Course Schedule and Registration Information
Urantia Book Internet School (UBIS)
Below are the courses currently in session. Different courses will be offered in January 2016.
1. Course Title: Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden
Course Level: Intermediate Readers
Course Description: The Material Sons and Daughters are of origin in the Creator Son. They are a reproducing order of sonship and serve as the biologic uplifters of human life on an evolving planet. During this course of study we will focus on the arrival of Adam and Eve, their mission, life in the Garden of Eden, the sadness of their default, and the benefits Urantia nonetheless derived from their gift.
Papers: 51, 74, 73, 75, and selected sections from 45, 39, and 76
Teacher-Facilitator: Kathy Hatter
Kathy lives in northern Florida where she enjoys being retired and volunteers at the local Humane Society. She discovered The Urantia Book in the 1970s and feels it has helped her grow personally and spiritually. She is a proud mother of one son and grandmother of two boys.
2. Course Title: Development of Modern Civilization
Course Level: Intermediate to Advanced Readers
Papers: 77, 78, 79, 80, and 81
Course Description: “Thirty-five thousand years ago the world at large possessed little culture. Certain centers of civilization existed here and there, but most of Urantia languished in savagery.” (78:1.2) The Urantia Book reveals a series of fascinating events intended to improve the natural evolution of the human race. We will study these roots of our civilization by examining our biological, intellectual, moral, and spiritual history.
Teacher-Facilitator: Bruce Johnson
Bruce was introduced to The Urantia Book in Colorado at age 21. 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.
3. Course Title: The God and Man Connection: True Religion and the Faith of Jesus
Course Level: New to Intermediate Readers
Papers: 101, 110, 160, 161, and 196
Course Description: Religion is seen as a human experience ranging from a primitive fear of God to a conscious, evolutionary process of sonship with our Universal Father. We will explore the simultaneous distance from and the closeness to God as we ascend towards him with the assistance of the Thought Adjuster, the Spirit of Truth, and the increasing comprehension of the faith of Jesus.
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 over two decades, both personally and online, to encourage seekers’ passion for God.
4. Course Title: Jesus the Child: Insights on the Human Adventure
Course Level: New Readers
Papers: 123, 124, 125, and 126
Course Description: Knowing Jesus the child provides a richer appreciation for Jesus the man. The childhood papers in The Urantia Book reveal to us how Jesus attained the full experience of human life. By studying the details of his development through this course, we will gain a more intimate kinship with Jesus and a heightened appreciation for our own human experience.
Teacher-Facilitator: Deborah Goaldman
Deborah is a retired school teacher of science and math and has a zest for learning. She has been a student of The Urantia Book since 1969 and has taken many courses through UBIS before becoming a facilitator.
5. Course Title: Our Quest for Consciousness
Course Level: Advanced Readers
Papers: Sections from 3, 6, 9, 16, 34, 39, 48, 54, 91, 101, 102, 108, 110, 111, 117, 118, 143, 160, 195, and 196. A detailed reading list will be provided when the course begins.
Course Description: This course is a topical study of our greatest adventure in the flesh: the expansion of our cosmic consciousness from self-consciousness to God-consciousness through soul-consciousness. This in-depth study will lead us to a better understanding of what is involved in this great challenge to modern man: to achieve better communication with the divine presence within.
Teacher-Facilitator: Guy Perron
Originally from Montréal, Canada, Guy lives in Canada and travels extensively giving workshops on personal growth. He is the father of two young women. He has been a devoted student of The Urantia Book since 2000 and since then has worked vigilantly and diligently to put into practice its incomparable teachings in his daily living by doing good as he goes by.
6. Course Title: Personality: A Unique Gift from God
Course Level: Advanced Readers
Papers: 1, 56, 112 and selected sections from the Foreword and from Papers 5, 12, and 16. A detailed reading list will be provided when the course begins.
Course Description: An in-depth study of what personality is by defining its attributes, 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 Urantia Book is helpful.
Teacher-Facilitator: Ray Gardini
Formerly a small business entrepreneur, Ray is retired and lives in Akron, Ohio. He attended Borromeo Seminary, graduated from John Carroll University, studied at the l’Universite de Montpellier, is a Vietnam veteran, and has been a reader of The Urantia Book since 1986.
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.