The Urantia Book

New Reader Course

Spiritual truth-seekers and new readers of The Urantia Book are invited to attend this new course that has been specially designed to introduce the main themes and concepts of the book in a simple way in a friendly online learning environment.

Over the course of 10 weekly online discussion groups, novice readers have the opportunity to explore the vast treasures of The Urantia Book and ask questions in an open and supportive community of fellow truth-seekers.

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An Overview of The Urantia Book Course

UrantiaUniversity provides both new readers and serious students a penetrating examination of some of the major themes and concepts presented in The Urantia Book through its innovative series of classes, An Overview of The Urantia Book. The classes are generally four-six weeks long and offered in an online classroom as a live interactive experience among the students and instructors. 


This overview course of The Urantia Book has been designed in a series of seven classes to:

  • Introduce newer readers to some of  the major concepts, truths and themes found in The Urantia Book
  • Encourage the pursuit of more in-depth studies of The Urantia Book by both newer and experienced readers
  • Nurture the development of each student's personal religious experience through study, meditation, and service
  • Cultivate critical thinking skills and a love of learning and service
  • Foster online study groups

Topical Study Classes

The Topical Study classes give students an opportunity for intermediate-level and advanced study of The Urantia Book. Well-versed instructors guide students through an in-depth exploration of certain themes or concepts presented in The Urantia Book.

UUI also offers experiential courses in Spiritual Living designed to support the “development of a majestic and well-balanced personality” (195:10.17) through the integration of a person's "thinking, feeling, and doing" functions. 

All of UUI's curriculum reflects our underlying mission to facilitate the process of intellectual and spiritual transformation from material self-consciousness to higher levels of soul and God-consciousness.

Many UUI classes may be taken in one of two ways: 

  • Participant - A student who intends to actively engage in the class through reading, learning exercises, class discussions, video instruction, meditation exercises, and webinars
  • Auditor - A student who intends to make use of the selected readings, videos and learning exercises but who, for whatever reason, does not intend to engage in class discussions and webinars

You will be given an opportunity when you register to declare which track you wish to pursue. 

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Self-Mastery and Circle Attainment (#2012)

This course is designed to refresh and renew the spiritual aspirations of Urantia Book readers who have by faith, entered the kingdom of God and therein set for themselves the achievement of the fullness of mortal life. It is through the conquest of one's psychic circles and the enhancement of Adjuster attunement, that we become of better and more joyful service to our fellows in this world and the next.




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Saturday, April 3 - Saturday, May 1, 2021

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New!  The Great Debate on the Scale of Orvonton (#2040)

In this seven week course, we will explore many models on the scale of Orvonton. These models have been  postulated over many years of study by Urantia Book students. The final week culminates in each participant presenting their final dissertation summary on the scale of Orvonton. This course is intended for those with intermediate to advanced English  comprehension of Urantia Book cosmology and an active interest in astronomy. Beginners are certainly welcome. We will have one to two hour Zoom meetings each week to discuss our questions and ideas openly with each other. 

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New!  The Urantia Book's Revelation on the Mind (2050)

It is the purpose of this UUI Course to help you to develop for yourself a practical and working comprehension of your own personal mind. You will discover the triune presence of the spirit of God as these spiritual “tools” are available to determine God’s will in your life and how best to follow this will in your own life. 

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Be of Good Cheer! (2030)

The intent of the Be of Good Cheer class is to focus on Jesus “constant exhortation” to “Be of good cheer,” along with his “watchword,” which is “Fear not.”  The workshop leader, Jill Strunk, is a clinical psychologist and has been aware that, in these challenging times, anxiety and depression are on the rise and “good cheer” seems to be in ever-shorter supply. 

The class will explore guidance directly from The Urantia Book, as well as from adjunct psychological wisdom, to increase the capacity for, and habit of, experiencing joy while limiting fear and anxiety.  A companion emphasis will be how to provide the service to others of helping them to do the same.  Jesus’ matchless example, along with reminders of God’s eternal perspective, will be enhanced with shared group experience and loving support.

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Tuesday, February 23 - Tuesday, March 16

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The Progress Project Course (#2021)

The purpose of the experiential 12-week Progress Project course is to deepen our personal relationships with God, share our inner lives with each other, and support one another in spiritual goals through intentional relationship. The course takes its name from an initiative that was developed by Urantia Book readers as a network of small groups focused on personal spiritual growth.

The instructors will explain the goals and content of the course at a special orientation session on Sunday, Feb 7, 2021. This will help interested persons to decide if the course is right for them at this season of their lives. 

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February 21 - May, 9 2021


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

This experiential 10-week “Course in Spiritual Formation”  introduces participants to a new and higher way of living. The purpose of this online 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. (10 weeks)

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Week 1-10 Classes:

May 23-August 1, 2021


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The Urantia Book New Reader Course


When spiritual seekers first encounter The Urantia Book, they are usually intrigued but often overwhelmed by its size and complexity and all the strange new terms and concepts.  After initial attempts, many of them give up trying to read it.  Without a little help, it is difficult for them to cross the threshold into a serious study of the text.  And so they may never experience the joys and spiritual transformation that come from fully exploring this revelation.

Urantia University Institute (UUI) has developed a New Reader Course, in cooperation with the Urantia Book Fellowship Education Committee, to help such fledgling readers cross the initial threshold, equipping them to comfortably begin a full exploration of the text and to participate in the growing Urantia movement.

        
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May 27-July 29, 2021





  


Overview Courses

The Introductory Course consists of seven sequential classes which include:

General Overview of The Urantia Book (#1001)

Discover some of the major themes and truths that run through The Urantia Book, and build a foundation for comprehending the vast portrayal of spiritual, mindal, and physical reality revealed in The Urantia Book.  (4 weeks)

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Perspectives on Urantia Book Study - Frames of Reference for a Revelation (#1002)

Learn about frames of reference and ways of studying The Urantia Book (or any book) with greater awareness of the factors which affect perception and understanding. This class assists students in developing critical thinking skills.  (4 weeks)
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An Overview of Part I (#1003)

This class explores some of the major concepts and cosmology presented in Part I as well as the culminating experiences of man's ascending, spiritualized soul as he progresses Paradiseward.
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An Overview of Part II (#1004)

Delve into the origin, structure and purpose of our Local Universe of Nebadon and learn about the magnificent divine Creators who brought it into existence along with countless numbers of celestial beings to run it and minister to mortal beings like us who ascend through its 570 levels of progressive existence as we transition from material to morontia to spirit form. (4 weeks)



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An Overview of Part III (#1005)

Take an exciting journey through human and planetary evolution and discover more about humanity's origin, purpose and destiny; learn about Thought Adjusters, the soul, personality survival and the Seraphim; and delve into the Supreme, the Oversoul of creation.
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An Overview of Part IV (#1006)

This class provides an intimate look at the divine origin and human existence of Jesus as revealed in Part IV of The Urantia Book and affords a penetrating and useful analysis of Jesus in his role as a surrogate father to his siblings.  (4 weeks)


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A Study of the Foreword to The Urantia Book (#1008)

The Foreword defines the spiritual and cosmological terms and concepts that form the basis for the revealed truths contained in subsequent papers. In this class students will survey these terms and concepts closely to build an understanding and comprehension that will greatly deepen their appreciation for the subsequent papers and stimulate more profound future studies.  (9 weeks)




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Topical Courses

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 Workshop in Grief and Transitions Ministry

This practical, two-part workshop is designed to provide lay instruction with a psychological and spiritual perspective on grieving and facing the challenges of major life transitions. The five-hour workshop was developed by a team of mental health professionals from the Urantia community who perceived the need and value of offering an educational online program to help people deal with the anxiety, grief, and uncertainty caused by the profound social upheavals of the Covid-19 era and related social and political crises. 

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The Celestial Artisans (#1020)

Engage in a soul-expanding exploration of the Celestial Artisans who work primarily to spiritually beautify the headquarters worlds of the local and superuniverse in a wide variety of ways and forms. Students will also undertake their own creative art project during the class. One need not be an artist to take this class.  (4 weeks)



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 Truth-Coordinated Living (#1030) 

In this experiential philosophy class students will explore the meaning and practice of truth-coordinated living as taught by Jesus. This class will focus on aspects of scientific living which, when blended with spiritual living, contribute to achieving personal balance and the "beautiful wholeness of righteousness" that Jesus emphasized to his disciples.  
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This class offers valuable insights and techniques for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus and seek to dynamically live the religion of the spirit and share it more effectively with others. Multiple instructors share what they have learned in how to artfully and skillfully present the teachings of The Urantia Book and Jesus to people with divergent belief systems and in all walks of life.  (4 weeks) 



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Interfaith Training Class (#1300)


This special three-week course, offered through the Urantia Book Fellowship, was designed to prepare Urantia Book readers for attending the Parliament of the World's Religions that was held in Toronto in November 2018.  The class is packed with knowledge and skill-building exercises for any student interested in developing a greater awareness of interfaith dialogue and relations.




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    Spiritual Living Group  (#2001)  

    Experiential Course

    The Spiritual Living Group is an innovative educational experience in applying the teachings and principles of The Urantia Book to everyday living and towards self-mastery. Spiritual living, based on Jesusonian ideals, is doing the will of God. It "is nothing more or less than an exhibition of creature willingness to share the inner life with God — with the very God who has made such a creature life of inner meaning-value possible. Sharing is Godlike — divine.” 111:5.1 

    (6 weeks - limited to 15 participants) 

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    A Way of Life in the Family of God: A Course in Spiritual Formation (#2005)

    Experiential Course

    This experiential 10-week “Course in Spiritual Formation”  introduces participants to a new and higher way of living. The purpose of this online 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. (10 weeks) 

    Jan 17-March 21, 2021


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    A Way of Life in the Family of God: A Course in Spiritual Formation (#2005K)

    Korean-language version

    This 10-week "Course in Spiritual Formation” is being offered for the benefit of Korean readers of The Urantia Book.

    It 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.

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    Self-Mastery, Circle Attainment, and True Faith (#2010)

    This 8-week course is designed to refresh and renew the spiritual aspirations of Urantia Book students who have by faith, entered the kingdom of God and therein set for themselves the goal of achieving the fullness of mortal life through the conquest of their psychic circles and the attainment of Adjuster attunement so as to be of better and more joyful service to their fellows in this world and the next.

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    Format & Scheduling of the Overview of The Urantia Book Course

    The online classes consist of instructional videos, selected reading assignments, learning exercises, online class discussions, meditation exercises, and real-time discussion groups led by the instructor or facilitator. 

    A Weekly Class Plan or syllabus is posted in the online classroom at the beginning of each week. The class plan tells students what to do during the coming week. It lists the reading assignments and learning exercises and contains links to the instructional videos, meditation exercise, and other supplementary learning materials. 

    Classes are asynchronous, meaning there are no fixed times that students must meet, except for the three live webinars which take place at a scheduled time on a week night or weekend. UrantiaUniversity's online classrooms are open 24/7 to registered students. Attendance is flexible. Students work in the classroom and participate in written classroom discussions at a time that's convenient for them. 

     



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