Paula Thompson (Fellowship Director) has been an avid student of The Urantia Book since early in 1976, when, as she says, “It came into my life at a time of great crisis, as the answer to a fervent prayer for some good news.” She has read the book daily for 37 years and has studied it weekly with a group since 1977. She joined The Urantia Book Fellowship in 1982 when it was known as The Urantia Brotherhood.
She has served her local Urantia Society as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Study Group Officer. She started coordinating and facilitating regular public outreach with the book in 1983. In 1989 she went to work for the Jesusonian Foundation and was Executive Director there from 1993 to 2006. In that time she managed Good Cheer Catalog and developed numerous study and outreach aids for The Urantia Book, most notably the website Truthbook.com.
She was elected to the Fellowship’s General Council in 1994 where she is currently serving her third 9-year-term as a General Councilor. She served as the Fellowship’s Outreach Committee Chair from 1997-2006 and as Secretary General from 2009-2012. Paula accepted the job as the Fellowship’s Executive Director in 2006 and continues to work in that capacity. Paula has traveled all over the USA as well as to Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and South America to exhibit and introduce the book.
Angela Thurston is a playwright and arts administrator living in Brooklyn, New York. A founding member of The Fellowship’s Youth and Young Adult Committee, Angela was raised on the teachings of The Urantia Book and is actively involved with fostering community among the next generation of readers. She is chairing The Fellowship’s International Conference in 2014 and has enjoyed planning a series of regional conferences for young readers as the YaYA Committee’s Events Chair.
Teuvo Orjala first picked up the book at the age of 19. Teuvo says, “I feel the need to give my life over to God. That path is intertwined with The Urantia Book Fellowship. I desire to fully serve in all ways possible which leads me to participate at the General Council level.” He hopes to “bring a new level of vigor and motivation to the Fellowship as a whole.” Seeing the youth as the foundation of this organization Teuvo works hard to make more resources available to the next generation.[/wpcol_1half_end]
Cristina Seaborn Cristina is a fiddler, violinist, composer, and teaching artist living in Minnesota. Through the many Urantia conferences, she has found her place as a performer for the spiritual upliftment of audiences. She currently serves as Interfaith Chair of the Urantia Book Fellowship.
Paul KlaverThe Urantia Book found me in 1979, at the tender age of 21, while traveling down the coast of California. It has helped me understand the world’s diverse attitudes towards God and motivates me to expand the knowledge of The Book’s existence. I hope to introduce the book to millions of interested people.
Janet Graham Janet is returning for a second term on the General Council after raising three children in a log cabin on the edge of the Oregon wilderness. Her focus on the council is community building between members of the Fellowship and all communities of readers, especially young adults who represent our future leadership. In addition, she serves on the Family Life committee, an adjunct of the Youth and Young Adult committee. The first goal is to archive family materials developed during the past 40 years, then to add new materials as they are developed.
Tony Finstad���� was born and raised in Seattle and currently living in Alaska. I found the book at 19 and have been involved with the Brotherhood – Fellowship ever since. I feel so blessed to be apart of this beautiful and diverse family of believers. It’s an exciting time in the Urantia community and I’m honored to be serving on the GC. I’m the current chair of the Youth and Young Adult Committee. Please contact me at anytime to share your thoughts or to discuss my visions for the Fellowship – firstname.lastname@example.org[/wpcol_1half_end]
[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Robert Burns Robert found the Urantia Book in 1974 and has served various Urantia organizations including the Fellowship since 1994 as a General Councilor and many years on the Executive committee. He currently chairs the ad-hoc Policy & Procedure committee. Robert serves as Trustee of the UrantiaUniversity, Trustee of the Foxhall Endowment supporting Urantia outreach efforts, and Trustee of FreeSchools World Literacy supporting schools for girls in Bihar India. Robert also serves the executive board of Univerity of California, Irvine, Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine.[/wpcol_1half][wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Michelle Klimesh Michelle has been a student of The Urantia Book since 1974, having been introduced to it by a fellow college student. She owns Diablo Gymnastics School in San Ramon, California, along with her two daughters. Michelle is the coordinator of the Pipeline of Light program, donors and volunteers who place copies of the revelation with readers who could not otherwise afford one. She is also past President of The Fellowship and of her local society, the Golden Gate Circle[/wpcol_1half_end]
[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Cece first found The Urantia Book in a public library at the age of 18, in answer to a wish for something more than seemed to be available. As a twentysomething, she studied with many of the Forum members before they passed from the scene. She has attended many conferences over the years and appreciates the rare privilege Urantia Book students have of getting to know so many dedicated people from around the world. A longtime member of First Society and active in Chicago-area reader activities, Cece also serves on the Publications Committee, helping to publish the Mighty Messenger and the Herald. She would like the Fellowship to serve present and future readers by supporting a unified yet diverse social-fraternal community and encouraging study and understanding of The Urantia Book.[/wpcol_1half][wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Charles Olivea This is not a biography. Rather, it is merely an explanation of my original and present intent. I joined the General Council to foster the socialization of the teachings of THE URANTIA BOOK. I perceive the Fellowship as a fraternal group, that ought to be dedicated to the search for truth, beauty and goodness (facts, meanings and values), through a devotion to our Father in Paradise and his inestimable divine spirit within us. The best way to assess Council policy or Fellowship behavior is with the Fruits of the Spirit. I think we are strong on social-consciousness, but weaker in spirit-consciousness or God-consciousness. I believe that closing that gap is our highest priority. Charles Laurence Olivea[/wpcol_1half_end]
[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Andrea Barnes I was introduced to the book in 1977. Ever since I have been reading with the help of study groups, growing, and trying my best to live the teachings. My three sons are grown and I now have time to devote to The Urantia Book Fellowship as their Outreach Committee Chairperson. My passion is to share this revelation with the world. I am deeply grateful for finding this book, having it satisfy my intellectual needs, and learning how to be friends with God. Main Interests: Outreach/Evangelism[/wpcol_1half][wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Thomas Orjala Began reading the Urantia Book at 20 when in San Francisco. Later realized I had a passion for telling others and have stayed busy introducing hungry souls over the years. I enjoy serving on the Outreach Committee. When not at work for the movement I run a construction company, make art pieces in my workshop, practice photography, do design work on my computer, spend time with Aurora and our two nutty cats and appease my ukulele addiction daily[/wpcol_1half_end]