Course Schedule and Registration Information
Urantia Book Internet School (UBIS)
Below are the courses being offered for the September 2016 trimester.
Registration will open on Monday, September 5.
Courses will begin on Monday, September 19.
1. Course Title: Discovering One’s True Religion
Course Level: New Readers
Papers: 100, 101, 102, and 103
Course Description: This course will explore the idea of “true religion" as an individual personal religious experience. We will examine our religious nature, consider meaningful ways of developing it further, and discuss ideas for living that will allow true religion to become our powerful, spiritual compass in this life and in eternity.
Teacher/Facilitator: David Doolittle
David grew up in Los Angeles and currently resides in Barstow, California. Before retiring in 2011, he and his wife Teresa performed together for 25 years as professional musicians. David is an accomplished classical guitarist and has been a reader of The Urantia Book since 1993.
2. Course Title: The Lucifer Rebellion—Adversity and the Triumph of Love and Mercy
Course Level: All Readers
Papers: 53, 54, 66, and 67
Course Description: The purpose of this course is to examine the origin and development of the Lucifer Rebellion, how it affected our planet, and how it has contributed to the adversity experienced on our world. The Urantia Book offers us an intimate description of the events of the rebellion, the problems that emerged, the individuals responsible, and, in the end, the resulting consequences impacting Urantia.
Teacher/Facilitator: Charlene Lutes
Charlene A. Lutes, Ph.D., is a retired college director with additional careers as a journalist and communications specialist. An avid reader and writer, she and her husband have five children living in five different states. She has been a reader of The Urantia Book since the 1970’s and most recently has been studying the book in greater depth.
3. Course Title: The Impact of Faith and Religion Upon Man’s Personal Relationship with God
Course Level: All Readers
Course Description: Religion leads man to discover God through the development of a personal relationship with him. We will explore how faith and religion impact our closeness to God as we seek to become conscious of him through discovering his personality, through the ministry of the Eternal Son, through the diverse world religions, and through the superb faith of Jesus.
Papers: 5, 7, 131, and 196
Teacher Facilitator: Jesus Rivera
Jesus lives in Miami, Florida. He is a college professor and has studied The Urantia Book for several years. He has been teaching spirituality for close to three decades, both personally and online, in an effort to encourage truth seekers to discover God in their lives.
4. Course Title: The Seventh Bestowal of Christ Michael—His Birth and Destiny on Urantia
Course Level: All Readers
Papers: 119, 120, 122, and selected sections from 124, 136, 158, 176, and 182
Course Description: Our creator son, Michael of Nebadon, completed his service of seven bestowals, his last being on our planet, Urantia. This course touches on Michael’s seventh bestowal as the human Jesus and some of the extraordinary events that took place after his birth, around the time of his baptism, and before his crucifixion. These events demonstrate the faith and trust Jesus had in his Universal Father and his destiny.
Teacher/Facilitator: Kathy Hatter
Kathy lives in North Florida where she enjoys being retired, fostering the humane society, spending time with her two grandsons, and enjoying her family. She was introduced to The Urantia Book in the seventies and knows that it has helped her grow spiritually.
5. Course Title: The Infinite Spirit and the Master Spirits
Course Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Papers: 8, 9, 16, 17, and 24
Course Description: This course will seek to deepen our understanding and appreciation for the amazing actions and relationships of the Infinite Spirit. We will study the revelation of the higher classifications of ministering spirits, including the Seven Master Spirits, Reflective Spirits, the Creative Spirits of the Local Universes, and other high beings essential to the administration and evolution of the universes of time and space.
Teacher/Facilitator: Bruce Johnson
Bruce was introduced to The Urantia Book in Colorado when he was 21 years old. He is now retired from psychiatric nursing and lives in Ithaca, New York, where he enjoys a wonderful study group, and of course, learning from UBIS classes.
6. Course Title: Personality―A Unique Gift from God
Course Level: Advanced
Papers: 1, 56, 112, and selected sections from the Foreword and Papers 5, 12, and 16
Course Description: This course will study personality in-depth by defining its attributes and how it functions, where it originates, and its destiny; a fascinating probe into the realities of eternal individuality. Participation requires a devotion to and perseverance with newly revealed concepts. A good knowledge of the book is helpful.
Teacher/Facilitator: Ray Gardini
Formerly a small business entrepreneur, Ray is retired and lives in Akron, Ohio. He attended Borromeo Seminary, studied at the L’Universite de Montpellier, graduated from Jesuit–John Carroll University, is a Vietnam veteran, and has been a reader of The Urantia Book since 1986.
Dear UBIS Students,
For over 17 years, UBIS has offered courses with the following ten-week format: an introductory first week, four two-week study periods, and a conclusion week that includes the writing of an essay and the filling out of the student evaluation questionnaire (SEQ). After receiving some requests to shorten the length of the courses, the UBIS team designed a six-week course following the same model except that the study portion of the course will be two periods of two weeks instead of four. This course, in addition to the regular courses, will be offered during the next three trimesters as a test.
Space is limited, so be sure to register early if you want to take this course.
The UBIS Team
7. Course Title: The Thought Adjuster—Our Passport to Eternity
Course Level: All Readers
Papers: 107 and 108
Course Description: One of the most profound revelations of The Urantia Book is what we are taught about the Thought Adjusters. This course is a study of the divine presence indwelling each of us. What is a Thought Adjuster? Where do they come from? What do they create in us? What is their ministry? What is their mission? How can we collaborate with them?
Teacher/Facilitator: Guy Perron
Guy has been a devoted student of The Urantia Book since 2000 and has worked vigilantly and diligently ever since to put into practice and share its incomparable teachings in his daily living.
NOTE: This is a shorter duration course of six weeks.
A message from the director of UBIS
Dear students of The Urantia Book,
Thank you for your interest in taking an online course with UBIS. If you are considering applying for one of the courses next semester, we ask you to carefully read the following information.
Thank you in advance,
Each UBIS course has been designed for beginning, intermediate, or advanced students of The Urantia Book. 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.
Teacher-facilitators are all volunteers and have dedicated a large amount of their time preparing these courses. It is expected that each student attend the course regularly.
Class size is limited so if you are not sure of your ability to fulfill the requirements, please refrain from registering at this time. You can always attend a future course. UBIS offers courses three times a year: January, April, and September.
We appreciate your cooperation.
In order to increase our visibility within the Urantia Book community, we have designed a three-page pamphlet to be handed out in study groups, seminars, and conferences: http://www.urantia.org/sites/default/files/docs/3-PAGES-PAMPHLET-ENGLISH.pdf