As many of you are painfully aware, the Rt. Rev’d Gene Robinson, duly elected and consecrated Bishop of New Hampshire, has not been invited to attend Lambeth Conference, the once a decade gathering of Bishops and Primates around the Anglican Communion which has, for over thirty years, pledged to be part of a ‘Listening Process’ of the stories of LGBT people.
Never mind. Bishop Gene will be there anyway.
The Incarnation has always been something of a scandal. For some, the Incarnation is a threat that must be silenced or destroyed.
Bishop Gene and his beloved Mark have received constant death threats. When Bishop Gene was in England just a few weeks ago, Mark received two death threats on the answering machine of their home – they were "angry and credible" and a serious concern since that number has been carefully guarded.
It goes without saying that Bishop Gene will need greater security and protection while at Lambeth. That actual expense will come to over 70,000 American dollars.
Thank God, quite a bit of it has already been raised, but there is a wee bit of a gap - about 20 thousand American dollars worth.
That's where you come in. I am counting on the readers of this Blog to be generous again. You were wonderful in responding with the Christmas Appeal for the kiddo’s in the City of God with over $10,000 in contributions. I’m hoping you will be just as generous with this Christmas in July Appeal.
Please make out your check to The Episcopal Church of St. Paul, marked “Bishop Gene” and mail it to:
The Episcopal Church of St. Paul
200 Main Street
Chatham, NJ 07928
It will go into a special bank account and be mailed to Bishop Gene’s discretionary fund on July 7th.
Or, you may prefer to use your credit card and send your donation electronically by PayPal. Just click on the PayPal icon under the video of Bishop Gene’s blessing in the upper right hand corner of the top of this blog. Please do be mindful of the fact that PayPal charges a hefty fee for that convenience.
Bishops Gene will be at Lambeth. Jesus said to love those who hate us.
Let’s keep Bishop Gene safe while he’s there. Jesus said we must be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
It's all about the Incarnation - the embodiment of love in a culture of hate and violence - and being present, anyway.