In response to customer requests and a global paper shortage, Friends United Meeting’s (FUM) press, Friends United Press, has converted about 30 percent of their available titles to eBook format since September 2021. To introduce FUM members to digital reading, the Press offered for six weeks a coupon for one free eBook to readers of their digital newsletter, along with whatever instructions were needed to help download the book and access the content. The press successfully gave away over $1,600 worth of books. Among titles now available digitally are The Journal and Major Essays of John Woolman, edited by Phillips P. Moulton; A Living Faith: An Historical and Comparative Study of Quaker Beliefs by Wilmer A. Cooper; Encounter with Silence: Reflections from the Quaker Tradition by John Punshon; The Journal of George Fox, edited by Rufus M. Jones; Prophetic Healing: Howard Thurman’s Vision of Contemplative Activism by Bruce Epperly; and all titles by Howard Thurman. Older titles continue to be digitized, and there are plans to digitize all new titles in the future. FUM is also developing a network of mutual resources and support for the growing number of African immigrant congregations throughout Canada and the United States. In October, the FUM General Board launched a new subcommittee to focus strategic attention on how the FUM community can best nurture, encourage, learn from, and welcome these local meetings, churches, and scattered individuals. FUM anticipates welcoming some of these congregations or congregational networks into FUM membership in the coming year.
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