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Breath of the Spirit: Easter Determination

A reflection by Ann Penick for the Fifth Sunday of Easter | If we see the resurrection as only a promise of what will happen to us one day, then we miss so much of its life-changing message. Jesus’ resurrection changed the disciples’ lives then and there!

Breath of the Spirit: Trusting in the Joy of the Journey

A reflection by Tom DeVoyd for the Fourth Sunday of Easter | ...Even if we do not make a huge geographic move, we are all on the epic journey of discipleship: called and empowered to walk with our communities into new and more abundant life. At times, this may feel like a peaceful walk in a lovely park. At other times, it may feel as treacherous as riding out a storm on the Mediterranean Sea in a small wooden boat.

Breath of the Spirit: Good Shepherd, But Not Always Good To Be a Shepherd

A reflection by Marianne Seggerman for the Third Sunday of Easter | Today’s gospel suggests that the primary response to loving Jesus is caring for one another. Today’s reflection suggests – if we look at the lived experience of shepherds in Jesus’ time – this is not an easy task!

Breath of the Spirit Reflection: The Inevitability and Precarity of New Life

A Reflection by Jeff Vomund for the Second Sunday of Easter | If we are not careful, Easter becomes a victory party for those of us to have made the “right” choice: Jesus’ victory lap to disprove the doubters (like Thomas). But the resurrection is not a prediction of what will be if we behave. It is a confirmation of what is, how the world was made from its inception in the Divine mind...

Dignity/Twin Cities Confronts Archbishop and Courage International Representatives in Protest

"The flag was in the window for no more than five minutes when a security guard from the Archdiocese came out the back door and told me that the flag was distracting to the priests, and that I would have to move because we were on private property..." Read more of the testimony of Dignity/Twin Cities' current President Brian H. McNeill on their recent protest of Courage International.

Breath of the Spirit: The Easter Transition

A reflection by delfín bautista for Easter Sunday | The English prefix trans comes from the Latin where it indicates movement from one place to another, as in, transfer. The prefix can also indicate movement beyond a particular entity, thus, is an action is transnational, it goes beyond a single nation. In the Scriptures, the word transfiguration carries both of those meanings: Jesus moves from one state of being to another and also beyond what he was to a larger reality.

Stand with Nativity School and show support for LGBTQI+ and Black Lives! Sign the petition today.

Nativity School of Worcester, MA, has been flying the Black Lives Matter and Pride banners along with the American Flag for over a year. However, on April 3, Bishop Robert McManus told the Jesuit school that these flags “deny our Catholic identity” and that they represent things “that stand in contract to consistent Catholic teaching.” Sign the petition and show your support for Nativity School!

Breath of the Spirit: Do We Want to Be Barrabas?

A reflections for Palm Sunday by John Falcone | Sometimes the choices between good and evil seem so stark. But clear choices are not necessarily easy. It is possible to see where different paths lead and still not be sure which way is better...

New Vatican document on education could lead to increased exclusion of LGBTQI people, says DignityUSA

March 31, 2022. A newly released document from the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education could make it even more difficult for LGBTQI people to be part of the Catholic school system and could trigger a new wave of staff terminations and students being turned away. DignityUSA expressed its concerns after reviewing “The Identity of the Catholic School for a Culture of Dialogue,” which was issued by the Vatican on March 29.

Illuminating history, searching for memories at Dignity/Philadelphia

LGBTQI+ Catholics have been at the forefront of justice movements since the beginning. There's no place where that history resonates more profoundly than in Philadelphia, the city of Sisterly and Brotherly Love. Philadelphia has served as a site of many historic events of great significance, but often the most interesting stories are the ones that have yet to be told.

Breath of the Spirit Reflection: The Key Ingredient to Lent

A reflection by Richard P. Young for the Fifth Sunday of Lent | This week’s passage from Isaiah dates from the 6th century BCE, and it refers to God’s action to get the people of Israel unstuck. Isaiah seems to understand “doing something new” as a particularly divine act. Perhaps that is because so much of what we humans have been doing over and over again shows our tribalism, our misogyny, and our fear of the Other – all traits laid bare in today’s gospel...

In-Person Event: 25th National Conference in San Diego

Registration for our 25th National Conference at The Westin Gaslamp Quarter hotel from July 8th through 10th in sunny San Diego, California, is now open! We have special Conference registration rates for first time attendees (including members and nonmembers) and young adults aged 18 to 30. Our Early Bird discount ends May 15th⁠—so register today! We hope to see you in July!

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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
    9:00am

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