The organization for LGBT Catholics will end its 40th Anniversary year with a history panel where current and past members will share stories about their faith journey and the many changes experienced in church and society. It is free and open to the public.
The panel will be facilitated by Dr. Thomas O'Brien, Director of DePaul University's Center for Interreligious Engagement will moderate the session. Dr. O'Brien is an associate professor of religious studies at DePaul University. He is a social ethicist by training, and more narrowly, a student of Catholic social theory and public theology. He has also recently done some work in business and professional ethics, as well as GLBTQ issues. He is the author of numerous articles and books, and he's currently working on a book that applies Catholic social thought to business ethics.
The panel will be representative of each of the Chapter’s four decades. Chris Pett, Dignity/Chicago board president said, "As family members, we've all enjoyed hearing stories, funny and sometimes sad, about those people and events that shaped our lives and relationships. Dignity Chicago's history panel offers the same experience of family members gathered to learn about ourselves, but in this case also offers the opportunity to tell the real story about where we've come from and where we are going as the authentic voice of LGBT Catholics. It is a story of fidelity to becoming the church Jesus intended, and to be out and proud as LGBT Catholics. This community has been out there leading, nourishing and providing safe space for 40 years."
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.
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.