Dear friends and colleagues,
Our one-day retreat sponsored by the LGBTQ Working Group of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island is rapidly approaching! Please register at this link:
We will meet on January 11, 2020, from 10:00 AM to 3 PM, at St. Jude’s Church in Wantagh, located at 3606 Lufberry Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793. Lunch will be served.
For EDLI clergy: Please announce this retreat at your upcoming services. It will soon be appearing in your bulletin insert from our Communications Department.
Please note that this gathering is open to ALL: both clergy and laity, for LGBTQ as well as our straight allies, and people of all faiths.
The main purpose of the retreat is for us to discern our mission: what this ministry in our Diocese will/should/can be. We will explore our queer identities and our gifts and talents as queer Christians in the context of our faith, our denomination, and our Diocese in particular.
Further, we recognize there there is a great deal of “faith diversity” in our community: both within the Episcopal Church, and in the larger community of friends who are receiving this email invitation. Again, I want to stress that all are welcome, but also to let you know that our conversation — which will be facilitated by a queer Christian theologian — will be a process of discernment through our Christian lens. While we bring that lens to the table, we welcome non-Christians to join us if they feel comfortable doing so.
Our facilitator is the Reverend Elizabeth M. Edman. A brief bio is below.
Please remember to register at the link above so that we can have the space and the food prepared for you.
Happy Holidays to all of you, and a blessed beginning to the New Year!
Vicar for Community Justice Ministry
Episcopal Diocese of Long Island
The Reverend Elizabeth M. Edman 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 some 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. She helped to craft political and communications strategies for marriage equality efforts, and persevered 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 is the author of Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know about Life and Love and how it Can Revitalize Christianity. [Beacon Press, 2016]. http://www.queervirtue.com/
Liz lives in New York City with her two sons, and is canonically resident in the Diocese of Newark.