Introduction to The Urantia Book Course:  Class #1005

Overview of Part III of The Urantia Book




About the Class


Weeks 1-4: Overview of Part III

What are some of the major concepts presented in Part III of The Urantia Book and what does it say about humanity’s origin, purpose and destiny? This class explores revelatory answers to age-old questions about humanity’s true nature and role in the evolution of the universe.

Part III of the Urantia Book takes us on an exciting journey of evolution, starting with the formation of our solar system and the original marine life implantations in Urantia’s warm, primitive ocean through the long ages of slow and often surprising evolutionary developments to the first pair of truly human beings nearly one million years ago. We will discover what sets human beings apart from their evolutionary cousins and confers upon them an extraordinary capacity for divine perfection and an eternal destiny.

During the first 4 weeks of class students will explore the basic concepts and themes of Part III:

  • Week 1: Origin and Evolution of Life on Urantia – The Rise of Human Beings, the Planetary Prince, and Early Civilization
  • Week 2: Adam and Eve, the Development of Modern Civilization, and the Melchizedek Teachings
  • Week 3: Real Nature of Religion and Religion in Human Experience 
  • Week 4: Thought Adjusters, Soul, Personality Survival and the Seraphim

Part III of The Urantia Book culminates in the revelation of the Supreme Being, the Oversoul of creation. The discovery of the Supreme gives us a profound and richer understanding of how the pieces of the cosmic evolutionary puzzle fit together with respect to our individual and collective origin, purpose and transcendent destiny.

Weeks 5-6:  The Supreme

(1279.4) 117:1.6   The evolving divine nature of the Supreme is becoming a faithful portrayal of the matchless experience of all creatures and of all Creators in the grand universe. In the Supreme, creatorship and creaturehood are at one; they are forever united by that experience which was born of the vicissitudes attendant upon the solution of the manifold problems which beset all finite creation as it pursues the eternal path in quest of perfection and liberation from the fetters of incompleteness.

What is the nature of the mysterious Supreme Being? How are human beings connected to the Supreme, and how are our destinies intertwined?

This class explores one of the greatest and most meaningful revelations of The Urantia Book: the existence of the Supreme Being, the evolutionary Deity of space and time, the Oversoul of creation. 

The discovery of the Supreme gives us a fuller understanding of the immense evolutionary forces at work in the Grand Universe. All things and beings on material, mindal and spiritual levels of reality are moving and growing towards perfection. 

Students who engage in this class will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the nature of the Supreme and the relationship of the Supreme to the Paradise Trinity and all personal beings in the Grand Universe;
  • Discover deeper levels of meaning and value in their own lives in terms of their personal relationship to the Supreme and the tremendous opportunities and responsibilities which it confers.


FAQ 

After I enroll, what happens next?

  1. Upon enrolling in the class you will receive a confirmation email
  2. Around one week before the class starts, you will receive a reminder email about the start of class.  
  3. A third email with login information for the class will be sent to enrolled students the night before the start date of the class. This email will contain the student's user name and password and the link to Urantia University's Wikispaces classroom.

Can I audit this class?

Yes, the audit option is available for this class. 

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 and is part of the larger Introduction to The Urantia Book Course. 



Course Format 

Time frame:  6 weeks

The class consists of:

  • Instructional videos 
  • Assigned readings
  • Learning exercises
  • Written discussion forums in the online classroom
  • Live weekly webinars in UUI's Zoom video conference room (interactive online discussions)
Required Effort:  A minimum of 3 hours per week in reading and discussion; more for optional reading and attending 90-minute weekly webinar

Recommended Background

This course is intended for less experienced readers of The Urantia Book. However, students of all levels may benefit from it. 


Instructors






Elisabeth Callahan (Weeks 1-4)

Throughout her life Elisabeth has followed a path of contemplative spiritual practice and advanced studies in world religions and transpersonal psychology. She was ordained a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and trained in both the Soto and Rinzai Zen traditions for many years. Since discovering The Urantia Book in 1984 she has devoted herself to its in-depth study and sharing the fifth epochal revelation with others. 

Elisabeth enjoyed a diversified management career at Transamerica Life Insurance Companies and later as a program coordinator for Road Scholar, formerly known as Elderhostel. She and her husband, John have led a weekly Urantia Book study group in Southern California for many years and derive rich personal spiritual growth through this fellowship and the continuous process of group discovery and expanding realization of The Urantia Book teachings. 

Elisabeth serves on the Board of Directors of UrantiaUniversity as well as UUI's Executive Director. She is committed to its development as a center of higher enlightened education based on The Urantia Book.



Buck Weimer (Weeks 5-6)

After three years in the paratroopers, a motorcycle trip through Central America, and two transatlantic sailboat crossings, Buck Weimer finally met Arlene, his future wife, in the Caribbean on St. Thomas. They married five years later, and embarked on two years of travel around the world, at the end of which they were introduced to The Urantia Book in 1972.

Buck and Arlene both finished their first reading of The Urantia Book on a mountain top in Costa Rica, which inspired them to return to their home culture in the U.S. where they began their careers and raised a family of three sons to adulthood in Pueblo, Colorado. They started the first Urantia Book study group in Pueblo in 1975 and have continued to host a weekly study group in their home ever since.  

Buck and Arlene have been actively involved in Urantian organizations for many years. They are both members of the Urantia Book Fellowship General Council, and Buck has been chairman of the International Fellowship Committee (IFC) for seven years.  In this capacity he has traveled to several countries in Asia, Africa and South America to promote The Urantia Book and give support to local study groups. He and Arlene have been married for 47 years (as of 2017).







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