Moderator: Charles Shaw
Mission statement: This is taken from our official “Mission Statement” document, which was drawn up a few years ago when we were approved by the Administration:
Mission Statement: “Always Our Brothers and Sisters” is a Boston College High School (BC High) student organization established in response to the 1997 pastoral message of the
United States Bishops’ Committee on Family and Marriage titled “Always Our Children.” In the spirit of this document and mindful of our school’s Mission Statement—“As a Jesuit,
Catholic High school, we strive to reflect the diversity of our church and community. Our mission since 1863 has been to form leaders of competence, conscience and compassion who
seek to do all things ad majorem Dei gloriam – for the greater glory of God.”—“Always Our Brothers and Sisters” approaches the issues related to sexual orientation from a distinctly Catholic and uniquely Ignatian perspective by affirming the worth and dignity of all human persons.
We meet every Tuesday afternoon after school from 2:45 to about 3:30 with maybe 5-10 students in attendance and usually 1-3 or 4 moderators/adults (mostly teachers but often guests from different parts of the school).
In the past we have organized annual ‘Pride Ally Days’ at school to promote an awareness of the LGBTQ+ community, challenges of that community in society, and encourage support. This year we are keeping it a bit easier and focusing on our weekly meetings. There are discussions about participating in the door design presentations, but so far there is a lot of discussion and not much action (I sense that the boys are just done with the year and may not have the energy to actually do the display—we will see).
Mostly our group focuses on community building and providing a welcoming and supportive space for students to see each other (especially important this year because many students are not in the same cohort). We discuss a lot of pop culture, music, movies, actors, and also many current events—laws/legislation/advances in rights/threats to rights/etc. The conversations are lively, engaging, and open to all.