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“The Mission of Adversity and the Spiritual Value of Disappointment”

Speaker:  Dr. James Perry ~ Raleigh, NC

Moderator: Dr. Gard Jameson

Panelists:  Sherry Cathcart Chavis, Katharina Becker, Dr. Steve Dreier

This Forum was jointly sponsored by UrantiaUniversity Institute and the Urantia Foundation Education Committee.

Video Recording of the Thought Leaders Forum:   Click this link to view a full-length recording of the Thought Leaders Forum with Dr. James Perry and Panel.

Transcript:  Click on this link for a full-length transcript of the talk given by Dr. James Perry:   Dr. James Perry_The Mission of Adversity and the Spiritual Value of Disappointment_UUI Thought Leaders Forum_Feb 16, 2019.pdf

Link to Dr. Perry's Personal Papers About His Spiritual  Journey:   www.inspirationalmessagesoflight.com

Click on this link for a copy of Rumi's Poem: The Guest House.pdf which Gard Jameson shared with the audience at the end of the program. 

About the Presentation

 “Even as mortals, so have these angels been father to many disappointments,

and they will point out that sometimes your most disappointing

disappointments have become your greatest blessings.”  48:6.36 (555.4)


Progress is the watchword of the universe. Adversity and disappointment are tools provided to us in mercy and grace by the heavenly Father to ensure that we continue to progress spiritually. Adversity rescues us from our comfort zones and disappointment stimulates us to change as we experience adversity. It is a value given to us because of the relativity of our concept frame, which must continually give rise to higher and higher concepts.  

In this Forum Dr. James Perry presented his reflections on the meaning and value of our common struggles with adversity, disappointment, and suffering in the light of the Urantia revelation.  He shared personal insights gained as a result of a very recent crisis, which caused an enhanced understanding and appreciation of some of the spiritual qualities being taught to us by our loving Father.

retired physician and student of The Urantia Book since 1977, Dr. Perry continues to lead a twice-monthly study group in his home, having done so since 1982. He served as UAUS’s first ever Vice President, and has held various memberships in the Virginia Carolina Readers’ local association of the UAUS, including President and Vice-President. He continues to serve as Membership Chair of VCR.

Dr. Perry has delivered over 45 presentations, including plenary presentations at local and international conferences. A prolific author, he has published articles in various Urantia-related journals and newsletters and written over 1,000 personal papers about his spiritual journey. Most of these can be accessed at www.inspirationalmessagesoflight.com. Dr. Perry’s belief is that The Urantia Book is a divine Revelation. He resides in Raleigh, NC, with his wife of 53 years, Marion Perry, who is also a long-time student of the Revelation.

You are invited to join the UUI Thought Leaders  conversation - an exciting new project to help develop thought leaders inspired by The Urantia Book.

It is our desire to give inspiriting and transformative thinkers within our global Urantia community a platform for sharing meaningful ideas that can shape a better world.

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You may view archived recordings of previous UUI Thought Leaders Forums with Marvin Gawryn, David Kantor, and Claire and Angie Thurston, by clicking on the link below.

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Context and Format of the Online Forum:

The UUI Thought Leaders Forum is a series of online dialogues modeled in part on the TED Talks concept. The primary distinction is that the UUI Thought Leaders Forum will be interactive and have a spiritual context for examining and presenting ideas of progressive, evolutionary value in science, philosophy, and religion that are inspired by The Urantia Book. It will also look at how these three domains of knowledge intersect with human systems and the development of civilization

The one-hour Forum begins with a short video presentation (10-20 minutes) by the presenter then opens to a Q&A session with members of the audience for the remainder of the hour. 

Participants may also enter their questions and comments on the Zoom chat board during the Forum. 

A video recording of the online Forum is made available for viewing on this website within a day after the event, for the benefit of those who missed it.

How to Submit Your TLF Proposal:

If you have an exciting new idea or project you have been working on which meets the scope of the UUI Thought Leaders Forum (TLF), please email your proposal to:  Thought Leaders@UrantiaUniversity.org 

Thought Leader proposals should focus on applying the concepts and ideals of The Urantia Book to the problems of individual and collective existence and planetary progress. The Thought Leaders Forum is not an arena for political partisanship and agendas. 

UUI's Thought Leaders Forum is intended to be a platform for expressing informed experience on a certain topic.  TLF presenters must be students of The Urantia Book and, in order to establish credibility with the audience, must have expertise and direct life experience relative to the topic they are addressing.  Your biographical statement must include your qualifications for speaking on the topic you have selected. 


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These channels are a powerful way to share the applied teachings of The Urantia Book through the Internet and social media with an ever-increasing number of readers around the world. 

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Education is the business of living; it must continue throughout a lifetime so that mankind may gradually experience the ascending levels of mortal wisdom, which are:

1.  The knowledge of things.
2.  The realization of meanings.
3.  The appreciation of values.
4.  The nobility of work – duty.
5.  The motivation of goals – morality.
6.  The love of service – character.
7.  Cosmic insight – spiritual discernment.

And then, by means of these achievements, many will ascend to the mortal ultimate of mind attainment, God-consciousness.

From The Urantia Book 71:7.5-13



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