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May 8, 2018

Episcopal Letter from Bishop Bledsoe

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

 

many questions surrounding this action. Why forward all three plans if the Council is recommending one? To maintain transparency, we wanted to honor the values contained in all three models and to acknowledge that within the Council of Bishops, there is support for each of the three plans. The Council of bishops believes the One Church plan is the best way forward for the United Methodist Church. We believe this plan allows for contextualization of language about human sexuality in support of our mission.

I will be meeting with the conference delegates to the special called session of the General Conference to talk about next steps and providing information for The Annual Conference.  I will also be working with each District Superintendent to plan additional listening conferences and opportunities for me to visit each of the districts to hear your concerns and hopes regarding this recommendation prior to the Special Called Session.  My prayer is that we remain focused on our mission while continuing to pray for the leadership of the church as we continue to discern God’s will and plan for the church. I look forward to seeing you at Annual Conference.

 

 

W. Earl Bledsoe

Bishop

 

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Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

 

I will be meeting with the conference delegates to the special called session of the General Conference to talk about next steps and providing information for The Annual Conference.  I will also be working with each District Superintendent to plan additional listening conferences and opportunities for me to visit each of the districts to hear your concerns and hopes regarding this recommendation prior to the Special Called Session.  My prayer is that we remain focused on our mission while continuing to pray for the leadership of the church as we continue to discern God’s will and plan for the church. I look forward to seeing you at Annual Conference.

 

 

W. Earl Bledsoe

Bishop