Guest Speaker

The Rev. Janet Wolf is an elder in The United Methodist Church and has served as a pastor of rural and urban congregations. She is a college and seminary professor, community mediator, learner, and partner for transformative justice. In July 2012, she was appointed to work with Marian Wright Edelman and the Children’s Defense Fund on nonviolent direct-action organizing to dismantle the cradle-to-prison pipeline, work that includes the organization’s Freedom Schools and the annual Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry. She is the author of “To See and To Be Seen,” a chapter in I Was in Prison: United Methodist Perspectives on Prison Ministry, edited by James M. Shopshire Sr., et al., and numerous other writings. She is the author of the book, Practicing Resurrection: The Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship.

Take a Listen to Janet Wolf's Podcast: Witnessing the Gospel Rooted in Community Pt. 2

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Guest Speaker at Saturday 'Special Meal' Hosted Dinner

Laity & clergy are invited to hear Bishop Cedrick D. Bridgeforth of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area speak at the 5 pm Saturday June 24 Mountain Sky Annual Conference dinner in Colorado Springs sponsored by the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy & Friends (UMARC).
Sign up for this dinner on your Annual Conference registration, located under 'Special Meal Options'.
Bishop Bridgeforth, elected in 2022, will speak on how "Intersecting Identities Are Tools of Liberation."  He is the first openly gay African American episcopal leader in United Methodism.  He also has been invited for a 4:30 pm book signing of his recent memoir entitled, "Alabama Grandson:  A Black, Gay Minister's Passage Out of Hiding."  
During his years as a pastor and district superintendent, Bishop Bridgeforth demonstrated a passion for a wide range of social justice issues, including restorative justice, homelessness, and hunger. Married to Christopher Hucks-Ortiz, he serves an area encompassing Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington.

Piper Ramsey-Sumner is an Oklahoma-born, Texas-raised pastor’s kid with a passion for lifelong learning, community building, and creating spaces for personal and spiritual transformation outside the walls of a church. She has been involved in Christian ministry for more than a decade—working in youth ministry, homeless outreach, and intentional communal living.

Piper received her Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology, and she currently serves as Cultivator of Fresh Expressions for the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church, where she explores new ways of reaching new people outside of traditional churches. In the Tallahassee area, Piper facilitates Tally Brew Theology, a community that meets in local breweries and pubs to engage in meaningful dialogue on subjects related to religion and philosophy.