You might learn more about the life of Rev. Lynn Edwards from this obituary than 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.
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.