Hey,

 

It’s good to have you here.  Usually these “about us” sections on websites give you a mission statement and a list of credentials.  That makes sense.  “What are you about and why should we listen to you?”  Scroll down a little further and we’ll tell you that.

 

But stay here a second, if you don’t mind.

 

Because what we do and what we have done isn’t exactly “who we are.”  These are aspects of us, sure.  Facets of the whole.  But who we are starts in the very beginning.  It starts before we were born.  It starts before our conception.  It will go on long after we die.

 

Who I am, who you are, who we are together is simple.  We are willed, loved, unrepeatable men and women created in the image and likeness of God.  We are adopted daughters and sons of the Father.  We are redeemed through the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ.  By the sacramental life, we are animated by the wild abundance of the Holy Spirit.

 

We’re human persons.  Disciples.  Dreamers.  Wounded.  Graced.  Striving.  We’re not experts, therapists, doctoral theologians, or activists.  We’re just complicated people.  Kind of like you.

 

Eden Invitation is our project.  Welcome to the adventure!

Celebrating personal integration and promoting solidarity beyond the LGBT+ paradigm

 

MEET THE FOUNDERS

ANNA CARTER

Chronologically speaking, Anna loved books, the outdoors, boys, Hanson, the Eucharist, girls, and, finally, an integrated life.  After earning Theology & Catechetics degrees from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Anna became a NET missionary, theology teacher, and campus minister. At Eden Invitation, she serves most often as the vision-caster, general ringleader, and resident wordsmith. She continues to write freelance and speak across the country.

SHANNON OCHOA

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. Prior to founding Eden Invitation, Shannon worked in college campus ministry with The Evangelical Catholic and Brew City Catholic. Her current roles include relationship nurturer, community developer, and social media quote-finder. If you're looking for her, try the shore of the nearest body of water.