UUI Thought Leaders Forum

An online forum for exploring new directions and integrative
thinking in science, religion, philosophy and human systems

You are invited to join the UUI Thought Leaders  conversation - an exciting new project to help develop thought leaders inspired by The Urantia Book.

It is our desire to give inspiriting and transformative thinkers within our global Urantia community a platform for sharing meaningful ideas that can shape a better world.

    Thought Leaders Forum Archive    

You may view an archived recording of the UUI Thought Leaders Forum with Claire and Angie Thurston, which was held live on February 25, 2017, by clicking on the link below.

Click:  UUI Thought Leaders Forum Library

February Forum Topic:

How do we do the will of God in this moment of our planet’s evolution?


Saturday, February 25, 2017

at 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time USA


Angie and Claire Thurston

Summary Statement by the Presenters:

We know from The Urantia Book that our ideals grow exponentially compared to our ability to live them.  How do we maximize our impact to help ourselves, our communities and our planet?   

What are some practical ideas for enhancing our spiritual lives to leverage progress in these especially turbulent times?

About the Presenters:

Claire Thurston

Claire Thurston serves as a Trustee of Urantia University and chairs UUI's Strategic Planning group. She has been studying The Urantia Book since 1980 and 

long been active in Urantia Book study groups and societies.  

Claire's day job is doing strategic planning for the Federal government's Center for Leader-ship Development, which has included designing and managing the LEAD certificate program.  

Combining the revelatory information about God  the Universal Father with the latest psychology research about a father's influence on a child's development, she is an author (The Dad Difference, 2014) and regular contributor to the online magazine, The Good Men Project.  She is most proud that her three children consider themselves Urantians and is very excited to see the fruits of the Youth and Young Adult movement in the Urantia community. 

Angie Thurston

Angie is a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, actively supporting leaders who are deepening

community amidst increasing religious disaffiliation. She is the co-author of How We Gather and  Something More, two reports profiling new forms of meaningful community in America. 

She began chairing semiannual spiritual gatherings for young adults in 2010. Her faith is grounded in The Urantia Book, and she is an active leader in the international fellowship of Urantia Book readers. Angie currently serves as a General Councilor of the Urantia Book Fellowship and Associate Trustee of Urantia Foundation.  She received an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School in 2016. Angie previously studied playwriting at Brown University and put on arts events in New York City for six years. 

Context and Format of the Online Forum:

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 will be interactive and have 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 will also look at how these three domains of knowledge intersect with human systems and the development of civilization

The one-hour webinar will begin with a short video presentation (10-20 minutes) then open to a Q&A session with the presenter(s), audience, and a panel of longtime readers for the remainder of the hour. Participants should enter their questions on the Zoom chat board. 

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.

How to Submit Your TLF Proposal:

If you have an exciting new idea or project you have been working on which meets the scope of the UUI Thought Leaders Forum (TLF), please email your proposal to:  Thought Leaders@UrantiaUniversity.org 

Thought Leader proposals should focus on applying the concepts and ideals of The Urantia Book to the problems of individual and collective existence and planetary progress. The Thought Leaders Forum is not an arena for political partisanship and agendas. 

UUI's Thought Leaders Forum is intended to be a platform for expressing informed experience on a certain topic.  TLF presenters must be students of The Urantia Book and, in order to establish credibility with the audience, must have expertise and direct life experience relative to the topic they are addressing.  Your biographical statement must include your qualifications for speaking on the topic you have selected. 


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Your financial contributions to UrantiaUniversity help us to keep our classes and webinars free and to underwrite the cost of producing future high-quality video presentations for the Thought Leaders Forum and other UUI educational videos. These videos will be made available on our website for future viewing by thousands of people visiting UUI’s website and YouTube channel.  

These channels are a powerful way to share the applied teachings of The Urantia Book through the Internet and social media with an ever-increasing number of readers around the world, much like TED Talks has done.

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Education is the business of living; it must continue throughout a lifetime so that mankind may gradually experience the ascending levels of mortal wisdom, which are:

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.

And then, by means of these achievements, many will ascend to the mortal ultimate of mind attainment, God-consciousness.

From The Urantia Book 71:7.5-13



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