In retirement, Shaw said he hopes to continue his work on health and education projects in Africa. He will spend more time with his monastic community. And he will work on his pottery, a favorite hobby.
Asked about his impetus for political activism, Shaw cited the life of Jesus.
“He was very out there in terms of critiquing a society that didn’t recognize the dignity of human beings,” Shaw said in an interview. “And so I think because I’m a follower of Jesus, that’s my responsibility as well ”” I’m supposed to speak up on issues that diminish people’s dignity.”
The article reports, “Shaw did not speak publicly about his own sexuality until last year, when he discussed being gay in a documentary film, â€œLove Free or Die,â€ about New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church. The revelation was low key, and it came well after the church settled major debates about gay issues in favor of inclusion. People hardly noticed.”