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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Committee explains actions regarding Bishop Bledsoe

An evaluation of Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe led the South Central Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee to ask that he retire voluntarily and to promise a vote on involuntary retirement if he didn’t go on his own, the committee chair said in a statement Friday. “The results of our evaluation of Bishop Bledsoe were mixed. While having […]