Special session of Jurisdictional
will be held February 26-28
By DAVIE BURGDORF
COLUMBIA - A special session of the Southeastern Jurisdictional
Conference will be held from Feb. 26-28 to elect a new bishop.
According to information obtained by The Advocate, the SEJ College
of Bishops has decided to call a special session of the SEJ Conference to
elect a new bishop to fill the seat left vacant by the Dec. 7 death of
Bishop Cornelius L. Henderson, leader of the church's Florida Area.
The conference will be held at the United Methodist facilities at Lake
Junaluska, N.C. The conference will be held to elect a bishop and reappoint
bishops. No other business will be discussed.
Under church law, the unexpired term of a bishop can be filled by a
retired bishop upon being appointed by the jurisdictional College of Bishops
and approved by the Council of Bishops. If there are more than two years
left in the term, the College of Bishops may call a special session to elect
a new bishop.
In a special session, a newly elected bishop won't necessarily go to
Florida. Under church rules, all bishop appointments will be on the table.
Delegates to a called Jurisdictional Conference will be the same as those
elected by annual conferences to the most recent jurisdictional conference
held at Lake Junaluska, N.C., last summer.
South Carolina's endorsed episcopal candidate and Conference Council on
Ministries Director the Rev. Dr. L. Charles Johnson Sr. has received the
endoresement of the SEJ Black Methodists for Church Renewal.
Two other S.C. Conference preachers were also in the running for the
episcopacy at Jurisdictional Conference 2000 &endash; the Rev. Dr.
William H. Willimon, the dean of the chapel at Duke University, and the Rev.
Susan T. Henry-Crowe, dean of the chapel
at Emory University.
Retired Bishop J. Lloyd Knox is serving as the acting head of the Florida
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Susan T. Henry-Crowe is a member of
the pro-homosexuality Reconciling Church Movement.
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