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Hospitality, grace and vital ministry abound in Western Montana

Hospitality, grace and vital ministry abound in Western Montana
- October 25, 2019

The Mountain Sky Conference geography is vast and diverse in its landscapes, cultures, and people. It is one of my goals as the Director of Connectional Ministry to see as much of our conference as possible. I toured Western Montana for four days and found adventure ...


The life of a CRM brings a diversity of work, relationships

The life of a CRM brings a diversity of work, relationships
- October 07, 2019

The life of a Congregational Resource Minister (CRM) brings different work each day. I seek to focus on coming alongside pastors and churches to resource, train, and encourage so that we can all grow in vitality. There is a great diversity of ways to accomplish that.


Remember our spiritual roots with Wesley Heritage Tour in April 2020

Remember our spiritual roots with Wesley Heritage Tour in April 2020
- August 21, 2019

As United Methodism stands at the brink of a break-up, it seems important to remember our spiritual roots. What made Methodism such an infectious expression of faith? How did our forebearers combine personal piety and social holiness to transform the communities they ...


Exploring, dreaming and discovering in the Mountain Sky Conference
- August 09, 2019

On July 1, I began my new adventure with the Mountain Sky Conference as the Superintendent for Congregational and Community Vitality. It has been an incredible experience so far, and I am filled with hope for our shared future.


Staff of conference camps have great passion for ministry

Staff of conference camps have great passion for ministry
- August 05, 2019

I have been serving as the Coordinator of Young People's Ministries and Camping Ministry in this amazing conference for about a month. I had the opportunity to travel to four of our seven camps so far. This is the dream job for me; and camping ministry holds a very ...


Superintendent's summer visits of districts harkens back to circuit riding

Superintendent's summer visits of districts harkens back to circuit riding
- July 22, 2019

My great-great grandfather was a circuit riding United Brethren pastor in Kansas, so it seemed very appropriate to make a circuit tour of my most northwestern churches this summer. Actually it is my goal to visit every pastor and congregation before the snow flies. ...


Transition in the Mountain Sky Conference: make way for new possibilities
- June 28, 2019

The end of June is always so bittersweet in the United Methodist calendar. Pastors and congregations have said goodbye to make way for new relationships, new possibilities, new ways of being in the world as disciples of Jesus Christ. Additionally, we are saying goodbye ...


To those who are contemplating leaving The United Methodist Church
- March 18, 2019

I write this letter with an aching heart. I have heard the pain in the voices of so many of you, wondering if it is time to “shake the dust off” and leave your local church. As your bishop, I cannot ask you to stay in a place where your soul cannot be at rest. However, ...


Christmas letter from Bishop Karen Oliveto
- December 19, 2018

In this Christmas greeting, I want celebrate with you joy as we celebrate our first Christmas as the Mountain Sky Conference. This year, we have made many changes. Through the midst of all that is changing around us, I have seen how God is moving through each of you and...


A letter to the new Mountain Sky Conference
- June 20, 2018

On June 9, 2018, history was made as United Methodists who gathered in Ogden, Utah as members of the Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain Annual Conferences overwhelmingly voted to become one: The Mountain Sky Conference.


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