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    ************************* CHI RHO CONNECTION The Chi Rho Press eNewsletter Vol. II, No. 17 26 July 2001 ************************* ‘When you come to a fork in
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      The Chi Rho Press eNewsletter
      Vol. II, No. 17
      26 July 2001


      �When you come to a fork in the road, take it.� Yogi Berra.

      Welcome once again to the Chi Rho Connection, the
      electronic newsletter of Chi Rho Press. Thank you for
      passing this Chi Rho Connection on to others.

      To join our list, send an e-mail message to

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      to see our entire lines of books, handouts, tchochkas,
      and stained glass.

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      e-mail addresses at ChiRhoPress.com.



      1. A True Story from Roberta Kreider
      2. New Meditation Mailings
      3. Kevin Fries Published!
      4. Become a Guardian Angel
      5. Success in Norfolk
      6. Adam's Last Word:


      1. A True Story from Roberta Kreider

      Editor�s Note: Roberta Showalter Kreider recently passed
      on this story of a meeting she and her husband Harold
      had this month with the mother of a young man who thinks
      he might be gay. Roberta compiled �From Wounded Hearts:
      Faith Stories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
      Transgendered People and Those Who Love Them.�

      On Friday a friend from our church called to ask me to
      call a woman who wanted to get in touch with me. The
      woman came yesterday afternoon to buy a copy of �From
      Wounded Hearts� and to talk. Her son has recently told
      her that he wonders if he is gay. She and her husband
      are very supportive of him and have assured him that
      they will love him no matter what.

      A friend from school loaned the woman�s son a copy of
      �From Wounded Hearts� and it was all marked up with all
      kinds of negative comments written in the margins.
      When the son showed the book to his mother, she wisely
      suggested that he not read it because of the negative
      rebuttals written in the copy he had. But she read it
      because she wanted to learn more.

      Now she wants an unmarked copy for her son to read.
      She felt the stories were so helpful that she wanted
      to have their own copy. She said, �Even if my son turns
      out not to be gay, as a teacher, I want to know more,
      so I can be a supportive teacher.� She stayed for
      around two hours and wants us to come to their home to
      meet her son and husband after we get home from Oregon.

      It is interesting that the person who loaned the book
      wanted to convince the young man of the sin of
      homosexuality and ended up encouraging the mother.
      I think she may even go to a PFLAG meeting with us!

      The mother went home with a bag of five videos and Mel
      White's �Stranger at the Gate� that I loaned to her.
      The mother was so grateful for �From Wounded Hearts.�
      After she sat down in our living room she said, �I can't
      believe I'm really meeting you.� So many surprises
      happen in our lives.

      Can �From Wounded Hearts� change the life of someone you
      know? Buy a copy at our Web site,
      http://www.ChiRhoPress.com $19.95 each, six or more
      copies for $14.95 each plus shipping and handling.


      2. Kevin Stone Fries Published!

      Congratulations to Kevin Stone Fries, Chi Rho Press�
      Editor/Office Manager, on the publication of his
      interview with Felice Picano in �A/B: Auto/Biographical
      Studies.� A/B is the journal of the Autobiographical
      Society, the University of North Carolina at Chapel
      Hill. Vol. 15, No. 1 is a Special Issue,
      �Autobiographical Que(e)ries� on LGBT autobiography,
      journals, and diaries.

      Kevin�s article, 'Prelude to Process: Sources of Felice
      Picano�s Life Writing: An Interview Based on Oral and
      Written Communication,� explores the �prolific author
      as well as editor of gay fiction, Felice Picano�s
      reflections upon his own writing of gay memoir.�

      Kevin is working with Felice on the publication of
      Picano�s diaries and journals. Felice Picano is the
      award-winning author of such widely acclaimed books
      as �Book of Lies,� �The Lure,� �Like People in History,�
      �Looking Glass Lives,� and �Onyx,� his most recent book.


      3. New Meditation Mailings

      We will start a new weekly mailing next week as a gift
      to you from Chi Rho Press. Each Monday we will be
      sending our Chi Rho Connection subscribers a selection
      from �The Road to Emmaus.�

      One of our most popular and successful books, �The
      Road to Emmaus,� a collection of daily meditations, was
      published in 1989 by Emmaus Press. Chi Rho Press
      director Adam DeBaugh was on the board of directors of
      Emmaus House of Prayer and Emmaus Press. When Emmaus
      Press went out of business, Chi Rho Press became the
      exclusive distributor of �The Road to Emmaus.�

      This excellent volume contains a Gospel reading and a
      meditation based on it for every day of the year. The
      meditations were written by LGBT Christians and
      supporters from a wide variety of backgrounds and
      traditions. Authors include the late Rev. Larry Uhrig,
      Fr. Bob Nugent, Sister Jeannine Gramick, Dr. Joseph
      Houle, Rev. Kathy Baker, Adam DeBaugh, Dr. Louis F.
      Kavar, Jack Pantaleo, Rev. Dusty Pruitt, Rev. Andy
      Sidden, Virginia Miles, and Sarah Fershee. �The Road
      to Emmaus� has been discounted for sale at
      http://www.ChiRhoPress.com to $9.95 each, six or more
      copies for $7.50 each, plus shipping and handling.

      We hope you are nurtured and blessed by these weekly
      reflections and will feel moved to pass them on to
      your friends and family.


      4. Become a Guardian Angel

      Chi Rho Press is looking for Guardian Angels:
      individuals, couples, or families who will become
      sponsors of the Press and more involved as partners
      in this ministry.

      This program is part of our vision of ecumenical, grass
      roots ministry enabling individuals, couples, and
      families to become part of Chi Rho Press. The goal of
      the Guardian Angel Individual Sponsor Program is to
      raise enough in sponsorships to move our Editor/Office
      Manager to full time and to enable us to publish
      additional books each year.

      We are inviting you to become a Guardian Angel of Chi
      Rho Press. A few Guardian Angels have already taken
      Chi Rho Press under their wings. Please help us today.
      And pass this on to your friends and family and ask for
      their help as well!

      Guardian Angels will

      1. Receive a 'welcome gift' of a Stained Glass Cross as
      a thank you for your support.

      2. Be eligible for a 7.5% discount on all purchases from
      Chi Rho Press that you make.

      3. Be listed as a Guardian Angel Sponsor in Chi Rho Press
      publications, press releases, eNewsletters, and on the Web

      4. Get a subscription to a new Newsletter just for

      5. Receive an annual report prepared just for Sponsors.

      6. Be informed about advance sales of publications from
      Chi Rho Press.

      7. And of course, you will remain in our prayers!

      And what do we ask from our Guardian Angels in return?
      Only three things,

      1. Please keep the ministry of Chi Rho Press in your

      2. A gift of at least $150 a year to Chi Rho Press
      from individuals, couples, or families.

      3. Keep your friends, family, co-workers, and churches
      informed about the resources available from Chi Rho
      Press, our Web page, and our eNewsletter.

      That's it. For just $150 a year, you can become a
      Guardian Angel Sponsor of this growing publishing house,
      serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and
      seeking community of faith. Chi Rho Press is reaching
      people with resources that are not available anywhere
      else, resources that are made especially for our LGBT

      'Even though we have managed to keep the costs of this
      special ministry very low, we need your support to grow
      and to expand our outreach. Won't you help?' asks Board
      member Steve Barchers.

      Simply send your check for at least $150 to Chi Rho Press,
      ATTN: Guardian Angel Program, P.O. Box 7864, Gaithersburg,
      MD 20898. If you have specific questions about the
      Guardian Angel Program, you may e-mail us at
      Angels@..., or telephone us at 301/926-1208.

      Thank you for your support!


      5. Success in Norfolk

      We had a wonderful visit at New Life MCC in Norfolk,
      Virginia last weekend. They have a huge (15,000 square
      feet) building and a lively and active congregation.
      And the church is right near the ocean and Chesapeake
      Bay. What a great location and facility!

      Pastor Marty Luna and the Rev. Maria Wolfe were our
      hosts at their lovely sea-side condo. Church Sunday
      was a wonderful service, Marty preached a powerful
      sermon on Mary and Martha, and we had a successful
      bookstore before and after the service.

      On Saturday, we got a chance to walk on the beach and
      sit in the sun. Then we all had a great seafood dinner

      This is a very friendly church doing incredible ministry
      in the Tidewater. Many thanks to Marty and Maria and
      to all the saints at New Life MCC!


      6. Adam's Last Word

      We had some wonderful responses to my rant about the
      Salvation Army and its attempts to circumvent local
      and state civil rights laws as a part of Resident Bush�s
      so-called �faith-based initiative.�

      The Rev. Julie Two Suess wrote, �Instead of not putting
      money in the red bucket, why don�t we either identify
      the money as ours (those cute pink triangle stamps work)
      or drop in a note saying that we are not contributing
      and why.�

      Good ideas, Julie, though I am not convinced that giving
      the Salvation Wehrmacht LGBT-identified money will do
      anything to change their policies. I much prefer the
      idea of putting in notes instead of money. In fact, Chi
      Rho Press will be printing up cards for people to drop
      in the Salvation Army�s red kettles come Christmas time.
      The cards will say,

      Dear Salvation Army,

      While I appreciate the good works that you do in terms of
      feeding, clothing, and housing the poor and needy, I am
      appalled by your attempt this past summer to subvert
      local and state civil rights laws. Because of your
      homophobic policies, I am bypassing your Red Kettles
      this season and will be giving my charitable
      contributions to organizations friendly to the gay and
      lesbian community.

      Merry Christmas.

      Would you like a quantity of these cards? Please let
      me know.


      I got my $300 tax refund check from the IRS this week!
      I am splitting it between Chi Rho Press and Soulforce.

      We hope you will take part of the tax refund being sent
      to you this summer and become a Guardian Angel Sponsor
      of Chi Rho Press. I really hope you prayerfully consider
      becoming one of our Guardian Angels. We need your help
      to continue this ministry!


      Summer has been really here in the Washington area the past
      couple of weeks. We have had hot, humid temperatures,
      broken occasionally by thunderstorms. But there is much
      going on and Kevin and I are keeping very busy. We hope
      you are praying for us and our ministry! And have a
      great summer.


      We are glad you are partners in ministry with us here
      at Chi Rho Press. We are 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 ministry.

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      Chi Rho Press, Inc.
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      Gaithersburg, MD 20898

      Our telephone and fax number is 301/926-1208.

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