So, you have read the messages in previous months about the DignityUSA Board of Directors, and now you are ready to ‘jump in’ to the creation of a new pool of candidates willing to serve our DignityUSA movement. You are a current, paid-up member of DignityUSA, right? Well, perhaps you need more information about DignityUSA board responsibilities. Then check out the home page of DignityUSA and look for a link to all the information you will need.
Greetings, Dignity friends,
By Peggy Burns and Becky Duddy-Burke
In June 2015, Dignity/Boston moved to our new home, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the Boston South End neighborhood. It was a major change, as we had shared space with St. John’s Episcopal Church on Beacon Hill for 28 years. However, because St. John’s was merging with their Cathedral, Dignity/Boston had to find a new worship space. A search committee was set up and after much discussion, searching, and visiting, we decided that St. Stephen’s was the best fit for us.
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.
By Alice Knowles, DignityUSA Vice President
Lent is a prayerful and integral part of the spiritual calendar year. It is the time of reflection and intention, as well as the purpose of our faith. Pope Francis has pronounced a “Year of Mercy” beginning on December 8, 2015. It is a year for showing mercy and forgiveness.
By Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director
On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, I was very proud to represent DignityUSA at a unique event held for the Foreign Press Corps based at the United Nations. The US State Department sponsored the first ever information session on the intersection of LGBTI Human Rights and faith. I spoke on how Catholicism impacts the lives of LGBTI people, Catholic and non-Catholic alike.
Pope Francis’ Disappointing Comments in the Midst of Italy’s Debate on Recognition of Same-Sex Couples Signal Refusal to Change Church Teaching
Speaking to a group of Vatican judges as Italy’s Senate prepares to vote on recognizing civil unions for same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples, Pope Francis said that the recent Synods on the Family tell the world “there can be no confusion between the family God wants and any other type of union.” The Pope added, “The family, founded on indissoluble matrimony that unites and allows procreation, is part of God’s dream and that of his Church for the salvation of humanity.” He affirmed that the Church continues to propose marriage “in its essential elements – offspring, the good of spou
By Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director DignityUSA
May 2016 be a year of surprising blessings and deep joys for you! We anticipate it will be another busy and eventful year for DignityUSA. As 2015 drew to a close, we had some hints of what may lie ahead for this year.
If you received DignityUSA’s Advent appeal letter early in December, we hope you took a look at the Legacy Circle brochure that was included. The Legacy Circle is comprised of DignityUSA supporters who include our organization in their planned giving and estate planning. Naming DignityUSA as a beneficiary in your will, life insurance, or 401(K) is a great way to have a long-term impact on the success of our mission.
By Peggy Hayes, Dignity/Boston
Dignity/Boston is fortunate to be the home chapter of five of the Equally Blessed Coalition pilgrims who journeyed to the World Meeting of Families held in Philadelphia in conjunction with the papal visit. Those five pilgrims – Becky and Marianne Duddy-Burke and their two daughters, and Marcia Garber shared their anticipation and determination with members of the Boston chapter in advance of the meeting, and were held in prayer by the community for a safe and successful journey.