A Religious Liberal Blog

This site hopefully can provide some vehicle by which I can comment, complain, and once in a while praise the state of religion in this country and around the world from a liberal protestant perspective.

Friday, August 15, 2003

I've noticed a lot of negative reactions being posted by the press and through other blogs concerning the confirmation of Gene Robinson to be bishop of New Hampshire. So I've found a number of positive responses which are not given the same amount of time these days.

"Reconciliation happens when Gene is present; the movement of grace is apparent in every dimension of his ministry."Bishop Knudson- Maine

"[I]s a step forward in the full inclusion of all people in the life of the church." Bishop Shaw- Massachusetts

"Robinson's election is, not merely might be of the Holy Spirit." Bishop Jelinek-Minnesota

"... Christ keeps breaking down barriers that religious people once thought were sacred."-Bishop Moody-Oklahoma

"Speaking for myself, I see no obstacle whatever in his [Robinson's] sexual orientation or in his dedicated relationship to serving faithfully as a bishop of the church, just as I would not with reference to women, people of color, or varying backgrounds in education for example."- Bishop Irish- Utah

"In some ways, Gene is a reluctant symbol of the church's need to reach out to those who have often experienced themselves on the margins of the church."- Bishop Ely- Vermont

I've noticed also that there has been a tendency to pit the developing world churches versus the US and western world in this debate. But this ignores the many churches in the southern hemisphere who are not with the right wing in this issue. Some articles worth looking at

Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane heads a church which includes the several million Anglicans in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Angola and the island of St Helena.

  • The need for dialogue

  • The need for addressing the issue of homosexuality

  • On the misuses of scripture on the homosexuality debate


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