The United Methodist Publishing House: Listening & Learning

Nashville, October 2018 - The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) has launched an intensive project to gather insights about effective ministries in congregations across The United Methodist Church. At a recent learning event for staff executives, a local pastor, an associate clergy member, and an elder spent several hours along with their district superintendent painting a vivid picture of congregations and their ministries. Representing local churches ranging in size from 8 in Sunday worship to 425 members, the pastors described evangelistic outreach, vibrant worship, cross-congregational collaboration, working on community issues such as health care, drug addiction, education, and hunger, and creative ways for people to engage in life-changing Bible study.

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New Book of Discipline Errata Includes Changes Related to Paragraph 50

September 14, 2018

New Book of Discipline Errata includes changes related to Paragraph 50

A new edition of the Book of Discipline 2016 Errata is now available which includes changes to paragraphs 408.3, 410, and 422. These changes were tied to a constitutional amendment on Paragraph 50 of the Constitution that was passed by the 2016 General Conference and subsequently ratified by the members of the annual conferences. The ratified amendment was published in the Errata in May 2018, but the paragraph changes were not included at that time.


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Abingdon Press Announces Children’s Book Dealing with Immigration and Cross-Cultural Friendships

NASHVILLE, July 2018— Abingdon Press has published a new book dealing with immigration and cross-cultural friendships, Luis y Mia/Mia and Luis.

Luis y Mia/Mia and Luis is a flip-over book that tells the story of two children, Luis and Mia, from each child’s perspective, in both English and Spanish. Their stories begin when Mia, who is white, makes a culturally insensitive remark to Luis, who is Mexican-American. Mia’s story explores important issues such as what makes someone American, biblical perspectives on immigrants, and how to make amends. Luis’s story explores issues such as cultural pride, challenges faced by immigrants, and forgiveness. 

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Former Associate Publisher Mary Catherine Dean dies at 65

Nashville, July 24

Dear Friends of UMPH:

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mary Catherine Dean Monday afternoon. Many of you will have known her as the Managing Editor/Editor-in-Chief of Abingdon Press.  

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UMPH Receives 2018 Best in Benefits Award

UMPH received a 2018 Best in Benefits Award from Milliman.

Milliman is among the world's largest providers of actuarial and related products and services. Founded in 1947, Milliman is an independent firm with offices in major cities around the globe.

The award is given based on a combination of the richness of an organization's benefits coupled with the amount UMPH pays towards them. UMPH is one of five Middle Tennessee companies to receive the award.

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