Introduction to The Urantia Book Course:  Class #1015

The Twelve Apostles

About the Class

Setting the stage

In this class students will engage in a focused study of the twelve apostles of Jesus of Nazareth based primarily on Papers 139, 140, and 181 in The Urantia Book. Before looking at the individual lives of the apostles and unique relationships they enjoyed with Jesus, the class will study the context of Michael's bestowal mission to better understand the guidelines and limitations placed on the life of Jesus.

Getting to know the twelve

Next we will become thoroughly familiar with these twelve by conducting a personality study of each of the apostles and learning as much as is revealed about their home life, religious upbringing, work backgrounds, and key aspects of their lives. 

We will endeavor to discern the kind of relationship each had with Jesus and each other. What personal characteristics seemed to help and hinder them in how they related to Jesus and were able to receive his teachings? What did Jesus see in them? Why did they follow Him, and what did they most love about Jesus? 

How do we relate to each apostle?

As we do this, we will be reflecting back upon ourselves by considering which of the characteristics and experiences of the individual apostles we most relate to in own lives. The student will be  invited to choose one of the apostles to study in greater depth for the purpose of developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of the key episodes, accomplishments, challenges and failures of their apostle and themselves. The student will be invited and encouraged to reflect upon and share their own thoughts, feelings and experiences of what it means for them, personally, to “follow” Jesus. 

Getting to know and love the apostles and others

The process of discovering more about the character, experiences, history, and motivations of the twelve apostles, invariably leads to a more compassionate understanding of human nature and love of our fellows as well as greater self-awareness.


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:  4 weeks

Effort:  Minimum of 2-3 hours/week; more depending on how actively the student participates in all the discussions

Level:  Beginner to Intermediate 

Class Format:

  • Suggested readings in The Urantia Book
  • Peer-to-peer learning exercises
  • Discussion forums in the online classroom
  • Supplemental learning materials
  • Three webinars (interactive online discussions with the instructor in a seminar setting among fellow students)
Language:  English

Recommended Background

This class is intended for all readers of The Urantia Book. Students at any level of experience may benefit from it. 


Lucretia Schanfarber

Lucretia “Lu” Schanfarber is a devoted student of the Urantia Book who delights in helping others to study the teachings. Lu was first introduced to the Urantia Book in 1972, when she was 20 years old, by one of the regular customers who frequented her health food store and juice bar in a small town in British Columbia Canada. In 1976 she and her young family attended the first International Forum of Urantia Brotherhood held at Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma. In 1982, Lu attended sessions at the Boulder School for Students of The Urantia Book. 

She has participated in study groups in Victoria and Vancouver, BC and is a member of the newly formed Urantian Communities of the Pacific Northwest. Lu works as a professional writer and editor. She was a contributing editor for the award-winning Encyclopedia of Natural Healing (alive Publishing 1998) and executive director of the alive Academy of Nutrition located in Vancouver, BC. Lu and her husband Lee live simply and garden organically on Quadra Island, BC. 

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