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Superb article, Heather. Well-written and informative. Keep this one for UMAC and ACP competitions.
it time to seriously consider term-limits for bishops, as part of the
restructuring of our disfunctional church? Why should this office be
exempt from the restructuring process?
Rev. Gerald H. Anderson (ret.)
Of course. The Western Jurisdiction, the one most in need of reform from an episcopal point of view, hasn't 'completed' their evaluative tool. I'm grateful the GC 2012 saw the need for accountability for bishops. Too late for me, but welcome none the less.
Of course. The Jurisdiction in most need of episcopal reform is the one that has not 'completed' the process. Good for GC 2012 for requiring this. Too late for me or my connection to the denomination, but at least someone is doing something about the abuse of power exhibited by too many Episcopal leaders.
am more than curious as to what kind of a report card a Bishop gets
(i.e. Melvin G. Talbert) who openly tells a new group of ordinands (at
their Ordination in front of Annual Conference) to disobey church law
and "do the right thing" (evidently in their own sight) and perform so
called "marriages" for same sex couples? Is there no accountability for
anyone anymore when it comes to Homosexual issues? Bishop Bledsoe is
forced into retirement for some relatively subjective but seemingly
unharmful reasons, but what about rebellious (if not heretical) Bishops?
How does this compare to the newly adopted "no guaranteed appointment"
stance for Pastors who are judged "ineffective" in their ministry when
Bishops can virtually slap the face of 40 years of General Conferences,
church law and orthodox evangelical United Methodism?