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News Archive (2013)

Updates from Dignity/San Antonio

By Chris Kohn, Dignity/San Antonio President

The first few months of 2013 have been very exciting for Dignity/San Antonio. We have continued to seek ways that we can share who we are with like-minded people of faith, and with the wider community.

In January, twelve of us drove together to Houston to join Dignity/Houston for a screening of the film, Pink Smoke Over the Vatican. The welcome we received and the bonds we built (among ourselves and with the Houston group) made the long trip well worth it. 

Spring is Here

Spring is finally here, and with it longer and brighter days, and baseball!  Nothing cheers me up more in April than the beginning of baseball season.  I am relentlessly hopeful for the Red Sox and look forward to every game with anticipation of what can happen, knowing that I cannot give up until the last out.  Yes, I am quite a hopeful person and find it difficult to give up on most things or people.

DignityUSA Board Enjoys Valley of the Sun Hospitality During Meeting in Phoenix

The DignityUSA Board of Directors met the weekend of March 1-3, 2013 in Phoenix, AZ. The meeting began with a welcome and "State of the Chapter" report from Dignity/Arizona members Elinor Crocker and John Orta. It was wonderful for the Board to hear the progress the chapter has made. Dignity/Arizona was one of the first chapters to receive grant money from DignityUSA for chapter strategic planning work. The chapter's vitality has benefited from their hard work.

Prophetic Witness

Some people have deep wounds from Catholic homophobia. Dignity has a special gift to help these people heal. Sharing our truth in a public way helps these people find us. Talking to politicians and bishops can help create a more just society and Church for LBGT people. Because of our personal and collective experience, we have an important truth to share.

A Visit to Southern California's Di[g]n[it]yLand

I’m a lucky guy. My boss tells me to fly out to Southern California and pay visits to the four Dignity chapter communities there: San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Palm Springs. Their southwest coast perch can be isolating, and they are just too valued to be overlooked. So one morning I’m clambering over Minneapolis snowbanks to the airport and that afternoon I’m sitting in a small, beautiful ‘chapel’ in North Hollywood, CA

Be a Convention Sponsor!

Every two years DignityUSA members gather to celebrate our heritage, our past, and our future.  This year we come together as a family in Minneapolis; and we invite you to be part of the celebration by becoming a convention sponsor.  

We are seeking your support of our mission and ask you to consider donating towards our biennial national Convention, where over 300 Dignity members and allies will gather July 4-7, 2013 at the Minneapolis Hilton.

RIP: James R. Thompson

Jim ThompsonJames R. Thompson, age 84, passed away on Ash Wednesday, February 13. He was born in Detroit on July 31, 1928, son of Dorothy and AJ Thompson. Jim is survived by his sister, Mary Dziuba Eremia, his niece Nancy D. Schuler, his nephew John T. Dziuba, relatives in Canada, including cousin Ted Boake of British Columbia, and by Michael McCleer.

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