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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.

Bishop Oliveto to be honored at Interfaith Alliance of Colorado's first Force for Good Awards

Bishop Oliveto to be honored at Interfaith Alliance of Colorado's first Force for Good Awards

September 29, 2017
The Force for Good Awards celebrates "those who are 'a force for good' in three categories, Congregation, Community and State Legislature." The reception will be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Redline Gallery in Denver.

Civil and Human Rights: How The United Methodist Church Advocates

Civil and Human Rights: How The United Methodist Church Advocates

September 08, 2017
As we consider the future of DACA, let us consider: what will enable us to love God and love others more deeply? Let your elected officials hear your voice. A democracy is only as strong as the number of citizens who engage the ...

Until It's Green Again: Camp Meeting in Montana

Until It's Green Again: Camp Meeting in Montana

September 06, 2017
"Commitment to True Worship" was this year's theme of the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish's third annual Camp Meeting from Aug. 24 to 27. The commitment of the entire BUMP congregation will be to worship in truth this year ...

Charlottesville: The United Methodist Church Responds

Charlottesville: The United Methodist Church Responds

August 14, 2017
Violence in Charlottesville reminds us we are called to "action through prayer... and denouncing acts borne out of hatred.

Local woman, UMC member finds time for changing lives

Local woman, UMC member finds time for changing lives

July 17, 2017
Dionne Haase considered becoming a court appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteer years ago. Yet, life and work always stood in her way. An equestrian aficionado and music teacher, Dionne certainly had her plate full, but ...

United Methodists’ first openly gay bishop ordains first pastor

United Methodists’ first openly gay bishop ordains first pastor

June 14, 2017
Bishop Karen Oliveto, The United Methodist Church’s first openly gay bishop, added to her place in history when she ordained her first full elder on June 9 during the Yellowstone Annual (regional) Conference’s meeting.

Western Jurisdiction bishops say Judicial Council unlawfully expanded church law

June 14, 2017
The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops contends the denomination’s top court had exceeded its authority in April when it expanded church law barring LGBTQ persons from seeking ordination as clergy in...

Our church is struggling – what is the young seeker to do?

May 25, 2017
I have not followed the most recent discussion on human sexuality as closely as I have in the past. Mainly because we have been talking about the same thing in the 33 years of my time in ministry with the conference.

Retired clergy meet to show support for Bishop Oliveto

Retired clergy meet to show support for Bishop Oliveto

May 12, 2017
More than 100 retired United Methodist clergy of the Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church announced their enthusiastic and unwavering support for Bishop Karen Oliveto and their appreciation for her exceptional ...

A message from Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

A message from Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

May 04, 2017
The members of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops of The United Methodist Church today presented a pastoral message to the church during the meeting of the denomination’s Council of Bishops in Dallas, Texas.

Who gets to be an "Orthodox" Methodist?

May 03, 2017
I feel compelled to write, however, as someone who does not identify as either a “liberal” or a “conservative” but as an Orthodox Wesleyan who nevertheless believes it is actually possible to claim that title and still come to a ...