Pride 2013 with Bishop Gene Robinson
St. Mark’s has invited Bishop Gene Robinson to preach at our special Twin Cities Community Pride Service, Sunday, June 30 at 4:00 PM. Bishop Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, is a passionate advocate for full rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Working at the state, national and international levels, he has spoken and lobbied for equal protection under the law and full civil marriage rights.
St. Mark’s has offered a service of worship and affirmation at the conclusion of Pride weekend since 2006. Events with Bishop Robinson for Pride 2013 begin Thursday evening, June 27 as featured speaker at the Westminster Town Hall Forum and conclude with our Twin Cities Community Pride Worship Service and reception where he share his message – “Out, Proud, and Christian”. Additional weekend events with Bishop Robinson include sales and signings of his book, “God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage” and a special showing of the documentary about Bishop Robinson, “Love Free or Die”.
Events With Bishop Robinson
Thursday, June 27th 2013 –7:00 PM
Bishop Gene Robinson is the featured speaker for the Westminster Town Hall Forum . The Town Hall Forum explores critical issues of the day from an ethical perspective.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Avenue
Friday, June 28th 2013: 7:00 PM
Bishop Robinson joins us to view and discuss this award-winning documentary that debuted in 2012 on PBS. LOVE FREE OR DIE is about a man whose two defining passions are in direct conflict: his love for God and for his partner Mark. Gene Robinson is the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom. His consecration in 2003, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir, and he has lived with death threats every day since. The film follows his personal journey as he calls for all to stand for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the eyes of God and the laws of our nation. (Source www.lovefreeordiemovie.com). Youth and adults are welcome to see the film (length 1:23), join the dialogue and attend a reception with Bishop Robinson.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in the Nave
519 Oak Grove Street
Bishop Robinson will join St. Markans and members of Episcopal Church in Minnesota faith communities in the Pride Parade. Parade participants will meet at 10:00 AM at the St. Mark’s Parking lot and be transported to the beginning of the parade. The parade begins at 11:00 am. If you would like to join us contact Dwayne Purrington or Stephen Uhler.
T-Shirts for will be available beginning May 19 on Sunday mornings and in the bookshop.
The Twin Cities Community Pride Service
Sunday, June 30th 4:00 PM
Bishop Robinson joins us as preacher at this service of worship and affirmation, sharing his message — “Out, Proud, and Christian.” This service is for all LGBT and friends. and all are welcome to fully participate in this service. Join us before and after the service for fellowship and celebration.
Bishop Robinson’s book is available in paperback on June 5, 2013. This groundbreaking book lovingly and persuasively makes the case for same-sex marriage using a commonsense, reasoned, religious argument, made by someone who holds the religious text of the Bible to be holy and sacred and the ensuing two millennia of church history to be relevant to the discussion, equally familiar with the secular and political debate going on in America today, and for whom same-sex marriage is a personal issue (source www.randomhouse.com).
The Cathedral Book Shop will have copies available at all events. Bishop Robinson will join us in the St. Mark’s booth in LoringPark at the Twin Cities Pride Festival to sign books :
Saturday, June 29th 2013 and Sunday, June 30th 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Loring Park – Twin Cities Pride Festival Booth # P023
There will also be opportunities for book signings following Love Free or Die and the Sunday Worship Service.
Twin Cities Community Pride Service
June 30, 2013 – 4:00 p.m.
The Right Rev. Gene Robinson - Audio
The Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson, IX Bishop of New Hampshire
V. Gene Robinson was elected Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire on June 7, 2003, having served as Canon to the Ordinary (Assistant to the Bishop) for nearly 18 years. He was consecrated a Bishop on All Saints Sunday, November 2, 2003, was invested as the Ninth Bishop of New Hampshire on March 7, 2004 and retired as Bishop of New Hampshire on January 5, 2013.
In his “retirement,” Gene is serving as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank in Washington, DC, where he writes and speaks on a variety of issues facing the nation. He is also “Bishop in Residence” at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Dupont Circle, Washington, DC.
His story is featured in the 2007 feature-length documentary, “For the Bible Tells Me So.” In 2008 Gene’s book In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God (Seabury Books, New York) was released. He is the subject of “Love Free or Die,” another feature-length documentary which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Bishop’s latest book, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage, was published by Alfred Knopf in the fall of 2012. Bio January 2013