How does the public view the problems we are facing in the UMC? This may be another glimpse at another perspective.
The Northwest Texas and New Mexico region actually is considered one episcopal area, Nunn explained. “The Jurisdictional Conference, which met last week in Oklahoma City, left our area open.”
He added, “In our area — Northwest Texas — Bishop Dan Solomon will be our interim bishop.”
Karla Abernethy-Thetford, area director of communications for the New Mexico and Northwest Texas Conferences of the United Methodist Church, said another bishop — William Hutchison of Albuquerque, N.M., — also has been recommended for the region.
“We still are awaiting approval from the Council of Bishops of this recommendation. If approved, Solomon and Hutchison will begin the interim assignment on Sept. 1,” she said.
“Our current bishop, Bishop D. Max Whitfield, will serve until his retirement Aug. 31. He then will begin serving as bishop in residence at Perkins School of Theology.”
The uncertainty gripping the United Methodist Church has arisen from an unprecedented disciplinary action against Earl Bledsoe, bishop of the North Texas region that includes Dallas.
Bledsoe was placed on “involuntary retirement” status effective Aug. 31.
Abernethy-Thetford said, “This is the first time there has been a situation such as with Bledsoe, and where it’s been recommended and approved with the involuntary retirement. And there had to be an open position filled with an interim bishop.
“This has just not ever happened before. So, our conference — our area — is going to kind of be looked at as we go through this process just because of how this is going to work, how we are going to respond.”
She said the involuntary retirement of Bledsoe, though some actions occurred in closed meetings, basically involved “administrative and trustworthiness concerns.”
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