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Hugs, tributes and pain as bishop leaves

FLOWER MOUND, Texas—Bishop Earl Bledsoe said goodbye to the North Texas Conference at a reception for him on Aug. 26 that included many hugs and kind words, but also recognition of the pained circumstances of his departure. “I hold no ill will, no grudges, no nothing—but God’s love for you,” he told a crowd of […]

‘Secret angel’ pays off mission church’s debt

An anonymous donation has paid off the remaining debt – just over $80,000 – for the land and church building of Christ’s Foundry, a UM mission church in an Hispanic part of Dallas. The church began to use its new building at Christmas, and the building was consecrated in May. Several UM churches in the North […]

Kind words, hugs and pain at event for Bishop Bledsoe

Bishop Earl Bledsoe said goodbye to the North Texas Conference at a reception for him Sunday that included many hugs and kind words, but also recognition of the pained circumstances of his departure. “I hold no ill will, no grudges, no nothing – but God’s love for you,” he told a crowd of about 250 […]

Council sets fall date for Bledsoe appeal

The UMC’s Judicial Council has set Nov. 9-11 as the dates for its consideration of Bishop Earl Bledsoe’s appeal of his involuntary retirement. The council said in a statement that the meeting will likely be in Phoenix. The statement did not say whether there will be oral arguments. This will be a special meeting. The council […]

Judicial Council to hear Bledsoe appeal in November

The UMC’s Judicial Council will meet in November to consider Bishop Earl Bledsoe’s appeal of his involuntary retirement. The council released a statement today (Monday, July 30) saying that the meeting will begin on Nov. 9 and and end no later than Nov. 11. The hearing will likely be in Phoenix, but that will have to confirmed, […]

Bishop Bledsoe left out of episcopal assignments

OKLAHOMA CITY – Bishop Earl Bledsoe of the UMC’s North Texas Conference will be in retired status at the end of August, according to a surprise announcement at the end of the South Central Jurisdictional Conference here late Friday night. The episcopacy committee decided Tuesday to retire Bishop Bledsoe involuntarily, citing its concerns about his administrative […]

May we never see another day like it

By Rebekah Miles, Special Contributor… Please God, may we never see another day like yesterday, July 19.  At the meeting of the South Central Jurisdiction we voted to affirm the decision of our episcopacy committee to call for the involuntary retirement of one of our Bishops. We must have accountability, but no jurisdiction, no episcopacy […]

Jurisdictional Conference delegates support decision to retire Bishop Bledsoe

  OKLAHOMA CITY – Bishop Earl Bledsoe took to the microphone in his own defense Thursday, but South Central Jurisdictional Conference delegates voted to affirm an episcopacy committee’s decision that he be retired involuntarily. “I asked the committee and I’m asking you now:  Where is fair process, where at least I’m able to share my side of the story?” Bishop Bledsoe, leader […]

Committee asks approval of vote to retire Bishop Bledsoe

OKLAHOMA CITY – The South Central Jurisdiction’s episcopacy committee found reasons to question Bishop Earl Bledsoe’s “integrity and trustworthiness,” the committee’s chairman, Don House, told delegates to the jurisdiction’s conference this morning. Those delegates will be asked this afternoon to approve the committee’s vote to retire Bishop Bledsoe involuntarily. “Bishop Bledsoe demonstrates many gifts. He’s […]

Committee votes to retire Bishop Bledsoe

OKLAHOMA CITY – The South Central Jurisdiction’s episcopacy committee voted Tuesday night to retire Bishop Earl Bledsoe involuntarily, citing concerns about his administrative abilities. Such a move by a jurisdictional episcopacy committee apparently is a first for the United Methodist Church. The committee’s decision followed a negative performance review it gave Bishop Bledsoe for his four-year tenure in the […]

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