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What We Are About
Dignity Detroit is a faith community of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Catholics, their families and friends who unite to celebrate God's love for all persons.
We are a community rich in diversity, that worships in an affirming and supportive setting. Ours is a ministry that speaks to us by offering an expression of faith and fellowship not experienced in other church situations. In this way, Dignity has helped many who have lost touch with the church to reaffirm and establish a relationship with God.
Dignity envisions and works for unity, equality, and an end to all forms of hatred. Most importantly, we are devoted to nurturing faith and love through Christ, the Sacraments, and one another.
Dignity Detroit Goals
Spiritual Development We strive to achieve Christian maturity through full participation in the sacramental life of the church.
strive to grow continually in our knowledge of faith, and to promote a positive
self image of our sexual orientation.
Social Involvement As Catholics, we strive to become involved in those actions which bring the love of Christ to others and which extend our justice ministry. We also encourage the People of God to accept gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals as full and equal members of the Church.
Fellowship Social and recreational activities are provided to promote an environment in which friendship can develop and mature, and in which the member's sense of acceptance and dignity can be strengthened.
Dignity Detroit: Spirituality, Equality and Justice
Nurtured in a Welcoming Catholic Community.
Statements of Principle
We will explore and initiate ways to be innovative with our ministry.
We will encourage ministry, community and social involvement.
We will support and expand membership.
We will network with other GLBT&S and social justice groups.
We will become a respectful voice on GLBT issues.
We will set goals, develop processes and monitor progress to accomplish our objectives.
Prioritized Action Steps by the Year 2011
All Council members will have received public relations training.
Dignity Detroit will have a public relations plan.
We will have regular social calendar activities within Dignity Detroit and with partners in the GLBT-friendly community.
25 percent of membership will participate in discussion groups.
Our History Since 1974
Dignity Detroit was founded in 1974 and met at Most Holy Trinity Church for 23 years before moving to Marygrove College in 1997. We are part of a network of Dignity chapters throughout the nation, all affiliated with dignity/USA, headquartered in Washington D.C.
What We Do
In addition to Mass every Sunday, our activities include and annual retreat in the fall, monthly women's group and seasonal prayer services. We volunteer at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and support other charitable organizations, including those which directly impact the gay and lesbian community. There are after-Mass socials, an Annual Dinner Dance, and when the opportunity affords itself, we have a party.
The Dignity Detroit Team
Ministers - Lectors, Eucharistic ministers, acolytes, greeters, gift bearers and choir members are all drawn from the congregation.
Dignity Detroit Council- Dignity Detroit's Constitution provides for a democratic governing council elected from the membership, by the membership.