UUI Teacher & Service Corps
Enlightening | Serving | Sharing | Ministering
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Meet The Team
INSTRUCTOR & UUI CAFE MODERATOR
Mike is currently teaching philosophy at Ivy Tech Junior College in Indianapolis. He has two sons and three grandchildren. He worked for the Urantia Book organization's headquarters in Chicago from 1979 to 1991. Currently, he am serving a second 9-year term on the General Council of the Urantia Book Fellowship and is on the Education Committee. Previously, he served as Vice president and also as chair of the Interfaith Committee. Also, I have served in all offices of and am currently President of the Orvonton Urantia Book Society.
He has been reading The Urantia Book for almost 50 years. He has been a speaker and workshop leader at numerous Urantia Book conferences. Also, he created a CD which is a beginner’s guide to the practice of daily communion with our heavenly Father.
Guy and his partner Agnes have been dedicated students of The Urantia Book since 2000 and work vigilantly and diligently to live and share its incomparable teachings in their daily lives. Their goal is to serve selflessly in all spheres and places of activity: education, individual, family, and community. They have given workshops in English and in French, including “Is God’s Love Unconditional,” “Discourse of the Master on the Soul,” “Teaching and Leadership According to The Urantia Book,” and “Are We in the Way of God,” among many others. They work and live in Belgium.
Agnes and her partner Guy have been dedicated students of The Urantia Book since 2000 and work vigilantly and diligently to live and share its incomparable teachings in their daily lives. Their goal is to serve selflessly in all spheres and places of activity: education, individual, family, and community. They have given workshops in English and in French, including “Is God’s Love Unconditional,” “Discourse of the Master on the Soul,” “Teaching and Leadership According to The Urantia Book,” and “Are We in the Way of God,” among many others. They work and live in Belgium.
Cristina Seaborn is a violinist, fiddler, composer, performer, conductor, and teaching artist, with over thirty years of experience. In symphonies, quartets, jazz ensembles, and folk/rock bands, her musical background includes influences in classical, jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, and Texas swing fiddle. She has toured the world performing music in Australia, China, Europe, Canada, and the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in jazz violin performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and a Masters in Conducting for Orchestra, from St. Cloud State University. She has led workshops and classes for the Urantia Fellowship, the Urantia Foundation, the Urantia Association International, and UrantiaUniversity.
FOUNDING CREATOR & INSTRUCTOR
Marilynn Kulieke is a long-time reader of The Urantia Book. She was introduced to the book in 1972 by her late husband, David, whose family had been involved in the Urantia project since the early 1930s. After joining the First Society for Readers of The Urantia Book in 1974, Marilynn became an active supporter of the dissemination of the book and its teachings. She and David served on its Governing Committee and hosted hundreds of study groups and events.
Over the years Marilynn has served on several boards of Urantia organizations. She served on the Urantia Book Fellowship Executive Committee for 18 years, chairing the international conference in 1987. She has worked on a number of education projects with her husband, including the Fellowship’s Summer Study Sessions and presentations, and she is proud to continue her work on the Teacher Education Program, a project that was especially important to David.
As a trustee of Urantia Foundation since 2007, she currently serves as Vice President. Additionally, she chairs the Translation Committee, and is a member of the Standard Reference Text, Education, and Publication committees. She said: “I am fascinated by the topic of service and the tremendous personal growth that can come about from each effort we make to love and serve others.”
Professionally, Marilynn received a doctorate in Educational Psychology from Northwestern University. Since then, her belief in the importance of education has led her to positions in educational research, evaluation, and school success initiatives throughout the United States. She currently is a partner in GAINS Education Group and consults with schools and districts needing support.
Marilynn lives in Lincolnshire, Illinois with her mischievous dog Bernie. Her three children and five grandchildren ranging in age from 4 to 19 live nearby. Watching them grow and change has been one of the most gratifying experiences of her life.
FOUNDING CREATOR & INSTRUCTOR
Gard Jameson received his PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2005. He teaches Chinese and Indian philosophy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to his tenure at UNLV, Mr. Jameson spent 25 years practicing as a Certified Public Accountant and Director of Financial Planning at Piercy, Bowler, Taylor & Kern and Touche Ross. Gard is on the board of the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada and is a Trustee of the Urantia Foundation.
TRUSTEE & INSTRUCTOR
Bev found The Urantia Book in 1978 and has never once stopped feeling profoundly grateful for the gift of this revelation in her life. Over the years she has participated in numerous study groups and has been the host of several, notably in St. Louis, MO and Princeton, NJ. Currently residing in New Hampshire, she is active with the New England Society (Urantia Book Service Corps of New England), serving as secretary on the Executive Council in addition to acting as co-chair for the Retreat Committee. And, she is thrilled to be serving on the UUI Board! She has enjoyed writing study guides for the Self-Directed Study as well as working with others to develop coursework.
Bev began her professional career as an RN, working Labor and Delivery in an inner city hospital. Later, she transitioned to education and became a teacher in the Waldorf movement. Over her 25-year teaching career she taught every age from grade 1 to 12. Currently, she works in adult education, teaching those planning to become teachers. She is also a certified therapeutic musician and plays harp for the ill and dying.
CaroleRae lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, John Spence. They have raised three children, 5 grandchildren, and have run an engineering business for over 30 years.
Painting and sculpting are two of her passions which she is looking forward to doing more of as she is able to phase out of their engineering business.
She found The Urantia book as a teenager but only after joining study groups did she understand the true depth of this wonderful revelation. She and John started a study group in the Richmond area around 2010, but mostly meet on Zoom with people across the US and Canada.
She loves spending time with other Urantia Book readers, discussing, praying, and worshiping.
Chris Wood has been actively involved with the Urantia community since 1998. He began as a volunteer with Urantia Foundation, joined the staff for a few years, was a local member of several membership organizations, and served local and national boards including as president of Urantia Association International from 2013 until 2021. After his two terms, he became a trustee of Urantia Foundation in 2022.
Chris is married to Alice Wood, an active leader in the Urantia community. Their two children have the rare distinction of having four grandparents who read and study The Urantia Book. Outside of Urantia service, Chris has worked as an air traffic controller for the last fifteen years. He is also active in social and spiritual services in his community in Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States.
Tim has been a reader of The Urantia Book since 1986. He is an active member of The First Society for Readers of The Urantia Book based in Chicago, serves on the Education Committee of The Urantia Book Fellowship, and is the Academic Director of Urantia Book International School, a program of Urantia Foundation that offers numerous online classes for readers across the globe in seven different languages. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Bette Anne. They have one son, Kevin, currently in college studying to become an airline pilot.
Originally from Gary, Indiana, Tim grew up in Indiana, Michigan, and Colorado. He graduated high school from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, and attended Oberlin College as a music composition major. After switching career paths (including a memorable stint as a Wendy’s manager), and finding The Urantia Book, he graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a degree in Philosophy and went on to attend the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He spent a year in Washington, D.C. clerking for the Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and then worked for several years in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis, one of the world’s largest law firms as a litigator. In 2017, he left big law-firm life, started a family business, and worked for a series of startups while continuing to practice law on a part-time basis as a sole practitioner.
Tim was drawn to The Urantia Book by the way it offers a comprehensive, unifying, and ennobling framework for understanding the history of our universe, our planet, and our attempts to make sense of human civilization and then expands that framework to encompass a glorious and loving universe that inspires us all to dedicate ourselves to our personal and collective spiritual progress.
Sherry Cathcart Chavis
INSTRUCTOR & PROGRAM DEVELOPER
Sherry is an alum of Duke University, and is currently working in the business development field, Durham, NC. She currently serves as trustee of Urantia Foundation and has served as editor of Tidings, associate editor of The Journal, worship coordinator and presenter for the Fellowship’s annual Summer Study Sessions. At UUI, Sherry helps develop the Integrative Wellbeing Program and has taught the course "Toward True Self-Respect."
EDITOR & PROGRAM DEVELOPER
Mark earned a PhD in anthropology at the University of Toronto and spent time doing research in Jordan, Syria, and Israel. He is now “retired” on Vancouver Island and is a member of the Nanaimo Urantia Friends study group. Presently, he is the president of the Urantia Association of Canada, chief editor of the Urantia Association Journal, and an editor for Tidings and other Association correspondence. At Urantia University Institute he assists as a course developer and editor, primarily for the Self-Directed Study of The Urantia Book.
Lucretia ‘Lu” Schanfarber
For most of Lu’s 40-year, professional career she worked as a marketing consultant in the Canadian Natural Health Products industry. Lu has also worked as a writer, editor and broadcaster promoting natural health products and approaches. Currently, she is an organic gardener dedicated to proclaiming the expanded gospel of The Motherhood of God to our planet as revealed in the teachings of The Urantia Book. She has co-created and presented the UUI course "Our Mother God."
Michelle served for 18 years on the General Council of The Urantia Book Fellowship and is the author of the amazing book entitled, “The Story of Everything” which is a beautiful way to introduce new readers and young people to the teachings of The Urantia Book. She is a co-developer and presenter of the UUI course "Our Mother Spirit."
INSTRUCTOR & UUI CAFE MODERATOR
Kurt was an architectural designer and held various other jobs, living 20 years in South Florida. After retiring he dedicated himself to Urantia-based ministry and moved to back to Wisconsin to be close to his children and grandchildren. He has led a series on religion for the UUI Cafes and also developed and co-teaches "Our Mother Spirit" for UUI.
She spent five years as a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School and is the co-founder of Sacred Design Lab, a soul-centered research and development lab. With her mother, Claire Thurston, she leads a program called Inner Sourcing for young adults to connect with their souls. She began teaching "The Progress Project Course" in 2020 with Aprilhelen and has also taught the "Progress Project Service Corps Training Course."
Jill found The Urantia Book by " angelic intervention" in 1974 and has been a reader/believer ever since. She was a high school English teacher until 1998 and is now full-time psychologist. She taught "Be of Good Cheer" for UUI in 2021 and will teach "The Urantia Book New Reader Course" in 2023.
INSTRUCTOR & UUI CAFE MODERATOR
Stuart is a retired industrial chemist for such corporations as General Electric, Arco Chemical, and Rhone Poulenc with a total accumulation of 14 US patents. He is the author of God, Man, and Supreme – Origin and Destiny, and was also on the editorial team for the newly published book, The Untold Story of Jesus – A Modern Biography from The Urantia Book. He is an active UUI Cafe moderator and taught "The Revelation of Mind in The Urantia Book" for UUI in 2021. He is currently developing a course called "Emergence of the Supreme Being."
Patrick is a professional artist, teacher, and experiential workshop facilitator, who makes his home in Western Canada. His Master of Education research was in spiritual therapeutic arts. “Creating spiritual art can be the highest expression of our soul, a revelation of truth, beauty and goodness” Patrick hosts lectures and workshops internationally, which empower participants to see from their Spirit eyes, and make profound changes in their lives. He teaches "Soul Identity and Personality Unification" for UUI's Spiritual Living Program.
Geri found The Urantia Book in 1968 and has an educational and professional background in private and public school education in the United States and international schools in Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and India. She has worked for the FreeSchools World Literacy program and at the American Embassy School in India. She is a mother of two wonderful sons, grandmother of three precious grandsons, and great-grandmother of a long-awaited great-granddaughter. Over the years, Geri has served in many roles in the Urantia community; currently, she is an Associate Trustee of the Urantia Foundation and has worked with The Christ Experiment.
She teaches "The Life and Teachings of Jesus" for UUI's Urantia Book Studies Program and Part IV of The Urantia Book for the Teacher Training Program with her partner, Rob Mastroianni.
Rob has been a student of religion - really a seeker of truth, since his youth. He became dissatisfied with Christianity when he was only 10 years old and found himself unable to accept the concept of purgatory - he just couldn't believe God would punish his innocent children in that manner. As with many of us, the more he read, the more he became convinced that he'd never run across a religious text with such depths of spiritual truth. Gradually, he began to realize that The Urantia Book could only have been written with divine spiritual guidance and he made that leap. Now, many years later he is happy to be part of the Hawaii Islands Urantia Readers Group and to find himself firmly on the ascension path as a Son of God.
He teaches "The Life and Teachings of Jesus" for UUI's Urantia Book Studies Program and Part IV of The Urantia Book for the Teacher Training Program with his partner, Geri Johnson.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR & INSTRUCTOR
Aprilhelen's personal motto is “Breathe, Love, Serve.” Being a lifelong second generation student of The Urantia Book, she was raised in an interfaith environment. Her passion for living a life of service is deeply rooted in the genuine desire to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people for the greatest length of time, across all spectrums of demographics. A twenty-five year career in sharing techniques of personal progress of body, mind, and spirit, is exactly why she is humbled and proud to reflect on her purposeful life as living loving service for the edification of humankind as a unique part of the diverse whole.
Michael Hill has been an avid reader and student of The Urantia Book since 1965. Its truths and concepts have formed the core of his life and continue to do so. In the late 1970s through the late 1980s he presented workshops at various Urantia Book conferences; he co-founded The School of Meanings and Values in the 1970s with Polly Friedman, another long-time reader whose mother was in the Forum. He holds a masters degree in clinical psychology and is a retired marriage, family and child counselor, a high school teacher, and a consultant on land use for school districts.
TRUSTEE, CO-CHAIR OF UUI CURRICULUM COMMITTEE & SENIOR FACULTY
Canadian-born son of European immigrants, he is the father of three adult children. André emigrated to the United States in 1980 to teach and tutor at a Urantian-founded school for learning-difference youngsters until 1995. André participated in the first recorded Urantia booth disseminating the book and its teachings. He has been a member of the Urantia Book Fellowship since 1989, its General Council since 2016, and has been the International Fellowship Chair since 2019. He joined the UUI Board of Trustees in 2010 and is on Urantia Education Center’s Teacher Training Program team since its inception.
TRUSTEE, ASSISTANT TREASURER & UUI CAFE COORDINATOR
An alum of Oregon State University and George Fox University, she recently retired from her career in accounting and business systems. Now she enjoys time with grandkids, gardening, quilting, photography, Volkswalking, traveling, and learning.
TRUSTEE & PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Janette has been a member of several Urantia Book study groups and special subject classes through the years, notably those hosted by prominent Urantia Book scholars such as Mo Seigel, Chris Halvorson and Merritt Horn. In 2019, she joined Elisabeth Callahan in organizing the Self-Directed Study program for Urantia University Institute, for which she is one of the principal writers of study guides. In 2021 she was selected to be an associate member of the board of trustees of Urantia University Institute.
FOUNDING TRUSTEE & DEAN OF FACULTY
Merritt Horn has been reading the Urantia Book since 1968. He was a charter member of the Rocky Mountain Spiritual Fellowship, co-founder of the Boulder School for Students of the Urantia Book, and is the author of The Call of the Spirit (1984, 2008). He has been tracking and analyzing typographical issues in the text of the Urantia Book for many years and is a member of the Standard Reference Text committee. He is currently completing work on his new book, The Life and Teachings of Jesus: A Harmony of the Urantia Narrative and the Four Gospels.
UUI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FOUNDING TRUSTEE & TREASURER
Elisabeth Callahan retired from Road Scholar (Elderhostel) after serving many years as a Program Coordinator for its adult educational travel programs in order to work full-time on the development of UrantiaUniversity. Prior to joining Road Scholar, she enjoyed a long corporate career at Transamerica Insurance Companies in Los Angeles where she worked for many years in the corporate accounting and financial systems areas and later as an administrative manager of Transamerica's IRA & Simplified Employee Pension Plan Administration, Annuity Sales and Service Administration, and Claims Review Administration.
WORSHIP LEADER & UUI CAFE MODERATOR
Susan Meyers discovered The Urantia Book 46 years ago at age 21. Her education background is in applied vocal music and early childhood education and is a longtime certified yoga teacher trainer. She serves as a UUI instructor and UUI Café and Sunday Worship gathering facilitator.
ASSOCIATE TRUSTEE & INSTRUCTOR
Geoff Taylor was an iterative experimentalist techie with a background in Aeronautical Engineering. He spent 20 years as an engineer on the Allison 250 turboshaft engine at Standard Aero in Winnipeg, Aviall in Dallas and Los Angeles as the head of the repair and research engineering divisions. His primary interest in The Urantia Book is understanding the underlying balance of God’s physics. Geoff serves as a UUI faculty member and UUI Café and Sunday Worship gathering facilitator.
As a second generation student of The Urantia Book, Alice has had the heart of the Urantia teachings thoroughly enmeshed into her life. Her husband, Chris Wood, offers consistent encouragement to serve in the many ways in which she is able. She is the creator of the YouTube channel, Urantia Life Lessons; managing editor of the Midwest Urantia newsletter, Pervaded Space; president of her local association, Greater Lake Michigan Urantia Association; and she is thrilled and honored to be a part of the Urantia University team.
TRUSTEE & SENIOR FACULTY
Marvin is semi-retired after 30 years in practice as a family therapist, and currently works as the executive director of the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada. He has, over the past 30 years, researched and oﬀered workshops on the socialization of religion material in The Urantia Book, and in 1988 completed a two year Certificate of Theological Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in the history and sociology of religion. He is president of the Family of God Fellowship (familyofgodfellowship.org), which is dedicated to helping people live their lives more fully in spiritual family relationship, and to spreading Jesus’s gospel as expressed in The Urantia Book—a thrilling and dynamic Way of Life in the Family of God.
ASSOCIATE TRUSTEE & INSTRUCTOR
After three years in the paratroopers, a motorcycle trip through Central America, and two transatlantic sailboat crossings, Buck Weimer finally met Arlene, his future wife, in the Caribbean on St. Thomas. They married five years later and embarked on two years of travel around the world, at the end of which they were introduced to The Urantia Book in 1973.
TRUSTEE & INSTRUCTOR
Arlene Weimer received a PhD in Psychology and Gerontology in 1970. In 1973 Arlene was introduced to The Urantia Book by one of her students in a psychology class on Personality when she was teaching at Florida Tech. University. Buck and Arlene have been involved in Urantian service organizations over the years and was on the International Fellowship Committee. Their service work has taken them to several foreign countries in Asia, India, Nepal, Africa, Croatia and South America. Arlene also serves on Urantia University’s Curriculum Committee and as a UUI Instructor. She has taught several online classes in the past few years including “Jesus the Human Father” and “Spiritual Living”. She is presently one of the facilitators for the UUI Café.