And, of course, we know that it will continue to be vital to keep positive Catholic voices sounding in the public square. . . . DignityUSA will be part of efforts in Minnesota, Maryland, Maine, and other locations to ensure that no one mistakes positions such as this for the true Catholic perspective—that of love and inclusiveness.
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Over the last 42 years, DignityUSA members have worked for justice. We have had many advances and many disappointments over the years. The work continues . . . As 2012 legislative and elections seasons get into swing, DignityUSa will be ready to provide pro-LGBT voices in various states. As we continue to share our stories, more people get to know our struggles and lives.
DignityUSA Vice President Lewis Tanner
in "An Advent Address"
. . . as Thanksgiving approaches, I will, once again, be grateful for all who are and have been DignityUSA. I honor all who had the vision and tenacity to birth this organization, who led us through decades of growth and challenge, who have persevered despite unimaginable obstacles, and who are helping to shape the vision of our future.
DignityUSA Executive Director, in
"In Grateful Remembrance"
That is what Dignity does so well. It welcomes us in all of who we are, to be the church that Jesus envisioned; and fills us with the passion needed to be a powerful force for justice in today’s broken world. No more, no less.
DignityUSA President in
"Hello, my name is . . . "
In 42 years of nearly constant repression, the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church has been unable to pull us down. We are defying gravity. And you know why? The Spirit is behind our work – a fundamental work of justice, grounded in the conviction our own Church has taught us – that we are ALL dignified by virtue of our com-mon source in Divine creation. We are aptly named as an organization!
Outgoing DignityUSA President Mark Matson
in "Defying Gravity"
I asked one of our young delegates who was attending for the first time what she thought. She told me "This was a blast! I signed up for Minneapolis and I’m bringing some friends." Music to my ears. Another young woman told me that "we" were too hard on ourselves. She said, "You people have so much to be proud of. I am grateful for the work you have done the past 40 years in my behalf. It’s time for my generation to start taking the reigns." Yes indeed…. Love Hopes All Things.
Until all are truly welcome in the Church—in every parish, diocese, small faith community, religious community, and school—Dignity will continue to provide a place of affirmation, and will keep on working for the unconditional embrace we deserve. Until our Church leaders learn to speak with charity, even on issues where we have honest disagreement, we will keep on speaking our truth loudly and with love. And while this work goes on, we look forward to every gathering of Dignity members that offers us the chance to recommit to the justice we seek.
Pride—one of the deadly sins of Catholicism, but a virtue for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and our families . . . As a lesbian, Pride dis-empowers the religious and cultural voices of shame and condemnation. In the LGBT world, it draws people together and creates communities that seek justice. It is a touchstone that can lead to personal and collective liberation.
DignityUSA and its communities have proven people can be a “parish” without the sponsorship of a Bishop who has rejected us. Is it possible we are that “stone which has been rejected and has become the cornerstone”? I think it is indeed possible. This is our future – to come forward in pride, honesty, inclusion, forgiveness, compassion, and witness to the God of Love, rather than blame. . . .
Our families, friends, members of our faith communities, and neighbors can seek and work for justice to ensure that social structures treat all families with honor, respect, and equality. Yes, marriages deserve help to be strong and vital, and our church has many resources that couples can draw upon. And increasingly, our church--the people of God--is recognizing that love takes many healthy, holy forms. If only our church leaders could learn that, too!