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News Archive (2014)

Advent is Upon Us

by Lewis Speaks-Tanner, Vice President, DignityUSA

Each year, December seems to go quicker than it did the year before. There are so many things to get done. The season is about preparing, from making gift lists to decorating the house, to making donations to favorite charities. It is important to take time out of the busy season to recharge spiritual batteries. This Advent, I will be reading Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Ann Lamott after hearing wonderful reviews about her previous and current books.

DignityUSA Tells Congress: “Religious Exemptions Harm People and Catholics Don’t Support Them”

DignityUSA has been involved in a number of recent efforts to alert Congress to significant problems with efforts by US Catholic bishops to expand the number of people covered by “religious exemptions.” These exemptions exclude certain faith-affiliated institutions from laws providing protection from discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and health care coverage.

DignityUSA Is Calling YOU…

By Lourdes Rodriguez-Nogues, DignityUSA President 

Yes, you. We know that you have skills that DignityUSA can put to good use. Thus, we are calling on anyone who feels called to serve as a member of the DignityUSA Board.

Nominations are open for four Directors and our President/Vice President. These individuals will be elected by July 2015 and serve for a period of 2 years starting on October 1, 2015.

What qualifications do you need, you might wonder. A few come to mind:

Our Savior, Pope Francis?

by Jim Smith, DignityUSA Associate Director

I hear a lot of hope these days from Dignity members across the country. Most of it is rooted in perceptions of Pope Francis. My fear is that those hopes will not be realized, and deep discouragement, cynicism, and separation from all things Catholic will take hold.

Why Religious Exemptions Hurt—and Why Catholics Oppose Them

November 17, 2014. 

“The bishops’ demands that the government allow them to discriminate against people who hold different religious beliefs about marriage, family life and health care are in stark contrast with Catholic values, and with what most Catholics in the US believe,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke of DignityUSA at a briefing on Capitol Hill convened by a coalition of progressive Catholic organizations.

Reflections on the Extraordinary Synod on the Family: An Extraordinary Time in our Church

by Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA

The first phase of the Synod on the Family process is now complete, and it has been the subject of enormous world-wide attention and analysis. It has been just days since the end of this gathering, and while there is much dust still to settle, here are some of my initial reflections.

Giving Thanks

by Lourdes Rodriguez-Nogues, President of DignityUSA

Gratitude is perhaps the humblest and most fitting prayer we can offer the Divine. It places us in that open and vulnerable space where we can, with open hands and hearts, recognize that we are not entitled, deserving, wanting of something, or expecting our needs to be met. If we can just give thanks, for what is and for what will be, we come face to face with a merciful, generous, and loving God who recognizes us as created, chosen, and redeemed.

You Are Fabulous!

by Jim Smith, Associate Director of DignityUSA

A BIG thanks to all who responded to our invitation to post your family photo with testimony for our “Fabulous Families of Dignity” series! Every day during the bishops’ October Synod on the Family, we featured on Facebook at least one family photo with answer to the question “How is God present in my family?”

Dignity/Honolulu marks its annual Solidarity Sunday

Originally published in Star Adviser

Five members of Dignity/Honolulu, a group of approximately 20 LGBT Catholics, attended Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace Catholic downtown as part of the group's annual Solidarity Sunday observance. Their intent was to send the message "We're part of the Church" in spite of Catholic doctrine that opposes homosexual acts and same-sex marriage,” said Dignity/Honolulu President Gene Corpuz.

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