DURHAM — The openly gay Episcopal bishop at the center of a global theological crisis threatening to break up the Anglican Communion will speak at several events on the campus of Duke University Oct. 6-7.

Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire sparked a worldwide controversy when he was consecrated as a bishop in November 2003 and later installed in March 2004. Conservative bishops in the global Anglican Communion, comprised of churches originating from the Church of England, spoke out against Robinson’s election. Those bishops include Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola, South American Primate Archbishop Greg Venable and Australian Archbishop Peter Jensen of Sydney. Following the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, the Anglican Church is the third largest Christian body in the world.

Sponsored by Duke University’s Center for LGBT Life, Robinson will speak at two events on Oct. 6 and three on Oct. 7. For more details see the schedule below or visit lgbt.studentaffairs.duke.edu.

At a glance: Bishop V. Gene Robinson

Duke University, Durham, NC

Monday, October 6th
“Preparing Leaders for Faithful Ministry”
12:20 p.m.-1:20 p.m.
Location: Duke Chapel
Bishop Robinson will address the topic of preparing leaders for faithful ministry including his thoughts about preparing LGBT persons for ministry. This event will be open to all Divinity school faculty members, staff, and students, local clergy, and other interested members of the university and local communities. Reception to follow in the Alumni Memorial Common Room, Duke Divinity School.
Hosts: Dr. Mary McClintock Fulkerson, Professor of Theology and Advisor Sacred Worth; Dr. Jo Bailey Wells, Associate Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry and Bible, Director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies; The Anglican Episcopal House of Studies; Sacred Worth, LGBTA student group

Being Swept to the Center by God: A Conversation with Bishop Gene Robinson
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Location: Duke Chapel
This conversation will be open to the public. Doors will open at 6:00 p. m.
Hosts: Dr. Sam Wells, Dean of the Chapel; Dr. Janie Long, Director of the LGBT Center

Tuesday, October 7th
Morning Prayer Service in Goodson Chapel, Duke Divinity School
8:00 a.m.
Host: Sally Bates

“Dealing with Student Questions of LGBT Identity and Faith”
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: LGBT Center
Question and Answer Session with members of the Division of Student Affairs, Religious Life, and Staff and Faculty of Duke Divinity School.
Hosts: LGBT Center; Rev. Craig Kocher, Associate Dean of the Chapel and Director of Religious Life

“Being Faithful to Who We Are”
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location: LGBT Center
Dinner and conversation with the Bishop open to all undergraduate and graduate students related to faithfulness and authenticity.
Hosts: LGBT Center; Sarah Ball-Damberg, Chaplain, The Episcopal Center

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

One reply on “Openly gay bishop to speak at Duke University”

  1. Three cheers for Bishop Robinson. And he is winning the battle for decency and supporting what Jesus life stood for to all mankind – God’s love for all his people.

    And the whole anti-gay bigotry issue is a generational issue. Either the churches of hate, who always need a scapegoat to sell their 2nd century superstitions and satisfy their lust for power, will wake up, or find out that they are preaching only to the dust in the pews and the dust of their departed. The youngsters mostly have gay friends, and these friendships prove to the youngsters that gay people are good people. And prove to a younger generation that religion is mostly hypocrisy and superstition.

    And the US Episcopal church just recently did the equivalent of excommunicating a Pittsburg Bishop who wanted his church to join the right wing gay hating group within the Anglican community.

    This was done by the woman who is the presiding bishop of the whole church. What a battle she must have had to become presiding Bishop. She understands the issues personally. Compare her to the Catholic church, which will change only when bankrupt and the buildings of the Vatican are condemned as unsafe both structurally and spiritually.

    As someone said, and Martin Luther King commented on, “the arc of morality is long, but it bends toward Justice.

    And the right wing bigots will be left wondering why they have become the untouchables in our society. They deserve it.

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