Meet Our Honorees: The Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

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The Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards has been a compassionate servant of communities of faith for more than three decades. Janet began her advocacy in support of LGBTQ communities when she joined the Taskforce on Ministry with Sexual Minorities of Pittsburgh Presbytery in 2000. When she officiated a wedding for a same-sex couple in 2005, the Presbyterian Church (USA) pressed disciplinary charges to challenge this pastoral care. Fighting these charges helped to elevate the conversation of marriage equality to an unprecedented public level, both within the church and the greater American culture. Her presbytery unanimously acquitted her three years later. Janet is an inspiration to our emerging LGBTQ leaders and serves as a mentor to many.