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The closing of UMR: a personal perspective

By Alan Heath, Publisher and CEO… In July of 2011, I accepted the position as CEO of UMR Communications. I sought advice from three persons prior to making my decision. One said, “You would be crazy to take the job. Do you have any idea of the mountain you would have to climb?” Another counseled […]

UMR Communications, including United Methodist Reporter, to close

Finding no viable plan for reversing financial losses of recent months, UMR Communications will cease operations on May 31. UMR Communications (UMRC) publishes the United Methodist Reporter in print and digital formats and online, and provides printing and communication services to churches and other nonprofits. The final print Reporter will carry the date June 7, […]

Looking back, looking forward after GC 2012

By Alan Heath, CEO, UMR Communications… Halfway through the second week of General Conference, I sat down to record my observations as a first-time attendee. I was not a delegate, only a very interested observer with little or no context other than attendance at many Annual Conferences in North Texas. I made some observations at […]