(RNS) Observers say the election of the first openly gay Lutheran bishop in the United States is as significant as the decision to ordain women clergy, but they don’t expect the decision to split the 4 million-member ELCA.
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CONCORD, N.H. (RNS) When Gene Robinson became the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in 2003, his election triggered shock waves and fears of schism worldwide. Now, as this lighting-rod figure prepares to retire Jan. 5, he’s leaving New Hampshire for a city that knows polarization all too well: Washington, D.C. By G. Jeffrey MacDonald.
(RNS) What will come of the war within the Anglican Communion? U.S. Episcopalians aren't likely to turn conservative. Nor, in my opinion, do we have any appetite for continued battles over gender and sexuality. We are talking more about growth, new life, young leadership and casting our lot with the 99 percent. By Tom Ehrich.
“If my story can help a young boy or girl in their teens believe they can have a wonderful and productive life and family,” says the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson, “then it's worth my putting up with a film crew following me around for two years in order to comfort and inspire them.”