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Church sees future with 20/20 vision
A whole world in our hands
Griswold gladdened by Convention’s prayer, ‘mission energy’
How are you implementing the 20/20 vision for the church’s future?
Deputies concur: Same-sex rites in use, but common liturgies must wait
Budget decisions favor youth, cultural services
Committee elected to nominate candidates for next Presiding Bishop
For the living of these days
For the facing of this hour
Wrap-up of legislation
Media and mission
U.N.’s Jeffrey Sachs calls Church to moral challenge of reconciliation
World Mission statement calls for new focus on evangelism, service
Anglican Observer takes Convention as opportunity to connect with U.S. Episcopalians
Well, yes, we made it after all!
Churchwide action on same-gender blessings must wait, bishops say
Three cheers for volunteers
Consent decision sparks widespread reaction
In unity, diversity, ecumenical visitors share insights
What are you and your congregation doing to improve the environment?
Earth to Convention…protect our food
Those who opposed Robinson’s consent determined to go forward
Saints of God photo
Deputies elect Anderson VP; Werner re-elected president
Venezuela joins ECUSA
Venezuela nueva diócesis de ECUSA
Robinson ratified; Bishops vote 62-43
Interfaith voices strong in support, but church members fear divisions
Native American singers and drummers photo
Title III debate moves forward, sans dramatic changes
What can individuals do to further world peace?
Transfiguration: bomb tests spark lessons in peace
Nazi treatment of gays recalled
Signs and Wonders
Committee expedites 97 late-breaking resolutions
Accusations put Robinson consent on hold
Hiroshima and Healing
Bishop recalls Hiroshima blast: ‘I felt like the room…was dyed purple’
Unawareness is root of all racism, PB tells forum
Youth, young adults lead budget priorities
How should the church invest in youth?
Young adult voices replace rhetoric, command respect
Title III revision favors standing committees’ referral of candidates
Cultural competence essential for seminarians, advocates say
Culturally diverse rites vital to 20/20, bishops affirm
Saints come marching in
Gold: the color of our church
Deputies OK Robinson election
I will raise them up!
'One people reconciled'
Why must the church continue to confront racism?
Once deacons themselves?
Puerto Rico diocese joins ECUSA
Puerto Rico miembro pleno de ECUSA
Francis and Solheim honored
Bishops reject direct ordination to priesthood
Bishops to mull local option for same-sex rites
What is your opinion of capital punishment?
Robinson hearing sets stage for Deputies
Gap widens to chasm says Cape Town archbishop
Sunday Eucharist set for 10 a.m.; Nigerian Archbishop to preach
Witnesses debate blessings’ potential for mission
Ryan reiterates why he could not throw the switch
To the Pointillism
My Lord! What a morning of prayer
Miscellaneous Photo
Chapel's stations update Way of Cross
Art is muse for meditation
What is your prayer for Convention?
For all the saints: Bishops recommend names to calendar
20/20 energy surges through Convention
We're one big, happy Abrahamic family
Christian hope grew in Ground Zero's grief
Being a peace church in the world of war
Church's mission starts with inclusion
No more conversation on women’s ordination, committee decides
Briefly Noted…
Shop now in marketplace of faith
Miscellaneous Photos
Ethnic communities launch new caucus
Sexuality issues spark ‘teachable moments’across Convention
Dioceses encouraged to take up mission of reconciliation
This Family Robinson: New granddaughter delights bishop-elect
How does reconciliation occur in your diocese?
‘We need the gift of one another…,’ PB tells Convention
Nightly ‘General Convention News’ broadcast makes debut
Church’s youngest members find Convention home
Baptismal covenant forms foundation for Title III revisions
Comunidades étnicas se organizan para la Convención General
Catch cues from Cape Town
Middle East, 9/11, Bridging Cultures, 20/20... Can We Talk?
How is the General Convention reflecting the diversity of the Church?
Consent votes for bishops-elect
Visitors, guests emphasize our global connections
Experienced news teams working this convention
Enjoy Minneapolis – but not too much!
Young people add their voices to mix at convention
Budget seeks to reconcile abundance of faith in time of scarcity
Worship to embrace diversity of languages, cultures, music
Morning aims to help participants ground decisions in prayer
Peace group to mark Hiroshima anniversary, host workshops
The Witness magazine to honor peace and justice advocates
American Anglican Council offers ‘Place to Stand’ for traditional views
Collaborative of ministry groups share in ‘Claiming the Blessing’
Video showcases women’s ministries
Be sure to find “The Great Minnesota Welcome”
Committee members ponder issues of faith and genetics, food safety




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This Family Robinson: New granddaughter delights bishop-elect

7/31/2003

The Rev. Canon V. Gene Robinson, Bishop Coadjutor-elect of New Hampshire
  

 

Two weeks ago, a very special woman appeared in Gene Robinson’s life.

His first granddaughter.

Robinson said Morgan Isabella’s birth on July 20 momentarily muted the voices escalating around his recent election as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church — a move that has sent ripples through the Anglican Communion.

“I got to hold [my granddaughter] before I came here,” said Robinson, who went to college aspiring to be a pediatrician. “It helps me remember what is really important — to stay grounded.”

Keeping feet firmly planted on solid earth remains a challenge as Friday morning’s hearing on the wider church’s consent to his election fast approaches, Robinson said. The New Hampshire bishop-elect said at times he feels less like a unique individual than the embodiment of an issue to both supporters and foes.

He said he also takes some of the stinging opposition personally: “Part of [the controversy] is about an issue, but part of it is also about me. We are an incarnation of people. Jesus didn’t come [to Earth] as a man, he came as a particular man; and it’s not just a gay person who has been elected a bishop, but a particular gay person.”

Amid all the speculation and accusations, Robinson is looking to the Gospel for inspiration.

“My goal for myself is a little bit based on last Sunday’s Gospel reading, which is where the disciples are caught in a storm and Jesus comes walking to them on the sea and gets in the boat with them and things become serene and peaceful,” Robinson said. “I am trying to keep myself in the serene eye of the storm with all the swelling around me.”

But with protestors railing and supporters rallying, feelings of serenity can quickly give way to despair. Robinson, accompanied at the convention center by a bodyguard, media consultant and one of his two daughters, hardly has a moment to show pictures of his new granddaughter.

Robinson said his mantra is “Psalm 27, which talks about my enemies gathering around me to eat up my flesh.”

While some detractors have congregated in Minneapolis, toting signs, fliers and pamphlets bearing antigay and anti-Robinson messages, the 56-year-old bishop-elect said one of his goals at this convention is to “sing the Lord’s song” - not his own - through the din of those who wish to silence him.

“When I get asked questions ... I want to find a way of pointing to God, rather than pointing to me,” Robinson said. “It seems to me that whatever it means to be Christlike, that is part of it.

“The sexual orientation piece of my story is secondary to what I’m interested in: my call from God and my call from the people of New Hampshire,” he said. “That’s really what I want to do; while the focus is on me, on the sexuality issue, I want to use that to tell my story about God.”

That narrative began in his youth, where the ministers at the Disciples of Christ church he attended introduced him to the ideas of notable theologians such as Paul Tillich. Robinson said he grew especially close to the ministers in the “small, struggling world parish.”

Robinson went to college at Sewanee, the University of the South, where enrolled with a view to becoming a pediatrician.
But he changed his plans soon after perceiving a call to the priesthood and to the Episcopal Church.

“Although I wanted to be a pediatrician my whole life, I immediately realized that I was drawn to the people of medicine and not to the science of medicine, and then I began to experience this call to the ordained ministry in college,” he said.

As he was changing his life plans, Robinson said he “fell in love with the Episcopal Church,” and was confirmed as an Episcopalian on Easter of his final year of college.

Although he is at the apex of a controversy that has incited comment from both the pope and the president, Robinson comes to General Convention to follow issues he is passionate about.

Wednesday’s hearings about incorporating the Puerto Rico and Venezuela dioceses into the Episcopal Church resonate strongly with Robinson, who led the committee that explored the possibility of the incorporation. He also supports creating a formal network of people who guard the church against sexual abuse by clergy.

But when the exhibit hall clears out and Episcopalians begin their journeys home, many suspect that the issue that will leave the most indelible impression is the result of his consent hearing.

Even if Robinson does not become the next bishop of New Hampshire, he said his consent process has been humbling - in a positive way.

“I got a letter from a woman in a state women’s prison who wrote me to say, ‘I’m neither gay nor am I Episcopal, but your election makes me believe that there is a community out there that could love me despite what I’ve done.’

“I’m just finding all kinds of people who have either been excluded or felt excluded for all kinds of reasons,” Robinson said. “My election gives them hope that there might be a church that could welcome them with open arms.”

 


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