Publishers at the 2021 Festival

Meet the publishers who are sponsors of the 2021 Festival!

Baker Academic

Baker Academic serves the academy and the church by publishing works that further the pursuit of knowledge and understanding within the context of Christian faith. Building on our Reformed and evangelical heritage, we connect authors and readers across the broader academic community by publishing books that reflect historic Christianity and its contemporary expressions. Our authors are scholars who are leaders in their fields, write irenically, and display a healthy respect for other perspectives and traditions. Our goal is to publish books that are notable for their inherent quality and deemed essential reading by students and scholars.


Cokesbury is the retail and customer service arm of The United Methodist Publishing House and serves United Methodists worldwide as well as a broad ecumenical audience representing numerous denominations and independent churches. Cokesbury offers more than 200,000 unique products including books, Bibles, curriculum, worship resources, and church supplies through as well as the Cokesbury Customer Care Center (844) 734-3397.

Fortress Press

Scholarship that Matters: In the academy. In the classroom. In the church. From its origins in the early 1960’s, Fortress Press has established an enviable position as a premier publisher of compelling theological, biblical, and ethical engagements for the church and the world in which it lives. Fortress Press is an imprint of 1517 Media. 1517 Media creates multimedia resources and distinctive books for Christian communities, higher-education learning and scholars, and the general reader. 1517 Media’s imprints include: Augsburg Fortress, Beaming Books, Broadleaf Books, Fortress Press, and Sparkhouse.


Sojourners is an ecumenical Christian social justice advocacy organization that publishes a magazine by the same name. Sojourners mission is to inspire hope and action by articulating the biblical call to racial and social justice, life and peace, and environmental stewardship. We seek to inspire hope and build a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. Sojourners is committed to seeking the truth as informed by our biblical roots, to uncover and explore injustices, and offer solutions consistent with our Christian values. We draw on a long and diverse tradition of Christians following Jesus and seeking justice, across different traditions, cultures and times in history. Our journalistic mission includes “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.” In our print and online news, analysis, and spiritual reflection, as well as our multimedia stories, we seek to be fair in our coverage, while not advancing false equivalencies. Our writers have a point of view, and we insist that they be accurate in their reporting and analysis; rigorous, comprehensive, and ethical in their methods; and transparent with readers about how they have arrived at their conclusions. Our advocacy work focuses on racial justice, humane immigration reform, climate care, peace and nonviolence, and women and girls. Currently we have a campaign to expose and fight voter suppression.

Spirit and Truth Publishing

At Spirit & Truth Publishing, our passion is in connecting people of all ages to God, Scripture, worship, and each other. In our resources, individuals are active participants in their own formation, not passive consumers of information. Our lectionary-based products (both Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative Lectionary) connect education time to the Scripture used in worship, and our elementary worship curricula engage students in learning about the liturgy and church festivals. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have added two new curricula designed to be used by families together at home.  

Our primary series is called Living the Word. Two products follow the Revised Common Lectionary: an intergenerational classroom curriculum and a home-based family curriculum. Ten products teach an overview of the story of God in Scripture by following the Narrative Lectionary. Some are designed with a more traditional, integrative approach where children, youth, and adults learn the same stories separately. Others embrace a cross+generational approach by forming faith in relationships that span the generations in the classroom, worship service, and home.

Chosen Together is a confirmation curriculum with a twist: it is designed to engage confirmands in cross+generational faith formation with mentors, their own family, and members of their congregation. Leaders are coached by the writer to set this up for success. We have recently added an option to subscribe to a safe, hosted online gathering space with the curriculum redesigned as an online course.  Our focus: Worship God. Form faith. Live love. 

Working Preacher Books

A series of compelling, timely books on biblical preaching. Luther Seminary and Fortress Press have launched a book series called Working Preacher Books.

We believe that God uses good preaching to change lives. Our books help preachers make the Bible come alive every time they preach.