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Ongoing financial challenges, made worse by the pandemic, have prompted big changes for the United Methodist Publishing House. The self-supporting agency has sold its Nashville, Tennessee, campus (pictured here) to a Chicago real estate firm, and has transferred the assets and management of a pension fund to Wespath Benefits and Investments. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Publishing House moves pension plan, sells campus

The United Methodist Publishing House, hard hit by the pandemic, has finalized some planned changes, including the sale of its Nashville property and transfer of a pension plan to Wespath.
Faith Stories
Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia “Connie” Clark, board chair of the United Methodist Publishing House, died Sept. 24. She was 71. Photo by Ron Benedict, UMPH.

State high-court judge found time to serve church

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia “Connie” Clark was board chair of the United Methodist Publishing House, a veteran General Conference delegate and held key positions in her local church.
General Agencies
The parking lot of the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tenn., stands empty on Friday, May 1, 2020. The self-supporting agency recently entered a purchase agreement with an investment firm expected to lease the office space to the public. That move, combined with better sales of church resources as the pandemic lifts in the U.S., has brightened the Publishing House’s financial picture. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Publishing House rebounds

Thanks to better sales as the pandemic eases in the U.S., as well as a real estate move, the United Methodist Publishing House appears in better shape financially.
General Church
The Discipleship Ministries office in Nashville, Tenn., is being renovated to be better equipped for use post-COVID-19. Although the staff is primarily working at home, the building is being used for small staff meetings as well as a daily prayer broadcast from the Upper Room Chapel. The 13 agencies of The United Methodist Church are facing budget cutbacks among uncertainty around a potential schism. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

General agencies cutting back

Faced with an ongoing pandemic and denominational uncertainty, United Methodist general agencies are reducing staff while trying to stay true to their missions.

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