Robert R. Spears, Jr.
The Right Reverend Robert Rae Spears, Jr., (June 1918 – March 18, 2008) was a prominent American Christian clergyman, and the former Episcopal Bishop of Rochester, New York, for which he served from 1970 to 1984. He was best known for his liberal views. Bishop Spears was an important leader in the Episcopal Church's progressive wing. He was in favor of the decision to ordain women. He opposed the Vietnam War, and spoke out against violence during the Attica Prison riot. He was also an early proponent of involvement in the Episcopal Church by its gay and lesbian members.
Childhood, education and calling
Spears graduated from Hobart College in Upstate New York in 1940. He answered the call to holy orders in the Episcopal Church. He graduated from The General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1943.
Bishop of Rochester
- "Bishop Robert R. Spears Jr., 89, dies", Democrat and Chronicle, found at Democrat and Chronicle Obituary. Accessed March 30, 2008.
- Hobart and William Smith Colleges web site. Accessed March 30, 2008.
- See List of Presiding Bishops in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America
- Rochester Episcopal Diocese about web page. Accessed March 30, 2008.
- Mary S. Donovan, "Women as Priests and Bishops," UALR History Seminar, November 7, 1989; Revised February 13, 1992; July 20, 1992, found at Women as Priests and Bishops. Accessed March 30, 2008.
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