Black Friday – Cyber Monday – Giving Tuesday

This summer I attended a trade show for Christian publishers and retailers. When I entered the display floor, I was amazed – and, frankly, appalled – at the size and expense of some of the displays. Convention floor space is never cheap, and displays are ridiculously expensive. Lots and lots of marketing dollars were being spent in that display hall on what struck me as frivolous, wasteful spending.

Then I realized: The big spenders were for-profit publishers trying to make money for investors. And the idea that people are making money off of other people’s faith turned my stomach a bit. I couldn’t help but think of Jesus and the moneychangers.

CBP/Chalice Press is different. We are a non-profit corporation, a charity, a ministry. Our revenues are reinvested into our company, our products, and our employees. We have no stockholders to satisfy. Giving Tuesday: November 29, 2016

Though we are affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we do not receive one copper penny of financial support from the denomination. We do not approach congregations, organizations, or individuals for donations. We make nearly all of our money from selling our products and services.

Today, Giving Tuesday, is the only time this year we will ask you to consider making a tax-deductible gift to support our ministry. Every dime you give goes directly to the development, publication, and distribution of resources that invite all people into deeper relationship with God, equip them as disciples of Jesus Christ, and send them into ministry as the Spirit calls them. We are careful and accountable stewards of financial resources in our care. You may find many details about our governance and management at guidestar.org.

More than that, we believe now more than ever that progressive Christians need to have a voice in society’s heated discussions on inclusion, privilege, race, gender identity, and multifaith cooperation. We want to proclaim the messages of 21st-century prophets to a broken world desperate for good news.

This ministry depends financially on the people and congregations who buy what we publish and the donors who believe in what we do. This work depends on you.

You can donate through ChalicePress.com, either directly or when you make a purchase. You can also choose to mail a donation to CBP/Chalice Press, 483 E Lockwood Avenue, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63119.

We are grateful for the work we do, the people we work with, and the customers we serve. Thank you for your support.

Thankfully,
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Brad Lyons
President and Publisher

Brad Lyons is president and publisher of Chalice Press.

10 Ways to Care for Our Veterans Today, and Every Day

We give our nation’s military service members the training they need to accomplish their missions during deployment, but what resources await them back home? Church congregations play a unique and vital role in the reentry and reintegration process post-deployment. Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn… In all seasons of life and with all that life entails, our congregations have resources to engage challenges and make the most of opportunities. Post-deployment reentry and reintegration presents many challenges and opportunities. Will we answer the call to work along side our nation’s veterans and their families?

Here are 10 things to remember when ministering to our veterans:

  • Reaching out to our nation’s veterans and their families is not charity.
  • Ministry with veterans and their families is not about helping them; it’s about how we can help each other.
  • The only way to know something about military service, is to know someone who has served.
  • Military service can mean a lot of different things to a veteran, so ask.
  • Veterans aren’t the only ones serving our nation; military families make sacrifices every day. Their courage and resilience too often go unnoticed and unacknowledged.
  • Veterans deserve more than medical care, they deserve meaningful opportunities to continue to serve this nation at home.
  • PTSD is sometimes called an invisible injury, but its impact on veterans and military families is evident to all those with the eyes to see.
  • Being in trustworthy relationship with a veteran isn’t about knowing all about his/her problems, it’s about knowing yourself, and showing up authentically, compassionately, and persistently.
  • Military deployments are stressful, but there is a lot of stress after deployments too.
  • Your church doesn’t need to be a mental health clinic; your church needs to be church.

Rev. Dr. Zachary Moon, Ph.D., is the author of Coming Home: Ministry That Matters with Veterans and Military Families, available HERE.

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The Rev. Dr. Zachary Moon, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Chicago Theological Seminary. He has served as a military chaplain with Marines and sailors, as a chaplain resident in the VA hospital system, and as a chaplain with combat veterans in residential treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.