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Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards
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Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards is a Presbyterian minister in Pittsburgh, PA, and a Board Member of More Light Presbyterians, a national organization working toward full inclusion of LGBT people within the Presbyterian Church (USA). In 2008 Rev. Edwards was tried and unanimously acquitted by a church court for presiding at the wedding of two women. You can read more on her blog,, dialogue with her on facebook and follow her on twitter .

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I Was Arrested for Our Democracy -- Join Me

(7) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 6:52 PM

I was arrested on the Capitol steps last Monday. I am one of the Democracy Spring 429, the largest number of arrests on a single day at the Capitol in US history. I'd never done anything like that before. I'm glad I did it now. Unless things change,...

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5 Signs of the Resurrection of the Mainline Church

(8) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 11:35 AM

Over many years, I have been in an on-again, off-again conversation online with a conservative Presbyterian named Joe. As long as I have known him, Joe has been lobbying for his congregation to leave my church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) -- to forsake the mainline for a more clearly conservative...

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Upon the Adoption of "Marriage Between Two People"

(115) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 3:22 PM

Loving God of all, I confess I hardly know what to pray today.

But I'll take a deep breath, trust in Your guidance, and find out.

Last week my church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), adopted by a majority vote (87) among our 172 regions, this statement on marriage:...

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Reflections on the Presbyterian Church General Assembly and How Gracious Debate Can Lead to Action

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 12:53 PM

At the 221st Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) General Assembly, something wondrous happened. We passed historic measures to recognize the love and commitment of all couples and to make sure that ministers can provide pastoral care around marriage to all couples in their congregations. This was an important milestone for...

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First Steps on a Pilgrimage: A Reflection on the Thinking of Lee and Vines

(18) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 3:41 PM

The pilgrim's journey has been central to Christian tradition from the beginning. It's a helpful image for the still unresolved discernment among Christians about the place of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in God's heart and in the church. We inherited the spiritual practice from the Jews: remember...

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Beyond Either/Or: How I Am Bisexual Everywhere & All the Time

(5) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:31 PM

" the image of God he created them, male and female he created them." (Genesis 1:27)

I was recently with a friend who also identifies as bisexual, and we began talking about the widely-held presumption that bisexuals "become" straight or gay depending on the gender of our partner.

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Wondrous Confusion: How Gender Shimmers in the Fluidity of Being Bi

(5) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 9:55 PM

"I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
--Psalm 139:14

It's easy for me to empathize with people who express confusion when I share with them that I am bisexual. My sexual orientation confused me for decades and continues to do so occasionally even now. Like many, I thought that the...

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Always the Stranger: Being Out and Bi

(11) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 6:05 PM

I've been out as bisexual to myself and my world for about 15 years, acknowledging that I am able to love both men and women. One of the things I have learned through these years is that being out as bi tends to make me a stranger across the spectrum...

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The SCOTUS Decisions on Marriage: What to Do With This New Day

(35) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 5:13 PM

What a moment! Let us rejoice that the Supreme Court has astounded many and affirmed equal protection under the law. With this week's decision, federal benefits will be granted to legally married same-sex couples. Not only that, but same-sex marriage was also upheld in our most populous state, California. For...

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Stitching Together Our Quilt Called Community

(8) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 9:28 AM

I was talking with my friend, John, recently about the wonderfully vigorous national conversation about marriage sparked last month by the Supreme Court hearings on Prop 8 and DOMA. John agreed with a politician who publicly expressed a fear that straight people might pretend to be gay so that they...

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Praying That the U.S. Supreme Court Feels the Love

(5) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 8:09 PM

Who can deny that the heart of marriage is the love and commitment between the partners? Can you? So it makes perfect sense to me that public opinion in the United States has moved inexorably toward supporting marriage for same-sex couples.

Many who are joining a growing number of...

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Supporting Marriage Before God and These Witnesses

(119) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 2:32 PM

On April 25, 1981, I solemnly promised: "Before God and these witnesses, I take you for my husband, with all my care and respect, seeking to grow with you in love. I pledge to you, now, my faithfulness as your wife, before eternity."

On that day, Alvise took me...

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How the Obama 'Ground Game' Was Church for Me

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 10:39 AM

For the first time since I was a teenager, I did not attend my own church for three Sundays in a row (for a reason other than sickness or travel). Over these last few weeks and months, I have been actively volunteering for the campaign to reelect President...

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A Clear Measure of the Choice Before Us This Election

(7) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 2:14 PM

Since July, I have been volunteering in "the ground game" of the campaign to reelect President Barack Obama. I have been phoning and canvassing, but I especially love the canvassing because I never know what conversation will unfold when someone is home and agrees to talk with me.

On a...

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Dan Cathy Of Chick-fil-A: How About Lunch?

(83) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 10:55 AM

Just as the dust had begun to settle in the Chick-fil-A controversy, we heard news that a man tried to enter the headquarters of the conservative group Family Research Council with a gun. I praise God that a brave security guard stopped the man from taking any lives....

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Five Lessons the Church Could Learn From a Mother

(6) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 3:27 PM

When my oldest son was born I saw myself entering into the forest of motherhood, a completely unknown territory for me. It became clear pretty swiftly that being a mother was going to take all of my energy, intelligence, imagination and love -- and that I really didn't have a...

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Top Five Questions Asked About Being A Bisexual Minister

(245) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 5:38 AM

I have been ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for 35 years. About 12 years ago, I experienced an awakening -- I realized that the confusing feelings I had had all my adult life came from being bisexual. Through the process of coming out as...

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I'm in the 1% and I Pray You'll Tax Me

(150) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 12:07 PM

That justice is of the very essence of God is the clear, consistent message of Scripture. In one of my favorite examples, Psalm 146:5-7, we are told: "Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. Who made heaven and earth,...

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LGBT People In Church: Top 5 Questions Asked By Opponents Of LGBT Inclusion

(2206) Comments | Posted September 24, 2011 | 8:30 AM

In my 30 years as an advocate for God's love for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, I've had countless conversations with those who think differently than me about God, Scripture and the place of the LGBT faithful in the church.

Throughout these years, I've heard, read and...

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A Church of the Future and It is Good

(31) Comments | Posted August 22, 2011 | 8:26 AM

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in ..." Matthew 25:35

This past weekend, Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio celebrated twenty years of being...

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