Bishop Karen Oliveto of the Mountain Sky Conference preached at First United Methodist Church of Boulder on March 5, 2017, our twentieth anniversary celebration of becoming a Reconciling Congregation, fully welcoming of LGBTQ people and their loved ones. After this uplifting service, the members and friends of First United Methodist Church came forth to speak of how they were emotionally inspired by the message of Bishop Karen, the first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church. Their messages to her were in support of who she is and how she and her message impacted them. These personal messages were captured in a video created by FUMC member, Barbara Middleton, entitled Bishop Karen Oliveto: A Woman of Power, Permission and Promise.
Longtime FUMC Boulder member and Photographer-in-Residence Richard Saxon captured many beautiful moments from the morning of March 5, 2017 with his camera. Here are a few of his pictures from that special Sunday with Bishop Karen Oliveto. We were also delighted to have the Resonance Women’s Chorus, Sue Coffee, Artistic Director, sing in worship on that morning.