BBC: Church festival draws criticism

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Traditional Anglicans have criticised the UK's major Christian arts festival for inviting a gay American Bishop to speak.

Among those addressing the Greenbelt festival this year is the Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, a gay man whose ordination by the Episcopalian Church was greeted with both outrage and celebration in various parts of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Many people did not welcome his elevation, and the issue of gay clergy has become so contentious that it threatens to divide global Anglicans - some say it has already begun.

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Posted August 28, 2009 at 7:14 am

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1. Jon wrote:

Wow…. how weird.  I wonder how they were able to get this quiet country bishop—who wants nothing else but to stay at home, quietly and without controversy, and tend to his flock—to fly all that way to speak at their gathering.  Baffling.

PS.  Does anyone have a record of all the big events, including all the gay prides, that VGR has attended and been a major featured speaker and media sensation, since GC 2003?  My guess is that it is over 100.

August 28, 9:47 am | [comment link]
2. dwstroudmd+ wrote:

Jon, the real record is the decline of his diocese numbers which he calls growth.  A record of when he was in his diocese would be harder to develop, I believe, than the carbon footprint he has left.

August 28, 10:41 am | [comment link]
3. azusa wrote:

‘Greenbelt’ used to be orthodox young music lovers but it opted for edgy weirdness a few years ago - pasts ‘acts’ have included a white witch, atheist priest Don ‘Taking leave of God’ Cuppitt, and ‘the Nine O’Clock Service’ narcissists, which collapsed in a sex scandal.
This is par for the course. It’s basically for 40’s something people exiting evangelicalism or even Christianity. Gene is just the guy.

August 28, 12:46 pm | [comment link]

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