Beginning Nov. 9, the Judicial Council, The United Methodist Church’s top court, will consider the appeal of Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe concerning his involuntary retirement as an active bishop.
In an appeal filed this year, Jon R. Gray, a retired judge in the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Missouri and former Judicial Council member, stated that “Bishop Bledsoe [had] not been accused of or charged with any chargeable offense under The (Book of) Discipline, nor [had] any formal written complaints been filed or processed against him.”
Bishop Bledsoe was in his first term as bishop with the North Texas Annual Conference when he was compelled to retire earlier this year.
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