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          "The arc of the moral universe is long,                but it bends toward justice."

                                                                                                  Martin Luther King, Jr.


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    Dignity is a prophetic voice for reform, in Church and Society. Wonderous how much easier it is to say so with conviction so many years after our small, first steps back in 1969 (the year of the Stonewall riots, that gave birth to the modern GLBT movement).
    Who can seriously doubt that once the Church admitted that being homosexual was not a choice for most of us, straights and gays alike would then refuse to deny us our sexuality? So the only "reason" that was left was how we express our love for each other; and that is an inadequate reason, one that cannot be credibly attributed to the Christ we know from the Gospels.
   So right now, if you have not already done so, click on Sexuality (here or under the banner found up top, on each page) to read our critique of the teachings of the Church. Read also what those teachings are, in the Church's own words in the Catechism and other documents (from the Vatican and from the American Bishops), as linked in the critique or found (or linked) on the Resources page of this website; and read Dignity's own Statement of Position & Purpose (click on SP&P, here or under the banner found up top, on each page) and a statement of its position on Sexual Ethics and its Guidelines on the pastoral care of GLBTs. Form your own conscience on the issues, in both a careful and prayerful manner. It is your duty to do so, as well as your inherent DIGNITY as a human being, created and loved unconditionally by God, who created you. See the Vatican Council II quote found in the box on our Home page.
    A final thought: one specific insight of Catholicism is that salvation takes place in community, including at the Eucharistic table, at Mass. We hope that you will join us in such celebrations, as often as you are able. Click Contact Us here or under the banner that is found up top, on each page of this website, for more information on how to get to Dignity Center (including a link to a Map with a zoom in and out feature, plus a link offering you specific Directions to Dignity Center).
    See you at Dignity Center.

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The
President's
Little
Corner

    Hi, I am Michael Rademacher; and I am the president of Dignity/LA.

   Despite many serious obstacles, Dignity is fast approaching its 50th Anniversary, in 2019. DignityUSA has set an 18-month period (between its 2017 and 2019 Conventions) as a Jubilee.
   Each 50 years, a Jubilee (a/k/a a Holy Year) is observed. Spiritual celebration is the fundamental idea of Jubilee, in the Christian tradition (though it started Jewish (derived from a Hebrew word for a ram's horn that announces a celebration)). Over the years, pilgrimages to Rome (and unsealing a Holy Door of St. Peter Basilica) were included.
   Jubilee is for reconciliation, conversion, solidarity in hope and justice, and commitment to serve God, with joy and in peace with all. Drawing on this, the Jubilee for Dignity's 50th Anniversary aims to celebrate our history and to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we move to meet new challenges.
   Jubilee is to elicit local expressions from all our communities on three subjects:
   Recalling Our Roots: our initial needs, seeking and forming communities, and dynamics that shaped how we grew. We will be able to share and honor our own histories.
   Taking Stock: What has changed, to challenge us differently? Are we relevant (what are our purposes in moving ahead)? What opportunities remain still? Is the Holy Spirit giving us clues?
   A Path Forward: How are we being called to serve, now? What will be required of members, chapters, and supporters? To grow, we need to evolve, but how? through education? advocacy? community building? Just what do those things mean, concretely.
   Members of our chapters and communities are being called to reflect on all these matters and to help discern what Dignity is being called to do. Each conversation will take place over a five-month period; and the output will help inform a strategic plan and the planning for the 50th Anniversary Conference in Chicago in 2019.
   In Dignity/L.A., we will launch our own part of the Jubilee, with liturgy one Sunday in January, followed by a General Meeting the next Saturday to share with each other in an open forum our reflections/ideas, personally and as a community. Though both exciting and unnerving, our faith is never more important or relevant than in such a setting.
   Watch the chapter website for more info and all are cordially invited to attend and participate. Click here for a flyer.

Peace and Blessings,

Michael Rademacher
President of Dignity/LA


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St. Patrick Day
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Ascension Day
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Assumption
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