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A self-effacing priest's legacy

Written by Peter Smith on .

You might learn more about the life of Rev. Lynn Edwards from this obituary edwardsthan you do from his funeral service. That's because Rev. Edwards, according to Episcopal Bishop Dorsey McConnell, insisted there be no eulogy.

The priest wanted the focus to be on the funeral liturgy rather than him.

Nevertheless, Rev. Edwards leaves a remarkable legacy as someone who cared for, and too often buried, early victims of the AIDS epidemic who were suffering not only from disease but from the stigma of being shunned by their families and faith communities.

Someone told him of the need for a haven of "gentle spirituality," and the rest is history.

Read his story in his own words here.

I put some excerpts in the obituary. Here's another:

 

Some clergy were frightened of visiting the hospital rooms of patients dying of AIDS complications. Comments I heard included "doctors don’t know everything" and "some experts are saying that the disease is airborne." Even some MDs were repeating this, stirring public fear. When clergy did visit, some were intent on getting patients to confess their sin of being gay so that they wouldn’t go to hell. It was because of this that I, along with Rev. Howard Cherry and a few other pastors, formed the Ministerial Network on AIDS.

 



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Suicide Vest

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Trump's penchant for sending out self-destructive tweets is seemingly limitless. Perhaps the threat of impeachment will teach him some self-control. 

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