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Bishop Gene Robinson


Gene Robinson, IX Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church (Retired), is the first openly gay person elected to the episcopate and the world’s leading religious spokesperson for gay rights and marriage equality.

Robinson has a knack for addressing complex, controversial issues through direct language, avoiding polemics and ideology, and uniting sacred and secular points of view. He’s also someone for whom marriage equality is a personal issue. Married to a woman for 14 years, Robinson is a father of two children and has been married to a man for the last four years of a 25-year relationship.

Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, he completed the M.Div. degree at the General Theological Seminary (NY) in 1973, and served as deacon, priest, and bishop before retiring in 2013. Robinson is now a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. His most recent book, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage, was published in 2012.

His Purdue visit will feature three public events over two days, along with classroom discussions and meetings with student and community groups, providing broad access to his perspectives and opportunities for community discourse.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 | Elliott Hall of Music

2:30PM | A Celebration of Community:
All are invited to a community-wide gathering to lift up and celebrate, through story and song, the goals of diversity, tolerance, love, and commitment. Community and religious leaders, along with community artists and ensembles, will lead a gathering that celebrates inclusion and affirmation for the community at large. 4:30PM Keynote Address:
Join Bishop Robinson for a groundbreaking presentation in which he uses a common-sense, reasoned, and religious argument to present his case for equal rights.

Monday, October 28, 2013 | Fowler Hall

7PM | Panel Discussion: Change Makers!
Bishop Robinson and a panel of distinguished campus and community leaders will discuss strategies to promote positive change as well as how to lead and overcome obstacles to become a leader for the change you wish to see in the world.