July 16, 2019
The 2019 Mountain Sky Annual Conference ended Sunday, June 16 with the Service of Honoring and Ordering Ministry. Bishop Karen Oliveto preached on our unique gifts and calls to ministry, as well as the future of The United Methodist Church and the Mountain Sky Conference.
July 10, 2019
Bishop Karen Oliveto preaches at the opening worship service June 13 for the 2019 Mountain Sky Annual Conference at the Montana Convention Center in Billings, Montana. "We've only just begun on this journey God has invited us to. We've only just begun to step into God's future."
July 10, 2019
During the opening worship service for the 2019 Mountain Sky Annual Conference on June 13, JJ Warren from the Upper New York Conference was the guest preacher. JJ Warren just graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, where he studied Religion and Creative Writing; he also founded and led the campus ministry, Rise. He is leading a preaching tour this summer.
July 10, 2019
Matthew Utley, outgoing president for the Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM), speaks to attendees of the 2019 Mountain Sky Conference about the hopes, fears, and future of youth and young people in The United Methodist Church.
July 09, 2019
Hopeful Voices Video Contest Winner: FREE new church start - Risk-taking Mission and Service
June 01, 2019
As we prepare for the 2019 Mountain Sky Annual Conference in Billings, MT, Bishop Karen Oliveto asks members to be in a time of prayer and fasting. Let us discern and dream of what our church needs to be. Bookmark www.mtnskyumc.org/ac19 #mtnskyumc #mtnskyac19
February 13, 2019
Watch Mountain Sky Conference clergy express their support for the One Church Plan as they prepare for GC2019.
November 30, 2018
World AIDS Day, on Dec. 1 of this year, promotes education and awareness surrounding this disease.
July 06, 2018
Bishop Grant Hagiya, a member of the Commission on A Way Forward, shares reflections about the book "Anatomy of Peace." Bishop Hagiya shares why the principles of this book help us make a fundamental shift from battleground to a place where people can have open and honest dialogue with one another.
July 06, 2018
This overview of the Purpose, Principles and Importance of the work of the Commission on a Way Forward was presented during the May, 2018 Commission meeting by Dr. Gil Rendle. Here are questions to consider as you watch the video: What is the new way in which I should approach my leadership in shaping the future mission of the church? Who should I seek to ...
July 06, 2018
Donna Pritchard (clergy, Pacific Northwest Conference), Tom Salsgiver (clergy, Susquehanna Conference) and Leah Taylor (laity, Texas Conference) are all Commission on A Way Forward members. They share reflections on their work, the value of connection and the relationships they formed during their time together on the Commission.
July 05, 2018
"Gil Rendle: a parable for today" featuring Commission on A Way Forward Consultant Gil Rendle. Gil shares a story that illustrates the difference between positions and interests. When we are able to move from holding onto our positions to seeking to understand each other’s underlying interests we are better able to move forward together.
April 04, 2018
For her 60th birthday, Bishop Karen Oliveto traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Act to End Racism Rally to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and do her part to bring justice and healing to our nation. Video courtesy the Rev. David Valera of the Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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: https://www.mtnskyumc.org/di...
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.
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: https://www.mtnskyumc.org/districtgatherin...
August 18, 2017
Faith leaders from Park Hill United Methodist Church, Temple Micah and the Northeast Denver Islamic Center respond to the events in Charlottesville: "To be a witness that when we come together, great things happen and that this is a time where we need to be together working and fighting for justice for all people."
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.
July 11, 2017
On June 17 during the 2017 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado, Pastor Craig Paschal of Mancos UMC spoke about how to truly love your neighbor as they offer sanctuary to a local woman named Rosa.
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.
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 ...
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. The message is the bishops’ response to United Methodist Judicial Council Decision 1341. The decision regarded the South Central Jurisdictional...
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.
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.
September 28, 2016
A summary video of the four presentations on the theme of "Ministry on the Margins" from the 2016 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference.
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.
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.
July 29, 2016
Throughout the 2016 Rocky Mountain Conference Session, there were four Spotlight Presentations highlighting the theme of "Ministry on the Margins." These presentations included Hispanic Ministry, Soul Repair Ministries, Clean Water Issues, and Ministries with Young People of Color.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
June 11, 2016
The global United Methodist Church, with representatives of all backgrounds and points of view, gathered in Portland, Oregon from May 10-20, 2016 to set policy for the denomination. This highlight video captures many of the sights, sounds and significant outcomes of the event.
May 20, 2016
Rev. Tyler Amundson, head of delegation for the Yellowstone Conference, shares his hopes for the future of The United Methodist Church after the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon.
May 18, 2016
On May 18 during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky led a report on the Sand Creek Massacre that included presentations by Dr. Gary L. Roberts and Sand Creek descendants Joe Big Medicine and William Walks Along. Roberts wrote the book, "Massacre at Sand Creek: How Methodists Were Involved in an American Tragedy."
May 17, 2016
Rev. Kirsten Barlow, of First UMC in Pueblo, Colorado, speaks with Rev. Skip Strickland about what it is like to host the international gathering of United Methodists at the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon.
May 14, 2016
Rev. AJ Bush, of First UMC in Gillette, Wyoming, is volunteering at the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon. She shares her thoughts on how General Conference is going so far.
May 02, 2016
At the 2014 Rocky Mountain Conference, United Methodists took a daylong pilgrimage to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Monument with descendants of massacre survivors. A community dinner was held following the day's events.
May 01, 2016
At the 2014 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference, Colorado, three distinguished scholars discussed the Sand Creek Massacre: Dr. Henrietta Mann on blood guilt and intergenerational trauma; Dr. Gary L. Roberts on the culpability of John Evans, John Chivington, and the Methodist Church; Dr. Albert Hernandez on conquest, the Doctrine of Discovery, and Manifest ...
April 30, 2016
Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, of the Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church, delivers her Episcopal Address at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference in Pueblo, Colorado, on the theme of "Healing Relationships" in relation to the Sand Creek Massacre.