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February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month

January 19, 2023
February is Black History Month. Below are links to UMC resources for personal, communal, and congregational use.  Worship Resources 29 Ways You Can Participate in Black History Month Activities for Kids  Dos and Don'ts in the ...
Through the Wilderness of Gender: A 2023 Lenten Study

Through the Wilderness of Gender: A 2023 Lenten Study

January 05, 2023
Join NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries on a journey through the wilderness of gender this lenten season! This study will take place over the course of 8 weeks from February 20th-April 10th, we’ll be reading “How to Understand Your...

A Report from the Office of the Multicultural and Advocacy Ministries Developer

January 05, 2023
A Report from the Office of the Multicultural and Advocacy Ministries Developer Dear friends of the Mountain Sky Conference (MSC).  As we begin 2023, I wanted to share with you how we have journeyed together during 2022. I am ...
Remembering and Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Remembering and Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 05, 2023
This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed on Monday, January 16th. Below are a few United Methodist resources for personal and communal use. May we continue to learn from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., not just ...

Seeking Feedback and Wisdom: Traveling Safety and Accessibility in Mountain Sky Conference

December 01, 2022
Mountain Sky Conference is a large body, expanding over a vast geographic area. There are gifts and blessings that come with that fact. And there are challenges for some of us that come along with it. Specifically, for some of us,...
MSC Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance

MSC Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 30, 2022
Transgender Day of Remembrance took place on November 20th, 2022 to honor and remember those we've lost to anti-trans violence in the transgender, nonbinary, Two Spirit, and gender nonconforming communities across the world. ...

"Food for Thought" weekly 30 minutes learning series starts in 2023

November 22, 2022
Join the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries every Wednesday in 2023, from Noon to 12:30 pm, on Zoom for a time of mutual learning that we are calling "Food for Thought". We will be using a resource series from the General ...

SAVE A LIFE! - Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

November 14, 2022
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) ...
Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week

November 11, 2022
 Transgender Awareness Week is celebrated each year between November 13-19th to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face. Join Designer of NextGen & Inclusiveness Ministries ...
Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Service

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Service

November 11, 2022
NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries invites all of us across Mountain Sky to honor those we’ve lost with a Vigil Service on November 20th @ 6:00pm MST on Facebook Live. Immediately following the service will be a community Zoom ...
Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp Embraces Gender Expansive Housing

Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp Embraces Gender Expansive Housing

October 24, 2022
In the fall of 2021, NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries partnered with Transplaining, an organization “working to create a safe(r) world for transgender and gender non-conforming youth and adults through education, community ...

"Microaggressions in Ministry: Confronting the Hidden Violence of Everyday Church" by Cody J. Sanders and Angela Yarber. The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force Hosts the MSC's 2022 Book Group

October 17, 2022
The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force (RJMM) is hosting a 2022 Book Group. The RJMM would like to encourage you to join this conferencewide Book Group as we journey, read, listen to different voices, learn, work ...
November is Native American (American Indian and Alaska Native) Heritage Month

November is Native American (American Indian and Alaska Native) Heritage Month

October 13, 2022
November is Native American (American Indian and Alaska Native) Heritage Month.  Below are resources for personal learning and local church engagement.  ResourceUMC Learn about the land you and/or your local church is located on. ...

Your wisdom needed! A Call for Clergy and Laity in/has been in Cross Racial Cross Cultural Ministries

September 30, 2022
Elisa Anne is the new Community Engagement and Leadership Development intern from Iliff School of Theology. They are working on an exciting project for Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural (CRCC) appointments in the conference. ...
Beyond Welcome: Engaging in Inclusive and Affirming Ministry with LGBTQ+ Youth

Beyond Welcome: Engaging in Inclusive and Affirming Ministry with LGBTQ+ Youth

September 09, 2022
NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries invites you to attend "Beyond Welcome: Engaging in Inclusive Affirming Ministry with LGBTQ+ Youth." This hour-and-a-half long webinar is designed to provide volunteers and leaders in youth ...
National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 01, 2022
September 15th through October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Below are resources for personal engagement and the local church. We give thanks to the Hispanic clergy and laity of the Mountain Sky Conference, their ...
Facing the Future 2022 Virtual Conference

Facing the Future 2022 Virtual Conference

August 11, 2022
Hosted by the General Commission on Religion and Race of the UMC.  Facing the Future Virtual Conference November 16, 2022, 1-7 pm EST Be Still as a Spiritual Practice: Online Event for Pastors Serving Cross-Racial, Cross-Cultural,...
Virtual Racial Justice Prayer Service

Virtual Racial Justice Prayer Service

August 11, 2022
From the General Commission on Religion and Race of the UMC A Virtual Racial Justice Prayer Service WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2022 AT 7 AM MDT For more information, please click HERE.  

With Gratitude to the Native American Committee of First UMC of Sheridan, WY

August 04, 2022
In partnership with the Archives and History Committee of the Mountain Sky Conference, the History team of the MSC's Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force was proud to present the Native American Committee of First UMC...
Transforming Our Suitcases: Multi-Generational Japanese American Experience

Transforming Our Suitcases: Multi-Generational Japanese American Experience

July 22, 2022
Simpson United Methodist Church invites you to a Webinar presented via Zoom.  August 3, 2022, 7:00 - 8:30 pm (MDT) Transformation of Our Suitcases: Multi-Generational Japanese American Experience In light of current events, ...
NextGen Book Study: Queering Wesley, Queering the Church

NextGen Book Study: Queering Wesley, Queering the Church

July 20, 2022
NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries invites you to participate in a book study on Queering Wesley, Queering the Church by Keegan Osinski. The book study will take place over the course of five weeks beginning September 13th-October ...

"How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi - The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force Hosts the MSC's 2022 Book Group

July 07, 2022
The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force (RJMM) is hosting a 2022 Book Group. The RJMM would like to encourage you to join this conferencewide Book Group as we journey, read, listen to different voices, learn, work ...
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 ...