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July 2012 Community Newsletter

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The Urantia Book Fellowship

Community Newsletter                       July 2012

In This Issue
President's Message
Summer Study Session
New Book Covers
Nigerian Book Fair
Make it a Day
When is Jesus' Birthday?
1-day Mini Conferences
BEST Online Search Tool!
Retreats & Gatherings
Thank You Volunteers
Online Study Groups
New Online Catalog
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The Urantia Book Fellowship is pleased to announce that we are now offering, via our web store, many of the books that used to be offered in the Morning Star Catalog (formerly the Good Cheer Catalog.) Our newly redesigned web store is now open for business and contains many of the great books and study aids that Urantia Book readers love as well as some brand new gems for your contemplation and inspiration.

 Click here to visit the new UVERSA PRESS CATALOG. 


New Cover 
Congratulations to Gary Tonge for submitting the winning entry in The Uversa Press Committee's cover contest. Our fourth printing of The Urantia Book, projected to be available in Summer 2012, will feature the Standard Reference Text and Tonge's beautifully inspiring cover art.  A special thank you to John Hay, Chair
 of Uversa Press and his committee, Paula Thompson, and Don Greene, for seeing this project to fruition. 

click here to see a larger image 





   John Hales 




Secretary General




Judicial Chair


Membership Chair


Interfaith Chair
   Susan Cook 


International Chair


Education Chair
   Lila Dogim 


Publications Chair


Finance Chair
   John Hay 


Youth and Young Adult Chair
   Anthony Finstad 

General Council  
Lara Amyx
Andrea Barnes
Larry Bowman 
Robert Bruyn
Robert Burns
Avi Dogim
Stephen Dreier
Janet Falbo
Tony Finstad
Cece Forrester
Janet Graham
Tim Hobbs
Merritt Horn
Jack Kane 
Al Lockett
Charlene Morrow
Dolores Nice
Charles Olivea
Thomas Orjala
Jo Ann Wiedman




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President's Message

Michelle Klemish
(139:8.8) In the councils of the twelve Thomas was always cautious, advocating a policy of safety first, but if his conservatism was voted down or overruled, he was always the first fearlessly to move out in execution of the program decided upon. Again and again would he stand out against some project as being foolhardy and presumptuous; he would debate to the bitter end, but when Andrew would put the proposition to a vote, and after the twelve would elect to do that which he had so strenuously opposed, Thomas was the first to say, "Let's go!" He was a good loser. He did not hold grudges nor nurse wounded feelings. Time and again did he oppose letting Jesus expose himself to danger, but when the Master would decide to take such risks, always was it Thomas who rallied the apostles with his courageous words, "Come on, comrades, let's go and die with him."


This story about Thomas has much to offer, especially to those who serve in any organization where group effort and teamwork are employed. As we approach the Triennial Delegate Assembly and the upcoming meetings of the General Council and the Executive Committee, I hope each one of us will pray for the wisdom that the revelators describe in Thomas.

In my experience, members of our Council tend to be highly intelligent and spiritually led. This makes us fairly effective as individuals, but may also challenge us when teamwork is required.

When we meet in Chicago, let us come to the table willing to be influenced by the opinions of others.  Let us be willing to present our opinions clearly, to vote from our highest perspective, and once the votes have been counted, lend our full and whole-hearted support to the tasks at hand.  I am excited about the upcoming elections, and to meet our new batch of Councilors! It has been an honor and a joy to be your President these past three years. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I was given to work with the amazing people of The Fellowship in this capacity.


To Progress!
Michelle Klimesh
Progressive Planetary Civilization 
August 1-6, 2012
Techny Towers, Chicago, Illinois 

The Summer Study Session will be streaming live from Chicago!  

Presented as a loving service by Mark Erickson of Urantia Book Los Angeles


Click here to view the live presentations:  Note: All times listed are in the Central Time Zone. Please adjust to your local time zone.


Friday Aug 3rd

Plenary with Keynote Speech by Steve McIntosh

The New Evolutionary Philosophy, Affinity with the Urantia Book

9:00 -10.30 AM


Morning Workshop with John Causland

Time Where in the Universes Are We? - The Overview

10:45 - Noon


Afternoon Workshop with Michael Painter

Increasing Inter-religious Understanding

3:00 - 4:30 PM   


Saturday, Aug 4

Plenary with Keynote Speech by Daniel Glazer

Marriage, Family Life, and the Importance of Fatherhood

9:00-10.30 AM


Afternoon Workshop Panel Discussion:

Featuring Anthony Finstad, Michael MacIsaac, Richard Daunt, Sara Blackstock and Janet Graham

Family is the Master Civilizer

2:15-5:00 PM                     


Sunday Aug 5th

Closing Plenary



Please tune in!


The Joshua Ben Joseph Project Update

Filming for the Joshua ben Joseph project is nearing completion and the project is now going into post production.  A first quarter 2013 time frame is now projected for release.  See some remarkable new images and footage in the most recent Joshua ben Joseph update at:   


If you'd like to be on the mailing list for these periodic updates please send a note to David Kantor --  

scythopolis ampitheatre
Jesus and the Olympics 
Well, they weren't really Olympics--they were the annual competitive games among the Greek cities of the Decapolis.  They likely were held here in this amphitheater in Scythopolis; the place where Jesus shocked Joseph with his interest in these "heathen" activities.


The New Book Covers Have Arrived!
New Urantia Book Cover
The Urantia Book Fellowship is proud to announce its 4th Printing of our beloved Urantia Book. This new edition is highlighted by a new cover designed by the extraordinary artist Gary Tonge of England and winner of the new cover design contest that took place in 2011.


The special features of this Urantia Book include:  

  • A comprehensive index  
  • A free audio DVD for downloading onto your computer and MP3 listening device.
  • Re-formatted with the newly established Standard Reference Text (SRT) an agreement between the two Urantia Book publishers that syncs the references in both the single and double column books as well as any typo and/or error corrections.
  • The soft cover is made of a new instant memory material that keeps the cover stable over many years of use.
  • New paper that diminishes type bleed through.

 The Fellowship is offering an introductory 40% Discount through 9/30/2012 when you order our new Urantia Book from our online storeClick Here to go directly to the store. 

Soft cover SRP of 19.95 - 40% = $11.97 + shipping

Hard cover SRP of 24.95 - 40% = 14.97 = shipping


 The Urantia Fellowship's International Fellowship Committee


"Fostering the Faith Experience"


 Upon deciding to schedule a booth at the Nigerian International Book Fair - May 7 - 12, 2012 - most of our friends and relatives reacted with considerable concerns.  Nigeria certainly has a reputation for much that is unsavory; i.e. money scams, anti-Christian terrorism, governmental corruption, etc.  Perhaps, these are exactly the reasons we were directed to go to Nigeria and share the good news of the Gospel and this Revelation.


Upon arrival, our great friend, Emeka Anazodo who worked so diligently with us in Ghana, was there to greet us at the airport - along with his soon-to-be married wife Sunshine Akudo, their 3 children (Maya, CJ, and Van), and a cousin.  Ed Harrigan of Alaska was already there - having arrived a week early to live with Emeka and family in Ikorodu.  Arriving near the same time, was Barbara Maier and Marilyn Conner; also of Alaska.  On our flight was Charlene Morrow of Oklahoma, Arlene Weimer and I (we're from Colorado, yeah!)


The Team was growing.  We drove to the University of Lagos and settled into our designated rooms at the Guest House.  In 2 days' time, Emmanuel Agbeko and Aikins Oswaldo would arrive from Ghana (with the financial assistance from the Fellowship) to join the Team.  And, several days later, Julius Taiwo (a Foundation/UAI reader from Nigeria) joined us.  We now had our full Team of 11 plus Jesus made it 12.

Watch the Video -> 

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How to Make Today a Day to Surpass all Days


On page 1777 of The Urantia Book [160.3.2], Rodan lays out a perfect program for spiritual development:

"Jesus has taught us that God lives in man; then how can we induce man to release these soul-bound powers of divinity and infinity? How shall we induce men to let go of God that he may spring forth to the refreshment of our own souls while in transit outward and then to serve the purpose of enlightening, uplifting, and blessing countless other souls? How best can I awaken these latent powers for good which lie dormant in your souls? One thing I am sure of: Emotional excitement is not the ideal spiritual stimulus. Excitement does not augment energy; it rather exhausts the powers of both mind and body. Whence then comes the energy to do these great things? Look to your Master. Even now he is out in the hills taking in power while we are here giving out energy. The secret of all this problem is wrapped up in spiritual communion, in worship. From the human standpoint it is a question of combined meditation and relaxation. Meditation makes the contact of mind with spirit; relaxation determines the capacity for spiritual receptivity. And this interchange of strength for weakness, courage for fear, the will of God for the mind of self, constitutes worship ...


"When these experiences are frequently repeated, they crystallize into habits, strength-giving and worshipful habits, and such habits eventually formulate themselves into a spiritual character, and such a character is finally recognized by one's fellows as a mature personality. These practices are difficult and time-consuming at first, but when they become habitual, they are at once restful and time-saving. The more complex society becomes, and the more the lures of civilization multiply, the more urgent will become the necessity for God-knowing individuals to form such protective habitual practices designed to conserve and augment their spiritual energies."


Practicing this process each day is not difficult. My problem has always been the ebb and flow of spiritual energies. Then it dawned on me that spiritual character is an edifice that we must rebuild each day, having faith that each renewal will be stronger and better than the day before.


Then we can confidently greet the dawn with the mantra: "Today is a day that surpasses all other days, for each day surpasses the day before, and all lapse into magnificence. Because, that's the way things are."

When Is Jesus' Birthday?

  By Dr. Chris M. Halvorson   (122:8.1). Mithras-and subsequently, the incarnation of Jesus-was assumed to be at the start of a year, with the birth nine months later on December 25, the winter solstice.) Due to the imprecision of the Julian leap year system (viz., every fourth year, with the extra day added before February 25), the date of the vernal equinox drifted as the centuries passed. One of the goals of the calendar reform of Pope Gregory XIII was to reset the date of the vernal equinox to roughly the same date that it held at the time of the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325, when the original method for calculating the date of Easter was established. To that end, the day following Thursday, October 4, 1582 (in the Julian Calendar) was declared to be Friday, October 15, 1582, the first official date of the Gregorian Calendar.


The Urantia Book says that Jesus was born "at noon, August 21, 7 B.C."


To read more, click here:

A 1-day Mini Conference for Urantia Book Readers   by Andrea Barnes


The month of July has been a busy one for members of the outreach Committee.  We hosted a 1-day mini conference for Urantia Book readers in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and in Seattle, Washington.  


 In the morning we invite the public out for an introduction to the book.  In Coeur d'Alene we held it at a local coffee shop that had a nice private room.  Only 2 people showed up to hear about the book but they were both very interested.  One of them came out for the social that we put on in the afternoon for existing readers.  This gave him the chance to meet the hosts of study groups and now he feels welcome to attend a group in the area.  It was good for the existing readers to hear someone introduce the book to people who have never heard of it.

Andrea Barnes introduces the book

 In Seattle a local reader helped us get a hotel conference 

Seattle Readers Gather for Introduction to the book.

room set up for the day.  About 19 readers from the greater Seattle area turned out to hear the introduction.  There was only one person that came out to hear about the book in the morning and another one came in the afternoon.  The existing readers got a chance to practice their introductory 'speeches' and we gave feedback to them.  A lot was learned about outreach, the existing readers had a chance to connect and make plans for new groups, gatherings, and introductions.  We all talked about how wonderful it is to be with other Urantia Book readers and these mini conferences allow so many who cannot make the big conferences a chance for that type of fellowship!


If you are interested in having a 1, 2, or 3-day mini conference in your area please contact Andrea Barnes at



The Urantia Book Fellowship is very pleased to announce UBSearch, the best online search engine ever!  An extraordinary Urantian scholar, Troy R. Bishop, creator of the Urantia Translator's Polygloss, has gifted the Fellowship with this amazing study aid.


We offer our sincere gratitude to Troy R. Bishop for his stalwart service to the Father in pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness!


Third Annual Heart of the Mountain Retreat


Urantians and interested guests from up and down the East coast will gather once again near Boone, North Carolina in August to celebrate the birth and life of Jesus of Nazareth. 

Valle Crucis, NC
August 17-19, 2012

(Friday, 4 p.m. - Sunday after lunch) 

Click here to see  all the information.      

Hope to see you there!  


 Rocky Mountain Spiritual Fellowship
Jesus Birthday Potluck Picnic  

Sunday, Aug 19th from 1-4 PM 

The Stone House in Lakewood, CO,
located on W Yale and Garrison St.
The site is a quarter-mile from Bear Creek and two lakes for fishing, biking and hiking on miles of trails.

Kids will love it. Contact Paula
at for more information.


Urantia Book Los Angeles Jesus Birthday
 Mexican Fiesta Buffet
Sunday, Aug 19th from 3 - 7 PM
The Landmark
408 Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
Beer, wine, soft drinks, birthday cake and ice cream, provided.
Contact Mark at
for more information  


Northeast Regional
Jesus Birthday Celebration

New England & New York Urantia Societies
Family Potluck Picnic

Saturday, August 18 (rain date Sunday, August 19) 
From 12 noon to whenever 
Hopkinton State Park 
Hopkinton, MA 

Contact Jorgey Krupa at
for more information


Fort Wayne Urantia Society
Jesus Birthday Celebration

Potluck Meal; food and fellowship

Sunday, August 19th at 3 PM, eat at 5 PM

Home of Paul & Marvel Zuercher

Call for directions: 260-589-8701

All Urantia friends and guests are welcome!


Minnesota Jesus' Birthday Potluck

Friday, August 24th at 5:30 PM
Plan to eat between 6:00 and 6:30

Home of Tom and Sue Rutledge's house  Call Sue for directions: 952-933-9752 
Please bring your choice of food to share. 
Come and share worship, music, and spiritual growth.


You are invited 
to a Jesus' Birthday Pot Luck

on Friday, August 24th at 5:30 p.m.

at Tom and Sue Rutledge's house
15312 McKenzie Blvd,
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Please bring your choice of food to share.

We'll meet at 5:30 and plan to eat between 6:00 and 6:30.
After the meal, we can share worship, music, and an update on our spiritual growth and service for the year, including experiences of those who have attended UB conferences.

Bring anyone you know who might enjoy getting together with Urantia-Book-reading folk.

If you have questions, call Sue Rutledge at 952-933-9752


Golden Gate Circle
will again host dual celebrations bracketing the August 21 day of remembering the bestowal of Michael of Nebadon as
Jesus of Nazareth.  

SANTA CRUZ, CA -  August 19, 2012  (SOUTH BAY)
In what has become an annual event, Larry Jones and Elizabeth van Buren will open their home and grounds on Sunday, August 19. Festivities will begin at 12:30 pm. The Santa Cruz study group is co-sponsoring this event.
There will be six phases to the day; socializing, some reading, some sharing, the Remembrance Supper, some worship and a potluck dinner.
Please RSVP.  Call or email for directions.
Contact: Larry and Elizabeth

SEBASTOPOL, CA - August 26, 2012 (NORTH BAY)
A similar event will take place 120 miles north on the following Sunday, August 26 at the home of Larry Geis and Gary Casey. In this case, guests are asked to arrive after
11:11am at 1100 High School Road.

Socializing and exploring the natural wonders and man-made gardens will last until around 12:30pm. We will gather to experience a period of worshipful prayer and meditation at 1pm (noon sun time).  There will be some sort of
Remembrance ritual involved.

A potluck meal will follow about 2:30pm. Later, readings and discussion will occur if participants so desire. A showing of a recently discovered video of the 1976 multi-media "Our Heritage of the Spirit" is also a strong possibility.
Other events will occur on Tuesday (Aug 21) and Saturday (Aug 25) for those who choose to come early or cannot attend on Sunday. Overnight guests are welcome. A variety of accommodations are available.
Please RSVP to lrgeis@pacbell.netor call 707-824-9234
or 707-235-0517 for more information and directions.


Northern Light Society of Alaska

Jesus Birthday Celebration & Summertime Frolic: 

An Alaskan Camping Retreat for Urantia Book Readers

Friday evening, Aug. 24th - Sunday afternoon, Aug. 26th

Red Salmon dinner and potluck ~ Saturday evening

'Experiential' Worship and Remembrance  - Sunday @ 10AM

Horseshoe Lake  ~  Willow AK

Come for the day or for the full weekend ..... all are welcome!

Contact Tony for more information: 

 or call  (907) 830-8816 


First Society (Chicago)
Jesus' Birthday Commemoration

 Tuesday, August 21, 7:30 p.m. 

Home of David and Marilynn Kulieke in Lincolnshire, IL


Lynne Kulieke will coordinate a program of readings
Theme: Jesus as man seeking God
Light refreshments, including a customary birthday cake
Contact to be sent an invitation,
or call 847-945-1812 for address and directions.
 Volunteer with The Urantia Book Fellowship!

We have several positions available for volunteers.  Depending on which one you choose, 1-4 hours per months is required.  We sincerely ask you consider how important it is to put your time or money or both towards what you believe is important.  For many of us that is THE FIFTH EPOCHAL REVELATION!

If you cannot donate your time to help and volunteer, then please consider donating one hours' worth of income each month. 

Click here to donate (monthly donations are excellent!)
Click here to volunteer
Pierre Chicoine
Pierre Chicoine
We just finished a large endeavor with the help of a handful of volunteers.  Hundreds of articles written by Urantia Book readers dating back to 1994 have been catergorized by Title, Author, Date, and Category have been set up in a searchable database.  Pierre Chicoine created the database and the following volunteers assisted in actual categorization of the articles. 
Mario Marioncelli
Mario Marioncelli
  • Mario Marioncelli - Did the bulk of this work. 
  • Aikens Oswaldo
  • Will Venard
  • Chris Echols
  • Maxine Adams
  • Wilha Widtfeldt
 Again, thank you to all of the volunteers that made this project possible!  We'll roll it out next month for all to see.



Tuesday Morning & Wednesday Night 
Pato Banton and Antoinette Hall are opening their group on Wednesday at noon and in the evening at 6pm pst.
Skype address is patobanton123


Tuesday Night   

Symmetry of Soul  6pm to 8pm PST


A weekly study of the unifying concepts of The Urantia Book, mindful of the threefold nature of the cosmos: 'philosophy, religion, and science are welded into a meaningful unity by the conjoined action of wisdom, faith, and experience.'

Wednesday Night

 Atlanta Urantia Study Group 

We post our meetings on line every week in video and mp3 format for anyone who would like to watch or listen. Our Wednesday night study session is usually posted by Saturday each week. We are limited to 10 people on Skype as a video call, but by posting the video on line everyone can listen. 
  User Name rogerpauldc email


Friday Night
Please join us for the live Skype broadcast study group with Chris Halvorson, Friday evenings at 7:30 - 9:30pm MST.....Call 720-457-3606 o
r search Skype name "perfectinghorizons". Please call in 5-10 minutes early so you are all set up before the start of class....we are unable to log anyone on after the start of class. This is not an interactive call so PLEASE MUTE your phone or computer...just listen and enjoy.

Previous audio/video classes and study aids can be found at  

Saturday Morning
9 AM Mountain Daylight Time

The Cosmic Citizen is a show for progressive religionists
and spiritual people who are ready to find spirituality worthy of an age of science and enlightenment. Our two hosts, Paula Thompson and Christilyn Biek-Larson are both long time students of The Urantia Book. We interview guests on topics related to modern and progressive spiritual growth and religious interests. We always incorporate Urantia Book teachings, welcome callers and have lively interactions in the live chat room. We embrace diversity, intelligent dialogue and a willingness to serve. We also feature a show for Spanish Speakers called Ciudadanos del Universo  on Wednesdays at 9 AM Mountain Daylight Time.  Please join us! 

Click here for the link. 


If you want to run virtual / telephone study groups, or support an existing physical one, I have the perfect free tool: I was amazed and thrilled after successfully testing this service with three phones and screen sharing. Also, people not on an unlimited calling plan can get in for free with Skype.

This tool enables the group leader/facilitator to let everyone have an equal chance to talk and to hear what's going in. It levels the playing field and encourages interaction:

·         Telephone Access
·         Skype Access
·         Up to 1,000 callers
·         Facilitator can mute individual callers
·         Facilitator can share slides pictures, a computer screen
·         The session can be recorded
·         Session can be up to 6 hours

Link to FAQ's

Happy virtual study grouping!

Chris Lepine   

We welcome your contributions to this online publication.  We accept articles no more than 10 paragraphs long that deal with Urantia Book related events, ideas, outreach, gatherings, or reminders. 


Articles should be submitted to before the 22nd of every month. 




The Urantia Book Fellowship is pleased to announce that we are now offering, via our web store, many of the books that used to be offered in the Morning Star Catalog (formerly the Good Cheer Catalog.) Our newly redesigned web store is now open for
business and contains many of the great books and study aids that Urantia Book readers love as well as some brand new gems for your contemplation and inspiration.  As you peruse this new online catalog, remember that it represents how the revelation has personally inspired each individual author. Most of our authors are not professional writers, but dedicated and long-time students of the revelation who were moved to reflect, in some humble way, the light of truth, beauty, and goodness found so abundantly in The Urantia Book.


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