By Year

Post-Traumatic God: How the Church Cares for People Who Have Been to Hell and Back

Churches include—and sometimes exclude—those with traumatic war or other experiences

Curt Ritter, critter@cpg.org, (212) 592-1816

NEW YORK, October 20, 2016 — War is Hell. For many who go to war, Hell is a place they can come back from. But others find, on their return, that Hell has come back with them.

Praying Shapes Believing: A Theological Commentary on The Book of Common Prayer

Revised edition addresses advances in scholarship, liturgical resources, inclusive language

Curt Ritter, 212-592-1816, critter@cpg.org

NEW YORK, October 06, 2016 — The Episcopal Church's "new" prayer book— published in 1979—represented a significant theological adjustment in the language Episcopalians used to describe their relationship with God. Nearly a decade later, the church needed a way to reflect on that changed experience of prayer. In 1985, author and liturgical scholar Leonel L. Mitchell noted in his introduction to the first edition of Praying Shapes Believing: A Theological Commentary on The Book of Common Prayer that "God does not change, and the gospel which we preach does not change . . . But we change and the world changes, and we approach God with new problems and new questions." Mitchell's work provided theological commentary that showed how the new prayer book fit squarely in the "wider stream of Christian tradition."

The Book of Comic Prayer” Helps Young People Find Faith through Funnies

Artist and formation leader illustrates how creating comics can energize and deepen faith

Jim Naughton, 202-288-5125, jim@canticlecommunications.com

Heather J. Annis drew her first "religious" comic strip when she was nine or ten years old. "Drawn in pencil on a narrow piece of poster board," she writes, "it is called The Three Wise Dudes and is about the magi journeying toward Bethlehem."

Pastorʼs Proverbs Offer Wisdom for 21st Century Church Leaders

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Kelly Hughes, 312-280-8126, kelly@dechanthughes.com

Like most pastors, Rev. N. Graham Standish, often turns to the biblical Book of Proverbs for its wisdom, such as “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Other proverbs, from sources such as Benjamin Franklin (“Donʼt throw stones at your neighbors, if your own windows are glass.”) have been in everyday usage for centuries. Struck by the simplicity, elegance, and brilliance of such sayings, Standish used the format to develop adages specifically
related to leading congregations. In his new book, Ministry Proverbs: Lessons Learned for Leading Congregations (Morehouse Publishing, $16.00, September 2016), he offers sixty sayings “that seemed to have spontaneously popped out of my experiences, and that now guide me throughout my ministry.”

Church Publishing Reestablishes

Church Publishing Reestablishes

Curt C. Ritter 212-592-1816

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHURCH PUBLISHING INCORPORATED REESTABLISHES DIRECT SALES TO RETAIL CUSTOMERS AND TRADE ACCOUNTS

Establishes New Relationship with Leading Fulfillment Provider PDB Worldwide

NEW YORK, NY — August 18, 2016 — Church Publishing Incorporated (CPI), the official publisher of worship materials, books, music, and digital ministry resources for the Episcopal Church, has announced that in an effort to reestablish direct sales to its retail customers and trade accounts it would utilize PBD Worldwide, a leading fulfillment services provider for over 100 recognized organizations, to handle its fulfillment, customer service, warehousing, order processing, and billing functions.

Davis Perkins, CPI Publisher, said, “We believe the opportunity to establish a new relationship with PDB Worldwide will offer increased benefits to CPI over the long term, and provide immediate benefits to our retail customers and trade accounts. This decision allows us the ability to reclaim our one-on-one relationship with our customers and provides us the flexibility to offer discounts and promotions that can target specific genres and seasons.”
As part of the new relationship, PBD Worldwide will manage all of CPI’s warehousing and shipping needs and maintain a dedicated team of customer service representatives to manage CPI’s toll-free number, take orders, and answer questions from Episcopal clergy, laity, and bookstores, including those in the Episcopal Bookseller Association.

In addition, CPI’s new website (www.churchpublishing.org) is now linked to the state-of-the-art PBD Worldwide e-commerce shopping cart, which allows customers the ability to shop CPI products exclusively. Separately, in recognition of the increased number of individuals that shop on Amazon, CPI will offer customers a convenient link to Amazon.com from its website.

CPI books and resources will also continue to be available through key distributors and catalogers, plus Episcopal bookstores, Amazon, Cokesbury, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors, and wherever fine Christian products are sold. Its eBooks will continue to be sold through a wide variety of eBook sellers, including Amazon, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore, Kobo, and others.

Certain products will remain exclusive to CPI, including its lectionary inserts program, Rite Series, Rite Stuff 2.0, Living the Good News, and Weaving God’s Promises, among others.

About Church Publishing
Founded in 1918, Church Publishing Incorporated (CPI) is the publisher of official worship materials, books, music, and digital ministry resources for the Episcopal Church, and is also a multi-faceted publisher and supplier to the broader ecumenical marketplace. Learn more at churchpublishing.org.

About The Church Pension Fund
The Church Pension Fund (CPF) is an independent financial services organization that serves the Episcopal Church. With approximately $12 billion in assets, CPF and its affiliated companies, collectively the Church Pension Group (CPG), provide retirement, health, and life insurance benefits to clergy and lay employees of the Episcopal Church. CPG also offers property and casualty insurance as well as book and music publishing, including the official worship materials of the Episcopal Church. Learn more at cpg.org
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CPG Media Contact: C. Curtis Ritter Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications 212-592-1816 critter@cpg.org

Meeting youth where they are with Cross Words

A year of devotional reflections for teens and young adults

Curt Ritter, 212-592-1816

NEW YORK, May 1, 2016 — Youth (and their parents, mentors, and leaders) are continually seeking a devotional from a mainline Christian perspective that honors teens' experiences and meets them where they are, emotionally and spiritually. Too many youth devotionals use punitive language and the language of purity. Duana Cisney's new book, Cross Words, is a devotional resource for students that is engaging and realistic about their brokenness and encouraging about God's redeeming grace and forgiveness. It can help them walk through the daily blessings and challenges of life, offering opportunities to consider how their faith might be strengthened through those experiences.

Do This, Remembering Me: Spiritual care for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia

Practical tools, real-life applications for families, care-givers

Curt Ritter, 212-592-1816

NEW YORK, April 1, 2016 — There is very little material available on the subject of how to provide spiritual care to adults with Alzheimer's and other dementia-related diseases, and yet almost all of us know someone in our families, congregations, or communities who suffer from these diseases. As Baby Boomers age and the senior population grows in the coming decade, the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's and dementia will skyrocket.

Transforming the past through Gospel Memories

Hope and healing by connecting personal stories to gospel texts

Curt Ritter, 212-592-1816

NEW YORK, March 1, 2016 — Many of us assume that only our past shapes our future. While there is some truth in this, the gospel is all about the counter-intuitive promise that God is shaping us right now toward God's vision of who we will become. And part of that shaping is the transforming of memories – even painful or uncomfortable memories – so we can live into the future with joy.

Spiritual nourishment in the everyday with Love Feast

Finding joy in the daily challenges of family life

Curt Ritter,(212) 592-1816, critter@cpg.org

NEW YORK — March 15th, 2016 — Sometimes church members idealize what it means to be a clergy family: perfectly behaved children who are properly dressed for church and always bring home straight As from school; unhurried, nightly home-cooked family dinners with deep and meaningful discussions about the theological implications of current events; a spouse who happily teaches Sunday School, directs the children's choir, and bakes delicious cakes for the parish coffee hour. Martha Johnson Bourlakas pokes a pin in that illusion with Love Feast: Together at the Table, her funny and vulnerable reflection on imperfect life in a clergy family that includes an intellectually disabled young adult daughter and a husband who is an Episcopal bishop.

To Understand The Episcopal Faith, Start Here

Jesse Zink makes difficult concepts understandable in A Faith for the Future

Jim Naughton, jim@canticlecommunications.com, 202.288.5125

It's a common question, and one that leaders of newcomer programs hear all the time: Is there something I can read that explains what Episcopalians believe and why they believe it? Now there is a simple answer: A Faith for the Future, by the Rev. Jesse A. Zink is a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the Episcopal faith that explains essential theological concepts in easily accessible prose.

WHY SOME PREACHERS SOAR AND OTHERS SINK

In “Talking God,” Albert Cutié aims to elevate the art of the sermon

Jim Naughton,jim@canticlecommunications.com, 202.288.5125

Preachers are taught to preach, the Rev. Albert Cutié suggests, but they aren't actually taught to speak. They are taught to interpret and explain scripture, says Cutié, himself a charismatic and well-known preacher, but they don't receive enough instruction in engaging presentation styles that will cause people to listen actively and respond.

Invitation to a life lived by Faith Rules

Episcopal “Wisdom literature for the 21st century”

Curt Ritter, 212-592-1816, critter@cpg.org

NEW YORK, March 24, 2016 — Visiting a church that requires you to juggle at least two books and a bulletin and do pew aerobics during Sunday services can be challenging. Finding the transcendent and spiritual in the mundane details of daily life requires a guide. In Faith Rules: An Episcopal Manual, Ian Markham and Samantha Gottlich have gathered deceptively simple rules that, with a light touch, "take a person to faith and then into the Christian faith and then into The Episcopal Church."

Helping churches live out God’s plan with Stewardshift

Equipping for daily lives of worship, service, and grace

Curt Ritter, 212-592-1816, critter@cpg.org

NEW YORK, March 21, 2016 — Church Publishing Incorporated (CPI) announces the release of Stewardshift: An Economia for Congregational Change, an important new resource by Lutheran educator and author Bob Sitze.

A Generous Community Prepares an Adaptive Church to Embrace its Future

Texas Bishop foresees tech savvy, less top-heavy churches immersed in their neighborhoods

Jim Naughton, 202-288-5125, jim@canticlecommunications.com

Bishop C. Andrew Doyle has written a book "for all those who have lost hope in our Church over the last two decades and especially for those who deeply desire to be part of what God is doing in the world around us."

Food Fight Sounds a Call to Arms

In words and images, a new book lays bare the systems that keep people hungry

Jim Naughton, 202-288-5125, jim@canticlecommunications.com

It is not often a Christian writer will acknowledge writing out of anger, but Chris Herlinger uses the word intentionally. His book Food Fight: Struggling for Justice in a Hungry World, which includes 73 pages of gripping photographs by Paul Jeffrey was inspired in part by his outrage at the unjust structures that keep much of the world hungry. It is intended, he writes, "as a call to arms."