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Gift of renewal – Donors provide retreat time for UM clergy

By Sally Hicks, Faith & Leadership… Last October, Margot Porterfield and her husband, the Rev. Mark Porterfield, faced big changes in their life together. He was starting a new appointment as pastor at First United Methodist Church in Port Lavaca, Texas. She was going back to full-time work after five years. And with their two […]

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 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 […]

UMC-affiliated Lon Morris College in financial turmoil

Lon Morris College, a two-year, United Methodist-affiliated school in Jacksonville, Tex., announced Wednesday the furlough of most employees due to an ongoing financial crisis. The nearby Tyler Morning Telegraph  quoted a Lon Morris College trustee as saying the school’s president, Miles McCall, submitted his resignation. The East Texas school has been unable to meet three recent payrolls and […]