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Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe

Bledsoe Hearing

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Returned to active status by the Judicial Council, Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe's future remains uncertain at this time despite several possibilities. more

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The ramifications of the Judicial Council ruling returning Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe to active status go far beyond a singular personnel action in one U.S. church jurisdiction. more

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House and Bledsoe

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In unprecedented decisions, the United Methodist Judicial Council has reinstated Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe to active status after he was involuntarily retired in July by vote of the South Central Jurisdiction. more

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House and Bledsoe

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A bishop can be forced to retire early, rules the Judicial Council, holding implications for the appeal of former North Texas bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, which will come before the council at a special called meeting Nov. 9-10. more

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Judicial Council 2012-2016

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The United Methodist Judicial Council this week considers a full docket of issues, including guaranteed appointment for ordained elders and the involuntary retirement of Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe by the South Central Jurisdiction. more

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Prayer for Bishop Bledsoe

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Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe has challenged the constitutionality of the Book of Discipline rule used to force his retirement by the South Central Jurisdiction. The Judicial Council will review his appeal. more

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Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe announced July 25 that he would appeal to the Judicial Council, the United Methodist Church's "supreme Court," the decision of the South Central Jurisdiction to retire him involuntarily. more

A small group of leaders in the North Texas Annual Conference is seeking to rebuild trust following the personnel process that resulted in Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe's involuntary retirement more

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House and Bledsoe

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May We Never See Another Day Like It

The Rev. Rebekah Miles ponders the Discipline, accountability, race and repentance in the process that has brought the involuntary retirement of Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe. more

Jul 20, 2012 11:14 AM Rebekah Miles 4 Comments

"Questions of integrity and trustworthiness" are the paramount reasons that the South Central Jurisdiction Episcopacy Committee has voted to retire Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe involuntarily. more

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Bishop Earl Bledsoe

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The unprecedented vote to oust Dallas Area Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe has exposed the pitfalls of The United Methodist Church's personnel process. more

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Bledsoe Hearing

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In a late-night decision reported by United Methodist News Service, the South Central Jurisdictional Committee on the Episcopacy has voted 24 to 4, with 2 abstentions, to place Dallas Area Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe on involuntary retirement. more

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Report Card

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Heather Hahn explores how United Methodist bishops are now being formally evaluated on their performance as the church's spiritual and temporal leaders. more

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Bledsoe Hearing

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The Rev. Zan Holmes, who served as clergy advocate for Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe during his hearing before the South Central Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee, says he thinks the hearing is "headed in the right direction." more

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Analyzing the ongoing personnel conflict involving Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe of the North Texas Annual Conference, the Rev. Christy Thomas explores why metrics can be such an inexact determinant of genuine leadership and effectiveness. more

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Bledsoe in Liberia

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Black Methodists for Church Renewal have weighed in with their concerns about whether racism is a factor in the personnel conflict now facing Dallas Area Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, who has vowed to "fight like the devil" for his job. more

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Bledsoe in Liberia

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The agency charged with monitoring racial matters in The United Methodist Church is expressing concern prompted by the situation involving Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, an African-American bishop who says he is being pressured to retire. more

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Don House

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Don House, chair of the South Central Jurisdiction Episcopacy Committee, released a statement June 8 regarding the process that led up to North Texas Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe being found to be an "ineffective" leader. more

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Restructure talk

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The day after Dallas Area Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe announced he would "fight like the devil" to keep his episcopal office, pundits and prayers filled online blogs, Facebook, Twitter and email. more

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Bishop Earl Bledsoe

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Freshman Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe throws the North Texas Annual Conference into turmoil by alleging that racism played a role in a negative personnel evaluation that forced him to announce early retirement. more

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