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New United Methodist advertising campaign encourages hope

United Methodist Communications will launch advertising efforts through digital media and video, including social media, websites, search engines and advanced television.  (Images courtesy of United Methodist Communications.)
United Methodist Communications will launch advertising efforts through digital media and video, including social media, websites, search engines and advanced television. (Images courtesy of United Methodist Communications.)

­­United Methodist Communications
Office of Public Information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2020 

Nashville, Tennessee – A new advertising campaign from The United Methodist Church urges people to find hope together amid the challenges posed by this year’s COVID-19 pandemic and heightened racial tensions. 

“It's been a year like no other. You're not the only one trying to make sense of it all. The people of The United Methodist Church believe that when we turn to God's love, we can find peace, joy and hope. Let's find hope together,” the ads proclaim, directing viewers to the website UMC.org/hope.

“The advertisements address a number of pressing needs in our world today. The messages speak out to those that may be feeling lonely, anxious, struggling economically or just trying to stay afloat in a coronavirus world amid unemployment, fear and disharmony,” said Poonam Patodia, Chief Marketing Officer for United Methodist Communications, “We want them to see that The United Methodist Church can provide community and support as they go through this journey.”

The campaign aims to create awareness of The United Methodist Church among those who may be looking for community with others and to encourage them to connect with a local church or with the denomination online. The target audience includes those who identify themselves as spiritual, socially conscious and seeking meaning in their lives, but who are not affiliated with a church.

United Methodist Communications will launch advertising efforts through digital media and video, including social media, websites, search engines and advanced television. Ads will begin to roll out this week in 25 markets across the nation. The United Methodist Church is also continuing its efforts to reach out to Hispanic/Latino communities.

“These ads invite people into a relationship with God and with each other. It’s all about creating a connection,” said Jennifer Rodia, United Methodist Communications’ Chief Communications Officer. “We assist and equip local United Methodist churches to support people when they reach out in reaction to the messages. We aim to embolden leaders and members of our denomination to be the hands and feet of Christ to those who need to experience his great love, hope and grace.” 

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About United Methodist Communications

As the communications agency for The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Communications seeks to increase awareness and visibility of the denomination in communities and nations around the globe. United Methodist Communications also offers services, tools and resources for communications ministry. Find them online at ResourceUMC.org/umcom.

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