A Conversation with Bishop Gene Robinson 03/22/15

Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson

Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson

The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire (Retd), will lead “A Conversation about Sexuality and Spirituality” at 7:30 PM on Sunday, March 22 at St. Margaret’s Church. Bishop Robinson was the first openly Gay bishop consecrated in the Episcopal Church. Dignity/Washington is pleased to welcome him as part of the community’s Lecture Series.

This event is free and open to the public. Invite your friends to Dignity/Washington’s 6:00 PM Eucharist at St. Margaret’s church and stay for refreshments at the social hour and to hear Bishop Gene Robinson.

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

February 26, 2015 by  
Filed under News and Stories


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

Silent Witness for Women’s Ordination

February 21, 2015 by  
Filed under News and Stories


Roy Bourgeois will be holding silent witness for women’s ordination in front of the Vatican Embassy (3339 Massachusetts Avenue NW) on Mon March 2nd and Tues Mar 3rd, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Feel free to spread the word and come.

All are welcome to join him!

To find out more about Roman Catholic Women Priests, visit www.romancatholicwomenpriests.org

Upcoming Special Events

Unless otherwise noted, special events are open to all. If you will need an ASL interpreter, please contact the Dignity/Washington office one week in advance of the event at 202-546-2235. Also see Recurring Events.

St. Joseph’s Dinner:
Saturday, March 21 6:30 – 9:00 PM
A favorite Dignity/Washington event, St. Joseph’s Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 21 at All Souls Episcopal Church. The dinner will feature traditional Italian entrees, a vegetarian entree, and a table of delicious Italian desserts. Purchase tickets after mass on Sundays. Mark your calendar and plan to join us.


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

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

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

Transgender Spirituality & Ministry


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.



Dignity/Washington’s Annual Meeting

Tom Bower (L) and Dan Barutta

Tom Bower (L) and Dan Barutta

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
  • Servers at Annual Meeting

    Servers at Annual Meeting

  • 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
  • Dignity/Washington Annual Meeting

    Dignity/Washington Annual Meeting


  • 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
  • Dignity/Washington's Board of Directors

    Dignity/Washington’s Board of Directors

  • 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

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