Chi Rho Connection, Vol. VII, No. 15
CHI RHO CONNECTION
The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
Vol. VII, No. 15
18 November 2006
1. 2007 Liturgical Calendar
2. Stained Glass for Christmas!
3. Step Number 7: "Find Positive Supportive
4. May We Suggest Easy Christmas Shopping?
5. The Order of Saint Luke
6. Adam's Last Word
This issue's Quote:
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because
those who mind don't matter and those who matter
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1. 2007 Liturgical Calendar
The 2006-2007 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary Year C
is now on the Chi Rho Press Web site. You may view it and
order it at this link:
The 2006-2007 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary sells
for $11.95 each, $9.50 each for six or more copies, plus
shipping and handling.
The Lectionary in the Liturgical Calendar is 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 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
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 (before
her transition). 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).
As a special added section, we have included alternative
readings for the four Sundays of Pride-Tide (June) prepared
by the Rev. Gordon McCoy. The four sets of readings for
Pride-Tide may be used at any time in the year that the
faith community celebrates LGBT Pride. The standard
Revised Common Lectionary readings are included for the
four Sundays in June as well.
The 2006-2007 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
Order the 2007 Calendar at this new link:
The 2007 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary sells for
$11.95 each, $9.50 each for six or more copies, plus
shipping and handling.
2. Stained Glass for Christmas!
Like books, stained glass makes wonderful holiday gifts.
The stained glass elf has been busy in the Chi Rho
Press workshop (or should that be stained glass bear?).
Check out the stained glass section of our Web page at
There are pictures of all five stained glass pieces:
The clear cross (usually with a red center) for $12.00;
The LGBT rainbow flag for $18.00;
The red AIDS ribbon for $7.50;
The rainbow cross for $18.00;
And the rainbow Star of David for $18.00, all plus
shipping and handling.
Use our handy shopping cart and pay with your credit card!
Put the stained glass bear to work!
3. Step Number 7 "Find Positive Supportive Scripture"
Step Number 7 in the "Steps to Recovery from Bible
Abuse," by the Rev. Dr. Rembert Truluck, is to "Find
Positive Supportive Scripture."
Here is the introductory material from chapter 12 of
"Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse," in which Dr.
Truluck outlines the seventh step needed to recover
from Bible abuse.
The Seventh Step: Find Positive Supportive Scripture.
Make a list of the Bible passages that especially speak
to you and give you hope and encouragement.
John 3:16-17 is a good beginning, "God so loved the
world [YOU] that God gave God's only begotten child,
Jesus, that whosoever [YOU] believes in Jesus should
not perish [throw away your life], but have eternal
life. For God did not send Jesus into the world to
condemn the world but that the world through Jesus
should be set free [saved]."
See also Psalm 100; the Book of Ruth; the story of
David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel 18:1 through 20:42 and
2 Samuel 1:1-27; John 14 through 17; Matthew 28:1-20;
Galatians 3 through 6; 1 Peter 3 through 5; Romans
5:1-11; 8:1-4, 14-39; 15:1-7; and all of Romans 5
Many other Bible passages are helpful and encouraging
to people who are abused, misunderstood, outcasts, and
oppressed. Discuss the Bible in your group and
encourage people to suggest Bible passages that have
Buy the complete book, "Steps to Recovery from Bible
Abuse," on the Chi Rho Press Web site, at this link:
4. May We Suggest East Christmas Shopping?
What if we could point you to a store that is open
24 hours a day, seven days a week; where you can shop
in your pajamas if you want; where you can buy books,
stained glass, music, and even stocking stuffers; and where
shipping within the United States is free for orders
over $100! Of course, we are talking about our own
Web site, http://www.ChiRhoPress.com.
Books make great gifts! Titles such as Steps to
Recovery from Bible Abuse, Living as the Beloved,
Christian with a Twist, The Bible and Homosexuality,
two different Lenten studies, Come Home!, Called OUT!,
Positively Gay, My Memory Book, the new 2007 Liturgical
Calendar and Lectionary, The Road to Emmaus, and
Together in Love are all available and ready to ship.
Plus we have audio and video tapes, CDs, five different
stained glass designs, rainbow key chains and
bracelets, and more!
We have designed gift certificates that can be made out
for any amount you care to give.
These are not yet available on our Web site, so send your
check with a note indicating that you are buying a Gift
Certificate and we will make up an attractive Gift
Certificate for the amount of your check for you to give
along with a copy of our catalog.
Chi Rho Press Gift Certificates make excellent gifts!
Order some today at Chi Rho Press, P.O. Box 7864,
Gaithersburg, MD 20898.
Come shop at Chi Rho Press!
5. The Order of Saint Luke
In October I was privileged to attend the Annual Retreat
of the Order of Saint Luke near Pittsburgh, PA. There I
professed by vows as a Brother in the Order before the
Brother Abbott Mark Stamm. (Brother Abbott Stamm is a
liturgy professor at Perkins School of Theology in
The Order of Saint Luke is dedicated to sacramental
and liturgical scholarship, teaching, and practice.
As a religious order, we are a dispersed community in
diaspora, made up of women and men, lay and clergy,
from many different denominations, who are seeking to
live a sacramental life. The Order is Wesleyan and
Lukan in its spirituality, Methodist in its origins,
sacramental in its practice, and ecumenical in its
outlook. Please explore our Web site at
This year we celebrate our 60th anniversary, having
begun in 1946. There are over 750 members of the
Order scattered in 43 of the US states and in a number
of other countries. Sixty-nine brothers and sisters
gathered for the Annual Retreat this weekend, beginning
on the Feast of St. Luke on October 18th. I was one of
three people professing vows for the first time. My
pastor, the Rev. Dr. Rob Taylor, was with me this
weekend as I professed my initial vows. He is a long
time member of OSL.
The Rule of the Order of Saint Luke is simple, yet
We affirm the apostolic hope;
We live for the Church of Jesus Christ;
We seek the sacramental life;
We promote the corporate worship of the Church;
We magnify the sacraments;
We accept the call to service.
I am very pleased to have joined this ecumenical Order
and invite you to review the Web site, and to celebrate
with me on this important step in my spiritual path.
For those of you who are more sacramental in your
liturgical preferences, I strongly encourage you to
join the Order, which you can do by e-mail. Please
let me know if you are interested in doing this, so I
can assist you to become a member. Write me at
6. Adam's Last Word
We have been remiss in getting out new issues of the
Chi Rho Connection for the past little while, for
which I apologize. There is a lot going on and I
am eager to get fully back in the saddle at Chi Rho
We have a couple of needs, and perhaps some of our
readers will be able to help.
Our exemplary volunteer Web minister, the Rev. Clay
Witt, is really and truly retiring and wants to lay
down those duties by the end of the year. So we are
looking for a new volunteer Web minister. If you have
those skills and gifts and would like to take on this
role, please contact me at Adam@....
If you are in the Washington DC area, we also would
benefit by a couple of volunteer office workers to
help get things better organized here in my home
office. Since I work a full-time secular job, I am
looking for volunteers in the evening and on weekends.
Write me at Adam@... if you are interested.
I have recently been elected one of the two lay
delegates at my home congregation, Open Door MCC,
Boyds, MD (Website: http://www.opendoormcc.com).
This is a great honor for me and I look forward to
representing my congregation at international and
regional conferences of MCC over the next two years.
I also serve on the altar guild, one of the worship
teams, head the HIV Support Group, and am chair of
the Outreach Committee.
Shipping and Handling Tip: When you are ordering
from the Chi Rho Press Web site, be sure to tell us
your preferred shipping method. The way the shopping
cart is set up, the shipping method defaults to United
Parcel Service. This is NOT the most economical way
to ship for orders under seven pounds. If you want
the most inexpensive shipping (within the United
States) it is usually best to pick USPS (United
States Postal Service Domestic Parcel Post) for
packages weighing under seven pounds. UPS (United
Parcel Service) Ground is more economical for packages
heavier than seven pounds. The shopping cart will
tell you how much your order weighs in the box right
next to your order amount and price. There is a link
there to change your shipping method as well.
When I order one copy of the Liturgical Calendar and
allow the default UPS Ground shipping method, the
shipping cost is almost as much as the book, $10.11!
But if I change the shipping method to USPS Parcel
Post shipping is only $6.28, and it is $6.46 for USPS
Also do not forget that shipping from Chi Rho Press
is FREE for orders over $100. Sometimes all you need
do is add another book or two to get free shipping,
saving even more money.
Be smart shoppers and choose your shipping options
carefully to avoid paying too much!
I am very happy to be a brother in the Order of Saint
Luke and I encourage you to explore joining the Order
as well. Check out the Web site at http://www.saint-luke.org.
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
Finally, as the holidays approach, please know that I
wish you a very blessed holiday season. Thanksgiving
(here in the US), Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and
New Years all bring with them great opportunities for
joy, but also much sadness for many people in the LGBT
Suicides and suicide attempts increase during the holiday
season, especially for many LGBT people whose families
have deserted them or who are single and alone. Please
remember those who are alone this holiday season and try
to include them in your festivities. Even a card, a
small gift (from Chi Rho Press, of course!), or an
invitation to dinner or a party, can mean so much to
someone for whom the holidays are not always filled
with blessings and joy.
And please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers
as we move through the stately dance of thanksgiving to
the birth of our Savior and the coming new year. May
you be filled with every good thing now and always.
Gracia y paz,
Brother R. Adam DeBaugh, OSL
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