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    ************************* Chi Rho Press eNewsletter Vol. II, No. 7 3 March 2001 ************************* New Promissory Notes Are Now Available. See Article
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      Chi Rho Press eNewsletter
      Vol. II, No. 7
      3 March 2001

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      New Promissory Notes Are Now Available. See Article Below.

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      Welcome once again to the Chi Rho Press eNewsletter. Thank you for passing
      this eNewsletter on to others.

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      Contents:

      1. Author Bio: Dr. Rembert Truluck
      2. New Book by Nancy Wilson in the Works
      3. Reflections on Lent, by Adam DeBaugh
      4. Stained Glass Available!
      5. My Memory Book
      6. New Promissory Notes
      7. Adam's Last Word: A Busy Week

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      1. Author Bio: Dr. Rembert Truluck

      Dr. Rembert Truluck is the author of �Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse,� the
      fastest selling book Chi Rho Press has published. We are almost completely
      out
      of �Steps� and have begun a second printing this week.

      Dr. Truluck has a Doctor of Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological
      Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, 1968. He was a Southern Baptist pastor from
      1953 to 1973; Professor of Religion at Baptist College of Charleston, South
      Carolina, from 1973 to 1981; and writer of Southern Baptist Sunday School
      Lessons from 1973 to 1979.

      He joined First Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of Atlanta in 1981 and
      served as Bible teacher, writer, and preacher. He then served as Senior
      Pastor
      at Golden Gate MCC, San Francisco, and at MCC Nashville, Tennessee.

      Dr. Truluck now lives in the San Francisco Bay area where he is active as a
      writer, teacher, and counselor. His web site, www.truluck.com, has become
      incredibly popular as a source of information about Christianity and the
      lesbian/gay community and the steps to recovery from Bible abuse. The Web
      site
      debuted in September 1997 and had over two million visits in the first two
      years.

      Dr. Truluck�s book, �Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse,� is available from
      Chi
      Rho Press for $24.95 each, or $18.75 each for six or more copies, plus
      shipping
      and handling. It may be ordered through our Web site.

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      2. New Book by Nancy Wilson in the Works

      Kevin Fries and Adam DeBaugh had a very productive breakfast meeting with the
      Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson recently and discussed plans for the production of her
      new book, tentatively titled �Outing the Bible.�

      Elder Wilson has just stepped down after 15 years as pastor of the
      Metropolitan
      Community Church of Los Angeles (MCC�s �Mother Church�). She remains Vice
      Moderator of the Board of Elders of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan
      Community Churches.

      Alamo Square Press has reissued, in 2000, Elder Wilson�s book �Our Tribe:
      Queer
      Folks, God, Jesus, and the Bible,� originally published in 1995 by
      HarperSanFrancisco. There were extensive parts of the original �Our Tribe�
      that Alamo did not want to include, parts in which Elder Wilson outlined her
      extensive exegesis on LGBT people in the Bible. The publisher at Alamo, Bert
      Herrman, refers to Elder Wilson�s �expansive vision of Bible interpretation.�

      Nancy has offered her that �expansive vision,� now much expanded, to Chi Rho
      Press, and of course we jumped at the chance to publish it. Tentatively
      called
      �Outing the Bible,� Nancy Wilson is finishing her manuscript in March and we
      are looking at publication possibly this year.

      Nancy Wilson is also the editor, with Father Malcolm Boyd, of �Amazing Grace:
      Stories of Lesbian and Gay Faith,� published in 1991 by the Crossing Press.

      We are very pleased to have Elder Nancy Wilson join our growing and
      distinguished group of authors. Watch this eNewsletter for information about
      the publication of her �Outing the Bible.�

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      3. Reflections on Lent
      by Adam DeBaugh

      It has been a week filled with religious significance and observance. Tuesday
      was Mardi Gras, of course, and Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, so Lent has
      begun.
      Traditionally in many churches that keep Lent, the faithful are encouraged to
      �give something up for Lent.� This notion of �redemptive suffering� is one
      with which I have some problems.

      I don�t believe that God really enjoys our suffering, nor that our suffering
      gives glory to God. It�s as if I said to my best friend, �I care about you so
      much. And to show you and the world that I care, I will poke myself in the
      eye! How would you like that?�

      I would hope that my best friend would not find such a demonstration of my
      love
      edifying or useful.

      My image of God is not one of a deity who sits around getting jollies from our
      pain. I think God rejoices with our joy, and only grieves with our suffering,
      sacrifice, and pain. The reality is that people tend to give up things for
      Lent that they should perhaps give up anyway smoking, drinking, eating meat,
      chocolate. Not many people talk about giving up injustice, intolerance,
      bigotry, or hatred for Lent.

      So my discipline is not to give something up for Lent, but rather to take
      something on. Some years it is taking on a weekly donation to a homeless
      shelter or feeding program. Some times it is giving clothing to a worthy
      cause. It has occasionally been financial giving, or hours of service, or the
      gift of some of my talents and skills.

      What ever I take on I hope glorifies God a lot more than going on a diet for
      the 40 days of Lent. Of course, the fact is, I would have to diet a lot
      longer
      than 40 days!

      During Lent this year, my home church, Holy Redeemer MCC in College Park,
      Maryland, is raising money for the Heifer Project International
      (www.heifer.org), an international organization that combats hunger,
      alleviates
      poverty, and restores the environment by providing livestock, training, and
      related services to small scale farmers worldwide.

      Each recipient must pass on to others some of the offspring of the farm
      animals
      they receive. �Passing the gift� assures that the recipients become donors
      themselves, enhancing their dignity and helping communities to become
      self-sustaining.

      The Heifer Project even has a price list of animals! $500 for a heifer, $250
      for a water buffalo, $120 for a sheep, a pig, or a goat. But we can also
      get a
      flock of geese, ducks, or chicks for $20, honeybees for $30. Or three rabbits
      for $60.

      What are you taking on for Lent? Are you looking for suggestions? How
      about a
      contribution to Chi Rho Press? Or at least an order from our Web site!

      What ever you do to keep Lent, know that you are in my prayers as we spend
      this
      time of reflection, penance, and preparation for the crucifixion and
      resurrection of Jesus together.

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      4. Stained Glass Available

      We have all of our stained glass items in stock and available for shipment!

      Check out the stained glass section of our Web page at
      http://www.chirhopress.com/products.html and click on the Stained Glass button
      on the left. 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, and the new rainbow cross for
      $18.00
      and the new rainbow Star of David for $18.00, all plus shipping and
      handling.

      Use our handy shopping cart and pay with your credit card!

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      5. My Memory Book

      The second printing of "My Memory Book: A Journal for Grieving Children,
      Second
      Edition" by Gretchen Gaines-Lane, LCSW-C, is selling very well! Please visit
      http://www.chirhopress.com/products.html and click on the social action button
      on the left to see the cover and a description of the book.

      Though created for children by a children's grief and bereavement specialist,
      many adults are using "My Memory Book" to create memorials for loved ones who
      have died. Like a panel in the AIDS quilt, a copy of "My Memory Book" can
      become an important part of the grief process after losing a beloved friend or
      relative.

      The unique genius of this book is that it is wonderful for anyone to use,
      regardless of age. "My Memory Book" provides enough exercises for readers of
      any age to return to it again and again to celebrate the life of one recently
      lost and of their life together. The book also includes a special section in
      the back for readers to design their own exercises.

      Though many buy this book for family members, many counselors in the
      professional community have also recognized the therapeutic benefits of "My
      Memory Book" and use the book with their clients.

      "My Memory Book" is available from Chi Rho Press for $10.95 each, $8.95 each
      for six or more copies, plus shipping and handling.

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      6. New Promissory Notes

      We are getting ready to reprint two of our major books. We will be doing a
      second edition of "From Wounded Hearts: Faith Stories of LGBT People and Those
      Who Love Them," compiled by Roberta Showalter Kreider, and a second
      printing of
      Dr. Rembert Truluck's "Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse" was taken to the
      printer this week.

      Funding is always an issue, so we are issuing new Promissory Notes to help pay
      for each of these new printings. The good news is that both books have sold
      well. The bad news is that it takes money to print books!

      As before, $1,000 Promissory Notes are available from Chi Rho Press, at 8%
      simple interest, repaid in eight quarterly payments over a two-year period.
      Write mailto:Adam@... for the text of the Promissory Note, and
      send
      your check for $1,000 (or $2,000, $3,000, or even $5,000, or more!). We will
      send a signed Note after the receipt of your check.

      Thanks for your support!

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      7. Adam's Last Word: A Busy Week

      We had a very successful visit to Open Door MCC in Boyds, Maryland, last
      Sunday, where Kevin and I worshipped and ran a Chi Rho Press bookstore. Many
      thanks to Interim Pastor Deana Dudley and all the saints at Open Door MCC for
      making us feel so welcome!

      We celebrated Mardi Gras this week, and Ash Wednesday. Kevin and I had lunch
      on Tuesday with a co-worker from my secular job, and we went to the Ash
      Wednesday service at Holy Redeemer MCC, College Park, Maryland.

      We also took revisions to �Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse� to the printer
      and the second printing is now in process! This is very exciting, since the
      first printing sold out in just a little over a year.

      It is a massive book, over 550 pages, and so printing will take about three
      weeks, but we hope to have the second printing at the end of this month. We
      are having the cover laminated so that the heavy black ink won�t rub off as
      much in normal handling the things we publishers have to think about!

      A second hospice made an order for 100 copies of �My Memory Book� this week,
      which in addition to our other orders made it a productive and exciting week
      here.

      So it has been a busy week. I hope your week was joyous and productive as
      well. God bless you!

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      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
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