By BTL Staff
DEARBORN – On Saturday, May 14, at Dearborn’s Park Place, Dignity Detroit members will eat, dance and party in celebration of their continuous journey of 31 years. The group will then continue its spiritual walk the following evening at a 6 p.m. anniversary mass at Marygrove College’s Sacred Heart Chapel.
Dignity Detroit is a group of predominately Roman Catholics whose philosophy is dedication, direction and purpose in ways that are spiritual, supportive and life-affirming for LGBT members and family and friends who support them.
Dignity Detroiters took their first collective step in 1974.
“For the past 31 years, our deeply felt faith has sustained us even though at times organized religion and society in general has turned their back on us,” said Dignity Detroit president Frank D’Amore. “We provide a supportive environment through our faith, and we’ve been able to put our faith into action in a number of constructive ways in the LGBT community as well as the community at large.
This year’s guest speaker at the dinner is Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services and Senior Pastor of Cass Community United Methodist Church Rev. Faith Fowler. Rev. Fowler is a respected and honored agent of hope and action in a world of drug abuse, homelessness and poverty.
“I invite everyone to hear Rev. Fowler’s words of inspiration and pray and play along with us as we celebrate our 31st anniversary,” said D’Amore. “I would love for more LGBT people and their family and friends to get to know us better and perhaps join us as we continue our faith-based journey.”
Dignity Detroit has conducts services every Sunday at 6 p.m. In addition to Sunday mass, Dignity Detroit sponsors retreats, and seasonal prayer services. Its members support organizations and activities that directly impact the LGBT community as well as outreach programs that benefit the Detroit area.
The dinner/dance will be Saturday, May 14 at Park Place (23400 Park Street at Outer Drive in Dearborn) beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and must be purchased by May 8. There will be no tickets at the door.
The Mass will be held Sunday, May 15 at the Sacred Heart Chapel at Marygrove College in the Liberal Arts Building (8425 W. McNichols at Wyoming) and begins at 6 p.m.
For tickets and additional information, call Dignity Detroit at 313-278-4786 and visit its website: http://dignitydetroit.org.