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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, […]

Closing time – Cokesbury staff, patrons facing stores’ final days

DALLAS—Julie Chapman doesn’t really have time for sentimentality these days, given that she’s following a six-page email on how to close the Cokesbury store here. The going-out-of-business sale is underway, and Ms. Chapman, as store manager, is charged with selling just about everything, including bookshelves, before the doors lock for good on April 20. Still, […]

Christian retailing group president ‘not necessarily surprised’ by Cokesbury closings

On Monday, the United Methodist Publishing House shook up Methodism by announcing it would close all of its Cokesbury stores, which Methodist clergy and laity – as well other mainline Protestants – have patronized for generations. Many United Methodists reacted negatively to the news, but UMPH said the closings are essential, given that so much bookselling […]

All Cokesbury stores closing as UM Publishing House focuses on online and phone sales

 The United Methodist Publishing House is closing all its Cokesbury stores, ending a signature brick-and-mortar presence for the denomination, one that has been in place for generations. A fast-changing landscape in bookselling prompted the publishing house to focus its energy and investments in selling online and through its call center. By April 30, 2013, all 38 […]

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