Introduction to The Urantia Book Course: Class #1003
Overview of Part I of The Urantia Book
About the Class
This class will focus on the key concepts of Part I of The Urantia Book which range from the Deity personalities of the Paradise Trinity to the major orders of divine beings who descend from the Trinity to function in manifold ways in Havona and the seven superuniverses. Close attention will be paid to the loving nature of the Universal Father, the First Source and Center of the master universe, and how we may best relate to God.
Week 1-2: Overview of Part 1
The class begins with an orientation to the cosmology of the master universe, followed by a discussion of the three Deities of the Paradise Trinity.
We will survey the principal universe locations and subdivisions of Part I - Paradise, Havona, the seven superuniverses, and the major and minor sectors - along with some of the celestial personalities who inhabit and/or rule these domains.
Special attention will be given to the Seven Master Spirits, the Supreme Trinity Personalities, the Paradise Sons of God, some of the various types and ministries of the Personalities of the Infinite Spirit, and the Mortal Corps of Finality.
We will end Week 2 with a brief discussion of the nature of the “Ultimate Adventure” and our final human destiny as eternalized spirit beings. You are welcome to make this great journey through time and space with us, before the mysterious backdrop of infinity in the endless reaches of eternity.
Week 3-4: Topical Study on Our Relationship to the Universal Father
We will continue with a wide-ranging overview of how maintaining a relationship with God can effect lasting changes in our character, alter our essential nature, and transform our perspective on reality while, at the same time, ensuring our success in fulfilling our ongoing destinies.
After I enroll, what happens next?
Can I audit this class?
Yes, you have a choice to register either as an Auditor or a full-time Participant in this class.
Auditors are those who choose to study on their own and not participate in the assignments or class discussions.
Participants are expected to make an effort to complete the weekly reading and discussion questions, work on the experiential philosophy project, and engage in the written discussion online webinars when possible.
Will I get a grade for this class?
At this time, no grades are given for completing UUI classes. This class has been designed chiefly for personal enrichment.
This course is intended for less experienced readers of The Urantia Book. However, students of all levels may benefit from it.
Instructor: David Glass
David Glass discovered The Urantia Book in a San Francisco bookstore in 1972. His interest was immediately piqued and he began his first read-through right away which took about six months. Since that time, David has sought out and attended (or hosted) over 30 study groups---as many as he could locate within reasonable driving distance of his home--up to three hours each way----in Florida, Texas, Oregon, and Connecticut.
David has been instrumental in planning, producing, and often making presentations or leading workshops at Urantia Book conferences since 1974 - at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels. He served for five years as membership chair of the Lone Star Urantia Association (Texas) and as a part of their PIRT program for corresponding with readers in prisons.
For a decade, David was a member of the Urantia Book Fellowship Publication Committee and served as delegate or alternate at most Fellowship TDAs representing the Urantia Society of North Texas for which he served many terms as president, vice president, and secretary. One of David's happiest associations was with four other readers who founded the Dallas-based "Urantia Worship DFW" project which provided monthly Urantia-oriented worship services for readers in the Dallas / Fort Worth area for many years.
David has been a curriculum development team member and instructor with UUI since its formation in 2009. David also enjoys writing poetry and performing piano solos.