Gay bishop Robinson, barred from Lambeth, will be around anyway

Denied "official observer" status
Episcopal bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, a flashpoint of controversy within the Anglican Communion for being a partnered gay bishop, said he turned down an offer from fellow U.S. bishops to be on the margins of this summer’s Lambeth Conference in London—allowed to appear in the exhibit hall and give media interviews.

But Robinson told reporters March 10 that he plans to “observe” and be around during the once-a-decade gathering despite the fact that efforts to give him “official observer” status had failed. His election as bishop in New Hampshire and affirmation given by the 2003 meeting of the Episcopal Church are bitterly opposed by many Southern Hemisphere churches.

Some Anglican bishops in Kenya, among African bishops who have threatened to boycott the conference, greeted the news of Robinson’s exclusion by suggesting that a boycott may be unnecessary.


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