As Britain marks David Livingstone's 200th birthday (pictured here) on Tuesday (March 19), Christians are being reintroduced to one of the greatest missionaries and explorers of the 19th century.  Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons/National Portrait Gallery in London

Dr. Livingstone, I presume? Missionary icon turns 200

(RNS) On the 200th anniversary of David Livingstone’s birth, Christians are being reintroduced to one of the greatest missionaries and explorers of the 19th century. A new book, meanwhile, introduces a darker side to Livingstone’s globe-trotting career and the corrosive effect it had on his marriage.

Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson gives the invocation on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, to begin the Welcoming Ceremony for Barack Obama's presidential inauguration. Religion News Service photo by David Jolkovski

Gay bishop Gene Robinson sets sights on D.C. as retirement looms

CONCORD, N.H. (RNS) When Gene Robinson became the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in 2003, his election triggered shock waves and fears of schism worldwide. Now, as this lighting-rod figure prepares to retire Jan. 5, he’s leaving New Hampshire for a city that knows polarization all too well: Washington, D.C. By G. Jeffrey MacDonald.