Liz Edman, who grew up here at St. Paul’s in Fayetteville, is an Episcopal priest and political strategist who has been igniting people’s understanding of Christianity and queer life for more than 25 years. She has lived and worked on the front lines of the most salient contemporary issues where religion meets sexuality, serving as an inner city hospital chaplain to people with HIV/AIDS from 1989 to 1995, helping craft political and communications strategies for marriage equality efforts, and persevering for almost two decades to become an openly queer priest in the Episcopal Church.
Liz’s writing has appeared in Salon.com, The Advocate, Bilerico/LGBTQ Nation, and Religion News Service. She has been interviewed for feature and news articles in Religion Dispatches, the Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Sun-Times. She has also been interviewed extensively by
local press throughout Vermont, where she coordinated the media campaign to secure the nation’s first civil union law, and at Northwestern University where she served as the University’s first openly gay chaplain. Her book Queer Virtue, was published by Beacon Press in 2016.
In 2017, Liz conceived and helped organize Glitter+Ash Wednesday, an immersive liturgical event exploring Christian theology and liturgy through a queer lens. More than 150 congregations in three countries marked Glitter+Ash Wednesday. The event received national press attention, including in Religion News Service, The Huffington Post, Fox News, USA Today, The Conversation, The Los Angeles Times, the Wichita Herald, and the Des Moines Register.
Liz is a member of St. Lydia’s Dinner Church in Brooklyn, where she proudly holds the title “Lead Dishwasher.” She preaches and presides with some regularity at St. Andrew & Holy Communion Episcopal Church, South Orange, NJ. She lives in New York.