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Celebrate PRIDE with Mountain Sky!

Celebrate PRIDE with Mountain Sky!

May 26, 2022
June is celebrated as Pride month for the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies. NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries invites you to celebrate Pride with Mountain Sky by joining Denver area churches for Denver's Pride parade, ...

Join Denver Churches for PRIDE

Join Denver Churches for PRIDE

May 26, 2022
Denver Bishops, churches, and faith leaders invite parishioners and congregations from across Colorado to march with them in this year's Denver Pride Fest Parade.

Resources: Juneteenth

Resources: Juneteenth

May 19, 2022
June 19 marks the day enslaved African Americans in west Texas learned of their freedom. Juneteenth has been celebrated annually on June 19th in various parts of the United States since 1865.  Below are links with resources for ...

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 10, 2022
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Below are some links with resources for personal and local church engagement.  https://asianpacificheritage.gov/ https://www.r2hub.org/library/10-honorable-traits-of-pacific-islander-c...

"Retablos: Stories From A Life Lived Along the Border" by Octavio Solis - The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force Hosts the MSC's 2022 Book Group

April 28, 2022
The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force (RJMM) is looking forward to hosting the 2022 Book Group. The RJMM would like to encourage you to join this conferencewide Book Group as we journey, read, listen to different ...

Racial Justice Prayer & Action Challenge - A Resource from the General Commission on Religion and Race

April 21, 2022
The General Commission on Religion and Race has an upcoming resource for personal engagement and/or the local church.  Beginning on Juneteenth (Sunday, June 19, 2022) you will receive daily prayers on social media for six weeks. ...

Mountain Sky Welcomes co-Directors of the Black Trans Prayer Book

Mountain Sky Welcomes co-Directors of the Black Trans Prayer Book

April 08, 2022
The Mountain Sky Conference, with partial sponsorship from Iliff School of Theology, welcomes co-Directors of The Black Trans Prayer Book, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi and J Mase III to lead us in a conversation on where white ...

Recording of “Engaging History Past and Present: Japanese American History and What Does it Mean for Us Today.”

Recording of “Engaging History Past and Present: Japanese American History and What Does it Mean for Us Today.”

February 24, 2022
On February 9th, we were honored to welcome Sheila Newlin, Marge Taniwaki, and Jackie Tono as they shared personal stories, lived experiences, and their thoughts on how our past informs us of the actions we must take today. Click ...

Lower Stress for Pastors, a gift from The Methodists Helping Methodists Foundation

Lower Stress for Pastors, a gift from The Methodists Helping Methodists Foundation

February 22, 2022
The Methodists Helping Methodists Foundation has reserved $250 for every active, Methodist pastor in the Mountain Sky region. The money is for you, pastors, to receive care for stress, find renewal, heal, and be refreshed so that ...

Book Study:

Book Study: "Heavy Burdens"

February 08, 2022
NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries is offering a Spring 2022 Book Study on “Heavy Burdens: Seven Ways LGBTQ Christians Experience Harm in the Church” by Bridget Eileen Rivera beginning March 21st-April 18th.

UMC Resources in Honor of Black History Month

February 03, 2022
February is Black History Month. We encourage you to continue to engage in Black history regularly and throughout the year, but this is a meaningful opportunity to engage and learn. Below are a few resources from across our ...

A Call to Join the Mountain Sky Conference Immigration Committee

January 20, 2022
The General Commission on Church and Society of the UMC states on their website, “From the earliest days, humans have been migrants. There is no one universal reason for migration, but the movement from one place to another is ...

"Braiding Sweetgrass" - The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force Hosts the MSC's 2022 Book Group

January 13, 2022
The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force (RJMM) is looking forward to hosting the 2022 Book Group. The RJMM would like to encourage you to join this conferencewide Book Group as we journey, read, listen to different ...

Panel - Engaging History Past and Present

Panel - Engaging History Past and Present

December 22, 2021
Engaging History Past and Present: Japanese American History and What Does it Mean for Us Today Wednesday, February 9th at 6:30 PM MST Virtual on Zoom Please Register HERE Guest Panelists: Sheila Newlin, Marge Taniwaki, Jackie ...

Telling Our Whole Story: Uncovering the Truth

Telling Our Whole Story: Uncovering the Truth

December 22, 2021
The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries (RJMM) team is seeking historical accounts surrounding racial justice and White supremacy in the geographic area of the Mountain Sky Annual Conference from the local church level up to ...

MSC Disability Committee Offers Resources

MSC Disability Committee Offers Resources

December 15, 2021
The Mountain Sky Conference Disability Committee welcomed both clergy and laity to a Post Conference Meet-Up on November 18, 2022. They would like to offer support to all within the Mountain Sky Conference with:   resources the ...

Recording -

Recording - "This Is My Story, This is My Song"

December 09, 2021
This past year, through the series “This is My Story, This is My Song,” we welcomed siblings within the Mountain Sky Conference and give thanks for their presence, life stories, and wisdom. Through the conversation, we were able ...

The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force Hosts the Mountain Sky Conference's 2022 Book Group

The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force Hosts the Mountain Sky Conference's 2022 Book Group

December 09, 2021
The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force (RJMM) is looking forward to hosting the 2022 Book Group. The RJMM would like to encourage you to join this conferencewide Book Group as we journey, read, listen to different ...

The Methodists Helping Methodist Foundation has Grant $ Available (for a limited time)

The Methodists Helping Methodist Foundation has Grant $ Available (for a limited time)

November 09, 2021
The Methodists Helping Methodists Foundation seeks to fund transformative ideas that will create systematic change in ministry, vitality, and/or financial health. Get to Dreaming and Go For It! So...Dream BIG!

Inclusiveness V Webinar: Celebrating the First Five Years of Bishop Karen Oliveto's Episcopacy

Inclusiveness V Webinar: Celebrating the First Five Years of Bishop Karen Oliveto's Episcopacy

November 03, 2021
Mountain Sky Area Bishop, Karen Oliveto, will keynote this year’s Inclusiveness Conference. A barrier-breaking pioneer for human rights, Oliveto was the first openly lesbian bishop to serve the denomination. This year’s theme ...

Resource: Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural (CR/CC) Ministries and Clergy of Color

October 28, 2021
CROSS-RACIAL/CROSS-CULTURAL (CR/CC) MINISTRIES   Workshop: There will be workshops throughout the year for CR/CC Ministries. We encourage pastors, SPRC chair/representative, lay leader, church council chair/rep, and ...

This Is My Story, This is My Song: Conversation, Story & Songs for the Hope of Co-creating Beloved Community

This Is My Story, This is My Song: Conversation, Story & Songs for the Hope of Co-creating Beloved Community

October 14, 2021
November 27, 2021 at 9:30 am (MST) Guest Panelists: The Rev. Calvin Hill and The Rev. Kelly Murdock-Billy Using inspiration from some of the Heritage/History Months observed in the United States and the hymn “Blessed Assurance” ...

Advent 2021 - Worship Resources from the General Commission on Religion and Race

Advent 2021 - Worship Resources from the General Commission on Religion and Race

October 07, 2021
REIMAGINE ADVENT. DISCOVER THE LIBERATING CHRIST. If Jesus’ birth were happening today, and if Jesus were preaching that we should love and welcome refugees, or join the cry for racial justice for Black, Indigenous, and People of ...

UMC Resources for Indigenous Peoples Day

September 23, 2021
Below are resources for individuals and local churches to learn more about Indigenous Peoples Day. Indigenous Peoples Day is recognized across the United States on the second Monday in October (October 11th, 2021) and is ...

The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force Hosts the Mountain Sky Conference's 2021 Book Group:

The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force Hosts the Mountain Sky Conference's 2021 Book Group: "Good White Racist? Confronting Your Role in Racial Injustice" by Kerry Connelly

September 09, 2021
The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force would like to encourage you to join our conferencewide Book Group. We will be reading one book, every three months. When you register, you will receive a suggested reading ...

Hispanic Heritage Month - This Is My Story, This is My Song

Hispanic Heritage Month - This Is My Story, This is My Song

September 03, 2021
September 15th to October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. Using inspiration from the hymn "Blessed Assurance" and Heritage Months observed in the United States as a starting place, this is an opportunity for deep listening and ...

Learning Together

Learning Together

July 26, 2021
Our faith and life journey is one of continual learning and practicing; discipleship. As we continue to journey together as the Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church, we would like to lift up a few resources for ...

Mountain Sky LGBTQ+ Affinity Groups Forming

Mountain Sky LGBTQ+ Affinity Groups Forming

July 19, 2021
NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries is forming LGBTQ+ Affinity Groups* for the following groups of people: LGBTQ+ young adults (18-35), Parents of LGBTQ+ individuals, Allies of the LGBTQ+ community, LGBTQ+ laity throughout the ...

Canceled: Spiritual Pilgrimage to Heart Mountain WWII Japanese American Confinement Site

Canceled: Spiritual Pilgrimage to Heart Mountain WWII Japanese American Confinement Site

July 10, 2021
08/28/2021 Update   As recently shared with the Planning Team, "It is truly amazing how many different emotions our hearts can hold at one time...I know that there are feelings of care, love, hope, worry, and sadness; we hold them...

Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural (CR/CC) Ministries

June 10, 2021
Workshops There will be workshops throughout the year for CR/CC Ministries. We encourage pastors, SPRC chair/representative, lay leader, church council chair/rep, and representatives from the congregation to attend these ...

The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force Hosts the Mountain Sky Conference's 2021 Book Group: "I am I'm Black. I'm Christian. I'm Methodist."

June 10, 2021
The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force would like to encourage you to join our conferencewide Book Group. We will be reading one book, every three months. When you register, you will receive a suggested reading ...

Recording: May

Recording: May "This is My Story, This is My Song"

June 10, 2021
On Saturday, May 29th, we were honored and blessed to hear from five siblings within the Mountain Sky Conference in honor of Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. "This is My Story, This is My Song " is an opportunity ...

Learning Together: Multicultural and Advocacy Ministries & Racial Justice Movement Ministries (RJMM)

June 05, 2021
More and more I realize that my faith and life journey is one of continual learning and practicing; discipleship. As we continue to journey together as the Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church, we would like to ...

Asian Camp 2021

Asian Camp 2021

June 05, 2021
WHO: High School Youth (incoming 10th grade through 2nd post high school) WHAT: An opportunity to explore your faith-in a safe community of fun and fellowship! WHERE: Asian Camp will be held virtually. Meet new friends and feel ...

Devoted with PRIDE: June 2021 Devotional Series

Devoted with PRIDE: June 2021 Devotional Series

June 02, 2021
June is celebrated as Pride month for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. Celebrate pride this year by registering to receive daily devotions in your e-mail inbox! These devotions have been created by clergy and laity ...

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

April 29, 2021
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, also known as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We give thanks to Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander clergy and laity throughout the Mountain Sky Conference ...

This is My Story, This is My Song

This is My Story, This is My Song

April 23, 2021
May is Asian American Pacific Islander Month. Using inspiration from the hymn "Blessed Assurance" and Heritage Months observed in the United States as a starting place, this is an opportunity for deep listening and learning from a...

The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force Hosts the Mountain Sky Conference's 2021 Book Group

The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force Hosts the Mountain Sky Conference's 2021 Book Group

April 23, 2021
The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force would like to encourage you to join our conferencewide Book Group. We will be reading one book, every three months. When you register, you will receive a suggested reading ...

Virtual Cross Racial/Cross Cultural Ministry Spring Training

March 19, 2021
Open to Clergy, Laity/Church Leaders, and Church Staff, a virtual cross-racial/cross-cultural (CR/CC) ministry training (from the North Texas Conference) is available to you! The mission of this opportunity is "to create and grow ...

"Dinner and Drag Queens: I'm Gay and Christian Because..."

March 09, 2021
Auraria Campus Ministry and the Philip N. Knutson Endowment in Denver, CO is hosting a virtual Dinners Drag Queens event, every other Tuesday from Feb. 2nd-May 4th. Auraria Campus Minister Ihoby Rakotomalala will be co-hosting ...

Spring Book Study:

Spring Book Study: "Transforming: The Bible & the Lives of Transgender Christians" by Austen Hartke

March 08, 2021
NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries is offering a spring book study on "Transforming: The Bible The Lives of Transgender Christians" by Austen Hartke. This study is a great opportunity for anyone who is dedicated to strengthening ...

Recording: This Is My Story, This Is My Song

March 05, 2021
Thank you to Barbara Goree, George Goree, Rev. Aaron Gray, Stephen Macualey, and Maggie Taylor for sharing their stories, wisdom, and their songs. If you missed this rich and meaningful conversation you can watch the recording ...

The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force Hosts the Mountain Sky Conference's 2021 Book Group

The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force Hosts the Mountain Sky Conference's 2021 Book Group

March 05, 2021
The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force would like to encourage you to join our conferencewide Book Group. We will be reading one book, every three months. When you register, you will receive a suggested reading ...

Recording of Negro Stories: Virtual Art Exhibition Viewing and Artist Talk with Chloe' Duplessis

February 25, 2021
The Mountain Sky Conference welcomed Chloe' Duplessis on Thursday, February 18th. Chloe' is an artist, author, and speaker committed to creating work that inspires conversations on culture, history and healing. The recording of ...

Evergreen UMC Hosts - A Journey Toward Racial Justice: An 8-week study

February 18, 2021
Hosting Church: Evergreen UMC Opportunity: A Journey Toward Racial Justice; 8-week study  Engagement:  Each week, you will be asked to review articles, videos and/or websites online and then have a conversation about the ...

We Cannot Walk Alone”: Anti-Racism and Allyship - A Panel Discussion by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

We Cannot Walk Alone”: Anti-Racism and Allyship - A Panel Discussion by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

February 18, 2021
Join us for an important LIVE discussion with an amazing group of leaders and educators involved in the work of anti-racism. In July 2020, a group from the Center Spiritual Engagement came together as a community to engage in ...

"Transforming: The Bible & the Lives of Transgender Christians" Spring Book Study

February 18, 2021
NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries is offering a spring book study on "Transforming: The Bible The Lives of Transgender Christians" by Austen Hartke.

Racial Justice: Together We Journey

Racial Justice: Together We Journey

February 11, 2021
As United Methodists, we have been called to be United Against Racism. As outlined here, part of that work requires us to pray, connect, show up , and act. This is continual and ongoing work. This is also work that we can do ...

This is My Story, This is My Song - February 27th

This is My Story, This is My Song - February 27th

February 11, 2021
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This is My Story, This is My Song

This is My Story, This is My Song

February 05, 2021
Using inspiration from some of the Heritage/History Months observed in the United States and the hymn “Blessed Assurance” from Fanny Crosby and Phoebe Knapp, the purpose of this panel conversation series is to amplify Black, ...