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Posted 08 August 2011 - 10:49 AM

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Dear Forum Friends,

The UAI Association of Australia just published the latest edition of its
magazine: ARENA

In this issue...

News:

President's Report ................................................................. 1
NZ Corner ........................................................................... 2

Contributions:

ANZURA Conference 2011——Myrniong, Victoria ......................... 3
Study Day and Study Day reports ........................................... 5
Why Study Groups? .............................................................. 7
Robert Canning — In Memoriam .............................................. 9
Introducing the Urantia Book ................................................ 11
Study Groups in Australia & New Zealand ................................ 14

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Excerpt:New Zealand Corner

It’s been an eventful year so far here in the Land of the Long White Cloud. Just when people were
starting to recover from last year’s earthquake, along came another, much bigger one, resulting in
many deaths and injuries, and incredible damage. And in similar ways to the previous event, people
responded with an even greater outpouring of community spirit. There were so many stories of
individuals setting off to Christchurch to help in any way they could, and families here in Auckland
opening their homes to ‘refugees’ to give them respite from the continual shaking and the scenes
of devastation. Attendance at church services increased dramatically, as is often the way in such
circumstances. One week after the event, the whole country stopped for 2 minutes’ silence – an
intensely emotional experience but very bonding.

Are we becoming more God-conscious? Are New Zealanders turning to God, however they might
conceive of him, in these times of trouble? Only time will tell, but I am reminded of the words that
Jesus spoke to the disciples on the way to Gethsemane; “You should not be perturbed by famines or
earthquakes;” ( p. 1913). He goes on to refer to their ‘steadfastness in the gospel of the kingdom”.
The enormous comfort and inner security offered by the knowledge of God’s love and overall plan
for us all is a gift beyond price in times such as these, and hopefully all believers, no matter what
form their belief takes, will take every opportunity to share this knowledge with people who are
distressed and overwhelmed by the insecurity of the ground beneath their feet.

We readers in Auckland are looking forward to the National Study Day, and wish all participants a
stimulating time of study and fellowship, which, like the 2 minutes’ silence, will serve to unite us
in our search for greater wisdom, understanding and the opportunity to serve those in need.

Marion Steward

ANZURA: http://www.urantia-anzura.org




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