from their website, EdenInvitation.com:
Eden Invitation celebrates ordered integration for young Catholics culturally defined as LGBT+. We invite people to encounter an authentically Catholic anthropology and equip disciples for resurrected life in Christ.
Chronologically speaking, Anna loved books, exploring the outdoors, boys, Hanson, the Eucharist, girls, and, finally, an integrated life. After earning Theology & Catechetics degrees from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Anna spent seven years in active ministry with teens and young adults. She has led retreats across the United States with NET Ministries and speaks locally throughout the Midwest. Anna is an aspiring novelist, a lover of road trips, and a horrible cook.
As a young girl, Shannon spent Sunday mornings in the pew eating contraband pretzels out of her dress pockets. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Social Welfare and Gender & Women's Studies. She has fallen for men and for women, but ultimately she fell for the beauty of Christ and His Church. Ever since Shannon has equipped college students for the new evangelization through her work with The Evangelical Catholic and Brew City Catholic. If you're looking for her, try the shore of the nearest body of water.
- Eden Invitation | Donations — If you'd like to donate to their mission, click here!
- About Us | Eden Invitation — We’re human persons. Disciples. Dreamers. Wounded. Graced. Striving. We’re not experts, therapists, doctoral theologians, activists, or “bi.” We’re just complicated people. Kind of like you. Eden Invitation is our project. Welcome to the adventure!
- Shannon's Story — A beautiful video of Shannon's story of integration and love. We all want to be seen for who are, but who are we? Eden Invitation is an outreach to Catholic Christians on the LGBT+ spectrum. Visit our website to learn more living integrated, authentic, resurrected lives in the midst of our human longing.
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