In the Eye of the Storm
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Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich
In 2003, Gene Robinson was elected as the Bishop of New Hampshire - the first openly gay man to be called to serve in such a position. Clearly beloved in his diocese and chosen from a wide selection of candidates, the election was entirely proper and the result clear cut, yet it sparked a hurricane storm of controversy that has polarised religious opinion on five continents and still rages five years on. Here, Gene Robinson reflects on his journey of faith, his life experiences, the concerns that matter most to him as a bishop and the controversy that has rocked the church he loves and to which he is committed.
'Gene Robinson is the most controversial Christian in the world, yet if you did not know one thing about him - his sexuality - you would think him no different from thousands of other ministers, priests, pastors, or indeed bishops and archbishops. And he's not - merely more open and candid than they dare to be. Whether you agree with Bishop Robinson or not, his beliefs are important for all to know. In this book he shows there is much more about him and his faith than the single issue of sexual orientation.' -- Stephen Bates 'This is Gene Robinson's own story, told with simplicity and humility and revealing his passionate faith. He recounts how his experience has made him particularly close to vulnerable groups, such as the inmates of a women's prison, and how we all need one another for our very salvation. This honest account will encourage anyone seriously committed to the message of Jesus , and shows him deeply committed within the Anglican Communion even to those who vilify him.' -- Richard Harries (Lord Harries of Pentregarth) 'Gene Robinson is no revolutionary: he upholds marriage as a sacred covenant, but knows the same covenant theology can include same-sex partnerships too. For living this truth he has been scapegoated - not for being the first gay bishop, but the first honest one. By God's grace he has stayed strong, still trying to love his enemies into friends. One day the Church will understand what it owes him.' -- Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John
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