By Chris Pett, Board Member and Development Committee Chair
As we launch the annual Advent Appeal, I continue to focus on the strength of this community, our movement and mission, especially following the disappointing (putting it mildly) federal election results.
While many of us may be frustrated and concerned, we still have our values, gifts, and God's Spirit moving across and within all of us. "Now more than ever" will be the cry of many progressive advocacy organizations as they reach out to their members and extended networks requesting financial support.
So as we embark on the Advent Season, "now more than ever" will we need your financial support and will be appealing to our members, family members, allies, etc. for the resources which will allow DignityUSA to be the uplifting, hopeful voice of LGBTQI Catholics on an even greater scale than we've been able to do this past year.
DignityUSA members will receive a physical mailing early in December, which is being augmented by weekly Facebook postings that will include testimonials witnessing to where and how DignityUSA has made a difference in their faith and lives and relationships. You are welcome to record a brief (30 second) video testimonial as an individual, family or as a Chapter and send it to Logan Bear at firstname.lastname@example.org. A written testimonial would also be helpful. Also please send those to Logan at his email address.
And for the first time, we will have a DignityUSA Advent Calendar, which you can find at https://www.dignityusa.org/advent-calendar. Visit each day for inspiration about how YOU and this movement are helping to make our world and our Church more just for LGBTQI people.
When you see the Facebook postings, please "Like" and then "Share" with your own personal message encouraging members of your extended networks to contribute.
We all have the opportunity during these times of uncertainty and concern to live our faith and values authentically. And we have the opportunity to act on these values: to bring support and comfort to those in our community who are feeling at-risk and fearful; to volunteer; to advocate for dialogue, reconciliation, and respect across our communities.
AND, to provide your financial support as the DignityUSA Board considers the challenges we will likely face this coming year, and what resources we will need to respond.
Thank you as always for your gracious support and prayers!