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Way of Life in the Family of God: A Course in Spiritual Formation
Start Date:
Marvin Gawryn
End Date:
10 Weeks
Course Description

The 10-week “Course in Spiritual Formation” introduces participants to a new and higher way of living. The purpose of the Course is to help us mobilize our faith — allowing the Spirit to more fully transform us — so that we can truly begin to live in spiritual family relationship, with God as our heavenly Parent and all human beings as our spiritual sisters and brothers.

Said Jesus, “Forget not — it is your personal faith in the exceedingly great and precious promises of God that ensures your becoming partakers of the divine nature. Thus by your faith and the spirit’s transformation, you become in reality the temples of God, and his spirit actually dwells within you.” 143:2.4

Spiritual Formation is a process wherein we clarify, organize and integrate the central spiritual truths in our lives (the great gifts, the “exceedingly great and precious promises of God”) so that, by the exercise of “our faith, and the spirit’s transformation,” we can begin increasingly to live out these truths, and eventually embody them and become them.

Orientation session attendance required? Yes. 

If you are unable to attend the orientation, a recording will be made available to you. 



Way of Life in the Family of God: A Course in Spiritual Formation

Format: Weekly online meetings using Zoom video conferencing. Participants are expected to attend all the weekly meetings. Under extenuating circumstances, a video recording of the Zoom meeting will be made available if you have to miss a session. 

Level: There are no pre-requisites for the course. 

Size: Class is limited to 30 participants.

Grading: At this time, no grades are given for completing UUI classes. This class has been designed chiefly for personal enrichment.

Language: English

Weekly Outline

The Course is organized around the overarching Family of God symbolism that is threaded throughout The Urantia Book.  It is an in-depth exploration of seven essential truths or experiences in spiritual family relationship. Students will participate in a series of ten weekly "teaching" study groups, each one approximately 2 hours in length.

Week 1 provides an overview and structure of the Course.

Weeks 2-8 focus on seven of the core truths in Jesus' Gospel (described below), each Week providing an in-depth exploration of one of these central truths.

Weeks 9-10 culminate in a look at the power of symbolism, a Course summary, participants’ sharing of their conclusions, and an exploration of how we can each continue to develop a Way of Life in the Family of God going forward.

The format for each of the weekly meetings alternates between:

Group sharing of carefully selected Urantia Book passages focused on the theme of that week, including:

  • The Spiritual Parent Child Relationship

  • The Spiritual Sister Brother Relationship

  • The Indwelling Spirit      

  • The Will of God

  • Love   

  • Eternal Life   

  • Faith

Learning Outcomes
Way of Life in the Family of God: A Course in Spiritual Formation
Marvin Gawryn
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