Archive for November, 2008

Nov 28 2008

Give Bulletproof Faith and Win an iPod!

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With Christmas approaching, what better gift to give those you care about then a “Bulletproof Faith” – a faith that lives fully into its authentic self without fear, argument, or apology? You can do that, and get a little something for yourself in the deal.

From now until December 31, 2008, when you order “Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians” through Amazon.com using the link below, and send me a copy of your Amazon.com receipt you’ll be entered into a random drawing for a 1G iPod Shuffle. There will be two lucky winners, so follow the instructions below to enter.

But wait, there’s more. When you send in your Amazon.com receipt you’ll also receive a free download of the workshop that started it all – “Spiritual Self-Defense for Gay and Lesbian Christians.” Recorded on November 7, 2007, this tele-seminar teaches you:

  • How to take the sting out of any attack
  • The best way to answer any words of hatred or condemnation
  • Keys to avoid being dragged into a pointless religious debate
  • Spiritual practices you can do today to reclaim your authentic self,
    and much, much more!

We’re selling this seminar on the Whosoever site for $19.95, but it’s yours for free when you order “Bulletproof Faith” now from Amazon.com.

Here are your instructions:

1. Order the book using this link:

http://tinyurl.com/6q9sbr

2. Copy and paste the Amazon.com receipt and use the form on this page to send it to me:

http://www.whosoever.org/bpfcontest.shtml

3. You’ll be entered into our drawing for a 1G iPod Shuffle and I’ll send you a link to download your free tele-seminar – along with a free 24-page workbook.

Give the gift this Christmas that can keep giving for a lifetime – a bulletproof faith. Offer ends December 31, 2008. iPod winners will be notified on January 2, 2009.

Thank you for your support and have a Merry Christmas!

Blessings,
Candace

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Nov 26 2008

New Appearance Dates Added

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Hi all, I’ve added a couple of more dates to my appearance schedule. If you’re in the area, please come and say, “Hi!” Oh, and buy a book or two!

  • December 7, 2008: Virginia-Highland Church, Atlanta, GA. I’ll be preaching on Sunday. This is historic because this is the formerly Southern Baptist church that my father pastored in the early 1970s. I never thought I’d have a chance to preach there. Come see history in the making if you’re in Atlanta!
  • February 27 – March 1, 2009: South Carolina Book Festival, Columbia, SC. This is my first appearance at any book festival and I’m excited. Please come out and see me if you’re in the area!

Keep up with all upcoming appearances here!

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Nov 25 2008

New Review of Bulletproof Faith

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Bill Tammeus of the Kansas City Star has reviewed Bulletproof Faith in his “Faith Matters” blog.

Here’s what he says:

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* Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians, by Candace Chellew-Hodge. Nearly everyone knows that traditional Christianity has condemned homosexuality. Many of us would argue this has happened for bogus reasons related to a misreading of scripture. But clearly many gays and lesbians have felt themselves to be the target of hate and disgust. The author, a pastor in the United Church of Christ (one of the few denominations that will ordain gays and lesbians as clergy), offers ideas here that will help gay and lesbian Christians remain faithful and to stand their ground against this destructive prejudice.

He reviews a bunch of other great books as well, so check out the whole post.

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Nov 14 2008

Help! I Need Evangelists!

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“Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians” was released by Jossey-Bass back in September. Since then, I’ve been busy promoting the book – sending out press releases, talking with media, doing book signings and traveling to churches teaching workshops and preaching.

Despite all this travel, talking, and teaching – word about the book is spreading slowly. Too slowly!

I’m not bragging when I say this is an important book for our community. Instead, I have been humbled time and again when people who have read the book have called it things like “profound” and “amazing.” Our community has been so battered by attacks from the religious right – and especially during the recent battles over same-sex marriage in places like California. There, the Mormon Church bankrolled nearly half of the funds raised to pass Proposition 8, stripping gay and lesbian people of the right to marry. Our community desperately needs a book like “Bulletproof Faith” right now as religious institutions target us.

So many of our LGBT brothers and sisters turn their backs on God because they believe the pernicious lie that God hates us and wants us to “change” to become acceptable to God. “Bulletproof Faith” gives LGBT people another alternative – a way to keep their faith and use the attacks against our community to strengthen their faith and bring them closer to God.

If you believe it is important to help LGBT people keep their faith in the face of vicious attacks from both church and society – then I am asking you to help me promote “Bulletproof Faith.” I need some evangelists who will take up this book as their “cause.” I need evangelists who fully believe that no LGBT person should feel that God hates them. I need evangelists who fully believe that LGBT people are of sacred worth to God and need to hear about God’s unconditional love for them. I need evangelists who feel their hearts break whenever their fellow brothers and sisters walk away from God.

Will you be an evangelist for “Bulletproof Faith”? If so, here are some things you can do:

– Post a blurb or press release on any email lists you are on (both the blurb and press release are included at the bottom of this email)

– Send the blurb or press release to friends who may be interested in the book

– If you’ve read the book, review it on Amazon.com (that’s especially helpful if you liked the book!) Go here to review it: http://tinyurl.com/6n2h7s

– Join the “Bulletproof Faith” fan page on Facebook and invite others to do so. Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/5lc96u

– Join the mailing list at http://www.bulletproofbook.com and invite others to do so (just enter your email in the box on the front page of the Web site)

– Form a book club in your church or other social group to study Bulletproof Faith. (A free 25 page study guide is available at http://bulletproofbook.com/study-guide/)

– Talk to your pastor or board about hosting me for a workshop. Two churches – MCC Knoxville in Tennessee and Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas – have already done this with great success!

– If you have a blog, write a blog post about the book

– Invite me to guest blog on your blog (Reconciling Ministries Network has already done this! Thanks!)

– Interview me for a post on your blog

– If you have any connections with the media – newspapers, TV, radio, Internet media, freelance writers/reporter, etc. – please put me in contact with them.

– If you work in the media in any capacity, please let me know. I always need more contacts.

– If you haven’t already done so – buy the book! Buy several for your friends and family for Christmas! Here’s a link to buy the book: http://tinyurl.com/6kpcnt

Here is a blurb you can use to promote the book:

“Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians” by Candace Chellew-Hodge is a thoughtful, practical guide shows readers a way through the minefield of condemnation and persecution faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Christians and helps foster a faith that is bulletproof – impervious to attacks, yet loving and savvy in its approach. “Bulletproof Faith” is filled with useful insights and proven spiritual practices that deflect attacks and enhance and strengthen faith by turning attacks into opportunities for spiritual growth.

About the Author: Candace Chellew-Hodge is a United Church of Christ minister and founder of the online magazine Whosoever for GLBT Christians at whosoever.org. She is an award-winning former television and radio journalist as a news writer, reporter, and editor with CNN. For a free study guide and more resources for this book visit www.bulletproofbook.com.

Here is a longer press release:

New Book Promises “Bulletproof Faith” for Gays and Lesbians Facing Religious Attacks

A refrain heard relentlessly by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith is: “God hates fags!” Whether it’s hurled as a direct insult or stated more subtly in a “Love the sinner, hate the sin” theology, the message to GLBT ears is the same: “God hates you and so do we!”

“Gay and lesbian people are constantly under attack,” said Candace Chellew-Hodge, the author of Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians. “We’re unable to marry the person we love, and many support writing that discrimination into the U.S. Constitution. Churches continue to argue about our lives and many insist we must become something called, ‘ex-gay.’ We’re tired of constantly being a target.”

This trend against LGBT people isn’t abating. Religious groups from around the nation used their considerable wealth to target the LGBT community by writing marriage discrimination into the state constitutions of California, Arizona and Florida in the last election. This sent the message that it’s “gays vs. God” and that gay and lesbian people are disdained by God.

Even Archbishop Desmond Tutu noted in his endorsement of the book that, “Gay and lesbian Christians are constantly demoralized and told they are not children of God. Bulletproof Faith reassures gays and lesbians that God loves them just as they were created and teaches them how to stand strong, with compassion and gentleness, against those who condemn them.”

Bulletproof Faith, published by Jossey-Bass, helps readers reclaim the spiritual self that criticism from society and religion has led them to give up. Instead of arguing over biblical texts, Bulletproof Faith helps LGBT people live authentically into their faith despite criticism. Using examples from such diverse sources as Xena: Warrior Princess and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bulletproof Faith empowers readers to withstand even the most aggressive assaults without fear, doubt, or anger by providing:

– Solid, proven tactics that can be used successfully when faced with an attack

– Practical tools to discover one’s “authentic self”: the bulletproof part of each of us

– Guidance on how to turn attacks into opportunities for spiritual growth

Bulletproof Faith doesn’t argue; instead Chellew-Hodge’s approach – born out of 12 years of being on the frontlines in the controversies surrounding gay and Christian identity – teaches readers to draw on their own inner strength and to return abuse with the spiritual Aikido of gentleness, compassion, reverence – and strength.

About the Author: Candace Chellew-Hodge is the associate pastor at Garden of Grace United Church of Christ in Columbia, SC and founder of the online magazine for GLBT Christians called Whosoever at http://www.whosoever.org, which reaches nearly 1 million people a year. She is an award-winning former journalist with 25 years of experience including six years as a news writer, reporter and editor with CNN. She is a graduate of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.

For more information and a free 25-page study guide for Bulletproof Faith, visit http://www.bulletproofbook.com

Contact:
Erin Lane Beam
Publicist, Religion and General Interest
Jossey-Bass/Wiley
989 Market St., 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(p) 415-782-3213
(f) 415-433-4151
(e) ebeam@wiley.com
Candace Chellew-Hodge
candace@bulletproofbook.com
ISBN: 978-0-470-27928-1

Thanks, in advance, for all your help!

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Nov 05 2008

New Review of Bulletproof Faith

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Jerry Maneker has reviewed Bulletproof Faith over at his blog, and he likes it!

Here’s an excerpt:

Fortunately, this book that is one of a kind gives concrete methods by which GLBT people can both contend with personal and institutionalized homophobia and also lead happy lives while so doing! Rev. Chellew-Hodge uses her own considerable experiences, other eclectic sources, and her keen insights that puts into a healthy perspective essential psychological and spiritual coping mechanisms that is a breath of fresh air in dealing with the sufferings, heartbreaks, and anxieties attendant upon attacks by those who seek to both demean and distort both the Bible and the reality of GLBT people’s sexuality and very lives.

But wait, there’s more! Go read the whole thing!

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Nov 04 2008

Bulletproof Faith Recommended Reading

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The blog Religion Spiritual Book Recommendations has given Bulletproof Faith a thumbs up.

Go here to read it!

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Nov 03 2008

Rev. Geoffrey Farrow: Bulletproof Faith

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From time to time, I’ll honor people who are displaying a bulletproof faith in this world. Today’s honoree is Rev. Geoffrey Farrow. He used his pulpit in Fresno, California to come out against Proposition 8 which would ban same-gender marriage in the state.

With California Proposition 8 on the state’s November ballot, and his own bishop urging priests to support the church definition of traditional marriage, Farrow told congregants he felt obligated to break “a numbing silence” about church prejudice against homosexuals.

“How is marriage protected by intimidating gay and lesbian people into loveless and lonely lives?” he asked parishioners of the St. Paul Newman Center. “I am morally compelled to vote no on Proposition 8.”

Then Farrow – who had revealed that he was gay during a television interview immediately before church services – added a coda to his sermon.

“I know these words of truth will cost me dearly,” he said. “But to withhold them . . . I would become an accomplice to a moral evil that strips gay and lesbian people not only of their civil rights but of their human dignity as well.”

And it did cost him dearly: he has been removed as the priest at St. Paul Newman Center and could be defrocked.

What makes his faith completely bulletproof, however, is what he did before the sermon – he came out, telling a reporter that he was gay.

Farrow became a priest 23 years ago and has worked in several California parishes. A graduate of St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, he served as an Air Force chaplain, stationed during the early 1990s at Edwards Air Force Base.

Farrow, who said he realized he was gay in boyhood, never revealed his sexual orientation to anyone. He told his parents only four years ago.

“This was the secret I was going to take to my grave,” he said.

That changed when he received a June 30 “pastoral letter” from Steinbock’s office in which the bishop condemned the California Supreme Court’s ruling in May legalizing same-sex marriage, and supported the passage of Proposition 8. The bishop compared the court’s action to efforts by Nazi Germany and the Communist regimes in Russia and China to alter family arrangements.

Farrow said he knew his comments would cause an uproar. He started to pack up his office the night before he was scheduled to give his address.

Steinbock said in his disciplinary letter that he had no choice but to suspend Farrow, and he hinted that other penalties could follow, including defrocking him.

Farrow has stood strong in the face of institutional church bigotry. He is an example of what it means to have a bulletproof faith. Please pray for Rev. Farrow – that God uses him powerfully from this point forward so his sacrifice is not in vain.

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