Level: All Readers
Papers: Selected readings from Papers 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, and 157
Description: We will explore Jesus’ masterful teachings step by step as he teaches truth to the multitudes and prepares his apostles and followers to continue on with his work, even after he is physically absent. Jesus guides them from their desire that he become their earthly king and messiah, through the transforming experience of two major crises, until eventually they come to realize and accept that he is truly the Son of God.
Teacher-Facilitator: Betty Zehr
Betty is a retired teacher, and she and her husband, Ralph, have been students of The Urantia Book for many years. They have a daughter and son who are also students of the book. Working together on Urantia activities is one of the family’s greatest joys.
- Teacher-Facilitator: Betty Zehr
Level: All Readers
Papers: 119, 120, 121, and 122
Course Description: Christ Michael, the Son of God, created the entire universe of Nebadon which includes about 10,000,000 inhabitable planets. Michael bestowed himself seven times in the likeness of the numerous orders of intelligent beings he created over a period of one billion years. His last bestowal was on Urantia in the likeness of mortal flesh as the man named Jesus. In this course we will explore the long journey of our Creator Son as he earned the experiential right to be named the Sovereign Ruler of Nebadon.
Teacher-Facilitator: Susan Flacks
Susan discovered The Urantia Book in 1974 and rediscovered it in 2002 when she found the Urantia Book Internet School. She has taken several courses and has not stopped reading and studying the book since. Susan is married with one grown son and serves as a children’s librarian in a local public library.
- Teacher-Facilitator: Susan Flacks
Level: All Readers
Papers: 73, 74, 75, and 76
Course Description: In this course we will review the second epochal revelation to Urantia, dispatched by the authority of the System Sovereign of Jerusem in Satania wherein Urantia exists. We will follow the progression of events that led to the arrival of our Planetary Adam and Eve, the Material Son and Daughter. We will then study the administration and the difficulties they experienced on their mission to uplift the existing conditions of the evolutionary human race.
Teacher-Facilitator: Tom Hansen
Tom Hansen has been reading The Urantia Book since 1973 and has been involved with many study groups over the years. This is his fifth course as a UBIS Teacher-Facilitator.
- Teacher-Facilitator: Tom Hansen
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Papers: 53, 54, 55, and 56
Course Description: The path leading to spiritual darkness is wide and easy, whereas the one leading to light is narrow and challenging. By first examining the devious ways of unrighteousness and rebellion in corrupting the soul, and then placing it in juxtaposition against the enlightening path to light, truth, and unity, we will learn how to lead ourselves up from our isolated, lowly origins to our united divine destinies.
Teacher-Facilitator: Mark Khoury
Mark grew up in Tyre, Lebanon, and currently resides in Beirut where he works as an interior architect. He was introduced to The Urantia Book in his early twenties and has been a devoted reader and passionate student ever since.
- Teacher-Facilitator: Mark Khoury
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Papers: Selected readings from numerous references pertaining to the soul throughout The Urantia Book, including sections from 101,108, 110, 111, and Jesus’ teachings on the soul from Part IV.
Course Description: During this course we will learn that each of us has been given a lifetime to grow a soul worthy of resurrection as a morontia being on the mansion worlds, guaranteeing our eternal survival. We will explore together the origin, growth, and destiny of the soul. We will discover how prayer, worship, and loving service contribute to soul growth, and that as we choose to do the Father's will, our Adjuster will grow our soul, leading to soul consciousness that can assist us in our spiritual progress
Teacher-Facilitator: Ralph Zehr
Ralph, a retired radiologist, spent his medical career at a teaching hospital. He and his wife, Betty, have been students of The Urantia Book since 1967. Their daughter and son are also long-time students of the book. Working together on Urantia activities is one of the family's greatest joys.
- Teacher-Facilitator: Ralph Zehr
Papers: The Foreword and 196
Course Description: This course is a study of some of the initial definitions and closing concepts of The Urantia Book. The first half of this course will explore definitions from the Foreword. We will apply these definitions to our individual personal futures, the future of Urantia, and our own futuristic ideals. In the second half of this study, we will examine the concepts and mandates in paper 196. We will review the religious life and teachings of Jesus as they apply to us personally, and will attempt to understand our future challenges. The sharing of our understanding of these “book ends” of the revelation will hopefully help us add meaning, value, and happiness to our daily lives.
Teacher-Facilitator: Geoff Taylor
Geoff Taylor is a 68-year-old iterative, innovative, experimentalist techie with 28 patents and a background in Aeronautical Engineering. He had a midlife awakening from reading The Urantia Book in 1985, which rekindled his early Christian roots. “The science intrigued me. The logic hooked me. The spirit assured me.”
- Teacher-Facilitator: Geoff Taylor
Note: This is a short duration, six-week course
Papers: Foreword, sections I-V; 10, sections 0-1; and 56
Course Description: The fifth epochal revelation addresses the origins of reality but calls the explanation a “philosophical concession” to our finite minds. Thus does our comprehension of reality face formidable challenges. First, can our finite minds/souls begin to transcend the need for sequence and experience the truth that God’s unbroken unity and infinite diversity are existential sides of the same coin? Second, is reality a creation by God, or God himself diversified and distributed to the universes as qualifications of his otherwise unified, static, eternal, totality existence; is the diversification and distribution of reality a continuous act of eternal, Divine qualification?
During this short course we will focus on these mysteries and explore compelling questions regarding the immeasurably expansive concepts of unity, diversity, and reality.
Teacher-Facilitator: David Elders
David and his wife, Marta, have been students of The Urantia Book since 1970 as well as active members of Urantia Book community life. They have been married for 53 years, have two married sons, and five wonderful grandchildren. They have lived in southwestern Connecticut for most of their lives.
- Teacher-Facilitator: David Elders