Better together

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February 12, 2018

Two weeks ago I made an announcement that a private donor had offered to “match every donation that comes in over the next four weeks, up to $1,000.” Last Monday, I announced that “nine donors have given $775, putting us within $225 of our goal.” That same day we met our goal and then some. We raised $3,000 from fifteen donors over the last two weeks and a total of $4,925 so far this year, almost 20 percent of the total we need to raise in 2018.

Some of you might be wondering, “What happens with that money?”

I’m glad you asked!


Of the thousands of copies of Illuminate Bible study guides and Fruit of the Vine devotional readers we print each year, many go to small Friends churches, monthly meetings, or worship groups with extremely tight budgets. We have extended credit and occasionally provide materials for free in order to support the work of Friends in those communities.

We publish at least one title each year that is important for Friends as a resource and that wouldn’t generate enough sales to earn the interest of other Christian publishers. In addition, we have gone to great lengths to keep older titles in print or to bring them back into print when no other equivalent work is available. Some of these books do eventually pay for themselves, but the up-front investment is significant. And there are no guarantees.

Because of denominational support, Barclay Press has long been able to provide at-cost, short-run print services, web development, communications support, and in-house design for a number of Quaker organizations and Friends churches. This year, we also provided closed-captioning for two video projects and nearly a dozen training sessions for churches looking to improve their communications systems.

What it comes down to is that we’re better together. This is why we pool our resources of skills, energy, time, and money. The little bit I offer goes farther and accomplishes more when it’s added to the little bit that you bring.


Thank you,
Eric Muhr





 
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Shalom

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February 5, 2018

In a pamphlet first published in the 1970s, Howard Macy writes, “People have more than an appetite for peace; they are starved for peace.” That pamphlet, Shalom, has been out of print for years, so when Howard first asked whether Barclay Press might consider releasing a revised edition, I wondered if it would still prove relevant and useful.

Then I read what Howard had written. And I knew –

  • in a time when U.S. special operations forces are deployed in 70 percent of the world’s countries; 
  • in a year where there have already been eleven school shootings; 
  • in the face of sickness, suffering, oppression, and loss –
the ever-present immanence of violence makes Howard’s study of peace more important than ever. Especially because, even as Quakers, “Many of us understand peace too narrowly and as having too small a realm.... Second, we may imagine peace on too large a scale, telling ourselves that the challenge is too large or imposing for us to make any difference.”

In spite of this sense, “We are called to be makers of shalom, to be agents of God’s reconciliation.” Howard continues, “Our efforts at making peace often seem futile.... [But] our small efforts may be more powerful than they seem.”

This is, I think, true of all our efforts. What little we can accomplish seems futile. But our small efforts – in every endeavor – add up to something. In last week’s Long Story Short, I announced that a private donor has offered to match every donation that comes in over the next four weeks, up to $1,000. As of this morning, nine donors have given $775, putting us within $225 of our goal. In one week!

Over this next year, I’m tasked with raising $25,000 to sustain the work of Barclay Press. That’s about $2,100 each month. These funds will make possible the publication and distribution of resources like 
Shalom, which we plan to release as an e-book in March, making print pamphlets available for individuals and small groups in April.

You can support this work with a one-time or monthly donation. And because we’re a small press, even small gifts make a significant difference. Just click on DONATE at barclaypress.com, or mail a check to Barclay Press, 211 N Meridian St #101, Newberg OR 97132.

And if you’re interested in Howard’s pamphlet, watch this space. I’ll make sure to let you know as soon as it’s ready.

Thank you,

Eric Muhr




 
BARCLAY
PRESS

211 N. Meridian St. #101
Newberg, OR 97132
503.538.9775


www.barclaypress.com

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An announcement

 

January 29, 2018

At the bottom of this email, I have an exciting announcement. But first, this: On Thursday night, Meaghan Fogarty posted a video to Twitter, and it went viral, receiving nearly half a million “likes.” More than 2,000 comments on the post noted that it was a pure moment, or that this is exactly what the world needs right now. The video reminded me of times I spent as a child watching for wobbly eggs in incubators at feed stores and in the 4-H building at the state fair.

Here’s the video (it will open as a youtube video in a new tab):

From Meaghan Fogarty: My mom’s kindergarten class watching a chick hatch and then singing happy birthday to it
Several viewers noted how wet and exhausted this chick is. I don’t know if you’ve watched a chick emerge from its shell, but it generally takes four to twelve hours, and it’s common – if conditions are right – for the process to take up to twenty-four hours.

The chick in this video just finished a marathon – maybe two or three marathons.


I wonder at the persistence required for emergence, and I wonder if I’m capable of accomplishing what this baby bird has just accomplished.

Being at Barclay Press feels a little bit – I imagine – like trying to break out of  a shell. For years, we have depended on steady funding from yearly meetings to make possible the work that we do in publishing Fruit of the Vine quarterly reader, Illuminate small-group and Sunday school Bible study materials, as well as a handful of Quaker books and resources every year. With that funding phasing out at the end of 2019, I’ve needed to raise replacement funds from donations. This year, in order to keep the doors open, I have to raise $25,000.

This is where I make the announcement I promised at the start of this letter: As January comes to a close, Barclay Press has raised a little less than $2,000 toward our year-end goal. To help us enter February strong, a private donor has offered to match every donation that comes in over the next four weeks, up to $1,000. This is a fantastic opportunity to double funds raised for the year as we slowly work our way out of the shell and toward our goal of being a full-fledged, healthy and independent Quaker publisher.

If you can join in supporting the continuing work of Barclay Press as a publisher of truth for many years to come and would like to see your donated dollars doubled, now is the time to make a one-time or monthly donation. Just click on DONATE at barclaypress.com, or mail a check to Barclay Press, 211 N Meridian St #101, Newberg OR 97132.

Thank you,
Eric Muhr