The General Commission on Communications (UMCOM) is charged with the task of meeting the communication, public relations, and marketing needs of the entire Church, reflecting the cultural and racial diversity within The United Methodist Church. UMCOM provides communication resources and services to local churches and annual conferences. UMCOM also has a consultative relationship with all general agencies of the Church and with any structure for communication and public relations at the jurisdictional, Episcopal area, annual conference, district, or local church level.

Current Opportunities for United Methodist Communications

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship

Opportunity Type: Scholarship
Application Deadline: March 15, 2018
Description: The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students awards a $2,500 scholarship for undergraduate study of religion journalism or mass communications. It recognizes of the work of Leonard M. Perryman, a journalist for The United Methodist Church for nearly 30 years.

Human Resources Internship

Opportunity Type: Internship
Description: United Methodist Communications annually selects a limited number of persons to serve as interns in its Nashville, New York or Washington offices. Location of the training experiences is determined by the vocational interests of the applicant and the type of services offered by the three locations.

Stoody-West Fellowship

Opportunity Type: Fellowship
Application Deadline: March 15, 2018
Description: Overview The $6,000 Stoody-West Fellowships in religious journalism are offered in recognition of the work and lives of Dr. Ralph Stoody and Dr. Arthur West, who were leaders in public relations and information services in The United Methodist Church. The grant will assist one United Methodist student in her or his post-graduate study at an accredited U.S. college or university who intends on pursuing a career in religious journalism. The purpose of the fellowship is to enhance the recipient's professional competence and thereby help to perpetuate the standards exemplified by Ralph Stoody and Arthur West. Religious journalism is interpreted to include news writing for secular press, church press and for church institutions. The committee will consider appropriate news and journalism forms, including electronic and broadcast media, as well as print.

How to apply Send all materials to: Stoody-West Fellowship Committee United Methodist Communications Communications Ministry Team P.O. Box 320 Nashville, TN 37202-320 Or Stoody-West Fellowship Committee United Methodist Communications Communications Ministry Team 810 12th Ave. South Nashville, TN 37203-4744 Applications are due by March 15. Download an application (PDF) About Rev. Dr. Ralph W. Stoody and Rev. Dr. Arthur West The Rev. Dr. Ralph W. Stoody was the first general secretary of the Commission on Public Relations and Methodist Information of The Methodist Church. Dr. Stoody served in that position from 1940-64. Educated at Ohio Wesleyan, Columbia and Harvard Universities, Boston University School of Theology and what is now Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, he was a pastor, journalist, war correspondent, author, speaker, and magician. Dr. Stoody died in 1979. The Rev. Dr. Arthur West was a pastor, author, communicator and pioneer in religion journalism. He served 27 years in communications within The United Methodist Church. His last appointment before retirement in 1975 was as head of the Division of Public Media with United Methodist Communications. Dr. West was educated at Missouri Wesleyan College and Baker University. He holds degrees from Boston University School of Theology and studied journalism at Northwestern University. He served terms as religion editor of the Providence (R.I.) Journal and Bulletin and the Bangor (ME) Daily News. He currently resides in Lebanon, Ohio, with his spouse, Vera.

Contact Information

United Methodist Communications
PO Box 320
Nashville , TN 37202-0320
www.umcom.org