We Are Mountain Sky, Part 1: Values and Vision

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."

Culture of Call: Northeast Metro Clergy Circuit in Colorado

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 ...

2019 Mtn Sky AC: Saturday Morning Worship - Rev. Junius Dotson Preaching, June 15

July 15, 2019
The Saturday morning worship June 15 featured guest preacher the Rev. Junius Dotson, who is the General Secretary for Discipleship Ministries, which is an international agency of The United Methodist Church. Dotson spoke about "resetting our souls" in terms of self-care and wholeness in our ministries.

Hopeful Voices Video Contest Winner: FREE

July 09, 2019
Hopeful Voices Video Contest Winner: FREE new church start - Risk-taking Mission and Service

Hopeful Voices Video Contest Winner: UMC of Johnstown

July 09, 2019
Hopeful Voices Video Contest Winner: The UMC of Johnstown, Colorado - Radical Hospitality

Telling the Story 2019: Congregational Vitality Committee

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.

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 #mtnskyumc #mtnskyac19

Let Us Give Thanks: A Photo Prayer

November 19, 2018
While November marks a celebration of thanksgiving in the U.S., finding time to thank God is part of our daily discipline as United Methodists.

Academy for Clergy Young in Ministry

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.

Who is the Mountain Sky Conference?

October 18, 2018
Mountain Sky Conference clergy were asked, "who is the Mountain Sky Conference?" Watch their response in this video! #mtnskyumc #mscclergy

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:

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: 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 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: 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: 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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.