Questions

How can I purchase an INDIVIDUAL subscription to The Parish Paper, for personal study, if I don’t want to photocopy or distribute it?

Unlike the typical newsletter, The Parish Paper is purely a “reprint-rights” publication for congregations and judicatory structures.

Options by which you can obtain a FREE copy for personal study:

  1. If your judicatory distributes The Parish Paper, ask that office to place you on the mailing list and you can obtain it free of charge.
  2. If you attend a congregation that subscribes, ask it to place you on the distribution list and you can obtain it free of charge.
  3. Purchase a gift subscription for your local congregation or your judicatory and you can obtain it free of charge.

Our judicatory subscribes to The Parish Paper and distributes it to our congregation. Is it OK for my congregation to make copies and distribute it, locally?

Yes, receiving it from your judicatory gives you permission to photocopy for local use as many copies as you need of any Parish Paper issue.

This includes permission to distribute to your congregation’s clergy, paid staff, governing board, committees, and members/attendees in any or all of the following ways: Email, U.S. Mail, reprinting in or inserting a photocopy in your newspaper/newsletter, distribution at your meetings and training events, posting on your congregation’s Website, and permission to use direct quotes in sermons.

Our church has an “individual congregation subscription” to The Parish Paper. Is it OK for our committees, ministry teams, and governing board to copy and distribute it, locally?

Yes, as a Parish Paper subscriber, your congregation has already paid for photocopying privileges.

This includes permission to distribute to your congregation’s clergy, paid staff, governing board, committees, and members/attendees in any or all of the following ways: Email, U.S. Mail, reprinting in or inserting a photocopy in your newspaper/newsletter, distribution at your meetings and training events, posting on your congregation’s Website, and permission to use direct quotes in sermons.

May I copy and send a Parish Paper issue to a friend in another denomination—or to a friend in another judicatory of my own denomination?

Yes, you may give that friend one issue, one time, with the following stipulation: Along with that one issue of The Parish Paper, please ask your friend to visit www.TheParishPaper.com and examine the two subscription options by which his or her congregation can regularly receive The Parish Paper and thus regularly receive the monthly issues.

Our congregation has an “individual congregation subscription” to The Parish Paper. We are hosting other congregations at a workshop in our facilities. Is it OK if we distribute issues of The Parish Paper to those workshop attendees?

Yes, and you may also give them permission to photocopy those issues for local use within their congregation—with the following stipulation: In addition to those issues of The Parish Paper that you give to each attendee, ask them to visit www.theparishpaper.com and examine the two subscription options [judicatory subscription and individual congregation subscription].

I am the pastor of a congregation that has an “individual congregation subscription” to The Parish Paper [or my judicatory subscribes and distributes it to my congregation]. I am speaking at an event for congregations in our judicatory. May I distribute issues of The Parish Paper to that event’s attendees?

Yes, and you may also give them permission to photocopy those issues for local use within their congregation. Since your judicatory subscribes to The Parish Paper, you already have the right to distribute copies of that issue to people in congregations of your judicatory.

I am the pastor of a congregation that has an “individual congregation subscription” to The Parish Paper [or my judicatory subscribes and distributes it to my congregation]. I am speaking at an event for congregations outside of our denomination or outside of our judicatory. May I distribute issues of The Parish Paper to that event’s attendees?

Yes, and you may also give them permission to photocopy those issues for local use within their congregation—with the following stipulation: Along with issues of The Parish Paper that you give to each attendee, ask them to visit www.theparishpaper.com and examine the two subscription options [judicatory subscription and individual congregation subscription].

Neither my congregation nor my judicatory subscribes to The Parish Paper. But I want to print in my newsletter one [or several] paragraphs of a Parish Paper issue. Am I correct in assuming that the “fair use” copyright law permits me to reprint or paraphrase one or several paragraphs of a Parish Paper issue, even if my congregation or my judicatory does not have a subscription?

No, you are not correct in that understanding of the “fair use” copyright law.

You may be thinking of copyright laws that involve taking a quotation from a book. The large total size of a book makes “fair use” a totally different matter than is the case with short publications such as The Parish Paper.

With any printed publication as small as The Parish Paper, any portion of one issue is a large percentage of the total publication and therefore outside the bounds of what courts rule as “fair use.” (The courts have ruled the same way with regard to copyright laws for photocopying or music, reprinting the words of songs, and reprinting verses from a poem.)

Courts have also ruled that paraphrasing or rewriting sections of something this short is illegal—even if you cite the source—anfGfffffddd constitutes theft of intellectual property.

How does a seminary benefit from subscribing to The Parish Paper?

The subscribing Seminary Library receives copyright permission to photocopy for the library and to extend photocopy privileges to all faculty members for classes and/or workshops they may lead elsewhere AND permission for seminary students to photocopy for use in student churches.

If your Seminary Library wishes to subscribe, visit our subscription page.

I’m interested in back issues of The Parish Paper. Where can I find a complete list?

The complete index of all issues of The Parish Paper is available here. Many past issues are available as a free download