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Broomfield UMC member makes difference one family at a time through CASA

August 18, 2017
As a court appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteer for the past 11 years, Judy Ackley sees first-hand how CASA support helps strengthen one family at a time.

David Askey receives 2017 Francis Asbury Award

David Askey receives 2017 Francis Asbury Award

August 03, 2017
The Rocky Mountain Conference Francis Asbury recipient for 2017 is David Askey of Boulder, Colorado. The Francis Asbury Award is given by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) to recognize and encourage ...

More than 100 people attend first week of Mission u 2017

July 28, 2017
About 102 participants engaged in one or two days of learning, worship and fellowship at St. Andrew UMC on July 21 and 22, and University Park UMC on July 19, kicking off the beginning of Mission 2017.

Register now for Creating a Culture of Renewal - Wyoming cohort starts in September

July 18, 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. Using emotional intelligence, you will master the ...

United Methodist Missionary Ken Cruz to visit Rocky Mountain Conference

United Methodist Missionary Ken Cruz to visit Rocky Mountain Conference

July 18, 2017
United Methodist Missionary Kennedy (Ken) Cruz, who is serving in Cambodia, will visit the Rocky Mountain Conference in September. Ken serves as a Community Development Specialist with the Community Health and Agriculture ...

Local woman, UMC member finds time for changing lives

Local woman, UMC member finds time for changing lives

July 17, 2017
Dionne Haase considered becoming a court appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteer years ago. Yet, life and work always stood in her way. An equestrian aficionado and music teacher, Dionne certainly had her plate full, but ...

Scholarships awarded to six students in graduate, undergrad programs

July 14, 2017
This year, six scholarships were awarded to students by the Rocky Mountain Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. The awards include two Merit Scholarships from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry...

Meet the people of the UMC Missionary Conferences at Mission u 2017

Meet the people of the UMC Missionary Conferences at Mission u 2017

July 03, 2017
“Christian mission” has, at times, focused on lands far away, overlooking people and places which have often been isolated from social and economic opportunities and media attention in the U.S. Over the past century, United ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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

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, ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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!

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Taking a stand with Standing Rock

Taking a stand with Standing Rock

October 31, 2016
United Methodists have been taking a stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The WCA and the Gospel according to Inigo Montoya

October 26, 2016
I read Paul Kottke’s assessment of the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s inaugural October meeting in the latest issue of the weekly Rocky Mountain Conference News and was struck again by the fact that while progressives and ...

Northglenn UMC honors Rev. Ron Hodges for ministry, service

Northglenn UMC honors Rev. Ron Hodges for ministry, service

October 25, 2016
On Sunday, Oct. 23, the leadership and congregation of Northglenn United Methodist Church named the Rev. Ron Hodges as Pastor Emeritus.

A perspective of the Wesleyan Covenant Association gathering

October 24, 2016
On Oct. 7, the Rev. Marv Vose and I attended the Wesleyan Covenant Association's inaugural gathering in Chicago. We went specifically to observe and offer, when possible, a minority perspective. Many have since asked me what my ...

Annual Preaching Academy to feature professor from Drew Theological Seminary

Annual Preaching Academy to feature professor from Drew Theological Seminary

October 22, 2016
The Rocky Mountain Conference will once again host the annual Preaching Academy on Nov. 10 at First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include a time for worship,...

Board of Ordained Ministry seeks to help develop spiritual leaders

October 19, 2016
The Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) is thinking about the various kinds of spiritual leaders. Different people long for more than one kind of spiritual leader as they seek to experience God's blessing and to live into beloved ...

Ignite 2016: Uniting the Flame to be held at Buckhorn Camp

September 23, 2016
Join Rocky Mountain Conference Young People’s Ministries for Ignite 2016, our annual conference-wide senior high event, from Nov. 4 to 6 at Buckhorn United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center in Bellvue, Colorado.

'Karen Oliveto – Good Friday in Babylon' video portrays a transforming leader

September 22, 2016
United Methodist leaders representing five Western U.S. states today released a video introducing their new bishop, Karen Oliveto, a leader whose ministry is defined by meeting people where they are, introducing them to Christ, ...

Belong Church hosting worship preview for community

September 02, 2016
For nearly a year, the idea of Belong Church has been forming, growing, and becoming more of a reality.

Mountain View UMC reduces carbon footprint, cuts electricity bills

Mountain View UMC reduces carbon footprint, cuts electricity bills

August 26, 2016
In 2009, Mountain View’s congregation began discussing the idea of installing solar panels on the church building. The goal was to become environmentally responsible while exploring the financial benefits of saving money on ...

The Land officially becomes nonprofit corporation

The Land officially becomes nonprofit corporation

August 17, 2016
This July, The Land was officially incorporated as a nonprofit and celebrated the award of a $2,500 in-kind marketing donation from Rethink Church.