“Time passes on and the point is to learn how to live."
| Francois Mauriac|
Welcome to our outside resource page!
If you’re looking for genetic studies, systematic arguments, therapeutic "solutions," or cultural commentary, you won’t find it here. If you’re anything like us, you’ve done the googling. You’ve been down the research rabbit hole and back. Did it reveal God's love for you? Did it make you a better person?
We invite you to life in the between. The already and not yet. The liminal space.
We are a garden people, after all. We've long wandered from that wild, perfect, primordial Eden. We've passed through Gethsemane and the cultivated beauty surrounding a borrowed tomb. We anticipate a new heaven and a new earth, veiled in mystery and anticipated in everyday graces.
We show up in these gardens as ourselves, with all our experiences of faith, sexuality, and embodiment. We show up in all of our uniqueness. We show up together. We show up with an eye to the horizon.
We recommend embracing your BELOVED UNREPEATABILITY. With this core value, we affirm our human dignity and personal uniqueness. We celebrate how radically loved we are by God.
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I ACCEPT MY IDENTITY AS IMAGO DEI AND THE SHAPING OF MY UNIQUE STORY
I STEWARD MY WHOLE PERSON AS A GIFT FROM GOD THE FATHER
I COME BEFORE GOD DAILY IN AUTHENTICITY & SURRENDER
We recommend communities of MUTUAL BELONGING. With this core value, we come out of shame and fear to love and be loved. We have mutual responsibility to bear one another’s burdens and encourage each other in imitation of Christ.
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I REVERENCE EACH PERSON AS HOLY GROUND
I COME OUT OF HIDING TO BE LOVED
TOGETHER WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ONE ANOTHER'S GOOD
We recommend an outlook of JOYFUL HOPE. With this core value, we step into the longing with laughter and courage, knowing that God is already there.
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I TRUST IN GOD'S PROVIDENTIAL CARE FOR MY PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
Be here in the present:
I CELEBRATE THE HOLY SPIRIT'S CREATIVITY IN MY CHARISMS AND CALLINGS
I STEP INTO SELF-GIFT FOR MY COMMUNITY, THE CHURCH, AND THE WORLD
| LGBTQ-RELATED RESOURCES |
Meet other Christians with LGBTQ experiences with these other organizations:
Discover personal testimonies, and see what resonates with your own story:
Looking to understand the LGBTQ experience in the Church and world today? The following books curate feedback and offer suggestions:
Mark Yarhouse and Olga Zaporozhets share the results of an interdenominational study of 300 celibate gay Christians.
Author Eve Tushnet shares advice on restoring acceptance of God's love after being hurt by the Church.
The Catholic Church has spoken on pastoral care to persons experiencing same sex desires:
An authoritative summary of Catholic doctrine (see paragraphs 2357-2359)
A 1986 document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
A 2016 document from the Archdiocese of St. Louis on pastoral care for those experiencing same sex desires.
Interdenominational Christian organizations are hustling hard to create resources and opportunities to equip the Church. Here are a few we like:
Digital and print resources for parents and church leaders.
Consulting and intensives for churches. Parent print resource also available.
| RESOURCE QUESTIONS |
Q: Where do these resources come from?
A: Here at Eden Invitation, we promote the ever-deepening journey of the Christian life. This page lists books and resources that inspire what we do here at Eden Invitation. Our lists are suggested by community members and curated by our staff.
Q: I encountered [that resource] before, and it wasn't helpful. Why is it on the list?
A: We recognize that everyone's life is their own. What's life-changing for one person may be triggering for another! With any resource, we recommend you follow your conscience. Listen to the Holy Spirit, learn what you can, and leave the rest. The inclusion of non-Magisterial sources on this list does not imply Eden Invitation's endorsement of all content. For our full statement of belief, see our About Us page.
Q: Why are most LGBTQ-specific resources in a separate section?
A: While these resources intersect with Eden Invitation's core values, many of them stand apart. We also wanted a place to include resources to help people learn about the LGBTQ experience. We also recognize that pastoral care for persons on the LGBT+ spectrum is - practically speaking - a work in progress across all Christian denominations. We have done our best to compile a varied list of resources, organizations, and individual thinkers responding to this concern in the Body of Christ. Eden Invitation respects the contributions to these "front line" pastoral approaches and seeks to learn from what is in alignment with our Catholic faith.
Q: Why is [insert resource here] not on this list?
A: There could be a few reasons. We might not know it exists! We also try not to overwhelm the page with too many options - this isn't intended to be an exhaustive resource page. Additionally, we're careful with what we recommend, focusing on whole person and directly pastoral resources. We omit organizations, or thinkers who advocate for a fundamental change in Catholic teachings on marriage, sexual expression, or anthropology. We also omit sources that overtly contradict or unnecessarily obfuscate essential Catholic teachings on personal integration, the role of therapy, sacramental marriage, sexual expression, or Christian anthropology.