What is Dignity-Integrity?
As lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexed persons of faith, together with our families and friends, we form a small faith community with regional and national connections in the struggle for justice in church and society. Dignity-Integrity/Rochester was chartered in 1975 as the first combined chapter of the national organizations of Dignity/USA (Roman Catholic) and Integrity, Inc. (Episcopal).
Many of us call D-I home, feeling unwelcome, unsafe or unaffirmed in our home churches. All of us belong as a prophetic challenge to those in authority and as a ministry to those who have felt wounded or abandoned by organized religion. Our fellowship is a vital witness to all that our lives and loves are whole and holy.
Where Do We Worship?
We meet at St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene Church, located at 17 South Fitzhugh Street at the corner of Broad Street in downtown Rochester. Parking is free in the lot next to the church unless there's an event at the Blue Cross Arena. On-street parking is free on weekends. Although independent of "2-Saints," we maintain a special relationship with this church and its members, supporting each other in ministry and often celebrating special events together.
A coffee hour follows each of our worship services.
Dignity-Integrity has a number of social activities throughout the year:
- Every Sunday we hold a coffee hour social, and you can always find a group or two going out to dinner afterwards.
- Once a month we hold a potluck dinner, usually centered around a theme.
- Throughout the year we host various picnics, cabin parties, and a dinner dance.
D-I/R is a member of Interfaith Advocates for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People (IA), providing a united witness to the wholeness and holiness of our lives as queer people of faith. Formed in 1991, IA works to increase awareness, understanding and inclusion of LGBT people within local congregations and by the larger community.
Our Chaplain, Michael Nicosia, currently serves as a co-chair of the organization and regularly contributes to its Acting On Faith column in the Empty Closet. IA also coordinates Empire State Pride Agenda's Pride in the Pulpit initiative in the Rochester area; its mission is to confront religious-based bigotry by building a network of congregations and leaders of faith throughout New York State who advocate for equality and justice for LGBT New Yorkers and their families.
For more information visit their website interfaithadvocates.groupsite.com
Our long-time colleagues, Fortunate Families, help families with LGBT daughters and sons share their stories. While learning about the Roman Catholic Church's teachings and pastoral responses to their families, this progressive organization empowers our parents who yearn for a more welcoming church and society, providing strategies for making their faith communities and their world safer and more just for their children.
For more information visit their website at www.fortunatefamilies.org
Integrity is a nonprofit organization of lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) Episcopalians and our straight
friends. Since our founding by Dr. Louie Crew in rural Georgia in
1974, Integrity has been the leading grassroots voice for the
full inclusion of GLBT persons in the Episcopal Church and our
equal access to its rites. However, advocacy is only one facet of
our ministry. At the national level and in local chapters and
diocesan networks throughout the country, the primary activities
are: worship, fellowship, education, communication, outreach, and
service to the church.
Through Integrity's evangelism, thousands of GLBT people,
estranged from the Episcopal Church and other denominations, have
returned to parish life. Although the Episcopal Church has made
tremendous strides toward inclusiveness, it still has a long way
to go. Unfortunately, in too many parishes and dioceses,
prejudice and oppression are still the norm. Whatever your sexual
orientation, Integrity needs your support and membership.
Visit the Integrity website at www.integrityusa.org
Dignity/USA is the largest and most progressive national lay
movement of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, our
families, and our friends. In local chapters across the United
States, we worship openly with other GLBT and supportive
Catholics, socialize, share personal and spiritual concerns, and
work together on educational and justice issues. We believe that
God created us, Christ died for us, and the Holy Spirit
sanctified us in Baptism. As GLBT Catholics, it is our right, our
privilege, and our duty to live the sacramental life of the
Church. We believe that we can express our sexuality in a loving,
life-affirming manner that is in keeping with Christ's
Begun in 1969 in Los Angeles under the leadership of Fr.
Patrick Nidorf, O.S.A., in 1973 Dignity became a national
organization. Its office is in Washington, D.C., and it now
comprises about 75 chapters throughout the United States. Run by
an elected Board, individual members and chapters have a voting
voice in Dignity's policies and agenda, gathering at periodic
regional conferences for networking, fellowship, support and
On a nationwide basis and through its local chapters,
- advocates for change in the Church's teaching on
- provides educational materials, speakers, and other resources
to Catholic parishes, gay ministries, and other interested
- maintains on-going dialogue with Catholic bishops
- represents gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered
Catholics in the media
- presents positive testimony from a Catholic perspective on
civil rights legislation
- publishes a quarterly journal and monthly newsletter
- is a founding member of Catholic Organizations for Renewal
(COR), a network of diverse groups seeking change within the
Church (Call to Action, New Ways Ministry, National Coalition of
American Nuns, Catholics Speak Out, Women's Ordination
Conference, Spiritus Christi, et al.)
- networks internationally with gay Catholic groups, including
assisting in the development of new groups in countries such as
South Africa, Poland, and Colombia
- sponsors a Committee for Women's Concerns
- supports an AIDS ministry
- and offers many other services
Visit the Dignity website at www.dignityusa.org
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