This guide has been produced with loving care by people who respect the mission given to us by the revelators to create thousands of study groups. These study groups are in themselves the foundation on which the revelation can stand to accomplish its worldwide mission “…to expand cosmic consciousness and enhance spiritual perception…” in the minds of men. They can also serve to foster the emergence of leaders and teachers, for study groups are like small classrooms.
Study groups are places where spiritual brotherhood takes root and where intellectual and spiritual growth can be fostered in the participants. While study groups are autonomous, they can benefit greatly from interaction with other study groups or with the organizations supporting and nurturing them. While their autonomy is necessary to foster spiritual unity, it should always be protected from political, social or sectarian influence.
Study groups should always focus on the teachings of The Urantia Book and their integration in everyday life, for it is when the truth is alive within us that it becomes a most effective tool of dissemination in our family, at work and in society at large. Study groups are a reflection of their participants and the hosts who lead them in the path of spiritual and intellectual discoveries.
Study groups need a worthy goal so they can achieve their purpose of transforming the world one person at a time. Read this guide carefully and benefit from the experience of others – it should help you start or improve your own study group.
When man goes in partnership with God, great things may, and do, happen. [Paper 132:7.9, page 1467.5]