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Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards is a Presbyterian minister in Pittsburgh, PA, a Parish Associate at the Community House Presbyterian Church. She is a former Board Member of More Light Presbyterians, a national organization working toward full inclusion of LGBT people within the Presbyterian Church (USA). She presently serves on the boards of Auburn Theological Seminary and of Demos, a public policy organization working for an equal voice for all in our democracy and an equal chance for all in our economy. In 2008 Rev. Edwards was tried and unanimously acquitted by a church court for presiding at the wedding of two women. In mid-life she came out as bisexual in her sexual orientation and identity. You can read more on her blog,, dialogue with her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

Recent Posts

Mar 23, 2018

A Pastoral Letter to the PCUSA: For some time, the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA) has been working to reflect in the life of our church the place of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people (LGBTQ) in God’s heart. This is all good. It is also a process.

Sep 21, 2017

I confess Donald Trump's ascension to the presidency threw me for a loop. His regime required me to review all my priorities, choosing again what I devote my time, talent and treasure to. 

Jun 16, 2017

Does the overlap between Trump country and the areas most deeply burdened by the opioid addiction epidemic trouble you, as it does me? One thing it suggests to me is the value in seeing Donald Trump—who he is and what he does—as a drug. 

May 22, 2017

This series will explore Masha Gessen's six rules for surviving in an autocracy. This post explores Rule #2: "Do not be taken in by small signs of normality." Click here to see Rule 1. 

Mar 10, 2017

This series will explore Masha Gessen's six rules for surviving in an autocracy. This post explores Rule #1: Believe the autocrat. 

The wood table on which my laptop sits is true. It’s an immutable fact to which there is no alternative. If you claimed as fact that it is made of vapor, you would still knock your shin when you tried to walk through it.

Jan 26, 2017

I arrived at Creating Change, the annual winter gathering of LGBTQ and ally activists organized by The National LGBTQ Taskforce, feeling broken and frightened. I worked hard for Hillary and felt shattered by the election. Every Donald Trump cabinet appointment since then confirmed my fears of coming harm to so many. And now he is President; the Congress is in the hands of the Tea Party.

And yet, I left the conference focused and energized to work. 

What happened?

Jun 02, 2016

I am pretty certain that many American LGBTQ Christians envy the position of their Presbyterian cousins. Over the past several years the papers covered our progress: the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) opening ordination to LGBTQ people in 2011 and adopting a definition of marriage to include same-sex couples in 2015. 

I expect many Catholic, Methodist and Evangelical believers pray that their church family might get that far.

Mar 09, 2016

I like being born in 1950. It feels so central. It’s easy to calculate how old I am. Last year I hit classic retirement age. I also hit marking about 20 years out to myself, and the world, as bisexual.

Feb 03, 2016

The dust is settling from the cultural upheaval of the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision that established marriage equality across the United States and, in my Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the almost simultaneous adoption of a description of marriage as “between two people,” which permits pastors to preside at the weddings of two people regardless of gender.

Amidst these changes, one serious challenge has come into focus.


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