UBIS is an online school functioning under the sponsorship of Urantia Foundation. One of the purposes of Urantia Foundation is to "effectuate means and methods" to disseminate the teachings of The Urantia Book. UBIS is one means of accomplishing this.
This online school provides a safe and friendly virtual classroom for small groups of truth seekers from around the world to share insights. Students of all ages, 13 years and older, are welcome to participate. (By law, we are not permitted to independently register students who are under 13 years of age.) Children are welcome to participate with the approval and under the supervision of a parent or guardian. Family groups have been very successful studying UBIS courses as a team.
The school is designed to help students:
- develop an understanding of complex concepts
- expand comprehension by delving deeper into the teachings
- learn teamwork by sharing insights with fellow students
- gain experience in presenting and sharing the teachings of the book.
It is the purpose of UBIS to spread the truths and teachings in The Urantia Book in a non-interpretive manner. It is modeled after the Jesusonian teaching approach. Since the revelation was presented in written form, every person can have their own first-hand experience with the text. The online school provides tools to assist each student to experience the teachings first-hand, promoting, improving, and expanding comprehension of the concepts through a non-interpretive, non-invasive and non-aggressive pedagogy.
"… [W]e know that there dwells within the human mind a fragment of God, that there sojourns with the human soul the Spirit of Truth; and we further know that these spirit forces conspire to enable material man to grasp the reality of spiritual values and to comprehend the philosophy of universe meanings. But even more certainly we know that these spirits of the Divine Presence are able to assist man in the spiritual appropriation of all truth contributory to the enhancement of the ever progressing reality of personal religious experience--God–consciousness.” [17.2; 0:12.12]
How UBIS functions
Since its beginning in 1999, UBIS has undergone a series of technical innovations, and is now based on Moodle, a widely used, multilingual, open source, educational platform. Courses are offered in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French. Other languages will be added as the need arises.