Costs are in, implications still debated, in Bishop Bledsoe controversy

The arguments go on about whether the victim in the failed effort to oust Bishop Earl Bledsoe was accountability for bishops or Bishop Bledsoe himself. What’s beyond dispute is that the episode came at a cost, including financial. The South Central Jurisdiction recently paid nearly $100,000 to cover legal fees and other expenses of Bishop […]

Judicial Council rules in dispute between Western Pennsylvania, East Africa Conferences

By Neill Caldwell, for United Methodist News Service… SEATTLE — A 10-year financial dispute between the Western Pennsylvania Conference and the East Africa Conference that wound up before the UMC’s top court has ended with a split decision that likely will not please everyone. The Judicial Council agreed with only one of Western Pennsylvania’s three questions — […]

GC vies with Judicial Council as 2012’s biggest news-maker

Summarizing a full year in the life of the sprawling, conflicted United Methodist Church is always a challenge. Every fourth year, it gets tougher. That’s because General Conference—the quadrennial gathering for setting church policy, law and finances—occurs and influences so much of church life. But the 2012 General Conference faced surprising competition as a news-maker. […]

It’s official: Bishop Bledsoe assigned to Northwest Texas, New Mexico

  Bishop Earl Bledsoe, involuntarily retired and then reinstated to active duty by the UMC’s Judicial Council, has been assigned to the Northwest Texas and New Mexico Conferences. The South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops recently recommended that Bishop Bledsoe oversee the episcopal area encompassing those conferences, meaning he would be based in Albuquerque. The […]

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. […]

Will it be revolution or strangulation for UMC?

By Christy Thomas, Special Contributor… The United Methodist Church cannot be re-formed. It’s over for us with our current structure. The Judicial Council’s decision to revoke the involuntary retirement of Bishop Earl Bledsoe over issues of violation of procedural minutia found in the Book of Discipline (not over the question of his effectiveness, which was […]

College of Bishops hopes to have Bishop Bledsoe assigned by January

 The College of Bishops of the South Central Jurisdiction will take the lead in getting Bishop Earl Bledsoe assigned to an episcopal area, and the goal is to have him in place by January. Bishop Bledsoe recently won an appeal of his involuntary retirement by the South Central Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee. The jurisdiction has one […]

Bishop Bledsoe to be reassigned – but how?

No doubt about it: the UMC’s Judicial Council has overturned Bishop Earl Bledsoe’s involuntary retirement and said he must immediately be given an episcopal area to oversee. But how is that assignment to be made? Head scratching could almost be heard around the South Central Jurisdiction. “The circumstances before us are new ground,” said Bishop […]

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. […]

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