Hi Tom, Forum Friends,
Below is the latest invitation from UBIS, with links and teacher comment.~ The Urantia Book Internet School – UBIS will soon be taking registrations for the coming semester.
Registration for the September 2011 Trimester begins on September 5th on the UBIS website.
Please go to http://www.urantiabookschool.org
to apply for registration starting on September 5th. The registration page will not be available until this date. A Registration Confirmation Notice will be sent to you containing the additional information needed for student participation. You will be contacted if for some reason your application can not be accepted. Registration ends on Sunday, September 18th. Courses begin on Monday, September 19th.
Due to the high demand for enrollment in our internet classes and the limited placement availability we ask that - before registering - you ensure enough time to complete the course. Each course runs ten weeks and requires a minimum of eight hours per week.COURSE TITLE: The Way, the Truth, and the Life: A Focus on Michael, Urantia's Master Son
COURSE DESCRIPTION: We will study the origin and role of Urantia's Michael Son, his elevation from self-limited rulership to his experiential supremacy of self-earned sovereignty, and the significance of this to Urantia and all of Nebadon.
PAPERS: 7, 21, 119, and 180
TEACHER/FACILITATOR: Pam Maunakea
Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Pam moved to Southern California to attend college in 1973. She has two grown children, a son and a daughter, and has been a reader of The Urantia Book since 1970. Pam discovered the Urantia Book Internet School in 2000 and has been involved in its activities ever since.COURSE TITLE: The Post Bestowal Age on Urantia: A Perspective
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Post Bestowal Age on Urantia is totally unique, intriguing, and challenging, as our world is out of step with the normal order of planetary mortal epochs. The purpose of this course is to discern the keys in the four papers we will study that may contribute to, and culminate in, an illuminating perspective of Urantia's Post Bestowal Age.
PAPERS: 52, 92, 103, and 195
TEACHER/FACILITATOR: Dorothy Elder
Dorothy lives in Los Angeles, California and has been a reader of The Urantia Book since 1968. She has two children and three grandchildren. Dorothy is a retired teacher and enjoys her work with the Urantia Book Internet School. She served as its Director from 1998 to October 2010.COURSE TITLE: Michael's Seven Bestowals: Revealing the Will of the Supreme
COURSE DESCRIPTION: We will undertake an examination of Michael's seven bestowals as they respond to the wills of the Paradise Deities, reflect the varying natures of the Seven Master Spirits, and reveal the will of the Supreme.
PAPERS: 10, 16, 119, and 117
TEACHER/FACILITATOR: David Elders
David has been a reader of The Urantia Book since 1970. David and his wife, Marta, are lifelong residents of Connecticut and have been married for 45 years. They have two grown married sons and five grandchildren. COURSE TITLE The Lucifer Rebellion-Tragedy and Triumph
Course Description: This course will explore the causative factors, the repercussions, and the gradual resolution of the Lucifer Rebellion, why it was allowed to run its course, and the ultimate Triumph of God's Plan.
PAPERS: 66, 67, 53, and 54
TEACHER/FACILITATOR: Virginia (Ginger) Heller
Ginger lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has been a reader of The Urantia Book since 1973. She has four children and has degrees in the Fine Arts, Biology, Social Work, and Medicine. Ginger is a practicing Psychiatrist and speaks Spanish as a second language.
COURSE TITLE: Personality: A Unique Gift from God
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an in-depth study of what personality is and where it comes from; of defining personality by its attributes and how it functions; a fascinating probe into the realities of eternal individuality. A good knowledge of The Urantia Book is helpful.
Selected Papers: The Forward-section I, Paper 1, sections of Papers 12 and 16, and Papers 56 and 112
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, and studied at the L'Universite de Montpellier. Ray has been a reader of The Urantia Book for over 25 years.
UBIS - My Lifeline to the Urantia Book Community
Date: Wed, 06/29/2011 By Pam Maunakea, San Dimas, California, USA
Thirty years passed between my introduction to The Urantia Book in 1970 and the day I discovered the Urantia Book Internet School (UBIS) online in 2000. During that time, I read the book three times from front to back. Family and friends were not interested. Study groups were too far away, and raising two young children made it difficult to begin one at my home. I felt isolated and alone studying The Urantia Book by myself.
UBIS became my lifeline to other Urantia Book readers, other like-minded truth seekers. I took a course almost every semester. Then in 2006, I was invited to take the Teacher Training course to become a Teacher/ Facilitator. I was in shock, and waves of doubt swept over me. I was still a learner; this was such a huge responsibility. Was I ready for it? It was a leap of faith that got me over this short period of indecision and awe.
After the five-week teacher training period, I was asked to teach/ facilitate a course the following semester in April 2007. I thought that taking a 10-week course as a student deepened my understanding of the teachings of The Urantia Book, but developing a course did so ten times over! I was assigned a mentor, an experienced teacher/ facilitator, who guided me every step of the way. It was one-on-one for weeks of delving into a thematic topic of my choice. It was intense and enlightening to have a mentor.
My experience as a teacher/ facilitator was great! The “pre-course” week was fun and amazing. I met, over “cyberspace,” readers from all over the world. There was a reader from Africa who had to walk to an internet cafe to participate. A reader from the Middle East had to be discreet for fear of causing problems for family members. I’ve met readers from Russia, Cyprus, Brazil, New Zealand and, of course, from the United States.
Shortly after facilitating my first course, I was invited to serve as a member on the UBIS board of directors. I participated in their meetings and was assigned various tasks. I was able to experience the workings of UBIS from the other side of the “classroom.” Knowing all the work that had to be accomplished before these courses could be offered online, I became a better student. I was beginning to realize that participating in various aspects of UBIS was deepening my understanding of the papers.
As a board member of UBIS, I was also asked to serve on the Course Review Committee (CRC). This task requires a short and intense study into two to three different courses that are being prepared by other teacher/ facilitators. Three members review these courses and make revisions if necessary. Time is required to sit and reread two to three papers in order to provide informed critiques. The interaction with the other reviewers was educational in itself.
UBIS has provided me a lifeline to other readers. Being involved as a student, as a teacher/ facilitator, as a staff member, and as a CRC member, has provided me multiple perspectives of this program dedicated to enlightening the people of this planet. What an honor and adventure it is to be involved with UBIS!
Source: Urantia Foundation News Online: http://www.urantia.o...-book-community