We Believe That …
On Pride Weekend, we would have celebrated our Pride Liturgy on Saturday and this morning be lining up to walk in the parade or to cheer from the crowd. This year, we find ourselves apart, but still connected. We can still take time today to reflect on the progress we've made, to dream about our future, and to recognize the inequalities for LGBTQI+ people that continue to fester in our church and society.
Our work continues and our commitment to Dignity's mission to work for respect and justice for all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the Catholic Church and the world inspires us and compels us to action.
Yesterday, members of the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches gathered for a virtual Pride Brunch. We were graced to have shared with us the gifts and talents of The Many, an "uncommon, intentionally diverse collective making music for people to sing together about peace and justice and a world where all belong". Among their offerings was a poem titled, Jesus At The Pride Parade, which we are pleased to share with you today.
Again, we wish you a happy pride. Let us take our pride to the world through out the year.
The Community of Dignity/Chicago
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