1 SOUTHWEST TEACHING MISSION RETREAT & FAMILY REUNION February (23) 24-26, 2006 at the CANOSSIAN SPIRITUALITY CENTER in the South Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico Canossian Retreat Center : The site describes their history, their services, their facilities and the fees they charge; however, in the interest of simplicity and democracy, we have rounded it up to basically $75.00 per day per person, which includes everything: shuttle to and from the airport, transcripts of the sessions, registration, meals, lodging and almost unlimited use of the facilities. [Do we need TV/VCR, Flip Chart, Lectern, Mike at Lectern, Clip-on Mike, Tape/CD Player? They are available, as is a modem, but no PC.] You are also welcome to peruse last year's SW TeaM R&R Scrap Book slide show featured at which includes photos of the Center and the attendees, as well as transcripts of T/R sessions, show & tell presentations, and story-telling of our lives. Based on the premise "build it, and they will come," we have reserved the Center from 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2006, through 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, Thursday evening would be earmarked for spiritual focusing; Friday for business and organization. It is our tradition to allow our supernal guides and celestial overseers to have a hand in these planning stages, so nothing is set in stone but the place and dates, and even the dates can be extended if there is a call for it. If there is something you specifically want to "show and tell" -- or direct or reveal or transmit or sing or play or share, let us know so it can be worked into the developing agenda. Use of the chapel, the dining room and the Map room (situated as an open space in the east corridor), as well as the grounds and walkways outdoors are free and available 24/7. We will pay for the use of the library ($75 per day) and the conference room ($150 per day) effective Friday afternoon (and these expenses are absorbed in the registration fee). As far as rooms, there are 3 singles without bath; 7 singles with a bath; 4 twin bed setups with a bath; and 9 rooms without their own bathroom that can accommodate two people each, for a grand total possible at Canossian of 36 people. Those who require a private bath should speak up quickly! There is a laundry facility and gracious common bath and shower areas. The rooms are all large and commodious; there are no stairs to deal with; the south valley setting is secure and quiet. Delicious, nutritious, home cooked meals are prepared by the cooking staff and are served promptly in the dining room mornings, noon and night. In addition, coffee, tea, fruit and other oddities of hospitality are available. It is truly a five-star situation. Remembering that "Renewal allows one to Reactivate, Readjust, Realign, Reaffirm, Rearrange, Reassign, Reassure, Reawaken, Recapture, Recharge, Reconnect, Recuperate, Rededicate, Redefine, Rediscover, Refine, Reform, Regenerate, Reinforce, Reinterpret, Rejuvenate, Rekindle, Relearn, Remake, Remotivate, Reorganize, Restore, Revitalize, and Revive their Attitude, Beliefs, Dedication,
2 Determination, Hope, Faith, Relationship, Friendship, Love. Everything in fact, that has Real Lasting Value in Life." (Coined by Pastor Daniel of the Church Within) we welcome you to Retreat with us at Canossian. Call (505) or send an to facilitator specifying what kind of room (and roommate) you have in mind and any special dietary needs, then prepare a nonrefundable good faith deposit in the amount of $75 (per person), earmarked TeaM, and mail it to Gerdean Bowen at 617 East Lake Court, Rio Rancho, New Mexico If you would like to pay by credit/debit card, go to ALL s website at and click on the donations link, putting New Mexico TeaM Retreat in the memo space, so it gets credited to the proper place. Deadline for the good faith deposit is January 23, 2006, but do not delay. Space is limited at Canossian, and while alternative locations may be gotten, you definitely want to be on site if at all possible. The balance due will be payable at the time of Registration, at check-in, at the time of your arrival at Canossian. (Be sure and let us know your arrival times and flight information.) Bienvenidos, Amigos, y Vaya Con Dios! URANTIA BOOK INTERNET SCHOOL NEWS UPDATE... NEW WEB-BASED FORMAT FOR THE UBIS Registration for the APRIL 2006 SEMESTER of the Urantia Book Internet School will begin on Monday, March 27, via its new website. After a year of preparation and testing, the UBIS is now presenting its Second Semester of courses with a new web-based format. The UBIS is an "all volunteer" Educational/Outreach project of the Urantia Foundation, and the development of the website was made possible through generous contributions earmarked for the UBIS. In addition to the readership's funding support, many hours were given by the UBIS teachers, Foundation Staff and reader-volunteers who worked together to bring this about. It was truly a team effort! The 9-week study courses begin on Monday, April 10, following the 2-week Registration period. Please come and join us and participate during the April Semester. SCHEDULE OF COURSES Registration for the April Semester will begin on Monday, March 27, 12:01 AM Eastern Time, on the UBIS website: Registration Instructions: 1. Click on the link to go to the HOME page of the UBIS website. 2. Click on COURSE OFFERINGS to view the Schedule of Courses. 3. Select a course and follow the registration directions. The courses are: PART I AND II TITLE: THE DIVINE PERFECTION PLANSPAPERS: 36, 5, 7 and 8 TEACHER/FACILITATOR: Dorothy ElderCOURSE DESCRIPTOR: A study of the divine plan of progress: the universal plan for the creation, evolution,ascension, and perfection of will creatures. This gigantic attainment plan for advancing mortals is magnificent. The course serves to review it, enhance our understanding of it, and increase our ability to share it with others...as we pass by. PART II and III TITLE: THE MORONTIA EXPERIENCEPAPERS: 47, 48, 111 and 112TEACHER/FACILITATOR: Elisabeth CallahanCOURSE DESCRIPTOR: These papers are a study of the design and purpose of the morontia experience, from the conception of the mortal soul on the inhabited worlds, through the ascendant career as morontia progressors, to the attainment of spirit status and entrance to the superuniverse career.
3 PART III TITLE: THOUGHT ADJUSTERSPAPERS: 107, 108, 109 and 110THEACHSER/FACILITATOR: Cheryl MelanconCOURSE DESCRIPTOR: A consecutive four paper study of the revelation of Thought Adjusters, the Father fragment that indwells man and becomes his experiential partner in attaining the divine presence of the Paradise Father. These papers study the origin, nature and ministry of the Thought Adjusters, and their relation to the individual. To register, visit the website: We look forward to having you join us! In friendship, Dorothy Elder Director, UBIS CN 6 (Conferencia Nacional 6) "Una introducción al estudio del Libro de Urantia" "An Introduction to the study of the Urantia Book" Mayo 28 to 30, 2006 Guayaquil, Ecuador Agustin Arrelano and his group will be visiting five study groups. Public as well as private sessions. Contact Nélida Oliver, activity coordinator: La fecha para la CN6 es del 20 al 29 de mayo visitando 5 grupos de estudio en el Ecuador, a los interesados en participar favor de mandar sus ponencias en word, arial 12 a a la aternción de Nélida Oliver la coordinadora el tema es "Una introducción al estudio del Libro de Urantia." Programa Mayo 20 y 21 Mayo 22 Mayo 23 Mayo 24 Mayo Quito Paseo por Quito y reunión con lectores Visita al Grupo de Estudio en Otavalo Visita al Grupo en Riobamaba Visita a Cuenca (por confirmar) "El encuentro de dos personalidades es como el contacto de dos substancias químicas; de haber cualquier reacción ambas serán transformadas" Retreat 2006 April 28 to 30, 2006 This year's theme is "The Journey of Eternal Life" *** The Angel House at Shepherd's Cove
4 (a.k.a. Paul & Jorgey Krupa's home) 14 S. Hillside Street Assonet, MA Friends! Please mark your calendars & save the date for Annual Retreat Friday (optional), Saturday & Sunday, April 28 to 30, 2006 This year's theme is "The Journey of Eternal Life" We'd love to have you join us! Here's the schedule: Friday: From 6PM to closing (and we NEVER close!): Pot luck dinner and fellowship (catch-up night!) Saturday: Breakfast (for those who came to catch-up night! ) Registration 12PM - followed by lunch Program: 1:30 to 5PM followed by dinner at local Chinese Buffet 6:30PM Worship Service followed by social Sunday: Breakfast from 8-9:30AM Business / Sharing Time - 9:30 to 10:30AM Worship Service 10:30 to 12 Noon - followed by Pizza Party Local Accommodations: Best Western, Airport Road Fall River (one exit south of us) and we have room for up to 6 at our house! For registration ($15.00 fee) or more info: Call or Bill Rocap at Hope you can make it! (Please pass the word to your group!)
5 First Society Mini-Conference April 30, 2006 *** First Society, Chicago, is sponsoring an all-day Miniconference on April 30, 2006 in Evanston, IL. Contact Cece Forrester for more details Urantia Inloop-café Sunday, June 25, 2006 Utrecht, the Netherlands [Click here for Dutch invitation including newsletter now copied below] If you are a Dutch reader or plan to visit the Netherlands shortly, please join us for an informal gathering in Utrecht on June 25, 2006, from 2 p.m. (14:00) until evening. We are calling it an Inloop-café [Walk-in Café], with no formal program, no speakers, no themes, just an occasion for readers and potential readers to get acquainted with each other and exchange stories and experiences. René Hagenaars, the UF representative in Holland, will briefly talk about plans for correcting the current Dutch book preparatory to its being reformatted for the paperback version, and you are invited to bring your suggestions and ideas along for discussion. [These may also be ed to René at ] Entrance is free; snacks and beverages provided at cost. Where? EMMA, Cremerstraat 245, Utrecht [10 minutes walk from Utrecht Centraal Station] Directions in Dutch: Directions in English: Utrecht is a beautiful city, right in the center of Holland, easily accessible by train, bus, car or bicycle. Parking near EMMA is free. There have been very few Urantia gatherings in Holland, and between the lot of us we have managed to come up with a list of around 70 people--a big number for such a tiny country! For those who don't know, I was born in Holland and even speak the language a little, and Matthew and I are now living here--at least for the time being. Please RSVP to René Hagenaars or Saskia Raevouri Hope to see you on the 25th! Saskia Urantia Inloop-café ACCOMPANYING NEWSLETTER Eindelijk is er weer eens wat echt nieuws rondom het Urantia Boek in Nederland. Al eerder hebben we geprobeerd om, in het vervolg van de bijeenkomst in de flat van mevr. Begemann, een landelijke Urantia-bijeenkomst te organiseren. Maar deze keer denken we een goede vorm en lokatie gevonden te hebben. Dus nodigen we je hierbij uit voor een Urantia Inloop-Café op zondag 25 juni 2006, aanvang
6 14.00h, in het pand van EMMA, Cremerstraat 245 te Utrecht. Dit ligt op 10 min. Loopafstand van station Utrecht C.S. De routebeschrijving vind je hier: Graag even bekijken, want er gelden wat specifieke aanwijzingen i.v.m. parkeren. Het Urantia inloop-café is georganiseerd zonder verdere pretenties. Er is geen formeel programma, er worden geen lezingen gegeven, we gaan niet een bepaald thema uitwerken. Het is bedoeld om alle lezers en potentiële lezers van het Urantia Boek de gelegenheid te geven elkaar te ontmoeten en ervaringen uit te wisselen. We willen kort iets vertellen over plannen om de Nederlandse vertaling van het Urantia Boek te herzien (vooral repareren van taal- en zetfouten) en over andere ideeën om de ontwikkeling van het Urantia Boek in Nederland te bevorderen. Maar daarnaast is er vooral informele gelegenheid om elkaar te ontmoeten. Juist ook tussen de diverse studiegroepen kan het wellicht nuttig zijn om ervaringen uit te wisselen. We laten dat verder helemaal aan jullie eigen initiatief over. Toegang tot het Urantia Inloop-Café is gratis. Drankjes en hapjes zijn tegen kostprijs verkrijgbaar. Er is geen vaste eindtijd vastgesteld en ieder is natuurlijk vrij om in kleinere groepen aansluitend nog andere activiteiten te ondernemen. Er zijn een kleine 70 mensen uitgenodigd via deze mailinglist en je bent geheel vrij om andere geïnteresseerden erop te wijzen dat dit Urantia Inloop-Café plaatsvindt of om anderen mee te nemen naar EMMA in Utrecht. Ik hoop dat je kunt komen op zondag 25 juni a.s. want het lijkt me prachtig om elkaar (weer) eens te ontmoeten! p.s. in verband met de voorbereidingen stellen we het op prijs als je tevoren kunt aangeven of je van plan bent te komen. Graag per aan p.s.2: Dank aan Leonard Kater en Saskia Raevouri voor hun bijdrage aan de voorbereiding van deze middag! Revisie Nederlandse vertaling van het Urantia Boek Het is de bedoeling om op korte termijn te starten met een beperkte revisie van de huidige Nederlandse vertaling van het Urantia Boek. Het accent zal daarbij liggen op het herstel van opvallende taal-, stijl- en zetfouten, dus niet op een alomvattende herziening. Misschien heb je in jouw exemplaar van het Urantia Boek aantekeningen gemaakt bij fouten die je tijdens het lezen bent tegengekomen? Dan zouden we het zeer op prijs stellen als je deze per kunt toezenden Of meenemen naar de bijeenkomst op 25 juni 2006 kan natuurlijk ook! Heb je vaardigheden die voor het revisie-team van belang zijn, dan kun je misschien meedraaien in het revisiewerk. We denken bijvoorbeeld aan een klankbordgroep die gereviseerde verhandelingen nog eens kritisch doorleest. Laat s.v.p. van je horen als je denkt hier een zinnige bijdrage aan te kunnen leveren! De bedoeling van de revisie is om uiteindelijk een veel handzamere soft-cover editie tot stand te brengen, dus meer een paperback formaat. Ondanks de omvang van het boek zijn daar goede mogelijkheden voor die we ook bij de Engelse editie (en recent bij de Duitse vertaling) hebben gebruikt. De prijs van deze uitvoering zou wat mij betreft best onder de 15 euro mogen uitkomen en misschien nog wel lager. Huidige prijs van het Urantia Boek
7 Over prijzen gesproken. De prachtige gebonden Nederlandstalige editie van het Urantia Boek is voor een verlaagde prijs beschikbaar. Via kun je een bestelformulier vinden waarmee het boek via de post wordt thuisgestuurd voor in totaal Eur 29,95 inclusief BTW en vervoerskosten. Binnenkort: Forum We hopen binnenkort overigens een forumpagina te kunnen toevoegen aan de website waarop discussies over bepaalde thema s gevoerd kunnen worden, nieuwtjes kunnen worden uitgewisseld en andere activiteiten gestalte kunnen krijgen. Binnenkort meer nieuws hierover. Hartelijke groet, René Hagenaars vertegenwoordiging Urantia Foundation in Nederland Summer Study Seminar "Celestial Ministry: Seen and Unseen" July 6-9 Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Social on Saturday, July 8th celebrating John Hales 34 years of service to the Fellowship. Click here for registration details or for more information. Silver Springs Retreats 2006 Hosts: Sue and Derek Tennant Please check out retreat details at Rates are quoted in $US. Call toll free to reserve space. URANTIA YOUTH CAMP Friday August 4 Thursday August 10 (See simultaneous retreat option for parents below) A friendly, safe and fun week-long camping experience for youth, ages in the back woods at Silver Springs. Space is limited to 12 campers. The facilitators are professionally trained youth workers who are devoted to the revelation and are themselves experienced campers. They will be sharing Urantia values in a beautiful natural setting that includes ponds, streams and waterfalls. Activities to include camping skills, yoga, nature hikes, swimming, kayaking, arts and crafts, and evening campfires plus a special group project throughout the week A lifeguard and a registered nurse will be onsite.
8 What to bring: A complete check list will be posted on the website after Jan. 1/06. Campers will need their own sleeping bags/pillow, air/foam mattresses and to bring a tent if they have or can borrow one. Cost: $75/pp + taxes. Includes: meals & program DIVINE CULTURE Friday August 4 Thursday August 10 This retreat is ideal for parents who want to accompany their child to the YOUTH CAMP and enjoy a separate adult program. The purpose of this relaxed retreat is to give rest to body and mind by facilitating spiritual development through exercises and activities aimed at a closer relationship with the Thought Adjuster, greater realization of Spirit realities, worship opportunities, and the development of brotherly and sisterly relationships with other Urantians. The evening campfires will be joined with the Youth Camp. Come and experience this Joy for the Soul! Cost: $245/pp + taxes (double occupancy). Includes: program, 6 nights and meals. SPIRIT QUEST II Friday August 11 Thursday August 17 SpiritQuest II is about Vision, Purpose, Credo (I Believe), and Life direction. SpiritQuest was introduced at IC 05 with an enthusiastic response from participants. It is a three-part training for spiritual leaders and teachers developed by a Canadian team under the leadership of Urantia Book reader and Unity minister Rev. Roy Healy. Based on a philosophy of living that holds the conviction that participants can shape their own destiny to create a better world, the training motivates people to be of service and grow spiritually. In Part I the theme of Truth is explored and will be offered in cities across North America. Part II, which is being offered at Silver Springs, develops the theme of Beauty. It is about prayer, meditation and listening. Part III explores the theme of Goodness and will be offered in the same cities as Part I later in the year. Cost: $345/pp + taxes (double or single occupancy as space allows). Campers $150 + tax. Includes: program, 6 nights and meals. CAMP NEBADON Saturday August 19 - Monday August 21 This annual potluck celebration of Jesus Birthday and the partnership of Michael and Mother Spirit in the Universe of Nebadon will offer a special focus on planetary progress since Michael s human incarnation. Guests are invited to provide their own sleeping bags/sheets and towels. Food contributions towards meals can be coordinated through Terry Grier (416) Cost: Compliments of Silver Springs. SEMINAR WITH MOUSSA NDIAYE Friday August 25 Friday September 1(7 nights- Thursday is a full day) For several years we ve been hearing enthusiastic reports on the spiritual teaching methodology developed by Moussa Ndiaye in Dakar, Senegal and have witnessed profound and loving changes in many who have trained with him. Moussa has been offering seminars in French-speaking Quebec for the last few years and we at Silver Springs have been eager to host Moussa to share this methodology with English language students. Thankfully this year, he and bilingual translators Blaise Marchildon and Mark George-Moore, have graciously agreed to present the methodology that seems to change lives. We are very grateful to Moussa for adding this seminar to his Canadian schedule. Moussa Ndiaye is a French-speaking university professor and spiritual teacher in Dakar. His teachings are based on Urantia Book concepts. He also uses scriptures and other texts depending on the background of the student. Moussa developed his methodology over 25 years teaching over 1000 students in Dakar and has trained 80 teachers.
9 Note: Space is limited to 22. This seminar is a full 6 days so both Fridays are travel days. Please schedule flights to arrive Friday at Pearson Airport in Toronto by 4 p.m. and to depart Friday after 12:30 p.m. Cost: $550/pp Includes meals, 7 nights, program, Moussa s expenses and translation. OUTREACH URANTIA Thursday October 5 Monday October 9 This retreat is ideal for those who want to share The Urantia Book with others but are finding it hard to know how to get started and what to do. Paula Thompson is an expert at presenting The Urantia Book to many different audiences. With thousands of hours of practical experience, she has introduced the book in various mediums, including television, radio, the Internet, speaking engagements, trade exhibitions and global Interfaith assemblies. Paula will conduct a lively interactive workshop to help you find the ideas, courage and confidence to give Urantia Book outreach a try. If you re already engaging in Urantia Book outreach, she will offer her extensive experience to help you hone your skills. Paula Thompson is the incoming Executive Director of The Urantia Book Fellowship, has been its Outreach Chair and until recently was the manager of Jesusonian Foundation. Note: Space is limited to 20 participants. Please schedule flights to arrive Thursday at Pearson Airport in Toronto by 4 p.m. and to depart Monday after 12:30 p.m. Cost: $275/pp. Includes meals, 4 nights, Paula s expenses and program. Please check out retreat details on the Silver Springs website at Rates are quoted in $US. Call toll free to reserve space