Let me tell you about the Parc55 Hotel — site of our 2009 convention! I just spent a weekend there for our April Board meeting. I took Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) from the San Francisco Airport to the Powell Street Station, San Francisco …about a 30-minute ride. BART was a pleasure to ride. It reminded me of Washington, DC’s METRO. When you come out of the Powell Street Station, the Parc 55 Hotel is looming above you! The Hotel has just been renovated from top to bottom. The hotel room was spacious, although storage is scarce.
Posed and compiled by Leo N. Egashira, Publications Committee Chair
Fr. Geoffrey Farrow, who was fired from his Fresno, CA parish after preaching against California Proposition 8 last October, has agreed to deliver the homily during the Eucharistic liturgy at our DignityUSA Convention 2009. He will also be participating in a newly-added pre-convention forum on Marriage Equality, which will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2009.
A scholarship took me from my native Denver to the nation’s capital to start college. I will never forget my first August day in Washington, D.C. It was 98 degrees with 97% humidity. I had never experienced heat like that. I had spent the previous 18 years of my life living in a white,working class suburb of semi-arid Denver, Colorado. “Hot” there seemed downright comfortable compared to the sultry hot of D.C. I landed at National Airport after nightfall. I remember the sights from the taxi. Long blocks of houses all attached to each other. I had never seen that.
The DignityUSA Board of Directors met in San Francisco, the host city for Convention 2009, from Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29. The meeting was held in the convention venue, the Parc 55 Hotel, in the heart of the vibrant city.
Strategic Plan: The Board approved a 5-year strategic plan in October 2008. Six months later, the progress and status in five major priorities were discussed:
The next chapter leaders call will be Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at 9:00 p.m. EDT (6:00 p.m. PDT). The call in number is (269) 320-8400 with access code of 890836#. Please RSVP to Secretary Lewis Tanner at Secretary@dignityusa.org and let him know if you CAN or CANNOT make the call.
You can listen to the last call (March 9, 2009) by dialing (269) 320- 8499 with access code 890836#.
by John McNeill
With 60 daytime temperatures in Denver the weekend of January 28, 2008 to February 1, 2009, you’d expect that most people would be outside enjoying the promise of spring. However, over 2,500 people spent those glorious days in hotel meeting rooms, immersed in skill-building sessions designed to help them take their place as leaders of the LGBTQ movement in the years to come.
The R. Scott Hitt Foundation is offering funding for qualified candidates who want to be leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement.
You and the pro-LGBT organization that you choose can apply to receive funding for your post-graduate internship position while you build your resume and gain valuable skills towards becoming a leader of the future.
The San Francisco Convention Committee met with Tom Streeper of the DignityUSA Board of Directors in San Francisco, on the weekend of January 9, 2009. Tom attended the Convention Liturgy Committee meeting on Saturday the 10th, as well as the Core Committee meeting on Sunday the 11th, before attending the Chapter’s Sunday Liturgy.
The LA Times broke the story today that there is a federal grand jury investigation into Cardinal Roger Mahony and his response to the sexual abuse of children by clergy. Call To Action is grateful that the U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles is taking seriously the crimes of this bishop who harbored and transferred pedophile priests, protecting the sexual abusers rather than the children suffering the abuse.