Bishop Bickerton shares some thoughts on the subject of "guaranteed appointments" for clergy in the wake of the UMC Judicial Council ruling retaining the church's long-standing rules about "security of appointment". The decision came as no surprise to him, but he cautions against believing that everything can stay the same as it has always been.
After 33 retired United Methodist bishops issued a call to end the denomination's ban on gay clergy, Bishop Bickerton expresses concern that such statements may inadvertently divide and wound the church that the bishops are called to strengthen and unify. He says he is committed to lead with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and to faithfully administer the Discipline of the church. He also commits to pray for the church and invites others to do the same.