This book provides an exploration of the man who many believe will be the catalyst for the schism within the Anglican Church. Through a lively text, based on extensive interviews with Bishop Robinson, his closest associates, family, colleagues and observers, and illustrated with photographs from all phases of his life, "Going to Heaven" paints a portrait of Bishop Robinson not as a symbol, but a human being who is, as he puts it, "neither the angel nor the devil some would make me out to be." It illuminates his life; his struggle with - and eventual acceptance of - his homosexuality; and his calling to become a priest and later a bishop. It tells the story of the critical events of his election and consecration amid intense opposition, huge security concerns and media attention. It then follows him through the next two years as he juggles dual roles - Bishop of New Hampshire, and symbol of gay achievement and the progressive church. Meanwhile, the opposition stirred by his election creates increasing pressure for schism in the Anglican Communion at large.
The book concludes with a discussion of the deep theological and historical significance of Gene Robinson's election and personal vision for the future, and what this means both for individuals and for a Church seeking to be relevant in a post-modern world.
Elizabeth Adams has been granted unique access to Bishop Robinson and the events surrounding him. She is also a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, and has been an observer, writer and speaker for many years about the interface between religion and contemporary life and politics.