Yesterday (June 12), the Western Jurisdiction filed a response with the Judicial Council regarding the council’s ruling on the invalidity of the bishop’s election. Basically, the Western Jurisdiction is asking the Judicial Council to reconsider their recent ruling. For all intent and purposes this is a stalling tactic as the next Judicial Council meeting is in October. Here is a complete discussion about the the petition.
Dr. Bob Phillips, Pastor of First UMC, Peoria, IL, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Illinois. Dr. Phillips will retire effective July 1, 2017. In addition to his undergraduate degree from Illinois he also has degrees from Asbury, Princeton and St. Andrews (Scotland). In 2005 he retired from the US Navy as the senior United Methodist Chaplain.
In an article from the the Wesleyan Covenant Association Dr. Phillips provides some very thought provoking reasons why he did, and did not, join the WCA. Read the complete article here.