College of Bishops Plan to Implement Decision 1230
On Friday, November 16, 2012, the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops of the United Methodist Church met to confer regarding the implementation of Decision 1230 of the Judicial Council concerning Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe. In consultation with Dr. Don House, the Chairperson of the South Central Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy, the College determined that Paragraph 407 of the Book of Discipline was the most appropriate paragraph to put into action.
It was determined that the President of the College of Bishops, Bishop Janice Riggle Huie will visit and consult with the Cabinets and the Committees on Episcopacy of both the Northwest Texas and the New Mexico conferences as quickly as possible. She will then consult with the full South Central Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy. This is the process outlined in Paragraph 407 of the BOD regarding assignments between sessions of the jurisdictional conference. The College of Bishops will meet again to recommend the assignment of a bishop. That recommendation must be approved by the Council of Bishops.
Bishop Huie states, “It is the intent of the College of Bishops that these meetings and conferences will be completed so that the new assignment may begin in January, 2013.”