Process on track to give Bishop Bledsoe an assignment by January

Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, president of the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops, said the process is on track to have reinstated Bishop Earl Bledsoe begin a new appointment in January.The only vacancy is in the episcopal area encompassing the Northwest Texas and New Mexico Conferences, and Bishop Huie has just wrapped up meetings with leaders of those.

Bishop Earl Bledsoe

“The meetings were both thoughtful and productive,” she said in a press release.

Bishop Huie said the next step would be a conference call with members of the South Central Jurisdiction’s episcopacy committee, something she expects to schedule ”within the week.”

She also said she hopes to have a nomination regarding Bishop Bledsoe made to the College of Bishops by Dec. 15.

It remains “the intent of the College of Bishops that these meetings and conferences will be completed so that the new assignment may begin in January, 2013,” Bishop Huie said.

Bishop Bledsoe, 62, was elected to the episcopacy in 2008, and assigned to the North Texas Conference. The jurisdictional episcopacy committee voted last July to retire him involuntarily, saying he had been an ineffective administrator.

The South Central Jurisdictonal Conference affirmed the committee’s decision, but Bishop Bledsoe disputed the evaluation – both result and process – and appealed to the UMC’s Judicial Council.

The council ruled for Bishop Bledsoe, ordering that he be reinstated and given an episocpal area to oversee.

Bishop Bledsoe has said he and his wife, Leslie, will go wherever the church sends them.

 

Sam Hodges, Former Managing Editor, UMR

Sam Hodges

Sam Hodges was the managing editor of The United Methodist Reporter from 2011-2013. A formee reporter for the Dallas Morning News and the Charlotte Observer, Sam is a respected voice in United Methodist journalism.

Facebook LinkedIn 

Sorry, but there are no comments yet.

Your thoughts?

applications-education-miscellaneous.png
The United Methodist Reporter wants to encourage lively conversation about The United Methodist Church and our articles in the belief that Christian conversation (what Wesley would call conferencing) is a means of grace. While we support passionate debate, we cannot allow language that demeans or demonizes others, and we reserve the right to delete any comment we believe to be harmful or inappropriate. We encourage all to remember that we are all broken and in need of Christ's grace, and that we all see through the glass darkly until that time we when reach full perfection in love. May your speech here be tempered with love, and reflection of the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. After all, "There is no law against things like this." (Galatians 5:22-23)
 

*

Google+
%d bloggers like this: