Report on Virtual International Conference

Held April 24th – 25th, 2021 and hosted by Urantia Association of Peru It seemed like only yesterday when, at the end of 2016, we were asked to host the International Conference that Urantia Association International organizes every three years. The Urantia Peru team celebrated when we received the torch at the Amsterdam Conference to … read more of Report on Virtual International Conference.

Spiritual Value in the Peru Conference

What is of survival value for the soul in a conference? Here’s my current harvest from the conference on Cosmic Citizenship hosted by Urantia Peru Association April 24-25, 2021.  First story. The opening prayer by Collins Lomo of Ghana showed a striking maturity of spiritual concept and spiritual leadership. Second story. International Conference organizers were … read more of Spiritual Value in the Peru Conference.

Two Sides of the Same Coin

During a recent Urantia Association conference, a question was posed to those assembled: “How many have been successful in introducing The Urantia Book to family or friends?” The response was not surprising; a quick count revealed that only a smattering few raised their hands. For all those who have tried and failed to introduce the … read more of Two Sides of the Same Coin.

Focus on the Father – Thoughts

“It is the motivating thought, the spiritual content, that validates the mortal supplication. Words are valueless” [Paper 7:3, p. 85.1]. Nevertheless, I would share some words with you about thoughts.  To ponder the creation of thought is an intriguing mental exercise, but one leans into the realm of religious mystery when reflecting on the fact … read more of Focus on the Father – Thoughts.

No Appointments, No Disappointments

Adversity and the Authentic Self (Adapted and updated from a presentation given at The Mission of Adversity and the Spiritual Value of Disappointment Virginia-Carolina Association Annual Mini-Conference, 2018.) “That Saturday night the Master talked for more than an hour to the assembled groups on ‘The mission of adversity and the spiritual value of disappointment.’ This … read more of No Appointments, No Disappointments.

Making Worship and Service the Center of Our Lives

(Adapted from a presentation given at the Australia and New Zealand Association Annual Conference in Tasmania, 2010) We spend a lot of time getting a good grip on the definition of worship and service.  And if I’m to write about “making worship and service the center of our lives” then I’d better concentrate on exploring … read more of Making Worship and Service the Center of Our Lives.

Millennials and the Church

An Important Lesson for the Urantia Movement The internet is full of articles, research, and advice concerning the serious loss of the millennial generation to the Christian church rosters around the world and in North America and Europe in particular.  The exodus of young adults from churches is nothing new, but it has become increasingly … read more of Millennials and the Church.

Focus on the Father – Stop Resisting

The Teaching The secret of his unparalleled life was this consciousness of the presence of God; and he attained it by intelligent prayer and sincere worship—unbroken communion with God—and not by leadings, voices, visions, or extraordinary religious practices. [Paper 196.0, page 2089.0]  The Takeaway   The consciousness of the presence of God is the secret of the most unparalleled religious life that was … read more of Focus on the Father – Stop Resisting.

Derivative Works – Novels by Rick Warren

The Urantia Book encourages us to be creative in the way we share our understanding of truth. And the number of study aids and derivative works produced by creative and imaginative students of the book is staggering.   Rick (or Richard) Warren, long time student and scholar of The Urantia Book and loyal supporter of Urantia Association International, is a prolific writer of novels that classify as “derivative works” of the Urantia revelation. Rick served on the Association’s ISB as Dissemination Chair … read more of Derivative Works – Novels by Rick Warren.

Focus on the Father—Going to God’s Place

Hey, let’s go to God’s place! That may be a figure of speech but it’s for real—there is a place (outside of time and space) we can go without traveling, without planning, and without any tickets or travel documents. It’s a place both within us and without us. Our sincere desire to go there is … read more of Focus on the Father—Going to God’s Place.

Farewell Ed Owen

Ed Owen, long time Urantia Book reader, beloved friend to many and husband of Susan Owen, recently passed away on the 23rd of November. Susan wrote, “Ed began his journey across the universes and the cosmos yesterday. He was ready to leave this earthly plane on his eternal adventure. He had 86 good years on … read more of Farewell Ed Owen.

Farewell to Carolyn Kendall

Carolyn Kendall, long time Urantia Book reader, Forum member, faithful and loyal servant to the revelation, a pillar of strength, and beloved friend to many in the Urantia community, recently passed away at the age of 88 on the 7th of November after years of poor health.   Carolyn was the youngest Forum member, joining … read more of Farewell to Carolyn Kendall.

Dialogues with Sofia: A Novel to Introduce The Urantia Book Teachings

I always had the idea of writing in my head, and as a child I wrote a few short stories, but I also had the impression that I needed years of reading and experience to even consider writing a novel. Having read great authors gave me great respect for the writing process, and I felt … read more of Dialogues with Sofia: A Novel to Introduce The Urantia Book Teachings.

Jesus and Politics:

How Do We Reconcile Living in the Kingdom and Living in the World? (Editor’s note: This is from a presentation given at the 2018 Urantia Association International conference in the Netherlands) Politics are an intense and unavoidable part of being human. Each day, politics intrudes into our news feeds and our daily lives. Political awareness … read more of Jesus and Politics:.

Living the Gospel and Proclaiming with Power in the 21st Century

(Editor’s note: This is from a presentation given at the 2018 Urantia Association International conference in the Netherlands) Stand under the waterfall … Allow yourselves to be drenched in the beauty of Jesus’ many-sided gospel. We can know God as a loving and merciful Father, who has sent his spirit to live within us. We … read more of Living the Gospel and Proclaiming with Power in the 21st Century.

To Be as Masterful a Teacher as the Master

The Swiss psychiatrist and father of analytical psychology, Carl Jung, reminds us that the world needs fewer preachers and better teachers.  Students of The Urantia Book know as well that the mass of humanity progresses one person at a time, not by teaching them en masse, but as they are ready to grow.  Youth are often “inartful” in teaching all … read more of To Be as Masterful a Teacher as the Master.

Comprehension – Advancing Brilliance from Insight

Ability to comprehend is the mortal passport to Paradise. Willingness to believe is the key to Havona. The acceptance of sonship, co-operation with the indwelling Adjuster, is the price of evolutionary survival [26:4.15].  Comprehending God to enter Paradise? We have little idea what Paradise is and what to expect and now we are informed we must comprehend to … read more of Comprehension – Advancing Brilliance from Insight.

Implantation of Life on a Planet

What exactly is life plasm? To my knowledge, blood plasma does not carry the genotype of an individual or a race. So, what else transmits genetic information if not the genes in the chromosomes of the ovule and sperm? Having said that, what did the Life Carriers implant on our planet when we read that they developed the model of life right here … read more of Implantation of Life on a Planet.