Videos


2019 Mtn Sky AC: Ordination Service - Bishop Oliveto Preaching, June 16

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.

2019 Mtn Sky AC: Opening Worship - Bishop Oliveto Preaching, June 13

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."

2019 Mtn Sky AC: Opening Worship - JJ Warren Preaching, June 13

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.

2019 Mtn Sky AC: Young People's Address, June 13

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.

Hopeful Voices Video Contest Winner: FREE

July 09, 2019
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Bishop Oliveto's 2019 Annual Conference Greeting

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

#OneChurch4All | Mountain Sky Conference clergy express support for One Church Plan

February 13, 2019
Watch Mountain Sky Conference clergy express their support for the One Church Plan as they prepare for GC2019.

Bishop Karen Oliveto shares a message regarding World AIDS Day

November 30, 2018
World AIDS Day, on Dec. 1 of this year, promotes education and awareness surrounding this disease.

Commission on a Way Forward Resources: Anatomy of Peace - Bishop Hagiya

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.

Commission on a Way Forward Resources: Gil Rendle Overview of CoWF

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 ...

Commission on a Way Forward Resources: Tom S, Donna, Leah CWF interview

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.

Commission on a Way Forward Resources: Gil Rendle: a parable for today

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.

Bishop Oliveto joins ACT to End Racism Rally in Washington, D.C.

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.

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: https://www.mtnskyumc.org/di...

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: https://www.mtnskyumc.org/districtgatherin...

Circle of Solidarity: Park Hill UMC, Temple Micah & NE Denver Islamic Center

Circle of Solidarity: Park Hill UMC, Temple Micah & NE Denver Islamic Center

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."

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.

RMAC 2017: Pastor Craig Paschal on sanctuary churches

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.

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 ...

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. The message is the bishops’ response to United Methodist Judicial Council Decision 1341. The decision regarded the South Central Jurisdictional...

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.

Charge Conference Video: Ministry on the Margins

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.

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: Spotlight Presentations

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.

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.

It's a Wrap: United Methodist General Conference 2016

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.

General Conference 2016: May 20 Interview

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.

General Conference 2016: Sand Creek Massacre Report

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."

General Conference 2016: May 17 Interview

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.

General Conference 2016: May 14 Interview

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.

Healing Relationships: Community Dinner

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.

Healing Relationships: Educational Moments

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 ...

Healing Relationships: Bishop Elaine Stanovsky's Episcopal Address

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.