Katie Sherrod reports at Walking With Integrity:
It was a lovely evening, St. Mary's Church Putney was crammed full, the music was beautiful, and there he stood, all alone in front of the altar.
He bowed his head and said, "Lord, I feel like a boy."
It was a reference to the reading from Jeremiah 1.4-9, read by Susan Russell.
As he spoke, the roar of cameras clicking and the strobe of camera flashes filled the sacred space as the still photographers of the secular press took advantage of the 90 seconds granted them to take photos of the bishop of New Hampshire doing this radical thing -- preaching in a church in England.
The people listening were not distracted by the flashes and the noise. They were focused on Gene Robinson. The reaction of many to his simple words, "Lord, I feel like a boy," was immediate and powerful. Some closed their eyes. Some wiped their eyes. Some bowed their heads. Several nodded.
After the photographers were escorted out, he continued."There is a lot of fear around. Have you noticed?" More nods.
He mentioned fears of terrorist attacks, fears of losing one's job, fears about the economy.
"Fear does terrible things" to people, he said.
Just about then, a heckler stood up in the second row and began shouting at the bishop, who stepped back, folded his hands and stood in silence. People near the man tried to silence him, and others began a steady clapping to drown him out. Then the choir started singing a hymn and the congregation joined in. By this time the man was being led -- fairly gently, but firmly -- out of the sanctuary.
Unknowingly, and certainly unintentionally, this man had provided a perfect illustration of the power of fear to cause people to do unloving things to the object of their fears -- to "the other."
Read it all here.
Read the words of someone whose love of God does cast out all fear.
The video of the sermon will be here and here soon.
Mad Priest has the news video here
UPDATE: sermon is HERE. See the whole enchilada.