Chi Rho Connection, Vol. VIII, No. 2
- CHI RHO CONNECTION
The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
Vol. VIII, No. 2
18 February 2007
1. Pastors, Please Help up Out!
2. 2007 Liturgical Calendar
3. Step Number 10: "Develop Your Support
4. New Chi Rho Press Blog
5. May We Suggest Two Lenten Studies?
6. Adam's Last Word
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1. Pastors, Please Help us Out!
Can you help us build our subscription list?
Please put the following in your bulletin, church
newsletter, Web site, or where ever you communicate
with your parishioners and members.
Chi Rho Press is YOUR LGBT Christian publishing
house, as a part of MCC for over 16 years. For
those who are not subscribers to the Chi Rho
Connection/Reflection, please subscribe! Just
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You will receive a Reflection every week usually
late Saturday night or Sunday, and the Chi Rho
Connection, our twice monthly newsletter. That's
it, usually six e-mails a month. Some times fewer!
You can also read the weekly Reflection on our blog
each week at http://chirhopress.blogspot.com
Thanks so much!
2. 2007 Liturgical Calendar
The new liturgical year has begun. There is still time
to purchase your copy of the new Liturgical Calendar and
Lectionary, Year C, December 2006 through November 2007,
compiled by Raye-Anne Dorn and the Rev. Clay Witt.
$11.95 each, six or more copies, $9.50 each, plus
shipping and handling.
The Liturgical Calendar is spiral bound so it can lie
flat for easy use, in the popular 8 ½" x 11" format.
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.
You may now order the 2006-2007 Liturgical Calendar
and Lectionary on the Chi Rho Press Web site at this
The Liturgical Calendar is $11.95 each, six or more
copies are $9.50 each, plus shipping and handling.
3. Step Number 10 "Develop Your Support System"
Over the past few issues of the Chi Rho Connection,
we have been highlighting the steps from the book,
"Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse," by the Rev.
Dr. Rembert Truluck. Each step has four lessons
with it, and the book provides a huge wealth of
information and assistance for people dealing with
others who use the Bible as a weapon to cut down
and destroy and hate, rather than as a source of
comfort and joy.
Step Number 10 in the "Steps to Recovery from Bible
Abuse," by the Rev. Dr. Rembert Truluck, is to
"Develop Your Support System."
Here is the introductory material from chapter 15 of
"Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse," in which Dr.
Truluck outlines the tenth step needed to recover
from Bible abuse.
Develop Your Support System
Find accepting and affirming people who can encourage
you and share in your spiritual life and recovery.
Others also need your support. Start your own
Spiritual Recovery Group.
"We who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of
those without strength and not just please ourselves.
. . . Therefore accept one another just as Christ
also accepted you to the glory of God."
Romans 15:1, 7
All recovery programs include a time and place for
people in recovery to meet and share with others
who are dealing with the same issues and problems.
You need and can help others who are facing and
dealing with recovery from abusive and oppressive
religion. You can learn from the experiences of
others and they can learn from you.
Finding an appropriate and supportive group can be
difficult. Churches usually are indifferent or even
hostile to gay and lesbian people who are dealing
with how the church has hurt them. Some churches,
such as the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC)
and a growing number of traditional churches, are
reaching out in love and acceptance of gay people
without judgment or condemnation.
You can start your own group. You do not have to
have a large group of people to begin. Two people
can develop a time and place for dialogue and sharing
that will be encouraging and supportive to them. Do
not be discouraged if you never move beyond two or
three people in your group. Keep it simple.
Jesus met with his group of close friends outdoors,
in homes, and in a variety of places. Meeting in a
home or in a public place like a coffee shop or at
local gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered
centers are some of the various settings for many
kinds of recovery programs. As in all recovery
programs, the purpose of a group is not to preach
or promote any organization but to be open, accepting,
and nonjudgmental. Creating an atmosphere of mutual
respect and acceptance encourages growth, self-esteem,
and healthy, healing dialogue.
Buy the complete book, "Steps to Recovery from Bible
Abuse," on the Chi Rho Press Web site, at this link:
4. New Chi Rho Press Blog
Thanks to our Virtual Personal Assistant, Ronald,
Chi Rho Press now has a Blog, at
Our goal is to be adding things periodically like
personal thoughts and new articles, the weekly Chi
Rho Reflection; a link to this lengthier, twice
monthly newsletter, the Chi Rho Connection;
announcements of new publications; book reviews;
and all kinds of stuff.
Yesterday, we posted a Blog called Potentially
Hazardous. The response has been excellent.
One reader wrote, "Adam! Congratulations! Great
look! Excellent material, but that's no surprise,
just remember who's the author/'compositor'! PLUS,
ultra-accessible, some of these joints I can never
find my way around, even if they offer a site-map
(which some of 'em have to!)"
"The rest could learn a lesson or two about blogs
and blogging from your example, Adam, and about
GLBT folk and our concerns, of course!"
Another loyal reader wrote, "Your new Chi Rho blog
site is a lovely design and I enjoy reading it very
Other comments are being added to the article too!
Thanks for the grand response!
At some point I will start posting my "Tales from
a Micro-Press," about the process of how Chi Rho
Press runs and functions.
I invite your comments and please post to the Blog.
Let us know what you think!
5. May We Suggest Two Lenten Studies?
Lent begins on Wednesday, February 21, just a few
days away, and Chi Rho Press is very proud of our
two books of Lenten devotions. Here is a description
of each one.
"'You Need Only To Be Still:' Using the Hebrew Scriptures
to Journey Through Lent," by Randy Jedele. Spiral bound,
5½" x 8½", 100 pages. A book of daily devotions for Lent,
in which author Randy Jedele takes us on a journey through
the Old Testament. A lay Christian Education minister in
the United Church of Christ in Iowa, Randy Jedele has drawn
on his strong Protestant and Congregationalist background
to enliven the Hebrew Testament for us in new ways in these
Lenten devotions. View it on our Web site at this link:
In "You Need Only to be Still," each of the 40 days of
Lent, starting with Ash Wednesday, features a Hebrew
Testament passage, followed by two questions for your
consideration to bring the passage into our own lives.
Then Randy provides his own "Thoughts for Meditating,"
a few paragraphs reflecting on the ancient Bible story
in which he offers some background information where it
is needed and his own thoughts on the two questions.
On the right hand page for each day in Lent there is
space for the reader to write his or her own "Personal
Reflections," an opportunity for the reader to respond
and record thoughts and feelings. Each day concludes
with a prayer, a personal moment between the reader
and God. For each Friday, Randy has chosen a passage
from the Psalms.
The six Sundays of Lent in "You Need Only to be Still"
have a very different format with two blank pages for
each Sunday, one for "Reflections from the Past Week"
and one for "Opportunities to Seek in the New Week."
Randy writes, "I have chosen the Sunday format for a
couple of reasons. First of all, I have chosen not
to have a Scripture passage for Sundays because I did
not want to interfere with the scripture passages used
in the regular lectionary for the day. Secondly, it is my
practice to do just as I have suggested on Sundays. I
spend my devotional time on Sundays to reflect on the
events of my past week and contemplate on opportunities
that may lie before me in the new week. I think it is
important for us to remind ourselves of the lessons we
have learned, the joys we have known, and the pains that
have pierced our hearts. It is also good for us to make
plans for the days that come before us. Reflecting is truly
a time of quiet meditation and being still before God."
The title, "You Need Only to be Still," comes from
Exodus 14:13-14, "Moses answered the people, 'Do not
be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance
the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see
today you will never see again. The Lord will fight
for you; you need only to be still.'" Randy Jedele
writes, in the Introduction, "Too often we Christians
ignore the Hebrew Scriptures and build our relationships
with God on the New Testament. However, as I have
journeyed through the Hebrew Scriptures through the
years, I have always marked passages that spoke to me.
It has not surprised me to discover a wealth of
spiritual wisdom throughout the Hebrew Scriptures.
It is my hope and prayer that those who use this
devotional as they journey through Lent will also
discover the richness of the God of the Hebrew
Scriptures. Truly, there is much to be learned as
we discover the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
the God of Hannah, Ruth, and Esther, a God who was
a powerful source in the lives of those who learned
to seek the presence of the living God and to live
in the stillness of God's grace."
"Over and over, God calls us to be still, so that God
can minister to our hearts and prepare us to journey
each day as a new day. . . . I have envisioned that
[this devotional] will mostly be a personally journey,
a quiet time each day when the readers will, on their
own, seek the stillness of God. . . . As you read,
meditate, and pray through this devotional, may God
bless and enrich your life. It is my prayer that
each of you will find God in the stillness of your
busy lives and that God will provide you with wisdom,
fill you with peace, and shower you with love."
We know you will be blessed by this book of devotions
for Lent. You may order it on our Web site at this link:
$10.95 each, six or more copies for $8.95 each, plus
shipping and handling.
Our other book of Lenten Meditations was "For
Another Flock," written from a Gay Roman
Catholic point of view. "For Another Flock: Rainbow
Meditations and Study Guide for Lent," by Jeffrey Lea.
($10.95 each, $8.95 each for six or more copies, plus
shipping and handling.) View it on our Web site at:
Written out of the deep faith and learning of a
gay practicing Roman Catholic and from a Catholic
perspective, "For Another Flock" includes daily
meditations for all the days of Lent and Holy Week,
beginning with Ash Wednesday (which this year is Feb.
9), and ending with Easter Sunday. Scripture readings
are provided for every day in Lent and Holy Week followed
by a reflection from a uniquely gay and Catholic point of
view and a prayer.
Following the daily meditations is a seven-week Lenten
Bible Study Guide. Jeff Lea's introduction explores Lent
as a penitential season, discussing penance and repentance.
Each weekly Bible Study starts with a Gospel reading.
There is a Lenten theme for each of the seven sessions.
Week One is "An Ash Wednesday Ritual and Discussion of
the Nature of Penance." Week Two is "The Nature of
Temptation." Week Three is "The Meaning of Sin in our
Lives." Week Four is "Faithfulness and Homosexuality."
Week Five is "The Joy of Being Gay." Week Six is "The
Meaning of Judgement." And the concluding session is
"The Last Supper and the Mandatum" (New Commandment).
Seven Appendices conclude the book: Solemnities and
Feasts in Lent, Lectionary Cycle Calendar, The Books
of the Old Testament of the Various Biblical Traditions,
Small Group Study Guidelines, an Ash Wednesday Liturgy,
a Maundy Thursday Liturgy, and a Bibliography.
Jeff Lea writes, "Far too many gay women and men continue
to view the primary Christian scripture, the Holy Bible,
as a document hostile to people whose expression of
intimate love is homosexual. Nothing can be further
from the truth. While the Bible does condemn the
ritualistic abuse of human sexuality it does not ever
express a view of same-sex love as an abomination. In
fact it affirms it in the love story of Jonathan and
"The Bible's primary message is Love. To love God,
ourselves, and each other as God has loved us. The
Bible is not a handbook on how to hate sin. It is a
transcript of the ongoing love story between God and
the people of God.
"Lent is the primary renewing and penitential season
of the Church year. It is the time of personal
examination and purification before we enter into the
Paschal mystery on Easter Sunday. We are at the door
to salvation during this time. Gay people are also at
that door and we too have an experience of conversion
and faith. These meditations present the point of view
of a gay male Christian exploring the liminal experience
of coming out gay, coming out Christian, and discovering
affirmation in the Bible. The book provides both a
daily meditation on the scriptural readings for Lent,
and a seven-week group study that explores penance from
a positive gay perspective."
"For Another Flock: Rainbow Meditations and Study Guide
for Lent" is spiral bound, 5 ½" x 8 ½", 104 pages, and
sells for $10.95 each, $8.95 each for six or more copies,
plus shipping and handling.
6. Adam's Last Word
New Blog! We have started a blog for Chi Rho Press!
Please check out our new blog at
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.
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When I order one copy of the Liturgical Calendar and
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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
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Be smart shoppers and choose your shipping options
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Gracia y paz,
Brother R. Adam DeBaugh, OSL
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