Dignity/Washington News for March 2016
Following the Snowzilla weekend in late January that shut down the nation’s capital, and forced Dignity/Washington to cancel many of its activities, including Mass, the community has bounced back with a full schedule of events in February.
For the third year in a row, Dignity/Washington’s Young Adult Group hosted a Mardi Gras Party held on Fat Tuesday, February 9. Delicious pancakes and other New Orleans-themed fare were served at the festively-decorated Dignity Center.
Dignity/Washington began Lent with a joint Ash Wednesday Mass with our host church community, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. The community is continuing to mark Lent with a Tuesday night Reflection Series following Karen Armstrong’s book Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. Members of the community will take turns providing simple meals of soup and bread to start off each evening of small-group discussion.
“Discovering ‘Jubilee’: Discerning the Call to Mission in the Holy Year of Mercy” was the guiding theme chosen by Dr. Tom Little for this year’s Dignity/Washington Board retreat, held on Saturday, February 6 at the Dignity Center. The Board and several other community leaders explored the Biblical foundations of Jubilee, especially mercy and atonement, seeking meaningful applications for the life and work of the community. Dr. Little challenged everyone to believe that Dignity/Washington is necessary in God’s plan for the greater good of our community and society. He emphasized how all of its leaders and members are called to dialogue, patience, compromise, and reconciliation with those who are alienated from us. It was a day filled with grace and growth for the participants who left rejuvenated to continue the year leading their vibrant community.
On Saturday, February 20, Dignity/Washington welcomed Rolland “Rollie” Smith as the most recent presenter in its 2015-2016 Speaker Series held at the Dignity Center. Rollie’s well-organized and captivating presentation synthesized insights from art, religion, philosophy, and evolutionary neuroscience, turning what could have been a very esoteric talk entitled after his upcoming book “Out of the Box: Thinking in Postmodern Times” into a fascinating afternoon of lively exchanges amongst the participants. Rollie highlighted the salient features of these ever-changing, postmodern times, and emphasized that thinking critically is not only essential for us to sift through what is beneficial for each of us and society, but that it is a moral imperative. Thinking critically leads to each of us finding meaning and transcendence, helping us to become agents of social change.
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The month of March promises to be full for Dignity/Washington
Last year, the chapter participated in Washington, D.C.’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade with the local LGBT center, The D.C. Center, to form the first LGBT contingent to ever march in the parade. Dignity/Washington will again march in this year’s parade with The D.C. Center on Sunday, March 13, along Constitution Avenue.
Later that week on Saturday, March 19, the chapter will hold its annual St. Joseph’s Day Dinner. Volunteers will help cook an Italian meal for community guests in a special evening of fellowship, prayer, and celebration of St. Joseph and Italian heritage.
The end of March will mark the end of Lent, and Dignity/Washington will hold services for the Triduum and Easter during this most holy season.
For more information on these upcoming events, please go to Dignity/Washington’s website.