Incoming Bishop Sees Vibrant Community, Not Disunity, in Episcopal Diocese

Aug 2, 2012

This weekend the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire formally begins the process of installing its next bishop.

His name is Robert Hirschfeld, and he comes to New Hampshire after working for about a decade at a church in western Massachusetts. He’ll formally be consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor at a ceremony this weekend in Concord. Once that happens Hirschfeld will be in line to lead the Diocese next January, when Bishop Gene Robinson retires.

Robert Hirschfeld spoke with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson at the Diocese’s offices in Concord, about the about the state of the Episcopal Church in New Hampshire and across the country, high-profile issues like gay rights and same-sex marriage in the church, and how he’s learning about the community he’s about to lead.