Judicial Council

Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe

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.
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.

Fall 2012 Judicial Council roundup

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.
Bishop Daniel Wandabula addresses the Judicial Council. A UMNS photos by Anne Marie Gerhardt.

Court defers East Africa financial dispute

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.
General Church
A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Judicial Council upholds security of appointment

The top court of The United Methodist Church has upheld church rules that ensure security of appointment for elders and associate clergy members.

Sign up for our newsletter!