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Chi Rho Connection, Vol. VIII, No. 7

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  • Adam DeBaugh
    CHI RHO CONNECTION The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press, Your LGBT Christian Publishing House Vol. VIII, No. 7 31 August 2007 ************************* Contents:
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      The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
      Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
      Vol. VIII, No. 7
      31 August 2007



      1. New Sterling Silver Pendants
      2. Gay Flamingos Adopt
      3. May We Suggest Stained Glass?
      4. "Christian with a Twist"
      5. Labyrinth Retreat!
      6. Adam's Last Word


      This issue's Quotes:

      "Speak Lord, for your servants listen. Grant
      us ears to hear, eyes to see, wills to obey,
      hearts to love. Then, most loving God, declare
      what you will, reveal what you will, command
      what you will, and demand what you will. Amen."
      -- Christina Rossetti, 19th Century English Poet

      "The only reason some people get lost in thought
      is because it's unfamiliar territory."
      -- Paul Fix


      Welcome once again to the Chi Rho Connection, the
      electronic newsletter of Chi Rho Press. Thank you
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      1. New Sterling Silver Pendants

      Chi Rho Press, your MCC LGBT Christian publishing
      house, now carries Solid Sterling Silver MCC crosses
      and logos!

      A Gay jewelry artist has cast the traditional MCC
      Chi Rho cross and the newer MCC logo in Solid
      Sterling Silver for Chi Rho Press.

      The traditional MCC Cross with the overlapped Greek
      letters Chi and Rho in the center (a traditional
      monogram for Christ, being the first letters in the
      Greek word Christos) and the Greek letters Alpha and
      Omega on the cross bar (the first and last letters
      in the Greek alphabet, signifying the Jesus is the
      Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end).
      On the reverse of the cross is the dove of the Holy
      Spirit. The Solid Sterling Silver crosses are 13/16
      inches wide and 1 inch tall, and sell for $19.95 each,
      plus shipping and handling. Six or more are $14.95
      each, plus shipping and handling. Chains are extra.

      The new MCC logo on a round pendant with the flame
      of the Holy Spirit intersecting the stylized globe.
      The Solid Sterling Silver MCC logos are 7/8 inch in
      diameter, and sell for $24.95 each, plus shipping
      and handling. Six or more are $18.95 each, plus
      shipping and handling. Chains are extra.

      We also have 24 inch chains in polished steel for
      $2.50 each and in Solid Sterling Silver for $10.00
      each, plus shipping and handling.

      Please see and order your MCC Crosses or MCC Logos
      at this link:


      2. Gay Flamingos Adopt

      Carlos and Fernando, a same-sex flamingo couple
      famed for appropriating other birds' nests in a
      desire to become parents, have been rewarded for
      their tenacity with a chick of their own.

      Keepers at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in
      Slimbridge, England, thought of Carlos and
      Fernando when another flamingo abandoned its
      nest with an egg still in it. When the egg
      hatched in an incubator before the pair could
      take over, the keepers carefully taped the new
      chick into a discarded eggshell before delivering
      it chez Carlos and Fernando.

      "Parents usually first bond with their chicks as
      they're hatching and calling from inside the egg,"
      trust officials wrote on their Web site. "So to
      help Carlos and Fernando bond with their new chick,
      WWT staff took an old eggshell, carefully popped
      the newborn chick inside, taped it up and returned
      it to Carlos and Fernando's empty nest. The pair
      were soon seen "talking" to the chick inside the
      egg and a little while later the chick hatched for
      a second time, but this time to be greeted by its
      loving foster parents."

      The new family lives at the trust's headquarters
      in Slimbridge, near Bristol, in an estuary of the
      River Severn that happens to be the world's only
      home to all six flamingo species. The site
      provides birds to zoos in lieu of captives from
      wild populations, which are severely stressed by
      urbanization and climate change.

      Experts there say gay flamingos are not uncommon.
      "If there aren't enough females or they don't hit
      it off with them, they will pair off with other
      males," WWT spokeswoman Jane Waghorn told Agence
      France-Presse. (Barbara Wilcox, The Advocate)


      3. May We Suggest Stained Glass?

      We have on our Web site eight photos of stained glass
      windows made by resident stained glass craftsperson,
      Adam DeBaugh. Adam specializes in windows and also
      created the small pieces that Chi Rho Press sells.

      The stained glass pieces made especially for Chi Rho
      Press are the basic cross ($12.00), the gay/lesbian
      rainbow flag ($18.00), the red stained glass AIDS
      ribbon ($7.50), the rainbow cross ($18.00), and the
      rainbow star of David ($18.00). See them at http://www.chirhopress.com/products/stainedglass.html.

      Contact him at Adam@... for further
      information and to discuss commissions for larger

      Please visit the Chi Rho Press Web site and take a
      look at the stained glass windows and buy some of
      the smaller pieces that are readily available.


      4. "Christian with a Twist"

      Here is a selection from our 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 "All in Vain?" from
      the Ordinary Time section of "Christian with a Twist."

      Please read Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, and 2:18-23

      Somehow I love this passage. In fact, I highly
      recommend reading Ecclesiastes in its entirety.
      It is humbling, but in a way amusing. Some say
      it is depressing but I do not find it so. Maybe
      I am a bit weird. Recently I wrote about and said
      I loved a passage from Proverbs that emphasized the
      value of wisdom. I criticized the church for not
      encouraging us to learn, grow, and change.

      I do think there is a logic to my thinking about
      these very different passages. Yes, our struggles
      to learn and understand God�s creation can be in
      vain at least if we think we are going to change
      the world much, and especially if we think others
      are going to be impressed by us and carry on our

      But the verse that follows today�s reading and it
      is repeated throughout the Book of Ecclesiastes
      says there is nothing better for mortals than to
      eat and drink, and find enjoyment in their toil.
      That last part to me is the key. We must enjoy
      our lives for them to be worthwhile. Put another
      way, we must love our lives we must love the giver
      of life, and those who receive it, including and
      perhaps even starting with ourselves.

      The joy and the meaning of life are in the living.
      That in a nut shell, is what we do for God. We eat
      and drink as the writer of Ecclesiastes says. Maybe
      he was having a bad day or maybe without the
      experience of Jesus that we have had, he could not
      know that God is Love. Love can give purpose to all
      things. With that essential truth in mind we can
      enjoy the toiling that we do and the wisdom that we
      gain, and as our pastor says, �Go forth in JOY!�



      5. Labyrinth Retreat!

      Walking toward Holiness and Wellness
      October 12-14, 2007
      Leaders: The Rev. Reg Richburg and the Rev. Marian

      Join us for a weekend retreat for all who seek the
      path to healing and wholeness with God, with others,
      or with oneself. There will be time for personal
      reflection and group interaction. Presentations on
      using sacred objects for personal prayer, praying
      with the sacred path of the Labyrinth, and letting
      go of old wounds for God�s healing touch will be

      The retreat will begin Friday evening after dinner,
      and continue all day Saturday. A Labyrinth will be
      available for prayerful walking and meditation, and
      for teaching purposes. Retreatants are invited to
      remain for the Sunday worship service at Open Door
      MCC at 10 am Sunday morning, and for additional
      training and Labyrinth work Sunday afternoon.

      The retreat costs $75. Friday evening snacks, a
      light breakfast and full lunch on Saturday will
      be served. Scholarships are available.

      Send your check or money order for $75 made out
      to Open Door MCC, P.O. Box 127, Boyds, MD, 20841.
      301/916-5777. See www.opendoormcc.com for

      Please include your name, mailing address,
      telephone number, and e-mail address; and the
      name of this retreat.

      Housing is not included in the registration fee.
      We have made arrangements with the Holiday Inn
      Gaithersburg, 2 Montgomery Village Avenue,
      Gaithersburg, MD 20879; 301/948-8900. Web site:

      The hotel has an indoor pool, exercise room, and
      Jacuzzi. They provide a shuttle to the Shady Grove
      Metro Stop (Washington DC�s subway system) until 9
      pm. Our block of rooms will be held until two weeks
      before the retreat.

      The room rate is $79.00 a night, plus 12% tax.
      Room rates are for single, double, triple, or
      quad occupancy. We will provide shuttle service
      to and from the hotel to the Center for
      Spirituality throughout the retreat. Please
      indicate when you register that you will need
      a ride.

      For further information about this and other
      retreats in our first season, please e-mail
      Adam DeBaugh at Adam@....

      * * * * *

      Marian Humphrey was ordained in the Metropolitan
      Community Churches in 2003. Most of her career has
      been in the human services field as a Licensed
      Clinical Social Worker in Virginia.

      Marian has had a deep abiding interest in spirituality
      work from every day to Celtic Spirituality. She has
      designed and facilitated retreats for both adults and
      youth for over 20 years.

      Rev. Humphrey is a May 2007 graduate of Wesley
      Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. She has
      earned Master�s degrees in Social Work and Pastoral
      Ministry. She is a graduate of the Shalem Institute
      Group Leader�s Retreat Training Program and has
      taken courses in Spiritual Direction at Washington
      Theological Union in Takoma Park, Maryland.

      The Rev. Reg C. Richburg, LMSW, began his
      involvement with MCC in 1991. Reg was ordained
      at MCC New York in 2000 after completing training
      through the denomination�s SIR program. He has
      become a specialist in Spiritual Companioning
      (Guild for Spiritual Guidance), Contemplative
      Prayer (Shalem Institute), and is a labyrinth
      facilitator (Veriditas Worldwide Labyrinth
      Project). Currently, Reg serves full time as
      the Director of the Wellness Center of MCC of
      Washington, DC.

      * * * * *

      The Open Door Center for Spirituality is an
      independent outreach program of Open Door MCC.
      Our mission is to provide opportunities for
      spiritual inquiry and growth through dialogue,
      experience, and education. Recognizing that
      spiritual growth is both personal and continual,
      and yet lived out in relationship with others,
      the Center for Spirituality exists to provide
      a safe atmosphere where all people, regardless
      of theological difference or sexual identity,
      may come together to find guidance and strength
      for the spiritual journey, both corporate and

      The Open Door Center for Spirituality will provide
      quality retreat programming (both day and weekend
      programs) to foster spiritual growth and
      understanding among persons of various theological
      and liturgical traditions. While the Center is
      grounded within the tradition of the Metropolitan
      Community Churches, its goal is to reach all people,
      both in and beyond the Christian tradition.


      6. Adam's Last Word

      I am very excited about the Sterling Silver crosses
      and MCC logos that Keith Madden has created for us.
      Please spread the word to all your MCC friends. The
      cross design has been used by MCC for almost four
      decades, but it is not unique to MCC and is a wonderful
      cross for any Christian to wear.

      We have sold out of the first two batches of crosses
      and logos, but expect to have more in stock soon!


      Chi Rho Press Blog! We have started a blog for Chi
      Rho Press! Please check out our new blog at


      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
      Priority Mail.

      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 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
      this ministry.

      Thank you!


      Gracia y paz,

      Brother R. Adam DeBaugh, OSL
      Director, Adam@....


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