Gene Robinson's Sermon

Gene Robinson’s Sermon can be seen and heard here.

Note that a higher quality video will be published later in the week. I thought it more important to get something out fast rather than to go for high quality.

(I’m having trouble hearing it when viewing it in firefox but can see it in internet explorer – don’t know whether that problem is local).


  1. Fantastic Kelvin.

    It is good to hear +Gene preaching on the Genesis “soap opera”.

  2. Thanks for posting this. I am viewing this OK in Firefox 3.01.


  3. serena says

    My Firefox doesn’t like this much either but thanks so much for posting this.

    I would have loved to have been there to share this with everyone but this is almost as good.

    Lots of love

  4. Leigh Powers says

    Thank You! Is there a text copy available?

  5. Gordon says
  6. Fiona says

    No, and I’ve been meaning to ask you about this Kelvin — I’ve experiencing issues with Firefox as well. I can’t actually *see* the little media players for *any* of the sermons. I thought it might have just been me; I’ve a few plugins to guard against ads, scripts and etc. So it’s a relief to hear you’re having issues, too. *Chuckles*

    Looking forward to having a watch.


  7. Eamonn says

    It works well in Opera.

    In any case, a truly inspiring sermon. Many thanks and well done for bringing this about.

  8. Martin Ritchie says

    Great to be able to hear and see bishop Gene’s sermon from Glasgow. Thank you! I also caught him at the launch of the Festival of Spirituality and Peace at St John’s Edinburgh last night – a briefer talk, but no less inspiring. Truly remarkable to experience his faithful witness in the midst of all the turmoil and flak flying around him. I particularly liked the anecdote he told about sitting in his hotel room while awaiting the US general convention’s decision on whether his election would be affirmed by them. Apparently someone sent a note saying something like: “sometimes God calms the storm. At other times God lets the storm rage around you and calms the person.” Now there’s a useful message!

  9. An item (with photograph) in The Herald today – also on-line but without the picture.

    Also a Lambeth Conference item on the BBC Web site that includes a segment from the St Mary’s Cathedral around one minute into the video clip.

  10. Elizabeth says

    Thank you for the video – it is good to hear and to see what was happening yesterday! I was praying for you all – the cloud of witnesses extends far and wide!

  11. I had no problems viewing either of the videos on Firefox.

    Wish I could have been at St Mary’s. Great sermon; I don’t know how
    Bp Gene keeps his head above the fray. Truly an inspiration
    for me and other LBGT folk who get tired of all the hate. Thanks.

  12. Gene’s sermon ,I thought was beautiful in its simplicity and sincerity delivered with a quiet passion and strenghth of belief.It’s brought to mind a piece of music whose title I can’t for the life of me think.Can anyone help me.I think the words are by Shakespeare and I think it starts “Fear no more the heat o’ the sun” I’m singing it to you now can’t you hear me- ? perhaps that’s just as well
    sorry don’t get out much! Thanks Kelvin for inviting Gene it was a great service

  13. Rosemary says

    Gene Robinson is, I think, proof positive that sometimes God calls exactly the right man to the key position. I thought it extraordinarily unperceptive of the papers not to see the limp behind the smile. I totally fail to understand how anybody could hear the sermon, and see the man, and not read the cost to him of his current calm. But I am glad of it and of him –


  14. Robin says

    Morag, I know two beautiful settings of “Fear no more the heat o’ the sun” (the Dirge in ‘Cymbeline’). One is by Gerald Finzi, and you can hear it on YouTube. The other is by Roger Quilter, in his Five Shakespeare Songs Op. 23.

    Fear no more the heat o` the sun,
    Nor the furious winter`s rages;
    Thou thy worldly task hast done,
    Home art gone, and ta`en thy wages.
    Golden lads and girls all must,
    As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

    Fear no more the frown o` the great;
    Thou art past the tyrant’s stroke;
    Care no more to clothe and eat;
    To thee the reed is as the oak.
    The sceptre, learning, physic, must
    All follow this, and come to dust.

    Fear no more the lightning flash,
    Nor th` all-dreaded thunder stone;
    Fear not slander, censure rash;
    Thou hast finished joy and moan.
    All lovers young, all lovers must
    Consign to thee, and come to dust.

    No exorciser harm thee!
    Nor no witchcraft charm thee!
    Ghost unlaid forbear thee!
    Nothing ill come near thee!
    Quiet consummation have;
    And renowned be thy grave!

  15. Thank you Rosemary and Robin esp Robin for writing out the words.It was from Cymbeline that I was thinking, a play about spirituality and protection by a higher power.I just thought Gene’s sermon about God’ love acceptance and forgiveness reminded me of that song ,where you could interpret”death” to be the death of our” old lives “and being welcomed into a safe haven, into the warmth safety and protection of Jesus’ love for us –and everyone is welcome
    And it is beautiful music by Vaughn Williams( Dirge for Fidele)-well I think so
    Whoever is preaching this Sunday may you be blessed and inspired

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