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Guest Post: Got Renewal

Guest Post: Got Renewal

June 21, 2017
Renewal is an elusive quality in most congregations. It’s also widely misunderstood.

Guest Post: Not All Splits are Schism

Guest Post: Not All Splits are Schism

June 21, 2017
Will the United Methodist Church split or not over differing interpretations of human sexuality and biblical hermeneutics?

2017 Memorial Service: Remembering grounds us and empowers us for the road ahead

June 15, 2017
"We come ... to find shelter and nurture in the arms of beloved community," words from outgoing district superintendent, the Reverend Melanie Rosa as she welcomed the gathered body of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference to the ...

United Methodists’ first openly gay bishop ordains first pastor

United Methodists’ first openly gay bishop ordains first pastor

June 14, 2017
Bishop Karen Oliveto, The United Methodist Church’s first openly gay bishop, added to her place in history when she ordained her first full elder on June 9 during the Yellowstone Annual (regional) Conference’s meeting.

Western Jurisdiction bishops say Judicial Council unlawfully expanded church law

June 14, 2017
The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops contends the denomination’s top court had exceeded its authority in April when it expanded church law barring LGBTQ persons from seeking ordination as clergy in...

Our church is struggling – what is the young seeker to do?

May 25, 2017
I have not followed the most recent discussion on human sexuality as closely as I have in the past. Mainly because we have been talking about the same thing in the 33 years of my time in ministry with the conference.

Mountain Sky Area Cabinet offers Digital Devotion

Mountain Sky Area Cabinet offers Digital Devotion

May 22, 2017
This summer, Bishop Karen Oliveto and the Joint Cabinet of the Mountain Sky Area invite you to a simple, 20-minute worship service every Monday through Friday at 9 p.m. starting June 5 and running through July.

Mission u 2017: Covenant Community and Beloved Community

May 19, 2017
Mission u 2017 offers three transformative mission education opportunities to learn, grow and engage in God’s mission in new places and new ways.

Friends of Iliff School of Theology to host luncheon at 2017 Annual Conference

Friends of Iliff School of Theology to host luncheon at 2017 Annual Conference

May 16, 2017
Attendees to the 2017 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Session are invited to join alumni and friends of the Iliff School of Theology for a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17.

Retired clergy meet to show support for Bishop Oliveto

Retired clergy meet to show support for Bishop Oliveto

May 12, 2017
More than 100 retired United Methodist clergy of the Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church announced their enthusiastic and unwavering support for Bishop Karen Oliveto and their appreciation for her exceptional ...

Tapestry UMC gives $2,000 to local school to pay off cafeteria costs

Tapestry UMC gives $2,000 to local school to pay off cafeteria costs

May 11, 2017
Tapestry United Methodist Church in Colorado gave $2,000 to a local school to pay off delinquent cafeteria accounts so children won't go hungry throughout the school day. Tapestry encourages all Rocky Mountain Conference churches ...

Center for Pastoral Effectivness supports clergy to be healthy leaders

May 10, 2017
The Center experience is designed to support clergy in being healthier leaders by learning how to be "emotionally connected" to their churches rather than "emotionally enmeshed."

A message from Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

A message from Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

May 04, 2017
The members of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops of The United Methodist Church today presented a pastoral message to the church during the meeting of the denomination’s Council of Bishops in Dallas, Texas.

Who gets to be an "Orthodox" Methodist?

May 03, 2017
I feel compelled to write, however, as someone who does not identify as either a “liberal” or a “conservative” but as an Orthodox Wesleyan who nevertheless believes it is actually possible to claim that title and still come to a ...

Registration open for Creating a Culture of Renewal in Wyoming

Registration open for Creating a Culture of Renewal in Wyoming

May 02, 2017
Led by Rebekah Simon-Peter, Creating a Culture of Renewal’s three-track program is an award-winning, proven, and empowering approach to self-awareness, leadership and ministry.

A Different Vehicle: Reflections on the WCA Memphis Gathering

May 01, 2017
Some have seen the WCA as a schismatic group that wants to break away from the UMC. Many members of the WCA see the election of our bishop and other acts of non-conformity in some annual conferences as already schismatic.

WCA – Two: Witnessing the split personality of the Wesleyan Covenant Association

May 01, 2017
I identify this as "WCA – Two" because it was the second of the WCA gatherings, as well my second to attend. But more importantly, I witnessed two very distinct presentations.

Mission u 2017: Moving from Earth Day toward climate justice

Mission u 2017: Moving from Earth Day toward climate justice

April 27, 2017
Mission u 2017 offers opportunities to both adults and children to see these threats to humanity and all of God’s good creation in a course on Climate Justice: Call to Hope and Action (adults) and God’s Extravagant Garden ...

A look back at the nine months since Bishop Oliveto's election

A look back at the nine months since Bishop Oliveto's election

April 24, 2017
For readers who haven’t been following this story that closely, or for those wanting to renew their memories, what follows is a reverse chronological compilation of some of what has come before.

First UMC Colorado Springs helps build learning center in Nicaragua

First UMC Colorado Springs helps build learning center in Nicaragua

April 24, 2017
First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs partnered with Just Hope for its third trip to the farming community of Chacreseca, Nicaragua, to complete a learning center for community farm experiments on sustainable farming ...

Don't let hatred of other religions become normalized

Don't let hatred of other religions become normalized

April 20, 2017
Our congregation is representative of churchgoers across America. We can hold different opinions. But we also have an obligation to stand up against stereotypes and reject ideas that have no basis in fact. This is crucial to keep ...

A Letter From The Mountain Sky Cabinet On The Judicial Council

A Letter From The Mountain Sky Cabinet On The Judicial Council

April 17, 2017
An important message from the Mountain Sky Area Cabinet about the upcoming Judicial Council meetings.

An Easter Letter From Bishop Karen Oliveto

An Easter Letter From Bishop Karen Oliveto

April 16, 2017
Bishop Karen Oliveto wishes the Mountain Sky Area a happy Easter and calls us to live in light of the resurrection.

Bishop Oliveto's Holy Week Letter

Bishop Oliveto's Holy Week Letter

April 10, 2017
Bishop Karen Oliveto shares her experiences from Palm Sunday in Jerusalem and calls the conference to self examination

How we became a sanctuary church

How we became a sanctuary church

April 10, 2017
How one rural United Methodist Church voted to become a sanctuary congregation.

Members of Yuma UMC make Palm Sunday Alfombras

Members of Yuma UMC make Palm Sunday Alfombras

April 10, 2017
In joyous and creative celebration of Palm and Easter Sundays, residents in certain Central American countries – such as Guatemala, Antigua, and Honduras – make alfombras (or “carpets” in Spanish) made of colored sawdust, fruit, ...

Conference Historical Society honors anniversaries

April 05, 2017
Annually, The Conference Historical Society/Commission on Archives and History honors those persons who are observing the fifty, forty, twenty-five and twenty year Anniversaries of their ordination as Elder/Deacon/Consecration and...

Funds available for local church histories

April 03, 2017
Grants of $300 are available to local churches that are updating or composing a history of the local church.

Historic Preservation Award Nominees Sought

April 03, 2017
Nominees are being sought for the annual Harold C. Knudsen Historic Preservation Award of $500, sponsored by the The Rocky Mountain Conference Historical Society/Conference Commission on Archives and History.

Mountain Sky Area Call to Prayer for Judicial Council

Mountain Sky Area Call to Prayer for Judicial Council

April 03, 2017
Join the Mountain Sky Area in praying for the upcoming Judicial Council deliberations about the legality of the election and appointment of Bishop Karen Oliveto.

Mountain Sky Area hosts Sanctuary Church Training

Mountain Sky Area hosts Sanctuary Church Training

April 03, 2017
On April 1-2, 2017, the Mountain Sky Episcopal Area hosted Sanctuary Training at Smoky Hill United Methodist Church in Centennial, CO.

Landmark King speech honored at the Riverside Church

Landmark King speech honored at the Riverside Church

March 27, 2017
More than halfway through President Trump’s first 100 days in office, Civil Rights activists of the past and present headline events at The Riverside Church in the City of New York commemorating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

Abiding Hope Church offers a seminar on Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Abiding Hope Church offers a seminar on Suicide Awareness and Prevention

March 22, 2017
The goal of Soul Shop is similar to CPR training in which we have saturated our culture today with people who know CPR to the point that if someone goes down, surely someone nearby will be able to intervene. If we can train enough...

Conference hosts pilot project for Latino Pastor development

March 16, 2017
The Hispanic Ministry of the Rocky Mountain Conference is currently hosting a pilot program of the Course of Study for part time local Latino/Latina pastors offered by GBHEM. David Martinez from GBHEM and Cesar M. Duran are ...

Announcing Mission U 2017 Study Options

Announcing Mission U 2017 Study Options

March 13, 2017
Mission U may not yet be a household name, but you are invited to bring everyone in your household – father, mother, youth, children – to grow in God’s call to us to be in mission, God’s mission. Mission u 2017 offers a choice of ...

Wildfire sweeps across NE Colorado affecting many UMC congregations

Wildfire sweeps across NE Colorado affecting many UMC congregations

March 13, 2017
On March 6, a wild fire swept across Logan County, Northeastern Colorado, destroying hundreds of acres of land, homes, and property and effecting a number of United Methodist Congregations throughout the region.

My recent visit to Nagaland, my homeland

My recent visit to Nagaland, my homeland

March 06, 2017
Rev. Tezenlo Thong, pastor of Simpson United Methodist Church in Arvada reflects on lessons learned during his journey back to his homeland in India.

Sanctuary Churches Training: Building Welcoming Communities

Sanctuary Churches Training: Building Welcoming Communities

March 06, 2017
On April 1-2, the Mountain Sky Area will host a training and educational event at Smoky Hill United Methodist Church for congregations and individuals interested in learning more about the ways in which they can become a part of ...

Bishop Karen Oliveto reflects on recent tour through Mountain Sky Area (Video)

Bishop Karen Oliveto reflects on recent tour through Mountain Sky Area (Video)

March 01, 2017
In a new video from the Mountain Sky Area, Bishop Karen Oliveto reflects on her recent 8,000+ mile tour through our conferences and shares her vision for our future together.

Lenten Letters Series: Ash Wednesday- Mercy Leads

Lenten Letters Series: Ash Wednesday- Mercy Leads

February 27, 2017
Every week throughout the season of Lent, Bishops from the Western Jurisdiction will be sending out Jurisdiction-wide letters to help us focus on important themes of our faith. This weeks letter comes from Bishop Elaine JW ...

Mountain Sky Area leaders to host Lenten daily worship

Mountain Sky Area leaders to host Lenten daily worship

February 27, 2017
This Lent, Bishop Oliveto and the Joint Cabinet of the Mountain Sky Area invite you to a simple, 20 minute, worship service starting 6:30 am every morning, excluding Sundays, through the 40 days of Lent.

Simpson UMC celebrates the 49th Annual Doll & Cultural Festival

February 22, 2017
The 49th Annual Celebration of Doll Cultural Festival (Hina-Matsuri), March 4-5, 2017, 11:30AM-4PM at Simpson United Methodist Church, Arvada, CO

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A special "thanks" from Bishop Oliveto on apportionment giving

February 13, 2017
Bishop Karen Oliveto and Noreen Keleshian thank the Rocky Mountain Conference for its generosity and support of our apportionment funds!

Utah United Methodists participate in press conference to end child homelessness

Utah United Methodists participate in press conference to end child homelessness

February 13, 2017
"Ending Child Homelessness" was on the minds of UMC clergy and laity gathered on the afternoon of February 2, at the Midvale Road Home shelter for homeless families in Salt Lake City.

Health of the Human Spirit an Evening with Brian Luke Seaward

Health of the Human Spirit an Evening with Brian Luke Seaward

February 09, 2017
St. Luke's UMC presents Health of the Human Spirit - An Evening with Brian Luke Seaward

2017 Ethnic Youth Summit Quickly Approaching

2017 Ethnic Youth Summit Quickly Approaching

February 09, 2017
This will be a time to build community between folks from across the conference and to discuss what it means to be a youth of color and a person of faith in the 21st century.

Youth Gather in Cheyenne for Annual Leadership Conference

February 09, 2017
Story and photo submitted by Andy Millman Young People's Ministry Developer & Mission & Ministry Projects Coordinator From January 27-29, around 100 young people from across the Rocky Mountain Conference came together in ...

The Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation welcomes a new Planned Giving Director

The Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation welcomes a new Planned Giving Director

February 08, 2017
Story and photo submitted by Ruth Brand Executive Assistant, Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation Indeed, our lives are guided by faith, not by sight. Corinthians 5:7 The Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation ...

Ministry With Migrants

Ministry With Migrants

February 06, 2017
General Secretary of the Board of Global Ministries, Thomas Kemper, reflects on his ministry with migrants and the importance of following Christ's call to stand up for the least of these.

Renowned author Parker Palmer to speak in Denver

Renowned author Parker Palmer to speak in Denver

February 06, 2017
On Thursday, March 16th, Parker Palmer will be speaking at St. Andrew UMC from 7 to 8:30pm. The title of his talk is "The Beloved Community: Can the Church Be the Love that Casts Out Fear."