Lauren Carpenter

4 posts

Insider – Outsider

During the trip, our group balanced a dual outside/insider identity. We were outsiders in that we were preaching a gospel contrary to official church teaching, but in almost every other way, we were just like the other pilgrims. We wore the same T-shirts, hats and backpacks, we sang the same […]

Equally Blessed pilgrims going to communion wearing rainbow sashes donated by the Rainbow Sash Movement

Catechesis Interactions

Today was a day full of interesting experiences and interactions. Lots of adventures trying to navigate public transportation and good conversations with other pilgrims. Trying to retell it all would go on got pages, so for now I will just focus on our morning experience of catechesis (for any non-catholic readers, catechesis is religious education). 
Lauren pre-pilgrimage

Light posts on the journey

I am going to World Youth Day with a dual mission: to be a point of light for any LGBT youth that are present, and spread the message to all who encounter our pilgrimage, whether in person or through the media, that we must change the the harmful stance of the church on LGBT people. The relationships I have formed within the Dignity community give me the strength to make this journey, and I will be carrying all of their stories in my heart throughout the pilgrimage.