Several faith communities will be gathering to join in prayer for those lost and affected by the senseless tragedy in Orlando, Florida.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Dupont Circle, Washington, DC
Names of the supporting faith communities will be updated and added as they commit to join this event.
** This event WILL be ASL interpreted. Please spread the word.**
For most up-to-date information, please visit the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1348689151812371/
Faith Communities/Leaders Attending:
– Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
– Bethel Christian Church – DC
– National City Christian Church
– Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling United Methodists
– Covenant Baptist UCC
– Imam Daayiee Abdullah
– Empowerment Liberation Cathedral/Bishop Allyson Abrams
– Augustana Lutheran Broadcast Outreach Ministries
– Augustana Lutheran Church – DC
– Bet Mispachah
– Center Faith
– Holy Redeemer MCC
– Capitol Hill United Methodist Church
– Lutheran Church of the Reformation
– St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
– St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill
– Rabbi Binyamin Biber, Humanist Chaplain @ American University
– Humanist Community and Chaplaincy at American University
– Labor Heritage Foundation
– GLOE at the Washington, DC JCC
– Foundry United Methodist Church
– Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church
– Wesley United Methodist Church
– St. Luke’s Mission Center
– Dumbarton United Methodist Church
– Calvary Baptist Church
– St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church
– Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC
– Always God’s Children, LGBT group of the Cathedral of St. Matthew of the Apostle
Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) organizations assisting:
– Project End Gun Violence
– Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
– Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Prior to this event, please attend a very important conversation hosted by the DC Center: https://www.facebook.com/events/294013917607645/?ti=icl
Dignity/Washington will participate in the 2016 Capital Pride Parade and Festival.
Make plans to march with us! We will have a float again this year.
Capital Pride Parade on Saturday June 11
Meet on 22nd street between N and P at 3:45 PM for the parade. Playing off of Capital Pride’s 2016 theme of “Magic”, since our magic is God’s LOVE, we’re here to #MakeLoveHappen.
Please send an email to Larry Ranly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Vin Testa (VTesta914@gmail.com) if you want more information
Capital Pride Festival Sunday June 12
Dignity/Washington will have a booth at Sunday’s Capital Pride Festival. We appreciate any volunteers who can help manage the booth or walk around handing out stickers for a chunk of time.
To better manage scheduling, we have created a google doc for individuals to sign up for times you are able to help staff the booth. We would like at least two people manning the booth at all times, though if we can get a few more people in each time slot, we would like to have them handing out stickers at the festival. Please put your name on the attached sheet for any times you can staff the booth.
The Capital Pride Planning Committee has been formed, and we are looking for members/volunteers to assist us with planning and implementing Dignity/Washington’s participation in the parade and festival.
The Capital Pride Parade is Saturday, June 11. Dignity/Washington will meet on 22nd street between N and P at 4:00 for the parade. Dignity/Washington will have flatbed truck as we did last year.
Please send an email to Larry Ranly (email@example.com) or Vin Testa (VTesta914@gmail.com) if you want more information or would like to participate in any way.
Defenders LLC and Dignity/Washington Flea Market
Join the Defenders and Dignity/Washington for a Flea Market (formerly known as the “Leather Flea Market”) on Saturday May 14, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at The Dignity Center 721 8th Street SE, Washington, DC
Contact Tom Yates for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Roy Bourgeois and the Women’s Ordination Conference invite Dignity/Washington members to join him and two women priests for a VIGIL, CEREMONY, and ACTION in support of women’s ordination and LGBT Equality, on Holy Thursday March 24 at 10:00 am, in front of the Vatican Embassy. He encourages Dignity/Washington attendees to bring their own signs and banners.
|Mar 13||Absolution & Reconciliation||6:00 PM||St. Margaret’s Church||Mass with Absolution and option for Sacrament of Reconciliation after mass|
|Mar 20||Palm Sunday||6:00 PM||St. Margaret’s Church||Blessing of Palms and Mass with Passion Reading|
|Mar 24||Holy Thursday Agape Meal & Mass||6:00 PM||St. Margaret’s Church||Dinner, Mass concelebrated with St. Margarets, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament|
|Mar 25||Good Friday||7:00 PM||St. Margaret’s Church||Lay led program with adoration of the cross and Eucharistic service|
|Mar 26||Easter Vigil||10:00 PM||St. Margaret’s Church||Blessing of the new fire and Baptismal water|
|Mar 27||Easter Sunday||6:00 PM||St. Margaret’s Church||Easter Sunday Mass|
Dignity/Washington Board Retreat Notes
by Henry Huot, Dignity/Washington Board member
“Discovering ‘Jubilee’: Discerning the Call to Mission in the Holy Year of Mercy” was the guiding theme chosen by Dr. Tom Little for this year’s Dignity/Washington Board retreat, held on Saturday, February 6 at the Dignity Center. His questions were challenging, as in the following samples:
What is God asking of Dignity/Washington to be a sign of mercy?
What do we need to discover to keep moving forward to mercy, for ourselves individually, for our community, and for society itself?
What is it that each of us needs to do to be one with God, and to bring God’s blessing and mercy to society?
As Dr. Little explained, the Jewish practice of Jubilee, as found in Leviticus 25: 8-12, provides the foundation for this Holy Year of Mercy. It is intended to be a time of special atonement, of becoming “at-one” with God, who comes to heal the land with blessing and mercy and wants each of us to be healed, to be made whole and “one,” and at peace. “Jubilee” becomes a call to sketch and see God’s future as well as allowing the power of God to work.
It means that we intentionally become more mindful of God’s mercy, leave our past indifference and habits behind, and resolve to let God do what God wants with us, as happened to Jesus at his baptism in the Jordan, when he was declared God’s Beloved. From his baptism onward Jesus became a witness to all the merciful acts of God, including through and after his death when he descended in his resurrected state to rescue all who had died. So too for us, from our baptisms on, we become witnesses to God’s mercy and peace. It is a matter of saying: “Yes, we are the story of God acting in the world, the story of God’s love.”
It involves believing that Dignity/Washington is necessary in God’s plan for the greater good of our community and society. It requires dialogue, patience, compromise and reconciliation with those who are alienated with us.
All of the foregoing themes were made real through experiences that the participants shared through the facilitation of Dr. Little.
The retreat ended with members brainstorming and listing concrete activities for the coming year which will be further reviewed and prioritized for possible implementation.
Please pray for the D/W Board as it continues its leadership and service to our community.
Dr. Thomas Little is currently Pastoral Associate for Evangelization and Faith Formation at Our Lady of the Fields Church in Millersville, Maryland, and holds a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Spirituality. He was for five years until recently Pastoral Associate to Bishop Rozanski of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and in that position did Ombudsman work with parishes and other Maryland-based and related NFP and NGO groups, representing the bishop and Archdiocese in project management, issue resolution and enabling local project resolution and success. He is a long-time friend of Sr. Jeannine Gramick of New Ways Ministry. This was the third time he was retreat master for the Dignity/Washington Board in recent years.
Dignity/Washington Lenten Series: Choosing the Path of Compassion
Join Dignity/Washington at the Dignity Center on Tuesday evenings during Lent for a simple supper and discussion Featuring Karen Armstrong’s book: “12 Steps to a Compassionate Life”
Simple dinner and discussion each Tuesday in Lent (February 16 through March 22).
Sessions will begin with dinner at 6:00 and end by 8:30.
Please join us for Ash Wednesday on February 10th. St. Margaret’s church and the Dignity Washington Community will jointly celebrate the Ash Wednesday Mass including the blessing and distribution of ashes 7:00 PM at St. Margaret’s church.
All are welcome.
On Sunday January 10, DignityUSA and Dignity/Washington organized a peaceful witness to stand up to a local firing of a parish employee after the Archdiocese of Washington found out he had married his husband. Jeffrey Higgins, the cantor at Mother Seton Catholic Church in Germantown, Maryland, is the latest in an unfortunate series of dozens of firings of church workers over recent years because they were gay or had married their same-sex partner.
The witness in support of Jeffrey brought together a group of about twenty Catholics who stood outside the rural Maryland parish throughout the morning as parishioners came to and from Mass. Members of Dignity/Washington were joined by Jeffrey’s husband Robert, his parents, and others. Their action was broadly covered by local media, including WTOP radio, local NBC News 4, and the Washington Blade.
The Archdiocese released a statement standing by the firing of Jeffrey and saying that, “if someone chooses to live publicly in a manner that is incompatible with church teaching, their continued work in ministry becomes untenable.” Cardinal Donald Wuerl in a blog post also reiterated the decision and shared the church’s viewpoint.
DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke, in a post reflecting on what 2016 may bring, pointed to the firing of Jeffrey Higgins and other such discriminatory terminations of gays and lesbians working at Catholic institutions around the country. But she also offered a message of support and hope, affirming that “DignityUSA will continue to provide support and guidance to those treated unjustly, as well as to the communities that rally in support of true Catholic teachings on the sacredness of work.”
Jeffrey is one of thousands of Church employees whose jobs are at risk because of who they are, whom they love, or because they exercise their civil right to marry their beloved. Catholic officials claim that entering a same-sex marriage is a public rejection of church teaching. Catholics know that LGBT people — even those in relationships or marriages — can be great employees for our parishes, schools, and social service agencies.
May we as Dignity/Washington continue to stand with those victims of the Church’s discriminatory practices and continue our everyday witness of God’s love for ourselves, our families, and our communities, in the Church and throughout the world.
Want to Take Action?
Show your support for Jeffrey and thousands of others. Please call Bishop Barry Knestout, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, at 301-853-4500. Tell him Jeffrey should not have lost his job. Malicious efforts to out LGBT people are mean, unjust, and violate our faith. LGBT people love the Church and work hard for the people of God. Our Church needs non-discrimination policies that protect all employees. This should never happen to anyone else!
Photo credit: Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade
Other News and Links
New Ways Ministry, Bondings 2.0 post by Bob Shine, January 9, 2016
New Ways Ministry Blog
WJLA-7 Local ABC, interview of Jeffrey Higgins, January 6, 2016 : Jeffrey Higgins Interview
Michelle Boorstein’s article from the Washington Post December 31, 2015: WashingtonPost Article