with the Archdiocese. Catholic Relief
Services works in more than 90 countries to
foster international awareness and promote
peace and justice.
Since 1927, Catholic Charities of Denver
has supported a variety of local community efforts that benefit Coloradans of all
faiths. Some of the services provided include
parenting classes, child care programs,
counseling, disabled services, emergency
assistance, employment services, English as
a Second Language, foster care, HIV/AIDS
ministry, housing, homelessness support,
immigration services, pregnancy counseling, senior services and youth services.
The group helped respond to the emergency
flooding in Colorado in 2013.
The Episcopal Diocese of Colorado encompasses 114 congregations and institutions
throughout Colorado. The Diocese supports
all those seeking a deeper relationship with
Christ. The organization hosts a wide variety
of programs and events, including the annual
Diocesan Convention, adult prayer groups
and ministries, and children’s and youth
programs, including weekend youth retreats.
The Rocky Mountain Conference of the
United Methodist Church includes Colorado,
Utah and southeastern Wyoming and has
at least 47 member churches in Colorado.
Colorado is considered part of the western
jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church
and the Western Jurisdiction Conference
holds meetings every four years to highlight fellowship, worship and to take care of
The organization organizes youth, young
adult, men and women’s ministries; camping,
music and worship arts; leadership training;
the church and society ministries; mission
volunteers; global and native ministries; and
networking grants. The Conference Council
on Retreats and Camps of the Rocky Moun-
tain Conference hosts camps and retreats
for church members. Community service
ministries in Denver and other cities in the
metro area provide support for a range of
community needs, including help for people
living with HIV/AIDS.
About 60,000 Mormons live in the Denver
metro region. The Denver Colorado Temple,
operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints, serves members from 29
stakes (territorial jurisdictions) in Colorado,
Wyoming, South Dakota and Kansas. It is
the only temple in Colorado. The 29, 117
square-foot structure is located on 7. 5 acres
in Centennial, Colorado, and offers four ordinance rooms and six sealing rooms. Mormons
first established a mission in Colorado in 1896.
In addition, there are 12 Family History
Centers in the metro Denver area—branches
of the Family History Library in Salt Lake
City, Utah, which give church members access
to genealogy information.
OTHER FAITHS AND
Many other faiths and spiritualities are also
represented in Colorado. The metro area
has options for a number of other faiths,
including Greek Orthodox, Lutheran,
Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Seventh-Day
Adventist, and Unitarian Universalist, as well
as a number of other non-denominational
churches. These faiths present opportunities
for worship, religious education, community
volunteerism and support, and participation
in specific faith-based events, such as confer-
ences and community gatherings.
The Colorado Council of Churches includes
19 churches of different faiths, such as
Baptist, Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, nondenominational, Presbyterian and
Unitarian Universalist. One activity organized
by the council is an annual Easter sunrise
service, designed to unite the metro Denver
area’s different faiths in worship. The council
also works on issues such affordable housing,
responding to any hate-based activity, and
supporting youth ministry. The group also
works toward a more peaceful and healing
approach to the criminal justice system by
bringing victims, community members and
offenders together. In addition, the council
helps member churches reach out to the Colorado legislature on proposed bills of interest.
There are 18 Bahá’í congregations that serve
the Denver metro region. The center offers
classes, concerts, prayer groups, workshops,
interfaith meetings, and other gatherings. It
also operates a bookstore for those interested
in learning more about the Bahá’í faith.
The Denver Buddhist Cultural Society runs
the Fo Guang Shan Temple of Colorado.