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United Methodists need The United Methodist Reporter

In our time of emails, Facebook, and online news, all print media are in readership decline. Most are in financial straits. Most denominational bookstores, including the Cokesbury stores of The United Methodist Church, are closed or in fiscal jeopardy. Time honored periodicals like Newsweek and The Christian Century cannot exists solely by subscriptions and advertising; they […]

Thoughts on UMR from supporters, former staff

In the days following the announcement that the United Methodist Reporter would cease publication, many expressions of regret, nostalgia and appreciation poured into the offices of UMR Communications. Here are excerpts from some of the reflections and memories from United Methodists around the connection: The principles of good journalism aren’t all that different from Christian […]

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, […]

Reporter among award winners at RCC

From Staff Reports… The United Methodist Reporter has again been recognized in the DeRose-Hinkouse Memorial Awards competition, which honor outstanding work in religious communication and public relations. The 2013 awards were announced April 4, at the Religion Communicators Council annual meeting, held this year in Indianapolis. The Reporter won an award of excellence in the […]

Pretzels: Lent’s official snack

And you thought pretzels were just a salty, crunchy snack. At some United Methodist churches, the humble pretzel is a tasty sign of the arrival of Lent.  A few, like Sumner United Methodist in Sumner, Wash., even set aside “Pretzel Sunday,” typically on the first Sunday of Lent. At Emmanuel UMC in Fleetwood, Pa., “Pretzel […]

Notable UM Newsmaker of 2012 – Lorenza Andrade Smith

The Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith stands just 4 ft. 11 inches, but she carries a high profile—and lifts the hearts of many—through her highly unusual ministry of living on the streets. For that, she’s a Reporter notable United Methodist newsmaker of 2012. Ms. Smith, 43 and a member of the Rio Grande Conference, lobbied for […]

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