Highlights: Growth in Africa
Not only are lives being transformed in Africa with the discovery of the revelation, but also life-long friendships are being forged as readers experience the benefits of studying and socializing with one another. A new wave of conferences began in Ghana in 2018, and in 2019 the momentum continued with a memorable conference in Nigeria.
In 2019, a conference in Lagos, Nigeria was held on Victoria Island. The theme was Fostering Spiritual Unity Through Loving Service and was attended by readers from both Nigeria and Ghana, who worked with Urantia Association to organize a successful conference. Presentations included topics such as My Brother’s Keeper, drawing attention to the importance of supporting each other as children of the kingdom—God’s children. Another was about Spiritual Communion, in which emphasis was placed on the importance of being consistently faithful to the reality of the luminosity of the indwelling Adjuster.
Emeka Anazodo from Nigeria writes:
Readers in Nigeria have relied mainly on phone calls and social media for group communication, group study, and fellowship. This conference gave Nigerian Urantia Book readers the opportunity to set up organizational structures and guidelines for the Nigerian groups, and also inspired a collaboration of African readers to set up similar structures and guidelines to ensure that the teachings of The Urantia Book are spread in Africa in such a way that the original intents and purposes of the revelators of the fifth epochal revelation are fulfilled.
On a personal level, the conference provided an opportunity for Urantia Book readers to socialize and put faces to the many names they have known for many years through social media interactions. Readers were brought together from far and wide, a feat that would not have been possible had Urantia Association International not helped us with the costs of logistics.
Kwadjo Spiri from Ghana writes:
We led participants in a prayer circle and offered prayers for the growth of the Urantia teachings and its associated movements in the world and especially Africa, which is a new beacon of light to the world regarding truth, beauty, and goodness. This was a successful conference as it met its target of bringing African readers together (seasoned and new) to learn, discover and socialize. Also, we achieved our goal of strengthening and consolidating the African Urantia study groups and clubs. As a result, readers from all parts of Africa have continued to be in close touch after the conference.
The following videos capture the passion of African readers who were interviewed at the conference: