Dear Forum Friends,
TIDINGS editor Federico Folchi announced this week the latest issue is ready for viewing. Below are its contents and President's message. Take this link to view it in full color with art and photos: http://www.urantia-u...Jun2012_Eng.pdf
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Gaétan G. Charland....................President’s Message
Olga López..................................11th Meeting of Readers in Spain
Carlos Rubinsky..........................Thank you URANCOL!
Eggy Nitiprana...........................Prana Cipta
Federico Folchi..........................Argentina's First National Conference
Normand Laperle.......................Medellin conference reflections
Grevet Moyo..............................A rewarding experience
Dominique Ronfet....................AFLLU Meeting
Chris Moseley...........................The UAI UK Summer Meeting
Dear members and friends of UAI,
The summer season is already upon us and for many the opportunity to take a well deserved vacation. Vacations are also an opportunity to travel and for readers of The Urantia Book to meet new readers or old friends by attending a conference. This year like any other year many national or local associations are organizing local or regional conferences that could last from one to three days. So before you make your travel plans, inquire if there are any conferences close to where you are going and if not, contact the board members of your association to find out if there are any readers in the area where you intend to take your vacation and make a goal of meeting them.
As you all know, the UAI international conference was held in April for the first time in South America, more precisely in Medellin, Colombia. It was quite an event with more than 160 people attending, representing twenty-one different countries including representatives from four countries in Africa. We tried very hard to get people from Pakistan and Haiti to the conference, but because of visa issues, this wish did not come true. As we move forward in the organization of international conferences outside North America, we gain valuable experience in our understanding of the many challenges that UAI will be facing in the near and distant future when the number and diversity of our local and national associations encompass many more regions, cultures and languages of the world.
For everyone who came to this conference, I am sure all went back home with a greater sense of belonging to something that is still very much in its infancy, the spiritual brotherhood of men. What better way than international conferences to immerse oneself in a mixture of cultures and languages while sharing the same spiritual purpose; we could also imagine this as an example of spiritual unity. While we struggle with all the different concepts of unity that readers hear or talk about, there is nothing like coming together at a conference to get a small taste of what it wouldbe like to live a few days in a more spiritually advanced era.
For many association board members, the international conference is a place to learn new and different ways to serve readers by acquiring new information from other board members, and this is also very true for International Service Board members. Meeting board members of many associations and readers from around the world becomes a true opportunity of service. I take this opportunity to acknowledge the great service that everyone involved in the organization of this international conference provided to their brothers and sisters by making presentations, facilitating workshops or taking care of all the minute details that made this experience possible.
On another note, a few months ago, the ISB and Urantia Foundation received an invitation from the president of the Fellowship, Michelle Klimesh, to sign a document called the Declaration of Cooperation. Here is the text of that document: “We, the leaders of our respective organizations, declare our commitment to cooperate with each other in our efforts to spread the Fifth Epochal Revelation to all the peoples of the world. We further agree to share this Declaration of Cooperation with all known readers, and prospective readers, in their native languages.” While this document reflects a spirit of spiritual unity, the ISB members were not clear as to what cooperation actually means to each organization and how far each is willing to go in order to respect such a declaration. In that line of thinking, the Urantia Foundation has proposed that all three organizations meet in Chicago in October to discuss how we can achieve better cooperation. The ISB responded positively to the invitation of the Foundation. The Fellowship requested we postpone such a meeting because they will be electing new board members this summer and they could not make meeting date commitments on behalf of their new board members. The ISB has informed the RC of this invitation and recommended that we accept the invitation of the Foundation.
As usual the ISB has its regular monthly meetings with the help of Webex and during those meetings we have the opportunity to express new ideas on how to foster our mission and make our organization more effective in its task of being of service to every one of our many associations. Study groups and the fostering of leaders and teachers are always at the forefront of our deliberation and shortly UAI should have a new Website that will focus on those activities.
There is also the cooperation initiative of the Study Group Directory that is progressing. In fact the name was changed from portal to directory and we invite every one of our associations who have a website to put a link to the Study Group Directory (http://urantiastudygroup.org/find.php )so readers who are searching for study groups or wish to list their group can easily find this very important directory.
Soon the RC will be voting for a new Study Group Chair. So far we have received only one nomination for that position. Let us hope that when the call for nominationsis made at the end of this summer for six positions at the ISB, there will be many candidates from every UAI association who will answer the call. It is always one of our greatest responsibilities to volunteer for service to our brothers and sisters and to choose to serve in such capacity is certainly an act of selfless and loving service.
In October of this year, the last weekend, the ISB members will be meeting in Chicago for their yearly face-to-face meeting. This year we will be working on the revision of the UAI By-laws to make it more serviceable to all the associations, so we invite any board members who wish to participate in this work to let us know of your intention so we can reserve a space for you at the Foundation.
Recently I read a book written a few years ago by one of my friends and in it she wrote:
“To share a truth, one has first to find who is searching for it.”
I pray that you will have a great summer and enjoyable vacations.
In spirit of brotherhood, Gaetan G. Charland
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