The Bishop of New Hampshire, the Rt. Revd. Gene Robinson is in Sarasota for the weekend, as a guest of St. Boniface Church.
His visit will mean a great deal to us. Gene is not the first gay bishop in the Anglican Communion (far from it!) but he is the first bishop to have been wonderful honest about the gift of his sexuality. And St. Boniface is a church where gay and lesbians christians participate fully in the life of the parish.
Gene and I have known each other for almost thirty years. We worked togther on various collaborative efforts for the seven Episcopal Church Diocese on New England.
I'll see him tonight at an intimate and exclusive reception alongside 60 other St. Boniface folks. And I'll be ministering in some small way when the Bishop preaches and presides at the 9:00 a.m. Eucharist tomorrow morning.