Rev. Liz Edman says, “Know who you are. Be who you are.” (A short video)

August 29, 2016

Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman is an Episcopal priest and author of the new book, Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know about Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity. You may have read Virginia Ramey Mollenkott’s enthusiastic review of the book here on our Christian Feminism Today website, or maybe you read the interview with Elizabeth Edman on the Religion Dispatches website.  (If this author’s surname, Edman, sounds familiar, it may because of its association with Wheaton College in Illinois.  Liz Edman is the granddaughter of one of this evangelical college’s most celebrated presidents, Dr. V. Raymond Edman, for whom the campus’s Edman Memorial Chapel is named.)

In connection with her new book, Liz Edman has prepared several very short talks (each about two minutes long). They have important messages for everybody, no matter what one’s definition may be in terms of sexual orientation, gender identity, or anything else.

Click here to watch Liz’s brief message, “Identity.” It’s a message about being yourself in spite of society’s efforts to straitjacket you with conventional gender roles.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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