The Theologian in Residence (TIR) Program was established to provide First United Methodist Church of Boulder and the surrounding community with intellectual stimulation and opportunities for spiritual growth.[/lead]

Individuals are invited to apply for a stay of 2 weeks up to 2 months at Mountain Haven, FUMC’s retreat house in the mountains near Rollinsville. In turn, participants contribute to the life and spiritual growth of the church and community by sharing their area of study and passion 3-4 hours a week via classes, preaching, weekend seminars, retreats, lectures and/or other approaches. Theologians are responsible for their own transportation and daily needs.


Interested in being a TIR at First United Methodist Church of Boulder?

The TIR Program is a perfect opportunity to discover the beauty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains and the diversity of the Boulder area, and engage a progressive congregation whose parishioners are eager to learn and grow in the Spirit. Our TIRs have brought engaging conversation and opportunities for learning in many areas including the following:

  • contemporary ethical and social issues including racism and immigration
  • the labyrinth as spiritual practice
  • mystical Christianity
  • religious dimensions of the arts
  • comparative religion & interfaith dialogue
  • Native American spirituality

If you’d like to learn more about TIR program, please contact Rev. Michael Mather, the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Boulder: 303.442.3770 church phone or email Mike.

Read about some of our Past TIRs: Carol Barton, Sarah Bloesch, Matthew Fox, Dionisio Salazar, Thomas Kemper,Orlando Rodriguez, and many others.

Mountain Haven Retreat House

High in the Rocky Mountains (at an elevation of 9000 feet above sea level) sits the Theologian in Residence Program’s Mountain Haven. Mountain Haven is a perfect locale for sabbaticals, retreats, vacations, spiritual renewal, and space to write and create.

Surrounded by pine and aspen trees, the 2800 sq ft, Mountain Haven provides all of the modern amenities as well as the solace and solitude of the wild. Its 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, study, large kitchen, living room, meeting area and wood burning fireplace create an inviting, comforting and energizing environment.

Mountain Haven has year-round recreational opportunities – hiking, biking, fishing and horseback riding in warm weather; skating, snowshoeing, downhill and cross country skiing and snowboarding when the beautiful Colorado snows arrive.

Conveniently located just 35 minutes from the church, and one hour to either Rocky Mountain National Park/Estes Park or Denver, a stay at Mountain Haven opens the way to some of Colorado’s most popular attractions.