Outreach to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community
In 1998, Edgewood became an Open and Affirming church as expressed in our Open and Affirming covenant. In response to this covenant, Edgewood members work on a number of projects aimed at welcoming the LBGT community to an open faith community. Current activities include protesting discriminatory legislation, marching in the Michigan Pride Parade, participating in the MSU Welcome Fair, hosting a Family Pride picnic, engaging in political lobbying, working on Second Parent Adoption, and more. Edgewood's Open and Affirming Task Force meets regularly to implement these programs.
To read the full text of our Open and Affirming Covenant:
To view a video about how we live out our Open and Affirming Covenant:
EDGEWOOD'S FAMILY PRIDE PICNIC
This event is held each fall and features a bounce house, cake walk, face painting, balloon animals, snow cones, crafts, and carnival games. It includes hotdogs and veggie dogs with a potluck for side dishes and desserts. We include advocacy opportunities to work for justice for LGBT families as we celebrate all types of families.
TRANSGENDER CONNECTIONS GROUP
We host a group for transgender people to get together on a regular basis to connect with one another and strengthen ties within the Greater Lansing area.
TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE VIGIL
On the National Transgender Day of Remembrance we participate in a vigil set aside to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Through the vigil, we express love and respect while raising awareness of hate crimes against transgender people. In this service we not only mourn the victims of these crimes but also seek to empower our community to work against anti-transgender hatred and prejudice.