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May 2012 Community Newsletter

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The Urantia Book Fellowship

Community Newsletter                       May 2012

In This Issue
President's Message
Summer Study Session
Meredith Sprunger Graduates!
History of Spiritual Fellowship
Joshua ben Joseph Project
Pat Fearey Graduates!
A Hindu Girl finds Jesus
Heart of the Mtns. Retreat
Adopt a Province
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 


Outreach Chair


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
Phillip Taylor
Jo Ann Wiedman




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President's Message
Michele Klimesh

(71:5.3) Throughout the earlier ages of any world, competition is essential to progressive civilization. As the evolution of man progresses, co-operation becomes increasingly effective. In advanced civilizations co-operation is more efficient than competition. Early man is stimulated by competition. Early evolution is characterized by the survival of the biologically fit, but later civilizations are the better promoted by intelligent co-operation, understanding fraternity, and spiritual brotherhood.   


On December 1, 2011, I sent a Declaration of Cooperation on behalf of the Fellowship's Executive Committee to the boards of the Urantia Foundation and Urantia Association International for their consideration, and hopefully, their signatures. The text of the Declaration:

We, the leaders of our respective organizations, declare our commitment to cooperate with each other in our efforts to spread the Fifth Epochal Revelation to all the peoples of the world. We further agree to share this Declaration of Cooperation with all known readers, and prospective readers, in their native languages.

On April 18, 2012, we received a response from the Urantia Foundation trustees expressing their appreciation of our offer and their desire to "defer signing the declaration until such time as representatives from the three organizations are able to meet in person to discuss the specifics of cooperation." While our organizations move slowly through their paces, I would like to ask each of you, "Would you personally sign this pledge?" 

We, the members of our respective organizations, declare our commitment to cooperate with each other in our efforts to spread the Fifth Epochal Revelation to all the peoples of the world. We further agree to share this Declaration of Cooperation with all known readers, and prospective readers, in their native languages.

Please let the impact of these words settle into your heart and mind. 


To Progress! 


Michelle Klimesh


Progressive Planetary Civilization 
August 1-6, 2012
Techny Towers, Chicago, Illinois 
Pre-Conference  - Aug 1, 2012  
Conference Seminar -  Aug 2-5, 2012  
General Council  - Aug 5-6, 2012 


This year's Fellowship Summer Study Session will be held from August 1 - to August 6, 2012 at the Techny Towers retreat center just outside of Chicago.  

Our keynote speakers will be:

Steve McIntosh

Title: "The New Evolutionary Philosophy, Affinity with The Urantia Book"


Reservations are booking quickly - Don't wait book today. 


Register directly online by clicking here.  
It's time for you to register now for the Summer Study Session.   
Techny Towers
Techny Towers Accommodations

If you would like to conduct a workshop, a Workshop Proposal Form should be filled out and returned to Peter Laurence, Program Chair.


Meredith J. Sprunger Graduates

The Brotherhood of Believers
Salutes a Urantian Hero


Dr. Meredith Justin Sprunger left this world on April 17th, he was 97 years old.  Dr. Meredith Sprunger


Meredith had a remarkable career as a college president, professor, and executive administrator, a licensed psychologist and therapist, and an ordained minister. He served congregations in the Midwest and taught at Elmherst College and the Indiana Institute of Technology, functioning as the head of the Department of Psychology, Chairman of the Division of Liberal Arts, and as President. He was the last living colleague of Dr. William Sadler (1875-1969).


Dr. Sprunger was a devoted scholar of the Urantia Book who served in numerous capacities including President of Urantia Brotherhood. He authored many secondary works to the Urantia Book, including A History of The Urantia Papers (which he co-authored with Larry Mullins), Spiritual Psychology and most recently The Abridged Urantia Papers. Dr. Sprunger was also founder of The Spiritual Fellowship organization.

"He had so many admirable qualities, and I say, "Hail and bon voyage to Meredith Sprunger!"


What people have been saying:  

"Meredith was a very special mentor in my life.  He was the one who gave my dad the Urantia Book when I was about six years of age.  He was the person my parents went to for counseling when their marriage was falling apart, and he always took personal interest in our whole family's well being." 


"I remember 10 years ago, at the International Conference in 02, when we brought Meredith and Irene Sprunger up on stage in front of our community, and sang, The Wind Beneath My Wings, to them and honored them as movement heroes?  I'm so glad we let them know how much they mean to us."

"May His Soul Forever Dwell in High Places!"


"We were so thrilled to have Meredith officiate - he put the right touch of Urantia favor on our wedding and I still have beautiful memories of our wedding, in June, surrounded by the roses blooming."   


"Even more than his inspiring story, I was moved by his joyful demeanor and indelible and infectious enthusiasm. I will never forget it."


"There is hardly a UB reader who has not gained much by hearing Meredith speak reading things he has written, or enjoying his company (especially those of us who knew him). He and Irene were MUCH LOVED because of how much love they so freely distributed."


"Bless you, Dr. Sprunger. May you and Irene be reunited on the mansion worlds and begin your great eternal adventure."

"While remembering Meredith, I was looking at a copy of his book The Abridged Urantia Papers (published by Square Circles) noticed that all proceeds go to Free Schools World Literacy. He was indeed a scholar, and a minister and also a noble soul."


"I am so thankful to have enjoyed some moments with Meredith over the years. I greatly enjoyed his wonderful spiritual character and am so thankful for his ministry-what a tremendous inspiration. When I think of Meredith, I think of a wholehearted, sincere, righteous Agondonter."


"I assume that by now Meredith has arrived in the mansion worlds and is meeting loved ones and getting familiar with his surroundings. We look forward to seeing him again when our time comes."


The admission that tears came down his face while reading the Jesus Papers makes me say, "YES, INDEED."

Brief History of The Spiritual Fellowship 
by Dick Bain

Dr. Meredith Sprunger had a dream; The Spiritual Fellowship was intended to make that dream a reality.
His broad definition of the mission of TSF (The Spiritual Fellowship) and the mechanism to accomplish this, as stated on the TSF website, is this:
"The Spiritual Fellowship is seeking to establish the grass roots religious foundations that will carry the transforming message of the Urantia papers to the spiritually hungry people of the world."                   Read More ->

Joshua ben Joseph Project
Surprises, Advances and Setbacks



Mount Gilboa
Mount Gilboa 
The biggest surprise of the Joshua ben Joseph project has been the wonderful people we've come to know who work in Israel as caretakers of sites related to the bestowal.

 The priest who manages the Church of the Adolescent Jesus on the Nazazreth hilltop, the Benedictine sister who manages the chapel at the site of Bethsaida, caretakers at national parks, archaeologists -- a wonderful array of individuals in love with some aspect of the bestowal and devoting their lives to it.  


Our biggest setback has been the cancellation of contract negotiations by a production company that said their mission was to "ensure an accurate representation of the life, times, and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John."  After seeing our script outline they determined that we were not Biblically accurate.  We've already put alternatives into place but it is disappointing to run into situations like this when both parties are concerned about bringing a fuller story of the Master's life to audiences.  

A wonderful advance is the opportunity to capture video at the site of a synagogue excavation on the shore of the Sea of Galilee being managed by a highly respected archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina.  She is a veteran of some significant excavations in Israel.  You can hear an interview with her about this summer's dig a
t  Select interview #1316, "The Synagogue at Huqoq".  We will also be spending time in June in Jordan, capturing video at the sites of the cities of the Decapolis.  We have also located an ancient church in Jordan which has a mosaic dedicated to the work of the seventy--we will be recording there as well.

The Joshua ben Joseph project is creating a series of high definition videos and computer generated maps to supplement the story in Part 4 of The Urantia Book as well as provide some compelling outreach materials.  

Check out our latest video at
Eric and David
Eric Cosh and David Kantor
 or visit the project website at
to learn more.

In the continuing adventure,
David and Eric


"A loving tribute to Pat
on the 1st anniversary of her passing."
Artist and Designer
Born August 10, 1924
Graduated April 30, 2011 in Concord, CA,
of natural causes

Pat FearyGifted creative artist and dearly beloved friend Patricia "Pat" Fearey quietly departed this life on the morning of April 30th, 2011 in her room at an assisted living home. For many months Pat had struggled with declining health and the results of injuries, including a fracture to her pelvis. The pain and discomfort from her condition may well have hastened her departure.

The legacy she leaves to us is filled with accomplishments in computer art, graphic design, and editorship that raise the bar on spiritual teaching and personal growth in religious life.
She was the only daughter of a marriage between children of East Coast genteel families, went to boarding school at Chatham Hall and then to Smith College, where she earned a degree in art and design. After graduation, her quick mind and discerning eye soon brought her into the field of editing manuscripts and design-art for magazines in the New York area.

A Hindu Girl Finds Jesus    by Larry Watkins


When she was 19 years old, "Angel," who is now 25, accepted Jesus into her life. Her life in tradition-bound Southern India had not been easy. She faced discrimination because of her dark skin tone, she missed a lot of the kind of family love most of us take for granted. Angel grew up angry and rebellious. She says that her father has a "drunken habit" and that her mother, at one point, had planned to kill herself, Angel and Angel's younger brother and sister as well. Strong character brought this determined Hindu girl to Jesus and Jesus transformed her life. Then, because of her growing love for Jesus she went to the internet to see what more she could learn and found and The Urantia Book which has turned out to be the answer to so many of her prayers.  


The Bible gave her the basis for her personal religious beliefs. She reads it and it talks to her in today's terms, in ways that are relevant to her daily life; the same is also true now with The Urantia Book. She uses both as sacred books, not for the literal words on the page but as tools, like arrows that point the way and address today's problems and goals.


English is her second language, Malayalam her first, but she reads arguably the most difficult and complicated book in the English language and she prays in English. She understands the concepts behind the challenging language of both the Bible and The Urantia Book.  


Angel has started a blog with the intention of helping others find their own spiritual path to Jesus by learning from hers. Her blog can be found at:  and is titled "Reflections." She'd like to hear from you if you would care to take the time to read what is there. There are 8 sections, most with multiple posts so don't try to hurry through it... just read and contemplate. I think you'll appreciate it.  She says she is Jesus' daughter and that she wishes to be one of his Apostles and to continue to help bring the kingdom of Heaven to this world. After reading her blog, what do you think?


Note: Larry Watkins lives in Colorado. He studies the Urantia Book several times a week with Angel via a Skype Internet connection. Angel and Larry (whom Angel lovingly calls Grandpa) are always happy to have guests to join their study. If you would like more information, please let us know.    


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. 


"The Spirit of Truth works as one with the presence of the spirit of the Divine Minister. This dual spirit liaison hovers over the worlds, seeking to teach truth and to spiritually enlighten the minds of men......."   (UB 34.5.4)

Click here to see  all the information.   

Hope to see you there!  

Wild Goose Festival ???    
The dates are June 21-24 and location is 26 miles SW of Chapel Hill, N.C. The event is open to everyone and will be especially rewarding and gratifying to those who are conversant with Christianity and the Bible.   Link to website ->
Contact Pamela Chaddock if you have questions. 
Register at

Southern California 3-day Mini Conference

Join us May 11-13th in sunny San Diego as we sponsor a home-grown conference designed to bring new readers in, strengthen existing study groups, and gather for study and worship.  Join us if you can! Click here for details.
Adopt a Province
Our local society, Golden Gate Circle recently voted to adopt a Cuban province for dissemination of the Urantia Book. The name of our province is Cienfuegos, (A Hundred Fires) and our contact person is Sr. Joel Rodriguez Cruz.
What a  wonderful service opportunity for us readers in the San Francisco Bay Area who have had the privilege of freedom of choice as to our spiritual path, now to be able to assist our brothers and sisters in a Communist county.

Many thanks to Agustin Arellano and the readers from Mexico who started this project.
We encourage other Urantia groups and societies to join us in this worthy cause as we help to light the fire of truth in Cuba.

Pipeline of Light Report 
Dear Friends,


Since my last report, Pipeline of Light volunteers have placed one hundred, forty-two copies of The Urantia Book into sixteen countries. Your donations to the Pipeline helped us deliver books to readers in Cuba, Colombia, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Canada, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, South Africa, Guatemala, Brazil, and the United States. The Pipeline also is happy to say we've placed books into two new countries, Sri Lanka and Grenada.


Current efforts bring our Pipeline all-time totals to three thousand, three hundred and forty-seven books placed into seventy-five countries around the world.  We deeply appreciate the contributions of our volunteers and our donors.  If you would like to contribute to this work, donations can be made online at:



or by mail to:
The Urantia BookFellowship, PO Box 6631, Broomfield, CO  80021


Thank you so much foryour support!
Michelle Klimesh,
Pipeline Coordinator  



Tuesday Morning & Wednesday Night 
Pato Banton and Antoinette Hall are opening their group on Tuesday morning at 10am pst and Wednesday night at 7pm 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   


  Click here to see what is available.


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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