Dignity/San Antonio held its 40th anniversary at its worship space at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Over 100 guests helped to celebrate the occasion. Dinner was a catered meal of delicious Mexican food and dessert. Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, was our guest speaker. There were also several other speakers from our community who advocated for the work that this chapter does for the city of San Antonio. There was also a table with photos of past Dignity/San Antonio members who are no longer with us. Adding to the festive mood, an all-female Mariachi group entertained the crowd. A great time was had by all.
Dignity/San Antonio observed Solidarity Sunday with an interfaith service that included sharing from a variety of faith perspectives and remembering those who have violently lost their lives because they were gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Our guest speaker was Carmen Tafolla, PhD, Fr. Eddie Bernal's sister in law. Fr. Eddie was an advocate for our Chapter for many years and we wanted to acknowledge his dedication to our chapter. After the service, we gathered for a pot luck dinner and continued our great conversation.
Dignity/San Antonio held its annual Fall Ball at the El Tropicano Hotel in downtown San Antonio on Saturday, November 12, with approximately 84 people in attendance. A fabulous sit-down dinner of chicken piccata, roasted pork loin, or grilled Portobello mushrooms was served. Afterwards, attendees danced the night away with the DJ. Over the course of the evening, raffles were held for wine baskets, handmade blankets, gift cards, and pictures that were painted and framed by our own Dignity members. A great time was had by all and we all look forward to next year’s Ball.
Mary Hunt of WATER (Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual), accompanied by partner Diann, was in town for a convention and was able to celebrate liturgy with the Dignity/San Antonio community on Sunday, November 20.