Sunday, June 29, 2008

Gene on Lambeth


Two Auntees said...

Bp. Robinson,
I wish I had words to express my gratitude to you for your ministry not only to LGBT individuals but to heterosexual individuals as well. Your life is one of honesty, love and joy.

My spouse is a transgendered woman and we have looked to you as an example in how to deal with those who oppose our lives, especially, in our small Episcopal church. Your testimony to the work of the Holy Spirit in your life speaks to our hearts. We know that we would not have been able work through some of the difficulties that we have faced without the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

You are in our prayers during your time in the market place at Lambeth. We know that you will touch many lives.

Thank you again for simply and wonderfully being who you are.
Kay and Sarah

Anonymous said...

Gene: I am so glad to find this blog. I shall be watching, listening and seeing how things go.

Peg of NH

Gordon said...

What a wonderful witness of our beloved Bishop Robinson. Bishop Robinson will be in my prayers many times throughout Lambeth.

What a wonderful man Bishop Robinson is!

West Palm Beach, FL
AKA "Button Guy"

Ramsey said...

A Prophet for our Time!

Bishop Robinson, you continue to inspire and otherwise help keep my own fears of coming out at bay. I'm glad to call your my brother in Christ. The Church needs your voice and your witness. Keep on fighting the good fight. My prayers are with you and Mark.

Be bold and give voice to the silenced.

A Gay Seminarian,


Tim Stewart said...

Blog looks really good Bishop Gene.

See you next time in Honolulu

Tim stewart
Honolulu, Hawaii

Anonymous said...

The message is good; the presentation is TTFW. Is it really necessary to use pink for the background color? The slight humour that might be found in the pool/mitre picture will be ridiculed by some. Let's be just a little more professional and take the high road.


Anonymous said...

Bp. Robinson:
While you are in the Marketplace, telling the story, I, my wonderful Episcopal gay son, my daughter, and my spouse will be surrounding you with a constant hug of joy. You are "being out" for us as we are not emotionally safe in our church to be so. Our priest is fabulous, but we have many conservative parishoners. They do not understand that Jesus created my son gay, and he is a gift,as you are to us. Bless you!
From a small parish in WA State

James said...

Bishop Robinson, as Minni Pearl used to say, "I'm so proud to know ya!" Even though I really don't know you personally, I know your wittness and the Spirit of Christ I see coming from you. Blessins on your Lambeth mission. I've linked to both your blogs and encouraged folk to read, view, inwardly digest and to pray.

Erika Baker said...

Bp Gene,
we are so grateful that you are coming over to Lambeth despite the shoddy treatment you have received.

I and my friends can't wait to hear you preach at St Mary's, Putney.

Thank you for your inspiring faith and amazing courage!

Elsie of Earth said...

Gene, God's blessings on you and yours, always.
May God give us strength , each in our own area,
to be as open and faithful in witness.
Thank you,
Elsie of Earth (an Iowa City, Iowa)

Anonymous said...

Godspeed, +Gene!

From Rick+ in Reno, NV

Rev.Jason Dench said...

Bishop Gene,
Congratulations on your marrige to Mark. I have followed your career and also a deep heart thank you for the hand note you sent me just after your election to New Hampshire. I have since remarried and moved to Pa and Bishop Nathan Baxter is my Bishop and he is wonderful as you are! My prayers are with you and I pray God does a mirical since he still in in that buisness to open the eyes of all the Bishop's hearts to see the GLBT ARE HIS CHILDREN AS WELL AND TO START HEALING THE WOUNDS WE AS CHRISTIANS HAVE ENFLICKTED ON EACH OTHER! -Amen-
God Bless and keep you safe and rested.
Peace unto you,
Rev.Jason Dench ++

D. Andy Olivo said...

Bishop Gene,

My prayers are with you as you travel to Lambeth to do the work which God has called you to. Thanks for being a wonderful witness to Christ and a great shepherd in the faith.

Andy Olivo
Johnson City, TN

Susan Shaw said...

Bishop Gene,
I am a native of Keene NH and a lifelong friend of Deborah Waling Croteau who keeps me posted on your journey. I am now living in the Midlands of England near the city of Northampton. I had contact with you when I was on the Board of AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region and you were 'there' for us. My husband, David Chase, and I send you (and Mark) our love and our hopes that minds and hearts will be opened and love and understanding will prevail. Our home here is open to you if by any chance you will be able to linger in England at the conclusion of Lambeth. We would be honored.
I will follow your journey with concern and joy.
Also know that we use every opportunity to tell our friends neighbors and yes, our vicar here in Hannington who you are.
Thank you for the difference you make.
Susan Lane Shaw

Abraham said...

Bishop Robinson is my hope. I wish I had the courage to emulate him. I adore him and follow him everywhere.
His sermons are a solace to me. Please add one here.

kathleen said...

Bishop Robinson -
Bless you(& Mark)for all you do--your leadership and spirituality for not only NH but the whole Anglican community is so needed.
I am a member of All Saint's in Wolfeboro NH and proud & pleased to be under your leadership & guidance. My prayers & thoughts are with you for a safe trip & for the wonderful witness you are.
Thank you for all you are doing on what is a difficult journey. Know that all of us who you touch are very lucky & blessed.

Pat in Phoenix said...

My prayers for you and Mark, and for all of the Anglican Communion, will be daily and intentional. The Holy Spirit will be at work in the lives of all Anglicans during Lambeth 2008. Thank you for your witness, your eloquence, and your boundless love of God and humankind. Godspeed and God bless!
Patricia Klemme,
Phoenix AZ

Stephen Neill said...

+Gene - Just seen the footage of the protest today - I pray for your strength and safety.

Anonymous said...

Bishop Robinson,

All I can say is 'Way to go Gene!'

But seriously, I am reminded of the old song/spiritual We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord. We are one in the Spirit we are one in the Lord and we pray that all unity will one day be restored....They will know we are Christians by our love.

Prayers for peace and God's love to you as the Spirit works through you to remind the conference that ALL of God's children are beloved by him and called to his table,


Anonymous said...

Glory, Glory Hallelujah!! God's truth is marching on. No matter who thinks they are in power, +Gene's most loving Father in heaven is ultimately who intends only the very best for +Gene, and for ALL of His LGBT and Non-gay children. I was most profoundly moved by this message, and even in the face of the exclusion we have most often known, remember that we are a part of the welcome committee ... and we are among the welcomed.
Blessing and Peace to you, dear +Gene,
Will Byrd

Rachel said...

Bishop Gene Robinson
I have been thinking about your situation for a while now and I want to thank you for forcing me to look long and hard at the issues you raise, particularly in the last 24 hours. I cried when I watched the footage of the heckler at your sermon and it took me a long time to work out why. I'm still trying to work it out. I'm exploring it at my blog and I'm getting there. I have found Simon Barrow's book on 'Fear or freedom' very helpful and I've been caught by your emphasis on how we're not to be afraid. I think what people do is they get all bogged down with the messenger when they should be looking to the message and from what the Bible tells me, we all fall short of the glory of God so I can't understand why anyone would want to stop you proclaiming the message of salvation through the Lord Jesus to the world. It is God who chooses the vessels through which He speaks and only man who unfortunately decides some vessels are more honourable than others. You're a brave man and you behave with dignity and you are honest. I think many of the people who will turn away from hearing what you have to say to them about God are sometimes going to be the same people who refuse to listen to God speaking through a woman. At the end of the day, we need to pray for the people who choose to concentrate on the vessel rather than the message. When someone turns away from learning the bible because it is being taught by someone of whom they don't approve, s/he is not really rejecting that person but God. By refusing the good gift, s/he is refusing to submit to receive from God and s/he is judging God because of the vessel that God has himself chosen to use.I would never want to deny myself a blessing in this way. So Gene I will pray for you and our broken church as I try to make sense of this Body of which I am a part.

Love Rachel at Re vis.e Re form

Anonymous said...

Through all of this intensive debate I have tried to remain compassionate to all sides. I believe that all of us are correct and all of us are mistaken in some way. I have spent some time over the past few days reading blogs from both sides of what seems to be the main fence (Gays in the Anglican Church) and I feel my cherished compassion becoming increasingly strained and replaced by rage. After the heckling I blog-searched my way to the "Mainstream Anglican" site and I was stunned to see support for this heckler expressed. The hatred runs so deep and it has blinded some with utter desolation of compassion. Have they so completely forgotten that they call themselves Christian? Yet, when I read the blogs of "Progressive" Anglicans I see a similar kind of behaviour toward the other disagreeable group.
We must keep intensively before us at all times, that Jesus did away with the, "eye for an eye" mentality, encouraging us to love one another. Like this Sunday's RCL Gospel suggests, we are the slaves not the harvesters and we must know our place, knowing we are not qualified to know the hearts of others with truth. The Christian Road must, must, must be adhered to. Let us argue in love and compassion no matter how disgusted and furious we become.
This situation has surpassed the antics of playground politics. Let there be good teachers.

Two Auntees said...

The roots of this conflict that is holding the Anglican Church hostage has the same roots that is keeping hostilities between Christians and Muslims, between various religious factions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran and throughout that region of the world. Religious conflicts is not about who is gay and who isn't; it's the intolerance to accept the acceptance of different view about one's religious beliefs.