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United Methodist Communications

The General Commission on Communication (United Methodist Communications; UMCOM) provides leadership for the denomination in the fields of communication, public relations, and promotion of the general funds and programs of the denomination. It is the official news gathering and distribution agency of the denomination. It provides resources and services to local churches and annual conferences in the field of communications.  

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P.O. Box 320
Nashville, TN  37202

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Global mindset transforms church communications

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Church agency uses modern media to share message of hope

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For retired church producer, success means changed lives

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Progressing technology strengthens innovative agency

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Communicating faith for 75 years

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