A Duplication of Efforts - A Waste of Resources
One group, "The Fellowship," has announced that it will publish the English edition of The URANTIA Book in March 1996, and an affiliate organization of The Fellowship is translating The URANTIA Book into Russian and Korean. Some confused readers have called the Foundation office, inquiring as to why they are receiving fundraising letters from an organization (The Fellowship) which is duplicating the Foundation's work.
Here are the facts:
1. In May 1995, the URANTIA Foundation announced a new 6" x 8" softcover edition of The URANTIA Book for under $20.00. The first printing of this book sold out in five months, and the second printing of 30,000 books is currently available at bookstores.
In December 1995, The Fellowship announced that in March 1996 it will publish a new 6" x 8" softcover version of The URANTIA Book for under $20.00.
2. Since 1981, the URANTIA Foundation has had a Perpetual Printing Fund to fund the printing of the English hardcover edition of The URANTIA Book.
In December 1995, The Fellowship sent out a letter soliciting money for a Perpetual Printing Fund for their printing of The URANTIA Book.
3. In August 1995, the URANTIA Foundation announced that the first draft of the Russian translation had been completed and the first draft of the Korean translation was well underway. In late 1995, the Foundation announced plans to print the third printing of the Spanish translation.
In late summer of 1995, one of The Fellowship's affiliate organizations announced their intention to translate The URANTIA Book into Russian and reported on the progress of a Korean translation. Another of The Fellowship's affiliate organizations is planning to publish a Spanish translation.
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