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.
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:
Check out the complete list here:
Dignity/Washington is searching for a part-time bookkeeper to work with the treasurer to ensure smooth financial operations for the organization. The successful candidate for this position should have a solid foundation in bookkeeping and accounting and a good working knowledge of electronic banking and QuickBooks, the accounting software Dignity/Washington uses.
The position is estimated at between 7 and 10 hours of work a week and can be done primarily from home. For more information, click the link below for a complete job description or contact Jake Hudson (treasurer) at the Dignity Center 202-546-2235.
Interested candidates should submit resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 6, 2015.
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.
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
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.
in Norwegian English subtitles (color)
February 23, 2015
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.
in Polish with English subtitles (b&w)
March 23, 2015
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
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.
Unless otherwise noted, special events are open to all. Also see Recurring Events.
On Saturday December 13th, Dignity Washington was privileged to host a talk on Transgender Spirituality and Ministry by Rev. Allyson D. Robinson, at the Dignity Center. For Rev. Robinson the transition has brought her inner peace, wholeness, and a closer relationship with God. The essence of her message revolved around the importance of allowing people to present themselves socially as they wish, without gender-policing of any sort. Rev. Robinson further underscored the diversity within the transgender community by pointing that “if you have met one transgendered person, you have met just one transgendered person.”
A nationally respected, award winning social entrepreneur and movement strategist, Rev. Allyson Dylan Robinson has built a career advising and leading organizations on the vanguard of social change. She is founder and principal of Warrior Poet Strategies, a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm advising select clients in organizational design, diversity and inclusion, and social and civic entrepreneurship.
Since June, 2014 she has also been Transitional Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, an ecumenical, multi-racial, multi-generational congregation that has served Washington, D.C. for over 150 years. Previously, she led internal and external diversity initiatives at the Human Rights Campaign and was the first transgender person to lead a national LGBT organization as executive director of OutServe-SLDN. She’s also served as an Army officer and Baptist pastor, studied at West Point, Arizona State, and Oxford University. She has earned degrees in physics and theology.
After Mass on Sunday, November 16, President Daniel Barutta presided at the D/W annual meeting. The largest crowd (60 plus) ever to attend an annual meeting enjoyed a lasagna dinner provided by Mark Cosenza. We heard from Jake Hudson, Treasurer that we are financially sound and have been blessed to have two generous bequests in the past year that will allow us to continue to maintain the D/W Center and do outreach activities which we are planning for the future (contact him for details).
Daniel B. and Tom Bower gave a recitation of activities that the community supported during the past year. Daniel B also introduced the members of the “All Are Welcome” Committee (Rachel See, Ray Panas, Jeff Vormund, Jake Hudson, and Mark Cosenza as chair); they will create the actions called for in the Board resolution in response to the Female Presider Committee’s Report. Please contact Mark, Daniel, or any of the All Are Welcome committee if you want to participate in these projects. Dignity/Washington President, Dan Barutta and Vice President, Tom Bower, listed the Dignity/Washington community’s accomplishments in 2014.
- The board managed a budget in excess of $110,00.00
- D/W participated in the American University LGBT Fall Mixer
- The Female Presider Discernment Committee presented nine programs most with outside speakers plus a dozen or so committee meetings
- Many community members created the Female Presider Task Force document and the Board Resolution which created the All Are Welcome committee for future inclusivity actions
- The Women’s Ordination Conference and Brother Help Thyself use office space at the Dignity Center
- Jose Luiz and the Program Committee directed many stimulating speaker’s program
- Kenneth Dowling and others created and instituted a new logo for D/W’s, business cards, letterhead, Sunday Bulletin, and banners
- PR committee and Web developers improved and expanded the D/W website
- Kenneth and others have expanded our Facebook presence and we have a new advertisement venue in Tagg magazine
- D/W presented our largest ever contingent in the Pride Parade with enhanced Larry Ranley’s Wedding Chapel
- D/W achieved membership of more than 200 making it the largest DUSA chapter
- D/W attracted and made use of 9 presiders at our Liturgies
- The Young Adult Group sponsored Mardi Gras party
- D/W held a contested election which is a healthy sign of interest in guiding the community
- 30 members experienced a moving retreat led by Jamie Manson
- 60 members shared Ash Wednesday Mass with St. Margaret’s
- 64 members experienced a spiritually enriching Mana and Mercy Lenten devotion series with light dinners
- At the Easter Vigil a member received the sacrament of Confirmation
- D/W members supported the development of the Queer for Christ ecumenical young adult group
- Many members enjoyed country dancing events at Town and Mike Malik’s house
- Members Participated in a program for the We Are Familysenior outreach network
- The community made donations to St. Margaret’s Church, Sisters of Loretto, Women’s Ordination Conference, Martha’s Kitchen,Charlie’s Place, New Ways Ministries, and the Philippines Relief Effort
- More than 60 members enjoyed a group event at the Night Out at Nats
- Members of the Young Adults Group led D/W’s participated at the Youth Pride Day
- D/W received generous donation from estates of Peter Morris and Jerry and Veronica Cofler
- The board hired a new office manager, Paul Bedard
- Henry Huot and others provided much information to DUSA Dateline
- The community supported the DUSA first National Young Adult Weekend at Dignity Center with 35 individuals in attendance
- The Liturgy Committee coordinated Masses at St. Margaret’s church every Sunday of the year plus Holy Week activities and
Christmas and Holy Day Masses at the Dignity Center
On Saturday, September 27, Dignity/Washington celebrated its 42nd Anniversary with a potluck dinner, silent auction, and awards. Here is a list of award winners for 2014:
Community Service Awards: Martin Witchger, Larry Ranly, Alexei, Stephen Phan & Chip Watts
John Willing Award: Allen Rose
Colfer Award: New Ways Ministry
President’s Award: Jamie Manson
Congratulations to all.
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