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UMARC Requests Bishop Karen Oliveto Serve Twelve Years

Read the UMARC Press Release -- April 11, 2023, Centennial, CO


A Potentially Momentous 2024 United Methodist General Conference

What a great webinar!


Remaining & Thriving United Methodists

An excellent and encouraging message from six thriving United Methodist Churches around the country.

Retired pastors step up amid disaffiliations

By Jim Patterson, April 5, 2023 | UM News


Key points:

  • United Methodists who want to remain with the denomination are in need of leadership in the wake of disaffiliations over sexuality issues.

  • Retired United Methodist pastors are putting their golden years on the back burner to help congregations that have been displaced.

  • Some of the former retirees report that enthusiasm is evident as United Methodists refocus on the basics of their faith.


Mountain Sky

Conference Video

on Disaffiliation Questions

Growth for some churches staying United Methodist

By Sam Hodges -- Feb. 27, 2023 | DALLAS (UM News)


Key Points

  • Some United Methodist churches are growing by welcoming denomination members whose previous church disaffiliated.

  • One church, Strawbridge United Methodist near Houston, has doubled in worship attendance over the past year, thanks largely to people coming from disaffiliated churches.

  • Those arriving from disaffiliated churches tend to be knowledgeable about and committed to United Methodism, and many have church leadership experience.

Would You Like To Help Sponsor Our Free Webinars? 


Write check designated to "Mountain Sky Conference" and send to Dr. Don Messer, UMARC Co- Chair: 7185 S Niagara Cir, Centennial, CO 80112.

Thank you for supporting the mission of the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy and Friends

Bishop Melvin Wheatley Legacy
$1,000 + 

Mountain Sky UM Conference

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Bishop Mary Ann Swenson Legacy
$250 +

Burnett, Ingrid and Steve
Miller, Joe & Kathryn
Marshall, Joretta & Joy Allen

University Park UMC, Denver

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Rev. Julian Rush Legacy - $100 +

Baber, Melinda

Benedett-Farmer, Larry & Terry

Burnett, Steve & Ingrid

Butler, Tom & Pat
Center for Pastoral Effectiveness
Curry, Ella 

Eakle, Lonnie & Terry

Graf, William
Howard, John & Constance

Hunt, Ann

Marsh, Kay
Martz, Harvey & Judy
Mercer UMC, Mercer, WI

Millikan, Laura
Oneal, Margaret Dianne
Responsible Stewardship (Mountain Sky)
Richards, Sheila & Caryle
Robledo, Liwliwa & Ramon
Tanquist, Mardel & Roger
Thompson, John
Twidwell, Susan

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Bishop Roy Sano Legacy - $500 +

Huie, Robert

Martz, Harvey & Judy

Messer, Don & Bonnie

Miles, Rebekah

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Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell Legacy
$150 +

Bagwell, Inelle

Hunt, Ann
Owsley, Judy

St Paul & St Andrew UMC Churches,
    New York City
Wills, Brenda

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Rev. Mary Ann Downs Legacy
$50 +

Bergman, Michael

Bibb, Stephen

Bode, Glynden

Butler, Tom

Fado, Donald & Martha Jean

Fletcher, Paula
Gilbert, Richard & Jane
Guyette, Laraine
McCormick, Sharon & Thomas

Nelson, Karen

Newquist, Amy

Reaves, Charles
Rice, Mabel

Seckel, Carol

Talla, Eric
Trowbridge, Ruth

Wingelier, Douglas

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Distinguished Educator Joins Steering Committee

Rev. Dr. Joretta Marshall, retired Vice President and Dean and Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care, Brite Divinity School, has accepted an invitation to serve on the UMARC Steering Committee. A beloved teacher and admired administrator, Marshall had a distinguished career in theological education, teaching at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Iliff School of Theology, Eden Seminary, and Brite Divinity School. She and her wife now live in Minnesota, where she is teaching part-time at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Her books include: Pastoral Care in Rural Congregations, Counseling Lesbian Partners, and How Can I Forgive?


UMARC Endorses Christmas Covenant

By Ben Roe

October 31, 2022, Centennial, Colorado-- United Methodists will be considering in 2024 a plan for reorganizing the United Methodist Church along global regional lines. At a recent meeting, the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy has endorsed the plan, which was developed by representatives from United Methodist Conferences outside the United States.

The Christmas Covenant features a regionalization plan...

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Steering Committee Members (Photos Left to Right):

Don Messer - Chair, Harvey Martz - Vice Chair,  John Blinn - Treasurer,

Dave Ferguson, Chris Ferguson,

Marla Kauerz, Joretta Marshall, Kay Palmer-Marsh, Liwliwa Robledo, Ben Roe

 John L. Thompson, Julian Rush - Honorary, Annie Arnoldy - Advisor

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