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News Archive (2014)

LGBT Catholics Find Vatican Document on Family Synod 'Disappointing'

IT SHOWS NO OPENNESS TO CHANGE IN HURTFUL TEACHINGS

 

June 26, 2014. Boston, MA. Leaders of DignityUSA, the leading organization of LGBT Catholics and their allies and family members, called the “Instrumentum Laboris” released by the Vatican in advance of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family “extremely disappointing.” They said the document demonstrates a failure to understand the extent of the problems with official Church teaching on issues of sexuality and family life, and misinterprets the substantial input given by Catholics around the world.

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Help Support Transgender Spirituality

While the battle for Marriage Equality is being fought (and won) in several states and still has a ways to go before becoming legal throughout the U.S., progressive activists are declaring that Transgender rights is fast becoming the next big civil rights battleground in the country.  The June 9, 2014 issue of Time Magazine’s cover story is titled “The Transgender Tipping Point.”  At Dignity/Detroit’s recent anniversary celebration, Episcopal Bishop Eugene Robinson averred  that Transgender spirituality is fast becoming the major issue of discussion among religious circles.

Dignity/Chicago Marks 42nd Year; New James Bussen Award to Victor Salvo and The Legacy Project

Dignity/Chicago, the inclusive faith and advocacy organization for LGBT Catholics and our allies, celebrated an anniversary Mass on Sunday, May 18 to honor its 42 years of ministry.Dignity/Chicago alsoan annual award in memory of James Bussen, former DignityUSA President and Chicago LGBT rights advocate who passed away last June.

DignityUSA Staff Retreat

Staff members of DignityUSA (Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke, Associate Director Jim Smith, Operations Manager Peggy Burns, and Technology Services Manager Logan Bear) participated in a two day retreat on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 3-4, 2014, in Knoxville, Tennessee, facilitated by Monique Meadows. The staff has a conference call every other week via webinar, but this is the first time we have met face-to-face since we’ve all gone to full-time DignityUSA service.

Join the World Meeting of Families Pilgrimage

​In September 2015, Philadelphia will host the World Meeting of Families, gathering Catholic families from across the globe to explore the theme “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” As we did for World Youth Day, DignityUSA and our Equally Blessed colleagues hope to sponsor a group of pilgrims to witness to the presence of LGBT families in our Church. Do you feel called to be part of this pilgrimage?

Requiescat in Pace: Tom Cunningham

On May 10, 2014, Dignity/New York hosted a Memorial Mass and Celebration of the Life of Tom Cunningham. Featuring exceptional and moving performances by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, family and friends from many parts of Tom’s life gathered to remember this extraordinary man. Asked to speak on behalf of DignityUSA, Marianne Duddy-Burke offered the following reflection. 

Spring is Here

By Lewis Speaks-Tanner, DignityUSA Vice President 

Spring is finally here! It has been a long winter with colder temperatures and more snow than we usually have in a winter. Dignity members throughout the northern states have experienced that same long winter. Dignity members in southern and western climates escaped winter, but not all: those in Texas did get colder weather than they are used to. During this time, DignityUSA has been very busy.

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