Publishing House Reduces Spending to Address Ongoing Pandemic

The continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has required The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) to take additional steps to reduce spending due to weekly sales shortfalls that average 57% of pre-pandemic levels. Thousands of products UMPH provides to congregations are used for in-person gatherings for worship, Sunday school, and small group studies. Many of these congregational activities have been curtailed because of the coronavirus.

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UMPH Plans Remote Work Arrangement

Nashville, August 13, 2020 – The headquarters building of The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) in Nashville, TN remains closed due to the coronavirus emergency. The John Dickins House offices have been closed and UMPH staff have worked remotely since mid-March, and the earliest the building could reopen is the end of September, contingent upon COVID-19 developments.

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UMPH Plans Staff Reductions

Nashville, April 30, 2020 – The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) reported today that a combination of pre-COVID-19 trends, the impact of the pandemic on church attendance since mid-March, and the unpredictable rates at which congregations will return to regular activities for the remainder of 2020, will result in sales levels that are 40% to 50% lower than the same period last year. 

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Far-Reaching Permission To Use UMPH Resources For Online Worship During Crisis

Nashville, April, 2020 – As we continue to receive requests for clarification about use of copyrighted resources online during the crisis, UMPH is emphasizing full permission for churches to use worship materials, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

The copyright page in the 1992 United Methodist Book of Worship grants permission as follows:

“United Methodist congregations may reproduce for worship or educational purposes any item from The United Methodist Book of Worship for one-time use, as in a bulletin, special program, or lesson resource, provided that the copyright notice and acknowledgement is included in the reproduction.” 

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United Methodists Connected – In Hope and Healing

Nashville, March, 2020 – United Methodists Connected – In Hope and Healing

In this unexpected and menacing moment in history, nothing is more pressing in the work of the Church than care for our planet and all God’s people. 

We are counseled to reduce physical proximity as we strive to flatten the COVID-19 curve to avoid overwhelming our health care systems and protect the health of our families, friends, coworkers, and neighbors near and far.

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