Denver Newsroom, Jun 2, 2021 / 17:01 pm
The month of June is understood in the secular community as Pride Month. Eden Invitation, a movement for young adult Catholics experiencing same-sex desires and gender discordance, offers something different in their month-long initiative Inheritance.
“We genuinely care about what our members are experiencing, so when the world is overtly celebrating Pride Month, it’s going to affect you in a variety of ways,” said Anna Carter, co-founder of Eden Invitation. “We always try to do something during Pride Month—not so much to celebrate all the things that the culture is saying—but to say, ‘Hey, this is going on, and it’s affecting people.’”
This month, Eden Invitation will provide opportunities to dialogue about faith and sexuality in weekly discussion groups. The topic of this year’s series is “Inheritance”, which focuses on their inheritance as Catholic Christians, human beings and LGBTQ persons, according to their website.
“If you look at the secular space, there is a lot of creativity, there’s a lot of energy and there is a multiplicity of secular apostolates—different organizations that have different tones and emphasize different things,” said Carter. “It can be hard for people who experience this to know what the future is going to hold, which is part of the reason why the secular space is so enticing.”
Eden Invitation will also offer a mini-retreat, and publish reflections on living with same-sex attraction or gender discordance, as well as how to best support friends and family members who identify as LGBTQ.
Eden Invitation, which is a lay- and peer-led ministry in full accord with the Magisterium, focuses on the whole person, Carter said, which includes formation, community, and creative discipleship. An individual who wants to learn more about the organization is invited to a confidential video call with someone from the Eden Invitation office to build a human connection first. Then, participants can join book clubs, retreats, encounters, and local, in-person groups.
“It’s easy to find the experts online, it’s easy to read the blogs and watch the video, but to find a friend is a lot harder,” said Carter. “That’s another thing we are able to offer people—dynamic friendships and community.”
Carter and co-founder Shannon Ochoa both have backgrounds in ministry and evangelization, and started Eden Invitation in 2017 to witness to Christ’s love in the LGBTQ community. Eden Invitation currently serves in 45 states and 15 countries across five continents.