By Mohammad Mia
In 2016, Rev. Elizabeth Edman published her book Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity. In this interview, she describes the book’s guiding theology, and how it promises new life. Click here to buy a copy of the book today.
What experiences shaped your theology and led you to publish Queer Virtue?
Three experiences have shaped me: my identity as a queer person; my connection to the sacred, which is something I have felt my whole life; and my identity as a political animal, fascinated by questions of how we live together and the dynamics of power.
Landing at Union Theological Seminary in 1988, as churches were torn by questions of what to do with queer people, was formative. The Gay and Lesbian Caucus was doing important work in liberation theology. At Union I was expected to bring my whole self to bear as I grappled with questions of who we are, who is God, and how we are to understand one another. Queer Virtue is deeply rooted in the community I found at Union and the education I received here.
Elizabeth M. Edman ’91 outside of The Stonewall Inn in New York City, New York
Can you recall when this political interest began to emerge?
I don’t know, it’s been there ever since I was a little kid. I worked my first political campaign, for George McGovern, in 1972, when I was 9. I love questions about how we live together; fundamentally
Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity
By Mohammad Mia