RTN Theology #31- Faith on Stage: Bob’s CHQ Conversation w/ Bishop Gene Robinson

August 27, 2020
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Bob joins Bishop Gene Robinson, the chaplain of the Chautauqua Institution for a special talk about his life of faith as a professional musician, father, and friend. Their remarkable CHQ Assembly conversation comes during such a difficult time for so many, and remembers how his faith in Jesus grew amidst the crisis of his daughter, Hallie’s, brain tumor and treatment. Bishop Robinson brings pastoral sensibility and keen spiritual insight. Featured music comes from Winston-Salem’s The Pharaoh Sisters and their album Civil Dawn.


About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue. CHQ Assembly is the online expression of Chautauqua Institution’s mission.


Featured music comes from the Pharaoh Sisters. The American folk tradition is flush with heritage, oral history, and collaboration. Seated in the foothills of Appalachia, The Pharaoh Sisters– Austin Pfeiffer, Jared Meyer, Kevin Beck, John Ray. are related to no one, are beneficiaries of no tradition, and no one asked us to carry on anything. Aloof and uninvited, we press on. Guitar driven with poignant lyrics, our music takes cues from the mountain, old-time, and Gospel traditions, but with contemporary twists. Their debut album, Civil Dawn, began recording in August of 2018. This album is the result of much sweat and tears.

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Episode theme music: The Old Ark’s A-Movin’ by A.A. Gray & the Seven Foot Dilly

Jesus Said by David Childers

Episode edited by Chris Breslin.

Episode produced by Bob Crawford & Chris Breslin, with audio courtesy of CHQ Assembly.

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