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Announcing the Study Group Portal


From UAI-ISB Study Group Chair

James Woodward


The leaders of Urantia Foundation, The Urantia Book Fellowship, and Urantia Association International are very pleased to announce an historic achievement in cooperative service to our community. After two years of design, testing, and enthusiastic support from teams representing our three organizations, the Study Group Portal is now operational. An unprecedented joint sponsorship has been forged as we affirm that nearly everything of real value to the Urantia community has taken origin within study groups, including The Urantia Book itself, born of the original study group: The Forum.


A comprehensive database of study groups supported by the major organizations has been a cherished ideal for many years, but the vision took hold during Urantia Foundation’s Internet Strategic Meeting in the fall of 2008. This gathering drew more than a dozen tech savvy leaders, some who were affiliated with reader groups and some who were not. The model of an interactive study group website found unanimous appeal and Scott Brooks, representing UAI as its Webmaster, agreed to design and lead the project.


The Study Group Portal was built to foster the creation and growth of study groups. But as an Internet resource, the Portal is something new – a voluntary listing guide that’s always accessible for hosts to update, and a referral service that’s always available to readers searching for a study group. As hosts sign in and the database grows, those who want to study in a group setting will be able to search for one where they live or as they travel. With an interface and user protocol similar to social networking sites, the Portal is easy to navigate.


The Portal also houses an online library of study aids for The Urantia Book, including the new UAI Study Group Guide. These educational resources will tutor students in their comprehension of the teachings and help study groups flourish by sharing successful models and experiences. The site will soon feature multiple translations, making it truly a worldwide service.


If you currently host a study group that is focused on The Urantia Book, open to all readers and apolitical, please list it NOW by visiting:



Beta testing has been completed so the Study Group Portal is now open to serve the Urantia community! However, it’s still new and if you encounter technical problems or have other questions, please contact the
. Also, study aids with proven value are needed to expand the library so please submit them.


In good spirit, James Woodward




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Forum Friends,


The latest on the Portal, from Urantia Foundation News



Date:Thu, 12/08/2011


Author:James Woodward



Featuring an easy-to-use interface, the Study Group Portal is a web-based directory and resource center for study groups where hosts create a profile to share details about their local meetings. ...


By James Woodward, Team Captain, Placerville, California, USA




In only a few short months students of The Urantia Book worldwide have embraced the new Study Group Portal. Readers now have online access to over 200 study groups in 24 nations!


The Urantia Book Study Group Portal was designed to provide the community of Urantia Book readers with a new resource by consolidating all active Urantia Book study groups. Heartily supported by Urantia Foundation, The Urantia Book Fellowship, and Urantia Association International, this joint project exhibits a unity of purpose in the development of study groups for all readers of The Urantia Book.


Featuring an easy-to-use interface, the Study Group Portal is a web-based directory and resource center for study groups where hosts create a profile to share details about their local meetings. This voluntary approach to listing and managing data improves upon previous publishing methods as contact information, meeting times, meeting format, and current topics can now be updated as the group evolves, at the convenience of the host – virtually anytime.


Currently the website is available in English and French with translations in other languages coming soon. The Urantia Study Group Portal is designed to recognize the native language of the visitor and will automatically display it if that language is available.


In recognizing the need to support and administer this new resource, all three sponsors have provided members to serve on the Portal Support Team.

Representing Urantia Foundation:

  • Marta Elders
  • Tamara Strumfeld

Representing The Urantia Book Fellowship:

  • Emilio Coppola
  • Lenny Cowles
  • John Hales

Representing Urantia Association International:

  • Scott Brooks
  • Caio Donega
  • James Woodward, Team Captain

Ex-officio members include the presidents of each organization:

  • Gaetan Charland, President, Urantia Association International
  • Michelle Klimesh, President, The Urantia Book Fellowship
  • Mo Siegel, President, Urantia Foundation

The team recently participated in a conference call and made some key decisions regarding the group process and the operation of the Portal. Perhaps most important was the decision to work in consensus on policy matters, reflecting a commitment that the service of readers transcends the interests of organizations. Now that a representative team has been formed, issues related to improving the scope and function of the portal can be addressed and implemented.


The support team is well aware of the historic implications and opportunities of this first tri-partisan working group of the three major Urantia Book organizations. Publicizing the important role of study groups in the evolution of our reader community is one of the tasks of the Portal Support Team. Please join us in our enthusiasm for the promotion of study groups all over Urantia and feel free to repost this announcement to any forum or Urantia Book communication medium. If you host a study group and wish to attract readers, visit the website now and create a profile. Join the growing network of study groups!




Wishing everyone a joyous holiday season and good reading.




Source: http://www.urantia.o...ort-team-formed

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