The Queer Virtue Micro Sermons:
5 short films on the Virtue that Queers possess and what Christianity can learn from it.
Coming May 17, 2016
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. Queer people must discern an identity, tell the truth about it even in the face of material risk, find others who share this identity, and build community. LGBTQ community has a solid track record of looking to the margins to see who isn’t yet included and decide what we’re going to do about it. This “path” bears remarkable similarity to the path that Christians are called to walk. Edman forcefully argues that the resonance between these paths, queer and Christian, is not coincidental. <More>
“Elizabeth Edman’s Queer Virtue is a powerful work of theological and autobiographical reflection that illuminates the deep connections between queerness and Christianity. This book will be a valuable guide for anyone who navigates the liminal spaces between these distinct yet mutually-reinforcing worlds.”
—The Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, author of <em>Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology
“The once marginalized discipline of Gay Studies is now decidedly back in the curriculum and in the intellectual arena. This book is a sterling example of the best of it, and on a subject – ethics and morality – that is an emerging area of interest in all fields. It will be a little classic, and will be read and argued about for a long time to come.”
—Harvey Cox, author of The Future of Faith and How to Read the Bible
"A breath of fresh, queer, air…With vivacious smarts and a wicked sense of humor, Edman compels her readers to fully embrace our gloriously multifaceted God-given identities. If you’ve wondered if you can be fully queer and fully Christian, the answer is a resounding “yes,” and Edman will show you the way."
—Emily M.D. Scott, Pastor, St. Lydia's -- A Dinner Church, Brooklyn, NY
“Edman’s fellow progressive Christians may pay closest attention to her absorbing argument. Perhaps all Christians ought to.”
“[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.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Edman writes with the tender hand, approachable intelligence, and wise humility of that super-smart, big-hearted priest you always want yet rarely find. Her warm and personal words engage Judeo-Christian tradition, as well as pop culture. She returns us to the radical roots of our faith, while showing us how relevant its teachings still are. She calls us to community—a powerful message for queer people who have been alienated from the church. 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 hyperindividualistic 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