Tag Archive: Judicial Council

Bishop rules lesbian clergy candidate can stay on ordination track

By Heather Hahn and Sam Hodges* San Antonio Area Bishop James E. Dorff on Dec. 12 reversed the removal of a lesbian clergy candidate, Mary Ann Barclay, from the ordination track. Dorff said in his ruling that Barclay “remains a candidate for ministry and is due full examination, including an interview, by the (Southwest …

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Top court to look at rulings on gay-related statements

Rulings on recent actions by United Methodist annual (regional) conferences regarding church law on homosexuality issues will be considered by the denomination’s top court this fall.

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Bishops hold 2nd consecutive closed meeting

The gathering will be more like a retreat to exchange ideas, say bishops. Still, some longtime church observers say the meeting should be open.

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In split decision, church’s top court rules on Western Pennsylvania/East Africa dispute

A 10-year financial dispute between the Western Pennsylvania Annual (Regional) Conference and the East Africa Annual Conference that wound up before The United Methodist Church’s top court has ended with a split decision that likely will not please everyone.

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Bledsoe nominated to lead Northwest Texas-N.M. area


The South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops has recommended Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe to fill the vacancy in the Northwest Texas/New Mexico Episcopal Area, which encompasses the Northwest Texas and New Mexico annual (regional) conferences. Bledsoe was forcibly retired this summer before the United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, ordered his immediate reinstatement.

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Top court reinstates ‘retired’ bishop

Oklahoma Area Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. leads a prayer for Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe after South Central Jurisdictional Conference delegates on July 19 affirmed the decision to compel Bledsoe’s early retirement. A UMNS file photo by Holly McCray.

United Methodist Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe must receive immediate appointment and be restored to full status, Judicial Council rules

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Bishops to gather for closed retreat

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, Council of Bishops president, accepts the gavel from former council president, Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster, in a “passing of the gavel” ceremony April 26 in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS file photo by Kathleen Barry.

The first meeting with newly elected bishops focuses on spirituality but takes place at a time when bishops face increasing scrutiny.

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Fall 2012 Judicial Council roundup

The Judicial Council for 2012-16 took up a full docket during its Oct. 24-27 session in Elk Grove Village, Ill.  From left: Belton Joyner, J. Kabamba Kiboko, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., and Kathi Austin Mahle. Standing from left: Ruben T. Reyes, Dennis Blackwell, Beth Capen, William B. Lawrence and Angela Brown. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.

The denomination’s top court ruled on varied questions including bishops’ rulings on sexuality issues and whether a bishop can be compelled to retire early.

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Court defers East Africa financial dispute

Court members William B. Lawrence and Angela Brown listen to Bishop Daniel Wandabula’s testimony.

A dispute regarding how United Methodist church funds are handled in East Africa has been deferred by the denomination’s top court to next April.

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Judicial Council upholds security of appointment

A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

The top court of The United Methodist Church has upheld church rules that ensure security of appointment for elders and associate clergy members, striking down legislation passed by the denomination’s lawmaking assembly last spring.

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