Chi Rho Connection, Vol. VIII, No. 8
- CHI RHO CONNECTION
The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
Vol. VIII, No. 8
13 September 2007
1. New 2008 Liturgical Calendar: Advance Orders
2. New Sterling Silver Pendants
3. May We Suggest Stained Glass?
4. "Christian with a Twist"
5. Labyrinth Retreat!
6. Adam's Last Word
This issue's Quote:
In a letter written near the end of his life,
J. R. R. Tolkien said, "so it may be said that
the chief purpose of life, for any one of us,
is to increase according to our capacity our
knowledge of God by all the means we have, and
to be moved by it to praise and thanks."
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1. New 2008 Liturgical Calendar Advance Orders
We have been working hard on the Liturgical Calendar
and Lectionary for the Church Year, which starts with
the first Sunday in Advent, December 2, 2007. It is
almost ready and our Web minister has put it on the
Chi Rho Press Web site (http://www.ChiRhoPress.com)
so you can place your advance orders and we will be
ready to ship your Calendars to you the minute they
come off the press!
The NEW 2007-2008 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary
Year A is now on the Chi Rho Press Web site. You may
view it and order it at this link:
The 2007-2008 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 of the church year.
Our Liturgical Calendar is packed with useful
information for planning worship and preaching in
the local church. 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
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)
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
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 called "Worship Planning." This
includes suggestions for decorations or symbols for
special seasons, such as Advent wreaths; the
liturgical color for the day; etc.
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 meaningful.
Then comes a section called "Special Events," which
includes any special events occurring that day or that
week that you may wish to commemorate, such as World
AIDS Day, and some special occasions for celebrations
of diversity, such as celebration days for specific
cultures (e.g., Cinco de Mayo) and special days for
the GLBT community (e.g., a day of remembrance for
As a special added section, we have included
alternative readings for the five Sundays of
Pride-Tide (June) prepared by the Rev. Gordon
McCoy. The five 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 five Sundays in June as well.
The 2007-2008 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 Liturgical Calendar.
Order the 2008 Calendar at this new link:
The 2008 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary sells for
$11.95 each, $9.50 each for six or more copies, plus
shipping and handling.
2. Sterling Silver Pendants
Chi Rho Press, your MCC LGBT Christian publishing house,
totally sold out of our first two orders of Sterling
Silver MCC crosses and logos! Our silver smith is
working now to create a new order for us. They will
be ready soon! Order now, but be patient! Real
craftsmanship sometimes takes time.
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:
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
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 Things Work for
Good" from the Ordinary Time section of "Christian
with a Twist."
Please read Romans 8:28-32.
I am trying to be nicer to Paul lately. A few weeks
ago when Paul was being a pain in my flesh complaining
about the sins of his own actions, I resisted the urge
to criticize and instead encouraged us all to pray for
the Pauls of this world. That was good of me I suppose,
but the credit goes to my teachers from Jesus himself
to our own pastors. Occasionally I do listen, even to
Today though, I just want to tell Paul to stop while
he is ahead. The lectionary passage is really longer
than what I have included here, and I wanted to shorten
it even more. I do not believe God puts conditions on
us. Yes, we certainly should love God, but that really
does not need to be commanded of us. We will love God
more and more as we break down the barriers of fear
that separate us, or step out of the way and let God
reach through them. All of us are surely called by
God according to a special and unique purpose. This
is not always evident from our limited perspective,
but it has been true from the beginning of time when
God spoke the word that set creation in motion and
breathed life into the first living creature.
Yes, God gave up God's most special and beloved Son
to the world. God sends all of God's children into
the world for that is where we live and grow. God
knows that we will make mistakes and even die, but
in so doing we add to the magnificence of what God
has wrought. God takes delight in the faltering
steps we take as well as our occasional triumphs.
Yes, God is for us cheering us on with more
enthusiasm than the most aggressive soccer parent.
We are God's! If God drove a car it would be
plastered all over with bumper stickers saying
we are on the honor roll of life. God calls us
each by name and cheers each of us on.
All things work for good. They may hurt for a
while sometimes they hurt a lot and for what seems
like a long while. Growing can be a painful
process. But God is always there to make our
hurts better. God does not run out of time for
us, and in the end it will all be very good indeed.
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
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
* * * * *
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
This may be the earliest we have had our annual
Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary available.
But it's not QUITE finished! We are putting the
finishing touches on it and waiting to hear from
the Rev. Gordon McCoy with readings for a fifth
Sunday in Pride-Tide, since June has five Sundays
in 2008. We also hope to have a couple of surprises
for you as well.
The biggest change is that Raye-Ann Dorn, who worked
with the Rev. Clay Witt for the last three years to
produce the Liturgical Calendar, has retired. Raye-
Ann created the "Following God's Footprints" section
of the Liturgical Calendar for the past three years,
containing information about traditional saints on
each day of the year. I have stepped in to put the
Calendar together and used much of what Clay has
created over the last three years to give you a
helpful and creative Year A with lectionary readings
as specified by the ecumenical Revised Common
Our Web minister has put the Calendar on the Web site,
so order your advance copies today! Advance orders
will be shipped as soon as the 2008 Liturgical Calendar
comes off the presses, before the end of September.
Order now at
Shipping and Handling Tip: This tip will be
especially important if you are ordering one or
two Liturgical Calendars!
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
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
Gracia y paz,
Brother R. Adam DeBaugh, OSL
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