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Inclusiveness VII Webinar: Empowering United Methodists for Inclusive Mission & Ministry

Keynote Speakers: Bishop Daniel Schwerin, Chicago (Northern Illinois Conference), Bishop Karen Oliveto, Denver (Mountain Sky Conference) and Dr. Randall Miller, Oakland (California-Nevada Conference), a well-known lay spokesman in United Methodism.

Other speakers: Rev. Sam Beaves-Fisher of Billings, MT, Rev. Jamielee Demske of Laurel, MT, Rev. Mark Feldmeir of St. Andrew UMC, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and Rev. Elizabeth Macaulay Hennepin Avenue UMC, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rev. Dr. Joretta Marshall, Rev. Dr. Harvey Martz, Retired Lead Pastor, St. Andrew UMC, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and Dr. Don Messer, President Emeritus, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado.  Justin Bullis provided the music.

Bishop Cedrick Bridgeforth
at Mountain Sky Annual Conference

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The first openly gay African American episcopal leader in United Methodism -- Bishop Cedrick Bridgeforth of Seattle, Washington, spoke on June 24 at UMARC's special dinner at the Mountain Sky Annual Conference on Intersecting Identities Are Tools of Liberation.

Bishop Bridgeforth is author of Alabama Grandson: A Black, Gay Minister's Passage Out of Hiding.

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Watch Bishop Oliveto's Address
from the Webinar: A Potentially Momentous 2024 United Methodist General Conference

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A Potentially Momentous 2024 United Methodist General Conference

Thursday, May 18, 2023

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Remaining & Thriving United Methodists Webinar

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

Webinar Explores "New Beginning" of United Methodism

United Methodists from around the world participated in the Sixth Annual Inclusiveness Zoom Webinar on November 11, 2022. Rev. Matt Miofsky, St. Louis, Missouri, keynoted the event along along with three of the church’s best-known episcopal leaders: Bishop Thomas Bickerton, New York, President of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, Bishop Julius Trimble, Indianapolis, of the Indiana Area, and Bishop Karen Oliveto, Denver, of the Mountain Sky, Conference.

Three newly elected bishops also joined the conversation: Bishops Carlo A. Rapanut, Dottie Escobedo Frank, and Cedrick Bridgeforth.

Watch the Video of the webinar in its entirety, or just the sections you wish. 

UMARC Sponsored World AIDS Day Event

UMARC was an enthusiastic sponsor for the World AIDS Day Candlelight Walk and Service of Healing and Hope held at Park Hill United Methodist Church in Denver, CO. Reverend Doctor Valerie L. Jackson hosted the event, and Reverend Benjamin Reynolds was the keynote speaker.

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UMARC endorses a dynamic programmatic and fund-raising program that  focuses on ensuring future inclusivity in our beloved United Methodism Mountain Sky Conference.  Check out A Table For All and urge a November 13 observance (or another date of your choosing) in your church.  Click on image for details and registration. 

UMARC Joins Three Bishops in Denver Pride Parade

Episcopal Bishop Kym Lucas, Lutheran (ELCA) Bishop Jim Gonia, and United Methodist Bishop Karen Oliveto led an ecumenical delegation, including UMARC, in the Denver Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26, 2022. This was the first time all three denominations joined together in the Pride Parade.  

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Gladly Choosing to be UMC!

 Listen to our panel of speakers sharing their affirmations of United Methodism and why joining the break-away denomination is contrary to basic Wesleyan beliefs, from June 22, 2022. 

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Podcast with Rev. Molly Vetter

A weekly podcast featuring conversations between Rev. Molly Vetter and denominational leaders about the challenges ahead as we live toward a United Methodist Church that is fully inclusive of our LGBTQ+ siblings. Subscribe, listen, and share!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Cream and Olive Green Bible Study Church

Webinar on "Clobber" Passages in the Bible: May 20, 2021

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Webinar on Baseball, Racism and Religion 

September 30, 2020

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Retired Clergy Urged to Perform Same - Sex Weddings
 

"Let's Talk:  LGBTQ+ Weddings" webinar from July 15th, 2020

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Courageous Connections: Transgender Life Stories

February 25, 2021

Responding to an Attack on a Vision of an Inclusive United Methodism

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After the conservative Institute for Religion and Democracy published an attack on Bishop Oliveto and the Inclusiveness V Webinar sponsored by the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy & Friends in late November 2021, the Vice Chair of UMARC, Rev. Dr. Harvey Martz, responded with “Gone MIA from the IRD - Jesus:"

“So, it seems, when we want to demonize persons who are not 'like us,' I believe that Lord Jesus the Prophet will draw us up short and cause us to look inside.

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Bishop Karen Oliveto

Rev. Dr. Harvey Martz

Inclusiveness V Webinar, Saturday, November 20, 2021

Experiencing An Inclusive UMC:

Celebrating First Five Years of Bishop Karen Oliveto’s Episcopacy

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UMARC Celebrated  Five years of Bishop Karen Oliveto’s Episcopacy

UMARC Chair, Rev. Dr. Donald E. Messer, thanked “the Holy Spirit for her unanimous election and the impact she has made for inclusion in both the church and world.”

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UMARC Partners with Resist Harm
**Click on the image to learn more.

Until legislation is passed removing the harmful restrictions currently embodied in the UM Discipline, active efforts must continue to resist, reduce, and mitigate the harm imposed by the Traditionalist agenda. 

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