Dignity/Washington Featured in The Advocate

January 15, 2015 by  
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Dignity/Washington was featured prominently in an article in The Advocate on the “Queerest Cities in America”. Washington DC came in at number 14 on the list.

Check out the complete list here:

Queerest Cities in America


Dignity/Washington's 2014 Capital Pride marchers

Dignity/Washington’s 2014 Capital Pride marchers end the parade energized and ready for more

Part-Time Bookkeeper Wanted

January 15, 2015 by  
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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 dignity@dignitywashington.org by February 6, 2015.

Bookkeeper Job description

Advent Calendar 2014

December 17, 2014 by  
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Online Advent Calendar gives inspiration throughout the season of Advent.

Online Advent Calendar



Fr. Jim Smith on Catholic Worker Justice Nov. 15



On Saturday November 15 Father Jim Smith will present on Catholic Worker Justice– a look at the recent firings of LGBT Catholic teachers, organists, and administrators, and the new homophobic contracts that are now mandatory for job renewal in Catholic schools and parishes.

The presentation will take place at 3:00 pm at the Dignity Center, 721 – 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003. The presentation, sponsored by Dignity/Washington, is free and open to the public. Feel free to invite friends and allies. Refreshments will follow the presentation.

Fr. Jim Smith has served Catholic parishes as priest or retreat and spiritual director for over 20 years. He is currently a consultant for parish-wide visioning and life-long formation planning, as well as Dignity/USA’s Associate Director.

Fr. Smith is also the author of Welcome the People: Ways to Gather & Nourish Adult Catholics (Twenty-Third Publications), and presenter of many spiritual reflection videos available through www.youtube.com.

Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family

October 15, 2014 by  
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A document published after the first week of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family demonstrated a more open and accepting tone toward Gay and Lesbian Catholics. The news was picked up by the local ABC station in Washington, DC. Dignity/Washington President Dan Barutta and Board Member Kenneth Dowling are featured in this news segment from WJLA. Click on the link below to view the video.

Vatican Shift on Gays, Divorced People

Walk to End HIV on October 25

October 13, 2014 by  
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Join Dignity/Washington and Dignity NoVA on October 25th at the Walk to End HIV. Both chapters of Dignity are walking in memory of Jimmy DePersis. Join the Dignity team by registering on their team page using this link:

Dignity Walk to End HIV Team

We have 20 complimentary registrations and a special promo code for our team members to register online at no cost. Select the “Join a Team” option, choose the Dignity team from the drop-down menu, and enter the promo code DIGNITY.

LGBT Elders Coming of Age: Join Us on October 18

Dr. Imani Woody

Dr. Imani Woody

Join Dignity/Washington on October 18th, 3:30 PM at the Dignity Center, 721 8th Street, SE Washington, DC, for a presentation on “LGBT Elders Coming of Age” by Dr. Imani Woody.

Dr. Woody is the founding director and CEO of Mary’s House for Older Adults, a LGBT friendly residential housing development in Washington, DC. She has a PhD in Human Services, specializing in non-profit management. Her thesis: Lift Every Voice: A Qualitative Exploration of Ageism and Heterosexism as Experienced by Older African American Lesbian Women and Gay Males when Addressing Social Services Needs. She holds a Master of Human Services degree from Lincoln University and is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Paralegal program.

Dr. Woody is currently working as a diversity consultant in the field of health, aging and issues affecting the LGBT and people color communities. She has worked as the pro-bono coordinator of the D.C. Bar and has served as the director of training for the National Association of Protection and Advocacy, coordinating and facilitating trainings across the country for people with disabilities and promoting cultural diversity.

As the director of client services at the Mautner Project, Dr. Woody managed programs that provided educational and direct services to lesbians and bisexual women with cancer. She was also a program manager for the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, working on national health programs to educate elderly African American women. Formerly a training specialist for the AARP’s Foundation, Dr. Woody developed curriculum and delivery of on-site and web-based trainings. She trained substantive experts to become trainers through the Train-the Trainer program and provided on-going technical assistance to field trainers. Formerly a co-chair of PRiSM, AARP’s ERG group, Dr. Woody worked to help form the Washington, DC LGBT Elder Coalition.

Dr. Imani Woody has been an advocate of women, people of color and LGBT issues for more than 20 years and has served on the board of directors of the Mautner Project, Women in the Life Association and Whitman Walker Lesbian services. She currently is a Commissioner on the (Washington, DC) Mayor’s GLBT Advisory Council, the Program Officer for the Older Adults Advisory Council for the Metropolitan Community Churches, is the Chair of SAGE Metro DC (an organization serving LGBT elders), an Advisory Board member of the SAGE National Resource Center on LGBT Aging and a Board member of the LGBT Technology Partnership.

Dr. Woody has been a life coach for more than 10 years and is the founder and principal of Living Life Like It’s Golden, a six-part program that empowers people to live their lives more fully through visioning. She lives with her wife of thirteen years in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington DC.

Synod hopes: That all are welcome | Global Sisters Report

October 8, 2014 by  
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Ron Boyd and Sr. Jeannine at Dignity NoVA

Ron Boyd and Sr. Jeannine at Dignity NoVA

In this blog post from Global Sisters Report, Sr. Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministries, reflects on the Vatican Synod on the Family. Click on the link below to read the whole article.

Synod hopes: That all are welcome | Global Sisters Report.

“Most LGBT Catholics have spent their lives working through negative and condemning messages from church leaders. They now feel they do not need approval or recognition because they have achieved a harmony and serenity that comes only with self-acceptance.” –Sr. Jeannine Gramick

Dignity/Washington Hosts Discussion on Womenpriests

Ann Pernick

Rev. Ann Pernick

Liturgy and Discussion on June 28th


On Saturday, June 28th, Dignity/Washington will have the next in our series of community conversations in our education and discernment process regarding the issue of inviting Roman Catholic Womenpriests to celebrate Mass. This June 28th meeting will be held at our Dignity Center, beginning at 2:00 PM with a liturgy led by Rev. Ann Penick, followed by a social and a discussion hour. We invite and encourage all interested members to attend and participate in this very important community discussion.

Rev. Ann Penick is originally from the Chicago area. She and her husband, Jim, live in Maryland near Washington, DC. They have been married for 25 years. Ann has long been an active member of the Roman Catholic Church. She has done ministry volunteer work as a music minister, minister in sacred dance, retreat facilitator, a member of the liturgy team at various parishes where she’s been a member, and a member of welcoming and hospitality committees.

In 1993 Ann received a certification in lay ministry from the Diocese of Birmingham, in Alabama. In 1995 Ann received a Masters in Counseling degree from the University of Birmingham in Alabama. In 1997 she completed 3 units in CPE at Bon Secours/St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, SC. In 2008, Ann received her Masters in Pastoral Ministry degree from Boston College. Ann served as chaplain to college students from1997-2008—with the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina and with the Archdiocese of Boston.

Ann came face-to-face with her calling to the priesthood in 2005 at the WOW conference in Canada. She has been supported in her journey to the priesthood by Jim, her step-daughter, Katie, her step-son, Mike, and her brother, Rob. Currently, Ann works as a mental health counselor at a Maryland community college. In her spare time Ann enjoys music, dance, travel, her granddaughter Meg, and their cat, Numbers. In preparation for her visit with us please see the website for Roman Catholic Womenpriests: http://romancatholicwomenpriests.org

Celebrate Pride Weekend with Mass at Dignity/Washington

Rabbi Laurie Green

Rabbi Laurie Green

Special Guest to Deliver Sermon on Gay Pride Weekend


Rabbi Laurie Green of Washington’s Temple Bet Mishpachah will deliver the sermon at this year’s Capital Pride Sunday Mass sponsored by Dignity/Washington on Sunday, June 8 at 6:00 PM.

Dignity/Washington will celebrate its annual Capital Pride Mass as it falls this year on the Feast of Pentecost. At D/W the feast is always observed as the heavily symbolic anniversary of the chapter’s first Sunday Mass outside of Catholic facilities in 1987, after its eviction from Georgetown University’s St. William’s Chapel.

On June 22, 1987 D/W members marched from St. William’s Chapel to their new home, at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Dupont Circle, where D/W worships every Sunday to this day. D/W’s annual Capital Pride Mass also celebrates the peace. hopes, diversity, history, and faiths of the metro DC LGBT community.

This year’s guest homilist at D/W’s annual Pride Mass will be Rabbi Laurie Green of Temple Bet Mishpachah. From her entrance into rabbinical school, through her ordination in 2007, and until today, she has served pulpits in Colorado, New York and Connecticut, as well as working as a Jewish educator, a hospital chaplain, and an interfaith organizer and activist. Rabbi Laurie, her wife, Mira, and their son, Gus live in Baltimore, MD. Come and join us for this special event.

Dignity/Washington holds a weekly mass at St. Margaret’s Church, 1820 Connecticut Ave (at the corner of Connecticut and Bancroft), just three blocks north of the DuPont Circle metro station.

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