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Lambrecht: Bishop and BOM justified in decision

 By Rev. Thomas A. Lambrecht* Bishop Jim Dorff has issued a ruling upholding (by default) the decision by the clergy session of the Southwest Texas Annual Conference to remove Ms. Mary Ann Kaiser from candidacy for ordained ministry.  Ms. Kaiser is an avowed lesbian living in a partnered relationship with another woman, and with the […]

Bishop makes ruling in Southwest Texas Ordination Case

SAN ANTONIO, Tex — Bishop James E. Dorff of the San Antonio Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church issued his ruling of law today regarding the discontinuance of the candidacy of Mary Ann Kaiser, determining that the request for a ruling was “moot and hypothetical” and that he would offer “…no decision on the […]

`Rio Texas Conference’ to be name of unified Southwest Texas and Rio Grande Conferences

The unified Southwest Texas and Rio Grande Conferences of the United Methodist Church will go by the name “Rio Texas Conference.” The team charged with implementing unification of the conferences chose the name in a unanimous vote on Wednesday, and announced it today. Byrd Bonner, a Southwest Texas Conference layman and co-chair of the Unification […]

UM conferences approve plans for two mergers

OKLAHOMA CITY—The United Methodist conferences in the denomination’s South Central Jurisdiction will have some very different boundaries within the next four years. On July 20, delegates at the jurisdictional conference unanimously approved the merger of the Southwest Texas and Rio Grande annual conferences into “a bold new conference” and the consolidation of the Kansas East, […]