Lately I’ve been thinking about where our community exists. We don’t have a single church or a center to call home base, nor do we have a network of readers’ homes that we can visit wherever we might be in town.
This got me thinking about a few issues that I would like to tackle.
First is that we do not have a church to gather in or visit. I know that the UB does not call for us forming a church in which to praise and pray, but it sure would be amazing to have a center or meeting place besides our living rooms that could be a home base for the community’s Urantia Book readers–a place to which we could invite guests and in which readers could give sermons. Though I very much respect the one on one interaction of an at-home study group, there is definitely something missing. For me it is other ways to express my passion for what I learn when studying the UB. Look at the success of the large churches. They have a watered-down version of Jesus’ truth, and with a little light show and some music they rock the house and attract millions of followers!
Second is that we need a network of readers who are willing to host fellow traveling readers. How much more enticing would it be to a young evangelist if he or she knew there was a home to stay in for a night or two in most cities? A network of loving families to support him or her while traveling for the gospel of the good news? Outreach is going to take a million and one shapes but the support for the disciples must be solid. This website will be announcing a program that you can participate in to help this much-needed network start taking shape. Stay tuned for more!
Third is another issue I would like to bring to light. Last week I was talking with a long-time Urantia Book reader about the culture and attitude of the movement. We discussed how when many of the now-older readers found the Book, they where immediately driven to serve. Many traveled to Chicago in search of a loving dynamic community to join and serve in. But what they found was a group of kind but inactive UB readers who looked down on these inspired souls and their desire to share this Book’s greatness with the world. Most were told that the revelation needed to be spread through slow “one on one” introductions. This attitude still persists even now! And look where the Urantia Book sits on the world stage. It doesn’t.
Meredith Sprunger saw this happening in his community and tried to intervene. And I quote:
“Many people who long to serve and help spread the good news of the fifth epochal revelation are confused by conflicting advice given by leaders in the URANTIA movement. Some are even afraid of violating some “hidden” or “implied” directive of the revelators of The URANTIA Book. It is time that these ambiguities be laid to rest.” Follow the link for more.
Jesus tells us on p. 1729.6
“The religion of the spirit means effort, struggle, conflict, faith, determination, love, loyalty, and progress. The religion of the mind–the theology of authority–requires little or none of these exertions from its formal believers. Tradition is a safe refuge and an easy path for those fearful and halfhearted souls who instinctively shun the spirit struggles and mental uncertainties associated with those faith voyages of daring adventure out upon the high seas of unexplored truth in search for the farther shores of spiritual realities as they may be discovered by the progressive human mind and experienced by the evolving human soul.”
THIS WAS IN 1983 for crying out loud! But let me be clear: the time is here my friends. The beauty and truth in the UB can not be held down anymore by those who are afraid in their own hearts to live its teachings. This generation will hold itself and those who negate the outreach movement accountable.
It says in the UB loud and clear:
195:10.5 ” In winning souls for the Master, it is not the first mile of compulsion, duty, or convention that will transform man and his world, but rather the second mile of free service and liberty-loving devotion that betokens the Jesusonian reaching forth to grasp his brother in love and sweep him on under spiritual guidance toward the higher and divine goal of mortal existence.”
Is slow growth going the second mile? I would say surely it is not. The second mile is living a dynamic spiritual life. Being up front and proud of your relationship with God and all that it brings to your experience of existence.
This is not about making anyone or any group of people wrong; let us make that clear. This conversation is about actually LIVING THE TEACHINGS OF THE URANTIA BOOK! We must forgive ourselves for falling into the patterns that are inherent to the nature of being human.
To let religion take over your life is to exercise faith on a level we rarely see in our culture. And when we do see such a dynamic individual we have no idea how that person achieved it. So what our goal is as young readers is to form a community of purpose-driven evangelists who are always in training as to ways to live the teachings of the Urantia Book. “The religion of the mind–the theology of authority–requires little or none of these exertions from its formal believers”…and not only that, it’s not very inspiring.
This generation is dedicated to bringing a world full of lost and hungry souls to the gates of heaven.
Thank you for listening. With love and respect.