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Bishop will discuss religion and homosexuality

March  23, 2012

Why does religion play such a central role in the struggle for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights? Bishop Gene Robinson will discuss this question and others related to religion and homosexuality in a lecture on March 29, at 10:30 a.m., in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.).

This lecture is free and open to the public. Bishop Robinson’s lecture, titled “Being Gay and Religious: Mission Impossible?”, will focus on what the Bible says about homosexuality and what role progressive religious people may want to take. He also will discuss how this topic relates to racism, sexism and other civil rights debates.

“Tolerance and a live-and-let-live attitude beat discrimination and abuse by a mile. But it’s not enough,” said Bishop Robinson. “Tolerant people, especially tolerant religious people, need to get over their squeamishness about being vocal advocates and unapologetic supporters of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] people.”

Bishop Robinson has served as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire since 2003. He received his master of divinity from the General Theological Seminary in New York and holds two honorary doctorates. He is the co-author of three AIDS education curricula for youths and adults, and his next book, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage, will be published later this year. He has done AIDS work in the United States and Africa. In addition, Bishop Robinson is an advocate for anti-racism training in the diocese and wider church.

He has spoken and lobbied for equal protection under the law and full civil marriage rights at the state, national and international level. He gave the invocation at the opening inaugural ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial in 2009. Bishop Robinson has been honored by many LGBT organizations and has received numerous awards from national civil rights organizations.

Sam Schlouch
Director, Public Relations and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu