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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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

Historic installation service to be held for Rev. Valerie Jackson

Historic installation service to be held for Rev. Valerie Jackson

October 31, 2016
The Reverend Valerie L. Jackson will make history on Sunday, Nov. 6 when she will be installed as the first African-American and first woman senior pastor of University Park United Methodist Church in Denver.

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.

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 ...

Doing my part to help the Standing Rock Camp

October 21, 2016
So when I learned from social media that folks were going up to Standing Rock to protest, I decided to play a part.

Lamar UMC hosts neighborhood Fall Festival

October 17, 2016
Lamar UMC's Whole Church Initiative team rallied the whole church to organize a Fall Festival for the neighborhood on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Iliff School of Theology hosts conference to engage social action for indigenous people

October 12, 2016
As protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline continue at the Standing Rock Sioux Camp, the Iliff School of Theology in Denver hosted a two-day conference Oct. 10 and 11 to help the community better understand the intersection ...

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, ...

First UMC Colorado Springs gives $218,000 to Urban Peak

September 15, 2016
First UMC Colorado Springs donates $218,000 to Urban Peak, a nonprofit that helps homeless youth with education, health care and employment.

Bishop Karen Oliveto to preach at Park Hill UMC Denver on Sept. 11

Bishop Karen Oliveto to preach at Park Hill UMC Denver on Sept. 11

September 03, 2016
New United Methodist Bishop Karen Oliveto will make her first local preaching appearance as she helps Park Hill United Methodist Church celebrate its 106th anniversary on Sunday Sept. 11, 2016 at 10 a.m.

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.

First UMC in Gillette takes a stand against hate

August 30, 2016
Members of First United Methodist Church in Gillette, Wyoming, joined with other individuals from around the state to protest the burning of a Quran that took place in Gillette on Aug. 27.

Fountain UMC pastor to speak on healing ministries with veterans

Fountain UMC pastor to speak on healing ministries with veterans

August 16, 2016
The Rev. Dr. David Bachelor, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Fountain, Colorado, will speak at Tarrant County College in Texas on Vietnam, post-traumatic stress disorder, and moral injury.

Lamar UMC connects with community through 'Blessings in a Bag'

August 05, 2016
We had lots of fun getting to know the wonderful children who came each week.

A letter from your Western Jurisdictional Conference delegates

July 22, 2016
July 13 to 16 we met with elected delegates from every conference in the Western U.S. The meeting was spirit-filled with vision of how our United Methodist Church will move forward with Wesley’s vision of grace and an example of ...

Highlands UMC hosts vigil with community, interfaith leaders

July 11, 2016
At the invitation and encouragement of Denver's Mayor Michael Hancock, Highlands United Methodist Church hosted a community vigil for hope and peace Sunday, July 10.

Mission u an opportunity for critical conversations

Mission u an opportunity for critical conversations

July 08, 2016
Mission u 2016 is an opportunity for you to prepare for critical conversations that every United Methodist pastor and key laity will surely have within their congregations in the months ahead: The Bible and Human Sexuality. Are ...

Council of Bishops follows tradition with letter to the church

May 23, 2016
Reviving a tradition that is more than a century old, the United Methodist Council of Bishops sent this letter today to the people of The United Methodist Church following the 2016 General Conference, held in Portland, Oregon, May...

Bridge of Love Offering to aid displaced people near and far

Bridge of Love Offering to aid displaced people near and far

May 23, 2016
Each year, the Rocky Mountain Conference Board of Global Ministries sponsors the Bridge of Love Offering at the Annual Conference Session. This is a free-will offering available to all churches in the conference. This year, the ...

Bishop Stanovsky: 'We will not leave divided'

May 20, 2016
On the last day of the 2016 General Conference, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky of the Mountain Sky Episcopal Area reminded those attending that “we will not leave divided because God is not finished with us yet!”

General Conference hears report on Sand Creek Massacre

May 19, 2016
On May 18, Mountain Sky Area Bishop Elaine Stanovsky was joined by Cheyenne and Arapaho descendants of the massacre survivors during a report on Sand Creek. This included Otto Braided Hair, of the Northern Cheyenne, who co-chaired...

United Methodist bishops present a way forward

May 18, 2016
In a rare and historical action, the General Conference body agreed on a motion requesting leadership from the Council of Bishops.

Youth, young adult delegates give Statement of Unity

Youth, young adult delegates give Statement of Unity

May 18, 2016
This statement of unity was read by Ann Jacob, a young adult reserve delegate from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, on the floor of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference today, May 18.

A Pastoral Response to 'A Love Letter To Our Church From LGBTQI Religious Leaders'

May 17, 2016
We speak from among those who are called to shepherd the United Methodist flock. Our hearts break knowing that some United Methodists from their suffering and vulnerability have written a love letter to our church at great risk to...

Lack of youth delegates leaves General Conference Commission slot unfilled

May 16, 2016
The lack of youth delegates among the 864 delegates to General Conference 2016 means that for the second time in a row, the commission that runs the denomination’s top legislative assembly won’t have a youth delegate.

Western Jurisdiction United Methodist Women feel 'A Fresh Wind Blowing'

April 29, 2016
As United Methodist Women (UMW) looks forward to its 150th anniversary in 2019, the organization of more than 800,000 women shows no signs of slowing down. This was evident during the 2016 Western Jurisdiction United Methodist ...