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Breath of the Spirit: What is Sparking Joy?

A reflection by delfín bautista for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time | These can be dizzyingly depressing days with bad news seemingly on a non-stop loop in the news. However, today’s readings and reflection remind us that we are invited to joy, and we are invited to remember that Love has joy in us.

DignityUSA's Statement on the Dobbs v. Jackson Ruling

June 24, 2022. DignityUSA stands with the majority of U.S. Catholics who believe that access to safe and legal abortion, along with the entire range of reproductive health services, should be affirmed in our federal public policy. It is appalling to us that so many Catholic leaders have worked so long and devoted so much money to claiming a religious justification for denying the right to essential health care for so many, and in particular to control the reproductive lives of women and other people who could become pregnant.

Breath of the Spirit: For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free

A reflection by John Falcone for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time | It is easy to view Christianity as an overwhelming series of “do’s” and “don’ts,” an extended, divine recipe for earning God’s love. Today’s reflection, though, reminds us that Jesus came to free us from extrinsic demands made in God’s name.

Bishop’s Withdrawal of Catholic Identity from Nativity School “A Denial of the Gospel”

June 16, 2022⁠. Boston, MA—Bishop Robert McManus’ decree that a Worcester school can no longer identify as Catholic is a shameful denial of the Gospel, according to DignityUSA⁠—a national Boston-based organization of Catholics working for justice, equality, and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in the church and society.

Breath of the Spirit: What is Eucharist?

A reflection by Richard Young for Corpus Christi | Finding fault is a temptation whenever we gather, but as we celebrate the gift of Jesus in our communal meal, perhaps it is better to ask what gifts we bring to the table...

Dignity Boston Offers Invocation at Boston City Council Meeting

Dignity Boston was honored by the Boston City Council on June 8, 2022, to offer the invocation before its meeting, and was given a resolution passed by the Council honoring the chapter for its 50 years of service to the LGBTQI community and for creating a safe and welcoming place in the church.

Breath of the Spirit: Getting Comfortable in Ourselves

A reflection by Ann Marie Szpakowska for Trinity Sunday | All of us, perhaps especially those in the LGBTQ+ community, have felt uncomfortable in our own skin, or with our bodies, or our desires. This week’s celebration of the Holy Trinity reminds us that our goal is integration, to be one in ourselves even as God is One...

Watch our 2022 Catholic Pride Blessing now!

During the month of June, LGBTQI justice organizations from across the country are coming together to celebrate Pride Month. DignityUSA hosted an online prayer service that kicked off Pride Month on Monday, June 6th. During this special event, we heard words of affirmation and blessing from LGBTQI activists, advocates, and allies. True blessings don't come from hierarchies of power; they come from communities of care, love, and solidarity.

Breath of the Spirit: Our Spirit-filled Bodies

A reflection by L.F. Ranner for Pentecost | Too often we Christians think of our bodies as the enemy. Our bodies have needs and desires that we can perceive as inconvenient impediments to our spiritual goals. We interpret Paul’s battle of the flesh vs the spirit as one of the body vs the good part of us. Today’s reflections – rooted in the giving of the Spirit at Pentecost – remind us that such dualism is foreign to the Love which created us and pronounced our bodies as “very good.”

Breath of the Spirit: Everyday Mysticism and Everyone a Mystic

A reflection by Jon Schum for the Feast of the Ascension | Today’s reflection asks us to allow the reality of a Cosmic Christ to shape our lives. If Love is truly “all in all” (I Corinthians 15:28), what are the implications for our relationship with each part of the creation that makes love so very flesh?

LGBTQI/Ally Catholics Reject Communion Ban on Speaker Pelosi

May 21, 2022. DignityUSA, the organization representing the majority of U.S. Catholics who stand for justice, equality, and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in our church and society, announced today that they believe Speaker Nancy Pelosi has the right to receive Communion, rejecting a ban imposed by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. The archbishop said Pelosi may not receive Communion until she publicly repudiates her support for access to abortion. 

Breath of the Spirit: Peace! Peace! And there is no peace.

A reflection by David Jackson for the Sixth Sunday of Easter | Jesus tells us that peace is his gift to us, but that gift can seem in very short supply these days. Where is the gift of peace in Ukraine, in the Sudan, in our national political scene, in many of our families, and in our hearts?

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  • 25th National Conference 2022 (In-Person)

    Join us from July 8-10 in San Diego for DignityUSA’s 25th national gathering. Be inspired by religious and social justice thought leaders and enjoy the warmth and welcome of the DignityUSA community as we celebrate our history and contemplate the role of our movement in an ever-changing world. Time listed is Pacific Time.

    July 8, 2022 to July 10, 2022

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