Code of Ethics

Introduction

Urantia Association International (the Association) has developed a Code of Ethics that outlines our guiding principles of integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior based on a high standard of values. Our International Service Board and all officials, members, and employees of all Associations worldwide, by their participation in Urantia Association International, shall be bound by this Code of Ethics. 

To maintain the trust and goodwill within our Association, and in our publicrelationships as a non-profit service organization formed to disseminate the teachings of The Urantia Book, we set forth these ideals of enlightened behavior. No Code of Ethics, however, is a substitute for the conviction of righteousness and devotion to spiritual progress. These commitments of our personal living do always reflect the

…choice between good and evil as they are determined by the true values of the spiritual standards established by the divine spirit which the Father in heaven has sent to dwell within the heart of man. [The Urantia Book Paper 132:2.2, page 1457.5]

All Association members and Governing Boards shall support and promote an individual’s fundamental right to privacy, and to safeguard the confidential information of their fellow members, volunteers, and reader contacts. All members agree to abide by this Code of Ethics in the conduct of all professional activity encompassing the gathering, dissemination, and use of information for the purposes of fundraising or other organizational activity.

The following principles are the cornerstones for ideal ethics regarding all membership conduct.

Ethical Principles

Integrity

Members authorized by the Association and any worldwide affiliates to conduct business on its behalf on social media shall exercise transparency with respect to their identities, the identity of their organization and their relation to it, and the purpose of their online presence and communication. They shall keep all information truthful and respect all laws governing copyright, trademarks, and other third-party rights in all forms of media. Members shall be mindful of global cultural differences that might lead to misunderstanding or offense. Content shared must be respectful of all individuals, races, religions, gender, and sexual orientation, and avoid derogatory or libelous statements. Members shall bear in mind that all content is public and permanent. They shall strive in all endeavors to increase the recognition and respect of the Association.

Accountability  

Urantia Association Governing Board Members shall respect the privacy of donors and prospects, and conduct all financial transactions with the highest level of honesty and discretion. They shall adhere to the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable laws and all policies of our organization. They shall conduct themselves in the utmost professional manner in accordance with the standards of the Association. They shall maintain appropriate boundaries when gathering and sharing information, taking care to distinguish between professional and personal addresses, communications, uses, and behavior. Information gathered from any source shall remain confidential and be shared only with authorized staff in the conduct of standard business operations. No private information should be posted, shared, or disclosed to the public without specific authorization. Members shall comply with all Association guidelines for computer use and social media etiquette.

Practice

Urantia Association and its Board members shall take the necessary care to ensure that their work is as accurate as possible. They shall only record data that is appropriate to the function of the Association and protect the confidentiality of all personal information. When gathering, communicating, storing, and protecting the information, members shall take all necessary precautions, and comply with federal, state, and institutional regulations. Members shall record and disclose only information appropriate to the Association’s activities and ensure that it is maintained in a secure database of record. Members are required to read and understand the privacy policies of the Association and of the social media channels they use. In the absence of internal policies, members shall adhere to this statement of ethics.

Conduct

Because social media is highly relational and public, all Association members’ conduct shall adhere to the highest standards of professional communication. Members shall conduct themselves in a manner that encourages a positive relationship to the Association that they represent and promotes the achievement of its goals. Members should be mindful that information posted in one context may be publicized in another. Members should always conduct themselves with the awareness they are accountable for all behavior, online or otherwise, and adhere to all standards of professional conduct and business practices.

Conflicts of Interest

Board members shall avoid competing professional or personal interests and shall disclose such interests to the Association in any instance. A conflict of interest can create an appearance of impropriety that can undermine confidence in the member and their organization.

ETHICS POLICY

To thus love your neighbor as yourself is the highest ethics. [The Urantia Book, Paper 170:3.6, page 1862.3]

It is the policy of Urantia Association that its associates and board members uphold the highest standards of ethical, moral, and spiritualized behavior. To that end, associates and board members shall dedicate themselves to carrying out the mission of this organization and shall:

  1. Hold paramount the mission of The Urantia Book, fostering spiritual progress in the performance of our fraternal service to the readership and the dissemination of The Urantia Book’s teachings.
  2. Act according to The Urantia Book’s teachings as to promote personal spiritual growth, integrity, and the dignity of the Association.
  3. Treat with respect and consideration all our fellows, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, maternity, marital or family status, disability, age or national origin.
  4. Engage in carrying out Urantia Association’s mission in a respectful, loving, faithful and fraternal manner, promoting and protecting the good name and reputation of colleagues, and our organization.
  5. Collaborate with and support other members and associates in carrying out Urantia Association International’s mission.
  6. Serve our fellows according to the teachings, with love, altruism, and fairness as modeled by Jesus.
  7. Recognize that the chief function of Urantia Association, at all times, is to disseminate The Urantia Book and its teachings, through our sincere and loving service to others.
  8. Accept as a personal duty the responsibility to stay up-to-date on emerging community affairs and to conduct themselves with fraternity, fairness, impartiality, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  9. Respect the structure and responsibilities of the Board, provide them with facts and advice as a basis for their policy-making decisions, and uphold and implement policies adopted by the Board.
  10. Keep the community informed about issues that may affect it.
  11. Conduct organizational and operational duties with honest dealings and transparent communications with third parties, such as government, potential members, colleagues, suppliers, and any other stakeholders or potential partners.
  12. Serve our fellows with respect, concern, courtesy, and responsiveness in carrying out the organization’s mission.
  13. Demonstrate the highest standards of truthfulness and loving service in all activities, reflecting our commitment to follow The Urantia Book’s teachings.
  14. Avoid any interest or activity that is in conflict with the conduct of their official duties.
  15. Respect and protect privileged information to which they have access in the course of their official duties.
  16. Strive for spiritual progress and abundance of the fruits of the spirit and encourage the personal developments of others.
  17. Act loyally in the best interests of Urantia Association and its affiliate organizations without compromising on any of the above standards.
  18. Immediately inform the appropriate Association officer of any misconduct or questionable activities incurred by members in actual or potential violation of the above standards.