In a planned “Day at the Capitol,” clergy and faith leaders met on Thursday, April 26, 2018. With a goal of uniting faith communities to engage and act in the political sphere, Catholic Charities organized a gathering of local pastors and clergy. In attendance were Elder Thomas T. Priday, Area Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, among many others. Deacon Geoff Bennett, Vice President of Parish and Community Relations for Catholic Charities spearheaded the event and began the morning with the vision for the group. He invited all to set aside doctrinal differences, “…agree on foundational issues, and tell our legislators that these things are important to us.” Stake presidents, priests, and other attendees shared thoughts on how to carry out this ecumenical vision. Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila spoke next, further driving home the point about Christians’ needs to be active, informed constituents that help enact change. Quoting de Tocqueville, Archbishop Aquila taught, “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” The meeting concluded with a presentation from Jenny Kraska, executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference, and president of the National Association of State Catholic Conference Directors (NASCCD). She helped educate the group about legislative advocacy, what it looks like, and how it’s carried out. The group concluded with a walk to the capitol, where they hoped to meet with local legislators. However, as Kraska taught, with politics you learn to be patient and flexible. Large crowds of teachers protesting salaries also chose Thursday to walk on the capitol; they arrived in such large numbers that religious leaders’ agenda took a back seat. Despite the change of plans, participants shared enthusiasm and gratitude for the meeting.
Recently members of the Mormon church in Denver united with friends of other faiths in two activities last month, including a Catholic celebration called, Stations of the Cross, and the Interfaith Sharing Series on the Purpose of Life. These activities may be recurring, and members of the community are invited to attend.
Those who attended a Thursday-night event at the Lady Fatima Center, a holy mosque near the intersection of Holly and Evans, discovered a rich introduction to other churches and a unifying theme about the Purpose of (more…)
On February 11th from 7 pm to 8:30 pm Mormon missionaries in the Denver area will present a special musical presentation called “Why I Believe.”
The presentation will feature musical performances from sister and elder missionaries serving in the local area as well as messages which will be shared by recent converts to the Mormon church in Colorado.
The Musical Performance or “fireside” is open to everyone in the community, both members of the faith and those who are not currently of the Mormon faith.
“It promises to be an experience that will build one’s faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and only way back to the father,” says Jacob Paulsen of the Denver North Public Affairs Council. “Come worship the Redeemer through song and testimony!”
No registration or tickets are required to attend. The presentation will be held at a Mormon meetinghouse located in Denver at 2710 S Monaco Pkwy.
On Monday, December 4, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock met with Elder Thomas T. Priday, Area Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This meeting marks the coming together of two people whose aim is to serve and represent the people in their midst. Elder Priday is the highest ranking church official in the Denver area and Mayor Hancock’s $927 million bond that recently passed will fund roads, parks, libraries, health and cultural facilities
For members of the LDS church, with a belief in the gospel comes a belief in Jesus Christ, a continual effort to be good neighbors, and serve the community. It was with this very interest in doing good that Elder Priday met with Mayor Hancock. His offer, to help with Denver Days, Denver Parks and Recreation, and Metro Denver Volunteers, was very well received. The state of Colorado is home to more than 150,000 church members, approximately 70,000 of whom live in the Denver area.
Members’ involvement in the Mayor’s volunteer initiatives could mobilize a large task force. Mayor Hancock was especially enthusiastic to hear about options to recruit volunteers through the church’s web-based initiative – JustServe.org. It is anticipated that the most pressing need this winter will be the Snow Angels effort. Snow Angels is a program that helps ensure the sidewalks of the elderly and those with disabilities are shoveled after heavy snow.
Looking ahead, Elder Priday and Mayor Hancock’s common interest will reach beyond coordinating community service together. This spring, the (more…)
Denver Stake Youth and leaders recently helped prepare nearly 1,700 lbs.of food to donate to Metro Caring. The representatives from Metro Caring were beyond thrilled. One of the food coordinators said, “Wow! This is better than I could have imagined!” when LDS volunteers pulled up with two vans full of food.
When was the last time you saw a pair of Mormon missionaries walking down the street, knocking at your front door, or riding bikes in your neighborhood? Most of us have come to recognize the familiar white shirts and black nametags that are customary for Mormon missionaries.
With over 50,000 missionaries actively serving around the world, you may not be aware of how they are organized or directed. Here in part of the Denver metro, some missionaries have a new boss, or “Mission President” to look to.
The world is divided into over 400 geographic areas referred to as missions. Each of those missions is led and directed by a Mission President whose responsibilities include the supervision and welfare of the missionaries laboring in that geographic mission area.
The missionaries serving in the “Denver North Mission” are now getting used to working under the direction of a new Mission President, Henry Scott Savage and his wife Cindi Savage. Called President Savage and Sister Savage respectfully by members of the church and the missionaries in the area; the Savages arrived in Denver in July 2017. Ironically both President and Sister Savage served as missionaries in Colorado many years ago.
The Savages come most recently from Orem Utah where President Savage was a managing director for FranklinCovey Co. They will leave behind their career and other personal associations and labor in Colorado for 3 years. Mission presidents worldwide spend 3 years directing the missionary work in the mission to which they are called.
On a bright, sunny afternoon this past Friday, April 14th, members of the LDS Church joined nearly 200 hundred clergy and lay members of seven local Christian churches for an annual interfaith Good Friday service at Observatory Park in Denver. Following nearly twenty years of observance, the interfaith Stations of the Cross service brought together fellow Christians to recognize the death and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
According to Catholic tradition, observing the Stations of the Cross is a practice that dates back to the early 4th century A.D. when Christian pilgrims were first openly able to visit the holy sites of Jerusalem to commemorate the life of Jesus Christ. The Stations of the Cross is a narration of the final hours in the life of Jesus Christ on earth that includes fourteen specific events preceding Christ’s resurrection from His condemnation to death to His placement in the tomb. These specific events include:
1. Jesus is condemned to death.
2. Jesus is given His cross.
3. Jesus falls down for the first time.
4. Jesus meets His mother Mary.
5. Simon of Cyrene is forced to carry the cross.
6. Veronica wipes blood off of Jesus’ face.
7. Jesus falls down for the second time.
8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.
9. Jesus falls down for the third time.
10. Jesus is stripped of His clothing.
11. Jesus is nailed to the cross – the Crucifixion.
12. Jesus dies on the cross.
13. Jesus’ body is removed from the cross – the Deposition or Lamentation.
14. Jesus’ body is placed in the tomb.
This year, the Stations of the Cross interfaith service, sponsored by the University Hills Clergy Group, involved clergy and lay members from seven local Christian churches, including: Kirk of Bonnie Brae Church, Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, Mountain View Friends Meeting, Hillcrest Christian Church, Salem United Church of Christ, University Park United Methodist Church, and the Denver Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These churches meet regularly for a variety of interfaith exchanges that build community and strengthen Christian ties across sectarian boundaries.
In the spirit of unity and peace, both clergy and lay members participated in prepared comments on each of the respective fourteen stations of the cross. To begin the service, Father Patrick Nolan, lead priest at Most Precious Blood, recognized in his opening prayer that the gathered Christians’ mission is “to bring the world [Christ’s] peace.”
Later, during Father Patrick’s explanation on Peter’s denial of Christ at the 4th Station of the Cross, he emphasized that “when we listen to fear, our faith will tell us who we are not, but not who we are…When you live in faith, you know who you are.” At the 8th Station, a lay member of Most Precious Blood parish later explained how we must try to “slow down, take up the cross of a friend or a stranger, and walk alongside someone who is struggling.” In short, when we help others around us, we are following the example of the Savior Jesus Christ.
As the interfaith representative of the LDS Church in the Denver Stake, Jennie Preece, spoke at the 10th station of the Cross: Jesus is Crucified. Drawing upon Christ’s example of loving and forgiving others even as he hung suffering on the cross, Jennie asked those gathered:
“to follow our Savior’s example and look beyond ourselves. Let us reach out to serve, to love, and to forgive. Let us look at the paintings, at sculptures, at the words in the Gospel, ‘there they crucified Him’ and let us see, literally, specifically, and humbly, how our Savior used His last breaths to speak love.
At the end of the service, after a significant moment of silence to remember the death of Jesus Christ, clergy and members alike greeted and embraced each other with words of peace and gratitude. Both young and old benefited from participating in this interfaith service that focused on the unity that Christ brings into the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Members of the Denver Stake of the LDS Church appreciated the opportunity to recognize the sacrifice, death, and resurrection of the Savior alongside fellow Christians.