Level: All Readers
Papers:101, 110, 160, 161, and 196
Description: Religion is a human experience ranging from a primitive fear of God to a conscious, evolutionary process of sonship with our Universal Father. We will explore the simultaneous distance from and closeness to God as we ascend towards him with the assistance of the Thought Adjuster, the Spirit of Truth, and an increasing comprehension of the living faith of Jesus.
Teacher-Facilitator: Jesus Rivera
Jesus Rivera lives in Miami, Florida. He is a college professor and has studied The Urantia Book for several years. He has been teaching spirituality for over two decades, both personally and online, to encourage truth-seekers’ passion for God.
- Teacher-Facilitator: Jesus Rivera
Level: All Readers
Papers: 34, 113, 114, and sections from Papers 8, 9, 36, and 93
Course Description: In the divine plan of the Universal Father and the Eternal Son to draw to themselves all truth-loving souls on all the worlds of time and space, the Infinite Spirit has dedicated significant efforts to support this mission. The Third Source and Center provides patient ministry to all personal beings, and is the ancestor of creature mind, which is bestowed in the local universes by a Creative Daughter of the Infinite Spirit. In this course we will seek an understanding of the origin and significance of our Local Universe Mother Spirit, a new and unique representation of the Infinite Spirit, who is the companion to the Creator Son in his organization and ministry to the local universes. We will study the Mother Spirit’s various orders of ministering spirits who so willingly serve mortals, with gentle and loving ministry, through their evolutionary and spiritual progression.
Teacher-Facilitator: Rhonda McColgan
Rhonda McColgan is retired from the business world and is pursuing her interests in the arts and in her community in Florida. She has two adult children both off on their own adventures. The Urantia Book has been an important part of her life for many years, and she continues to discover new meanings and expands on ones already gained from these remarkable teachings. She has taken several UBIS courses and became a UBIS Teacher-Facilitator in 2014.
- Teacher-Facilitator: Rhonda McColgan
Note: This is a short duration, six-week course.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Papers: 110 and 111, and sections from the Foreword, 1, 12, 16, 34, 36, 65, 108 and 112
Course Description: “Material mind is the arena in which human personalities live, are self-conscious, make decisions, choose God or forsake him, eternalize or destroy themselves.” (111:1.3) Stunning and powerful! We each know we have a mind. We know we can think and make decisions. We have ideas about right and wrong, cause and effect. We have feelings. We can perceive reality. But what do we know about the origin of mind? What pre-existent realities have set this stage? What is its true nature? How does it evolve? And what is its true purpose? The objective of this short course will be to examine the revelatory material in The Urantia Book regarding the genesis, evolution, and destiny of our mind and its relationship to personality and soul.
Teacher-Facilitator: Marta Elders
Marta has been a student of The Urantia Book for over forty years. She is married with two adult sons who have blessed her with two delightful daughters-in-law and five marvelous grandchildren. She lives in Connecticut with her husband where she practices psychology.
- Teacher-Facilitator: Marta Elders
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Papers: The Foreword
Course Description: The Foreword defines the terms that form the basis for the revealed truths contained in The Urantia Book. It is an invaluable study reference of spiritual and cosmological terms and concepts. We will survey these terms and concepts closely to build an understanding and comprehension that will greatly deepen our appreciation for the subsequent papers and will stimulate more profound future studies. Some of the topics and terms to be studied will include the Universal Father, Deity, Divinity, the Supreme Being, God the Sevenfold, and God the Absolute.
Teacher-Facilitator: Michael Hill
Michael Hill, an active reader for more than fifty years, has given many presentations at Urantia conferences over the years. He is a retired high school teacher, a marriage, family and child counselor, and an educational consultant on land use. He currently lives on his small farm in the Coast Range of central Oregon.
- Teacher-Facilitator: Michael Hill
Papers: Selected readings from fifteen Papers in The Urantia Book
Course Description: This course will guide us to a better understanding of what is involved in the great challenge to modern man—achieving better communion with the Divine Presence during his great adventure in the flesh from self-consciousness to God-consciousness through soul-consciousness.
Teacher-Facilitator: Guy Perron
Guy Perron has been a dedicated student of The Urantia Book since 2000 and has since worked vigilantly and diligently to live and share its incomparable teachings in his daily life.
- Teacher-Facilitator: Guy Perron