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 LGBTQ 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.


It is the 20th anniversary of the Open and Affirming covenant!  Hear from Edgewood's members and friends talk about what it means to them to belong to an O&A faith community:


To read the full text of our Open and Affirming Covenant:

pdfOpen and Affirming Covenant.pdf


To view a video about how we live out our Open and Affirming Covenant:



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.



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.



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