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Conference 2017 Website

A Place at the Table


A PLACE AT THE TABLE ♦ DignityUSA Conference
Boston, MA ♦ July 6-9, 2017 

Three hundred plus LGBT and allied Catholics will gather in Boston to reflect, celebrate, pray, and learn about what true inclusion means. 

The conference will include speakers, workshops, caucuses, social events, a membership meeting, fundraising opportunities, liturgies and other worship experiences, and great entertainment! 


Our Church is a communal table around which we are all invited to take our place.  But are we welcomed and our stories heard?  The program for the Conference will invite us to dive into what it means for the marginalized to take their place at the table and how the stories of the marginalized change those who tell them and those who hear them.  Our experience together will recommit us to create communities that are welcoming and affirming, where all are welcomed at the table. 

KeynoterRev Pamela Lightsey - the only out lesbian African American elder in the United Methodist Church, a theologian and activist 

Panelists – Transfaith advocate Louis Mitchell; Boston Globe former Spotlight Editor, Walter Robinson; NCR columnist, Jamie Manson

Workshops- Will be offered by, among others, Michele Dillon, Fenway Health LGBT Aging Project,  Nina Morrison, Rev. Irene Monroe, Casey and Mary Ellen Lopata

You can find more information on the various speakers in the SPEAKERS Section. 


The conference will take place at the centrally located Boston Park Plaza.  You must reserve your rooms with the hotel directly by clicking here.

Please do not delay since rooms at our special DignityUSA rate are limited. 

Our special rate will be honored from July 2-11, 2017, as long as rooms are available. 

For more information about the hotel and the rates, go to the HOTEL dedicated section. 


Now that you have an overview your next step is TO REGISTER! 

Go to the Register tab and follow directions for registration.  A few helpful pointers: 

You will have a few different options – to register for the full conference or for specific days or events only. 

If you preregistered with a deposit of $100, when you register the form will show you what your payment needs to be now. 

If you have not pre-registered, and are a member, please select the standard registration category. 

There is also a special category if you are a young adult or a first time attendee, in which case the registration form will indicate your discounted payment amount. 

You can register only for yourself or, if desired, for more than one person at the same time.  Make sure you pay attention to the QUANTITY question. 

Do not let the cost of attending the Conference stop you from joining us. Go to the SCHOLARSHIP section if you wish to request financial assistance. 

At Check Out time you will be asked to create an account or login with your old account information.  You can use your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ account to create your account.


Do not forget to go to the LOGO section to order Conference apparel and/or mugs that, if ordered promptly, will be waiting for you when you arrive in Boston. 

We could use VOLUNTEERS, so go to that section if you want to sign up to help with liturgy, registration, hospitality. 

To get you in the mood to visit Boston, the section labeled BOSTON’S KEWL-EST Stuff has information of things you can do while in Boston. 

Interested in financially supporting the Conference, the section labeled SPONSORSHIPS shows you many ways to sponsor specific activities in the Conference. You can donate towards scholarship to help others come to the table. If you or your chapter, community, or organization want to place an ad in the program, the section labeled PROGRAM ADS can let you know how. 

Come, and take your place at the table.  Start with REGISTRATION.