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DignityUSA
May 2016
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Pentecost
 
In This Issue
 
DignityUSA Executive Director, Marianne Duddy-Burke, compares her experience with LGBTQ people around the world and the words of Amoris Laetitia.  Also, DignityUSA's press release on Amoris Laetitia is included.  Ashley Schrode from Dignity/Detroit shares her personal experience with her local Dignity chapter and the Young Adult Caucus, which is having their third biennal retreat in Chicago.  Marcia Garber has two articles: one about the North Shore Community College’s 36th Forum on Tolerance and the other is her own personal life journey.  The issue closes with news from Dignity/Pittsburgh and Dignity/San Antonio.
 
Our Stories
 
 
“We Hear Them Speaking in our own Tongues”
 
This month, we close the Easter Season with the celebration of Pentecost. I love this feast, and the infusion of fiery Spirit into all of the original disciples. The ability of people who have gathered from many parts of the world to hear and understand the Good News, and for the newly daring disciples to witness in a variety of languages, has such richness! 
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"Amoris Laetitia" (The Joy of Love) Offers No Joy for LGBT Catholics, Families
 
“In this document, Pope Francis has continued the characterization of LGBT people as unable to fully reflect the fullness of God’s plan for humanity,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA’s Executive Director. “We had hoped for much more, and many, many people are profoundly disappointed today. 
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Development News
 
DignityUSA is a part of my life, but not only because I am a social worker and the social justice values of Dignity align very closely with my own.  But, also because when I met my, now fiancée, almost five years ago I was uncertain whether I could remain in a loving same sex relationship and continue to be a "good Catholic."
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Dignity Young Adult Caucus Retreat, July 29-31, 2016

 
Dignity's Young Adult Caucus (DYAC) is planning its third biennial retreat in Chicago this July 29-31, called "Telling Our Stories, Creating Our Home."  The spiritual director will be Judy Brown of Wisconsin, founder of The Hesed Project.
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Dignity/Boston Member and Trans Activist Marcia Garber Speaks at North Shore Community College

 
A few years ago the Board launched a unique way for people to support our national organization, our mission, and our vision.  A $500, one-time contribution would cover a significant portion of a day’s operational cost for DignityUSA.
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A Long Road, but a Worthy Journey

 

Howdy from a Listening Parent at Fortunate Families! My name is Marcia Garber and I am a proud parent of two beautiful souls, one who lives and one who lives in spirit.  Who would have thought since my husband, Ken and I had the honor and privilege to meet Mary Ellen and Casey Lopata, founders of Fortunate Families, at the Dignity USA Convention celebrating 40 years in 2009, that together we all would have come so far??!!

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Dignity/San Antonio’s Sharon Guild-Stitt Awarded National Recognition

 
The Military and Government Counseling Association’s Individual Notable Achievement Award for 2016 went to Dignity/San Antonio member Sharon Guild-Stitt. Sharon became a member and leader of MGCA and its predecessor organization in 1987, serving as its president in 2008.
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Letter from Dignity/Pittsburgh

 
I joined Dignity/ Pittsburgh in the summer of 1981. We had 45-50 members. We met at St. Pamphilus, a Roman Catholic Church under the pastoral care of Franciscan Friars. Now we are in 2016 and I can truly say without hesitation that... “our Pittsburgh chapter has finally grown to become a community, a faith family.” For years we were struggling to become a community.
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