Chi Rho Connection, Vol. II, No. 18
CHI RHO CONNECTION
The Chi Rho Press eNewsletter
Vol. II, No. 18
20 August 2001
�Religion becomes abusive and oppressive as soon as
people begin to use religion to control other people
in the name of God.� Rembert Truluck
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.
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1. Kreider/Wallner Video Available
2. Building Bridges Conference
3. New Meditation Mailings
4. Become a Guardian Angel!
5. Call for Submissions
6. Adam's Last Word: Angels, Prayers for Ron DeVrou,
Stained Glass Class
1. New Video
We now have a new video in stock featuring Roberta Kreider
and Mary Lou Wallner, with an introduction by the Rev.
Peter J. Gomes. �Family Stories: Journeys of Spirit in
Mixed Orientation Families� was produced by John Davis
and is available for $29.95 which includes shipping and
'Family Stories' presents the journeys of two women whose
lives have changed dramatically in working through issues
of sexuality and religion. The untimely deaths of family
members (one a gay brother, the other a lesbian daughter)
lead them to confront their feelings of confusion and
hypocrisy. They provide hope for families, as well as
religious and social organizations, by clearly
demonstrating how minds can and do change.
Roberta Kreider compiled and edited the book �From
Wounded Hearts: Faith Stories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
and Transgendered People and Those Who Love Them.� She
is a 74 year old, heterosexual Mennonite woman living in
rural Pennsylvania with her husband Harold, a retired
minister in the Mennonite church.
Mary Lou Wallner is an active member of Soulforce, and a
frequent speaker across the country. Mary Lou resides
in suburban Chicago with her husband Bob, and is
completing a book of coping tools for Christians who
learn of a gay or lesbian loved one in their family.
She is also an R.N. and runs a free HIV clinic.
The Rev. Peter J. Gomes is the author of �The Good Book:
Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart.� He has served
as Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard
University and minister in The Memorial Church since 1974.
�Family Stories� is in VHS format, color, and 35 minutes,
and sells for $29.95, shipping and handling included.
It is only available through the mails please send your
check or money order for $29.95 to Chi Rho Press, P.O.
Box 7864, Gaithersburg, MD 20898.
2. Building Bridges Conference
by Kevin Stone Fries
Chi Rho Press is beginning to expand its marketing reach
by participating in community based events and conferences
while continuing to take its Traveling Bookstore on the
road. A new non-profit organization, the Institute for
the Twenty-First Century Relationships (ITCR) will help
distribute Chi Rho Press catalogs at its first conference
this week. The new Herndon, Virginia-based group aims to
support non-traditional relationships.
The ITCR conference will be held August 24-26 at the
Doubletree Hotel in Tyson�s Corner, VA. Attendees of
the �Building Bridges� conference will explore the
integration of spirituality and sexuality, according to a
spokesperson for the organization.
Chi Rho Press continues to explore new marketing
strategies and ways to exhibit its resources at regional
conferences such as the one organized by ITCR.
�We are very pleased to have ITCR�s help,� says Chi Rho
Press Director R. Adam DeBaugh. �We wish them the very
best for a successful conference.�
For more information about ITCR, visit its Web site at
3. New Meditation Mailings
We started a new weekly mailing on July 30 as a gift
to you from Chi Rho Press. Each Sunday night or Monday
we will send 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
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. Call for Submissions
Stacy Bias is soliciting lesbian nonfiction stories for
�Love at First Site: True Stories of Lesbian Internet
Romance,� to be published by Alyson Publications in
TechnoDyke.com founder and publisher Stacy Bias is
seeking romantic real-life stories about women hooking
up on the Net. Have you had a unique romantic experience
with another woman you met online? Did you travel
cross-country to meet the babe of your dreams? Are
you still together after all this time? If so, Alyson
Publications wants to hear about it! Writers will be
paid and receive 2 copies of the anthology upon
publication. As you write, please try to answer some
or all of the following questions:
1) Who was your partner? How did you meet her? In
a chat room? Through an online personals ad? Via some
other online method?
2) How long did you correspond before meeting each other
in real life?
3) Was this your first lesbian experience/attraction?
Was it hers?
4) How did she match up to your expectations once you
met in person? Did you match up to her expectations?
5) Did you become intimate with each other? Did it
develop into a relationship?
6) Are you still together now? If not, do you still
continue to meet women on the Internet?
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2001
Write Stacy Bias at firstsite@... for submission
guidelines and other information.
6. Adam's Last Word
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. We have heard from our first Guardian Angels
and hope you prayerfully consider joining them. We need
your help to continue this ministry!
Please keep Press Board member Ronald DeVrou in your
prayers. Ronald fell and broke his collarbone last week.
He is recuperating at home. Ronald has been an important
and valuable member of our Board of Directors for many
Though he had to miss our Board meeting Saturday, we were
able to have dinner Saturday night (Chinese take-away in
Ronald�s apartment!) and have a good visit. Please
remember Ronald in your prayers for a speedy recovery.
I will be teaching a beginners stained glass class at
Holy Redeemer MCC, College Park, MD, on Saturday, 15
September at 10 am. Each participant will have the
opportunity to make a small piece of stained glass, a
sun catcher like a cross or other design. Another
larger work in progress will be there on the site for
people to see and even work on. The cost will be $5.00
to cover the cost of materials. If you are in the
Maryland or DC area and would like to sign up, please
write me at Adam@....
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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Our snail mail address is:
Chi Rho Press, Inc.
P.O. Box 7864
Gaithersburg, MD 20898
Our telephone and fax number is 301/926-1208.
Customers outside the U.S. and especially our Canadian
friends can order using credit cards on our Web page or
through our Canadian distributor, MAP Enterprises, Mary
Ann Pearson, at her new Web page,
Copyright 2001, Chi Rho Press, Inc.
R. Adam DeBaugh, Director, Adam@....
Kevin Stone Fries, Editor/Office Manager,