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Encyclopedia > Gene Robinson
The Rt Revd V. Gene Robinson
Denomination   Episcopal Church in the United States of America
Senior posting
See   New Hampshire
Title   Bishop of New Hampshire
Period in office   2004 — present
Consecration   November 2, 2003
Predecessor   Douglas Edwin Theuner
Successor   Incumbent
Religious career
Priestly ordination   1973
Personal
Date of birth   May 29, 1947 (1947-05-29) (age 60)
Place of birth   Lexington, Kentucky

The Right Reverend Vicky Imogene "Gene" Robinson (born May 29, 1947) is the ninth bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Robinson was elected bishop in 2003 and entered office on March 7, 2004. Prior to becoming bishop, he served as assistant to the retiring New Hampshire bishop. Robinson is best known for being the first openly gay, noncelibate priest to be ordained to the historical episcopate. See also: Gay bishops Image File history File links Size of this preview: 385 × 363 pixelsFull resolution (385 × 363 pixel, file size: 180 KB, MIME type: image/png) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Gene Robinson ... This article is about the Episcopal Church in the United States. ... The Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire is a diocese in the Episcopal Church of the United States of America (ECUSA). ... is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 149th day of the year (150th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in the Commonwealth of Kentucky Coordinates: , Country United States State Kentucky Counties Fayette Government  - Mayor Jim Newberry (D) Area  - City  285. ... is the 149th day of the year (150th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      This article... The Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire is a diocese in the Episcopal Church of the United States of America (ECUSA). ... This article is about the Episcopal Church in the United States. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The episcopate is either the status of a bishop or the collective body of all bishops of a church. ... Bishop Gene Robinson Openly gay bishops have only been consecrated in the Anglican Communion. ...

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Background

Robinson was born in Lexington, Kentucky. When he was born, there were concerns that he would not survive the delivery, so the physician asked Robinson's father for a name for the baby's birth and death certificates. Charles and Imogene Robinson had counted on a girl, thus explaining Robinson's feminine given name of Vicky Imogene. [1] Robinson survived and went home to his family's farm outside Lexington, where his parents worked as tobacco sharecroppers. The family used an outhouse, drew water from a cistern, and did laundry in a cast-iron tub over an open flame. Nickname: Location in the Commonwealth of Kentucky Coordinates: , Country United States State Kentucky Counties Fayette Government  - Mayor Jim Newberry (D) Area  - City  285. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Shredded tobacco leaf for pipe smoking Tobacco can also be pressed into plugs and sliced into flakes Tobacco is an agricultural product processed from the fresh leaves of plants in genus Nicotiana. ... Sharecropping is a system of farming in which employee farmers work a parcel of land in return for a fraction of the parcels crops. ... // Getting water out of a cistern A cistern (Middle English cisterne, from Latin cisterna, from cista, box, from Greek kistê, basket) is a receptacle for holding liquids, usually water. ...


Robinson and his family attended the Disciples of Christ church. He later attended the University of the South in Sewanee, which is affiliated with the Episcopal Church, and soon became involved in Episcopal life. After graduating from that University in 1969 with a B.A. in American Studies History, Robinson began a course of study toward a Master of Divinity degree at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York. He received his degree in 1973. After being ordained as a deacon and later as a priest, Robinson briefly served as Curate at Christ Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The insignia of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). ... The University of the South is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Sewanee, Tennessee. ... Sewanee is a census-designated place located in Franklin County, Tennessee. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... A B.A. issused as a certificate Bachelor of Arts (B.A., BA or A.B.), from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus is an undergraduate bachelors degree awarded for either a course or a program in the liberal arts or the sciences, or both. ... ‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ... The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church is located in Chelsea, Manhattan in New York. ... This article is about the state. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      Catholic deacon candidates prostrate before the... Deacon is a role in the Christian Church which is generally associated with service of some kind, but which varies among theological and denominational traditions. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... From the Latin curatus (compare Curator), a curate is a person who is invested with the care, or cure (cura), of souls of a parish. ... Map highlighting Ridgewoods location within Bergen County. ... “NJ” redirects here. ...


Robinson moved to New Hampshire in 1975 and became Canon to the Ordinary in 1988. While attending the Seminary, he sought counseling to rid himself of homosexual thoughts. The counseling did not change his sexual orientation, and in 1972 he married despite these feelings about his sexuality, of which he had informed his fiancée. After having two daughters (Jamee and Ella), Robinson publicly acknowledged his homosexuality. He and his wife divorced in 1986 in a liturgical ceremony in church, but remain friends. Around 1989, Robinson met his current partner, Mark Andrews, who currently works in the New Hampshire state government. They plan on holding a civil union ceremony and a separate religious marriage ceremony in the middle of 2008. [2] Robinson has one granddaughter, Morgan Isabella. [3] Official language(s) English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Area  Ranked 46th  - Total 9,350 sq mi (24,217 km²)  - Width 68 miles (110 km)  - Length 190 miles (305 km)  - % water 4. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Canons, Bruges A Canon of the Seminary, Sint Niklaas, Flanders. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Election as bishop

Bishop Robinson in 2006, during the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church
Bishop Robinson in 2006, during the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church
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Robinson was elected bishop by the New Hampshire diocese on June 7, 2003. As this election occurred within 120 days of the Episcopal General Convention, it required ratification there, rather than by the alternative process of diocesan standing committees. June 7 is the 158th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (159th in leap years), with 207 days remaining. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The General Convention of 2003 became the center for debate over Robinson's election, as conservatives and liberals within the Church argued over whether Robinson should be allowed to become bishop. Some conservative elements threatened a schism within both the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion should Robinson be elected. Ths article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ... Liberalism is an ideology, philosophical view, and political tradition which holds that liberty is the primary political value. ... The word schism (IPA: or ), from the Greek σχίσμα, skhísma (from σχίζω, skhízō, to tear, to split), means a division or a split, usually in an organization or a movement. ...


Allegations of impropriety

Robinson won the first two of three votes required for his election to be ratified, but allegations suddenly arose on August 4 to the effect that he had "inappropriately touched" an adult male Vermont parishioner on two occasions at a New England area conference, and also had connections with outright.org, which at the time carried a link to allthingsbi.com, a resource site for bisexual people that included links to pornography sites. The final vote was postponed to address these last minute charges. Porn redirects here. ...


David W. Virtue, a critic of gay ordination, brought up the pornography allegation, claiming that: "Gene Robinson’s website is linked by one click to 5,000 pornographic websites." [4] When no such link was found on the Diocese of New Hampshire web page profiling the bishop-elect, Virtue stated that the link was on the website of an organization Robinson supported. Robinson was already known to be associated with Outright, a secular organization for the support of young homosexual people. Fred Barnes, a Fox News commentator, repeated the allegations on the website of The Weekly Standard. [5] On the day the allegations arose, the website issued a press release [1] stating that it had removed the offending link, that it had been unaware of the pornographic links on allthingsbi.com, and that Robinson had no involvement with that particular chapter of Outright. Journalist and author David W. Virtue is the former religion editor of the Vancouver, PROVINCE newspaper in Vancouver, BC, Canada. ... Fred Barnes may be: Fred Barnes (1885-1938) was an English music hall artist. ... Fox News Channels slogan is We Report, You Decide The Fox News Channel is a U.S. cable and satellite news channel. ... The Weekly Standard is an American neoconservative [1] magazine published 48 times per year. ...


David Lewis, of Manchester, Vermont, the man who had alleged the "touching", was then reported to have said, during the investigating committee's telephone call with him, that the acts in question were two separate occasions of what felt to him like intentionally seductive arm-squeezing and back-stroking, although in a public setting. Lewis acknowledged that others might have regarded the two incidents as "natural", yet the incidents were disturbing to him nonetheless. The investigating committee's report also stated that Lewis regretted having used the word "harassment" in his e-mail, and that Lewis declined an invitation to bring formal charges. No journalist ever contacted Lewis for confirmation of any details of the investigating committee's report.


Confirmation as bishop

The investigation was concluded on August 5, 2003, with Robinson cleared of the allegations, and the final vote was scheduled for the same day. Robinson was confirmed, receiving 62 votes in favor, and 45 against. He was consecrated on November 2, 2003, amid continuing objections, some of which were aired at the service. The consecration took place at an ice hockey arena in Durham, New Hampshire. is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Durham is a town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, USA. The population was 12,664 at the 2000 census. ...


Ramifications for the Anglican Communion

Robinson's appointment prompted a group of 19 bishops, led by Bishop Robert Duncan of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, to make a statement warning the church of a possible schism between the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, stated that "[it] will inevitably have a significant impact on the Anglican Communion throughout the world and it is too early to say what the result of that will be." He added: "[I]t is my hope that the church in America and the rest of the Anglican Communion will have the opportunity to consider this development before significant and irrevocable decisions are made in response." [6] Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu stated that he did not see what "all the fuss" was about, saying the election would not roil the Church of the Province of Southern Africa. Other senior bishops of the church, like Peter Akinola, Archbishop of the Church of Nigeria, have stated that their churches are in an "impaired communion" with the Episcopal Church. The Right Reverend Robert William Duncan, Jr. ... Founded in 1865, the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh is a diocese in the Episcopal Church of the United States of America. ... The Archbishop of Canterbury is the spiritual leader and senior clergyman of the Church of England, recognized by convention as the head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. ... For the English boxer, see Rowan Anthony Williams. ... Desmond Mpilo Tutu (born 7 October 1931) is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. ... The Anglican Church of Southern Africa (formerly the Church of the Province of Southern Africa) is the Anglican province in the southern part of Africa, including dioceses in Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Saint Helena, South Africa and Swaziland. ... The Most Revd Peter Akinola The Most Reverend Peter Jasper Akinola (born 1944) is the current Anglican Primate of Nigeria. ... The Church of Nigeria is the Anglican Church in Nigeria. ...


Treatment for alcoholism

On February 14, 2006, it was reported that Robinson was being treated at an inpatient rehabilitation facility, after arriving at said facility February 1, 2006, in order to combat his "increasing dependence on alcohol". Robinson wrote to his community in an email, explaining that he voluntarily sought the help he needed: "I am writing to you from an alcohol treatment center where, with the encouragement and support of my partner, daughters and colleagues, I checked myself in to deal with my increasing dependence on alcohol." He added that he had been dealing with alcoholism for years "as a failure of will or discipline on my part, rather than a disease over which my particular body simply has no control, except to stop drinking altogether". is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ...


Diocesan officials were surprised by the news and asserted that they did not notice his alcoholism affect his ministry in any way. The Episcopal Church, through its General Convention, has long recognized alcoholism as a treatable human disease, not a failure of character or will. The members of the Standing Committee issued a statement fully supporting "our bishop and his family as he confronts the effects of alcohol on his life, and we commend him for his courageous example to us all, as we pray daily for him and for his ministry among us". [7] [8] [9] He returned to work on March 8, 2006. [10] is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Limelight

Gene Robinson's life, and the significance of his election to people both inside and outside the Episcopal/Anglican church, are the subjects of a 2006 biography, "Going to Heaven: The Life and Election of Bishop Gene Robinson", by Elizabeth Adams. [11]


Robinson was featured prominently in a documentary film entitled For the Bible Tells Me So, which screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. [12] For the Bible Tells Me So is a 2007 documentary directed by Daniel G Karslake about efforts by the American religious right to stigmatize homosexuality. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.deimel.org/church_resources/monitor_profile.htm
  2. ^ "Gay bishop plans civil union with partner of 18 years", Reuters, 2007-05-10. Retrieved on 2007-05-11. 
  3. ^ http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4210781
  4. ^ http://thewitness.org/agw/flad080703.html
  5. ^ http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/002/954kbxkw.asp
  6. ^ http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/releases/2003/030806.html
  7. ^ http://www.nhepiscopal.org/
  8. ^ http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2040650,00.html
  9. ^ http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060214/ap_on_re_us/bishop_rehab
  10. ^ http://www.nhepiscopal.org/artman/publish/article_262.shtml
  11. ^ http://www.softskull.com/detailedbook.php?isbn=1-933368-22-5
  12. ^ http://www.forthebibletellsmeso.org

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Vicki Imogene "Gene" Robinson (born May 29, 1947) is the ninth bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.
Robinson was elected bishop by the New Hampshire diocese on June 7, 2003.
Robinson's appointment prompted a group of 19 bishops, led by Bishop Robert Duncan of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, to make a statement warning the church of a possible schism between the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.
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