Moving in the Diagonal: From Bishop's Chair to Public Square

An Evening with Bishop Gene Robinson to Benefit 
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS)

Join us for an intimate evening of dinner and conversation with Bishop Gene Robinson who will speak about his new public ministry as a Senior Fellow at The Center for American Progress.

Saturday, 18 May 2013: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

$250 per ticket

Join us, as well, to hear more about the work of CLGS and to celebrate our recent successes!

The evening will also include a live auction, raffle, dinner, and more!

Lake Chalet Seafood Bar and Grill
The Gondola Room
1520 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, California

This event is sold out, however you can still support CLGS by participating in our raffle or auction!

Auction and Raffle

At the event, there will be a small 5-item live auction as well as a special raffle to help support CLGS. Auction and raffle items are listed below. If you can’t attend the gala, but would like to submit a proxy bid for a particular item, please contact Leslie Leasure at 

Auction Items

These items will be auctioned at the event!

Retreat at The Hermitage at Heart's Rest Retreats  

One week retreat in The Hermitage at Heart’s Rest Retreats, located in the heart of the Kootenay Mountains in New Denver, British Columbia. The Hermitage is a one-bedroom unit, lovingly built of local materials by local artisans with views to gardens, Slocan Lake and the Valhalla Wilderness. With a full kitchen, bath, sitting room, dining and study areas, it is the perfect setting for contemplative retreat. The area includes hiking and biking trails, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. Heart’s Rest is 4.5 hours north of Spokane, Washington.

For additional photos and more information about amenities and availability click here. 

Times shall be arranged directly with Heart’s Rest.  (Use by May 2014).

Estimated value: $1,000
Donors: PSR ’92 graduates Rev. George Meier and Rev. Dr. Mary Therese DesCamp.

Five Day Canadian Urban Get-Away 

Spend a long weekend in a 1BR condo in Vancouver's quiet West End, completely furnished and well equipped, with kitchen, enclosed balcony with cafe table and chairs. 9th floor view of English Bay/False Creek - 2 blocks from beach. Walk to: downtown and most amenities, Stanley Park, the Sea Wall, shopping, Gastown, and "Davie Village." Short ferry ride to Granville Island, includes indoor parking. (Picture is a view from the balcony.)

Estimated value: $1000
Donor: Dr. David Kundtz and Robert Stenberg.

Dinner with Theologians

Dinner for 6 with theologians Dr. Mary Tolbert, Dr. Jay Johnson, and Bishop Gene Robinson hosted by PSR Vice President Kathi McShane.  Invite five of your nearest and dearest friends, and enjoy a wide-ranging, informal conversation with leading theologians Mary Tolbert, Jay Johnson, and Bishop Robinson, as well as a gourmet dinner and wine at the Walnut Creek home of Kathi McShane. 

The Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of the South with a B.A. in American studies and history. He completed the MDiv degree in 1973 at the General Theological Seminary in New York, and was ordained deacon and then priest, serving as curate at Christ Church, Ridgewood, NJ. Robinson is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. He was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire in 2003, having served as Canon to the Ordinary (assistant to the bishop) for nearly eighteen years. He retired as bishop in 2013. Widely recognized for his work on civil rights for gay, lesbian, and transgender people, he is also known for advocating for debt relief, socially responsible investment, and access to healthcare. His story is featured in the 2007 feature-length documentary, "For the Bible Tells Me So" and "Love Free or Die." Bishop Robinson gave the invocation at the opening inaugural ceremonies for President Obama at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009.  His 2012 book is titled, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage.

Dr. Tolbert’s writings on the Gospel of Mark have established her as a leading voice in the interpretation of the New Testament. Her scholarly teaching and writing focus on feminism, biblical interpretation and social location and, most recently, queer theory and gender construction. She played a pivotal role in the conception and realization of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at PSR and served as its first executive director. 



Dr. Johnson is an Episcopal priest who has served congregations in the Midwest and the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also a member of the core doctoral faculty at the Graduate Theological Union.  Dr. Johnson's research and writing interests include the intersections of critical social theory (especially queer theory) and Christian theological traditions, theological anthropology and Christian eschatology, and multimedia/pop-cultural influences on constructive theology. 

*To be held between July 15-19, 2013. 

Estimated value: $750
Donors: Kathi McShane, Jay Johnson, Mary Tolbert and Bishop Robinson

Four Handmade and Reversible Stoles by Rev. Phyllis Hunt

There is a stole for every season in this package! All beautifully hand made by PSR Trustee and artist Rev. Phyllis Hunt.

Estimated value: $600
Donor:  Rev. Phyllis Hunt





The Q Package: Intoxicate your Intellect and Delight your Taste Buds

Enjoy a selection of fine wines from the Quivira Vineyards in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley while you peruse Queer Religion, an autographed set of the two-volume anthology edited by Jay Emerson Johnson and Donald L. Boisvert. Q’s delectable reds will whet your palette for the queer historical and cultural intersections of religion and LGBTQ sensibilities!   

Estimated value: $200
Donor:  Jay Johnson


Raffle tickets are $20 each or 5 tickets for $100. The raffle is set up so you can put all your tickets into a pool for a single item, or spread them out for different items. You can purchase tickets prior to the event from CLGS or OIA staff.

One-week Summer Session class: "Finding Your Prophetic Voice" with Bishop Gene Robinsonn

Is the vocation of a prophet reserved for a small number of high-profile individuals or are all Christians called to speak prophetically? What does it mean to engage in a prophet’s work in today’s public square, especially in an increasingly diverse and religiously pluralistic society? What kinds of resources, skills, gifts, and discernment are needed for finding one’s own prophetic voice? This course will offer a biblical and theological foundation for responding to the risky and urgently needed prophetic vocation to meet today’s social, cultural, political, and economic challenges. This course will also seek to empower participants to find and use their own prophetic voice in relation to the topics about which they care most passionately. Rather than trying to speak prophetically about all possible areas of concern, a key aspect of prophetic ministry is networking with others who are working on difference but related concerns. Those who are ordained to Christian ministry will also consider how to organize their faith communities to accomplish real social change in the world. Students will develop spiritual practices for remaining grounded in this work, which we will practice together each day in class. The week will be framed by a broader consideration of the role of religious faith in public life. July 15-19, 9:00am - 1:00pm Class can be taken for CEU credit (not academic credit).

Estimated value: $360
Donor:  Pacific School of Religion 

Sephora Cosmetic Gift Basket

A gift basket for the Beauty Junkie at heart.  Blushes, eye shadows, lipsticks, lip glosses and palettes galore.  Featuring premium products from Laura Mercier, NARS, Smashbox, Urban Decay, and Stila to name a few.  Explore, test, try and have fun with products you know you love and ones you have always wanted to experience. 

Estimated value: $500
Donor: Anonymous


UC Davis Mondavi Center Tickets

Two premium tickets to a performance at the Mondavi Center, UC Davis. To view a full schedule of events visit the Mondavi Center website. Choose any event from the Mondavi Center’s 2013/14 season. 

Estimated value:
Donor: Ralph Hexter

One-Hour Massage

A one-hour massage: Relax and enjoy a massage by PSR graduate and licensed massage therapist Jeffrey Melcher. 

Estimated value: $80
Donor: Jeffrey Melcher

Collection of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Popular Psychology Books by Dr. David Kundtz
Titles Include

  • Stopping: How to Be Still When You Have to Keep Going
  • The bestselling Quiet Mind: One-Minute Retreats from a Busy    World 
  • Ministry Among God's Queer Folk: LGBT Pastoral Care -- with co-author Bernard Schlager
  • Awakened Mind: One-Minute Wake Up Calls
  • Nothing’s Wrong: A Man’s Guide to Managing His Feelings
  • And newly published Coming To: A Biomythography

For more information visit:

Estimated value: $100.00
Donor: David Kundtz. 


Collectible Danish Modern Chess Set

Match wits and engage in epic strategic battles with your favorite friend or relative with this beautifully carved, white wood, Danish modern chess set.

Estimated value: $150
Donor:  It’s Your Move Games and Hobbies