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A Letter from the President and Publisher of Presbyterian Publishing Corporation

Friends,

I hope that this note finds you safe and well. 

In this unprecedented time I wanted to take a brief moment to assure you that our work here at Presbyterian Publishing continues. Though we are now in our second week of working from our homes, our staff members continue to edit, publish, market, and sell our books and resources in this uncertain new reality.

As challenging as this time is for us, we are aware that it is doubly challenging for many of you. We are concerned for pastors and parishioners trying to figure out what church means in this new reality. We are concerned about the parents who are having to educate their children while also doing their jobs remotely. We are concerned about the teachers and students who’ve suddenly been thrust into unfamiliar classrooms. And we’re concerned about the independent booksellers, many of whom have just begun to recover from the last great recession and now must close their doors and lay off treasured employees.

Some of the things we are doing to help these groups during this anxious time include:

           - For our church audiences, we are supplying free resources for Lenten study,
       free books for managing stress, and many additional resources for leaders
       and church members. Find these here and here.
     - We are also
lifting copyright restrictions on curriculum and hymns wherever possible. 
     -
For families, we are creating free activities and studies that can be done at home.
       You can find these here and here.
     -
For academic communities, we are lifting usage restrictions on our textbooks
       through the major digital providers and making eBooks of our key textbooks available
       for sale for just $1.99.
     -
And for our independent booksellers, we have made a contribution to the Book
       Industry Charitable Foundation, an organization that provides assistance to
       booksellers who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit
       bincfoundation.org if you’d like to make a contribution.

The weeks and months ahead will be difficult for all of us. None of us knows how long this will last, but rest assured that we will continue to be there for you—whether we are working from our kitchen tables or back in our offices—providing excellent books and resources while remembering our obligation to the people we serve in the church, the academy, and the global community to which we all belong. 

And if you’d like to help, consider purchasing a book from one of our authors whose new work has come out amid a never-ending cycle of bad news: Click here for a list.

Please be safe and take good care.

All my best,

David Dobson

President and Publisher, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation