This discussion will focus on defining dignity as inherent in loving self. Dignity, although sometimes thought of as respect or merit or self-worth, is so much more. The dignity of each human being is rooted in his/her creation in the image and likeness of God—Imago Dei.
Thus, dignity is a God-given gift to each of us from creation through now and into eternity. Scripture is filled with the theological underpinnings of dignity from the Imago Dei to Proverbs “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come” to Jesus’ honoring the intrinsic dignity of taxpayers, lepers, and harlots to Paul’s letter to the Galatians, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
We are all equal in this universal and indestructible gift. It follows then, as we honor and accept this loving gift from God, that we love ourselves as we live in inborn dignity (and lead with dignity to our neighbor).
We will explore, affirm, and celebrate this profound truth together.