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News Archive (2014)

Challenges and Opportunities

By Lourdes Rodriguez- Nogues, President, DignityUSA

During the weekend of July18 -20, the Board had its second face-to-face meeting of the year, this time in Madison, Wisconsin. The folks from the Integrity/Dignity Madison community were very gracious hosts and we enjoyed joining them at their liturgy on Saturday night, followed by a gourmet pizza party. Thank you, Madison, for sharing your gifts with us, and for your warm, welcoming spirit. Thank you also, for your loyal support of DignityUSA and your generous contribution of talent and treasure through the years.

The Well of Many Rivers

Call To Action’s national conference is an annual homecoming. Catholics from around the country and abroad, women and men, married and single, divorced and remarried, ordained and lay, who span the entire spectrum of skin color, gender identity, sexual orientation, and expressions of Catholicism, gather for a weekend of inspiration and transformation. Attendees often refer to the conference weekend as the weekend of the year.

The Marriage Marcher

A Guest Opinion Piece by Brian Cahill                                                              

Ignoring the pleas of major political and religious leaders to cancel his attendance, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was the featured speaker at the recent March For Marriage on June 19th in Washington D.C.  Cordileone made his same, flawed and failed argument against civil gay marriage. His impact and that of his fellow speakers was minimal because only two thousand people showed up for the gathering.

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White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights

by Marianne Duddy-Burke

On June 24, 2014, the White House sponsored its first Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights, and I was honored to represent DignityUSA in that gathering. The Forum brought together approximately 275 LGBT leaders from the fields of human rights, business, faith, and law, Obama administration officials, U.S. diplomatic staff, ambassadors from several mostly northern European countries, and some noted LGBT activists from Uganda, Nigeria, Russia, and China. The goal was to hear updates on the Administration’s LGBT rights priorities, and to provide concrete suggestions on how to further address this issue, which has been made central in U.S. diplomacy and foreign investment. 

DignityUSA Auction!

Auction time is here again. Past auctions have proved to be exciting for everyone involved, and profitable for DignityUSA.

We are always in need of things to sell. If you have something you would like to donate, contact Jack.Frielingsdorf at frielys@gmail.com. The online auction will begin Saturday, August 2, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. You won't believe all the interesting items we have up for auction, including many items donated from the estate of Jimmy Bussen. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS.

Keynote Speaker for the 2015 Convention is Announced

DignityUSA's 22nd Biennial Convention to be held in Seattle on July 2-5, 2015 is just one year away. The theme of the Convention is "God's Love: Enduring as the Mountains, Endless as the Sea." When we gathered last year in Minneapolis, our theme was "Let Justice Roll Like a River," and we looked at our call to social justice. In Seattle we will look at how God's Love sustains us and grounds us in our advocacy work.

Successful Women’s Retreat

Holy, Wholly, Holy! was the theme of the third DignityUSA-sponsored women’s retreat. DignityUSA partnered with the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) to gather women at the Conference and Retreat Center at Bon Secours in Marriottsville, Maryland. Thirty-one women gathered at the event on Friday, June 13. Eucharist, song, prayer, dance, reflection and community were all part of a three-day weekend. Honour Maddock (Long Island, New York), was the mistress of ceremonies at this idyllic setting.

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