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Breaking news: SCJ College of Bishops recommends Bledsoe for NW Tex/New Mexico

The South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops has recommended that Bishop Earl Bledsoe be assigned to oversee the Northwest Texas and New Mexico Conferences. The jurisdiction’s episcopacy committee had voted to retire him involuntarily, claiming he had been an ineffective administrator in his four years of leading the North Texas Conference; but the Judicial Council overturned that action […]

Bishop Bledsoe returned to active status by Judicial Council

  The Judicial Council of the UMC has reinstated to active status Bishop Earl Bledsoe, finding that his involuntary retirement by the South Central Jurisdiction’s episcopacy committee violated fair process through “numerous errors” in procedure. The full text of the decision can be found here. “We just thank God,” Bishop Bledsoe said Sunday night by phone. […]

Council’s ruling could affect Bledsoe appeal

By Neill Caldwell, United Methodist News Service… ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill.—A United Methodist bishop can be placed in involuntary retirement, the denomination’s Judicial Council has ruled. The ruling, in one of 18 cases considered during its Oct. 24-27 meeting here, could have implications for the forced early retirement of Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, which the […]

Bledsoe episode calls us to talk about race, racism

By Gilbert H. Caldwell, Special Contributor… As I read the Reporter article titled “Kind words, hugs and pain at event for Bishop Bledsoe,” I had two immediate reactions: First, I was deeply moved at the expressions of love and appreciation at this North Texas Conference farewell reception for Bishop Earl Bledsoe, who was involuntarily retired. […]

North Texas bishop’s removal is not about race

By Christy Thomas, Special Contributor… Are we a racist Conference (North Texas) and Jurisdiction (South Central)? An extraordinarily incendiary commentary written by the Rev. Henry L. Masters Sr., the newly appointed senior pastor of St. Luke “Community” UMC in Dallas, and published in the Reporter, makes that accusation. He refers to the involuntary retirement of […]

Yes, bishop’s forced retirement is a race issue

By Henry L. Masters Sr., Special Contributor… I am an ashamed United Methodist! The action of the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ) to force Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe into retirement was a sad and shameful day for me. I am a lifelong United Methodist with four decades of pastoral ministry. The unprecedented action of the 2012 […]

Committee explains actions regarding Bishop Bledsoe

An evaluation of Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe led the South Central Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee to ask that he retire voluntarily and to promise a vote on involuntary retirement if he didn’t go on his own, the committee chair said in a statement Friday. “The results of our evaluation of Bishop Bledsoe were mixed. While having […]

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