bd. Peter teaches us how, by self-denial, rank, riches,
the highest dignities, and all this world can give may
serve to make a saint, and that in extreme youth. "And
Jesus said to his disciples, 'If anyone would come after
me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow
me'" (Matthew 16:24).
Mon., July 3, St. Thomas (Patron saint: architects). The
triumph of faith: Discard all notions, doubts, and
uncertainties and learn to overcome old weaknesses as
did St. Thomas, who "by his ignorance instructed the
ignorant, and by his incredulity served the faith of
all ages." "By his confession and touching of the wounds
he taught us what we ought to believe. He saw one thing
and believed another. His eyes beheld Christ alone, but
by his faith he confessed God," St. Augustine.
Tues., July 4, St. Elizabeth of Portugal (Patron saint:
jealousy). Daily attendance at church: In the Eucharist,
St. Elizabeth daily found strength to bear suspicion and
cruelty patiently; and by that same holy sacrifice her
innocence was proved. By neglecting opportunities of
daily communion and church fellowship we lose opportunities
for gaining strength.
Wed., July 5, St. Antony Zaccaria. Fulfilling 'apostleship:'
By his following of St. Paul's example in going out to all
people, and by the use he made of the Apostle's letters,
St. Antony Zaccaria gives us an example in turn. We must
always be ready to help our fellow persons in every way
that we can; and we should constantly re-read and ponder
Paul's expositions of the Christian faith and life.
Thurs., July 6, St. Maria Goretti. Triumph over sin:
Maria Goretti had led a very ordinary life. But in spite
of her simplicity, her great faith and love for God made
her truly extraordinary. This was the triumph of the
little girl who loved God and hated sin.
Fri., July 7, St. Arsenius. Silence: Let us learn from
the example of St. Arsenius that it is not enough to
punish our bodies; we must also keep a careful watch
over our hearts. Those who attend to the exterior alone
are like statues that shine on the outside with gold and
polish, but inside are full of dirt and rubbish. "God
knows how much I love the brethren, but I cannot be with
God and people at the same time; so I will not leave God
to be with them," St. Arsenius.
Sat., July 8, St. Odo of Canterbury. Brotherly corrections:
In correcting we should use all possible gentleness and
meekness, always remembering that, if similarly tempted,
we should ourselves have fallen yet more gravely.
Sun., July 9, St. Veronica Giuliani. Devotion to the
passion: "Blessed be God! Everything seems little that
is suffered for God's love. Blessed be the simple Cross!
Blessed be pure suffering!" St. Veronica Giulani. St.
Veronica teaches us that it is honorable and just to
deny our own natural inclinations by being lovers of
Mon., July 10, St. Alban (Patron saint: refugees).
Selflessness: When a persecution of the Christians in
England broke out a certain cleric flying for his life
took refuge in Alban's house. Alban sheltered him, and
after some days, moved by his example, he received
baptism. Later on, when the governor's emissaries
came to search the house, Alban disguised himself in
the cloak of his guest and gave himself up in his place.
He was dragged before the judge, scourged, and, when he
would not deny his faith, condemned to death.
Tues., July 11, St. Benedict (Patron saint: kidney
disease sufferers). Power of prayer: In all of the
saints' lives, one thing is common to all of them:
they never feared to do any work, no matter how
menial or tiring, because they distrusted "self"
and relied wholly on the power of prayer for support
and assistance. "Whatever good work you begin to do,
first ask God earnestly to bring it to a good conclusion,"
Wed., July 12, St. John of Gualbert. Forgiving your
enemies: St. John of Gualbert's defining moment of
heroism came when he forgave his enemies. We learn
from him to never resolve our issues of anger or ill
treatment by attempting to revenge ourselves in deed,
in word, or in thought. "I cannot refuse what you ask
in Christ's name. I grant you your life and I give you
my friendship. Pray that God may forgive me my sins,"
St. John of Gualbert.
Thurs., July 13, St. Brigid of Kildare (Patron saint:
healers). Mary as our role model: We all have to seek
to resemble the mother of Jesus in purity of heart.
This grace St. Brigid's prayers have obtained in a
wonderful degree for the daughters of her native land
(Ireland) and she will never fail to ask it of God for
all those who turn to her. "If you love Mary and wish
to please her, make her your model," St. Bernard.
Fri., July 14, St. Camillus de Lellis (Patron saint:
hospitals). Prayers for the sick: St. Camillus saw
the sick as living images of Christ, and by ministering
to them in this spirit atoned for the sins of his youth,
led a life precious in merit, and from a troublesome
soldier became a gentle, loving spirit. "Charity does
not seek its own convenience. We must give the spur to
this jade of a body of ours, to make it trot on and get
forward. The good servant of the sick dies in the
hospital," St. Camillus.
Sat., July 15, St. Henry the Emperor. Offerings: St.
Henry gave up and deprived himself of many things that
his offerings could enrich the house of God. We spend
money on ourselves and leave Jesus in poverty and neglect.
"For here in the church all our wealth is treasured; here
lies all our hope," St. John Chrysostom.
Order the 2005-2006 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary,
complete with the entire year's Sanctoral Cycle, at
7. Adam's Last Word
I had a wonderful birthday celebration the weekend of
June 23 through 25. I turned 59, as I mentioned in the
last edition of the Chi Rho Connection, or 15 Celsius.
Of course in Queer Years, 59 is 35. I think every age
over 35 is, well, 35. But I could be wrong.
I took the actual day of my birthday off work from my
secular job (Friday) and checked into a wonderful bed
and breakfast just a few miles from my home. Check out
the Gaithersburg Inn in Old Town Gaithersburg at
http://www.gaithersburginn.com The owners are a
delightful semi-retired straight couple who are very
welcoming and accepting of LGBT folks. The B&B is in
an 1892 Victorian house, fully and lovingly restored
by Chris and Terry Kirtz.
When I arrived Friday afternoon, Chris and Terry had
tea laid for the three of us, and then I rested in my
lovely upstairs room. My dear friend Barbara stopped
by with a bottle of wine, which we shared with our
hosts in the gazebo in their very large back garden.
Then Barb and I walked a block and a half to a great
little Thai restaurant in Old Town for a late dinner.
Saturday featured a fabulous breakfast of waffles,
sausage, and fresh fruit, and I spent the morning and
early afternoon finishing up entering edits in Candace
Chellew's excellent manuscript which we are getting
ready for publication. Then my 12 guests started to
arrive at the Inn for an old fashioned English tea,
which was my birthday party. Terry and Chris continued
to be gracious hosts and the tea was a great success.
My son Patrick arrived Saturday evening and spent the
night in the Inn, then after another excellent breakfast
he went to church with me at Open Door MCC in Boyds,
Maryland, my home congregation, followed by lunch with
friends. In all it was a splendid birthday weekend!
I really encourage you all to become Guardian Angels
of Chi Rho Press. This will help us a lot as we
prepare our next books for publication. Just $150
for a year will make you an important participant in
Gracia y paz,
R. Adam DeBaugh, Director, Adam@....
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