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Dignity/Washington News for June

A Community Discussion on Women Presiders for Dignity/Washington 

Following its Sunday Mass on May 18, another in a series of community conversations for education and discernment regarding women presiders at Mass was led by Tim MacGeorge, former Dignity/Washington presider and homilist. Tim expressed surprise that he had been invited from Florida where he now lives to share his thoughts on the subject. He presented the Vatican’s current position on women priests, based in large part on Pope John Paul II’s 1994 Apostolic Letter on the Ordination of Priests and the pertinent canons from the 1983 Code of Canon law. The subsequent, often impassioned, discussion centered on several considerations, including the ramifications that having women preside at its Masses would have on Dignity/Washington’s relationship with the Archdiocesan hierarchy and whether the Dignity/Washington community wants to continue to be recognizably Catholic with its Masses. Several other community discussions are planned in the coming months on this issue of immense importance. Please keep the Dignity/Washington community in your prayers for the Spirit’s guidance and wisdom.


Dignity/Washington 2014 Capital Pride Mass 

On Sunday June 8, 2014 the Dignity/Washington community celebrated its annual Capital Pride Mass as it falls this year on the Feast of Pentecost. At Dignity/Washington the feast is always observed as the anniversary of the chapter's first Sunday Mass outside of Catholic facilities in 1987, after its eviction from Georgetown University’s St. William’s Chapel. On June 22, 1987 chapter members marched from St. William’s Chapel to their new home at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Dupont Circle, where  the chapter worships every Sunday to this day. Dignity/Washington’s annual Capital Pride Mass also celebrates the peace, hopes, diversity, history, and faiths of the metro D.C. LGBT community. This year’s guest homilist at the annual Pride Mass was Rabbi Laurie Green (picture on right) of Temple Bet Mishpachah. From her entrance into rabbinical school, through her ordination in 2007, and until today, she has served pulpits in Colorado, New York, and Connecticut, as well as working as a Jewish educator, a hospital chaplain, and an interfaith organizer and activist. Rabbi Laurie, her wife, Mira, and their son, Gus live in Baltimore, MD.