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Text of Judicial Council decision reinstating Bishop Bledsoe

  Here’s a corrected text of Judicial Council Decision 1230,  reinstating Bishop Earl Bledsoe to active status. IN RE: Appeal of Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe Challenging the Action of the South Central Jurisdictional Committee on the Episcopacy and the 2012 South Central Jurisdictional Conference DIGEST Due to the numerous errors in violation of the principles of […]

Bishop Bledsoe: Issue is fairness, not race

By Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, Special Contributor …  Editor’s note: This column is adapted from a blog entry Bishop Bledsoe posted last week for the North Texas Conference website. He announced his retirement on June 1, and reversed himself on June 5. He told conference members then, at the close of their annual gathering, that the South […]

Black caucus questions Bishop Bledsoe evaluation

The situation involving Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, an African-American who says he is being pushed to retire, is “a source of significant anguish and disappointment,” says The United Methodist Church’s African-American caucus. Black Methodists for Church Renewal Inc., which represents African-American United Methodists and congregations across the United States, announced its concerns Friday, June 15, […]

Bishop Earl Bledsoe reverses retirement decision

Update: Bishop Earl Bledsoe has reversed his decision to voluntarily retire, and has promised to fight to remain an active bishop. Check back here later tonight for a full story. Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe has announced his retirement, effective Aug. 31, as leader of the North Texas Conference. “This is where I believe God is […]