By now, you're probably aware of the active national coalition called Equally Blessed, comprised of DignityUSA, New Ways Ministry, Call To Action, and Fortunate Families. Thanks in part to the productive status of this national coalition, local chapters and members of the coalition are mobilizing together for action!
Dignity/Twin Cities, Call To Action Minnesota, and Minnesota-based Listening Parents from Fortunate Families, are partnering to put on a retreat for Catholic parents of LGBT children. Based in part on Fortunate Families' retreats, with a few new twists, the February retreat will feature some brief presentations mixed with attendee parents' stories. The retreat will end with the regularly scheduled Dignity/Twin Cities Mass, followed by a potluck put on by the partner organizations. Dignity/Twin Cities always follows up their liturgies with a potluck supper, so this will be a great way to open wide the doors without upsetting regular rituals. We Dignity folk like our traditions!
Look for other collaborations of this kind in the future. And if you're reading this. and aware of a local Call To Action chapter, or the presence of Listening Parents or New Ways Ministry members in your area, perhaps the Spirit is leading you to mobilize as well. Contact Jim Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org if you feel the nudge.