Joint Meeting of The Urantia Book Fellowship and Urantia Foundation
On Monday, October 22, 2012 representatives of The Urantia Book
Fellowship and Urantia Foundation held a joint meeting designed to
foster mutual appreciation and understanding, and to explore
possibilities for increased inter-organizational cooperative activities
in the area of Urantia book sales, distribution, and translations. The
gathering of fourteen individuals included the Presidents,
Vice-presidents and Executive Directors of both organizations.
atmosphere of goodwill pervaded the six hour meeting during which the
participants shared viewpoints and concerns on various matters connected
with advancing the study and dissemination of The Urantia Book in
the world. Those participating in the meeting held themselves to
the high standards of understanding, love, and forgiveness.
Urantia Foundation and The Urantia Book Fellowship
currently engage in a number of cooperative activities, including
sponsoring the development of the Standard Reference Text and
distributing translations of The Urantia Book through
the Pipeline of Light program. As a result of this meeting, both
organizations are actively exploring opportunities for joint service.
Participants left the meeting encouraged that both human and
organizational problems can be solved in the spirit of the heavenly
Dr. Lila Dogim, President, The Urantia Book Fellowship
Mr. Mo Siegel, President, Urantia Foundation
The 3rd Urantia Book IT Roundtable Convenes
On the weekend of October 20-21st a group of twenty highly tech-savvy Urantia Book
readers, along with the presidents of the Fellowship, UAI, and Urantia
Foundation, met for the purpose of exploring technological cooperation
across a wide variety of existing and potential services.
Broadly speaking, the
discussions focused on technology-based dissemination and reader service
opportunities in the social media realm (e.g., Twitter, Facebook,
YouTube), videography, e-text publication, and other technology-based
reader services - all of which were considered within the global
context of a highly diverse and multi-lingual readership.
The camaraderie, the
mutual respect, and the loving friendship among all of the group members
cannot go unmentioned. It was palpable, directly experiencable, and was
expressed at every turn in honest communication, a spirit of
cooperation, and with a sincere interest in collaboration towards the
goals we share.
And it is in this
spirit of coming together that the Urantia Book IT Roundtable will
continue to pursue its simply-stated mission - "Leveraging technology to
further the Revelation and continually improve global Reader
Mo Siegel and Barry Clark, IT Roundtable co-Chairs
The Fellowship's General Council to Meet in LA, Feb. 2013
The General Council of The Urantia Book
Fellowship will hold its midyear meeting at the LAX Sheraton on Feb
8-10, 2013. Unless otherwise stated, Council meetings are typically open
for spectators if you are interested. There is a meet and greet planned
on Saturday night at the hotel for local Urantia Book readers. For more information call the Fellowship office at 303-467-7858.
The Summer Study Session 2013
The Urantia Book Fellowship's 2013 Summer Study Session will be back at Techny Towers, North of Chicago, IL, again in 2013.
Look for registration and program details early in 2013.
The United Urantia Family Festival 2013
United Urantia Family Festival 2013 will be held at Yosemite Park in
California from August 20-24, 2013 which will allow us to gather
together in nature's splendor on Jesus' birthday! http://tuuff.com/
TEAMWORK - The Most Important Lesson
One of the most important lessons to be learned during your mortal
career is teamwork. The spheres of perfection are manned by
those who have mastered this art of working with other beings. (The Urantia Book, 28:5.14)
Five Dysfunctions that thwart effective teamwork:
- Absence of Trust
- Fear of Conflict
- Lack of Commitment
- Avoidance of Accountability
- Inattention to Results
Absence of Trust - the fear of being vulnerable with team members prevents the building of trust within the team.
Members of teams with an absence of trust:
- Conceal weaknesses and mistakes from one another.
- Hesitate to ask for help or provide constructive feedback.
- Hesitate to help outside their own areas of responsibility.
- Jump to conclusions about the intentions and aptitudes of others without attempting to clarify them.
- Fail to recognize and tap into one another's skills and experiences.
- Waste time and energy managing their behaviors for effect.
- Hold grudges.
- Dread meetings and avoid spending time together.
Members of trusting teams:
- Admit weaknesses and mistakes.
- Ask for help.
- Accept questions and input about their area of responsibility.
- Give one another the benefit of the doubt before arriving at a negative conclusion.
- Take risks in offering feedback and assistance.
- Appreciate and tap into one another's skills and experiences.
- Focus time and energy on important issues, not politics.
- Offer and accept apologies without hesitation.
- Look forward to meetings and other opportunities to work as a group.
Fear of Conflict - the desire to preserve artificial harmony stifles the occurrence of productive, ideological conflict.
Teams that fear conflict:
- Conceal weaknesses and mistakes from one another.
- Have boring meetings.
- Create an environment where back-channel politics and personal attacks thrive.
- Ignore controversial topics that are critical to team success.
- Fail to tap into all the opinions and perspectives of team members.
- Waste time with interpersonal posturing and interpersonal risk management.
Teams that engage in conflict:
- Have lively, interesting meetings.
- Extract and exploit the ideas of all team members.
- Solve real problems quickly.
- Minimize politics.
- Put critical topics on the table for discussion.
Lack of Commitment -
the lack of clarity and/or the fear of being wrong prevents team
members from making decisions in a timely definitive way.
A team that fails to commit:
- Creates ambiguity among the team about direction and priorities.
- Watches windows of opportunity close due to excessive analysis and unnecessary delay.
- Breeds lack of confidence and fear of failure.
- Revisits discussions again and again.
- Encourages second guessing among team members.
A team that commits:
- Creates clarity around direction and priorities.
- Aligns the entire team around common objectives.
- Develops an ability to learn from mistakes.
- Takes advantage of opportunities before competitors do.
- Moves forward without hesitation.
- Changes direction without hesitation or guilt.
of Accountability - the need to avoid personal discomfort prevents team
members from holding one another accountable for their behaviors.
A team that avoids accountability:
- Creates resentment among team members who have different standards of performance.
- Encourages mediocrity.
- Misses deadlines and key deliverables.
- Places an undue burden on the team leader as the sole source of discipline.
A team that holds one another accountable:
- Ensures that poor performers feel the pressure to improve.
- Identifies potential problems quickly by questioning one another's approaches without hesitation.
- Establishes respect among team members who are held to the same high standard.
- Avoids excessive bureaucracy around performance management and corrective action.
Inattention to Results - the desire for individual credit erodes the focus on collective results.
A team that is not focused on results:
- Stagnates/fails to grow.
- Rarely defeats competitors.
- Loses achievement-oriented employees.
- Encourages team members to focus on their own careers and individual goals.
- Is easily distracted.
A team that focuses on collective results:
- Retains achievement oriented employees.
- Minimizes individualistic behavior.
- Enjoys success and suffers failure acutely.
- Benefits from individuals who subjugate their goals/interests for the good of the team.
Submitted by Robert Burns
Help Victims of Super-Storm Sandy
American Red Cross
The Red Cross is providing shelter, clothes, supplies, food and
blood, as needed, for the victims of Sandy. You can donate blood, but in
terms of items, you'll be doing more for those in need by donating
money instead of physical goods.
message: Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American
Red Cross Disaster Relief. As in the case with other donations via
mobile, the donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted
from your balance if you have a prepaid phone. You need to be 18 or
older, or have parental permission, to donate this way. (If you change
your mind, text the word STOP to 90999.)
Phone: 800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 800-257-7575; for TDD, 800-220-4095.
Online: American Red Cross
The Salvation Army is providing meals and
shelter. "At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and
used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However,
these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local
Salvation Army," the organization said Tuesday in a press release
Text message: Text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation. To confirm the donation, respond with the word "Yes."
Phone: 800-SAL-ARMY (800-725-2769)
Online: Salvation Army
Humane Society of the United States
Many pet owners were able to take their
pets with them, but for those who were not, the Humane Society's Animal
Rescue Team is assembling staff and equipment to help rescue pets in the
Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
Online: Humane Society of the United States
Urantia Book Outreach Report
by Andrea Barnes
flew to Reno to work with the existing readers there giving an
introduction to the book and a weekend expo. I have to say I didn't
expect it to turn out nearly as well as it did. Here are some
the Friday night introduction, one couple read about it online in the
local newspaper. It was her turn to choose where they would go for 'date
night' and I have to say her husband looked a bit dismayed as she led
him through the new age bookstore, past the incense, crystals and
mini-Buddha statues, to the back room where we had chairs set up. I'm
pretty sure he was expecting a séance but we all seemed so normal. They
happened to be the most excited I have seen anyone get after hearing
about the book that night!
total, 4 new people showed up to hear about the book. Eight local
readers were also in attendance. They got to hear some good techniques
for introducing the book and secured some good outreach material.
expo was a psychic fair with all the usual suspects. It was at the Reno
convention center directly opposite the big gun show. I'm pretty sure
people had a hard time as they entered and then had to decide which one
- Two gals strolled by barely making eye contact. But, being ever alert, I kindly asked "have you ever heard about The Urantia Book"?
They said "no" and then tentatively listened to my schpeel. They were
thrilled to hear we were not out to sell something or convert them. They
listened intently as we described the basic concepts that make up the
book. You could see them become more and more intrigued. They stayed for
at least a half hour, both purchased a book, and then while effusing at
the hotdog stand got the concession lady so excited about the book that
they came back and bought one for her too! They later thanked me for
having the nerve to ask them if they had heard of the book.
guy bought the book but then got a sour look on his face as he realized
the last section was about Jesus. A while later a fellow came strolling
in with his bag of ammo, etc., fresh from the gun show and inquired
about this book. He became more and more interested and then announced
"I just found one out in the lobby." It had a sign on it that said 'free
book'. We think the sour faced man left it behind but this guy was
quite thrilled to have gained possession of it.
- Countless others heard the good news gladly. They saw the signs and the nice brochures we had made up.
- The locals got some terrific experience in introducing the book and making plans for future local events.
The weekend was quite a success!
ONLINE STUDY GROUPS - SO EASY TO JOIN IN!
Pato Banton and Antoinette Hall's Groups are as follows:
Urantia Skype Study Session 1:
For "New Urantia Book Students Only" to study Spiritual Growth at our HOME or via Skype on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm PST.
Urantia Skype Study Session 2:
For Our "International Family" of new and experienced Urantians to
study the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ "Via Skype Only" on
Wednesdays at 12 Noon West Coast Time. (8 pm UK & West Africa)
Urantia Skype Study Session 3:
For "Experienced Readers & Intellectually Gifted New Students"
to participate in the study of the Advanced Teachings of the Urantia
Book at our HOME or via Skype on Wednesday evenings at 6 pm PST. Skype
Address is patobanton123
Symmetry of Soul 6pm to 8pm PST
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.
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 email@example.com
Friday NightPlease join us for the live Skype broadcast study group with Chris Halvorson, Friday evenings at 7:30 - 9:30pm MST.....Call 720-457-3606 or 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 www.perfectinghorizons.org
10 AM Mountain 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 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: http://www.freeconferencing.com/
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:
Link to FAQ's
- 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
Volunteer with The Urantia Book Fellowship!
We have several positions available for volunteers.
on which one you choose, 1-4 hours per month 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.
(monthly donations are excellent!)
We welcome your articles
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before the 22nd of every month.
Announcing The New Uversa Press
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.
! REMINDERS !
Please support The Urantia Book Fellowship! You can make a secure onetime contribution online at our website, Click Here
or perhaps consider giving a 'gift that keeps on giving' by agreeing to
make an affordable monthly donation (auto-debit donation) that is
automatically deducted from your bank account (available by clicking the
above link). As always, we'll send a deluxe leather Urantia Book to all new monthly auto-debit donors who pledge to make at least a $20.00 monthly donation or a onetime equivalent.
From The Membership Committee
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If you would like to become a member
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