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, or mail a check to Barclay Press, 211 N Meridian St #101, Newberg OR 97132.

Thank you,
Eric Muhr