When V. Gene Robinson became the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church in 2003, his election triggered fears of schism across the worldwide Anglican Communion. Hundreds of parishes left the Episcopal Church in protest. After his Jan. 5 retirement, he's moving from New Hampshire to Washington, D.C. Robinson foresees a new role as a bridge builder. First up: helping his new church home, St. Thomas Parish in Dupont Circle, found a Center for Non-Violent Communication. For Robinson, causes from gay rights to the environment and a robust social safety net fall under a single rubric: defending the vulnerable.
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