Questions Bishop Bledsoe evaluation


I find it incredible that four years ago the Rev. W. Earl Bledsoe was selected for the position of United Methodist Bishop and now the South Central Jurisdiction episcopacy committee wants to remove him as episcopal leader of the North Texas Conference. I would like to know the benchmarks used for this decision, and the committee members’ educational qualifications. Also, I find it stunning that they could not find another conference that would consider taking him.

Perhaps we need more transparency, not only for Bledsoe but for the integrity of the committee.I have known Bledsoe for years and have always found him to be a man of God.

 I noticed that the committee did not offer any avenues for professional mediation. Lots of unanswered questions remain that capture the laity’s attention.

Sylvia J. Jones


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Perhaps it would be best if Bishop Bledsoe released the SCJ Episcopacy Committee from any strictures of confidentiality. If his supporters believe that everything should be open and transparent, that would seem like a very fair step. If he doesn't, then we can draw inferences from that refusal.

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