Changing Attitude, a national organisation of Bishops, Priests and Lay People in the Church of England calling for the full participation of lesbian and gay people in the Anglican communion welcomes and celebrates the consecration today of Canon Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire. Bishop Robinson is a priest of great integrity, generosity, courage and wisdom. He discerned a call from God in his life to this particular ministry, and after deep, prayerful listening, responded to the call with courage and faith. The people of the diocese of New Hampshire have examined him and tested his call and chosen him through due process to be their bishop. We pray for Bishop Gene, his partner Mark, his children and the people of the diocese of New Hampshire.
The Revd Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude, said, “From 2nd November 2003 the Anglican Communion is living with a dramatic new reality. Bishop Gene Robinson’s consecration gives the Anglican church it’s first openly gay, faithfully partnered bishop. His ministry will inspire lesbian, gay, bisexual and heterosexual Christians with new confidence that we have a full place at the communion table of our Lord. The highest offices of the church can be open to lesbian and gay people without pretence. A new honesty is present, undermining the secrecy of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policies and the fear of discovery and abuse which many lesbian and gay Christians live with.”
“Bishop Gene Robinson makes the present reality visible – the presence of lesbian, gay and bisexual people, lay and ordained, single and faithfully partnered, at every level of church life in every province of the Anglican Communion.”