Holy Week Schedule

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross at the Franciscan Monastery

See list below for Dignity/Washington services during Holy Week 2015. We welcome all who share and respect our beliefs in the sacramental nature of the Eucharist to participate fully in Holy Communion.

If you plan to attend any Dignity/Washington event and require accommodations, such as an ASL interpreter, please contact dignity@dignitywashington.org at least one week in advance.

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Date Liturgy Time  Location More Information
Mar 28 Stations of the Cross 10:45 AM Franciscan Monastery 1400 Quincy St, NE Washington DC (10 minute walk from Brookland Metro station)
Mar 29 Palm Sunday 6:00 PM St. Margaret’s Church Eucharist with blessing of the palms
Apr 1 Tenebrae 7:30 PM St. Matthew’s Cathedral Dignity/Washington visits St. Matthew Cathedral for Tenebrae
Apr 2 Holy Thursday Agape Meal & Liturgy 6:30 PM St. Margaret’s Church Ecumenical Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the side chapel
Apr 3 Good Friday 7:30 PM St. Margaret’s Church Liturgy of the Lord’s passion with veneration of the cross
Apr 4 Easter Vigil 8:00 PM Universalist Memorial Church 1810 16th St NW Washington DC
Apr  5 Easter Sunday 6:00 PM St. Margaret’s Church  Easter Sunday Mass

Gay Passion of Christ Envisioned in Art


Kittredge Cherry writes about her new book “The Passion of Christ: a Gay Vision” which is based on the controversial paintings of New York artist Doug Blanchard in the HuffingtonPost. Blanchard re-imagines Christ’s passion set in the 21st century with Jesus as a Gay man. Cherry, a Lesbian Christian author and art historian, writes that:

“LGBT Christian visions are important now because conservatives are using religion to justify discrimination against queer people. Whenever anyone commits violence against another, Christ is crucified again — including when LGBT people are attacked or killed because of who they are”.

Follow the link below to view more of Doug Blanchard’s paintings and to read the whole article.

The Gay Passion of Christ Envisioned and Attacked

An Inspirational Evening with Bishop Gene Robinson


Bishop Gene Robinson, the openly gay Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire and a pioneer in the LGBT rights movement, spoke at Dignity/Washington on March 22 after the 6:00 Eucharist.  Gene Robinson  was elected Bishop of his Diocese in 2003 and served until 2013 when he retired and moved to Washington, DC where he now lives in Logan Circle.  He is currently serving as a fellow at the Center for American Progress, based in Washington, where he works with the LGBT team.



Bishop Robinson’s current interest lies in promoting an omnibus civil rights bill for LGBT Americans who still face discrimination in many sectors of our society.  He is committed to helping the development of a theology of gender identity which he sees as gravely needed.  In addressing the question of the intersection of sexuality and spirituality, he stated that he was convinced that, by virtue of their life journeys, many LGBT persons were spiritual but that many would not join a faith community because of their past experiences that made these communities appear dangerous to them.


“Homophobia is but one room in the larger hotel of misogyny” — Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson


Bishop Robinson maintained that it was beneficial for everyone to examine their sexuality, whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or straight, since there was an infinite number of sexualities, depending on the individual, and it was not helpful to rigidly identify oneself in one or the other group and fail to see our common humanity.  He challenged us to ponder the question:  “once the oppression against LGBT persons is over, will we still be a tribe?”  He answered his own question by venturing to say yes, only if we identify the oppression of other groups, join in their struggle for justice and make it our own.


“Courage is fear that has said its prayers” –Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson

Bishop Robinson shared stories about his own consecration, the reaction of other Churches in the Anglican Communion, and how he adjusted to living in the spotlight.  It was an inspirational evening that Dignity/Washington will remember fondly. Check www.dignitywashington.org for announcements for more programs coming soon in the Dignity/Washington Lecture Series.





Rt. Rev Gene Robinson at Dignity Washington

Rt. Rev Gene Robinson at Dignity Washington

Dignity/Washington Marches in St.Patrick’s Day Parade


 Thanks to everyone who made history on Sunday 3/15 by joining Dignity/Washington for the first ever LGBT contingent in the Washington DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Thank you to the Parade Organizing Committee and everyone for making us feel right at home. #onecity #lgbt #DC Our Volunteers Rock!

If you’re looking for where you fit in as a volunteer, come to our DC LGBT Center volunteer orientation on April 11th: http://tinyurl.com/nx49u6e







Join Us at DignityUSA’s Convention in Seattle





DignityUSA’s biennial convention will be held July 2 – 5, in Seattle.  Click on the link above for more information and to register.  DignityUSA’s convention will page will give your information on speakers, the convention program, hotel information, and more. The convention will feature three keynote speakers:

  • Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK
  • Dan Savage, writer, TV personality and gay activist
  • Paul Coutinho, author and speaker

Reserve your place using the Convention 2015 All in One Registration form.

Join Dignity/Washington for Movie Night

Dignity Washington hosts movie night on the first and third Mondays of the month. Movies start at 7:30 PM at the Dignity Center 721 8th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003

Check out the schedule below or click on the link to download the complete schedule for Winter 2015.

All Movies-Winter2015

Winter 2015

January 12, 2015
The Wind Rises [Kase tachinu]
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki
The Wind Rises is a fictionalized biopic of Jiro Horikoshi (1903–1982), designer of the Mitsubishi A5M fighter aircraft and its successor, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, used by the Empire of Japan during World War II.
(2013) 2:06 in Japanese
dubbed English (color)

January 26, 2015
Foolish Wives
Dir. Gavin Hood
When released in 1922, the film was the most expensive film made at that time, and billed by Universal Studios as the “first million-dollar movie” to come out of Hollywood. Originally, von Stroheim intended the film to run anywhere between 6 and 10 hours.
(1922) 1:57 silent with
English subtitles (b&w)

February 9, 2015
Zero Kelvin [Kjaerlighetens kjotere]
Dir. Hans Peter Moland
In 1920s Oslo, an aspiring poet, leaves his girlfriend to spend a year as a trapper in Greenland, where he is teamed with a sailor and a scientist. Trapped in a tiny hut, as the arctic winter sets in, and an intense love/hate relationship develops between the poet and the sailor.
(1995) 1:58
in Norwegian English subtitles (color)

February 23, 2015
The Bandwagon
Dir. Vincente Minnelli
1953 musical comedy film that many critics rank, along with Singin’ in the Rain, as the finest of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals. It tells the story of an aging musical star who hopes a Broadway play will restart his career.
(1953) 1:52 in English (color)

March 9, 2015
Ashes & Diamonds [Popiol i diament]
Dir. Andrzej Wajda
Based on the 1948 novel by Polish writer Jerzy Andrzejewski, this is considered by film critics to be one of the great masterpieces of Polish cinema and arguably the finest Polish realist film.
(1958) 1:43
in Polish with English subtitles (b&w)

March 23, 2015
Chungking Express
Dir. Kar Wai Wong
1994 Hong Kong drama film, consisting of two stories told in sequence, each about a lovesick Hong Kong policeman mulling over his relationship with a woman.
(1994) 1:38 in Cantonese with
English subtitles (color)

April 6, 2015
Dir. William Wyler
American drama film starring Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton and Mary Astor. Sidney Howard based the screenplay on his 1934 stage adaptation of the 1929 novel of the same name by Sinclair Lewis. Huston reprised his stage role.
(1936) 1:41 in English (B&W)

April 20, 2015
When the Wind Blows
Dir. Jimmy Murakami
British animated drama film directed by Jimmy Murakami based on Raymond Briggs’ graphic novel of the same name. The film stars the voices of John Mills and Peggy Ashcroft as the two main characters. When the Wind Blows is a hybrid of drawn animation and stop-motion
(1986) 1:20 in English (B&W)
All Movies start at 7:30 pm at the Dignity/Washington Center

Tuesday Simple Suppers During Lent


Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of Faith
Join us every Tuesday during Lent beginning February 24th
6:30-9:00 PM at the Dignity Center 721 8th Street, SE, Washington, DC

Session I (2/24): Amazed and Afraid. The revelation of God becoming human.

Session II (3/3): Happy are We. The Teachings of Jesus

Session III (3/10): Our tainted nature’s solitary boast: Mary, the mother of God

Session IV (3/17): A body both suffering and glorious. The mystical union of Christ and the Church

Session V (3/24): Word made flesh, true bread of heaven. The mystery of the liturgy and the Eucharist

Session VI (3/31): World without end. The Last Things

Confessions of a Gay Jesuit


The article below is the story of how a brave Gay man committed himself to service in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and encountered many other closeted Gay men within the Jesuit order. A similar article appeared in the Washington Post, but this article tells his first hand account of the spiritual journey of an LGBT Christian and his struggle to live an integrated, authentic life.

Confessions of a Gay Jesuit

The Book Club Meets On Thursday Night

Dignity?Washington Book Club

Dignity/Washington Book Club

The Dignity/Washington Book Club was organized and began to meet in April 2004 at the Dignity Center on Barracks Row, 8th Street Southeast. The book club meets every Thursday at 7:30 PM at the Dignity Center. The next books that the Book Club will read are:

  • Korelitz, Jean Hanff. You Should Have Known. NY, Grand Central Pub., 2014. 464 pp.
  • Bram, Christopher. Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America. NY, Twelve, 2012. 372 pp.
  • Porter, Darwin and Danforth Prince. Pink Triangle: The Feuds and Private Lives of Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, and Famous Members of Their Entourages. NY, Blood Moon Productions, 2014. 700 pp.
Book Club Meeting at the Dignity Center

Book Club Meeting at the Dignity Center

With the 8th Street renaissance came the opening of a variety of restaurants which members of the Book Club were eager to try. Some of its members then began gathering regularly for dinner before the book discussion.

Although the Book Club has some thirty-four members on its mailing list, the number of active members fluctuates between eight and twelve. Three or four current members have been with the Book Club from the very beginning while an additional three or four members have been with it for some eight years.


The active members of the Book Club determine the titles the Book Club members read. Periodically, each of these members recommends two titles: one of a serious nature and the other of a light, fictional or entertaining nature. The group then votes for the top two titles from each category, and then reads alternately from each list the four titles that receive the most votes. To add variety to its program, the Book Club views a film after completing the reading of each book. Here is a list of books that the Book Club has read in the past:


Book Club dinner prior to Thursday night meeting

Book Club dinner prior to Thursday night meeting

Dignity/Washington Welcomes 2015 in Style

NewYear-08Dignity/Washington welcomes 2015 at The Dignity Center


Dignity/Washington hosted a New Year’s Eve dinner at the Dignity Center. The evening began with appetizers and cocktails, followed by a full buffet dinner, and a midnight toast. The Dignity Center Board Room was transformed into a cozy and elegant dining room.
Special thanks to Mark and Craig for preparing the food, which received rave reviews from all who attended. The event was an excellent way to start 2015.


New Year’s Eve at the Dignity Center

Pre-Dinner drinks on New Year’s Eve at the Dignity Center

Mark and Craig delighted guests with their New Year’s Eve dinner buffet and transformed board room.

New Year's Eve at the Dignity Center

New Year’s Eve at the Dignity Center

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