A Bishop’s Calling
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Published in: January-February 2009 issue.


In the Eye of the StormIn the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God
by Gene Robinson
Seabury Books.  176 pages, $25.


WAS your Sunday School teacher right about there being a loving God, or does the Bible condemn homosexuality as an “abomination”? Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be elected a bishop of the Anglican Church, discusses this question at length in his new book, In the Eye of the Storm. When Robinson came out publicly as gay soon after his election, he became something of a hero in the GLBT community, but many in the Episcopal hierarchy bitterly opposed this development, a reaction that shocked and confused him: “Why,” he asks, “would people … debate my fitness for this calling, based not on my skills, experience, and faithfulness, but on my sexual orientation?”

In June 2008, Robinson and his partner were joined in civil union under New Hampshire’s law—first at a civil ceremony followed by an unofficial exchange of vows at St. Paul’s Church in Concord.

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