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Events

Aug
21
Tue
2018
Equally Blessed at the World Meeting of Families
Aug 21 – Aug 26 all-day

Dublin, Ireland was chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from August 21-26, and we are the only LGBTQI Catholic coalition in the world to have official representation there. Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, will attend the event with her wife and children to provide a critical, progressive Catholic voice on issues relating to LGBTQI Catholic families, such as marriage, sexuality, and raising children. Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director of New Ways Ministry, will provide news coverage of the event from an LGBTQI perspective on Bondings 2.0.

For more information about our representatives, along with the latest news and developments in Dublin, check out our new WMoF resource page at:

equallyblessed.org/wmf

Oct
2
Tue
2018
Living in Truth: The Call to Authenticity
Oct 2 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm

Living in Truth: The Call to Authenticity

Inspired by the Gospel of John, Jesus’ call to live in the truth (John 8:32) in order to have abundant life (John 10:10) will provide the focus for this retreat. Jesus invites us to pattern our ministry and our sexuality according to his embrace of truth. Embracing God’s truth, discovered in our deepest selves, both challenges and empowers us to live more authentically in every dimension of our lives.

Nov
9
Fri
2018
Call To Action 2018 National Conference: “Santuario – Resistencia – Sacramento / Sanctuary – Resistance – Sacrament”
Nov 9 – Nov 11 all-day

Call To Action conference liturgy

For over forty years, Call To Action’s National Conference has been the place where progressive Catholics have gathered to transform our church and world.

As we prepare to meet on November 9-11 in San Antonio, it is clear that our Catholic message of inclusion, justice and love couldn’t be more needed in our church and world. This year’s theme, “Santuario, Resistencia, Sacramento (Sanctuary, Resistance, Sacrament)” finds itself in stark opposition to many of the values we see proclaimed by our leaders. When the powerful of the world preach deportation, we’re called to offer sanctuary. When the powerful preach unthinking obedience, we’re called to resistance. When the powerful preach hatred, we’re called to proclaim the sacramental power of love.

This year’s conference will have many of the things you’ve learned to love about Call To Action: inspiring worship, warm and inclusive community and a diverse and thought-provoking line-up of speakers. It will also have many new elements, including new CTA leadership, new insights brought to us by our 20/30 Young Adult Leaders, and an opportunity to more deeply engage with border and migration issues in our host location of San Antonio, Texas.

Over the years, thousands of Catholics have come to our conferences seeking sanctuary and have found homes of resistance and sacrament.

This November, we look forward to continuing that proud tradition.

We look forward to welcoming you home.

New Language for Old Truths: A retreat for LGBT Catholics, families, pastoral ministers, and allies
Nov 9 @ 4:30 pm – Nov 11 @ 1:00 pm

New Language for Old Truths

Many truths of our faith have come from the early centuries of Christianity.  Our understanding of humanity and of the universe is radically different now, so we need to find new ways, new language, and new images to make sense of the Gospel message in the modern world.  Our aim will be to help us have a closer relationship with the Creative Spirit, whom we call God, as someone who is not distant from us in the “Heavens,” but is with us, within us, and all around us in every aspect of creation. For those interested in LGBT issues and those concerned about church reform, the retreat will provide a sound theological and spiritual base to ground their work, even when the road ahead is stormy.

Nov
16
Fri
2018
Gracious Embodiment: Embracing Capacious Sexuality
Nov 16 @ 4:30 pm – Nov 18 @ 1:30 pm

Gracious Embodiment: Embracing a Capacious Sexuality

Today “sexuality” means anything and everything: identity; orientation; the way we organize love, desire, and affection; even our whole way of being in the world as embodied spirit. We are part of a Church still struggling with how to connect all these fluid, evolving meanings. We come from a religious past with a narrow vision of binary sexes created for the purpose of procreation, in which a limited degree of male sexual desire is sanctioned and women’s experiences are considered irrelevant.

Jan
22
Tue
2019
Equally Blessed Pilgrimage to World Youth Day
Jan 22 – Jan 27 all-day

Panama at night

From January 21-27, 2019, six brave young adults are headed to World Youth Day in Panama to create the space now for LGBTQI people within the Catholic Church. This comes in the wake of:

While our church has repeatedly villainized LGBTQI people as “disordered,” our pilgrims will counter this with a message of love and radical inclusion.

Our Mission

Our pilgrims commit to embracing the spirit of prophetic non-violence and witnessing to their fellow World Youth Day participants by:

  • Engaging in one-on-one conversations about issues of importance to young LGBTQI Catholics on the streets of Panama City, Panama
  • Engaging with the media
  • Being a visible presence at World Youth Day events
  • Sharing the message that we are all Equally Blessed!

While we raise awareness about issues of gender and sexuality in the lives of Catholics, we will challenge harmful teachings and pastoral practices that dehumanize us rather than celebrate the gifts that we LGBTQI people bring to the church and to the world.

Feb
27
Wed
2019
Webinar: Meet our pilgrims and hear about their witness at World Youth Day in Panama!
Feb 27 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

LIVE at 8:30 PM Eastern / 7:30 PM Central / 6:30 PM Mountain / 5:30 PM Pacific / 4:30 PM Hawaii
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Connect to our webinar:

Ask a question:

  • If you are connected via Zoom, click the “Q&A” or “Chat” buttons.
  • If you are watching on Facebook Live, add a comment to the video.
  • You can also text EB100 to 22333 once to join, then text your question.

Apr
22
Mon
2019
Spiritual Gems of Belgium and Germany: An LGBT-Friendly Catholic Pilgrimage
Apr 22 – Apr 30 all-day

Spiritual Gems of Belgium and Germany

Sister Jeannine Gramick, the co-founder of New Ways Ministry and an advocate for LGBT people for close to 50 years, is leading an LGBT-friendly pilgrimage to Belgium and Germany.  The itinerary includes sites of spiritual, historical, and cultural significance.

This trip is Sister Jeannine’s 16th pilgrimage, and past participants have praised them for not only the amazing places they have visited, but for the spirit of community and friendship which develop on each journey.  Through daily Mass and occasional group sharing of experiences and perspectives,  participants have forged connection with one another that have lasted for years.

On each trip, the pilgrims have also had an opportunity to meet with local groups of LGBT Christians, and wonderful international exchanges of ideas and support have also grown.

Click here for logistical and financial details.  For further information, contact Sister Jeannine at [email protected] or 301-277-5674.

(Above photo: Grand Place market square, Brussels)

 

Jul
5
Fri
2019
DignityUSA 50th Anniversary Conference
Jul 5 – Jul 7 all-day

Dignity Convention 2019 logo“True to Ourselves, True to the Spirit”

Want to be sure you don’t miss out on DignityUSA’s next national conference? This one, marking 50 years of Dignity, is sure to be extraordinary! By preregistering now with a downpayment of $100, you guarantee yourself 10% off the regular registration fee.