October 29, 2016: This week, our Executive Director, Marianne Duddy-Burke, was part of an assembly of Church reformers that brought together lay leaders, women religious, and priests from 11 countries, four continents, and five languages. In two weeks, she will be one of two US representatives to the meeting of International Movement We Are Church in Rome. In both circles, she is the only openly LGBTQ person there specifically charged with raising our concerns and witnessing to our gifts. See her thoughts on the first gathering in this mailing.
DignityUSA is constantly striving to improve our connections with our members, donors, and friends, and to increase our efficiency. Both goals were paramount when the Board reviewed our current communication processes at their meeting in Indianapolis, September 30 – October 2, 2016.
Recognizing that most people now want information quickly and in short, manageable amounts, the Board decided to make the following changes to our publications and schedule:
By Ann Marie Szpakowska, Dignity/Buffalo
By Mike Hogan, Dignity/Chicago
By Jeff Stone, DignityUSA Director of Media Relations
By Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA Executive Director
I am writing this piece just hours after the conclusion of a unique conference on Religion and Diplomacy sponsored by the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs. The conference marked the third anniversary of the work of this fairly new branch of the State Department, and I was honored to represent DignityUSA in my role as a member of the Faith and LGBTI Human Rights Advisory Group.
By Chris Pett, DignityUSA Board member and Development Committee Chair
From September 29 through October 2, DignityUSA conducted a campaign to increase the number of Guardian Angels (sustaining monthly donors) in our midst by 10%. Guardian Angels choose the amount they want to contribute each month, and the gift is automatically charged to a credit or debit card.
Starting in October, renewal notices will go out via email. Members may receive up to three notices at renewal time: two months before the anniversary date, a month after the anniversary, and two months after the anniversary.
For example, if your renewal is January 2017, your first notice will arrive in November 2016, the second in February 2017, and the third in March 2017.
In 2012, the Trans Caucus sent a survey to all chapters. The chapters that responded gave the caucus valuable information needed for the future. The future is now!
One question on the survey was, “Would your chapter be willing to host a table at a nearby Trans Conference?” Many chapters responded positively, saying they would be glad to help.
By Peggy Hayes, Dignity/Boston President
One of Dignity/Boston’s most popular LGBTQ Pride t-shirts reads: “Out for a Better World,” and that was the motto of more than 30 members of the community on September 17-18 when they hit the road and walkways of Massachusetts.