Historic Gathering of the Urantia Book Fellowship, Urantia Association International and
left to right, Marilynn Kulieke, Chris Woods, Lila Dogim, Jay
Peregrine, Paula Thompson, James Woodward, Gard Jameson, Gaetan
Charland, John Hales and Mo Siegel|
On Thursday, March 7, 2013,
Urantia Association International (UAI), the Urantia Book Fellowship
(the Fellowship), and Urantia Foundation held a joint meeting of
presidents, executive directors, and appointed representatives at
Urantia Foundation headquarters in Chicago.
Gaétan Charland, James
Woodward, and Chris Wood represented UAI. Lila Dogim, Paula Thompson,
and John Hales represented the Fellowship. Mo Siegel, Jay Peregrine, and
Gard Jameson represented Urantia Foundation. Marilynn Kulieke attended
and presented the results of the reader survey.
The groundwork for a
new era of trust and mutual respect was laid at this historic gathering.
All the attendees were hopeful that, with continued leadership, shared
good will, and the thoughtful execution of projects agreed to at the
meeting, results of the meeting would benefit the entire
It was proposed that the leaders and representatives of all three organizations agree on the following:
1. To participate cooperatively at book fairs in the United States and worldwide.
work cooperatively regarding Urantia Book educational seminars and
spiritual retreats. The attendees acknowledged that training teachers
and leaders is a priority. Toward this end, it was agreed that the
education committee chairs from each organization (namely, Sheila
Keene-Lund, David Kulieke, and Gard Jameson) will discuss educational
seminars and spiritual retreats, bringing any proposals pertaining to
cooperation to the boards of their respective organizations.
continue cooperating on the international study group directory. A
committee has been working together to improve the directory.
continue the cooperation among the three organizations with respect to
adjustment of their calendars in order to respect the planned events of
the other organizations.
cooperate in the production of secondary works. The delegates agreed
that secondary works in other languages are a high priority and
suggested that the education chairs of the three organizations meet to
discuss this matter.
6. And, finally, to meet together once a year.
Inasmuch as the
delegates and many readers of The Urantia Book feel that greater unity
among the three organizations not only benefits the revelation but also
reflects the teachings of the book, the participants at this meeting
felt that the day represented a positive step forward in the evolution
of the Urantia community.