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October 2010 Community Newsetter

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The Urantia Book Fellowship

26 de noviembre de 2010 02:46
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November 2010
In This Issue
GC/ EC Meeting Dates
Meeting Holds Promise
Endowment program
The Station
Brazil Book Fair 2010
Thanksgiving Proclamation
IC 11 Update
Random Acts of Culture
About The Urantia Book Fellowship
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   John Hales 
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Judicial Chair
Membership Chair
Interfaith Chair
   Susan Cook 
Outreach Chair
International Chair
Education Chair
   Lila Dogim 
Publications Chair
Finance Chair
   John Hay 
Special Projects
   Tim Hobbs 
General Council 
Lara Amyx
Larry Bowman
Robert Bruyn
Robert Burns
Gary Deinstadt
Avi Dogim
Stephen Dreier
Janet Falbo
Tony Finstad
Cece Forrester
Marvin Gawryn
Janet Graham
Merritt Horn
Jack Kane 
Al Lockett
Charlene Morrow
Dolores Nice
Charles Olivea
Thomas Orjala
Phillip Taylor
Jo Ann Wiedman
Upcoming General Council and Executive Meetings

Executive Committee
General Council
February 10-13, 2011 in Dallas-Fort Worth area

Dear Ignacio,

Happy Thanksgiving to all as we look forward to the holidays and share special time with family and friends.


This was going to be a "short" Community Newsletter. Well it is not short!  So much is happening within our movement and there is so much to share.  Projects abound from individuals, small group efforts and larger organizational efforts.  And they all need support. 


The efforts, by so many dedicated readers, who are dedicated to the revelation, need our time, input, advocacy and financial considerations.  I am putting in a plug here for the Urantia Book Fellowship, one such organization deserving  your consideration. 


Please consider making a donation by clicking on this DONATE NOW link.  You can make a one-time donation or a monthly auto-debit.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  And please remember the other organizations that do such wonderful good works in expanding this epochal revelation.

Meeting Holds Promise of a United Urantia Movement

UAI ISB and the Urantia Book Fellowship Meeting

October 23, 2010

Chicago, Illinois USA at Urantia Foundation




The International Service Board (ISB) of Urantia Association International (UAI) met with the Executive Committee (EC) of The Urantia Book Fellowship (UBF) at the Urantia Foundation in Chicago, Illinois USA on October 23, 2010 beginning at 9:00 am CDT US with UAI President Gaétan Charland and UBF President Michelle Klimesh as joint Chairs. Other ISB members present were: Merindi Belarski, Mark Kurtz, Susan Owen, Vern Verass, Phil Taylor, James Woodward and Travis Binion.   Benet Rutenberg was present as UAI Judicial Council member.  UAI Executive Administrator Rick Lyon was also in attendance.    Other UBF EC members present were: John Hales, Michael Challis, Cristina Seaborn, Lila Dogim, Buck Weimer, Tim Hobs, Tom Choquette, Linda Buselli, Marvin Gawryn, Paula Thompson, and Lenny Cowles.


Gaétan Charland brought the meeting to order and made an opening statement.  Gaétan reminded us we hold the future of this revelation in front of us.  It is not about the organizations, but about preparing the readers who will follow us.  Gaétan spoke on the importance of focusing on our respective organizational missions, and getting to know one another and building the personal relationships that will lead to understanding, appreciation and love. 


Michelle Klimesh made an opening statement focused on being forward looking in our time together.  Michelle asked us to consider that we can only grow our relationships forward from where we find ourselves today. She pledged that the Executive Committee will encourage the UAI in its work and pray for the success of their projects to further the revelation.


We then read Paper 140 Section 4, pg. 1572 together.  Gaétan asked: "If we are not the light and the salt, then who?"


Each attendee introduced themselves and their respective organizational position along with personal information they wished to share.  Many told the story of how they found the book and how they are serving the revelation. 


Rick Lyon narrated a PowerPoint presentation on the mission, structure and activities of UAI.  Rick and Gaétan then fielded questions about UAI.  John Hales,Vice President of UBF, and Michael Challis, Judicial Chair, presented a short history of their organization.  The structure of UBF was explained and their purpose statement was read.  There was a short question and answer session and we recessed for lunch prepared by Jennifer Siegel in the newly renovated second floor kitchen at Urantia Foundation. 


A PowerPoint slide was presented showing the purpose statements of both organizations side by side.  The similarity of purpose was noted and discussed by all attendees.


UAI Statement of Purpose


Mission: To foster study of The Urantia Book and to disseminate its teachings.


1.1 The Urantia Association International (UAI) is a nonprofit, service organization formed to disseminate the teachings of The Urantia Book in order to promote, improve, and expand comprehension and appreciation among the peoples of the world of cosmology, of the relationship of the planet on which we live to the universe, of the genesis and destiny of man and his relation to God, and of the true teachings of Jesus. In so doing, UAI shall endeavor to increase and enhance the comfort, happiness, and well-being of man, as an individual and as a member of society, through the fostering of a personal religion, a philosophy, and a cosmology commensurate with man's intellectual and cultural development.


The Urantia Book Fellowship Statement of Purpose


            The purposes of The Fellowship are the study and dissemination of the teachings of The Urantia Book; the promotion, improvement, and expansion among the peoples of the world of the comprehension and understanding of Cosmology and the relation of the planet on which we live to the Universe, of the genesis and destiny of Man and his relation to God, of the life and teachings of Jesus, and the inculcation and encouragement of the realization and appreciation of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man -- in order to increase and enhance the comfort, happiness, and well-being of Man, as an individual and as a member of society, by fostering a religion, a philosophy, and a cosmology which are commensurate with Man's intellectual and cultural development, through the medium of fraternal association, ever obedient and subservient to the laws of this country and of all countries wherein The Fellowship may extend.


We read Paper 144 Section 6, pg. 1625:7-8 and Paper 100 section 4, pg. 1098:3.


James Woodward and Vern Verass presented the prototype of the Study Group Portal.  The idea for this independent web portal as a central location for self-registering all study groups worldwide arose from IT and Study Groups Appreciative Inquiry meetings hosted by Urantia Foundation.  James Woodward as UAI Study Group Chair and UAI IT volunteers, including Scott Brooks, will continue to develop the prototype and when it's complete, the Study Group Portal will be presented to all three organizations for review, input and approval.  Questions were answered by James and Vern.


The UBF presented their new Dissemination Initiative - Grassroots Urantia Outreach, "Fellowship in the Field" and the corresponding website:  This initiative was the result of several visioning sessions over the past 2 ½ years.  The Letter of Introduction on the website was read and states in part:


"The Urantia Book Fellowship has a vision for dissemination -- to become the organization that will serve these mighty servants who will uplift the children of God and this planet by sharing the fact, truth, and teachings of this great revelation.  The first step of our vision for dissemination is requesting proposals from all Urantia Book readers for a dissemination project that we can support as an organization."

Initial project proposals are due by December 1st with final proposals due by January 16, 2011.


James Woodward presented another independent project called The Urantia Book Study Group Development Project.  It is a five-year strategic plan to foster, develop, expand, and nurture study groups through the collaborative efforts of individuals within Urantia Foundation, UAI and UBF.  A project charter and purpose statement has been completed.  This project will be presented to all three organizations for consideration in the near future.


The UBF presented their Pipeline of Light project which was started in 2002. Pipeline volunteers respond to reader needs for The Urantia Book and its available translations throughout the world, especially in countries where the book is unavailable or the cost is prohibitive. To date, Pipeline volunteers have secured donors for more than 2800 books in sixty-seven countries. Approximately 88% of all books placed are the Urantia Foundation Spanish translation, El Libro de Urantia


Phil Taylor introduced the UAI Leadership 2011 symposium which will be held July 14-17, 2011 at Techny Towers in Chicago, Illinois USA.  The purpose of this symposium is to bring together leaders from around the world so we can come to a common understanding of the origin, history and destiny of the revelation, a shared vision of what is possible, an understanding of what makes an effective leader, and how leaders can work effectively within an organization.   The symposium program will be structured around group dynamics in order to foster personal relationships, sharing of knowledge and experience, and collaborative problem solving.  The leaders of UBF were invited to the symposium.  More information is on the leadership website at:


Tom Choquette spoke about his independent Truth Seekers Initiative started in 2002 for young readers of the book aged 14-19.  This is an event oriented initiative centered on healthy and adventurous outdoor activities during the days, sharing and preparing meals together, and bonding and learning the art of social discourse in the evenings. The goal is to facilitate close, lifelong friendships in an extended network of like minded young people dedicated to living lives of honesty and integrity.  More information can be found at:


All agreed we should meet again in the future, but no date was set.


The meeting adjourned at 4:30 PM CDT USA.


From 5:30 PM to after 10:00 PM, the members of the ISB and the UBF EC enjoyed social fellowship with local readers and a sumptuous dinner prepared by Jennifer Siegel.


Respectfully Presented by:



Gaétan Charland                                  President                                             

Urantia Association International 

Michelle Klimesh
 Endowment Program for The Urantia Book Fellowship!

Exciting news! The Urantia Book Fellowship finally has it's own Endowment Fund, named the Foxhall Endowment Fund, that exclusively supports the long term efforts of the Urantia Book Fellowship.  Our Foxhall Endowment fund is managed by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and is overseen by the Executive committee.

Through the tireless efforts of Ken Raveill for close to two decades, this endowment program has finally happened for the Urantia Book Fellowship.  Ken has been pushing the Urantia organizations to create and support endowments for Urantia related purposes.  The Foxhall Fund was created about 5 years ago with Ken as the founder and recently with a board that consisted of Susan Cook, Larry Geis, Michelle Klimesh and Robert Burns.  At our last Foxhall Board meeting, it was unanimously decided to turn the entire fund over to the Fellowship, with $17,000 in the fund.  The Executive committee accepted the Foxhall Endowment Fund in their October meeting.

The Urantia community needs endowments to sustain our growth in the future.  Your donations continue to give, as generally the principle of your donation stays in the fund and only the annual appreciation is used for the Fellowship's annual purposes or the specific purpose you designate. As the donor, you can specify many other variables to you Living Legacy donation and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation staff will help you determine the best approach for your donation.

Some day, in the relatively near future, there will be many millions of dollars invested of which the annual proceeds will allow many important projects to be funded.

Donations to the Foxhall fund can be established in your will for a Living Legacy.  The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation can accept most any type of asset for the Foxhall Endowment Fund, like stocks, jewelry, real estate and even collectibles.

If you have an interest in making a Living Legacy to support the long term efforts of the Urantia Book Fellowship,  you can go to or better yet call their office at  816-842-0944 and let them know you are interested in the Foxhall Endowment Fund. For donations the Urantia Book Fellowship can use now, please go to

The Station is an illusion--It constantly outdistances us

by Robert J. Hastings


Train Station









TUCKED AWAY in our subconscious minds is an idyllic vision in which we see ourselves

From that day on we will all live happily ever after.

Sooner or later, however, we must realize there is no station in this life, no one earthly place to arrive at once and for all. The journey is the joy. The station is an illusion--it constantly outdistances us.

Yesterday's a memory, tomorrow's a dream. Yesterday belongs to a history, tomorrow belongs to God. Yesterday's a fading sunset, tomorrow's a faint sunrise. Only today is there light enough to love and live.

So, gently close the door on yesterday and throw the key away. It isn't the burdens of today that drive men mad, but rather regret over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who would rob us of today.

"Relish the moment" is a good motto, especially when coupled with Psalm 118:24, "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."

So stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, swim more rivers, climb more mountains, kiss more babies, count more stars. Laugh more and cry less. Go barefoot oftener. Eat more ice cream. Ride more merry-go-rounds. Watch more sunsets. Life must be lived as we go along. The station will come soon enough.

on a long journey that spans an entire continent. We're traveling by train and, from the windows, we drink in the passing scenes of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at crossings, of cattle grazing in distant pastures, of smoke pouring from power plants, of row upon row upon row of cotton and corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of city skylines and village halls.

But uppermost in our conscious minds is our final destination--for at a certain hour and on a given day, our train will finally pull into the station with bells ringing, flags waving, and bands playing. And once that day comes, so many wonderful dreams will come true. So restlessly, we pace the aisles and count the miles, peering ahead, waiting, waiting, waiting for the station.

    "Yes, when we reach the station, that will be it!" we promise ourselves. "When we're
eighteen. . . win that promotion. . . put the last kid through college. . . buy that 450SL
Mercedes-Benz. . . have a nest egg for retirement!"
The Fellowship Helps With Brazilian Book Fair

The Brasilia, Brazil Book Fair 2010

Charlene and Buck
Charlene and Buck Weimer at the Brazil Book Fair

"The progress angels. These seraphim are entrusted with the task of initiating the evolutionary progress of the successive social ages. They foster the development of the inherent progressive trend of evolutionary creatures; they labor incessantly to make things what they ought to be." P. 1255, 114,6,6


The Brazilian ExpoBrasilia Book Fair was held on October 8 through October 17, 2010 sponsored by the Brasilia Chamber of Books with 157 exhibitors and over 150,000 people in attendance.


Charlene Morrow and I flew from Denver to Washington, D.C. on October 6th, and then flew the overnight flight to Sao Paulo before finally arriving in Brasilia at 2:30 PM on October 7th.  There to greet us as we cleared immigrations and customs was a smiling Nemias Mol with a bright Urantia Book circles sign. (Words cannot adequately express the feelings experienced when a local person is there to greet you upon arriving in a distant country for the first time.)  Within an hour we were checked into our hotel and ready to explore.


Nemias is the young, energetic, and bright leader of Urantia Association of Brazil, which began in 2003, and an integral part of the UAI (Urantia Association International).  Visit the website he maintains at .  It lists 42 study groups; and claims a total of 1,300 readers throughout Brazil. He expressed that all the readers in Brazil are completely ecstatic about having the Urantia Book translated in Portuguese - first printing in 2007 - and he was especially happy about having the O Livro de URÂNTIA for the book fair in his hometown of Brasilia.


We carried to Brasilia 27 books, 1,000 Spiritual Vitamins (in Portuguese and English), 10 CD's of the automated Ascent of Paradise downloaded from Square Circles (ironically, translated into Portuguese by Nemias), and many 3 concentric circle pins.  In anticipation of the book fair Nemias had printed several thousand flyers and an equal amount of brochures, as well as 2 large posters extolling the benefits of the Revelation.  A most interesting reader, Frederico Galváo, took us to dinner the first night and talk about his involvement in the Urantia Book movement over the past 7 years.  He had a career in the Brazilian Foreign Service and spoke many languages, including Spanish, English, French, and some Romanian; and is also a member of Mensa International. 


As the book fair started, we were sharing a booth with the printer and distributor of a very large Portuguese Thesaurus book.  Their booth also contained a multitude of other books with interesting titles and well-known Brazilian and international authors.  The printer and distributor of this Thesaurus was a father-son team (Victor Tagore Sr. and Victor Tagore Jr.) - both supported the Urantia Book. The confusion between customers and worker of the Thesaurus booth and our group soon became apparent.  The elder Tagore soon took charge and allotted us our own booth (free of charge) across the isle from our original booth; and progress began to happen with a greater frequency.


For the majority of the time we had this wonderful system going:  I would offer people passing by a spiritual vitamin (Vitaminas Espirituais); usually they opened and read it in our presence.  Charlene would offer them a brochure and a flyer, and Nemias would respond to their questions and offer insights into the Urantia Book.  In a way, it was offering them a look at the Kingdom, Charlene was showing them the door, and Nemias invited them inside (or at least, that was our joyful fantasy).  For the most part, the individuals we encountered were bright, educated, truth-seeking and open-minded.  Brazil has a literacy rate of 90%.  We received no negative feedback; despite the fact that Brazil is 74% Catholic and 15.5% Protestant.


Roberto Vieira de Paula and Lucia Borelli came to lend their help at the booth.  Lucia has done some fantastic secondary works (we viewed one of them, in hardback copy, but, of course, could not discern the writing) but the drawings of the various parts of the cosmos were great.  Lucia also had her own booth to display her private writings. 


An interesting point of discussion with Nemias was with the pricing of the UB for sale at the fair.  He set the price at 60 Brazilian Real ($35.00) for the hardback and 50 Real ($30.00) for the soft back.  The per capita income in Brazil (2008-2009 figures) is approximately 17,000 Real - about 10,000 USD.  He thought these prices very competitive with other books of comparable size at the fair.  Charlene & I often used the model - based on experience at other book fairs - of asking the potential buyer:  "How much are you willing to pay for this book?"  And if the offered price was reasonable and realistic, we gave them the book at that price; and, if necessary, we were willing to subsidize the difference between the actual cost and the sale price.  Our motive is to get the book out and in the hands of potential believers; while the profit motive is for an era of greater demand.  Since its inception, neither organization has made a profit from the printing and sales of the Urantia Book; perhaps a single book, but not for the whole printing.


We sold 13 books, (7 soft covers, 6 hard covers), gifted all of the spiritual vitamins, and handed out hundred of brochures and pamphlets.


One day we had lunch with Frederico and Roberto, and they wanted to discuss: "Why Harry McMullen published Part IV of the Urantia Book and caused the Foundation to loose the copyright?  (Our opinion:  because the UB Foundation began to withhold access to the book from individuals and groups unwilling to follow their policies; and the copyright was lost because the U.S. Supreme opinion: "...only an author or an author's heirs can renew the copyright in a literary work at the expiration of the initial term...").  Nemias also wanted to know what we thought about the Foundation's copyright of the Portuguese translation.    


On the last day of our time at the book fair, we had an intense conversation with Victor Tagore Jr. about his desire to distribute the Urantia Book throughout Brazil.  Victor is a graduate from the University of Arizona, and obviously communicated very well in English.  Although a dedicated Spiritist (the belief in communications with unseen spirit beings), he was a reader and fully supported the Urantia Book.  He renewed his commitment to travel to Chicago to consummate a deal to do this distribution, and asked us to communicate some of his desires to the Foundation.


The day before our departure Nemias took us on a sightseeing tour of Brasilia, a city created ex nihilo (Latin for "out of nothing") in 1956.  Its broad boulevards, modernistic structures, and groomed parks portend of things to come.  Of special interest was the Cathedral de Brasilia; a spectacular Roman Catholic Church designed by Oscar Niemeyer.  Going inside from the underground tunnel, visitors are surrounded by mostly blue and white stained glass, hanging angels, and marble sculptures.  On the outside you can stand next to 4 bronze statues nearly 10 feet tall; representing the 4 Evangelistic Apostles.  Everything is BIG, BEAUTIFUL, and INSPIRING.


On the day of our departure, we were invited to Nemias's home for lunch.  His wife Luci prepared everything while Nemias held their newborn son (born August 21st).  Frederico and Roberto were also there, and Fernando, another reader, came later.  After a most delicious lunch, we celebrated with a reading and remembrance supper - leaving all of us with a sense of fulfillment and unity with each other and our Creator Son. 


In the end, we forged new relationships, developed a book fair model, and demonstrated our commitment to working together with the UAI, Foundation, and our brothers and sisters with a language and culture unlike our own.


The International Fellowship Committee wishes to thank the Executive Committee, the General Council, and the general readership for their undying support for our many projects and the freedom to pursue them.


Buck Weimer, Chair

Charlene Morrow

Dolores Nice

Cristina Seaborn

Unsung Adjuncts

By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America,

On October 3, 1789, during his first year as President, George Washington issued a proclamation that set aside Thursday, November 26 (1789) as "A Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer."

Entitled "General Thanksgiving," the decree appointed the day "to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God."

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLIC THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"


NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the Service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.


And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;-- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties proper


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