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Ten reasons why UM bishops shouldn’t meet in private – from a retired bishop

By Joe E. Pennel Jr., Special Contributor… As one of the retired bishops I join those who are concerned about the active bishops meeting as a closed “forum,” as they are scheduled to do in San Diego from May 5-8. The word “forum” is a public word. Its derivation comes from the open space or […]

Bishops to hold second straight private meeting

When active United Methodist bishops gather in San Diego, May 5-8, that will be the second consecutive large gathering of bishops closed to the press and other visitors—a move that is prompting criticism within the UMC. The Council of Bishops, including retirees, met in private in November at St. Simons Island, Ga. In announcing that […]

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 […]

Bishops hold closed meeting to start quadrennium

United Methodist bishops from around the globe will gather Nov. 4-9 for a private retreat intended to establish a spiritual grounding for their work together during the next four years. Among roughly 125 active and retired bishops planning to attend the event at Epworth-by-the-Sea on St. Simons Island, Ga., the 14 new episcopal leders, who […]

Clergy, laity group asks censure of Bishop Talbert over gay rights activism

  Some United Methodist clergy and laity are calling on the Council of Bishops to censure retired Bishop Melvin Talbert for encouraging clergy to go against the Book of Discipline by officiating at same-sex unions. The 70-plus member group, including leaders of the Good News and Confessing Movement caucuses, made their appeal in a letter sent to all bishops. Bishop Talbert could […]

Election Time: Three jurisdictions will choose bishops

By J. Richard Peck, United Methodist News Service… The attention of the denomination will be focused beginning July 18 on the jurisdictional conferences, where 11 new U.S. bishops are expected to be elected in three jurisdictions. Like General Conference, the worldwide legislative gathering that met April 24 to May 4 in Tampa, Fla., jurisdictional conferences […]

Council of Bishops head recalls journey in ministry

TAMPA, Fla.—Bishop Rosemarie Wenner grew up in a United Methodist congregation so small that she was the only member of her confirmation class. But the 50 or so members of that church in Eppingen, a village in southwestern Germany near the border with France, also made her feel welcome, even though most were the age […]