Written by Admin Monday, 07 January 2013 08:04
The US Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, retired from his post on Saturday, after almost ten years.
New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, 65, steps down after advocating for equality for years. His election as the first openly gay bishop, back in 2003, caused an international uproar, but he said he was glad to have gone on to speak out in favour of equality, reports Kentucky.com.
“I’d been given this really remarkable opportunity, and it would be selfish of me not to be the best steward of that opportunity,” he said in a recent interview.
He reflected on the changes he saw since he was consecrated in 2003, up until today, saying:
“We went from my consecration, which set off this international controversy, to nine years later seeing gay, lesbian and transgender congregants welcome at all levels of the church, including bishop.”
During an appearance on Comedy Central’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Bishop Robinson said of Jesus.
“Here’s a guy who, in a culture that virtually demanded marriage, was a single guy, spent most of his time with twelve men, singled out three of them for leadership and one of them is known in the Bible as ‘the one whom Jesus loved,’”
Because of several death threats, Bishop Robinson wore a bullet proof vest to his consecration.
In 2008, despite a lack of invitation, he travelled to the UK for the Lambeth Conference, a gathering of bishops and clergy which occurs every ten years.
He said it pained him deeply to have been the only bishop since 1867 to had not been invited, but that he wanted to make his presence known, and minister to anyone who wanted his counsel.
“It was probably the hardest thing I’ve done — to go and bear up under that quite intentional exclusion,” Robinson said. “It took me a long time to get over it.”
Gene Robinson worked in the New Hampshire Episcopal Diocese for 27 years, and said he would have stayed on until the mandatory retirement age of 72, had he been the only openly gay bishop out of the 300 worldwide, but as he is not, he said “now I can move on to do other things.”
The position is to be filled by A Robert Hirschfeld, with his investiture as the tenth Bishop of New Hampshire taking place on Saturday.
Gene Robinson will go on to be a part-time senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, where he will focus on immigration, health care reform, poverty and LGBT issues.
Written by Courtesy of Pink News Friday, 20 July 2012 12:30
Written by Gienah Monday, 23 April 2012 19:48
A friend of mine asked me to search on YouTube for a certain spoken word piece done by an individual called Jefferson Bethke; I obliged and the moment I got time, I rushed to the cyber café in my neighborhood and checked it out. It was titled ‘why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus’. It had over six million hits and counting. What caught my attention was the line in which he asked why big churches were being built while millions were facing starvation around the world. In my opinion, it was a great piece of art. After listening to it, I could not agree more.
Written by Immah REID Tuesday, 06 March 2012 06:22
For the atheist I claim to be, I was more than shocked in the last 2 hours I just spent with Rev. Colin Coward. Where do we even start when it comes to him…in his words he is “naughty” he dares you. He opens your mind to ideas you thought forbidden. First time I shook his hand when he entered the office today I thought I had to tick meeting Kenny Rogers off my bucket list. Yes he is all that; beard all white and friendly demeanor. Now add joyful eyes that seem too honest to be anywhere far from gospel truth. His gay-both in orientation and moods, I can’t remember a minute he wasn’t smiling at somebody in the room.
Written by Ben Maina Wednesday, 29 February 2012 11:45
African society is notoriously religious that’s according to Prof. John Mbithi a renowned expert of religion in Africa. Surely the road to equality in Kenya has faced enormous difficulties because of oppressive laws, conservative culture and intolerant religious dogmas. Religious leaders in particular perceive it to be divine and moral imperative to push for a non- LGBTI tolerant society as a bulwark against perceived threats of same sex marriages.
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