June 30 – July 3, 2019: Global Network of Rainbow Catholics 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.
Come meet inspiring representatives from around the globe and hear from international theological and political leaders. Join the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) Assembly for exciting, informative, and fun events at historic Chicago locations such as 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.
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.
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
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, with panelists from around the world, including our own Mary Hunt. Please come early to attend this Forum and perhaps the full Assembly in the day(s) leading up to our Conference.
More info to come!