Queering Power Dynamics in Church
"It is our job as Christians to show the world that the power of God is a force to be reckoned with. We do this primarily by building communities of strength, and courage, and deep care."
-- Liz Edman@St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Fayetteville AR, Stewardship Sunday 10/15/17
How Can Queerness Inform Church Activism?
Liz will address the 2018 Trinity Institute Conference on February 3, 2018.
Can't make it to New York? Trinity is organizing partner sites throughout the U.S. and abroad!
At the Greenbelt Festival, U.K., Liz had a great convo with Nomad: "Liz Edman believes she has learnt more from the LGBTQ community about what it means to be a Christian, than she has from the Church. Why? Well, she believes the church has forgotten what it means to be scandalous, to struggle for identity and to expand its boundaries to include the marginalised..."
What can Christianity learn from the Queer Experience?
A LOT, IN FACT.
A NEW BOOK FOR A NEW TIME.
Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity argues that queer people possess virtue, according to terms that Christianity itself sets out. Rather than asking what Christianity has to say about queerness, Edman turns the lens around and asks what queerness can tell us about Christianity.
Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and The Library Journal:
“[Edman’s] tone and personal examples are compelling. By turning the conversation around to show what queerness can tell readers about Christianity, this work provides a striking road map for larger, more productive conversations and community building.” [Full Review]
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Edman’s fellow progressive Christians may pay closest attention to her absorbing argument. Perhaps all Christians ought to.”
“Edman writes with the tender hand, approachable intelligence, and wise humility of that super-smart, big-hearted priest you always want yet rarely find. She takes words we think we know—‘scandal,’ ‘pride,’ ‘queerness’—and encourages us to consider them in a new light. And at a time when narratives about Christianity are often hyper-individualistic and oversimplified, she reminds us of a vibrant gospel that’s richly relational, comfortingly complex, and inherently hopeful. A vital read.”
—Jeff Chu, author of Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America