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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.

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.

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.

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, North Eastern 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.

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 ...

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."

Northern Colorado seminar on Mission Adventures

February 02, 2017
The first “Mission Adventures” seminar in 2017 will be held Saturday February 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mountain View UMC in Boulder. This seminar features a series of workshops and training activities to help you find ...

Annual 'Have a Heart Reach Out' offering to benefit Global AIDS Fund

Annual 'Have a Heart Reach Out' offering to benefit Global AIDS Fund

January 20, 2017
We invite your church to observe the 2017 February “Mission of the Month” of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference on either Feb. 12 or 19. This month, we look to the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund.

St. Luke's UMC to show film about Denver philanthropist for Black History Month

St. Luke's UMC to show film about Denver philanthropist for Black History Month

January 17, 2017
In recognition of Black history month, we invite you to come watch a documentary titled, 'Keep a Light in Your Window,' the official documentary about the life of Daddy Bruce Randolph, one of Denver's most recognized social ...

Church's 'Blessing Box' embraces mission of serving community

Church's 'Blessing Box' embraces mission of serving community

January 13, 2017
United Church of Walsenburg builds a Matthew 25 community kiosk in order to have a "take something/leave something" space in the community for items such as food, toiletries, jackets, sweatshirts, hats, and gloves.

Ethnic Youth Summit to offer space for cross-cultural engagement

January 13, 2017
The Commission on Religion and Race and Conference Council on Youth Ministries of the Rocky Mountain Conference have joined together to host “I Am: Living in a Multicultural World with More than One Identity”, a one-day event for ...

First UMC Newcastle finds fellowship in food and film

January 10, 2017
What do cornbread, Jimmy Stewart and snow have in common? Faith, Food, and Film at First United Methodist Church in Newcastle, Wyoming.

Rev. Tong Soo Han helps provide flood relief in North Korea

December 30, 2016
Heavy flooding between the end of August and the beginning of September hit the northern part of North Korea with 138 dead, over 400 missing persons, and more than 140,000 people displaced.

Jeff Hirota named new CEO of Community Foundation Boulder County

Jeff Hirota named new CEO of Community Foundation Boulder County

December 29, 2016
The Community Foundation Boulder County has hired Jeff Hirota as its CEO, effective Jan. 9, 2017. The Rev. Jeff Hirota is a deacon in full connection with the Rocky Mountain Conference.

Founder of Center for Courage and Renewal to speak in Denver

Founder of Center for Courage and Renewal to speak in Denver

December 23, 2016
Parker Palmer, founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage Renewal, will be speaking at St. Andrew United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. March 16. Palmer is coming specifically in support of the vision of Mountain Sky Area ...

A Call to Stand Together: Mountain Sky Area Vital Congregations Sustentation Fund

A Call to Stand Together: Mountain Sky Area Vital Congregations Sustentation Fund

December 22, 2016
With the election, consecration, and appointment of Bishop Karen Oliveto this summer, the Western Jurisdiction crossed a new threshold in our search to live into being the church we believe God is calling us to be – a church ...

AfterHours Denver to hold Christmas in the Park 2016

AfterHours Denver to hold Christmas in the Park 2016

December 16, 2016
Join AfterHours Denver for Christmas in the Park 2016! As in past years, we will be in Lincoln Park (right in front of the Colorado State Capitol) in Denver, Colorado.

Youth Leadership Conference 2017 to be held in Cheyenne

December 14, 2016
It’s time again to start getting ready for Youth Leadership Conference 2017, the annual event sponsored by Rocky Mountain Conference Young People’s Ministries and the Conference Council on Youth Ministry!

Metro Caring CEO Rev. Lynne Butler to leave end of year

Metro Caring CEO Rev. Lynne Butler to leave end of year

December 08, 2016
After seven years leading Metro Caring, Lynne Butler is assuming new responsibilities for her family and consulting business and as a result, will be leaving us at year-end.

First UMC Douglas, Wyoming hosts Sand Creek descendants

December 06, 2016
First United Methodist Church in Douglas, Wyoming offered lunch and a resting stop Nov. 23 for Northern Arapaho runners and elders on their way to the Sand Creek Massacre site for the annual Spiritual Healing Run and Walk.

Rethink Church in Denver for Advent campaign

Rethink Church in Denver for Advent campaign

December 05, 2016
The United Methodist Church is taking to the streets of Denver from Dec. 15 to 18 to offer the gift of hospitality this Christmas with a warm invitation and a hot cup of cocoa.

Council President Addresses “Division and Discord”

November 23, 2016
In a pre-holiday, post-election letter to the people of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops, called upon all Christians to “remember who we are” in this time of tension and ...

Trinity UMC Denver choirs to perform at Carnegie Hall

Trinity UMC Denver choirs to perform at Carnegie Hall

November 21, 2016
Many folks know the punchline to the joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The answer: “Practice, practice, practice!” And that’s what 50 singers from Trinity United Methodist Church’s Chancel Choir and Youth Choir have been ...

Bridge of Love 2015 offering helps Sierra Leone recover from Ebola

Bridge of Love 2015 offering helps Sierra Leone recover from Ebola

November 17, 2016
The Bridge of Love Offering in 2015 sponsored by Rocky Mountain Conference Board of Global Ministries collected $16,201. The offering was taken to support the efforts of the Sierra Leone Annual Conference of The United Methodist ...

Four women receive conference scholarships for education

November 16, 2016
The Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries has awarded four recipients for the 2016 Marion Reid Scholarships for Women.

Conference clergy stand in solidarity at Standing Rock

November 14, 2016
Several United Methodist clergy from the Rocky Mountain Conference traveled to the Standing Rock Sioux Camp in North Dakota to stand in solidarity with protestors against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The interfaith gathering was ...

18th Annual Sand Creek Spiritual Healing Run and Walk

November 14, 2016
The Rocky Mountain Conference will join Sand Creek Massacre descendants to commemorate the 152nd anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre during the 18th Annual Sand Creek Spiritual Healing Run and Walk from Nov. 24 to 27, 2016.

Gracia Divina celebrates three years as Hispanic ministry

November 14, 2016
On Oct. 29, Gracia Divina celebrated its third anniversary as a Hispanic ministry of the Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church. It has also recently become the only standalone Hispanic local church in the ...

Bishop Oliveto to preach at World AIDS Day Service on Dec. 4

November 11, 2016
A community-wide World AIDS Day Service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at Christ Church United Methodist, 690 Colorado Blvd. in Denver. The preacher will be Bishop Karen Oliveto, of the Mountain Sky Area, who has long been ...

Training and coaching opportunity: Worship for the Whole Community

November 11, 2016
Why do people come to worship? What spiritual and human needs does your church’s worship service currently meet? What groups of people in your community are under-represented (or not represented at all) in your congregation? How ...

Preaching Academy: Framing the right questions

November 10, 2016
"Preaching is not about having the right answers, it's about framing the right questions," said the Rev. Dr. Gary Simpson at the third annual Preaching Academy on Nov. 10 at First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs.

United Methodist Council of Bishops gather Extended Cabinets

United Methodist Council of Bishops gather Extended Cabinets

November 07, 2016
The Council of Bishops brought together the Extended Cabinets from all over the United States to Jacksonville, Florida, from Nov. 2 to 4, 2016 to focus upon congregational vitality and courageous leadership.

Ecumenical Social Ministries opens emergency shelter for women

Ecumenical Social Ministries opens emergency shelter for women

November 04, 2016
The Rev. Ann Steiner Lantz, clergy member of the Rocky Mountain Conference and executive director of Ecumenical Social Ministries in Colorado Springs, has announced the opening of a temporary, low-barrier emergency shelter for ...