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UM retired clergy to host educational events at 2019 Annual Conference

May 15, 2019
The United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy (UMARC) is holding two educational events at the 2019 Mountain Sky Conference in Billings, Montana to address post-General Conference concerns.

Conference teams formed for post-General Conference response

May 14, 2019
In order to continue our work with the Spirit, Bishop Karen appointed seven teams following the General Conference in February to help us discern our way forward with God. These teams include: Core Team, Legal Team, Triage Team, ...

A Statement from the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

A Statement from the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

April 26, 2019
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church has ruled on the constitutionality of the plan known as "The Traditional Plan" that was passed at the Special ...

A report from the Mountain Sky Council on Finance and Administration

April 23, 2019
We now face a moment of decision – to turn back or continue to move forward boldly and courageously. We have conferred. We have prayed. Ultimately, we asked one another: “Does the world now need our witness and service less or ...

A Statement From Your Mountain Sky Conference Board of Ordained Ministry

March 27, 2019
As we seek to develop leaders for the Church, we humbly defer to God’s wisdom in calling people across the broadest expressions of humanity — including sexual orientation, gender identity, race, theological perspective, physical ...

A Statement From Your Mountain Sky Conference Cabinet

March 22, 2019
In anticipation of God doing a new thing among us in the coming months and years, the appointive cabinet of the Mountain Sky Conference will continue to live into the vision of the One Church Plan – which was endorsed by clear ...

First UMC Boulder to host event with Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls

March 01, 2019
First United Methodist Church of Boulder will host "Crafting a New Normal", a free community gathering about inclusion and intersectionality, on Saturday, March 16, as we celebrate our 22nd anniversary of becoming a member church ...

A post-General Conference letter from your Mountain Sky Conference leaders

A post-General Conference letter from your Mountain Sky Conference leaders

February 27, 2019
The joy and oneness we feel by participating in the Body of Christ overcomes any walls that have been created. We will continue to support our ministries, pastors, and lay leaders across the theological and geographic differences ...

Emmy-nominated documentary screenings take place throughout Colorado

February 21, 2019
In March 2019, The Episcopal Church in Colorado will sponsor a 7-city tour of a documentary film that unearths a hidden legacy of slavery in America.

Smoky Hill UMC votes to become Reconciling Congregation

Smoky Hill UMC votes to become Reconciling Congregation

February 19, 2019
On February 3, 2019 Smoky Hill UMC, of Centennial, Colorado, voted to become a Reconciling Ministries Congregation.

UMARC to host post-GC2019 summit March 1

UMARC to host post-GC2019 summit March 1

February 13, 2019
Less than three days after a special General Conference concludes in St. Louis, lay and clergy United Methodists in the Mountain Sky Conference will gather for a post-GC2019 summit. The event, sponsored by the United Methodist ...

Iliff student and Mountain Sky clergywoman Rahdearra A. Paris Woods shares call to ministry

Iliff student and Mountain Sky clergywoman Rahdearra A. Paris Woods shares call to ministry

February 01, 2019
As a woman of color who is also a same gender loving being, I found myself in a hurtful and self-hating place. In conjunction with the loss of my mother, I viewed Christianity and God differently. Actually I was angry with God and...

Colorado faith leaders call on Colorado’s congressional delegation to end the partial federal government shutdown

January 23, 2019
The partial, federal government shutdown--now the longest in U.S. history--continues to take an unnecessary and formidable toll on Coloradans. As Christian denominational leaders, clergy and religious professionals living together...

Erie UMC pastor continues outreach ministry with local shelter

Erie UMC pastor continues outreach ministry with local shelter

January 18, 2019
The Rev. Josh Walker of Erie United Methodist Church doesn't confine ministry within the walls of his Colorado church building. Walker has been involved in Agape, an overnight shelter for homeless adults in Longmont, Colorado, for...

From Glory to Glory: a worship series in preparation for General Conference

From Glory to Glory: a worship series in preparation for General Conference

January 04, 2019
As many of you are intimately aware, The United Methodist Church is preparing for a special session of General Conference next month.

Blackfeet United Methodist Parish members aid in young women's journey to D.C. hearing

December 14, 2018
Members of the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish of Browning, Montana leveraged the United Methodist connection to assist in telling the story of a missing young woman.

United Methodist Women seeks young women for Holy Disruption intensive

United Methodist Women seeks young women for Holy Disruption intensive

December 10, 2018
United Methodist Women is inviting young adults to learn the skills of holy and healthy disruption. Holy Disruption is an exploration of faith, organizing and the school-to-prison pipeline.

World AIDS Day service encourages others to 'know your status'

December 05, 2018
On Dec. 2, Park Hill United Methodist Church hosted its third annual World AIDS Day service. Rev. Nathan Adams, pastor of Park Hill, was the keynote speaker, and Imani Latif of It Takes a Village in Aurora, Colorado shared stories...

Mountain Sky Conference shares Advent calendar, outreach opportunities

Mountain Sky Conference shares Advent calendar, outreach opportunities

December 03, 2018
The Mountain Sky Conference Community Engagement team is excited to release the 2018 Advent Calendar! This year's calendar focuses on missions, community issues, and mental health.

Mountain Sky Conference launches Culture of Call grant

November 27, 2018
The Mountain Sky Conference is excited to begin the Culture of Call grant process. The Culture of Call grant will give funds to churches, pastoral and lay ministries, and agencies looking to improve the process of nurturing and ...

Mountain Sky Cabinet and General Conference delegates endorse One Church Plan

Mountain Sky Cabinet and General Conference delegates endorse One Church Plan

October 24, 2018
The Cabinet and delegates to General Conference 2019 address the Mountain Sky Conference in a statement supporting the One Church Model.

Christ Church takes part in National Bullying Prevention Month with #HatNotHate movement

Christ Church takes part in National Bullying Prevention Month with #HatNotHate movement

October 09, 2018
Children and youth of Christ Church United Methodist received handmade blue hats as part of the #HatNotHate campaign and National Bullying Prevention Month (October).

'We Pray with Her' features Mountain Sky Conference women

'We Pray with Her' features Mountain Sky Conference women

September 18, 2018
Several women of the Mountain Sky Conference contributed to "We Pray with Her," including the Rev. Kerry Greenhill, Melissa Engel, and Laura Rossbert.

Interfaith Alliance of Colorado names Park Hill UMC a 'Force for Good'

Interfaith Alliance of Colorado names Park Hill UMC a 'Force for Good'

September 18, 2018
Park Hill United Methodist Church and Temple Micah in Denver are this year’s congregational recipients of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado's Force for Good Award.

Western Jurisdiction Mission Cabinet endorses One Church Plan

Western Jurisdiction Mission Cabinet endorses One Church Plan

September 10, 2018
It is after much prayer, study and discernment that we share with you that we believe that the One Church Plan is the best way forward for the mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church.

Conferences unite on welcoming immigrants

Conferences unite on welcoming immigrants

August 13, 2018
While United Methodists differ on how the denomination should regard homosexuality, they speak with much broader agreement on immigration. Both division and consensus were apparent in recent months as annual conferences, the ...

Shared Denver United Methodist worship space provides sanctuary

Shared Denver United Methodist worship space provides sanctuary

August 10, 2018
Araceli Velasquez has been living in sanctuary in a Denver church for a year. The original plan for a ceremonial mailing-in of a motion to reopen Araceli's case on Aug. 16 is postponed.

Hispanic/Latino church Gracia Divina blesses students, schools at special service

August 06, 2018
On Aug. 4, members of Gracia Divina gathered in O'Fallon Park in Morrison, Colorado for a day of fellowship, worship, and baptism.

United Methodist play key role in annual Bannack Days

United Methodist play key role in annual Bannack Days

August 02, 2018
Bannack, Montana, founded in 1862, was the first territorial capital of Montana. Now, visitors come from near and far to celebrate Bannack Days, an event by Montana State Parks featuring tours, demonstrations, music, and more.

Mountain Sky representatives host panels, discussions at Wild Goose Festival

Mountain Sky representatives host panels, discussions at Wild Goose Festival

July 24, 2018
Last week at the Wild Goose Festival—an art, music, and story-driven faith-inspired event—a handful of Mountain Sky United Methodists joined thousands of attendees in rural North Carolina. The annual gathering draws attendees and ...

Declaración Pastoral en Apoyo a las Familias Detenidas y Separadas

July 09, 2018
La misión del Comité de Trabajo de Inmigración es ayudar a equipar a nuestras Conferencias Anuales que estén en ministerio con los inmigrantes y vecinos migrantes.

Guest blog: United to remain the same?

June 28, 2018
Jesus Christ is all about new beginnings. Perhaps with this spirit, we can have a greater understanding of all that is before us. I would urge the Roundtable to be sensitive, and to look at the table and see what people and, ...

A response to immigrant family separation from Bishop Karen Oliveto

June 20, 2018
In the news, we have seen disturbing reports and pictures of children being taken from their parents and placed in detention centers by our government. Their crime was fleeing their homeland due to violence and threats of death, ...

Guest blog: How a cross-conference appointment put immigration stories into perspective

May 22, 2018
I am fairly new to the realm of immigration work and the various implications of such. As I tell my church and larger community, we are all learning as we go. I readily admit that. I understand that laws, rules, and order are ...

Spanish language, cultural, liberation theology, and social justice immersion experience in Cuernavca, Mexico

Spanish language, cultural, liberation theology, and social justice immersion experience in Cuernavca, Mexico

May 07, 2018
The Mountain Sky Area will host a second language, cultural, and social justice immersion experience in Cuernavca, Mexico from October 22 to November 2.

Native American Course of Study empowers pastors

Native American Course of Study empowers pastors

April 30, 2018
Rocky Mountain Conference pastor, Norman Mark completed the five-year Native American Course of Study, which includes course work specifically for Native American pastors and persons who are working in a Native American context.

Yellowstone CONAM Chair reflects on Western Jurisdiction meeting

Yellowstone CONAM Chair reflects on Western Jurisdiction meeting

April 30, 2018
The Western Jurisdiction Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) recently met to discuss their work and plan the committee's future focus with Native American communities in western United Methodist conferences.

Dr. Tink Tinker celebrated at Iliff School of Theology event

Dr. Tink Tinker celebrated at Iliff School of Theology event

April 23, 2018
Iliff School of Theology celebrated the contributions of Dr. Tink Tinker earlier in April, at an event filled with stories, memories, song and prayer.

Bishop Oliveto to join female bishops at The Power of Bold Assembly for United Methodist Women

Bishop Oliveto to join female bishops at The Power of Bold Assembly for United Methodist Women

March 28, 2018
Bishop Oliveto encourages the women of the Mountain Sky Area to attend The Power of Bold Assembly event hosted by United Methodist Women in Columbus, Ohio from May 18-20, 2018.

Center for Spiritual Engagement hosts Interfaith event

March 23, 2018
Join Rabbi Brian Immerman (Temple Emanuel), Iman Jodeh (Meet the Middle East), and Reverend Jasper Peters (Belong Church) for Spiritual Journeys in this Interfaith World

Grace UMC in Denver brings Ash Wednesday to light rail station

Grace UMC in Denver brings Ash Wednesday to light rail station

March 23, 2018
One Denver United Methodist Church decided to bring Ash Wednesday to the people, by means of a table at the Yale Street light rail station.

CSRW advocates for #MeToo and introduces #ChurchToo

CSRW advocates for #MeToo and introduces #ChurchToo

March 22, 2018
The Commission on the Status and Role of Women (CSRW) will gather laity and clergy at the 2018 Annual Conference for a meal with the focus of #MeToo and #ChurchToo.

Book launch and signing to celebrate Bishop Oliveto's new work

Book launch and signing to celebrate Bishop Oliveto's new work

March 20, 2018
Bishop Karen P. Oliveto, Bishop of the Mountain Sky Episcopal Area, has published a new book based on the teachings of John Wesley. Bishop Oliveto's book will launch at a celebration in April at Iliff School of Theology.

Guest blog: This Lent, Don't Give Up Love

Guest blog: This Lent, Don't Give Up Love

March 20, 2018
Judging by Facebook posts these days, puppies are in. People with whom you disagree are out. Love is in short supply. But don’t give up on love. Jesus, above all else, was about love.

ACT NOW: Unite to End Racism rally calls for social justice

ACT NOW: Unite to End Racism rally calls for social justice

March 13, 2018
The April 4 “ACT NOW: Unite to End Racism” rally, led by the National Council of Churches (NCC) is gaining traction and attention country-wide.

Beulah United Methodist Church joins with community for new food pantry

March 06, 2018
Beulah United Methodist Church recently re-purposed its basement and partnered with other local entities to create a new community food pantry. With support from all denominations, businesses and individuals, the pantry went ...

Pastors give ecumenical response, support in light of Westboro Baptist Church protests

December 14, 2017
Our faith communities believe in extending love and grace to all our sisters and brothers, regardless of their religious affiliation, ethnicity and race, ability, economic situation, sexual orientation and gender.

First UMC Gillette connects with Hispanic community through Thanksgiving food boxes

First UMC Gillette connects with Hispanic community through Thanksgiving food boxes

November 22, 2017
First UMC of Gillette, Wyoming, collects Thanksgiving food boxes for two local elementary schools. With the help of a local Hispanic family, they put together a more traditional Hispanic food box as a new way to show hospitality ...

19th Annual Sand Creek Spiritual Healing Run and Walk

November 20, 2017
The 19th Annual Sand Creek Spiritual Healing Run and Walk commences this week on Thursday, Nov. 23 and will end on Sunday, Nov. 26.

Pushing for full LGBTQ rights aim of 'Toward an Inclusive Church'

November 17, 2017
The dream of a fully inclusive United Methodist Church is one step closer to reality as more than 200 people attended the “Toward an Inclusive Church” event Nov. 14 at St. Andrew UMC in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.