Feb. 6, 2020
To the members of the Mountain Sky Conference Annual Conference,
It’s our second birthday as the Mountain Sky Conference and you are invited to the party! Clergy and laity will be gathering in Gillette, Wyoming June 18-21, 2020 as we continue to form our new identity as the Mountain Sky Conference and live into Beloved Community.
The theme for our time together is “Repairers of the Breach.” These have been difficult days for United Methodists. Our annual conference will occur a month after the 2020 General Conference, which may usher in a new form of United Methodism. As I pray about the coming months, I have been drawn to the prophet Isaiah:
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and God will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke of oppression from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in. (Isaiah 58: 9-12)
Are you willing to be a repairer of the breach? Are you willing to repair broken relationships? Will you engage hand and heart to raise up a church that is passionate to extend the love of God to everyone? Are you willing to have the hard conversations, to study deeply, and to pray intently so that the Holy Spirit can make a way when it feels like there is no way?
At Annual Conference, we will continue to build relationships with one another. We will have spirited worship. We will reach out in prayer together. We will learn more about the history of our region as we invite members of the Japanese American community to share the impact of the Japanese internment camps (which were closed 75 years ago) on family members. We will set a course for our shared future together. We will remember the saints who have passed, honor those who have served us well and are retiring, and celebrate the new leaders who will be ordained and commissioned. And yes, we will play together for a cause (have you started to recruit for your Tug-o-Love team yet?). In all that we do, we will seek to equip one another to be able to return to our communities with a renewed spirit to bring healing to the broken places of our world.
I look forward to seeing you in Gillette as we commit together to being Repairers of the Breach.
Grace and peace,
Bishop Karen P. Oliveto
Bookmark the 2020 Mountain Sky Annual Conference page on the website. We'll be sharing updates on this page throughout the year.