from Brad Leger (Board Associate | Esterwood LA)

As assistant to the Fortunate Families Board for the past year, it was my extreme honor and pleasure to have served in the role of liaison between this fine group and the Equally Blessed Coalition in preparation for our pilgrimage experience to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. In particular, it was indeed a blessing to get to know the board members and staff member, Holly Cargill-Cramer, on a deeper level throughout this entire process. This experience was expanded into something even more meaningful way when we actually attended the conference and our own off-site activities – all within the context or prayer and dependence on the Spirit of love and kindness. As I have reflected on our experiences in Philadelphia, I have attempted to identify words or phrases which would describe my experience. The words include (and they are still coming to me as I continue to process this experience): oppressive, stifling, challenging, unwelcoming, and heartbreaking; yet they also include encouraging, comradery, solidarity, seed planting, and educational.

 from Loretta Fitzgerald (Volunteer | Raleigh, NC)

My reflections from time spent at the World Meeting of Families are numerous, but one of the encounters that challenged me the most involved a couple whose gay son was living elsewhere in a relationship that they deemed “perverted” and an obstacle to “eternal life”. I have given much thought since then as to what I might do differently if I could do it over. I thought more specifically about the mother rather than the father.