In 2003, Gene Robinson was elected as the Bishop of New Hampshire - the first openly gay man to be called to serve in such a position. Clearly beloved in his diocese and chosen from a wide selection of candidates, the election was entirely proper and the result clear cut, yet it sparked a hurricane storm of controversy that has polarised religious opinion on five continents and still rages five years on. Here, Gene Robinson reflects on his journey of faith, his life experiences, the concerns that matter most to him as a bishop and the controversy that has rocked the church he loves and to which he is committed.
GENE ROBINSON has been the Bishop of New Hampshire in New England since 2003 and has scarcely been out of the news media in that time. His episcopate - and his entire ministry - have been marked by service of the poor and the marginalized, and a devotion to prison ministry.