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 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.

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.

RMAC 2017: Passing of the Mantle

July 10, 2017
On June 17 during the 2017 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado, retiring clergy were honored for their years of service at the Passing of the Mantle. In addition, those who will be confirmed as local licensed pastors and candidates for commissioning and ordination were presented.

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

Living into Beloved Community theme introduction

June 17, 2017
The 2016-20 quadrennial theme of the Mountain Sky Area is "Living into Beloved Community." This video introduces the theme and logo the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone annual conferences will be using for the next four years.

Rocky Mountain Annual Conference 2017 Live Stream

May 29, 2017
Watch the live stream of the 2017 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Session from June 15-18, 2017 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center hotel in Denver, Colorado.

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.

Evergreen UMC Youth Pray 4 USA

October 28, 2016
The United Methodist Church of Evergreen Youth Group produced a video called "Pray 4 USA". We ask all Americans to pray for what is best for our country, not according to political party nor candidates, but with the best interest of all of the people of the United States at heart.

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: 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-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.

Rev. Skip Strickland withdraws from episcopal candidacy

July 15, 2016
The Rev. Walter "Skip" Strickland withdrew his name as an episcopal candidate July 15 during the 2016 Western Jurisdictional Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. "Happy are those that dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true," he said.

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.

Rocky Mountain Annual Conference 2016 Live Stream

May 26, 2016
Watch the live stream of the 2016 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Session from June 9-12, 2016 at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, Colorado.

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 Blog, May 14: Harvey Tukutau

May 14, 2016
Harvey Tukutau, third-elected lay delegate to General Conference, shares his thoughts on the May 14 Young People's Address, the LGBTQ message at plenary and the work in his legislative committee on Church and Society.

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.

General Conference 2016: May 13 Interview

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.

General Conference 2016: May 11 Interview

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.

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.

Soul Repair Community in Conversation

March 24, 2016
The Rev. Larry Graham, Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology and Care at the Iliff School of Theology, gave the keynote address during the Soul Repair Community in Conversation held March 15 at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church in Monument, Colorado. He spoke about "The Road Home from War Leads Through Memorials and Healthy Lamentation."

Mission Shaped Future

October 26, 2015
In September 2014, Yellowstone Conference leaders sent a recommendation letter to leaders of the Rocky Mountain Conference to enter into serious conversation about merger. This video talks about the outcomes from that recommendation and the next steps leaders are now taking.