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Christmas Day Mass. Join Dignity/Washington on Christmas day, Thursday December 25, for mass at St. Margaret’s Church at 6:00 PM.
Manna and Mercy. Join other Dignity/Washington members during Advent for a journey through the New Testament. Weekly meetings will be held at the Dignity Center starting on Tuesday, December 2, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.
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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A few clouds and some rainy weather did not deter Dignity/Washington members from hosting a table at the 17th Street Festival on September 13th. The festival is a free community event that celebrates the 17th Street Corridor from Riggs Place to P Street. The 17th Street Festival includes:
– Art Show
– Business Specials
– Entertainment Stage
– YMCA of Metropolitan Washington Kids Zone (Ross Elementary School)
– Local Vendors
– Pet Zone
Summer of 2014 has come to a close. As people, including your web master, return from beach vacations and kids head back to school, it is worth looking back on the past summer’s activities at Dignity/Washington.
Dignity/Washington Joined Young Adult Retreatants for a Summer Picnic
As part of the first Dignity National Young Adult Retreat hosted by the Dignity Young Adult Caucus at the Dignity Center in DC from July 25 through 27, 2014, Dignity/Washington members hosted a potluck picnic that Saturday evening. It was a great chance to share good food, and have the local community get to know the more than forty young adults that attended over the weekend.
Dignity/Washington Goes to Town
Dignity/Washington Country Western dancers hit the town at TOWN, one of
Washington DC’s premiere dance clubs, Saturday night, August 23. Over twenty-five Dignity members and friends participated in a one-hour Two-Step class followed by open dancing (couples and line dances) from 7:00 to 10:30 PM.
A great time was had by all and a perfect place to spread the word about Dignity/Washington. The dance attendance totaled 266! Yeee Hawwww! Special thanks to our DJ Patrick DiBattista and dance instructors Sara and Mel. Also a huge thanks the DC Rawhides for hosting Dignity/Washington as special guests.
Rick Lynch, long-time Dignity/Washington member, knows a great deal about the inner workings of his community. His knowledge is gleaned from fifteen years of service as Dignity/Washington’s Office Manager, a post he retired from in August 2014.
Writes D/W President Dan Barutta: “Since assuming the position of President of Dignity/ Washington I have come to value the support and kindness Rick gives to virtually everyone who comes to our Center. . . . Not only is he an efficient office manager, Rick goes the extra mile whenever the situation or need arises. I cannot count the number of people who have called, emailed or dropped by the Center seeking assistance. Rick has always been there for them and has gone out of his way to be the Christ-figure to someone in need. . . . . Rick will be very much missed. He is a shining example of how the Holy Spirit works through our ministries at Dignity/Washington. His fifteen-year tenure as our Office Manager will be very a milestone in Dignity/Washington history hard to beat”.
Rick is helping the new office manager, Paul Bedard, to transition into the position during Paul’s first couple weeks. Thanks, Rick, for all your years of devoted and selfless service and welcome, Paul, to Dignity/Washington!