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DignityUSA works for respect and justice for people of all sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities—especially gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons—in the Catholic Church and the world through education, advocacy, and support.
This month's highlights:
Looking ahead to a New Year of Dignity
May 2016 be a year of surprising blessings and deep joys for you! We anticipate it will be another busy and eventful year for DignityUSA. As 2015 drew to a close, we had some hints of what may lie ahead for this year.
Presence as Presents
By Marie Sweeney, DignityUSA Board Member
Each year DignityUSA has an election to the board of directors to renew our leadership and to reflect more closely our diverse and talented community. Have you ever considered yourself for this kind of involvement? More importantly, should you? Our board is a working board, but it’s not like a second job. We commit to an average of two-three hours weekly to keep the organization focused on our mission.
Listening to Our Pilgrims
Dignity/Boston is fortunate to be the home chapter of five of the Equally Blessed Coalition pilgrims who journeyed to the World Meeting of Families held in Philadelphia in conjunction with the papal visit. Those five pilgrims – Becky and Marianne Duddy-Burke and their two daughters, and Marcia Garber shared their anticipation and determination with members of the Boston chapter in advance of the meeting, and were held in prayer by the community for a safe and successful journey.
Dignity/Washington’s Guest Speaker Series
By Henry Huot, Dignity/Washington Board Member
On Saturday, November 21, and again on Sunday, December 13, Dignity/Washington hosted two more presenters in its 2015-2016 Guest Speaker Series: Eve Tushnet and Leah Libresco.
Beginning January 9, 2016, Dignity/Houston will hold its regular Saturday liturgy at The Havens @ St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1827 West Alabama, Houston, TX 77098.
Dignity/Indianapolis announced its support for amending Indiana law to ex- pand civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, in anticipa- tion of the upcoming 2016 state legislative session. “Inspired by our Catholic tradition, our members accept the Gospel call to strive against social and economic inequality. As citizens, we recognize a civic responsibility to support laws that safeguard the rights of all people, including the LGBTQ community,” said Steve Follis, president of Dignity/Indianapolis.
If you received DignityUSA’s Advent appeal letter early in December, we hope you took a look at the Legacy Circle brochure that was included. The Legacy Circle is comprised of DignityUSA supporters who include our organization in their planned giving and estate planning. Naming DignityUSA as a beneficiary in your will, life insurance, or 401(K) is a great way to have a long-term impact on the success of our mission.
The latest issue of Dateline, which includes these articles as well as other chapter, committee and community news, is available to download here.
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Leo N. Egashira, Publications Committee Chair, DignityUSA Board of Directors
P.O. Box 376
Medford, MA 02155
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