February 13, 2020
What is the General Conference and what does it do? Watch this quick overview of the General Conference and find out how it serves The United Methodist Church. This video is narrated by Aileen Jimenez, a member of the Mountain Sky Conference and a staffer at United Methodist Communications. She is also a lay delegate to the 2020 General Conference.
February 11, 2020
The Mountain Sky Conference is hosting a four-part webinar (or "Zoominar") series focusing on our identity. The first "Zoominar" was held Jan. 30 and led by Bishop Karen P. Oliveto on the "Values Vision of the Mountain Sky Conference." Bishop Oliveto said the webinar aimed to help us deepen "who we are as we continue to grow into our new identity."
January 21, 2020
The Mountain Sky Conference Responsible Stewardship Committee hosted its quarterly webinar Jan. 14, 2020. The topics included: the EZRA reporting system and the process to submit local church statistics, and the 2020 changes in the local church calculation of Mission Shares to support Annual Conference ministries, and the separate apportionment of the amount...
November 19, 2019
The Mountain Sky Conference is a diverse region with great beauty that is reflected in its geography in its people. Watch this video that was shown at the Western Jurisdiction Fresh United Methodism Summit on Nov. 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
October 14, 2019
The Mountain Sky Conference Responsible Stewardship Committee hosted its second quarterly webinar Oct. 8, 2019. The topics included: how the method to calculate and pay Mission Shares and Apportionments will change in 2020 and clergy compensation and payroll issues as you prepare for 2020.
August 12, 2019
The Rural Chaplains Association gathered in Pueblo, CO from Aug. 7 to 10 for its annual event. The 2019 gathering included visits to SonRise, Ordway and Rocky Ford United Methodist churches in southeastern Colorado. Bishop Karen Oliveto sent her greetings to this partner organization of The United Methodist Church through video.
August 01, 2019
The Northeast Metro Clergy Circuit in Colorado received a Culture of Call grant from the Mountain Sky Conference Leadership Development Team. The circuit includes Park Hill UMC in Denver, Good Shepherd UMC in Thornton, Northglenn UMC in Northglenn and Epworth UMC in Denver. The grant will help the circuit offer scholarship assistance to members in local ...
July 10, 2019
Following the official call to order, the 2019 Mountain Sky Annual Conference Session opened with worship June 13. The service included a sermon from Bishop Karen Oliveto, an address on behalf of young people delivered by Matthew Utley, an address on behalf of laity delivered by co-lay leaders Margaret Hotze, Gayla Jo Slauson and Don McCammon, a special ...
July 09, 2019
Hopeful Voices Video Contest Winner: FREE new church start - Risk-taking Mission and Service
July 09, 2019
Hopeful Voices Video Contest Winner: The UMC of Johnstown, Colorado - Radical Hospitality
June 15, 2019
The members of the Mountain Sky Congregational Vitality Committee discuss their purpose and goals, and what they've done as a ministry team for the past year.
June 15, 2019
The members of the Mountain Sky Leadership Development Committee discuss their purpose and goals, and what they've done as a ministry team for the past year.
June 15, 2019
The co-lay leaders of the Mountain Sky Conference discuss the purpose and goals of the laity, and what they've done in their ministries for the past year.
June 13, 2019
A history of the ministry of William Wesley Van Orsdel (Brother Van), who helped establish Methodism in Montana. Visit the Brother Van House Museum in Great Falls, Montana for more information about his legacy.
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
May 28, 2019
Watch the live stream of plenary sessions and worship services at the 2019 Mountain Sky Annual Conference from June 13-16, 2019 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center in Billings, Montana.
November 21, 2018
World AIDS Day is Dec. 1. A reflection reminds us all to fight the stigma and stand with those who have HIV. “Together with love, we can end this epidemic.”
November 20, 2018
Intermountain Children's Home in Helena, Montana aids trauma-affected children. In November, these children shared how they cope with "big feelings."
November 13, 2018
The 2018 Academy for Clergy Young in Ministry brought together new clergy of the Mountain Sky Conference. The event took place in the Denver area, and participants visited four churches.
October 29, 2018
Aileen Jimenez shares her experience as the 2018 representative from GBOD on the Holy Land trip.
October 26, 2018
On November 27, 2018, United Methodists will once again come together to support the work of Advance missionaries and projects on UMC Giving Tuesday.
September 27, 2018
On Sept. 26, the DEN office staff of the Mountain Sky Conference traveled to Johnstown, Colorado to volunteer with the UMC Johnstown Colorado UMCOR - United Methodist Committee On Relief Hub. The staff packed 128 school kits, and had a blast with the church volunteers! #mtnskyumc
August 22, 2018
People of the Mountain Sky Conference are invited to LeadershipNow in Bozeman, Montana on Sept. 22, 2018! The morning worship and keynote session with Henry Timms is open to the public.
July 19, 2018
Rev. Jasper Peters from Belong Church in Denver, Colorado reflects on why cross-racial cross-cultural ministry is important in the church and in our world today. Video from the General Commission on Religion and Race.
May 31, 2018
Bishop Karen Oliveto is offering a video series called "10 Days of Prayer" to prepare the Mountain Sky Area for the 2018 Joint Annual Conference. The first video of the series was released May 28 and a new video will be released every day leading up to the joint gathering in Ogden, Utah on June 7. These videos will be posted on the Rocky Mountain and ...
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 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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 13, 2016
Margaret Hotze, first reserve lay delegate and Rocky Mountain Conference co-lay leader, speaks with Rev. Skip Strickland about her legislative committee and her hope for the 2016 General Conference.
May 11, 2016
The Reverends Youngsook Kang and Don Messer speak with Skip Strickland about their hope for the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon.
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 ...