Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Save the drama for your mama
I am not an official spokesperson for Bishop Gene Robinson - or any other person, for that matter. As his friend of 20 plus years and even more importantly, as a fellow-Christian, I feel compelled to speak.
For almost a week, rumors have been circulating that Bishop Gene is in varying critical states of emotional and spiritual distress or trouble; that the Communique from the Primates in Dar es Salaam, the subsequent statements from our Presiding Bishop and Primate, and the call for him to resign from the director of AAC (as if that would really have any impact on any intelligent human being) have been so grievous unto his soul that he has collapsed into utter and complete despair; that he is in Rehab.
Here's the truth, if any of the uber-Christians who have been circulating this rumor can stand it:
Bishop Gene has been on mid-Winter vacation with his beloved partner, Mark and their family, as they do every year this time.
I understand many people in New Hampshire (like many people in the Northern most states) if they can, like to head toward warmer climes in the mid-winter, typically sometime after the "January thaw" and before the first few hints of the coming of Spring.
And so, apparently, does Bishop Gene and his family.
Yup, that's it. No immobilizing, incapacitating despair.
No wandering aimlessly in the streets in a thread-bare coat on a cold and snowy night, contemplating his resignation and subsequent suicide.
Just life as usual in the Anglican Diaspora - continuing to work and witness for justice, compassion, reconciliation and leadership. But first, a little time to recharge the batteries with his family.
Sorry to spoil the drama.