Tribute to Tonia Baney

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Tonia Baney

Tonia Baney sadly passed away on February 13, 2023, after a battle with Alzheimer’s. She was one of those “giants” of the revelation who had a tremendous impact on many in the Urantia movement. She was an amazing leader with a magnetic charisma that endeared her to almost everyone she encountered. After serving on the ACT committee (Advisory Committee to the Trustees) for several years in the early 1990’s, she became the Executive Director of Urantia Foundation and spear-headed many new ideas and activities that assisted the Foundation with getting “back on its feet” after a difficult few years; she also played a major role in the development of a new social organization  now known as Urantia Association International.

The best way to describe just how loved and admired she was in the Urantia Book reader community, is to read a few testimonials from those who knew her well.

From Chris Wood, USA

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Chris and Tonia

Tonia Baney was my first role model in the Urantia community. I first reached out to Urantia Foundation at age 19 while Tonia was the Executive Director. She immediately put me to work. I put address labels and stamps on envelopes, helped Steve Baney stack books in the basement, pulled weeds from the gardens and ran errands around town. I learned from her and the staff so many lessons on leadership that I carried forward, including to trust that people will show up to do the work of the revelation and to trust the people who do show up and are willing to volunteer themselves. She also showed the importance of embracing and supporting a wide array of young readers because, inevitably, a number of them will become teachers and leaders in the decades to come. 

Tonia said something amazing once that I often contemplate and share with others. She was an accomplished artist, but I had only ever known her as the director of the Foundation. I asked her if she ever missed painting. “Of course!” she said, “but the time away doesn’t bother me. At some point I intend to spend several thousands of years really exploring the subject.” Her life perspective was truly universal. 

I hope to be able to model for others what Tonia showed to me. 

From Mike McIsaac, USA and Sweden

In my early teens, my mom took me to study groups at the beautiful Maui home of Steve and Tonia Baney. Tonia’s wisdom and warmth helped draw me from the TV to the readings, and she soon became like a godmother, inviting me to lunch to discuss my future goals. When I was twenty, Tonia invited me to my first conference, connecting me with the movement.

The Baneys extended an open invitation to stay with them at the Foundation, which I did on many occasions, often helping Steve with shipping. The team at Urantia Foundation felt like an extended family, with Tonia in the role of matriarch. Tonia was a vital champion of my efforts to inspire and bring young readers together. Her support also helped many other young readers, such as by inviting us to have many summer events at 533 Diversey Parkway. After the Baneys moved to Wisconsin, my wife and I brought our new daughter to visit them, and I wish we’d managed more such visits and cherished times. Thank you, Tonia, for your love, support, and invaluable impact on my life. You’re missed by many. …Till we meet again.

From Lee Armstrong, USA

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Lee Armstrong and Tonia Baney

Tonia Baney came into my life during an era of great misunderstanding within the Urantia readership. It was a difficult time. For those of us who supported Urantia Foundation in its mission to publish and take these teachings to the world, we were steadfast in our support. Tonia met the challenges, not one to shy from hard work or to do what she thought must be done. In that era, I served for a time as president of what was then United States Urantia Association. Tonia was helpful in my work. 

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Roselyn Armstrong Portrait by Tonia Baney

Tonia had an exceptional organizational ability. Her leadership skills were breathtaking. While she was always cordial and professional, she did not suffer fools gladly. While she was tactful, she also was direct and crystal clear. I liked knowing where she stood and that she respected others and listened. When I heard the news of her passing, I grieved. Tonia touched my heart and inspired my mind.

Perhaps my greatest personal appreciation of Tonia was for her talent as a portrait artist. After the passing of my wife Roselyn in 2007, I commissioned Tonia to paint Roselyn’s portrait. It was one of the first artworks I knew to display The Urantia Book on canvas. She captured Roselyn’s spirit and faith. The painting was unveiled at a Urantia reader conference. I look at it each day.

From Kathleen Swadling, Sydney, Australia

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Tonia and Kathleen

Tonia was, at different times, my boss, mentor, colleague, and kindred spirit, but most of all, she was my friend. I first met her at Urantia Foundation in 1992 when my husband, Trevor, and I visited 533. We were invited to attend an ACT (Advisory Committee to the Trustees) meeting that she was chairing. We later connected with her at the annual international conferences that were held in Nashville in ’94, ’95, and ’96 and were asked to join the Coordinating Committee which assisted in the development of the Charter & Bylaws for the newly formed Urantia Brotherhood Association, which eventually was called International Urantia Association (commonly known as IUA and later UAI, and now Urantia Association International). In the early days of this new organisation, Tonia, along with Cathy Jones, phoned just about everyone on the database to tell them about the new social fraternity of Urantia Book readers and invited them to join. They managed to attract tremendous support for both the Foundation and the new Urantia Association, and before long many new National and Local Associations formed all around the world.

In 1996, after Tonia became Executive Director of Urantia Foundation, she offered me a job as the Foundation’s Development Coordinator. As our children had all grown up and left home, we packed up and moved from Sydney, Australia to spend a few years in Chicago. We lived on the 2nd floor of 533 and Tonia and her husband, Steve, lived on the 3rd floor. We were there for three years living and working together and witnessed tremendous positive changes for both the Foundation and the new social organisation. Tonia’s personality, her creative thinking, and leadership talents were an inspiration—a real breath of fresh air.

Tonia was truly a unique leader and a wonderful human hero of the Urantia revelation. I miss her and look forward to meeting up with her again in the never-ending “eternal voyage of discovery” (145:5.10).

From James Woodward, USA

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Tonia and James

Tonia Baney was responsible for the best experience of my life.  

When we saw each other at a Urantia Book conference in 1999 and she said we needed to talk about something over lunch, it triggered both excitement and dread. “Uh-oh, what did I do?” was mixed with “Cool, a chat with Tonia, the Executive Director of Urantia Foundation. I wonder what this is about?”   

Our first meeting, which had occurred five years earlier, had left an indelible impression on me. It was a special gathering of readers in Southern California, hosted by John and Jane Ploetz, where we enjoyed an update on the progress of International Urantia Association given by Cathy Jones, Executive Administrator of the expanding fraternal group, and news about the business of Urantia Foundation given by Richard Keeler, then-president of the Trustees, and Tonia. Being amid such high-profile Urantia folks impressed me; they were so friendly and so devoted to service.  

There was something about Tonia that day and it struck me on a spirit level, when you feel fate moving. I was to learn there was always something about Tonia. 

Thus began a great friendship and lots of volunteer service on my part. Tonia had a gift of recognizing talent in people, along with a charming ability to recruit help in disseminating an epochal revelation. I was humbled to join the team, and I saw her insight bear fruit with many volunteers. We began to correspond, and she began assigning me some journalistic work. Soon I was serving with Urantia Association, traveling to Chicago for meetings, documenting with photos and reportage. 

During our lunch in 1999, Tonia spoke these life-changing words: “There is an opening on the staff of Urantia Foundation and your name keeps coming up for the position.” An electrical / spiritual shock of surprise and joy went through me. My life did change.   

Tonia and Steve

It was a big deal to move from sunny California to frozen Chicago. But move I did. And the next amazing thing was getting to know Steve Baney, a fellow worker bee at 533 who became my best buddy. Joining the staff, being welcomed to the mission, was truly meaningful. Being part of a devoted crew and fielding inquiries in the Reader Services Department was the most rewarding work I’d ever done. I had the world’s best job, the experience of a lifetime. Thank you, Tonia.  

Beyond the work of assisting readers and helping Steve in his various duties, it was being adopted into the Baney family that meant so very much to me. Their quarters on the third floor became my second home; so many casual times, fun parties, and deep dives into the meanings and values described by superhuman teachers, as well as difficult conversations about the troubled status of a divided readership. Together we served and prayed and struggled with feelings of loss when the court verdict was delivered—the legal battle for the copyright was lost. Despite the agonizing setback, Tonia held the center. I don’t know how she did that but sometimes she would smile big and laugh loud just when the mood needed lightening. I once made bold to ask her how she kept a cheerful attitude, especially when facing problems. She quoted Christy: “This life is just a shakedown cruise, and we should be happy and grateful that we get to serve. It’s important work that we do here but greater things await us.” We all benefited by her faith in the long mission, and her grace under pressure.   

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Tonia, Kateryna, and Anton

The Baney adoption of me also included my son on his frequent visits. He often played with their grandkids in the Diversey mansion, had big fun at the Wolf Lodge waterpark, and joined family outings around Chicago. Later I visited their amazing home in Maui, and in Wisconsin after they returned to Tonia’s homeland. The thing she missed most in Chicago was making her art. She dabbled while at 533 but mostly there was so much work and travel that she never set up a proper studio. It was like a mediation for me, to watch Tonia in her oil-painty smock, in her creative zone, applying lines and colors with such ease it took my breath away.   

Tonia Baney was the one who brought me into the center of the Urantia fold, who fetched me up to a new level of service, who cared for me when I was far from my west coast home. Steve adored her of course, and I adored them both. Tonia loved to remind us that we would be serving together for a very long time—in this fraternity of agondonters, this family of the children of Michael and Mother, the grateful graduates of 606, unique Urantia.   

As an artist I am faithfully anticipating that Tonia will recruit me to some cool assignments she’ll be working on… cheerfully.

From Marian Hughes, Hawaii, USA

Marian and Tonia

Tonia was an amazing person, a successful businesswoman, an incredible artist, a spiritual leader, and a dear friend to me and many others. I consider myself fortunate to be a fellow agondonter with her in both time and, eventually eternity.

We met sometime in the 80’s through our connection with the revelation. She exemplified the word “charm.” She was a gracious hostess whenever I was a guest in her lovely home on Maui or at 533. I will never forget the intimate conference she hosted on Maui where we had the pleasure of meeting Dr. James Mills, who was at the time, one of the few living “Forum” members. It brought the readers of our state together.

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Kihei Beach Maui

In the early 90’s, the Foundation Trustees recognized the unique abilities Tonia possessed to re-energize the disrupted Urantia Book readership and invited her to be part of the Advisory Committee to the Trustees (ACT), in which capacity she offered wise counsel.

She and Steve moved from their home just a few blocks from one of the nicest beaches in Hawaii to cold windy Chicago and lived in the antiquated Urantia Foundation prior to its modern renovation.

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Signing of H.U.L.A. Charter Feb 1993

In 1993, Tonia came to my home on the Big Island of Hawai’i along with several Trustees to license the first USA Urantia Association local readership association and christened us with the name H.U.L.A. (Hawai’i Urantia Local Association), which was her idea. She spoke at our small Hawai’i conference that day. Tonia inspired us with the important message of supporting the Declaration of Trust (DOT) creating Urantia Foundation, and increasing service and strong leadership, all of which has kept us active for thirty years ever since.

Eventually, in 1996, she was appointed the Executive Director of the Urantia Foundation. I recall with pleasure the wonderful galas she put on at the Dewes Mansion, which was just a four-minute walk from 533.

The exquisitely translated Russian Urantia Book was presented at one of these events. She arranged to have some of it read to us in Russian. Those evenings were filled with delicious food, live music, and wonderful companionship. She knew how to entertain, and she taught us how important it was to make people feel that they were part of something special.

Tonia supported the formation of the IUA, (which with the advent of the internet, became the UAI or Urantia Association International). She gave “orphaned” Urantia Book readers a new organization to work with and for.

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Marian Huges, Patti-Mundelius (Sadlers-granddaughter), Cathy Jones, and Tonia Baney

She was a devoted wife, mother, study group leader, and Urantia Foundation executive. I don’t think there has ever been a more spiritual and creative portrait artist in our times than Tonia.

On page 911 (81:6.42) of the Urantia Book, we are told, “Leadership is vital to progress. …And the quantity of such wise leadership has never exceeded one percent of the population.” Fortunately, for our spiritual movement, Tonia Marks Baney was certainly part of that “one percent.”

Mahalo Tonia, we love and miss you.

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Journal Editorial – May 2023

Mark Blackham

Welcome to the May 2023 edition of the Urantia Association’s Journal, a publication dedicated to the thoughts, observations, and experiences of Urantia Book students from around the world. Our contributors explore a wide range of topics relating to the fifth epochal revelation, demonstrating both an extraordinary diversity of thought and a spirited unity of purpose. 

Our first article has to do with the fascinating interface between science and religion. “Getting to Know Ourselves Better: The Neurophysiological Basis of Self-Control” by Helena Bañas, a medical doctor, explores the nature of the brain and consciousness in relation to the spiritual forces operating within the mind. In particular, she underscores how the power of personality, in conjunction with the inner Spirit, can actually change the physical structure of the brain, a process known as neuroplasticity.

Helena explains that we consciously create physical changes in ourselves, for better or worse, by means of habitual processes, such as making repetitive decisions, and by giving our concentrated attention to a particular concept. But the real secret of positive self-control and, therefore, beneficial change to brain structure, is achieved by tapping into the power of the inner spirit through acts of love and worship.

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The Ideological Struggle

Part 1 | Taking a Stand

In the Publication Mandate for The Urantia Book, we are told that we must have an army of teachers and leaders at the ready for a grand educational work after the conclusion of the present ideological struggle. We believe this struggle is the same struggle raised by the Lucifer Rebellion – that is, true liberty versus false liberty, or liberty versus license.

While the rebellion was crushed by Michael upon the successful completion of his bestowal mission, the effects of the rebellion remain. And this residual effect is why we continue to experience the ideological struggle on our world. If we are correct that this struggle is the struggle between liberty and license as presented by the Lucifer Rebellion, then it is imperative that we take our stand on the right side of the struggle.

Is it Necessary for Us to Take a Stand?

Since the struggle is celestial in origin, maybe it’s up to celestials to resolve it. Maybe all we need to do is be good people and work on our own personal relationship with the Father. As The Urantia Book explains, Michael chose to remain aloof from the rebellion until he completed his bestowal mission. In fact, that was the counsel given to him from the Paradise representatives. But this does not imply that others who support Michael should remain aloof. Let’s look at the record.

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The Next Life

“In my Father’s house are many mansions;
if it were not so, I would have told you.” – Jesus

Now that I’ve reached the age of 73, my interest in the next life and the morontia worlds has become more acute. But of all the 56 morontia worlds surrounding Jerusem—the headquarters world of the Satania system—my attention is drawn more so to the seven satellites surrounding transition world number one (the finaliters’ world). These are the mansion worlds, and this is where our eternal journey resumes after we leave Urantia, our “initial-life” planet.

The mansion worlds are but a small part of the Jerusem system of architectural worlds, as you can see from the diagram below. Transition world number one and its surrounding mansion worlds is only one of seven transition worlds with their own satellites. Jerusem itself is a gigantic world, about one hundred times the size of Urantia, which is almost the size of our sun. The transition worlds are about ten times the size of earth, close to the size of Saturn or Jupiter. And each of the mansion worlds and all other satellites are approximately the size of Urantia (45:0.1).

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Getting To Know Ourselves Better

The Neurophysiological Basis of Self-Control

This article deals with self-mastery, that ability that allows us to manage our emotions and instincts; to “respond” to them instead of “reacting,” which is key to “emotional intelligence,” a term popularized by the American psychologist, Daniel Goleman, in the 1990s.

One quote from The Urantia Book says that “emotional maturity is essential to self-control” (52:6.6) and another is that “the manifestation of greatness on a world like Urantia is the exhibition of self-control” (28:6.20). Thus, greatness would be synonymous with emotional maturity. A good start to achieving this goal is to know ourselves better. Understanding the functioning of our nervous system (NS) can help us to adjust our behavior.

The Urantia Book contains within its pages the true “keys” to achieve this self-mastery and contributes to science that which it cannot discover by itself; that which is invisible and enigmatic. It reveals to us who we really are.

By this, I mean that science attributes the ability for self-regulation, or self-control, to our brain, and establishes that it is the seat of our emotions, behavior and thoughts. But this runs into the classic mind-brain “problem,” or the difficult problem of consciousness, for which neuroscientists and philosophers cannot find a true explanation and end up calling it a “mystery.”

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My Lord and My God!

In the mid 1990’s, I worshiped at an Episcopal church in New York’s Greenwich Village. Taking the same pew week after week, as most people do, I often found myself sitting near an older woman named Barbara. Each week during the prayer of consecration, when the priest said, “Take this, all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you,” he or she raised the host for all to see. The congregation, in response, made the sign of the cross. Barbara did that too, but invariably I also heard her whisper something. Likewise, when the chalice was raised, we made the sign of the cross and Barbara whispered something.

An imposing woman in her late seventies, Barbara had been very active and influential in the parish for many, many years. Her formality and her position on the Vestry rendered her completely unapproachable, exacerbated by her austere features and her hair, which I am convinced she kept in the freezer. More important, I did not want to appear ignorant or stupid or just plain nosy. I was relatively new to the church—a “baby Episcopalian,” as the Rector called me—and I didn’t want anyone to know how little I knew, even though I neither saw nor heard anyone else whispering. Therefore, instead of simply asking Barbara what she was mumbling under her breath, I tried each week to sit closer and closer to her, straining to hear what she was saying during the elevation of the elements. Thinking about it now, I wonder what Barbara thought was happening, as each week I seemed to be more and more interested in her!

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Birth of the Spirit and Spiritual Maturity

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I would like to share some ideas, as an introduction to a discussion, around this subject that unites us: “Being born of the Spirit and Spiritual Maturity.” It is about this human experience, so personal and singular, between every person and God.

Birth indicates the starting point of existence. To be born is to have an impulse, a life force, which inaugurates our coming into the world. And it continues and is expressed in biological and cultural life, through the succession of days, until the point of arrival – death.

As far as maturity is concerned, it shows the completion of a process of growth and satisfactory evolution, whether it be physical, intellectual, moral, or spiritual. Analogously, it is also the state of fruits, when they are ripe, after having reached their full development.

This small conceptual reminder allows us to better approach our theme, which relates two facts, which are birth and maturity, in relation to Spirit. We can say that the Spirit is the opposite of matter, that is, that which is placed within us, beyond̀ material or physical reality, but also its source, God, our Perfect Creator and our Finality.

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President’s Message – March 2023

Dear Friends,

Enrique Traver

More than ever, during these times of great world tension, I feel the urgency of our services to the Father and the brotherhood. By our services, I am not referring specifically to those of the Association’s legal entity, but to what it administers.

The fact that the Urantia Association International is a global organization can give people the impression that we are an institutional organization wanting to control their lives and dictate rules of behavior instead of being a welcoming center of harmony and unity, of help, support, and friendship.

I am a dedicated fan of the definition about who we are, as stated in the first paragraph of our website. See About Us – Who We Are.

Urantia Association International is a worldwide network of ordinary people who have found an extraordinary book—The Urantia Book. Students believe that the teachings of this book have the potential to rejuvenate spirituality in the world and enhance the comfort, happiness, and well-being of every person.

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Latin American Continental Conference — Mexico

October 26—29, 2023

The Fifth Revelation in the 21st Century

Revelation is a technique whereby ages upon ages of time are saved in the necessary work of sorting and sifting the errors of evolution from the truths of spirit acquirement. [Paper 101:5.1, page 1110.4]

It is the mission of revelation to sort and censor the successive religions of evolution. [Paper 92:4.1, page 1007.1]

Come on and join us in Mexico!

Mark your calendars now for the next Latin American Urantia Continental Conference! This will be the 3rd Latin American Conference and is being organized by Asociación Urantia de Mexico (AUM).

The 3rd Latin American Urantia Conference will be held in Mexico, at the Hotel Quinto Sol, close to the interesting and historical pyramids of Teotihuacán.

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A Special Youth Urantiathon

The Fruits of the Spirit

The special Youth Urantiathon organized by the Urantia Association International with Urantia Young Adults International (UYAI) and Youth and Young Adults (YaYAs) Committees on December 10th, 2022, was beautiful and amazing. It offered presentations by young students of The Urantia Book from all over the world on the theme “The Fruits of the Spirit.”

The program featured four sections, one for each continent, with presentations given by young Urantia Book students from Europe, Africa, Latin America, and North America, all of whom shared their unique reflections about The Urantia Book and their personal experiences with the teachings.

The European section included two students, Genny from England, who offered a video about a Urantia study session titled “From a seed, to a Fruit,” and Moria Habte from the Netherlands, who presented an online interactive game with questions based on The Urantia Book’s teachings, with several options for the participants to choose the correct answer.

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2024 Urantia Association International Conference

28 to 31 March 2024
Maritime Conference Center, Baltimore, Maryland USA

The Nature and Nurture of the Soul

Faith is to religion what sails are to a ship; it is an addition of power, not an added burden of life. [Paper 159:3.8, page 1766.4]

The Urantia Association of the United States, in conjunction with co-host Hawaii Urantia Local Association would like to invite you to attend the 12th Urantia Association International 2024 Conference, to be held from the afternoon of March 28th, until noon on March 31 in Baltimore, MD, USA.

Come study “The Nature and Nurture of the Soul” with us, culminating with an Easter worship to celebrate our Master’s resurrection. The conference will be held at the Maritime Conference Center (https://www.mccbwi.org/). The center offers gourmet food and many amenities.

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Love for the Father

Cannot Be Caged

The Prisoner Inquiry Response Team (PIRT) would like to share this beautiful art, an example of the value in fostering the study of The Urantia Book in prisons. The artist is Reinaldo Dennes and he is in a Texas prison. Reinaldo was introduced to The Urantia Book eight years ago by a fellow reader doing in-person prison ministry. Reinaldo remains a dedicated student whose heart is filled with love for God and the teachings.

If you would like to use Reinaldo’s art in your Urantia works, please Contact PIRT

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Focus on the Father

Living in Grace

There are several things about Jesus that we are often reminded of in The Urantia Book. Chief of these is how he revealed the Father in every aspect of his living. He did this by acting as if the Father were present in himself as well as the men and women he came into contact with all his life. This behavior reflects the living of a truth that we know as fact: we are indwelt with a (pre)personal representative of our Paradise Father. When a human behaves in a manner consistent with the faith / understanding of this truth / fact, a remarkable trait of character invariably assumes dominance in that personality. Such folks are said to be full of grace.

We hear the word grace a lot, but what does it mean? Consider some definitions: elegance or attractiveness of form, movement, manner, or attitude; mercy, favor, good will; God’s unmerited mercy toward mankind; influence of God’s spirit; condition of one who enjoys God’s special favor; trait of moral excellence. How about graceful: displaying beauty in form, manner, movement, or expression. And gracious: showing or bestowing goodness, kindness, or mercy. We find all the words synonymous with grace to be exclusively positive and harmonious; beautiful, favorable, kindly, benevolent, courteous.

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Progressive Divine Wisdom

Senegal Group

School of Divine Wisdom

Introduction

This document is a compilation of the activities of the Progressive Divine Wisdom Group (PDWG) during 2022.

It is worth noting that the initiatives outlined in this progress report are a continuation of three meetings held as part of the Dakar summits of February 2018, February 2019 and February 2020. This report comes after the reports of 2020, 2021 and 2022, which have also been published.

The objective of these initiatives is to promote the Progressive Divine Wisdom method. This method, developed by Moussa Ndiaye, consists in facilitating the ownership of the truths of The Urantia Book through a teaching method based on an understanding and living experience as part of education and sharing. It is based on the model of the life and teachings of the Creator Son of our Local Universe, during his incarnation in the flesh.

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Urantia Book Learning Centers

Join others in learning the teachings of The Urantia Book. Young or old, new or advanced, we can all learn something new. Take the opportunity to share ideas and to learn from others in your ongoing quest for deeper meanings and values.

Presently, classes are being offered at Urantia Book International School and Urantia University Institute. See their courses below.

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Soul Evolution Study Aid

My latest study aid, Soul Evolution: Deeper Delvings into Divinity, is a more visual representation of concepts from The Urantia Book which give us a clearer idea of what it takes to transform ourselves and attain self-mastery. How to co-create our souls together with our Thought Adjuster and become more Godlike. God has given us all we need to do this, but we have to develop the courage to explore these unknown realms. We need persistent effort to make this shift of consciousness. We must commit to letting go of old ways of behaving and thinking to see the world and other people in new ways. We are transferring our souls to new vehicles and gaining a cosmic perspective and an eternal purpose. It takes eternity to become perfect, but we can begin that divine process now. One of the main purposes of The Urantia Book is the salvation of human souls.

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My Journeys with Jesus—Video

My Journeys with Jesus—The Urantia Book is a five-minute video cleverly arranged by Gary Tonge and a team of writers, artists, and producers. Here is how it is described under the video in YouTube:

A young man, Ganid, reflects upon his time with Jesus when they toured the Mediterranean together with his father, Gonod. The details of this magnificent story of Jesus’ travels can be found in The Urantia Book and also in The Untold Story of Jesus: A Modern Biography from The Urantia Book (2019). Discover Jesus as never before, both as a divine Son and a human hero whose matchless life inspires, comforts, and transforms you.

Enjoy this beautiful video.

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President’s Message – December 2022

Enrique Traver

Hello, dear friends!

My children, like most Christian children, were born and raised celebrating Christmas on December 25th. It was always a magnificent celebration, with all the family members participating happily and celebrating the birth of our Master and sharing the company among all. Furthermore, when they were little, all of them believed in Santa Claus and their happiness was greatly enhanced by the anticipation of the arrival of this sweet imaginary old man bearing presents. I took advantage of this belief of the little ones to bargain with them for good behavior and high performance at school throughout the year. I grew up that way and my kids did too.

At some point, the sweet old man ceased to exist in our lives, we ceased to be children, bringing disappointment, but at the same time, the joy of being together as a family remained, all gathered in fraternization and celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Over time, we learned that the important thing was always being together, celebrating our families and the birth of Jesus.

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A Study Group As a Circle of Trust

I invite you to consider a study group as a Circle of Trust.  I became familiar with the term “Circle of Trust” back in 2004 with the publication of Parker Palmer’s book, A Hidden Wholeness.  Our community has engaged a number of retreats using the tool kit of the Circle of Trust.  Parker Palmer hails from the Quaker Tradition and shares in his book many insights of that tradition, which are in agreement with the teachings of Jesus.  He quotes Rufus Jones, one of the human sources used in the development of The Urantia Book, who writes: “I pin my hopes to quiet processes and small circles, in which vital and transforming events take place.”  In the history of the development of The Urantia Book there was a communication known as the Publication Mandate that the Forum studied very closely which states:

The book is being given to those who are ready for it long before the day of its world-wide mission. Thousands of study groups must be brought into existence and the book must be translated into many tongues. Thus will the book be in readiness when the battle for man’s liberty is finally won and the world is once more made safe for the religion of Jesus and the freedom of mankind. [emphasis added]

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