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Return to Broadway United Methodist Church (BUMC) Liturgy Update
Our partners at BUMC have resumed services.
Dignity/Chicago will restart our liturgies at BUMC 5 pm Sunday, September 27 on a trial basis; Joe Lofy is our scheduled ordained presider.
As always, we recommend following guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health to protect yourself and others from contracting the virus.
You may also wish to participate in the Dignity/New York weekly liturgies, via Zoom, each Sunday at 5:30 Central. The Dignity/Washington, D.C. liturgy via Facebook Live is another opportunity for Dignity members to pray as community during this time. There are many other on-line options for weekly liturgies. Please check for services in your community.
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Here are a couple notes on some up upcoming events.
1. Our first Dine with Dignity event titled Polarization will be facilitated by James Cappleman on October 17 as a virtual event. Please RSVP to [email protected] if you wish to attend.
2. Our first Quarterly Social Event will be an Immigrant Stories Gathering and will be held November 14, 2020. This will be an informal gathering of people wishing to share/hear stories of community immigrants and their journey to the US. Please let us know if you or someone you know can help by sharing any life experiences. Please send a note to [email protected] and we'll get the info. The event is planned to be a hybrid activity incorporating an in person gathering along with an on-line meeting. An invite for the event will be published in early November.
3. Starting in September, we plan to publish some of the weekend liturgy alternatives. Look for more info in two weeks.
4. The board would like to gauge the level of interest for Dignity/Chicago sponsored online liturgies; we'd likely use this as an option during the non-BUMC gathering weeks. Please reply at [email protected] with any thoughts.
As mentioned last week, the chapter received a generous donation from Barbara Henney's Trust. We plan to provide more details on its use in a September Torch edition.
Dignity/Chicago’s 48th Anniversary
With further delays in a return to in person worship, the chapter plans to move our annual celebration to the fall. The board has selected recipients for both chapter awards - the James A. Bussen Award and the Spirit of Dignity Award. We look forward to presenting them both at this celebration Mass.
In a Time of Turmoil
Many in our communities are grieving and enraged by the killing of George Floyd at the hand of a police officer. This has caused fear and suffering for many, peaceful as well as violent protests. Let us all open our hearts and minds to hear the cries of all who suffer the injuries of racism and let us pray for healing and love across our nation and world. We offer this prayer for racial healing from Catholic Charities:
God of justice, In your wisdom you create all people in your image, without exception. Through your goodness, open our eyes to see the dignity, beauty, and worth of every human being. Open our minds to understand that all your children are brothers and sisters in the same human family. Open our hearts to repent of racist attitudes, behaviors, and speech which demean others. Open our ears to hear the cries of those wounded by racial discrimination, and their passionate appeals for change. Strengthen our resolve to make amends for past injustices and to right the wrongs of history. And fill us with courage that we might seek to heal wounds, build bridges, forgive and be forgiven, and establish peace and equality for all in our communities. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Mission: Dignity/Chicago is a chapter of Dignity/USA, and shares its mission to work for respect and justice for all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the Catholic Church and the world.
Vision: As independent organizations created to support LGBT Catholics and our families and friends, DignityUSA and Dignity/Chicago envision and work for a time when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Catholics are affirmed and experience dignity through the integration of their spirituality with their sexuality, and, as beloved persons of God, participate fully in all aspects of life within the Church and Society. We minister through education, advocacy and worship and believe that same-sex relationships are loving, life-giving and life-affirming. We open our doors to all and welcome you to join us.
During this challenging time, as we hold each other in our prayers and care for those around us, let us remember to support our faith community. Our mission continues as a resource for those in need of reconciliation, but our financial obligations continue as well.
If you are able to do so, please consider making a contribution – perhaps what you would have placed in the collection basket this month or maybe something additional if you are a monthly donor. Contributions can be made through the DignityUSA website – and designated to support the Chicago Chapter. The members of our community thank you for your generosity.
For more information about Dignity/USA's mission and purpose, please visit its website here: www.dignityusa.org