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Celebrating more than 80 years of communications ministry

Communication has evolved dramatically over the course of United Methodist Communications' illustrious history, which began with the Uniting Conference of 1939, when bishops expressed a desire for more effective communication.
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RCA artist Libby Horne recording session at Television, Radio, and Film Commission of the Methodist Church, (TRAFCO), Nashville, 1955 - 1957. RCA then rented this studio and office space from the Methodist Church. L-R: KWTO announcer Joe Slattery, Horne, Chet Atkins, Foggy River Boys member Charlie Hodge (hand on chest), guitarist Homer Haynes, pianist Floyd Cramer in foreground, Foggy River Boys members Earl Taylor and Monty Matthews. Photo by Elmer Williams/Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum/Getty Images.
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Communications and Marketing

If these walls could talk

United Methodist Communications’ state-of-the-art production studios have hosted dozens of musicians, television actors and movie stars for both United Methodist-related projects and secular ones

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Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee used a tent and tablecloth designed for local churches during their previous Advent events. (Photo courtesy of Steven Adair, United Methodist Communications, taken prior to COVID-19.)
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Communications

Equipping church leaders for 80 years

Resourcing local congregations for communications ministry has been an important aspect of United Methodist Communications' work.

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The newsroom at the 1988 General Conference in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Communications.
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Communications

Telling the story of General Conference

The journey of communicating at and about General Conference has steadily progressed, spanning decades of technological abilities, current issues and church news.

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	Journalists, Joey Bulter and Mike DuBose, shoot video and still photos for the Global Voices, News and Information Department at United Methodist Communications. They were working on a package highlighting various ministries of the United Methodist Church in Liberia. (Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News)
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I love to tell the story: UM News offers global look at UMC

With reporters across the globe — reporting in five languages — the United Methodist News team is uniquely positioned to tell the global story of how the UMC is giving the hope of Jesus throughout the world.

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