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Janet Edwards to stand for moderator

A fifth candidate has emerged to stand for moderator of the 2012 General Assembly. Janet Edwards, co-moderator of More Light PresbyteriansJanet Edwards from 2008-2011 and a Presbyterian minister for 35 years, has announced that she will stand for moderator, even though Pittsburgh Presbytery voted on Feb. 2 not to endorse her.

          Edwards is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and earned a doctorate from Duquesne University. She currently is involved with Community of Reconciliation Church, a multi-denominational congregation in Pittsburgh, although she is not the pastor there. Edwards and her husband, Alvise, have been married for more than 30 years and have two sons.

          Edwards is a former moderator of Pittsburgh Presbytery. In 2008, she went on trial before a church court for performing a same-gender marriage for a lesbian couple, but was acquitted after the court determined that she couldn’t actually have performed a marriage, because the PC(USA) defines Christian marriage as being between a man and a woman.

          Despite that, she is proceeding as a candidate, saying, “God has called me to lead the church in proclaiming the gospel with joy and living together as the body of Christ with power.” She also feels “called to build bridges and reconciliation” with those who disagree with her regarding “the place of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender faithful in the church.”