As the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, Gene Robinson has faced both hostile opposition and support from both religious and secular communities. His election in 2003 triggered a struggle within the worldwide Anglican church over human rights for gay men and lesbians—a struggle that reflects tensions and rifts within the larger society today.
In working to uphold ideals of respect and compassion and in fighting divisiveness, Bishop Robinson has been an outspoken defender of the common good. Drawing upon his extensive experience as a leader in faith and social justice work, Bishop Robinson will discuss the struggle for inclusion and equality within his faith tradition and other institutions. Please join Bishop Gene Robinson for a lively, important conversation.
Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire
Rev. Jennifer Butler, Executive Director, Faith in Public Life
Welcome and Introduction by:
Winnie Stachelberg, Senior Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress