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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