UUI Thought Leaders Forum
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in science, religion, philosophy and human systems
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The Mission of Adversity and the Spiritual
Value of Disappointment
Saturday, February 16, 2019
1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time USA
Dr. James Perry, Raleigh, NC
Steve Dreier, Katharina Becker, Sherry Cathcart Chavis
Moderator: Gard Jameson
This Thought Leaders Forum is jointly sponsored by UrantiaUniversity Institute and the Education Committee of Urantia Foundation.
“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.
Join us in this live online Zoom webinar as Dr. Perry, a long-time student of The Urantia Book, presents on the meaning and value of our struggles as taught by the Revelators. He will also share some personal insights gained as a result of a very recent crisis, which he says has resulted in an enhanced understanding and appreciation of the spiritual qualities being taught to us by our loving Father.
The presentation will be followed by a robust question and answer session moderated by Gard Jameson, with panelists Steve Dreier, Katharina Becker, and Sherry Cathcart Chavis. Audience members will have an opportunity to submit their questions and comments to Dr. Perry and the panel via the Zoom chat board.
James Perry, MD
Dr. Perry is a retired physician. He has been a student of The Urantia Book since 1977 and continues to lead a twice-monthly study group in his home, having done so since 1982. Dr. Perry 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.inspirationalmessagesofflight.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.
Format of the
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 is interactive and has 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 also looks at how these three domains of knowledge intersect with human systems and the development of civilization.
The 90-minute webinar will begin with a live presentation by Dr. Perry followed by a lively discussion with the panel members moderated by Gard Jameson. Audience members may also submit their questions during the live webinar to Dr. Perry and the panel members via the Zoom chatboard.
A video recording of the online Forum will be available for viewing on this website at a later date, for the benefit of those who missed it.
Link to recordings of previous TLF events: UUI Thought Leaders Forum Archives
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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.