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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 .

Recent Posts

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.

Sep 21, 2015

Today is the beginning of Bisexual Awareness Week. There are courageous people, like Faith Cheltenham, Robyn Ochs, and Eliel Cruz, who are called to serve God as activists for the wellbeing of bisexual people.

I am also a bisexual person. I am the B in LGBTQ.

Mar 23, 2015

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: “Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally between a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives.”

Thank You for bringing us to this day. Thank You.

Dec 23, 2014

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not over come it.” John 1:5

The gospel writer John captures his vision of Christmas in this poetic verse. He offers the hopeful image of Jesus as a saving light, rescuing us from a threatening darkness. Matthew and Luke add dramatic stories to complete the familiar picture: the glorious light of the angels who direct the shepherds and the blazing light of the star that leads the wise men to the promised king, lying in a manger.

Sep 25, 2014

As we celebrated and acknowledged Bisexuality Visibility Day this week, I was struck by how much the conversation around bisexuality has changed. There is more and more happening, from postings (mine included) on #WhatBiLooksLike for Huffington Post, to dialogue on posts here at Believe Out Loud dealing with Bi issues. 


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