Nashville, March, 2020 – The outbreak of COVID-19 in the US and the resulting cancellation of group gatherings has led many United Methodist churches to plan online virtual worship experiences.
To assure that local churches have the resources they need, the United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) announced that it is granting permission to use and post online selected contents from the United Methodist Book of Worship (BOW) as congregations care for their members during the international health crisis.
UMPH publicized that selections from the General Services (pages 13 – 171) in the BOW for which UMPH holds the copyrights, are available for use in streaming services at no cost through April 30, 2020. Permission is granted only for content listed showing The United Methodist Publishing House, the Methodist Publishing House, or Abingdon Press as the copyright holder in the Acknowledgments section found in the back of the Book of Worship.
For hymns and tunes from hymnals and songbooks, UMPH recommends churches use a license from OneLicense or CCLI, both of which administer music rights for multiple copyright holders. OneLicense has also announced that it is granting free licenses for one month during COVID-19 pandemic.
“John Wesley exhorted the people called Methodists to ‘sing lustily and with good courage’” said Rev. Brian Milford, UMPH President & Publisher. He noted that “Wesley also urged that we worship with ‘an eye to God in every word’ we utter and in this period of crisis these wonderful resources for online worship may be used without cost.”
The following, excerpted from a letter UMPH General Secretary Brian Milford sent to the College of Bishops, has more detail.
As you know, there are many materials in our official and unofficial products that are intellectual property owned by others, and only licensed to UMPH or Abingdon Press for specific uses. All of our churches and UMPH are legally bound by rules that limit the use of such materials without the expressed permission of the copyright holders.
The Book of Worship
As previously announced, at least through April 30, 2020, UMPH has granted blanket permission for use of all materials owned by UMPH and published in The Book of Worship.
The United Methodist Hymnal and Supplements
For hymns and tunes from The United Methodist Hymnal and other hymnals and songbooks, UMPH recommends churches use a license from OneLicense or CCLI, both of which administer music rights for multiple copyright holders. OneLicense has also announced that it is granting free licenses for one month during the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the material in these resources is not owned by UMPH.
The Common English Bible (CEB)
The CEB text may be quoted and/or displayed for online worship without additional permission. When quotations from the CEB text are used in church bulletins, orders of service, posters, transparencies, or similar media (which includes one-time use during live audio or video streaming), we ask that the initials (CEB) be shown at the end of each quotation. A generous permissions policy which includes online streaming is already in effect for quoting extensive selections from the CEB and details can be found at https://www.commonenglishbible.com/terms-of-use.
Please also refer pastors and congregations to Amplifymedia.com, our new multimedia platform, where they will find many free and relevant resources.