Mission Shaped Future Town Hall: Conference Organization Team

March 20, 2018
The Mission Shaped Future (MSF) Conference Organization Team has released the proposed conference organization structure for the new Mountain Sky Conference. This plan was designed by the MSF team, based on feedback from a wide network within the Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain conferences, in order to achieve our goal for the new conference.

Mission Shaped Future Town Hall: Clergy Excellence Team

February 22, 2018
The Mission Shaped Future Clergy Excellence Team has been working for several months to draft a plan for how clergy are supported in helping us reach our goal to re-ignite a Christian movement that begins with grace, offers abundant life, and reclaims the life-changing love of Jesus Christ for all people.

District Gathering 2018 Promo: Bishop Oliveto and Christian Peele

February 20, 2018
The Mountain Sky Area is doing a new thing this spring: gathering regionally for united learning, faith formation and connection. On March 3, join the Mountain Sky Area in various locations to worship and learn. Bishop Karen Oliveto and keynote speaker Christian Peele share their hopes for the 2018 District Gathering. Learn more:

MSA Board of Discipleship: Living into Beloved Community

January 25, 2018
Hear stories from Mountain Sky Area pastors who are building Beloved Community through their ministries with people on the margins. May their words inspire you to pursue justice and compassion in your communities.

District Gathering 2018 theme: Mountain Movers

January 22, 2018
If we have faith but the size of a mustard seed, the smallest of seeds, which grows to be the greatest of trees – if we have that much faith, we can tell the very mountains to move and they will. In Christ Jesus, everything is possible! For you and I, we are Mountain Movers. Learn more about District Gathering 2018:

Mission Aligned Congregations: Tapestry UMC

August 09, 2017
The Reverend Pat Bell talks about Tapestry United Methodist Church out of Parker, Colorado – a new church start in the Mountain Sky Area. Tapestry UMC aims to reach out to the community as a mobile church to be where the people are and through service projects every third Sunday.

Mission Aligned Congregations: The Land

August 09, 2017
The Reverend Stephanie Price, who serves as associate pastor at Hope United Methodist Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado, is planting a new faith community near Aurora called The Land. The vision for The Land is an edible labyrinth that will provide produce for local schools and be a gathering place for worship and reflection.

Mission Aligned Congregations: The Neutral Zone

August 09, 2017
In addition to leading the Simla and Ellicott United Methodist churches, Pastor Sherry Ferriman has a new church called The Neutral Zone to minister to veterans who are experiencing the physical, mental and spiritual wounds of war. She hopes to offer a safe space for veterans to worship, talk through their trauma and re-imagine their relationship with God.

Meet the 2016 Rocky Mountain Conference Staff

July 12, 2017
Meet the staff from the 2016-17 year at the Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church. Included are our Episcopal Office, Mission and Ministry department, Finance department and District Administrative Assistants.

RMAC 2017: Bishop Oliveto's Ordination Sermon

July 11, 2017
Bishop Karen Oliveto delivers the sermon at the Ordination and Commissioning Service on June 18 during the 2017 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.

RMAC 2017: Celebration of Bishop Karen Oliveto

July 11, 2017
At the close of the 2017 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference on June 17, Bishop Karen Oliveto and her ministry was celebrated. The Rev. Kent Ingram spoke on behalf of the Conference Episcopacy Committee, as well as the co-lay leaders, Cabinet members and Rev. Youngsook Kang, Director of Mission Ministry for the Rocky Mountain Conference.

Mountain Sky Area to host Creative Worship Workshops

July 07, 2017
This fall, the Mountain Sky Area will host two seminars on outreach strategies and creative worship sessions. Details are in the video and on

Dave & Jeremy Explain: How to Live Stream Your Worship Service

June 23, 2017
On this episode of "Dave and Jeremy Explain," the Revs. Dave Merkel and Jeremy Scott go over video and audio tools as well as web platforms you can use to live stream your church's worship service or event. From simple and inexpensive to higher priced with better quality, you will learn how to better reach congregants outside of the church.

Invitation to 2018 Joint Annual Conference in Ogden, Utah

June 17, 2017
Bishop Karen Oliveto and Rev. Kim James, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Ogden, Utah, invite you to the 2018 Joint Annual Conference Session for Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone to be held June 7 to 10, 2018. Details for the event will be available on

Mountain Sky Area Book Study, Part 2: A Conversation with Each Other

June 07, 2017
Mountain Sky Area Bishop Karen Oliveto led the second of a two-part book study on "Unafraid and Unashamed: Facing the Future of United Methodism." The May 30 was conducted via Zoom video conference. Oliveto is hosting the virtual book study in preparation for the 2017 Annual Conference Session.

Mountain Sky Area Book Study, Part 1: A Conversation with Wil Cantrell

May 26, 2017
Mountain Sky Area Bishop Karen Oliveto led the first of a two-part book study on "Unafraid and Unashamed: Facing the Future of United Methodism." The May 23 session was a conversation with the author of the book, Wil Cantrell, and conducted via Zoom video conference. Oliveto is hosting the virtual book study in preparation of the 2017 Annual Conference ...

Bishops respond to Judicial Council hearings

April 25, 2017
Bishops Karen Oliveto and Elaine Stanovsky hold a news conference responding to oral hearings of The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council in Newark, NJ on April 25, 2017. The council is considering questions raised by the South Central Jurisdiction of the UMC related to Bishop Oliveto’s election and prohibitions against LGBTQ persons.

Why We Elected Bishop Oliveto

April 06, 2017
As the church’s highest court considers a challenge to her election, three delegates say that Bishop Karen Oliveto – someone with a deep faith, a love of the church, commitment to evangelism and experience as a pastor – was the most qualified of the nine candidates at last July’s Western Jurisdictional Conference.

Meet Bishop Karen Oliveto - Good Friday in Babylon

September 14, 2016
Bishop Karen Oliveto was born on Good Friday and raised in Babylon New York, 30 minutes from the streets of Manhattan. Her ministry has been defined by meeting people where they are, introducing them to Christ, and helping them transform their lives.

RMAC 2016: Ordination and Commissioning

July 29, 2016
On June 12, the last day of the 2016 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Session, a service of Ordination and Commissioning was held with guest speaker Rev. Dr. Hugo Magallanes. Nine people were commissioned, six people were ordained (2 deacons, 4 elders) and 10 local licensed pastors were recognized. There was also a reading of appointments for the next year.

RMAC 2016: Memorial Service, Baptism and Communion

July 29, 2016
The night of June 9 of the 2016 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Session, a worship service was held "Celebrating the Saints, Baptism and Communion." The cups of water used to remember deceased clergy and spouses was poured into a font for the baptism of Evangeline Ann Lillie. The preacher for the memorial service was Rev. Deb Olenyik.

RMAC 2016: Episcopal Address

July 29, 2016
Bishop Elaine Stanovsky gives her Episcopal Address on June 9 during the 48th Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Session held at The Westin Hotel in Westminster, Colorado. Bishop Stanovsky reflected on the conference's ministry over the past eight years and what the future has in store.

RMAC 2016: Foot Washing

July 29, 2016
At the opening worship of the 2016 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Session on June 9, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky washed the feet of Iraqi refugees, Raad and Shimaa Altaee. The Altaee family fled to the U.S. following war and unrest in Iraq and are now attending Christ Church United Methodist in Denver, Colorado.

Bishop Karen Oliveto shares her hopes for the Mountain Sky Area

July 28, 2016
Bishop Karen Oliveto talks about her election, her ministry at Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco, and her hopes for the Mountain Sky Area for the next quadrennium. "I'm looking forward to the future. I think it holds much hope and promise."

Bishop-elect Karen Oliveto responds to election

July 15, 2016
The Rev. Dr. Karen P. Oliveto was elected to the episcopacy on the 17th ballot during the 2016 Western Jurisdictional Conference on July 15. “Today we took a step closer into living into beloved community,” said Oliveto.

WJUMC 2016: Karen Oliveto episcopal candidacy speech

July 13, 2016
Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto, one of nine candidates for the episcopacy in the Western Jurisdiction, speaks before the 2016 Western Jurisdictional Conference on July 13.