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June 2012 Community Newsletter

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The Urantia Book Fellowship

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The Urantia Book Fellowship

Community Newsletter                       June 2012

In This Issue
President's Message
BEST Online Search Tool!
Summer Study Session
Study Group Coordinator
Revelatory Process
3-day Mini Conference
Heart of the Mtns. Retreat
Online Study Groups
New Online Catalog
Quick Links...



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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
  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.

I 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?

To Progress!

Michelle Klimesh

UB Search


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,, 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 UniverseIn addition, Troy published Urantia Book Explorer for UB students and scholars online at his site,  Troy is a tireless toiler for the revelation and we are proud and happy to offer him our Second Miler Salute!


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


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




Our keynote speakers will be:

Steve McIntosh

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


Saturday Morning
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
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


Bobbie Dreier  
Bobbie Dreier

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!!!

ackie found the Urantia Book in Anchorage, Alaska in 1976. 
Jacquelyn Khoury
Jacquelyn Koury

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 discuss. 


For 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 issue.


This 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.  


Those who wish to sign up should contact Mr. Olivea at:  


The Urantia Revelatory Process

by Denver Pearson
December 2011

Whether 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 -> 
 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

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, 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.


3-day Mini Conference.wmv
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 invigorating!

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





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 Heart of the Mountains Retreat

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!  



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.


Urantia Book Fellowship Fundraiser $$$$

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Make check payable to Maria Downing-Tamm

Mail to:

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Boulder CO 80304




LogoPlease 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.


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. 



Are you a member of The Urantia Book Fellowship?  Maybe you're not sure?  If not please contact us and we'll let you know.   Email Lenny Cowles at:


If you would like to become a member please click on this link and fill out the easy online membership form.  Your credentials will be sent to the Membership Committee for consideration.
Please join us! - click here for the online form.


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