Learn more: July 4, 2019: Forum on the State of the Global LGBTI Catholic Justice Movement

June 30 – July 3, 2019: Global Network of Rainbow Catholics Assembly

Attendees of the GNRC 2nd Assembly

DignityUSA is proud to host the third biennial Assembly of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics in Chicago, immediately prior to our 50th anniversary Jubilee Conference. Delegates from LGBTI Catholic groups from more than thirty countries from five continents will gather to strengthen relationships and continue our work in challenging actions and teachings by the Vatican and national Church officials’ actions and teachings that harm our communities and families. 

This is an invitational gathering of inspiring representatives from around the globe, but DignityUSA members and friends are welcome as volunteers. If you would like to assist with welcoming our international colleagues, help them get from O’Hare airport to the Lincoln Park meeting site, help during the Assembly, and facilitate transportation to the Legacy Walk and the Center on Halsted, the Midwest’s most comprehensive center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people of Chicagoland, and to the July 4 Forum on the State of the Global LGBTI Catholic Movement, please contact info@dignityusa.org for more information.

DignityUSA has held a pivotal role in supporting and advising the GNRC from its inception, and is one of the founding members of this coalition. DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke and other DignityUSA leaders had important responsibilities at the inaugural assembly in Rome in 2015, and at the second assembly in 2017 in Munich, Germany, and they continue to actively participate in the leadership of GNRC.

Signing Constitutional documents for GNRC

We are now honored and excited to host the GNRC assembly on this side of the globe, June 30 – July 3, 2019 in Chicago. We know this will add a very special international dimension as we commemorate and celebrate our Jubilee. More info to come!

“It was thrilling to meet representatives of other LGBTQI Catholic organizations from around the world at the first two GNRC assemblies, where I was privileged to help represent DignityUSA.  Their stories are so inspiring, representing so many different types of LGBTQI experience.  They helped to remind me why our work is so important, not only on a national level, but a global one.

“We are respected and admired as the oldest and most experienced of all the international LGBTQI Catholic organizations.  We have much to offer our siblings around the world, and much to learn from them.  I hope as many DignityUSA members as possible will attend our Joint Forum on July 4, and join us in the preceding days if they can.”

— Jeff Stone, DignityUSA delegate to GNRC
DignityUSA leaders at GNRC: Jeff Stone, Marianne Duddy-Burke, and Leo Egashira

July 4, 2019: Forum on the State of the Global LGBTI Catholic Justice Movement

On July 4, 2019, DignityUSA and GNRC will jointly hold a powerful and engaging one-day Forum on the State of the Global LGBTI Catholic Justice Movement. Catholic leaders from around the world will describe their work, accomplishments and challenges.

Three leading Catholic theologians known for their work on intersectional justice—Miguel Diaz, Mary Hunt, and Rev. Bryan Massingale—will address the theological foundations and implications of this work.  The Forum is serving as the Leadership Training program for current and emerging Dignity leaders this year, as global awareness and relationships are vitally important to our work moving forward. 

Register now for this unique and historic event,which has been generously supported by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and Dignity/Washington.

Tentative July 4 Forum Schedule:

9:00 am Registration
9:30 Welcome and Opening Prayer
9:45 Panel: Key Accomplishments and Challenges for LGBTI Catholics on each Continent
11:15Theological Underpinnings of our Work: Miguel Diaz, Mary Hunt, Bryan Massingale
12:30 pmLunch/Networking 
2:00Breakout Groups:
Criminilazation, Violence and Bias
Gender Identity
Pastoral Care
Relations with the Hierarchy
Women’s Issues
3:30 Snack Break  
3:45Report Outs/Next steps.
4:30Eucharistic Liturgy
6:00Dinner: Chicago Style Picnic
EveningEnjoy Chicago’s Independence Day festivities!

See DignityUSA Conference Schedule

Forum Speakers:

Solidarity Rally at the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland