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Memorial service honors clergy, spouses

6/16/2016

Story by the Rev. Gary Geiman, Billings Hope UMC and Huntley UMC Photo by Charmaine Robledo, Director of Communications, Mountain Sky Area The 2016 Yellowstone Annual Conference meeting in Helena, Montana, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, celebrated its opening worship on Thursday, June 16 by observing a Memorial Service remembering ...


Opportunities available to engage with prison ministry

5/25/2016

Submitted by Rev. Melanie Martin-Dent Interim Pastor at Grace UMC Dillon There are many opportunities for all to engage in prison ministry in the next month! Please take a look and see if any connect with you. Healing Communities training: Your congregation can become a “station of hope” for those impacted by the criminal justice system in any ...


Council of Bishops follows tradition with letter to the church

5/23/2016

The United Methodist Church Office of Public Information presscenter@umcom.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2016 Council of Bishops follows tradition with letter to the church Washington, D.C.: Reviving a tradition that is more than a century old, the United Methodist Council of Bishops sent this letter today to the people of The United ...


Putting UMCGC into perspective

5/20/2016

Submitted by Rev. Jeremy Scott Clergy Delegate for Yellowstone Conference I write this as #UMCGC 2016 winds down its final few hours. There is still time for last-minute shenanigans which would not be unprecedented. However, for me, I'm reflecting. As I reflect one question comes to mind, should any United Methodist outside the Portland Convention...


Bishop Stanovsky: 'We will not leave divided'

5/20/2016

Story by Charmaine Robledo Director of Communications, Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodists On the last day of the 2016 General Conference, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky of the Mountain Sky Episcopal Area reminded those attending that “we will not leave divided because God is not finished with us yet!” As she recalled Jesus’ resurrection story in...


General Conference hears report on Sand Creek Massacre

5/19/2016

Story by Charmaine Robledo, Director of Communications, Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church Photo by Teri Tobey, Pacific Northwest Conference Forty years after the Sand Creek Massacre was first reported at the 1976 General Conference in Portland, Oregon, delegates once again recalled and lamented the atrocities of Nov. 29, 1864.   On ...


United Methodist bishops present a way forward

5/18/2016

Submitted by the Rev. Jessica Rooks Clergy Delegate for Rocky Mountain Conference In a rare and historical action, the General Conference body agreed on a motion requesting leadership from the Council of Bishops. The body requested leadership for moving forward as a denomination. The body spoke out, longing for pastoral and prophetic guidance. The...


Youth, young adult delegates give Statement of Unity

5/18/2016

This statement of unity was read by Ann Jacob, a young adult reserve delegate from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, on the floor of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference today, May 18. It was shaped by the work of more than 300 United Methodist young people from 34 countries. Lay delegates Doug Palmer and Harvey Tukutau joined Jacob on ...


A Pastoral Response to 'A Love Letter To Our Church From LGBTQI Religious Leaders'

5/17/2016

We speak from among those who are called to shepherd the United Methodist flock. Our hearts break knowing that some United Methodists from their suffering and vulnerability have written a love letter to our church at great risk to themselves. These persons are self-identified LGBTQI United Methodist leaders who faithfully serve throughout our ...


General Conference blog: Forming a single community of Christian love

5/16/2016

Submitted by Peg Plimpton Yellowstone Conference Lay Leader General Conference at last. Weeks of reading so many petitions that are written in the same pattern so that the meaning gets lost in the words. Tons of words; words that carry our churches into a future or drag us down into confusion. And we will not know until the ink has dried and the ...


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