Our Story

The Friendship Press Story

Friendship Press began its publishing efforts on June 27, 1935. The editorial and publishing team produced a variety of works that expressed its value commitments and support for the health and welfare of children, constructive race relations, church missions, vibrant culture, and peace among nations.

Perhaps Friendship Press is best known as the North American distributor of the Peters Projection map. In 1974, historian and cartographer Dr. Arno Peters created a map, which proportionately presented a more accurate account of all countries. A map where one square inch anywhere on the map is an equal number of square miles. All the land mass and territories of the world are proportionately represented in actual sizes. Peters’ map, supported by the United Nations Development Programme, was translated into English in 1983. One might ask, “Why would Friendship Press take an interest in such a controversial project?” We understand that maps are more than scientific or objective instruments. They are embedded with agendas and political aims, regarding what is revealed and what is concealed.

In January of 2018, the Friendship Press Board of Directors reactivated its operations. Rooted in values and commitments from its past, and supported by the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., the Press is resolute to honor these same commitments today and in the future—concern for fairness, justice, and the well-being of all peoples.

We invite you—authors, contributors, and communities of religious faith and moral practice—to join us on this journey through print, digital, and electronic channels because conversations matter.

For customer service, orders, and questions about publishing with Friendship Press, please contact us at info@friendshippress.org. For Bible Licensing Rights and Permissions, write to NRSVcopyright@rigginsrights.com

Empowering conversations,
Friendship Press

While we do not have an official mission statement to date, our work revolves around the following intent:

  1. Friendship Press, Inc. was founded on June 27, 1935. After a dormant period in the early 2000s, the National Council of Churches, its parent organization, reactivated Friendship Press in January 2018.
  2. Our (unofficial) Mission – Friendship Press exists to inform, encourage, and empower conversations among religious adherents and people of goodwill—through print, electronic, and digital tools—so that people may strengthen bonds in and across loving communities and embody peace with justice through their words and actions.
  3. Our headquarters is located in Washington, D.C., and operations are executed in Chester Heights, PA.
  4. We employ 2.5 workers to carry out the work.
  5. Friendship Press has a 7-member Board of Directors elected by our parent organization, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA. Officers include:
    • Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, President
    • Bishop Moore, Vice-President