On Saturday, March 3, nearly 800 people in the Mountain Sky Area gathered in 17 different sites in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah to worship, pray, listen and learn from one another as we dream a new future together. The theme of the 2018 District Gathering was "Mountain Movers: Cultivating Beloved Community" based on the Matthew 17 scripture: "Because you have little faith," he said. "I assure you that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Go from here to there,' and it will go. There will be nothing that you can't do."
The Rev. Christian Peele, Executive Minister of Institutional Advancement at The Riverside Church in New York City, broadcast her morning keynote via Livestream because a heavy snowstorm canceled her flight to Colorado. She was still able to facilitate small group discussions from afar and took questions from Twitter and a GroupMe texting application. Bishop Karen Oliveto led the afternoon worship also via Livestream from Sheridan, Wyoming, with the liturgy and music built into shared slides. Each regional site then conducted Holy Communion and attendees took home a mustard seed as a symbol of the event's theme.
Christian Peele is Executive Minister of Institutional Advancement at The Riverside Church in New York City. She works with an incredible team that’s thinking creatively about the meaning (and purpose) of Christian stewardship. She received an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School and a B.A. from Mary Baldwin University’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted. Before Riverside, Christian worked in the Obama White House as Deputy Director for White House Operations. She’s also worked for the Harlem Children’s Zone with low-income families and in the Church of the Savior community in Washington, DC supporting those returning from incarceration.