(Wider church, ecumenical, or events held within the Conference boundaries that are sponsored by other entities)
- Creating a Culture of Renewal early bird registration extended through May 22
- Tickets on sale for 2015 Wesley Choral Festival Gala Concert in Washington, D.C. - May 23
- Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops host Transforming Ministries 4 - May 26 to 28
- Center for Courage & Renewal hosting program for young United Methodist ministers
- Center for Pastoral Effectiveness offers continuing education events - July 8 to 10
- Path 1 Coach Training event at Hilltop UMC Salt Lake City - July 28 to 30
- Revitup! For a Lifetime in Ministry sponsored by General Board of Pension & Health Benefits - Oct. 5 to 7
- Do No Harm 2015 sponsored by General Commission on the Status and Role of Women - Oct. 15 to 17
- 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions at Salt Lake City - Oct. 15 to 19
- Grand Mesa Christian Association Summer Camps
- Buckhorn United Methodist Camp Summer Happenings
- Local Pastor Licensing School of the Rockies - Aug. 22 to 30
- Northeast Colorado Lay Speaker Academy - Sept. 12 and 13
- Support group for family & friends of incarcerated people at St. Luke's UMC Highlands Ranch - May 28
- United Methodist Volunteers-in-Mission Training at Mountain View UMC - May 30
- Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends Seminar at St. Andrew UMC Highlands Ranch - June 18
- First UMC Durango to host the Rev. Jessica LaGrone for two-day workshop - June 27 & 28
Creating a culture of Renewal early bird registration extended through may 22
Led by Rebekah Simon-Peter, Creating a Culture of Renewal has a three-track program that is an award-winning, proven, and empowering approach to self-awareness, leadership and ministry. Using emotional intelligence, you will master the vital interplay between group dynamics, congregational culture and communication to bring new life to your congregation.
Track 1 – Culture and Communication - Reduce the hidden messages and unintentional dynamics that keep your church stuck.
Track 2 – Leadership Smarts - Become the kind of leader who builds up other leaders while gaining support and trust.
Track 3 – Culture Shift! - Lead with a bold, kingdom-oriented vision that gets others on board and ushers in a new era in your congregation.
Tickets on Sale for 2015 Wesley choral Festival Gala concert in Washington, D.C. - May 23
Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Wesley Choral Festival Gala Concert, an event featuring choirs and individual choral singers from across the nation. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., with 100 percent of ticket sales benefitting Imagine No Malaria, an initiative of the people of The United Methodist Church to reduce preventable deaths from malaria. The gala concert is the culminating event of the four-day festival, where both performers and non-performance participants take part in four days of activities, including tours of Washington, D.C. For more information, contact the Kennedy Center Box Office: 202-467-4600 or Toll-Free: 800-444-1324.
Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops host Transforming Ministries 4 - May 26 to 28
The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops will host Transforming Ministries 4 from May 26 to 28 at Glendale United Methodist Church, 134 N. Kenwood St., Glendale, CA, 91206. Transforming Ministries 4 will offer a unique opportunity for participants to enter into meaningful dialogue with the Bishops of the Western Jurisdiction. The College of Bishops will: Dialogue and reflect on the future of the church and Episcopal expectations of clergy in current and future context; and converse about issues that matter to participants. The cost is $350, which excludes hotel and travel costs. For more information, call 818-243-2105 or click here to register.
Courage to Lead for Young United Methodist Ministers - June to October, Nov. 11 to 14
The Center for Courage & Renewal is hosting a six-month intensive program called "Courage to Lead" to help young United Methodist ministers build a sustainable leadership. Following the first retreat in May will be monthly peer learning calls from June to October. Then a closing retreat will be held Nov. 11 to 14 also at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Colorado Springs. The cost to participate is $500, which includes tuition, materials and room and board. Participants will be notified of acceptance by Feb. 13. For more information about the "Courage to Lead" program, click for the brochure. For more information about the Center for Courage & Renewal, go to www.couragerenewal.org.
Center for Pastoral Effectiveness offers continuing education events - July 8 to 10
The Center for Pastoral Effectiveness has scheduled three continuing education resources in 2015 for the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Annual Conferences. More information can be found in this flyer.
Center – Track ll: For those clergy who have attended Track l, this is an important second step in integrating systems thinking into those personal/professional situations. More in-depth study makes the systems understanding from Track l more accessible especially in anxious times. Six three-day retreats spread over 18 months. 14 Continuing Education Units; First Retreat: July 8 to 10 - Denver area.
Path 1 Coach Training event at Hilltop UMC Salt Lake City - July 28 to 30
A Path 1 Coach Training event for clergy and lay leaders will be held from July 28 to 30 at Hilltop United Methodist Church, 985 E. 10600 South in Sandy, Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City. Three sessions will be offered: Basic Training for Coaches, Facilitation Training for Coaches and Coaching for Congregational Vitality. Cost for each session is $198. Presenters include Sam Rodriguez, Director of Hispanic/Latino New Church Starts; Emily Reece, New Church Strategist at Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church; and Phil Maynard, Director of Path 1 Coaching Network. Download this brochure for more information. Click here to register online.
Revitup! For a Lifetime in Ministry sponsored by General Board of Pension & Health Benefits - Oct. 5 to 7
Do you have student debt? Do you wish you had a clergy tax consultant? Are you wondering about your financial future? Then you just might want to register for revitup! to be held Oct. 5 to 7 at the Chicago Hilton/Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, Illinois. This event sponsored by the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits. Besides important financial learning, you'll be inspired by Mike Slaughter's keynote address and music led by Chuck Bell, plus lots of networking opportunities with other young clergy. There's an exciting incentive offer for the first 50 clergy to register. All clergy ages 25 to 39 are invited to revitup! Click here for more information and to register.
Do No Harm 2015 sponsored by General Commission on the Status and Role of Women - Oct. 15 to 17
"Do No Harm 2015" is a sexual ethics summit addressing the most recent developments and challenges in prevention of and response to abuse, misconduct, and harassment of a sexual nature, particularly by persons in ministerial roles (both lay and clergy) within The United Methodist Church. Topics will address the cultivation of healthy ministerial relationships at all levels and settings of the church. "Do No Harm 2015: Best Practices for Health, Accountability, and Wholeness" is taking place from Oct. 15 to 17 in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, go to www.GCSRW.org/DoNoHarm2015.
2015 Parliament of the World's Religions at Salt Lake City - Oct. 15 to 19
The Parliament is the oldest, the largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions. If you care for religions and nations working together in harmony with each other for the good of humanity, you should attend. You will also find:
- Trainings in dialogue, interfaith activism, fundraising, and organizing
- World-class religious music, films, exhibits and performances
- And shop ethnic, international, religious books & things
Grand Mesa Christian Association summer camps
- Elementary camp July 6-10, 2015 – Psalm 59:17 “You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.” This year at elementary camp we will learn to Fully Rely on God (F.R.O.G.).
- Young Adult Camp July 10-12, 2015 – Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing. Not even that thing. Your thing. The one thing that seems to defy all attempts to defeat it, restore it, heal it, change it, overcome it, undo it, or just to get through it.
- Senior High Camp July 12-17, 2015 – We all make New Year’s resolutions, even if not written. So too, we think of the upcoming school year and the way we want to be better, stronger, faster, and smarter. Christ calls us to throw out the old as we move forward into the new. We are called to movement, not to stagnant. This week we will explore the new creation that God is calling each of us to be. We are all subject to change.
- Family Camp July 17-19, 2015 – Family Camp is designed for young and old. As family units we will have fun getting to know new people and visiting with old friends all the while enjoying the beauty of the Grand Mesa in Western Colorado. This is a great opportunity for your family to get away from the rush of life. Bible studies, fishing, boating, campfires, family-style meals and beautiful scenery await you!
- Mid High Camp July 20-25, 2015 – This year Mid High Camp, we will be dive back into God’s crazy amazing love for each and every one of us and learn how we can go out into the world and share that love with others! Come join new and old friends from camp as we discover that when love does, life gets interesting!
For more information, go to the Grand Mesa Christian Association Camp website.
Buckhorn United Methodist Camp Summer Happenings
Have summer plans figured out yet? Join us for a week this summer! Buckhorn has such an incredible variety of programs lined up for summer 2015. Come on your own, with friends or as a family and join us for fun, faith and fellowship!
Featured camps and programs:
- Youth In Mission – A week of fun and putting faith into action with service projects around camp. July 5-10 for grades 6-12.
- Family Camp – Spend some quality family time while enjoying the beauty at Buckhorn. With camp activities and programming, worship, or just come and relax and unplug. July 10-12 for all ages.
- Pioneer Camp 1 & 2 – Elementary camp sessions that pack the “best of Buckhorn” activities into each day. From Gaga to archery to low ropes course to hiking to slip-n-sliding and much more! July 12-17 and July 26-31 for grades 3-5.
- Buckhorn Whitewater – Middle school students will enjoy some of Buckhorns highlights! Rock climbing, team challenges, geocaching and of course, white water rafting the stunning and adventurous Poudre Canyon. July 12-17 for grades 6-8.
- M.A.D. Camp – If music, arts and drama are your interest then this is the camp for you. Come share creative ideas and participate in cool projects all while enjoying the Buckhorn as your backdrop. Join us from July 19-24 for grades 3-5.
- Wilderness Challenge – Take a normal awesome Buckhorn summer session and add camping out, rock climbing and rappelling! Come connect with others through adventure! July 19-24 for grades 6-8.
- Eclipse – Want to go to summer camp, but still enjoy the joy of sleeping in and staying up late? Come to Eclipse where the activities don’t stop when the sun goes down. July 26-31 for grades 6-12.
Local Pastor Licensing School of the Rockies - Aug. 22 to 30
Northeast Colorado Lay Speaker Academy - Sept. 12 and 13
Over the next two years each of the courses required to become a Certified Lay Speaker will be offered in the Northeast Colorado Sub-District. Participants will be asked to pay a registration fee of $15 per class and to purchase their own books. Classes for 2015 will be:
- Sept. 12 & 13: “Preaching”
Support group for family & friends of incarcerated people at St. Luke's UMC Highlands Ranch - May 28
If you have a loved one incarcerated or recently released from prison, St. Luke's United Methodist Church is inviting you to meet with people who are in the same situation. The support group meetings are every fourth Thursday of the month at the church, located at 8817 S. Broadway in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The next meeting is May 28 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in room 210. This meeting is open to anyone in the community. For more information, contact Rev. Sallie or Rev. Ryan at 303-791-0659.
United Methodist Volunteers-in-Mission Training at Mountain View UMC - May 30
Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends Seminar at St. Andrew UMC Highlands Ranch - June 18
First UMC Durango to host the Rev. Jessica LaGrone for two-day workshop - June 27 & 28
The First United Methodist Church of Durango, Colorado, will host the Reverend Jessica LaGrone as part of a two-day workshop this summer. LaGrone is the dean of the Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary and author of Namesake: When God Rewrites Your Story, Broken and Blessed: How God Changed the World Through One Imperfect Family, and most recently, Set Apart: Holy Habits of Prophets and Kings. She will be preaching at First United Methodist Church of Durango the weekend of June 27 & 28, 2015. She will be preaching one segment of the sermon series titled "Women in the Bible" and she will be offering two workshops which are open to the community. Register online at www.fumcdurango.org or call the church office 970-247-4213. The cost is $10 per person for each workshop.
- Saturday, June 27: Women in Ministry -- Workshop: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Dinner: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Evening service: 5:30 p.m.
- Sunday, June 28: Worship Workshop -- Morning services: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.; Lunch: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; Workshop: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.