By all reports the Episcopal Church’s General Convention, which took the unprecedented step of confirming an openly gay man as a bishop of the church, was a remarkably civil affair. Church leaders debated one of the most divisive theological issues of our time in respectful fashion. They addressed last-minute charges of personal misconduct against the bishop-elect, V. Gene Robinson, in a way that satisfied the assembly. After the vote confirming him as the bishop of New Hampshire, Robinson and his supporters refrained from triumphalism. All were mindful that the convention’s action may prompt a major split in the church. “That is the only thing that makes this not a completely joyous day for me,” said Robinson.