We talk about getting people through the doors of the church, but we rarely talk about what we leave outside the church when we come in. Gene Robinson will cover his faith journey, the changes in the church in the last 10 years and the challenges of inclusiveness in the church today. What did he leave at the door, and what do we ask our congregations to leave outside on Sunday morning? His talk will be followed by small groups discussing these questions, trying to find answers for our individual communities.
WHEN: Saturday, April 18th; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (registration and refreshments at 9 a.m.).
WHERE: St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 15764 Clayton Road, Ellisville.
REGISTRATION: Please pre-register here by April 11th .
NOTE: If you require child care for this event, please contact Fr. Chris Slane.
V. Gene Robinson was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire in 2003 and retired in 2013. He now serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He has done AIDS work in the United States and in Africa (Uganda and South Africa). He has also been an advocate for antiracism training in the diocese and wider church. Robinson advocated for debt relief for the world’s most impoverished nations, and lobbied for socially responsible investment within and beyond the church. Bishop Robinson has been particularly active in the area of full civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Working at the state, national and international levels, he has spoken and lobbied for equal protection under the law and full civil marriage rights.
9 a.m.: Registration Opens.
10 a.m.: Address by Bishop Robinson.
11:00 a.m.: Breakout groups.
12:00 p.m.: Gathering in.
1 p.m.: Sending out.