The long case involving Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe is nearing its conclusion with the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops recommendation that Bishop Bledsoe fill the vacancy in the Northwest Texas/New Mexico Episcopal Area, which encompasses the Northwest Texas and New Mexico annual (regional) conferences. The area’s episcopal residence is in Albuquerque, N.M.
The full United Methodist Council of Bishops would have to approve the assignment and is scheduled to vote by email with responses due Thursday, Dec. 20. The college of bishops previously had announced plans to reinstate Bledsoe by January.
Bledsoe was forcibly retired this summer as the bishop over the Dallas Area before the United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, ordered his immediate reinstatement.
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