November 16, 2015
Many thanks to all those who attended our Annual Meeting on Saturday, 11/14. The Secretary called the meeting to order immediately following mass noting that a quorum was present. Our President reported that our chapter was strong. Our Treasurer reported that our finances also were very solid. (see the financial report section) The Secretary conducted the elections for the new board which will take office on Jan. 1, 2016. By acclamation, the chapter re-elected the entire board, i.e., Joe H as President; Beth W as VP; John W as Secretary; David L as Treasurer; and Karen P, Eileen H, and Anje B as members at Large. The community assembled expressed its gratitude to the board members for their service. The meeting was adjourned and all retired to the social hall for a wonderful meal. Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make the event a success.
Next Saturday at ICOH at the 6:30 pm mass, we will say special prayers as part of our Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The following Saturday, 11/28, we will honor World AIDS Day.
Nov. 11, 2015
Many thanks to all those who filled my car to overflowing with food for the OLQP Food Bank this past Saturday. Thanks to all who have contributed over the years to our First Saturday collection of food for the hungry. We are pleased to report that the OLQP Food Bank program was an awardee of the Arlington 2015 James B. Hunter Human Rights Award for distinguished community service.
There will be an anointing during mass this Saturday, 11/14, at ICOH starting at 6:30pm. Don't forget to enter the names of loved ones who passed away in our Book of Remembrance.
Immediately following mass, we will have our Annual Meeting as required by our Bylaws. At the meeting, the President will report on the state of our community, and the Treasurer will report on the state of our finances. There will be time for any questions or concerns to be discussed. If there are any specific issues which you wish to place on the agenda, please respond to this email with details.
The meeting will conclude with election of officers for next year. Per our Bylaws, nominations are closed and no nominations from the floor will be in order.
Food and drinks will be provided. Please make every effort to attend and participate in this important meeting.
Nov. 4, 2015
This Saturday, 11/7, we will have our monthly our collection of food and other items for the OLQP Food Bank. The OLQP Food Drive does not provide for the current demand -- an average of 170 bags of food are distributed to area residents each week to help supplement their grocery needs; nearly 9,000 bags a year -- making food donations necessary throughout the month. Contents of our food bags include cereal, canned vegetables, canned fruit, meat or tuna, pasta, pasta sauce or tomato products, macaroni and cheese, rice, and beans. Participants are also offered a choice of finely ground corn flour for making tortillas or vegetable oil. Many weeks there are also produce items and bread.
There will be a board meeting before mass this Saturday starting at 5:30 pm. We will be discussing plans for the Annual Meeting.
On Saturday, 11/14, we will have an anointing service as part of the liturgy.
Following mass, we will have our Annual Meeting as required by our Bylaws. At the meeting, the President will report on the state of our community, and the Treasurer will report on the sate of our finances. There will be time for any questions or concerns to be discussed. If there are any specific issues which you wish to place on the agenda, please respond to this email with details.
The meeting will include election of officers for next year.
Food and drinks will be provided.
Please make every effort to attend and participate in this important meeting.
At the Board meeting held on Sept 19, the Dignity NoVA Board set the schedule for the fall.
We continue to solicit candidates for the Board. If you wish to run for the Board, please respond to this email, or let the Secretary, John W, or one of the other Board members know by September 30 when the nomination period closes. The current Board will run again for election, but new members are needed to bring some fresh ideas to the Board. Of course, all Board meetings are open and members are encouraged to attend and participate.
There will be a Blessing of Animals during mass next Saturday, Oct. 3. As in the past, please bring pictures only. There will also be a special collection that day to collect money to be split evenly between the Arlington and Alexandria Animal Shelters. The Board authorized up to $250 to match any special donations received that day.
Oct 3 will also be our First Saturday collection for the Food Bank at OLQP. Donations of canned goods and non-perishable items are collected during Mass and delivered to the OLQP Food Pantry which provides close to 500 bags of food each month to our neighbors in need. Our donations are also shared with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Contents of the food bags include canned vegetables, soup, canned fruit, cereal, meat or fish, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans (bulk bags of both stretch our resources), and, occasionally, dessert. In addition, clients can choose to receive instant corn flour (i.e. Maseca) and/or vegetable oil. Thank you for your continued support of this most important D/NoVA initiative.
On Thursday, October 8 from 7:30 - 8:30 pm, the 2nd Annual NOVA Pride Multifaith Worship Service will be sponsored by the Northern Virginia Network of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia. Held during the week following the 2015 Northern Virginia Pride Festival, the theme of the service is The Faithful Road; A Shared Journey of Gratitude and Commitment. The service will be held at Host Congregation: Unity of Fairfax; 2854 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, VA. Join with people of faith to gather in gratitude for gains in LGBT civil rights, the opening of doors of a growing number of faith communities, and to celebrate the 2nd Annual Northern Virginia Pride Festival. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Network of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia. Founded in 2006, POFEV is an interfaith network of clergy and lay people working together for greater welcome and affirmation in faith communities and civil equality for LGBT Virginians.
On October 10, we will join with other Dignity Chapters to celebrate Solidarity Sunday.
On October 17, we will have a bring your friends to church event. Please reach out to old and new members as well, and invite then to join you at mass and at the pizza party we will be sponsoring after mass.
On Sunday, Oct. 18, we will have a movie and meal afterwards. Details to follow.
On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Walk to End HIV. (See below for registration information.)
During November, we will have our Book of Remembrance.
On Saturday, 11/7, we will have a special mass In honor of Veterans Day with patriotic music.
On 11/14, we will have our Annual Meeting following mass at ICOH with a dinner to follow.
On 11/21, we will honor Transgender Day of Remembrance.
On11/29, we will celebrate World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) and First Sunday of Advent.
On 12/20, we will have a Penance Service.
On 12/24 (Thur), we will have our Christmas Eve mass and social starting probably at 7:30 pm.
D/NoVA has joined with DW again this year to sponsor a team in memory of Jimmy DePersis in the Whitman-Walker Clinic's Walk to End HIV on Saturday, October 24, 2015. Our joint Copper sponsorship includes 20 free registrations on a first come, first served basis. To register for the Walk and/or to just donate money to our team, follow these instructions:
Then, click on Register, Walker, Join a Team, Search under "Find a Team to join", Scroll thru the list and click on Dignity Washington and Dignity NoVA, click "continue to next step", enter an amount such as $25.00, click on appropriate "shirt size", review and agree to terms and conditions, click continue to next step, log in or enter ID info, click continue to next step, registration is free for the first 20 people who sign up. You can enter an amount you want to contribute (or not) and then enter promo code DIG15 and click "apply" The $25 registration fee should be removed. Then you can enter your credit card number if you want to add a donation if you got the free registration. Click continue to next step, read the letter; then review the info you entered and click "complete registration". Please respond to this email if you encounter any problems registering and we will try to help.
At the Board meeting held on Sept 19, the Dignity NoVA Board also voted unanimously to adopt the statement on Sacramental Equality which was passed at the recent DignityUSA convention in Seattle. The statement reads as follows:
“DignityUSA and its members call on the leaders and members of our Roman Catholic Church to ensure that all of the sacraments of our Church be administered regardless of the gender identity, sexual orientation, or relational status of the person(s) seeking the sacrament.”
Dignity/Houston has shared with us Family 2.0: We Are All Called to Be Family, an essay (see attached) by Kathleen Fallon, a Dignity/Houston member in honor of the World Meeting of Families. Kathleen is a professional Social Worker in the Houston area, as well as a member of Fortunate Families and PFLAG in addition to being the mother of a proud gay man. As this work is licensed under a Creative Commons license, you are free to duplicate it as long as you give attribution and do not alter it.
This Saturday, 9/5, we will have our monthly our collection of food and other items for the OLQP Food Bank. The OLQP Food Drive does not provide for the current demand -- an average of 170 bags of food are distributed to area residents each week to help supplement their grocery needs; nearly 9,000 bags a year -- making food donations necessary throughout the month. Contents of our food bags include cereal, canned vegetables, canned fruit, meat or tuna, pasta, pasta sauce or tomato products, macaroni and cheese, rice, and beans. Participants are also offered a choice of finely ground corn flour for making tortillas or vegetable oil. Many weeks there are also produce items and bread.
It is election season once again at D/NoVA. All officers and board member positions are up for election for a term of one year starting January 1, 2016. According to our bylaws, nominations for the board are due to the Secretary by September 30, 2015. All individuals who have been a members of D/NoVA since March 31, 2015 are eligible to hold a position on our board.
No third party nominations may be made without the consent of the potential candidate. All candidates for office must submit a written statement to any incumbent member of the BoD or to the Secretary. The written statement must include the candidate's name and address, an indication of the office sought, and a brief statement of qualifications and reasons for seeking office.
Such statements can also be submitted by mail to the Dignity NoVA at P. O. Box 100566, Arlington, Virginia 22210-3566. These mailed statements must be received by September 30. In the event that there is not at least one candidate for each Officer and/or Director position, the Secretary may extend the deadline for nominations up to and through the date of the election.
After all nominations are received, the Secretary will determine and announce the form of election which will be dependent on whether there are any contested board positions. If there is a contested election, the Secretary will announce the details. If there is no contested election, the date of the election which will coincide with our Annual Meeting in October or November.
We have received some positive response to our proposed group to attend the Signature Theater production of "La Cage Aux Follies". At present, it appears that there is some agreement to attend the performance on June 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm, but we have less than 10 people interested so far. Tickets will probably be about $100 each.
Since the survey was anonymous, please let the Treasurer know if you are interested in joining the group. Once we know who is interested in buying tickets this far in advance, the group can decide if it is worthwhile or not. There is a discount for groups of 10 or more people. Ticket exchanges may be possible if it turns out that you are not able to attend the June 3, 2016 performance. However if the exchange drops the group number below 10, then everyone would have to pay an upcharge and loose the discount.
Believe it or not, the theater says that some evenings are already sold out for this show and that tickets are "a little tight" for June 3. So we must act on this soon or just forget about trying to do the group event.
There will not be a D/NoVA mass this Saturday, July 4, 2015, at ICOH.
It's a busy time of year, but the U.S. Supreme Court schedule calls us together! As we approach the U.S. Supreme Court hearing of the four marriage equality cases on April 28th, you, your friends, and your faith community are invited to be part of the Interfaith Prayer Service sponsored by the Northern Virginia Network of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia. The service is:
Sunday, April 26, 2015, 4:00pm
(Parking on South Garfield Street)
There are a number of ways you can support this important effort:
Commit to attend the service. Invite friends and neighbors to join you. Clergy need to know that Virginians want them to speak out for LGBT lives.
Invite your clergy to participate. Attending clergy will be asked to sit together and join voices together for a reading. Ask clergy to contact email@example.com
for more information.
Invite your faith community to be included on the list of congregations who support the service. This list will be included on the event Facebook page, on flyers to be posted to the general public, and on the program distributed at the event. To be listed, email firstname.lastname@example.org
with the exact listing, including website address and Facebook page address.
Promote the service.a
. Share on your Facebook page. Service event can be found atwww.facebook.com/POFEVNOVA
. Invite friends and contacts to like the page and come to the service.b
. Post full-page flyer (attached) in your faith community, in coffee shops, community centers, libraries....any place with a bulleting board!c
. Organize a group to car pool together to the service.
As part of the service, we will create a banner of names to be carried to the steps of the Supreme Court. Join in to lift up LGBT loved ones and their families, our children, our grandchildren, and all who seek to live in a world where all individuals and families are honored. On Tuesday morning, April 28, we will meet at the corner of Maryland Avenue NE and First Street NE with the banner.
Hope to see you on April 26 and April 28!
Elizabeth and Kim
Keeping Faith: Interfaith Prayer Service to Embrace the LGBT Communities before the Supreme Court Marriage Equality Cases
Sunday, April 26, 2015, 4:00pm
(Parking on South Garfield Street)
On April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments whether same-sex couples should have the freedom to marry and if state anti-marriage laws should be struck down as unconstitutional.
Join with Northern Virginia faith communities to embrace the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities at this hopeful and vulnerable time.
Supporting faith communities include:
· Congregation Etz Hayim, Arlington
· Little River United Church of Christ, Annandale
· Clarendon Presbyterian Church, Arlington
· Commonwealth Baptist Church, Alexandria
· John Calvin Presbyterian Church, Annandale
· MCC of Northern Virginia, Fairfax
· Bethel United Church of Christ, Arlington
· Emmaus United Church of Christ, Vienna
· Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, Alexandria
· Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, Arlington
· St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Reston
· St. George's Episcopal Church, Arlington
· Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church
· Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
· Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, Oakton
· Unity of Fairfax, Oakton
Additional faith communities are expected to add their support.
Please note: Those who identify as male are asked to cover their heads with kipot. Congregation Etz Hayim will provide an ample supply for all to use. Those who identify as female are invited (though not required) to do the same.
Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Network of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia. Founded in 2006, POFEV is an interfaith network of clergy and lay people working together for greater welcome and affirmation in faith communities and civil equality for LGBT Virginians.
HAPPY EASTER 2015!
Thanks to all those who were able to attend our Easter Vigil mass and who brought wonderful goodies to share after mass. A special thanks to Harry and Kevin for all their efforts to make it work. Another special thanks to Father Joe for arranging for the venue and presiding at mass. And thanks to all those who pitched in to do what was necessary to make our Easter Vigil a great success.
From Father Joe's homily:
Robert Browning (1812-1889)
from Pippa Passes
The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn:
God's in His heaven—
All's right with the world!
This Saturday, 4/11/15, at ICOH, will be our First Saturday collection for items for the Food Pantry at OLQP. Donations of canned goods and non-perishable items are collected during Mass and delivered to the OLQP Food Pantry which provides close to 500 bags of food each month to our neighbors in need. Our donations are also shared with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Contents of the food bags include canned vegetables, soup, canned fruit, cereal, meat or fish, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans (bulk bags of both stretch our resources), and, occasionally, dessert. In addition, clients can choose to receive instant corn flour (i.e. Maseca) and/or vegetable oil.
We need to start mass as near as possible to 6:30 pm on Saturday so please make every effort to be a few minutes early.
After mass, Father Joe will present the first of our 6 sessions on the seven sacraments. Each session will last about 15 or 20 minutes. You can brush up on the seven sacraments of the Church here:
The Dignity USA 2015 Convention in Seattle, WA.
Early Registration Period for Convention Extended!
Good news for procrastinators! There is more time to get the best available rate for the DignityUSA Convention July 2-5, 2015 in Seattle! The Early Registration deadline is now April 15, 2015. Visit the Convention website for the schedule, information about our incredible speakers, and great ways to experience all that Seattle has to offer. And, of course, you can register there and book your hotel room, as well. You can also contribute to the scholarship fund, sponsor an event, or send a message of support to your favorite conventioneer(s).
The hotel is filling up for the busy July 4th weekend, so book now for the guaranteed convention rate. See you in Seattle!
NEXT YEAR IN ICOH!
D/NoVA will have a penance service this Saturday, March 21, during our mass at ICOH starting at 6:30 pm.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Eileen H is organizing a movie viewing followed by dinner and discussion of the movie. Details to follow shortly.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire (Ret'd), will lead “A Conversation about Sexuality and Spirituality” at 7:15 PM on Sunday, March 22 at St. Margaret’s Church. Bishop Robinson was the first openly Gay bishop consecrated in the Episcopal Church. Dignity/Washington is pleased to welcome him as part of the community’s Lecture Series.
This event is free and open to the public. Invite your friends to Dignity/Washington’s 6:00 PM Eucharist at St. Margaret’s church and stay for refreshments at the social hour and to hear Bishop Gene Robinson.
The number of D/NoVA members who are also D/USA members has fallen to an all time low! It is crucial that we support D/USA with our memberships which cost $50 per year or pay what you can. You can sign up to become a member of D/USA at the following web site. Please be sure to indicate that you are a member of D/NoVA.
HOLY WEEK 2015
D/NoVA will sponsor a service on Holy Thursday evening, April 2, at 7:30 pm at Father Joe Hennessy's condo party room. A light supper will be provided following the service.
The Easter Vigil mass will also be at Joe's at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 4, at 7:30 pm. A potluck dessert social will follow the Vigil mass.
Directions are attached.
D/NoVA will not have a Good Friday service, but our members are encouraged to attend the DW service listed below.
The DW Holy Week schedule is listed below. All are welcome.
||Stations of the Cross
||1500 Quincy St, NE Washington DC
||St. Margaret’s Church
||Eucharist with blessing of the palms
||St. Matthew’s Cathedral
||“Shadows” Liturgy on Wednesday of Holy Week
||Holy Thursday Agape Meal & Liturgy
||St. Margaret’s Church
||Ecumenical Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the side chapel
|| 7:30 PM
||St. Margaret’s Church
||Liturgy of the Lord’s passion with veneration of the cross
|| 8:00 PM
||Universalist Memorial Church 1810 16th St NW Washington DC
||The Great Vigil of Easter
|| 6:00 PM
||St. Margaret’s Church
|| Easter Sunday Mass
DIGNITY USA 2015 CONVENTION IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Join several D/NoVA members at the Dignity USA convention in Seattle from July 1 through July 5, 2015.
Visit the Convention website for information about the program, exciting speakers, the hotel, commemorative logo items, and more. Read about the activities that will be offered before and after the convention.
Be sure to reserve your spot at the Convention 2015 All in One Registration Form.
Save by taking advantage of the Early Bird registration. Early Bird Registration's last day is March 31st, 2015.
Dignity USA Webinar April 7th
Please spread the good word of our April 7, 9PM Eastern QCF webinar. We're dedicating this QCF to an important discussion on how to inspire true diversity in our chapters and communities. We all desire greater diversity, we just don't always know how to go about making it happen. Gender, age, race, orientation diversity enriches us beyond measure. How can we realize it?
Hosting this QCF will be Martin Witchger, co-chair of our Young Adult Caucus. Presenters will be Ellen Euclide of Call To Action and the Young Adult Caucus, and
Derrick Dawson, an organizer in the Chicago area. See their photos below. Please spread the news, will you?
QCF: Unity in Diversity
Tuesday, April 7, 9PM Eastern, 6PM Pacific
Learn more and register here: