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Commentary: Episcopalians still a church?

GURAT, France, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The 2.1 million U.S. Episcopalians will have to ponder three urgent questions now that their General Convention in Minneapolis has approved the election of an o
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Editor

Episcopal church elects first gay bishop

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Senior bishops of the Episcopal Church voted Tuesday to confirm the Rev. Gene Robinson as their church's first openly gay bishop.

Vote to confirm gay bishop is postponed

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal church will learn Monday whether he can serve his New Hampshire diocese. The Rev. Gene Robinson won backing Sunday in Minneapolis from one key group at the church's 74th convention.

Gay priest faces one more hurdle

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The Anglican priest who hopes to be his church's first openly gay bishop drew one step closer to his goal Sunday with a key vote in Minneapolis.

Panel OKs gay Episcopal bishop

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The Episcopal Committee on Consent of Bishops Friday approved an openly gay reverend to become bishop, CNN reported.

Episcopalian unity at risk over gays

MINNEAPOLIS, July 30 (UPI) -- Homosexuality is threatening to divide the Episcopalian church at its eight-day convention in Minneapolis, a report said Wednesday.

Commentary: Two kinds of Christianity

WASHINGTON, July 21 (UPI) -- There is much more at stake than homosexuality at the 74th General Convention of the Episcopal Church next week, more even than the unity of global Anglicanism.
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Editor

Australian bishop bans gay priests

SYDNEY, June 24 (UPI) -- The Sydney Anglican diocese has banned two gay bishops and a third who allowed same-sex marriages.

Commentary: That bishops, too, are human

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- Am I alone in pitying the frightened little man in a black clerical shirt as he was hauled off to jail in Phoenix, Ariz.? Is it wrong to feel compassion for a b
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Editor

Commentary: Bishop of cheap grace

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- Let's suppose a homosexual who left his wife and two daughters for a male partner is nominated CEO of the Coca-Cola Co. –- would that be all right? Of course it
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Editor
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V. Gene Robinson (born May 29, 1947 in Fayette County, Kentucky) is the ninth bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Robinson was elected bishop in 2003 and entered office in March 2004. Before becoming bishop, he served as assistant to the retiring New Hampshire bishop.

Robinson is widely known for being the first openly gay, non-celibate priest to be ordained a bishop in a major Christian denomination believing in the historic episcopate. His sexual orientation was privately acknowledged in the 1970s, when he studied in seminary, was ordained, married, and started a family. He went public with his sexual identity and divorced in the 1980s. When delegates to the Episcopal convention were voting on the ratification of his election, it became an issue of controversy. His election was ratified 62 to 45. After his election, some theologically conservative parishes have aligned themselves with bishops outside the Episcopal Church in the United States, a process called the Anglican realignment. His story has appeared in print and film.

In 2009 he was honored by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) with the Stephen F. Kolzak Media Award.

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