OUR NEW WEB STORE
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
Click here to visit the new UVERSA PRESS CATALOG.
WE HAVE A 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.
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Join Us for Daily Discussions.
The consciousness of the spirit domination of a human life is presently
attended by an increasing exhibition of the characteristics of the
Spirit in the life reactions of such a spirit-led mortal, "for the
fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance." Such spirit-guided and
divinely illuminated mortals, while they yet tread the lowly paths of
toil and in human faithfulness perform the duties of their earthly
assignments, have already begun to discern the lights of eternal life as
they glimmer on the faraway shores of another world; already have they
begun to comprehend the reality of that inspiring and comforting truth,
"The kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness, peace and
joy in the Holy Spirit." And throughout every trial and in the presence
of every hardship, spirit-born souls are sustained by that hope which
transcends all fear because the love of God is shed abroad in all hearts
by the presence of the divine Spirit.
am grateful for this perspective. Every day is a new chance to grow in
the fruits of the Spirit. Every relationship is a new opportunity to
practice our destiny as spirit-led mortals. Every moment we are being
shaped by God's love, the wellspring of hope that transcends all fear.
Isn't it absolutely wonderful to be human?
ANNOUNCING THE BEST ONLINE
SEARCH ENGINE EVER!
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 invite you to
utilize both the Polygloss and UBSearch. You'll want to put them on
your favorites bar and use them regularly. UBSearch will soon be offered from our website, www.UrantiaBook.org,
in a downloadable format so that you can use this great tool on your
own PC or Laptop. We at the Fellowship consider it a privilege to
provide you with excellent and easy ways to study and share the Urantia
Book. Look for the UBSearch Icon.
About Troy: Troy R. Bishop is the author of the popular secondary work to the Urantia Book, Starwind. Troy is also the author of Bright World of Choices as well as The Multilevelate Universe. In addition, Troy published Urantia Book Explorer for UB students and scholars online at his site, Ascenderpublishing.com. Troy is a tireless toiler for the revelation and we are proud and happy to offer him our Second Miler Salute!
offer our sincere gratitude to Troy R. Bishop for his stalwart service
to the Father in pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness!
|2012 SUMMER STUDY SESSION:
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.
- Commuter Rates & Single-Day Rates
- Daily Keynotes & Workshops
- Youth/Young Adult Events (see last page)
- Children's Programs
- Special Track for New Readers
- Evening SocialsPre-conference Events
GET ALL THE DETAILS - INCLUDING
Our keynote speakers will be:
Title: "The New Evolutionary Philosophy, Affinity with The Urantia Book"
Daniel Love Glazer
Title: "Marriage, Family Life, and the importance of Fatherhood"
Reservations are booking quickly - Don't wait book today.
It's time for you to register now for the Summer Study Session. Register directly online by clicking here.
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.
Study Group Directory Coordinator
Changing of the Guards
By Bobbie Dreier
Outgoing Study Group Directory Coordinator
It has been my privilege to maintain and update the Study
Group Directory for many years. I've gotten to know many of you
through email and telephone conversations, and often had the joy of
putting a face to a name by meeting you at conferences. I believe
that study groups are the bedrock of the Urantia movement and that the
Study Group Directory is a valuable tool for bringing readers
together. I've been working with Jackie Koury for a year in
preparation for her to succeed me, and I'm delighted to pass the torch
to her. Study group has been an integral part of Jackie's life -
and her engaging manner, dedication to service and years of experience
as a teacher qualify her to be a terrific Study Group Directory
Coordinator. Welcome Jackie!!!
Jackie found the Urantia Book in Anchorage, Alaska in 1976.
She has been a sincere
reader and a study group participant ever since. Jackie has lived
in Alaska for over 30 years and has enjoyed the beauty, outdoor
activities, and the simplicity of living in "The Last Frontier."
She has just retired from a 24 year career as a primary school
teacher. She looks forward to moving closer to family and friends,
and plans to dedicate time, love, and energy toward sharing the
revelation with others and participating more fully with Fellowship
projects. Jackie recently married Tony Finstad.
|A Discussion of Eugenics|
by Charles Laurence Olivea
Many of us are concerned
about our spiritual future, the destiny of the soul. We are
concerned for individual persons and for the human
species as a whole. This year's summer study session approaches
the question of where we are going through the perspective of
progressive evolutionary civilization. According to The
Urantia Book, there is a strong and clear connection between
progressive evolutionary civilization and spiritual development.
Is it not vital for us who
read and study the Fifth Epochal Revelation to address the problems of
liberty, the home life, economic security, disease, education,
employment, leisure, care of the unfortunate, race, science, art,
philosophy, and cosmic insight? A Melchizedek of Nebadon, who
provided this list, presented an encouraging, hopeful answer in
that "progress in the arts of civilization leads directly to the
realization of the highest human and divine goals of mortal
endeavor--the social brotherhood of man and personal status of
God-consciousness...." (The Urantia Book, 71: 4. 3)
Our youth have a stake as
well in the future of progressive evolutionary civilization. We
know from a Solitary Messenger that "Civilization is in danger when
youth neglect to interest themselves in ethics, sociology, eugenics,
philosophy, the fine arts, religion, and cosmology." (The Urantia
Book, 111: 4. 4) Doesn't a serious preparation of young
people for the future include the Solitary
Messenger's perspective? Don't we who are older have a
responsibility to speak to these concerns?
Please join us this summer
as we explore some of the important aspects of human
civilization on Urantia. We believe that the "potentials"
between the growth of the soul and the pattern of how we choose to
live in modern society is worth spending time to examine and
those who may be interested, a seminar on eugenics is being
offered during the upcoming Summer Study Session for
2012. Pre-registration is required for any person wishing to
participate in it. The title of the seminar is: Eugenics and
Evolutionary Progressive Civilization. The central focus will be
on some of the teachings in The Urantia Book concerning
ethics, law, biology, race and the social order. The
task of addressing the quality of the human gene pool --
its liabilities and assets -- is left largely up to us since the
Adamic technique was not successful on Urantia. This seminar was
conceived as an opportunity to have a conversation about the
e-mail is an invitation to join the seminar. It will be tutored
by Katharina Becker and Charles Laurence Olivea. The deadline to
sign up is July 10, 2012. It is a "hard" deadline.
The Urantia Revelatory Process
by Denver Pearson
we are a long time student or a new reader of the Urantia Book, the
most often asked question and the most difficult to satisfactorily
answer is, "Who wrote it and how?" We all eventually come up with some
unsure and therefore uncomfortable answer we have rehearsed over and
over again to make it sound intelligently authoritative. But the answer
we have devised has been derived from what we've heard from others or
have read in Urantia apocrypha and as soon as it leaves our lips we feel
a little empty. It was because of this feeling I decided to go back to
the small amount of information available about the early days and to
the revelation itself to see if I could come away with a clearer idea
about the origin of the papers.
Read More ->
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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.
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A 3-day Mini Conference for Urantia Book Readers by Andrea Barnes
May 11-13 in San Diego Urantia Book readers from all over Southern California gathered for fellowship, fun, and learning at the beautiful Layfayette Hotel.
|Hanging Posters Around the Hotel |
The first night we hosted a meet and greet for existing readers. About
20 people were there. Then we invited people from the community
to come out and hear about the book for the first time using meetup.com,
Craigslist, and putting posters up around the hotel. We had 3 new
people there and 2 of them continued with us for the workshops into the
next day. It was good for the existing readers to hear someone introduce the book to people who have never heard of it.
|5 Minute Video of The Conference|
|Kermit Anderson shares his extensive knowledge |
Throughout the weekend about 40 people came out to enjoy fellowship, connect with old friends, meet new readers,
and hear presentations given by readers. Readers who have never
presented got a chance to practice. I bet you'll see them at some
of the larger conferences in the future. Many participants talked
about the ways they are 'stepping up' their participation in the
movement. I heard several people talk of starting a new study
group. One gal is starting a Bible/UB reading group with another
reader. Other ideas included expanded presentations, guided
worships, and other interactive workshops. It was very
|Brianna, Teuvo, Kailas, & Dani |
The entire weekend was sponsored by The Outreach Committee and The YaYa Committee.
Teuvo Orjala and I coordinated the event. The cost to the
participant was nominal ($20 each) since this was a local gathering
and most people didn't need to get a room. This helped us recoup
some of our expenses for materials, and meeting room space.
This accomplished so much for the local Urantia Community
and brought new readers into existing study groups. If you are
interested in enlivening your community with a 2 or 3-day mini
conference contact Andrea Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONLINE STUDY GROUPS - SO EASY TO JOIN IN!
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
Symmetry of Soul 6pm to 8pm PST
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,
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
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 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
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.
AND 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: · 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'sHappy virtual study grouping! Sincerely,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 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
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The YaYa Committee has a newsletter that can be viewed here.
In this edition they have a Featured Reader, discuss the upcoming Summer Study Session and list upcoming events.
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