Rev. Liz Edman, M.Div. ’91

What do you do?
In terms of employment, I’m bi-vocational and currently earn my living through my political career, directing community outreach for New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.  As a priest, I am pleased to count as my “altar home” the Episcopal Church of St. Andrew and Holy Communion in South Orange, NJ, where I serve with the incomparable Rev. Sandye Wilson ’82.
Beacon Press recently published my new book Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity. It has gotten starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and the Library Journal. At the same time, it’s humbling to note that in the New York Public Library my book is shelved directly adjacent to Dr. James Cone’s Black Theology.
What do you like best about what you do?
I love, love, love hitting the road to talk with people and preach about how queer ethics can inform authentic Christian practice. My travels so far have taken me to London and various points in the US.  I’ll soon travel to Cuba.  And a poignant opportunity is coming up that no queer person would take for granted:  I will be preaching about Queer Virtue in the church where I grew up in — where my mother’s ashes are interred — in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
How did Union prepare you for this?
My work involves a deep dive into scripture — including passages that on their face are hard for progressive Christians to stomach. I’m looking for new life, for resurrection,

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