Course Schedule and Registration Information
- Please check back in August for the course offerings in September.
- Registration for the September trimester will begin on September 1. Classes will begin on September 15.
- To get an idea of what a course entails, see below the descriptions of courses previously offered.
Dear readers of The Urantia Book,
Thank you for your interest in taking a course with UBIS. If you are considering applying for one of the courses next semester, we ask you to read carefully the following information.
Thank you in advance,
A SHORT DESCRIPTION OF A UBIS COURSE
A typical UBIS course is ten weeks long and is divided into three main periods:
1. The first week pre-course: After registration the student answers roll call, introduces himself to the class, and reads the introductions from the other students. The student receives guidelines for the course from the teacher.2. The eight week course: The study period is divided into two periods of two weeks each.
- The first week the teacher posts six questions. The student is requested to log-in and answer three of the six questions.
- The second week is the discussion week. The student is requested to log-in and post comments and ideas.
This two week-long period is repeated three more times making a total of eight weeks.
3. The one week-long summary week: During this week, the student receives a summary assignment and a questionnaire. It is requested that the student answer both.
Each UBIS course has been designed for either introductory, intermediate or advanced students. Before you subscribe, please ask yourself if you have the interest, the time, and the commitment to follow the entire session, which is ten weeks long and requires a weekly minimum commitment of five hours.
The teacher/facilitators are all volunteers and have dedicated a large amount of their time preparing the courses. It is expected that each student attend the course regularly. Should you not be sure of your ability to fulfill the requirements of the course, please refrain from registering and let someone else register. You can always attend a future course. UBIS offers courses three times a year.
Thank you for your cooperation.
1. Course Title: The Mother Spirit of Nebadon, Our Local Universe Home
Course Level: All Readers
We will follow the administrative evolution of a local universe from its inception through its recognition to its operation today while placing special emphasis on the role of the Mother Spirit of Nebadon. The time span covered is enormous, and it is challenging to explore this reality in such a miniscule text, but our goal is to enhance our understanding of this universe phenomenon and build it into our own “personal spiritual universal panorama,” a significant piece of the puzzle which will forever help to enhance our perspectives as agondonters going forward.
Papers: 32, 33, 34, and 35
Teacher/Facilitator: Tom Hansen
Tom lives in the Bronx, New York. He is a retired salesman, a Vietnam veteran, and a 40 year reader of The Urantia Book. He looks forward to this adventure of students contributing their personal perspectives and understanding of the revelation of the Creative Mother Spirit of our local universe.
2. Course Title: Thought Adjusters—Their Origin, Nature, and Ministry
Course Level: All Readers
When the divine gift of the Thought Adjuster arrives and indwells the mind of man, mortals are offered the tremendous opportunity of pursuing an eternal career that will transcend time and space. In this course we will study the origin, nature, and mission of the magnificent and affectionate Thought Adjusters, the absolute essence of the Paradise Father.
Papers: 107, 108, 109, 110, and 111
Teacher/Facilitator: Judy Cosky
Judy lives in the state of Michigan—the Land of Lakes. She is married with two grown sons. Her career has included roles as psychotherapist, college instructor, and healthcare appeals specialist. She has been a reader of The Urantia Book for 40 years and greatly appreciates how it continues to transform her life.
3. Course Title: The Universe Power Directors, Personalities of the Grand Universe, and the Corps of the Finality
Course Level: Core Curriculum Course—All Readers
This course is a study of the various “finite factors of supremacy”—the creators, creatures, intelligences, and energies of the Grand Universe and their future unification within and as the Supreme Being. How our universe is set up to move toward perfection, who runs it and how, and its exciting destiny is a fascinating glimpse into God’s plan for the children in His universe.
Papers: 29, 30, 31, and 116
Teacher/Facilitator: Virginia Heller
Virginia is the mother of four children and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been reading The Urantia Book since the early 70s. She is a child and adolescent psychiatrist.
4. Course Title: The Twelve Apostles - Messengers of a New Age
Course Level: New Reader
From the time they were chosen as apostles through their training and ministry and culminating in their receiving the Spirit of Truth, these followers of Jesus helped inaugurate a spiritual awakening on our world. In this course we will study how Jesus chose and prepared his apostles and what obstacles they faced in becoming messengers of a new age of spiritual consciousness.
Papers: 137, 138, 139, 141, 193, and 194
Teacher/Facilitator: Rhonda McColgan
Born and raised in 'small town' Ohio, Rhonda moved to California in 1978 where she started a business with her husband. They moved between California and Sweden providing a great opportunity to home-school her two children who are now grown. Retired at age 59, Rhonda now lives in Florida. The Urantia Book has been a big part her life for 15 years.
5. Course Title: The Ministry of Divine Sonship to the Ascending Mortals of Time and Space
Course Level: Advanced
In this course we will learn of the magnificent careers of the Paradise Sons of God, the Trinitized Sons of God, and the Local Universe Sons of God. We will come to understand the importance of the final bestowal of Christ Michael on our own evolutionary planet of Urantia. We will see how these supernal beings lovingly serve and facilitate the inward progress of the ascending mortals of time toward our Havona destination and eventual Paradise goal.
Papers: 20, 21, 22, and 35
Teacher/Facilitator: Dennis Sword
Dennis has been a reader of The Urantia Book for over 30 years. He has participated in local study groups, is a student and teacher/facilitator of UBIS, and is an officer of a local chapter of Urantia Association International. Dennis lives in Hillsboro, Oregon with his extended family and enjoys travel and exploring the northwest wilderness.
6. Course Title: The Supreme: Our Universe Home
Course Level: Advanced
A Mighty Messenger tells us: "Though man’s spiritual nature reaches up in the worship experience to the Father who is infinite, man’s intellectual comprehension capacity is exhausted by the maximum conception of the Supreme Being." (1262.1) 115:3.4. Our study will explore the teachings about this finite Deity, the Supreme, one of the premier revealed truths in The Urantia Book.
Papers: Foreword Sections III, IV, VII, VIII, and Papers 115, 116, and 117
Teacher/Facilitator: David Elders
David and his wife, Marta, have been dedicated students of The Urantia Book since 1970. They have been married for 48 years and have two married sons and five grandchildren. They have lived in southwestern Connecticut for most of their lives.