This was a day that I could never have imagined as an adolescent, when I struggled to reconcile my sexuality with religious teachings. This was a day to pause and appreciate how blessed I am now to be part of a church that affirms my full participation.
After a tumultuous decade that featured death threats and bullet-proof vests as well as a wedding to his partner of 25 years, Bishop Gene Robinson will be stepping down from his seat on December 31 of this year. But his work continues.
In the past few months I have read several agonized reports on the supposed death throes of the Episcopal Church. I have traveled in the opposite direction from those who have left the Episcopal church, and am glad that I have.