For some Christians, New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson is an inspiration while to others he represents the most striking blow to the agenda of fundamentalist Christianity. Robinson is the ninth bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Elected in 2003, he became bishop on March 7, 2004. Robinson’s newly released book, “In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God” is a must read for all Christians no matter where they may fall on the ideological spectrum.
Those who desire to meet a homosexual Christian will discover a humble man committed to service in the Ministry of Christ. Within its 192 pages you will learn to appreciate Robinson as a Christian, beloved by God, serving Christ faithfully wherever he is called. The book opens with an introduction by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Tutu has stated at a conference in Nairobi that he is "deeply disturbed that in the face of some of the most horrendous problems facing Africa, we concentrate on 'what do I do in bed with whom.'" Tutu has equated homophobia with racism.
"Isn't it sad, that in a time when we face so many devastating problems – poverty, HIV/AIDS, war and conflict – that in our Communion we should be investing so much time and energy on disagreement about sexual orientation?" [The Communion, which] "used to be known for embodying the attribute of comprehensiveness, of inclusiveness, where we were meant to accommodate all and diverse views, saying we may differ in our theology but we belong together as sisters and brothers" now seems "hell-bent on excommunicating one another. God must look on and God must weep."
In an interview with BBC Radio 4 on 18 November 2007, Archbishop Desmond Tutu accused the church of being obsessed with homosexuality and declared: "If God, as they say, is homophobic, I wouldn't worship that God."
“In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God” portrays an important chapter in the narrative of the church—that of the struggle with our gay brothers and lesbian sisters, beloved children of God. It is my prayer that you read this book with an open-mind and that the election of Gene Robinson to Bishop of the New Hampshire Episcopal Church and the publication of “In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God” are an indication that the community of faith—the Body of Christ—may be ready to heal the division in the church.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/579