South Central Jurisdiction

Oliveto Prayer

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith analyzes the long-term impact of the Judicial Council ruling on the Western Jurisdiction's election of Rev. Karen Oliveto as bishop. more

May 8, 2017 4:53 PM Jeremy Smith

2016 Book of Discipline

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A complaint from the South Central Jurisdiction about the Western Jurisdiction's election of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto encompasses several church legal issues, writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

Apr 20, 2017 11:49 AM Finance and Administration

Bishop-elect Karen Oliveto

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A "friend of the court" brief submitted by the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith, a retired elder, challenges the authority of the South Central Jurisdiction's petition to the church's high court to nullify the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto. more

Aug 24, 2016 10:04 AM Finance and Administration 10 Comments

Bishop-elect Karen Oliveto

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The Rev. Bill Trench compares the two women at the heart of the election of United Methodism's first openly lesbian bishop and the laywoman who is requesting the church's high court rule on her legal standing. more

Jul 21, 2016 1:54 PM Perspectives 5 Comments

SCJ Boundaries

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A first-time delegate, the Rev. Jason Valendy explains something of how a jurisdictional conference works and part of why it took South Central so long to elect three bishops. more

Jul 21, 2016 1:53 PM Finance and Administration

Within hours after the Western Jurisdiction elevated her, the validity of Bishop Karen Oliveto's election was challenged by a request from the South Central Jurisdiction for the Judicial Council to rule on her standing. more

Jul 16, 2016 1:13 PM Finance and Administration 3 Comments

The Rev. Andy Bryan describes the process for electing bishops in the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church in the United States. more

Jul 14, 2016 2:14 PM Finance and Administration 1 Comments

South Central Map

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The Rev. Andy Bryan, a jurisdictional delegate from the Missouri Annual Conference, reflects on the issues and topics he heard at the recent South Central Jurisdiction delegate meeting in Oklahoma City. more

Nov 5, 2015 10:58 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

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

Nov 11, 2012 8:53 PM In the Church

Head Gear Required

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Despite unprecedented and difficult personnel decisions, work was not all somber for the 2012 session of the United Methodist South Central Jurisdiction. Between electing three new bishops and transacting other church business, delegates and observers enjoyed fun and fellowship. more

Jul 28, 2012 1:05 PM

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

Jul 27, 2012 12:17 PM In the Church

Bledsoe in Liberia

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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

Jul 25, 2012 6:17 PM

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

The South Central Jurisdiction's little-noticed vote to allow its Mission Council to decide issues of property disposal is a sad conclusion to the efforts of those who opposed bringing the Bush Presidential Institute to SMU. more

Jul 19, 2012 12:13 PM Views from a Ridge 2 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

Jul 19, 2012 9:49 AM In the Church

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

Jul 18, 2012 12:32 AM In the Church 4 Comments

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

Jul 17, 2012 3:33 PM In the Church

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

Jun 18, 2012 5:22 PM In the Church

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

Jun 15, 2012 2:35 PM In the Church