Journal Editorial November 2019

Greetings Fellow Urantia Book Readers, The second production of the Urantia Association’s Journal for 2019 highlights articles and presentations about study groups and how they are viewed by readers around the world. We have an overview of “The Study Group,” by Agnes Lazar, Belgium, “Study Groups Revisited” by Gaétan Charland, Canada, and both “Dynamic and … read more of Journal Editorial November 2019.

The Study Group

In this article, I wish to share some reflections that have been long maturing, the result of which are experiences in the bosom of different study groups, including one I initiated 16 years ago. In January 2001, arising from various personal ordeals, I found myself in great confusion. Turning to God, I prayed to be … read more of The Study Group.

Study Groups Revisited

During the conference in Amsterdam, I met with a long-time reader and had an interesting discussion with him about the name, nature, function, mission, and goals of study groups. Since then I had a few more discussions about this subject with readers from Europe, North America, Africa, and my local association. In all those exchanges, … read more of Study Groups Revisited.

What Does the Future Hold for Study Groups?

In the mid-1970s, guided by our spiritual mentor, a number of like-minded friends and I entered into a new journey of spiritual awakening based on the revelations of The Urantia Book. Our mentor, who had received his copy of the “Urantia Cosmology” directly from a French reader in the 1960s, tailored the guidance he offered … read more of What Does the Future Hold for Study Groups?.

September Trimester of Urantia Book Internet School 

Starting Soon! This educational program of Urantia Foundation is dedicated to fostering and facilitating the self-discovery of newly revealed truth. UBIS offers courses for all students of The Urantia Book, regardless of culture, spiritual tradition, or geographic location. Whether you are a new reader or have been studying the book for years, there will be … read more of September Trimester of Urantia Book Internet School .

Study Group Testimonial

(Editor’s note: This was written in response to a new study group attendee who wanted a group in New Zealand to study other spiritual works in addition to The Urantia Book.) I have canvassed opinions of other members of our group, including those who didn’t attend Tuesday’s meeting. The overwhelming response expressed, was that the … read more of Study Group Testimonial.

More on Study Groups

Dear Friends of the Revelation, There are many things I would like to write and share with you that are important to the revelation and to the work we do to promote its teachings, but for me, none of these are as important as study groups. Even if fraternal organizations such as Urantia Association International … read more of More on Study Groups.

Advocacy for Study Groups

Having been involved for many years in the development of study groups both internationally and in my sphere of local activities within the Urantia Association of Quebec, I realize that despite all the efforts of many committed readers, growth of study groups is proceeding very slowly. I believe there are several causes for this slow … read more of Advocacy for Study Groups.

The Personal Experience of Revealed Truth

Our Urantia Book Internet School Pedagogy  This essay is offered as a context exploration of our Urantia Book Internet School (UBIS) pedagogy and methodology in response to a provocative question: can our encounter with newly-revealed, epochal truth be facilitated successfully by employing evolutionary techniques of education or can revealed truth be comprehended using the interpretive … read more of The Personal Experience of Revealed Truth.

Urantia Association Educational Activities

Dear Friends and Readers of The Urantia Book, It is a pleasure to inform you about the latest activities of Urantia Association’s Education Committee. We are organizing a cycle of monthly live webinars. On March 24, the Association’s Study Groups Committee Chair, Gaetan Charland, presented the theme “Improving the Quality and Effectiveness of Study Groups.” … read more of Urantia Association Educational Activities.

Effective Study Groups

As a host of a study group have you ever wondered how effective your group is at promoting spiritual growth in its participants? Have you ever questioned yourself about the value your group has in promoting the mission of The Urantia Book? These are just two of the many legitimate questions we might ask ourselves … read more of Effective Study Groups.

History of Study Groups

Many new students of The Urantia Book today have not had the experience of being a part of the Urantia movement while in its early years of development—when study groups were the main focus of the former Urantia Brotherhood, the original fraternal organization. Throughout the many years of reorganization while our young movement has undergone … read more of History of Study Groups.

Study Groups and Us—Survey Results

Two months ago a survey was sent to English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French readers on the email list of Urantia Association International. This survey was created with the goal to find better ways to serve the growing community of study groups, and with the objective to find the different characteristics inherent in the many kinds … read more of Study Groups and Us—Survey Results.

Youth & Study Groups

I worry that we are swimming upstream when we try to insert younger adults into study groups made up entirely of older people. Many times I have been one of the token young adults at Urantia events, and while I am glad that I attended them, being the odd man out always held an undertone … read more of Youth & Study Groups.

Young Readers & Study Groups

I read with great interest your article in the last Tidings and both responses from young readers that were printed with it. From what the young (and extremely erudite) Venezuelan reader had to say, it would appear that young readers might be more interested in group study if the group itself consisted of only young … read more of Young Readers & Study Groups.

Study Groups – A Key Tool

Hello to study group hosts and participants. In the November edition of Tidings, I wrote an article on Study Groups and Young People which attracted the attention of a few readers. I have obtained permission from these readers to publish their comments so you will have the opportunity to read what they have said about … read more of Study Groups – A Key Tool.

Responses to Call from Young Reader Feedback

Below are a couple responses to the articles that were published by Gaetan Charland, the Association’s Study Group Chair in the November 2016 Tidings concerning the subject of young Urantia Book readers in study groups. Gaetan wrote: “After my return from the Budapest conference, I was contacted by one of our members asking me about … read more of Responses to Call from Young Reader Feedback.