News Briefing: Oct. 13-19, 2017

Dignity hosts retreat for LGBT Catholics

Dignity Philadelphia is hosting a retreat this weekend, which will focus on the future of the LGBT community in the Catholic Church.

The LGBT Catholic organization will stage the gathering from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia, 1166 S. Broad St.

Admission is $10 and includes coffee and Danish in the morning, as well as lunch. For more information or to register, email [email protected].

Episcopal Diocese explores LGBT history

The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania’s History Committee will feature two LGBT-focused presentations at its second-annual Fall Forum this weekend.

The event will be held 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany, 330 S. 13th St.

Among the activities is a 10:30 a.m. talk by William Way LGBT Community Center archivist Bob Skiba about “Claiming the LGBT Space in Washington Square West.” At 11:15 a.m., the Rev. Mike Haines will moderate “Reflections Upon St. Luke and The Epiphany and The AIDS Crisis,” a panel featuring William Way Executive Director Chris Bartlett, the Rev. Rodger Broadley and the Rt. Rev. Allen L. Bartlett.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Celebrate Halloween with flag-football league 

The Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League is hosting a Heroes & Villains Halloween Party from 8-11 p.m. Oct. 21 at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.

The event features a DJ, drinks, snacks, costume contest, silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door; themed couples can get $5 off their admission at the door. A flip cup tournament will be played for an additional $5 per player. 

Funds raised support the LGBT-friendly league. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit