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  • First openly gay Episcopal bishop divorces husband

    05/04/2014 4:16:45 AM PDT · by don-o · 62 replies
    AP ^ | May 4, 2014
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The first openly gay bishop in the Anglican church has announced he is divorcing his husband.
  • Gene Robinson, first openly gay Episcopal bishop, announces his divorce

    05/04/2014 4:50:35 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 73 replies
    Religion News ^ | May 3, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Bishop Gene Robinson, whose 2003 election as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop rocked Anglican Communion, has announced his divorce from his longtime partner and husband. Robinson, who retired in 2013 as the Bishop of New Hampshire, and his partner of 25 years, Mark Andrew, were married in a private civil union in 2008. The announcement was made public Saturday (May 3) in a statement to the Diocese of New Hampshire. “As you can imagine, this is a difficult time for us — not a decision entered into lightly or without much counseling,” Robinson wrote in a letter. “We ask...
  • ELCA Repents for Holding Biblical View

    10/02/2013 2:40:58 AM PDT · by rhema · 39 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 9/30/13 | Dan Skogen
    Last week the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America installed Rev. Guy Erwin as Bishop of the Southwest California Synod. Rev. Erwin is the first practicing homosexual to be a bishop in the ELCA. The ELCA's Living Lutheran website reported that there were at least 10 ELCA bishops in attendance. (see here) Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson, the highest ranking ELCA leader, delivered the sermon at the installation. Bishop Hanson's sermon made it clear that there is no more debate in the denomination about whether homosexuality is sinful or godly. He then proclaimed the ELCA's repentance for once holding the Biblical...
  • ELCA Elects First Homosexual Bishop

    06/01/2013 9:16:54 AM PDT · by rhema · 83 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 5/31/13 | Dan Skogen
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's downward spiral of apostasy took a huge leap when the Southwest California Synod ELCA elected the first ever homosexual bishop of the denomination. “The Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin has been elected as bishop of the Southwest California Synod ELCA” announced a facebook post by the synod. (See synod facebook page here) Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin's faculty profile at California Lutheran University where he teaches says this, "Dr. Erwin is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; he and his partner Rob Flynn are members of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in North...
  • Gay Episcopal Bishop to Preach at San Francisco Catholic Parish

    11/23/2011 11:11:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4,086 replies · 2+ views
    A notoriously 'gay-friendly' parish in San Francisco has invited an openly homosexual Episcopalian cleric to lead an Advent Vespers service. Most Holy Redeemer parish asked Bishop Otis Charles, a retired Episcopalian prelate, to lead the November 30 service. After serving as the Bishop of Utah from 1971 to 1993, he publicly announced that he is homosexual. Divorced from the mother of his 5 children, he solemnized a same-sex union in 2004.
  • The True Legacy of Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson

    11/13/2010 1:04:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11/9/10 | David Virtue
    Gene Robinson, the homogenital bishop of New Hampshire and the first homosexual to be ordained to the episcopacy, has opted for an early retirement saying that seven years of controversy have "taken their toll" on him, his family and followers. Robinson told his diocesan convention that "the constant strain" was too much to bear. He went on to say that death threats, and the now-worldwide controversy surrounding his election as bishop, have been a constant strain, "not just on me, but on my beloved husband, Mark, who has faithfully stood with me every minute of the last seven years, and...
  • Episcopalians react with sadness to the retirement of Bishop Gene Robinson

    11/07/2010 12:58:02 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 27 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Nov. 7, 2010 | Kathy McCabe and Eric Moskowitz
    Across the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, congregants and clergy today reacted with heavy hearts to word that Bishop V. Gene Robinson is retiring. Robinson, 63, whose consecration seven years ago as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church divided the Anglican Communion worldwide, yesterday announced at the annual convention of the New Hampshire diocese that he plans to retire in January 2013, short of the mandatory 72-year-old retirement age for Episcopal bishops. He cited death threats and the considerable strain that the worldwide rift has placed on him, his family, and the church.
  • Presbyterian leaders approve gay clergy policy

    07/08/2010 7:33:11 PM PDT · by lightman · 43 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 8 July AD 2010 | Patrick Condon
    Presbyterian leaders approve gay clergy policy The change needs approval from a majority of the church's regional presbyteries to take effect. By PATRICK CONDON Associated Press Updated: 07/08/2010 06:31:58 PM EDT MINNEAPOLIS -- Leaders of the Presbyterian church have voted to allow non-celibate gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy. Thursday's vote isn't a final stamp of approval for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or its more than 2 million members. But it's a step that could make the church one of the most gay-friendly major Christian denominations in the country. Delegates voted during the church's general assembly in Minneapolis,...
  • Presbyterian leaders approves gay clergy policy

    07/08/2010 7:08:48 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 60 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | July 8, 2010 | Patrick Condon
    MINNEAPOLIS – Presbyterian leaders voted Thursday to allow non-celibate gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy, approving the first of two policy changes that could make their church one of the most gay-friendly major Christian denominations in the U.S. But the vote isn't a final stamp of approval for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or its more than 2 million members. Delegates voted during the church's general assembly in Minneapolis, with 53 percent approving the more liberal policy on gay clergy. A separate vote is expected later Thursday on whether to change the church's definition of marriage from between "a...
  • Video Episcopal Ordination Lesbian Bishop (pagan rituals and smudging)

    05/21/2010 10:26:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies · 816+ views
    cmr ^ | May 21, 2010 | Matthew Archbold
    The Consecration of Mary Glasspool as an Episcopal bishop on Saturday was incredible. They had odes to Mother Earth, random pagan rituals, a smudging ceremony to increase their relationship to plants or something, a smidge of ancestor Worship thrown in, and don't forget the dancing Girls. And, of course, there's guitars. There's always guitars. And by the way there didn't seem to be a whole lot of Jesus at least in the first hour or so that I saw. You can see the video here. AFP reports:A 56-year-old lesbian was ordained as a bishop by the Episcopal church here Saturday,...
  • Episcopal Church Ordains Its 2nd Openly Gay Bishop : This Time, Bishop Is Woman.

    05/15/2010 5:41:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies · 954+ views
    ap ^ | May 15, 2010
    Seven years after the Episcopal Church caused an uproar by consecrating its first openly gay bishop, it has done the same thing again -- only this time with a woman. The Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool, of Baltimore, was ordained and consecrated on Saturday, making her the second openly gay bishop in church history and one of the first two female bishops in the Diocese of Los Angeles' 114-year history. Breakaway Episcopal conservatives have formed a rival church, the Anglican Church in North America. Several overseas Anglicans have been pressuring Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the world's 77...
  • US Church Set To Ordain Lesbian Bishop

    05/14/2010 11:13:14 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 511+ views
    BBCNews ^ | May 14th 2010 | Robert Pigott
    US Church Set To Ordain Lesbian Bishop By Robert Pigott Religious affairs correspondent, BBC News Mary Glasspool has been with her partner since 1988. The Episcopal Church in the US is set to go ahead with the controversial ordination of an openly lesbian bishop. Saturday's ordination comes despite warnings from the Archbishop of Canterbury that it will deepen an already bitter dispute on sexuality. Canon Mary Glasspool, 56, will become an assistant bishop in Los Angeles, the first openly gay US bishop since Gene Robinson seven years ago. Since then the Anglican Communion has been on course for a permanent...
  • Episcopal Church Approves 2nd Gay Bishop

    03/17/2010 7:43:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies · 894+ views
    New York Times ^ | 03/17/2010 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    A majority of bishops and dioceses of the Episcopal Church have approved the election of the church’s second openly gay bishop, the Rev. Mary D. Glasspool, a decision likely to increase the tension with fellow Anglican churches around the world that do not approve of homosexuality. The worldwide Anglican Communion, the network of churches connected to the Church of England, has been in turmoil since the Americans elected their first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson, in New Hampshire in 2003. Theological conservatives in the Communion say the Bible condemns homosexuality, while liberals say the Scripture is open to interpretation....
  • L.A. Episcopal Diocese elects openly gay bishop

    12/07/2009 6:55:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 763+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/5/2009 | Larry B. Stammer and Paul Pringle
    Reporting from Los Angeles and Riverside - The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles on Saturday elected the first openly gay bishop since the national church lifted a ban that kept gays out of its highest ordained ministry, a move that deepened divisions between liberals and conservatives in the faith. Clergy and lay leaders, meeting in Riverside for their annual convention, chose the Rev. Canon Mary D. Glasspool, 55, who has been in a committed relationship with another woman since 1988, from a field of six candidates. She is a canon, or senior assistant, to the Diocese of Maryland bishops. Glasspool's...
  • Upheaval in the Anglican communion over lesbian bishop

    12/07/2009 2:58:05 PM PST · by NYer · 124 replies · 1,461+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | December 7, 2009 | Margaret Cabaniss
    I don't envy Archbishop Rowan Williams. The leader of the global Anglican communion has had a busy couple of months -- on one hand, dealing with the news of the Vatican's offer of a personal ordinariate within the Catholic Church for Anglicans looking to convert... and now, on the other, with the Episcopal Church in the United States electing an openly lesbian bishop to the Los Angeles diocese. If confirmed, the Rev. Canon Mary D. Glasspool would be the first lesbian bishop in the Anglican communion.But the global communion is still struggling with the question of whether practicing homosexuals should...
  • Anglicans split over election of lesbian bishop

    12/06/2009 6:45:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1,170+ views
    Times on line ^ | 12/6/09 | Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
    The future of the worldwide Anglican Communion was in jeopardy last night after the Archbishop of Canterbury said that the election of a lesbian bishop in the United States raised “very serious questions”. Dr Rowan Williams added that the choice of Canon Mary Glasspool to be a suffragan bishop in Los Angeles had “important implications”. The election of Canon Glasspool, who has lived with the same female partner since 1988, is the second appointment of an openly homosexual bishop in the US Episcopal Church
  • Fury as lesbian is chosen by Anglican Church to be a bishop

    12/05/2009 4:29:16 PM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 105 replies · 3,043+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 06th December 2009 | Jonathan Petre
    The worldwide Anglican Church has been plunged into a fresh crisis after a lesbian was chosen as its second gay bishop. In a move that will dismay the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, Canon Mary Glasspool was elected as an assistant bishop for the diocese of Los Angeles. The Rev Rod Thomas, the leader of the conservative evangelical group Reform and a member of the General Synod, said: ‘I feel deeply ashamed that this is happening in the Anglican Church. ‘I think a schism is absolutely inevitable.’
  • LA Episcopal diocese elects first woman bishop

    12/05/2009 1:39:46 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 659+ views
    AP ^ | December 5, 2009
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles elected the first female bishop in its 114-year history Friday but ended voting for the day with one of two openly gay candidates still vying for the second bishop's position.Rev. Diane M. Jardine Bruce, rector of St. Clement's-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church in San Clemente, was elected Friday at the diocese's annual convention to replace one of two retiring assistant bishops.Bruce, who was elected in the convention's third ballot, is a former bank executive who has spent the past 12 years working as a priest in Orange County.Voting for the second spot did...
  • Mary Glasspool, active homosexual, elected bishop of LA

    12/05/2009 2:56:43 PM PST · by qwertyz · 20 replies · 1,367+ views
    Stand Firm ^ | 12/05/09
    BREAKING: Diocese of Los Angeles Elects Non-Celibate Lesbian As Suffragan Bishop
  • Lutherans Prepare To Vote On Accepting Gay Clergy

    08/16/2009 6:46:03 PM PDT · by lightman · 31 replies · 1,113+ views
    Lutherans Concerned-North America ^ | 15 August AD 2009 | Barbara Bradley Hagerty
    Lutherans Prepare To Vote On Accepting Gay Clergy by Barbara Bradley Hagerty National Public Radio, August 15, 2009 First it was the Episcopalians, now it's the Lutherans. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — one of the largest Christian churches — is on the brink of sanctioning gay clergy members. When more than 1,000 members of the clergy and lay people begin a weeklong meeting in Minneapolis on Monday, they will be asked to decide whether to change their policy and allow pastors in gay relationships to serve in the ministry. What's remarkable is that this once incendiary issue has...
  • Gay, lesbian priests nominated for bishop

    08/02/2009 11:09:52 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 6 replies · 796+ views ^ | August 3, 2009 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Gay, lesbian priests nominated for bishop LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two Episcopal priests in same-gender relationships are among the nominees for assistant bishop of Los Angeles, officials said Sunday. The Rev. John L. Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev. Mary Douglas Glasspool of Maryland will be among six candidates on the ballot when lay people and clergy vote in December, despite a long-standing request from world Anglican leaders for a moratorium on consecrating openly gay bishops. Los Angeles Bishop Jon Bruno said in a statement Sunday that he was "pleased by the wide diversity" of the nominees. Separately, the...
  • L.A. Episcopal leaders nominate 2 openly gay, lesbian priests as bishops

    08/02/2009 5:13:37 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies · 2,397+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 2, 2009 | Duke Helfand
    Episcopal Church leaders in Los Angeles today nominated an openly gay priest and an openly lesbian priest as bishops, becoming one of the first dioceses in the national church to test a controversial new policy that lifted a de facto ban on gays and lesbians in the ordained hierarchy. The nominations of the Rev. John L. Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool of a Baltimore-based diocese are likely to further inflame theological conservatives in the U.S. church and their global partners in the Anglican Communion, who have repeatedly warned about the repercussions of such action....
  • NYTs Lands a big story (maybe)

    07/19/2009 11:31:37 AM PDT · by Nosterrex · 16 replies · 1,527+ views
    GetReligion ^ | July 17, 2009 | tmatt
    Q: What has been the fallout of all of this on your own diocese, in New Hampshire? Have you lost many church members? A: Except for one parish in Rochester early on, no. That left about 15 people in that congregation, they met for about a year, and then asked me to close them down because there weren’t enough people to sustain a continued parish. That’s all. That’s it. There’s no one, no priests or parishes associated with the breakaway groups. Our diocese grew by 3 percent last year. … Q: Who are you pulling in? A: We have received...
  • The Episcopal Church approves blessing same-gender unions

    07/18/2009 8:59:09 PM PDT · by lightman · 20 replies · 1,232+ views
    Lutherans Concerned North America ^ | 18 July AD 2009 | Emily Eastwood
    The Episcopal Church approves blessing same-gender unions Lutherans Concerned / North America celebrates the decision of the US Episcopal Church at its triennial General Convention to approve the blessing of some same-gender lifelong, committed relationships. The change in policy was passed yesterday, July 17, 2009, the last day of the 10-day meeting. The resolution passed also included directions to the church leadership to develop liturgies for the rites of blessing. Characterized in the press as carefully worded, the resolution did not change the stated definition that a marriage is between a man and a woman. The rites called for will...
  • Their Separate Ways (Episcopal Schism)

    07/19/2009 4:26:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies · 773+ views
    WSJ ^ | 7/17/2009 | PHILIP JENKINS
    For a decade now, the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) has been bitterly divided over the issue of ordaining openly gay clergy. The matter reached a new intensity this past week when the church's triennial convention ended the ban on gay candidates serving in ordained ministry. After years of protesting ECUSA's liberal policies and doctrines, seceding conservatives have now organized a rival church -- the Anglican Church in North America, or ACNA -- which claims 100,000 believers, compared with two million in ECUSA. This week's dramatic decision is sure to widen the rift even further, causing what church historians might officially...
  • Majority of Episcopalians Favor Scrapping Ban on Gay Ordination

    07/13/2009 5:38:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies · 1,325+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 7/12/2009 | Lillian Kwon
    Episcopalians overwhelmingly favor tossing a previously approved resolution that bans ordaining openly gay bishops. In discussions that began Thursday afternoon and continued Friday morning during The Episcopal Church's triennial General Convention, Episcopalians spoke frankly, testifying passionately either for throwing out the ban or against rescinding it. "Gays and lesbians are asked to make sacrifices the rest of us are not asked to make," said the Rev. J. Frederick Barber of Fort Worth, according to the Episcopal News Service. Debate centered on resolution B033, which was approved by the General Convention in 2006. It calls for restraint in ordaining bishops "whose...
  • Episcopal church to affirm gay clergy

    07/13/2009 9:18:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 29 replies · 1,105+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 7/13/9 | RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer
    The Episcopal Church moved Monday toward affirming their acceptance of gays and lesbians for all roles in ministry, despite pressure from fellow Anglicans worldwide for a decisive moratorium on consecrating another openly gay bishop. Bishops at the Episcopal General Convention in Anaheim, Calif., voted 99-45 with two abstentions for a statement declaring "God has called and may call" to ministry gays in committed lifelong relationships. Lay and priest delegates to the meeting had comfortably approved a nearly identical statement, and were expected to adopt the latest version before the meeting ends Friday. Leaders of the Anglican Communion have been pushing...
  • Anglicans on Brink of Schism

    07/15/2009 3:03:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies · 1,375+ views
    ncr ^ | July 15, 2009 | TOM MCFEELY
    Homosexual Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson. (UPPA) In defiance of the majority of the Anglican Communion, the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. has voted in favor of ordaining homosexual bishops. The unilateral action by the Episcopal Church, courtesy of a vote by its General Convention, moves the deeply divided Anglican Communion closer to formal schism. The Los Angeles Times reports today: Bishops, clergy and lay leaders voted overwhelmingly at the denomination’s General Convention in Anaheim to open “any ordained ministry” to gays and lesbians. The liberalized policy represents a reversal from guidelines adopted by the church at its last convention in...
  • Episcopal Church to affirm 'gay' clergy

    07/14/2009 3:35:35 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 16 replies · 685+ views
    One News Now ^ | 7/14/2009 | Staff
    ANAHEIM, CA - Episcopalians are moving toward affirming an open role for homosexual clergy in their church despite pressure from fellow Anglicans not to do so. Episcopal bishops voted at a national meeting yesterday for a statement that says "God has called and may call" homosexual men and women to ministry. Delegates to the meeting already approved a nearly identical statement. This latest version is likely to be approved by Friday. Episcopalians caused an uproar in 2003 by consecrating the first openly homosexual bishop, Vicki Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. That decision has nearly split the world Anglican Communion, which...
  • Schism Closer As US Anglicans Vote To Overturn Ban On Gay Ordination

    07/13/2009 7:00:06 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies · 1,131+ views
    London Times ^ | July 13th 2009
    July 14, 2009 Schism closer as US Anglicans vote to overturn ban on gay ordinations Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent A formal split in the Anglican Church worldwide moved closer yesterday after clergy and laity in the US voted to allow the consecration of openly gay bishops. The Archbishop of Canterbury expressed “regret” over a decision by Anglicans in the US that represents a blow to his hopes for Church unity. Dr Rowan Williams made clear his concern after the Episcopal Church voted at the triannual General Convention in California to overturn a moratorium on gay ordinations. Clergy and laity in...
  • US (Episcopal) Church drops gay bishops ban

    07/14/2009 6:09:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 540+ views
    BBC ^ | July 14, 2009
    Bishops of the Anglican Church in the United States have voted to overturn a three-year moratorium on the election of gay bishops. The decision seems likely to lead to the Episcopal Church's eventual exit from the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Communion has been fighting to avoid disintegration since the Episcopal Church consecrated the openly gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003. The decision is expected to be confirmed in the next few days. Archbishop's regret The election of the Bishop of New Hampshire, the Right Reverend Gene Robinson, created an apparently irreconcilable rift between liberal and traditional Anglicans. Liberals believe the...
  • Sweden appoints lesbian bishop

    06/06/2009 8:36:22 AM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 56 replies · 2,392+ views ^ | June 1, 2009 | Jessica Geen
    "The Church of Sweden has appointed a lesbian as the Lutheran bishop of Stockholm. Eva Brunne, who is in a registered partnership, is believed to be the world's first lesbian bishop. She won the post by 413 votes against 365 votes and will succeed Bishop Caroline Krook, who is to retire in November. Brunne, 55, has a three-year-old son with her partner Gunilla Linden, who is a priest."
  • Gay bishop rejoices in NH's gay marriage vote

    06/05/2009 1:48:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies · 1,082+ views
    Google ^ | June 4, 2009 | DAVID TIRRELL-WYSOCKI
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) It was tough enough to get New Hampshire's lawmakers and governor to approve gay marriage, but Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson says there's an even tougher job ahead: getting churches to fully embrace gay marriage and gay people."What we have to work against is countless centuries of tradition which has judged homosexual people to be an abomination before God," said Robinson, the Episcopal church's only openly gay bishop.Robinson sat in the front row of the gallery in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, hands clasped at times, praying for lawmakers to push a little green button that...
  • Church of Scotland abandons Bible - allows gay pastor

    05/25/2009 4:31:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies · 1,444+ views
    One News Now ^ | 5/24/2009
    LONDON - The Church of Scotland has approved the appointment of an openly homosexual minister - the latest case of tensions over sexuality to prompt division in the Anglican Communion. The church's ruling body voted Saturday by 326 to 267 to support the appointment of the Rev. Scott Rennie, 37, who was previously married to a woman and is now in a relationship with a man. Rennie was first appointed as a minister 10 years ago, but has faced opposition from some critics since he moved to a church in Aberdeen, Scotland, last year. The case threatens to divide Scottish...
  • Gay Episcopal bishop says civil and religious marriage should be separate

    04/19/2009 5:46:29 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 39 replies · 1,049+ views
    LAT ^ | Apr 19, 2009 | N/A
    The first openly gay Episcopal bishop told a Studio City gathering today that the church should begin mending divisions over the issue of same-sex marriage by getting out of the civil marriage business altogether. During a visit to St. Michael & All Angels Church this morning, the Rev. V. Eugene Robinson said he favored the system used in France and other parts of Europe in which civil marriage – performed by government officials – is completely separate from religious vows. In the U.S., the civil and religious ceremonies are often combined with the cleric signing the government marriage license. "In...
  • Robinson's speech: Divisive, as expected

    01/20/2009 4:25:28 AM PST · by billorites · 24 replies · 1,194+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | January 20, 2009 | Editorial
    Gene Robinson, Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, gave the opening prayer for the inaugural festivities in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. Ignoring the theme of unity set for the inauguration, Robinson gave not a prayer but a political speech, one worthy of a college sophomore hot to tweak his parents. Robinson explained his non-Christian "prayer" by saying he thought previous inaugural prayers were "aggressively Christian." In hope of excluding no one, he excluded Christ. Except, he mentioned God, so he left the athiests out in the cold. Oh, well. By Robinson's own logic, he should not have been allowed to pray...
  • A Christian Clergyman ‘Horrified’ by ‘Aggressively Christian’ Prayers?

    01/19/2009 7:34:53 PM PST · by pillut48 · 31 replies · 898+ views
    FOX News Religion Correspondent ^ | January 18th, 2009 1:00 AM Eastern | Lauren Green
    The inauguration invocation is the high profile event for a member of the clergy. It’s only been around since 1937, but it’s grounded in a rich, religious history that’s helped shaped this country. At President-elect Barak Obama’s inauguration, Pastor Rick Warren will have the honors. Pastor Warren is the senior minister of Saddleback Church in Southern California and the uber-bestselling author of “The Purpose Driven Life.” Liberals objected to Warren because of his conservative views, specifically his support of Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in California. What some see as a move to placate the gay...
  • The Prayer the Obama People Didn't Want You To See On TV

    01/19/2009 5:55:51 PM PST · by Justaham · 16 replies · 1,159+ views
    YouTube ^ | 1-18-09
    Here's video of the prayer that the openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson delivered at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday as part of President-elect Barrack Obama's inauguration kick off event. Turned out, Obama's people told HBO not to include Bishop Robinison in the worldwide broadcast. Someone contacted HBO and was told it was Obama's team who banned Robinson from the televised event. Can't believe that he banned this video because Robinson is gay.
  • Gay Bishop Prayer at Obama Event a Model of Political Correctness Run Amok - Video 1/18/09

    01/19/2009 3:03:18 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 11 replies · 516+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 19, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of the bizarre Episcopal Gay Bishop, Gene Robinson, praying at the inaugural concert held yesterday, January 18, 2009, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Robinson addressed his prayer to the "God of our many understandings." It is a model of politically correct gobbledy-gook. Perish the thought that an Episcopal Bishop would mention the name of Jesus in his prayer, even though Jesus happens to be the Savior of the World according to his own church's theology. . . . . . (watch video)
  • Psst, Gay Bishop Gene Robinson - God Ain’t Listening (Ps. 66:18)

    01/17/2009 6:20:37 AM PST · by Zender500 · 33 replies · 1,279+ views
    The Christian Worldview ^ | January 15, 2009 | Jan Markell
    The Obama administration and America are heading into treacherous territory. There are certain kinds of behavior that seem to anger God more than others and at this point, America is already on shaky ground. President-elect Obama has asked V. Gene Robinson, the openly gay Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, to deliver the invocation at a pre-inaugural event this Sunday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Bishop Robinson said he had been reading inaugural prayers through history and was “horrified” at how “specifically and aggressively Christian they were.” He states, “I am very clear that this will not be a...
  • Obama's inaugural save (Vickie Gene Robinson on prayer)

    01/17/2009 4:50:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies · 676+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 1/17/2009 | Derrick Z. Jackson
    THAT WAS a nice save by President-elect Obama to invite Gene Robinson, the openly gay New Hampshire Episcopal bishop, to give a prayer at the pre-inauguration celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. Obama riled many people, including me, by inviting mega-church pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at the inauguration. Warren endorsed the successful California ballot measure to ban gay marriage, and suggests that evangelicals who believe life begins at conception consider abortion a holocaust. (snip) It is more than a step. Though it was secondary news, it was a leap beyond Robinson's sexual orientation. Robinson will not deliver an...
  • Warren Applauds Obama's Invitation to Gay Bishop

    01/16/2009 9:10:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies · 856+ views
    ChristianityToday ^ | January 13, 2009
    <p>January 13, 2009 Warren Applauds Obama's Invitation to Gay Bishop Sarah Pulliam Rick Warren complimented Barack Obama's invitation to openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson to pray at the inaugural kick off event on Sunday.</p> <p>“President-elect Obama has again demonstrated his genuine commitment to bringing all Americans of goodwill together in search of common ground,"</p>
  • Gay bishop Gene Robinson to lead prayers at Barack Obama inauguration

    01/15/2009 1:15:29 AM PST · by Cincinna · 24 replies · 1,274+ views
    The Times Online ^ | January 12, 2009 | Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
    US President-elect Barack Obama has invited gay bishop Gene Robinson to lead prayers at the opening of celebrations next Sunday leading up to his inauguration next week. The invitation will go some way to placate liberal critics in the US who condemned his invitation to the anti-gay evangelical pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the inauguration itself. Bishop Robinson was himself among those who attacked Mr Obama over the choice of Rick Warren, describing it as a "slap in the face". Bishop Robinson, whose consecration in 2003 was met with worldwide protests from the conservative wing of the...
  • Obama right to tap gay bishop for inaugural prayer

    01/14/2009 5:44:39 PM PST · by SJackson · 38 replies · 1,103+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 1/13/2009
    Apparently, it pays to complain to President-elect Barack Obama. Despite his protestations to the contrary, Obama clearly felt a bit burned by the outcry over his selection of Pastor Rick Warren, an evangelical preacher with a nasty track record when it comes to respecting the rights of lesbians and gays, to deliver the invocation at his inaugural. So Obama has tapped the Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the only openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, to deliver the invocation at the inaugural concert to be held at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, Jan. 18. The New Hampshire bishop had...
  • Obama invites gay bishop to offer prayer at inauguration ceremony (gag alert)

    01/13/2009 1:47:07 PM PST · by STARWISE · 32 replies · 1,033+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 1-13-09 | Riazat Butt
    US president-elect Barack Obama has invited the world's first openly gay Anglican bishop to offer the prayer that will mark the beginning of the inauguration festivities. In an email sent to a US blog yesterday the Right Rev Gene Robinson, of New Hampshire, said it would be an "enormous honour" to offer prayers for the country and its new president at the Lincoln Memorial. He wrote that he was "humbled and overjoyed" at the news and took the invitation as a sign of Obama's commitment to being "president of all the people".
  • Obama chooses gay bishop for big inaugural event

    01/13/2009 11:42:21 AM PST · by meandog · 27 replies · 1,101+ views
    CBN News ^ | 12.12.09 | David Brody
    Obama Chooses Gay Bishop for Big Inaugural Event And now the latest installment in “As Obama’s Faith World Turns” President-Elect Barack Obama has chosen a controversial gay bishop to give the invocation this Sunday at the big inaugural event at the Lincoln Memorial. Obama will be in attendance. More from the Politico below and then get my analysis. The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, who became the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop in 2003 and last year entered into a civil union with his gay partner, will deliver the invocation for Sunday's kickoff inaugural event on...
  • Gay Bishop Gene Robinson to offer prayer at Barack Obama inauguration (captions needed)

    01/13/2009 5:27:19 AM PST · by redstates4ever · 102 replies · 2,664+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/11/09 | staff
    The selection of Robinson for the opening party on Sunday came after weeks of criticism over Mr Obama's choice of conservative pastor Rick Warren to deliver the religious invocation on Tuesday, January 20, the day Mr Obama is sworn in to office.Robinson, who is the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican Communion, will pray at the star-studded event to be broadcast on national television from the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, the inaugural committee said in a statement."Our intention is to root the event in history, celebrating the moments when our nation has united to face great challenges and...
  • Gay bishop to kickoff Obama inauguration (The coolest party EVER w/Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Anti-Flag)

    01/12/2009 4:58:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies · 1,354+ views
    The West ^ | 1/13/09
    Gay bishop to kickoff Obama inauguration13th January 2009, 9:21 WST A gay Anglican bishop, Gene Robinson, is to give the opening prayer at festivities to kick off US president-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, the organising committee says. The selection of Robinson for the opening party on Sunday came after weeks of criticism over Obama's choice of conservative pastor Rick Warren to deliver the religious invocation on Tuesday, January 20, the day Obama is sworn in to office. Robinson, who is the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican Communion, will pray at the star-studded event to be broadcast on national television...
  • 'Gay' bishop doesn't plan to use Bible at inaugural event

    01/12/2009 12:34:45 PM PST · by IbJensen · 34 replies · 905+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 1/12/2009 | Associated Press Staff
    CONCORD, N.H. - The first openly homosexual Episcopal bishop will offer a prayer at the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural event for president-elect Barack Obama. The selection of New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Vicki Gene Robinson for Sunday's event follows weeks of criticism from homosexual-rights groups over Obama's decision to have the Rev. Rick Warren give the invocation at his Jan. 20 inauguration. Warren backed the ban on same-sex "marriage" that passed in his home state of California on the November ballot. Robinson said last month the choice of Warren was like a slap in the face. In an interview with...
  • Homosexual New Hampshire Bishop Asked to Pray at Inaugural Event

    01/12/2009 12:43:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 41 replies · 1,400+ views ^ | January 12, 2009 | NA
    Associated Press Concord, N.H. (AP) - The first openly gay Episcopal bishop will offer a prayer at the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural event for President-elect Barack Obama. The selection of New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson for Sunday's event follows weeks of criticism from gay-rights groups over Obama's decision to have the Rev. Rick Warren give the invocation at his Jan. 20 inauguration. Warren backed the ban on same-sex marriage that passed in his home state of California on the November ballot. Robinson said last month the choice of Warren was like a slap in the face. In an...