Openly gay Espicopal Bishop Gene Robinson, of New Hampshire, revealed his plans yesterday, at at annual diocesan meeting that he will be retiring this year.saying the last seven years stating that the last seven years has “taken it’s toll” on him, his family and his flock. Robinson will 65 when he steps down, seven years below the retirement age.
Robinson told the convention that being in the eye of the storm had proved too much.
He said: “Death threats, and the now-worldwide controversy surrounding your election of me as bishop, have been a constant strain, not just on me, but on my beloved husband, Mark, who has faithfully stood with me every minute of the last seven years, and in some ways, you.. While I believe that these attitudes, mostly outside the diocese, have not distracted me from my service to you, I would be less than honest if I didn’t say that they have certainly added a burden and certain anxiety to my episcopate.”
Robinson says that he would continue his work with the “unchurched” and “dechurched” on college campuses and public forums, showing no intention of retiring from public life.