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  • Adam DeBaugh
    CHI RHO CONNECTION The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press, Your LGBT Christian Publishing House Vol. X, No. 3 20 October 2009 ************************* Contents: 1.
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 20, 2009

      The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
      Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
      Vol. X, No. 3
      20 October 2009



      1. New 2010 Wall Calendar from Open Door MCC
      2. New 2009-2010 Liturgical Calendar!
      3. My Memory Book Reprint
      4. Sterling Silver MCC Crosses and Logos
      5. Special for Churches
      6. Adam's Last Word


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      1. New 2010 Wall Calendar from Open Door MCC

      We are pleased to offer a limited number of the new
      Open Door Metropolitan Community Church Garden Wall
      Calendar for 2010. Twelve beautiful pictures of
      Open Door MCC (Boyds, Maryland, USA), it's grounds
      and memorial garden are featured in this limited
      press run calendar. The photographs are by Scott
      Smiley, grounds keeper for Open Door's 12 acres of
      gently rolling land. Chi Rho Press has arranged
      for just a limited number of these special calendars.
      Order soon as supplies are limited. $20.00 each
      plus shipping and handling.

      View the Calendar and order at this link:


      2. New 2009-2010 Liturgical Calendar!

      The new Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary is out!
      The new Church Year, Year C, will start with the
      first Sunday in Advent, November 29, 2009. Chi
      Rho Press' annual Liturgical Calendar and
      Lectionary for 2009-2010 is back from the printer
      and ready to ship. You may view it and order it
      at this link:

      The 2009-2010 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary sells
      for $12.95 each, $10.50 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
      11" format.

      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
      national holidays or special holy days in other religions,
      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
      Matthew Shepard).

      As a special added section, we have included
      alternative readings for the four Sundays of
      Pride-Tide (June) prepared by the Rev. Gordon
      McCoy. The four 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 four Sundays in June as well.

      In addition, the Rev. Gordon McCoy has given us
      a special entry for World AIDS Day, December 1st,
      with scripture readings and a history of MCC’s
      involvement in creating World AIDS Day.

      The 2009-2010 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 2010 Calendar today at this new link:

      The 2010 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary sells for
      $12.95 each, $10.50 each for six or more copies, plus
      shipping and handling.


      3. My Memory Book Reprint

      We are pleased to announce that we have had yet
      another reprint of the very popular book, "My
      Memory Book: A Journal for Grieving Children,"
      by Gretchen Gaines, LCSW-C. Please view and
      order it on our Web site at

      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.

      “I love this workbook for children of all ages,”
      says Patricia Kelly, co-author of “Final Gifts”
      and a consultant in the Washington, D.C. area.
      “This is a book to treasure.”

      Space is available throughout the book for the
      grieving person to write or draw. Directions for
      over 20 exercises are given on the left hand side
      page, and the right hand side page is devoted to
      the grieving person’s creative use. The reader
      uses "My Memory Book" to create a book of memories
      about the loved one who died that is uniquely his
      or her own. "My Memory Book" encourages written
      exercises, collage, journaling, and drawings in
      any medium the user cares to employ.

      Dr. Phyllis Silverman, one of the most renowned
      experts in the bereavement field, writes, “This
      is one of the best workbooks I have seen to help
      . . . understand the nature of grief. It
      legitimates . . . ties to the deceased and
      helps find ways to talk about these connections.”

      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. “This
      workbook is a wonderful tool to assist therapists
      and counselors in their work with bereaved children,”
      says Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, BCD, Professor, Fordham
      University Graduate School of Social Service.

      We are proud of their recommendation of this important
      book as a bereavement tool for people of all ages.

      “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.

      See and order this exciting new book on our Web site at


      4. Sterling Silver MCC Crosses and Logos

      Chi Rho Press, your MCC LGBT Christian publishing
      house, again 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.

      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.

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


      5. Special for Churches

      Here's a way for your local congregation to partner with
      Chi Rho Press and to make some money as well. Chi Rho
      Press is an LGBT Christian publishing house that is part

      Chi Rho Press will give your church a donation of 10%
      of sales from people who list your church in the on-line
      secure Web site order form.

      Let your congregation know about this special offer and
      send them to the Chi Rho Press Web site,
      http://www.ChiRhoPress.com When they place an order,
      ask them to list your church name and address in the
      "Special Instructions" box on the check out page.

      Chi Rho Press will send 10% of the total order,
      including shipping and handling, to your church.

      Please advertise this in your church bulletin, newsletter,
      Web site, list-serve, or other communication medium.
      Spread the word and earn money for your ministries while
      helping this ministry to grow.

      Please let us know if you are going to participate by
      writing to Adam@.... Thank you!


      6. Adam's Last Word

      Many of you were no doubt in Washington DC for the
      National Equality March recently. My favorite sign
      read, "It's the Equality, Stupid!"

      While a great big street party and march can be a
      cathartic and wonderful experience, if you want to
      continue with some really significant political
      action, please take time this week and write four
      letters: one to your US Congressperson, one to
      each of your two Senators, and one to the President
      of the United States.

      Write urging them to be proactive with pro-gay
      legislation that means a lot to you, whether it
      is marriage equality, hate crimes, HIV/AIDS funding
      for research, immigration reform, an end to Don’t
      Ask, Don’t Tell, or basic civil rights in employment,
      housing, and public accommodations. Marching is a
      good and cathartic thing. But as President John
      Kennedy said, "Everybody's vote counts in America,
      but those who sit down and write letters make their
      votes count more times."


      I would love for you to send me articles about
      women or men you hold to be your Heroes of the
      Faith. Just write to Adam@... with
      your remembrance and let me know what you would
      like me to say about you as the author.


      We are excited about the publication of the
      2009-2010 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary,
      Year C. We hope you will order your copies today!


      Please encourage members of your church to participate
      in the special fund raising offer from Chi Rho Press.
      We will make a donation of 10% of all sales from
      people who mention your congregation in the "Special
      Instructions and Comments" box on the check out page.
      Please let your people know as soon as possible about
      this opportunity to help both our ministries.


      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
      Priority Mail.

      Be smart shoppers and choose your shipping options
      carefully to avoid paying too much!


      Gracia y paz,

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


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