TO: General Councilors, Society Presidents, and Field Representatives
Berkeley Elliott reports visiting study groups in New England in September.
She stopped in Pittsburgh and lectured to seventeen students of The Urantia
Book assembled through the efforts of Bea Mouganis at Carnegi Mellon. In
October she along with several others attended the Kansas City Study Group.
They had an attendance of Forty. Later seven folks from the Oklahoma Society
visited the Dallas Study Group at the home of Gene Joyce. Toward the last
of the month fifteen people traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for a meeting
which has resulted in the start of two or three study groups in that area.
Julia Fenderson went to Apple Valley, California in mid-October and
spoke to a group of Urantia Book students under the leadership of Mildred
Kaunas. Later she traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where three study
groups met together at the home of Homer and Ruth Slagle.
Irene and I visited a study group at the home of Jim and Charlene Murray
in Toledo, Ohio, the evening of October 12. One of the members reported
attending a Spiritual Frontiers meeting where a retired army officer had
selected ten of the most important books in print. He had included The
Urantia Book in his list. The next day we attended a dynamic study group
at the home of Donald and Mary Ann Krell. Mary Ann also has a Sunday evening
During the past couple of years the Executive Committee has done some
thinking about the long-range goals of Urantia Brotherhood. One of the
topics to be studied at the General Conference next August will be ''Goals
and Policies of Urantia Brotherhood.'' We are enclosing some background
papers on this general topic written by David Gray entitled "The Origin
and Purpose of Urantia Brotherhood" and "Cult Culture."
I know you will enjoy reading these fine presentations.
There was a discussion as to whether the annual appeal for funds should
have letters from both the Brotherhood and the Foundation or whether a
single joint solicitation letter should be written. The majority preferred
a joint letter. Arthur Born and John Hales were appointed to work with
the Foundation in composing the letter.
There was continued discussion of the disagreement between the editor
of the French news letter, L'Ascendeur, and the Paris Study Group under
the leadership of Jacques Dupont. There seemed to be a consensus that the
proposed new news letter, which would represent the views of the Brotherhood
and the Foundation, should be entirely under the control of a study
group headed by Henry and Jacques. Henry and Bauk Begemann will be in Chicago
from November 22 to December 6. The Executive Committee plans to meet with
them and have an in-depth discussion of this situation.
Urantia Brotherhood Corporation approved an agreement under which they
will be willing to serve as the distributor of the Concordex to bookstores
if the agreement is accepted by Clyde Bedell. The letter includes an understanding
that Clyde will rewrite the introductory material and redesign the dust
jacket in preparation for the next edition of the Concordex. It also asks
that Clyde not engage in any advertising or mass media promotion without
the approval of the Corporation.
Urantia Brotherhood Corporation unanimously passed a motion instructing
John Hales to write Clyde expressing our warm appreciation for Clyde's
industrious and significant contribution to students of The Urantia Book
in providing us with the Concordex and for his outstanding dedication,
enthusiasm, and loyalty to Urantia Foundation and Urantia Brotherhood and
their antecedents for over a half century.
Kathleen A. Friedel of Toledo, Ohio, Harold V. Hyden of Indianapolis,
Indiana, and Jane and John Roper of Boulder, Colorado, were accepted as
We extend our best wishes to the Fall Eastern Regional Conference of
Readers of The Urantia Book which will be held at Clinton, CT, on November
15; and to the Ohio Valley Conference for Students of The Urantia Book
being held at the Marydale Retreat south of Cincinnati. I plan to attend
the meeting at Clinton and Irene and I will attend the Ohio Valley Conference.
We who live on this planet have much for which we ought to give thanks.
We Urantians should be especially grateful this year for the healing love
which has helped us achieve a greater realization of brotherhood. We hope
that each of you and your families will have a warm and appreciative Thanksgiving.
Meredith J. Sprunger, President