In 1969, the Institute for Editorial Research founded the Northern California Ecumenical Media Resource Center originally to
serve Northern California and Nevada. A group of Christian Educators saw the need to share resources in order to support
their Christian Education programs. A grant from the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church USA, United Church of
Christ and the Roman Catholic Church enabled us to establish the Media Resource Center.
Under the leadership of Presbyterian
Pastor and preeminent educator, Dr. Donald Griggs, the center grew rapidly. Over 120 members from Catholic, Congregational, Presbyterian
and United Methodist churches utilized the shared resources at the Media Resource Center.
Several founding principles have
guided us through the years:
* Open to all churches
* Strong support for ecumenical projects
* New library resources
added on a regular basis
* Members can suggest new materials for purchase
* Low cost to become a member church
* Flexible due dates and no late charges
The Media Resource Center began in the First United Methodist
Church of Palo Alto. In 1972, it moved to the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Clara. In 2004, it
moved to the United Methodist Church of Campbell. In 2017, it moved to Cambrian Park Methodist United Church.