At the Second Vatican Council, we were told that “we” are the Church. We, God’s people, are the Church. The Creator made each of us in his image and likeness. The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stated in 1975 that there are “homosexuals who are such because of some kind of innate instinct.” That God created me gay/lesbian. He has called us, like Ezekiel and like the Twelve, to stand up and reach out to others.
Harvey Milk once said that if every gay/lesbian came out that discrimination would end that day. Trust the God who created you, who loves you, who wills you to draw breath at this very moment. God will heal you interiorly with this truth. God will impart the Spirit, as he did with the Prophet Ezekiel, to stand up. Then God will use you, despite the objections of some religious leaders, to bring that same faith and hope to others.
Father Geoff Farrow
From his post-communion reflections
DignityUSA Convention 2009
Quarterly Voice File:
Faithful and Fabulous: Dignity on the Road at Forty, by Mary E. Hunt
President's Convention 2009 Address, by Mark Matson
The State of DignityUSA, July 2009, by Marianne Duddy-Burke
Convention 2009 Day of Gospel Service:
San Francisco Food Bank
Project Open Hand
Liturgy Reflection at DignityUSA's Convention 2009, by Fr. Geoffrey Farrow
Convention 2009 Workshop Feedback
Dignity Convention 2009: Reflections from a First-timer
Convention 2009 Awards