In Catholic and Jewish tradition, a Jubilee or Holy Year is observed every 50 years. The Jubilee in Catholic Tradition became associated with great pilgrimages to Rome, where the Holy Door” was unsealed. “It is a year of reconciliation, of conversion, and of solidarity, hope, justice, commitment to serve God with joy and in peace with our brothers and sisters.”
Our 50th Anniversary will coincide with a “great pilgrimage” to Chicago, to celebrate our history and to pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit as we move into a future that will likely require from us very different execution of our mission than our past has.
The Jubilee Period is designed to engage all of our local expressions/communities of faith from Chapters to Caucuses to USA connections – in three conversations:
- Recalling our Roots: The initial needs we were formed to meet and the dynamics that shaped how we grew.
- Taking Stock Today: In light of the genesis and growth of our movement, what, if anything, has changed to challenge us?
- Discerning a Path Forward: How might the Spirit be calling us to serve in the future?
The first conversation is now underway. At-large members are invited and encouraged to join in a conference call on January 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm EST. Mark Matson, President Emeritus of DignityUSA, will facilitate the call. He will ask the following questions and seek your input, which will be forwarded to national leadership to inform planning for our 2019 Conference.
- What initial need was DignityUSA organized to meet and that drove our rapid growth from a local community in L.A. to a national network of chapters?
- How did the mission of Dignity evolve over time? Consider dynamics in the organization, in the Church, and in society.
- The theme of our 50th Anniversary Conference is “True to the Spirit, True to Ourselves”. In what ways has “being true to ourselves and true to the calling of the Spirit” evident in our history in your experience?
- Locally, and nationally, how has Dignity changed lives for the better?