Iliff Statement: Judicial Council Decision

From President Tom Wolfe: A Personal Message on the Judicial Decision

Iliff Statement: Bishop Karen Oliveto’s Election

The Iliff School of Theology is steadfast in its support for the leadership of Bishop Karen Oliveto. She exemplifies Christian ministry and leadership of faith communities.

Bishop Oliveto is a role model of faithfulness in a time of great stress in the world and among peoples of faith. She continues to proclaim through her words and her actions the powerful love of God in Jesus Christ for every human being, without exception. In this way she stands firmly in the tradition of Methodism’s founder John Wesley.

The mission of The Iliff School of Theology is to educate and develop leaders with courageous theological imaginations and, reflecting its United Methodist heritage and relationships, is committed to social justice, inclusiveness, and religious diversity.

Bishop Oliveto has exemplified this mission in her ministry. Iliff School of Theology is proud to receive her leadership on the school’s Trustees. Our United Methodist faculty, staff and students welcome her role as their episcopal leader.

Founded in 1892, the Iliff School of Theology is an independent, graduate school related to the United Methodist Church. Located in Denver, Colorado, it serves more than 30 denominations and faith traditions and is committed to social justice, inclusiveness, and religious diversity.

As one of the best theological schools in the nation, the school offers a diverse community that is supportive, challenging, progressive, and enriching for students. Courses are offered on-campus, online, or in hybrid formats.


Thomas V. Wolfe, President, Iliff School of Theology, or Cathie Kelsey, Dean of the Chapel and Spiritual Formation

Here is a link to the Judicial Council decision.

From Cathie Kelsey, Dean of the Chapel:

Friends and colleagues, Join me in spiritual solidarity this weekend. Those of us who identify as LGBTQI have been attacked again by the denomination that founded our school. Hearts are bleeding, perhaps from wounds we still cannot all see.

I’m looking for Jesus to step forward out of the ways of human churchiness. I’m looking for disciples who are following him. I’m singing a resurrection song in defiance on yet another “good” Friday. And I’m being careful not to act alone; I’m seeking those who will find the song together in grief and in hope.

​Join me Monday at 5:00 pm in the Iliff Hall Chapel.



Join us for a gathering ​of singing together, praying, and testifying.

Date: Monday, May 1, 2017
Time: 5 pm to ​6 pm​
Venue: ​Iliff Hall ​Chapel
​Music will be led by Daryl J. Walker
Dean of the Chapel Cathie Kelsey will help guide our time together.

Caption: Oliveto with Iliff students.