Quakers Uniting in Publications (QUIP) publishers, authors, and booksellers want their works (print, media, art) shared with a wider audience.
The 2020 annual conference business session and title sharing were held on April 25 via Zoom. Plenary speaker talks presented on May 9 and 23 and June 6 are available on the website. Marcelle Martin spoke on “From My Heart to Yours: Sharing a Faith that Heals,” Tom Hamm on “Quaker Publishing: An Historical Overview,” and Ashley Wilcox shared “Being a Quaker for Others.” This different format and schedule had good attendance and participation, suggesting Quaker voices are still important; the ministry of the written word connects us in troubled times.
A common concern of QUIP Quakers is the ministry of Quaker publication in areas of poverty and few resources. In 1999 QUIP minuted dedicating part of the annual dues toward assisting those from underserved countries to attend QUIP meetings, work with QUIP members, or financially assist publishing ventures. These funds helped publish Jack Wilcutt’s Why Friends Are Friends in Spanish and a revised Lighting Candles in the Dark in Russian; provide travel costs of contributors for Spirit Rising; and for Emma Condori’s time in translating and collecting religious education materials into Spanish and now online. These small Tacey Sowle grants provide seed money and encouragement. An application form is on the QUIP homepage.