4:00 P.M. EST March 18, 2010
Then-Bishop Edward W. Paup addresses members of the United Methodist
Board of Global Ministries in 2008. A UMNS photo by Cassandra Heller.
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A Colorado bishop has dismissed a complaint that charged the former
top executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries
violated his ordination vows.
Denver Area Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky announced that she has
“terminated the complaint process against the Rev. Edward W. Paup,” a
former bishop and a clergy member of The United Methodist Church’s
Rocky Mountain Annual (regional) Conference.
“Since forwarding the complaints to the Counsel for the Church,
intervening events have mitigated many of the concerns raised,” she
wrote in a letter dated March 9. “Therefore, after prayerful
consideration, I have decided that it is in the best interests of the
church to conclude the complaint process rather than proceed toward
“While I understand that some of you will have questions about this
decision and how I came to make it, my commitment to confidentiality
with the parties involved does not allow me to share the details.”
In a telephone interview, Stanovsky on March 18 declined to comment
further on the specifics of her decision. But she said, “The goals the
complainants had for this process had largely been realized.”
Paup could not be reached by telephone for comment. He resigned from
the episcopacy in 2008 to become the top staff executive of the United
Methodist Board of Global Ministries. A year later, in September 2009,
he resigned from that position, citing health concerns.
He resigned less than two weeks after Stanovsky made public her
investigation of a complaint that Paup “had violated the sacred trust of
ordination.” The bishop said she issued the Sept. 11 letter
acknowledging the complaint because of mounting rumors. No details of
the allegation were revealed.
At the time, Stanovsky reported that Paup was undergoing medical
testing for a possible benign brain tumor. The latest letter had no
information regarding his medical condition.
The bishop said March 18 that she could not speak about Paup’s
“We’re in conversation with him about his relationship with the
conference and his clergy status,” she said. She added that Paup
continues to be on “involuntary leave of absence” with the conference.
Last September, Paup would not address the complaint directly. “As a
bishop of the church, I had to make some difficult decisions that
created political enemies,” he said in an interview, but declined to
elaborate. The complainants also declined to comment and requested
In her recent letter, Stanovsky asked members of the Rocky Mountain
Conference to pray for healing mercies “for Rev. Paup and his family,
for the persons who brought forth the complaints, for all the people who
had a role in a very long and difficult process, and for the church.”
“We are all called to be the church of Jesus Christ—to receive what we
can of God’s love and grace poured into our lives, and to share it with
the world in ways that heal and restore,” Stanovsky wrote. “I pray that
the love of Christ may heal what the processes of the church have been
unable to put right.”
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