Urantian Communities Northwest (UCNOW) is excited to announce that we’re hosting a regional conference next summer in Oregon. UCNOW is a ‘super-regional’ non-affiliated organization that was formed to better serve and support The Urantia Book readership of Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Although our community focus is within that region, we are inviting our extended family to join us in a deepening of Relationships. We will gather at a retreat center in the remote northeastern corner of Oregon — beautifully situated at the base of the Wallowa Mountains. Together we’ll explore this natural wonderland while growing eternal relationships with each other and within our inner-spiritual lives.
Title: 2018 Gathering at Wallowa Lake
Theme: Growing Eternal Relationships: Reaching In, Reaching Up, Reaching Out
Location: Wallowa Lake Camp ~ Joseph, Oregon
More Info: Contact us at 6049706901
Welcome to our third gathering, May 25-28th, 2018 where we will focus on conscious partnership with God so that we may more fully and successfully partner with Jesus in His request to proclaim the gospel. Tom Choquette and Susan Cook are dedicated to providing a space for all of you to grow more deeply in spirit. It’s our pleasure to serve you by making this gathering happen. We invite anyone who feels that nudge to dance more fully with Spirit.
There is nothing more important in our earthly career than growing spiritually. While here, we get an incredible amount of help if we will accept it. You are invited to our gathering over Memorial Day weekend to delve in and explore deeply how to grow closer to our Father and grow more spiritually attuned.
We will be doing this in one of the most beautiful places on our planet. We’ll be learning together on the Salish Sea, near an old growth forest where we’ll be able to commune with our Father and walk the beaches. The point of this gathering is connecting deeper with God while growing a stronger community!
117:6.8 We all too often forget that God is the greatest experience in human existence… When we search for God, we are searching for everything. When we find God, we have found everything. The search for God is the unstinted bestowal of love attended by amazing discoveries of new and greater love to be bestowed.
It is possible to find and personally know God during this life, we do not have to wait.
1:1.2 The affectionate dedication of the human will to the doing of the Father’s will is our choicest gift to God; in fact, such a consecration of creature will constitutes our only possible gift of true value to the Paradise Father.
We’ll talk about this, a lot. We’ll share our own experience and insights into how we can most effectively turn our will over to our Father.
117.4.14 When we consecrate our will to the doing of the Father’s will, when we give God all that we have, then does he make us more than we are.
What an incredible promise. God will make us more than we are when we are aligned with him. What does that look like and how can we better do this? What guidelines and clues do we find in our revelation that will help us grow spiritually in our own unique, God inspired way?
We know it’s possible to personally know and grow with Spirit intimately entwined in our lives. The purpose of our upcoming gathering is to explore this fact.
Please join us as we grow into more beautiful beings and partner with Spirit so that we will more fully be lead into the heart of God and experience God our Father into our minds and hearts.
At the end of this invitation is a list of quotes that we will study in a small group format and then share with the larger group.
If you have any questions, please contact Susan Cook at email@example.com or 816-716-0330
Fort Casey on beautiful Whidbey Island sits on the Salish Sea and is overlooked by the Olympic mountain range. The spectacular views are breathtaking. We are able to accept 50 registrations. The housing situation is this: 4 houses with 4 bedrooms with twin beds, one bathroom and a living and kitchen area. These houses are very comfortable. But – we have only four.
We have also secured a refurbished bunk house. This bunk house has two floors and Women and Men’s baths and showers on each floor. These are all shared. Each bedroom has two twin beds, a dresser and clothing rods to hang your clothes. They are quite comfortable. Each floor also has a sitting area and deck with a view of the sea.
Click on this link http://tsquest.org/registration-form/ (or copy and paste) to register, pay and secure your accommodations. Space is very limited.
Personal Spiritual Growth: Connecting deeper with God
Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28th, 2018 at beautiful Fort Casey on Whidbey Island, Washington, USA. We do recommend you stay a day or two after the conference to enjoy the beauty of the area. Camping is plentiful.
You will fly into SeaTac (Seattle airport) take an island shuttle and we will pick you up. You can make reservations here https://www.seatacshuttle.com/reservations_1.php
Quotes to ponder:
196:3.34 The great challenge to God’s children is to achieve better communication with the divine Monitor that dwells within the human mind.
146:3.6 While you cannot observe the divine spirit at work in your minds, there is a practical method of discovering the degree to which you have yielded the control of your soul powers to the teaching and guidance of this indwelling spirit of the heavenly Father, and that is the degree of your love for all God’s children.
100:2.1 Spiritual development depends, first, on the maintenance of a living spiritual connection with true spiritual forces and, second, on the continuous bearing of spiritual fruit: yielding the ministry to one’s brothers and sisters of that which has been received from one’s spiritual benefactors.
100:4.6 It is not so important to love all people today as it is that each day you learn to love one more person. If each day or each week you achieve an understanding of one more person, and if this is the limit of your ability, then you are certainly socializing and truly spiritualizing your personality.
192:2.1 Devote your life to proving that love is the greatest thing in the world. It is the love of God that impels us to seek salvation. Love is the ancestor of all spiritual goodness, the essence of the true and the beautiful.
117:6.10 All true love is from God, and we receive the divine affection as we ourselves bestow this love upon each other. Love is dynamic. It can never be captured; it is alive, free, thrilling, and always moving. We can never take the love of the Father and imprison it within our heart. The Father’s love can become real to us only by passing through our personality as we in turn bestows this love upon our all people.
195:10.1 What is now most needed is Jesus. The world needs to see Jesus living again on earth in the experience of spirit‑born mortals who effectively reveal the Master to all.
196:1.3 To “follow Jesus” means to personally share his religious faith and to enter into the spirit of the Master’s life of unselfish service for humankind.
196:1.3 Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.
178:1.11 Let all humankind benefit from the overflow of your loving spiritual ministry, enlightening intellectual communion, and uplifting social service; but none of these humanitarian labors, nor all of them, should be permitted to take the place of proclaiming the gospel.
Urantia Association’s International Conference in The Netherlands 12—15 April 2018
Jesus as a Teacher: Are You Ready to Live His Teachings in the 21st Century?
How did Jesus develop as a true teacher? What methods did he apply, both then and now? And what are the most important lessons he wanted to teach us so that we, as we can read in Paper 195, can develop ourselves as new leaders? That is as spiritual men and women, fully trusting in the teaching of Jesus.
But paganized and socialized Christianity stands in need of new contact with the uncompromised teachings of Jesus; it languishes for lack of a new vision of the Master’s life on earth. A new and fuller revelation of the religion of Jesus is destined to conquer an empire of materialistic secularism and to overthrow a world sway of mechanistic naturalism. Urantia is now quivering on the very brink of one of its most amazing and enthralling epochs of social readjustment, moral quickening, and spiritual enlightenment.[Paper 195:9.2, page 2082.7]
Religion does need new leaders, spiritual men and women who will dare to depend solely on Jesus and his incomparable teachings. If Christianity persists in neglecting its spiritual mission while it continues to busy itself with social and material problems, the spiritual renaissance must await the coming of these new teachers of Jesus’ religion who will be exclusively devoted to the spiritual regeneration of men. And then will these spirit-born souls quickly supply the leadership and inspiration requisite for the social, moral, economic, and political reorganization of the world. .[Paper 195:9.4, page 2082.9]
The program will provide space for seven plenary speakers, readers of The Urantia Book who have studied the book for many years and who can help us to better understand this Fifth Revelation. The emphasis of the program will be based on learning through experience and exchanges in small groups.
The language spoken during the conference will be English, but we are offering simultaneous translations for Spanish (by Serapis Murillo) and French (by Christopher Moseley.)
During the coming months, the program will be further developed and we will keep you posted on this website.
A Renewed Intention
We have been challenged to set up this conference in a completely different way. More speakers will appear before you with a short presentation (10 to 15 minutes.) After each presentation participants sit together in small groups (that have been assigned in advance) to engage themselves in the subject addressed by the speaker, the so-called break-out sessions.
We have designed this conference based on The Group Dynamic Model suggested to us by David Linthicum. Participants are assigned to a group by the conference organizers and will stay together every day of the conference. These permanent groups consist of about eight people. The reason for this method is for everyone to achieve a deeper study and insight into The Urantia Book.
For those who have special reasons for wanting to the same group with a particular person, they can contact the conference organizers.
The presenters provide assignments—cross references and/or questions for group discussion—which are intended to lead to new and deeper understandings and experiences in order to connect the advanced concepts of The Urantia Book with everyday life. Each group works on the same assignments, this being in accordance with a study technique developed by George Michelson Dupont from France.
By combining the model of fixed groups with the method of in-depth study, all attendees are invited to participate in the process and all will have equal possibility to express their individual thoughts and to give their input.
On Saturday afternoon there will be rotating workshops. Participants may indicate in advance which workshops they wish to attend. Workshops and workshop leaders are expected to be presented on the website by the end of the year; thereafter participants may register for their choice. Workshop placement is limited, so keep an eye on it!
Between presentations and group work, much space has been left for socializing and networking to meet old and new friends and acquaintances. There are a number of other possibilities like walking along the bulb fields, working-out in the gym, taking a dip in the swimming pool or just relaxing before the next session starts.
On both Friday and Saturday night performances have been scheduled by professional artists. On Friday evening Iris Kroes entertains us with a harp and vocal performance. Saturday Pato Banton and Antoinette Hall will treat us to their special performance.
If you’re planning to go to Urantia Association’s International Conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands next year, we urge you to book your accommodation in the hotel now! A lot of activities take place in the region surrounding the conference venue at that time of the year, so it is very important to book your accommodation early to insure you secure a room.
All information for the conference can be found on our website: www.uai2018.org. On this website you can also register for the conference and book your room.
We hope to meet you next year in Amsterdam.
Jaap Terra and, President of the Urantia Association of the Netherlands (UAISUN)
Karen Huigsloot, Conference Program Committee