Adapted from the Chautauqua Institution

The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, retired Bishop of New Hampshire, will become vice president and senior pastor of the Chautauqua Institution on Sept. 1. Robinson will provide executive leadership for the Department of Religion and will oversee a new volunteer advisory group, the President’s Advisory Council on Faith in Society.

“I am delighted to welcome Bishop Robinson to the Diocese of Western New York,” said the Rt. Rev. R. William Franklin, Bishop of Western New York. “He will bring his gifts as a teacher, preacher, and pastor to this important position. Chautauqua Institution is fortunate to add such a gifted leader to their team.”

Currently a fellow at the Center for American Progress, Robinson is among the inaugural group of 13 Senior Fellows at Auburn Seminary. Auburn is the first leadership development and research institute in the country to launch a fellowship program to cultivate the skills of interfaith leaders working for justice.

Maureen Rovegno, longtime associate director of religion, will be promoted to director of religion, overseeing the daily operations of the department and serving as a key program partner to Robinson.

“Religion is at the center of many of today’s most pressing issues and most difficult challenges,” Robinson said. “Yet in our increasingly polarized society, there are fewer safe places to have meaningful conversation about those challenges. Chautauqua and its Department of Religion have been, and will continue to be, a place where those conversations can happen, where all viewpoints are heard, and where every human being is honored and valued. Through the curated conversations from a religious perspective, our goal is no less than to heal the world.”

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