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CHI RHO CONNECTION

The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,

Your LGBT Christian Publishing House

Vol. VII, No. 16

10 December 2006

Contents:

This Issue's quote

1.  2007 Liturgical Calendar

2.  Stained Glass for Christmas!

3.  Step Number 8: "Read and Study the Gospels"

4.  Christmas Shopping Made Easy

5.  Obituary:  The Rev. Joseph Gilbert

6.  Adam's Last Word

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This issue's Quote:

"Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world."

-- Helen Keller

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1. 2007 Liturgical Calendar

The new liturgical year has begun.  There is still time to purchase your copy of the new Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary, Year C, December 2006 through November 2007.  $11.95 each, six or more copies, $9.50 each, plus shipping and handling.

http://www.chirhopress.com/products/product_details/BookRevLiturgicalCa06_07.html

The Liturgical Calendar is spiral bound so it can lie flat for easy use, in the popular 8 " x 11" format.

The 2006-2007 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.

You may now order the 2006-2007 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary on the Chi Rho Press Web site at this link:

http://www.chirhopress.com/products/product_details/BookRevLiturgicalCa06_07.html

The Liturgical Calendar is $11.95 each, six or more copies are $9.50 each, plus shipping and handling.

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2.  Stained Glass for Christmas!

Like books, stained glass makes wonderful holiday gifts.  The stained glass elf has been busy in the Chi Rho Press workshop (or should that be stained glass bear?).

Check out the stained glass section of our Web page at http://www.chirhopress.com/products/stainedglass.html.  There are pictures of all five stained glass pieces:

The clear cross (usually with a red center) for $12.00;

The LGBT rainbow flag for $18.00;

The red AIDS ribbon for $7.50;

The rainbow cross for $18.00;

And the rainbow Star of David for $18.00, all plus

shipping and handling.

Use our handy shopping cart and pay with your credit card!

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Put the stained glass bear to work!

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3.  Step Number 8  "Read and Study the Gospels"

Step Number 8 in the "Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse," by the Rev. Dr. Rembert Truluck, is to "Read and Study the Gospels."

Here is the introductory material from chapter 13 of "Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse," in which Dr. Truluck outlines the eighth step needed to recover from Bible abuse.

The Eighth Step:  Read and Study the Gospels

Preparatory Bible Reading:  Read the four Gospels.

Learn the content of the Gospels, especially Luke and John.  Saturate your mind with the life of Jesus.  Become your own expert on what it means to follow Jesus.  Many people have found that they gain a better picture of Jesus by reading through the Gospel of Mark (it is only 16 chapters) in one sitting.  Use a good modern language translation for this exercise.  You will notice things about Jesus that you did not realize before.

My friend Paul, who was director of an HIV/AIDS support ministry in San Francisco, was going through a lot of stress about his work.  He agreed to read through the Gospel of Mark and let me know what he learned.  When we met a couple of days later, Paul said he read Mark and did not like what he learned!  I asked, "Why?"

Paul answered, "Jesus also had volunteers who did not show up!"  The last time I read all the way through Mark, I was struck by the attitude of urgency in the mission of Jesus.  It made me aware that I needed to become more urgent about getting this book written so that you might have it today.  Please read through Mark and see what you learn about Jesus that speaks directly to you.

These have been written that you may believe [continuously believe] that Jesus is the Christ, the child of God: and that believing [following] you may have life in Jesus’ name.

(John 20:30)

Studying and learning the story of Jesus in the Gospels is necessary if you really want to follow Jesus in your spiritual recovery and growth.  Learning the content of Luke and John will take time and discipline.  Learning these inclusive and Jesus-centered documents can be made easier by sharing your study with at least one other person.

Buy the complete book, "Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse," on the Chi Rho Press Web site, at this link:

http://www.chirhopress.com/products/product_details/BookRevStepsToRecovery.html

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4.  Christmas Shopping Made Easy

What if we could point you to a store that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week; where you can shop in your pajamas if you want; where you can buy books, stained glass, music, and even stocking stuffers; and where shipping within the United States is free for orders over $100!  Of course, we are talking about our own Web site.

Books make great gifts!  Titles such as Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse, Living as the Beloved, Christian with a Twist, The Bible and Homosexuality, two different Lenten studies, Come Home!, Called OUT!, Positively Gay, My Memory Book, the new 2007 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary, The Road to Emmaus, and Together in Love are all available and ready to ship. Plus we have audio and video tapes, CDs, five different stained glass designs, rainbow key chains and bracelets, and more!

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Our book of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra L. Bochonok.  "Living As The Beloved" has a Scripture reading, meditation, and prayer for every day of the year.  Dr. Bochonok's meditations are poignant, wise, and amazingly pastoral.  Her many years of ministry as a military chaplain and pastor, and now as an Internet pastor shine through her every word.  Her meditations are simple, basic Christian teaching, yet glow with power, grace, and beauty.  These are devotions that will light your days for many years to come.

$20.95 each, six or more copies for $15.75 each, plus shipping and handling.

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"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 William Gaston.  These reflections are a remarkable collection, borne out of the life experience and deep faith of a remarkable man.  Bill Gaston has been writing these reflections weekly, based on the Sunday lectionary readings.  They have been published in the Sunday bulletin newsletter at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, D.C. for over three years now.  As such, they have edified, challenged, startled, enlightened, and sometimes annoyed the hundreds of people who come through the doors of that amazing church.  Very often Bill's reflections have caused members, friends, and visitors to MCC DC to think more deeply, reflect more honestly, and stretch more boldly in their faith journey.

$19.95 each, six or more copies for $14.95 each, plus shipping and handling.

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"Positively Gay" for an LBGT person just coming out, and even for someone who has been out for a while!  This is an important book and the updated new edition, in the bright red cover, is an important addition to every LGBT library.

"I wish we had published that!" says Adam DeBaugh.  "But I am proud to have been a part of Positively Gay since the publication of the first edition in 1979.  This book has been a classic for 25 years, a must read for all LGBT people and their allies!"

"Positively Gay has been widely and consistently praised for its practical treatment of the variety of topics affecting the lives of gays and lesbians.  In this revised, third edition, Dr. Betty Berzon has brought together an impressive list of contributors from diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and approaches to spotlight significant but frequently overlooked issues that often take center stage in a gay or lesbian person's life."  (From the book jacket.)

Only $14.95, plus shipping and handling (six or more for $11.25 each).

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"Called OUT: The Voices and Gifts of LGBT Presbyterians," compiled by Jane Adams Spahr, Kathryn Poethig, Selisse Berry, and Melinda McLain.  Wonderful essays from a large number of LGBT Presbyterian faithful.

Second printing, $17.95 each, six or more copies for $15.25 each, plus shipping and handling.

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"An Alien in a Foreign Land," by the late Rev. Jimmy Brock. Eleven sermons first preached at Joy MCC, Orlando, FL, where the Rev. Brock pastored, which are excellent for personal or corporate devotions, the basis for Christian education classes, Bible studies, discussion groups, a guide in private meditation, or for membership classes.

$9.95 each, six or more copies for $7.50 each, plus shipping and handling.

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A great gift for mom and dad!  Chi Rho Press author Roberta Kreider is featured in a video produced by John Davis.  The video, "Family Stories: Journeys of Spirit in Mixed Orientation Families," featuring Roberta Kreider (compiler of 'From Wounded Hearts') and Mary Lou Wallner, with an introduction by the Rev. Peter J. Gomes.

VHS format, color, 35 minutes, $29.95, shipping and handling included.

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"The Bible and Homosexuality," Fifth Edition, by the Rev. Michael E. England.  (ISBN: 1-888493-13-5)  The fifth edition of our best selling book!  Many thousands of this book are in circulation.  The Fifth Edition updates this excellent study.  Now in perfect binding, with color cover.  Included are chapters on our understanding of "inspiration;" critical interpretation; textual, historical, source, and form criticism; detailed discussions about scripture verses used to condemn homosexuality; the "contra naturam" (against nature) argument; heterosexual marriages as the "only Biblical model;" adultery and fornication; and a bibliography.

$10.95 each, six or more copies for $8.95 each, plus shipping and handling.

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"Families Re-Membered: Pastoral Support for Friends and Families Living with HIV/AIDS," by the Rev. Louis F. Kavar, Ph.D.  (ISBN: 1-888493-03-8)  HIV/AIDS causes families to be re-structured, enlarged and changed, or "re-membered."  This book explores the dynamics of family systems and the realities of extended families of choice in the context of HIV/AIDS and any terminal illness.

$10.95 each, six or more copies for $8.25 each, plus shipping and handling.

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"I'm Still Dancing! A Gay Man's Health Experience," by the Rev. A. Stephen Pieters.  (ISBN: 1-888493-04-6)  A powerful book by a long-term survivor of AIDS: articles, sermons and journal entries chronicle life with AIDS.  Sick since 1982 and diagnosed with AIDS in 1984, Steve's cancers have gone into complete remission and he remains well to this day.  He served for many years as Field Director of the UFMCC's AIDS Ministry.

$8.95 each, six or more copies for $6.75 each, plus shipping and handling.

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Rainbow Key Chains and Rainbow Bracelets make great stocking stuffers.  Only $2.00 each (plus shipping and handling), you may see a picture of these items and order them on our Web site.

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"The Road to Emmaus" an inclusive daily devotional by and for LGBT people of faith.

$9.95 each, six or more copies for $7.50 each, plus shipping and handling.

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"What a Fellowship," by Jean Gralley.  The UFMCC's first cartoon book by a talented graphic artist.  A wonderful, light-hearted gift.

$8.95, six or more for $6.75 each, plus shipping and handling.

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"Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse," by Dr. Rembert Truluck.  A wonderful set of 52 Bible studies, one for every week, divided into Dr. Truluck's famous 13 Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse, plus lots of additional material.

$24.95 each, six or more copies for $18.75 each, plus shipping and handling.

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"Come Home! Reclaiming Spirituality and Community as Gay Men and Lesbians," second edition, by Chris Glaser.  One of the best books from this popular Gay Christian author.  "I rejoice that in this book all the gay men and lesbian women who have been robbed of their spirituality are issued an urgent invitation: Come Home!" says Virginia Ramey Mollenkott.

$19.95 each, six or more for $14.95 each, plus shipping and handling.

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Come shop at Chi Rho Press! 

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We have designed gift certificates that can be made out for any amount you care to give.

These are not available on our Web site, so send your check with a note indicating that you are buying a Gift Certificate and we will make up an attractive Gift Certificate for the amount of your check for you to give along with a copy of our catalog.

Chi Rho Press Gift Certificates make excellent gifts!  Order some today at Chi Rho Press, P.O. Box 7864, Gaithersburg, MD 20898.

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Come shop at Chi Rho Press!

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5.  Obituary:  The Rev. Joseph Gilbert

We are sad to report the passing of a pioneer in LGBT spirituality and one of Chi Rho Press’ distinguished authors.  The Rev. Joseph Gilbert, an early leader in the international movement of Metropolitan Community Churches, died on Thursday, November 23, 2006.

Joseph pastored many MCC churches, including MCC Philadelphia.  He was the compiler of the Liturgical Calendar for Chi Rho Press for many years.

Here is a memorial tribute written by MCC Moderator the Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson.

I first met Rev. Joseph Gilbert in February 1973, in a little chapel at Arlington St. Unitarian Church in Boston, where I was the assistant pastor (as yet uncredentialed) of a new, five month old congregation of Metropolitan Community Churches.  I was 22 years old, and my recollection is that Joseph seemed well into middle age.

Joseph had taken a cross-county bus from the West Coast to be there.  It was during that same weekend that I met Troy Perry for the first time, along with several other early MCC leaders who came for the celebration.

Joseph preached one of the nights, with his file box.  That box contained letters from gay prisoners seeking spiritual and emotional support, and help with the criminal justice system.  This was his congregation, he said, and he proceeded to tell one heart-rending story after another.  That included his own story of being imprisoned in the days when the US government spied on its citizens through the postal mail.  At that time, you could serve prison time for having an erotic, private, correspondence.

He also told of the moment of grace for him.  When he came into MCC, though he had been in prison and was open about it, no one asked him why.  He was just accepted.  That moment of grace and unqualified acceptance let him know he had found his spiritual home.

Joseph's prison ministry led to a lawsuit against the state of California, a lawsuit that MCC won in 1974 and which allowed us to bring MCC ministry and chaplains into the prisons of that state.

Joseph went on to pastor many MCC churches, and was my neighbor for several years when I was in Worcester, Massachusetts and he was in Providence, Rhode Island.  Joseph and a small group from Providence joined about 80 of us in the very first pride parade in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1974 or 1975.  Three thousand people lined the streets to watch 80 people walk down Main Street.  We were heckled, had things thrown at us.  When a few of our own marchers wanted to throw things back, we had to tell them to leave the parade.  Joseph was totally amused when a police officer stopped a couple of youths with bricks in their hands, saying "Don't you know it ain't OK to beat up queers anymore?"  (In the days when "queer" was only an insult, and not a label of defiance or pride).

We were close colleagues and friends throughout the years of his active ministry.  Joseph was a good pastor, shepherd.  He lived simply, modestly, and gave sacrificially.  He had little, materially, and what he did have he would share or give away at the drop of a hat.

He had strong viewpoints, was always a powerful public witness for MCC.  He was a "character," and he used his public relations background and his eye for graphic design to the benefit of MCC.

While pastoring All Saints MCC in Los Angeles, he was also an active ecumenical and interfaith leader.  His was a powerful voice for justice, and he possessed a sharp sense of ethics.  He was well-read and had an unmistakable pastoral voice.  He was Darlene Garners pastor and mentor.

Rev. Joseph Gilbert also shared with us his mother, Lovedy, who along with Edith Perry and Lillian Hubbs, was part of a divine trio of accepting pre-PFLAG Moms.

Joseph also had an outrageous edge.  At one early MCC General Conference, when we were "majoring in the minors" and people wanted to talk about how many stripes were on what collars, and dress codes, he made fun of us all by wearing an outlandish Afro wig all during the business meetings, at which he was a frequent speaker.  Every time he would go to the mike, for a serious matter, everyone dissolved in laughter.

He often saw himself as the fly in the ointment, the "loyal opposition," a voice in the wilderness.  He loved God and MCC with fierce passion, always wanting us to be the best we could be in the name of Jesus.  For that he gave us the best years of his life.

May he rest in peace, and may perpetual life shine upon him.

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6.  Adam's Last Word

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

http://chirhopress.blogspot.com.

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We have a couple of needs, and perhaps some of our readers will be able to help.

Our exemplary volunteer Web minister, the Rev. Clay Witt, is really and truly retiring and wants to lay down those duties by the end of the year.  So we are looking for a new volunteer Web minister.  If you have those skills and gifts and would like to take on this role, please contact me at Adam@ChiRhoPress.com.

If you are in the Washington DC area, we also would benefit by a couple of volunteer office workers to help get things better organized here in my home office.  Since I work a full-time secular job, I am looking for volunteers in the evening and on weekends.  Write me at Adam@ChiRhoPress.com if you are interested.

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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!

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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!

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Gracia y paz,

Brother R. Adam DeBaugh, OSL

Director, Adam@ChiRhoPress.com.

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