To: General Councilors, Society Presidents, and Field Representatives
The United States District Court of Central California has issued an
order and judgment in the case of Urantia Foundation vs. Urantian Research
recognizing Urantia Foundation as the owner of the copyright to The Urantia
Book and service marks. The court forbids Urantian Research from using
"Urantia" or "UrantiaN" or any colorable imitation
thereof. They are permanently enjoined from publishing material copied
from The Urantia Book. Urantian Research is instructed to deliver for destruction
all literature, labels, plates, etc., which bear the Foundation's registered
marks or which contain material copied from The Urantia Book. This judgment
was not appealed by the defendant.
We are enclosing the 1976 financial statement of Urantia Brotherhood
Corporation, the fiscal agent of Urantia Brotherhood. In the future this
statement will be sent to members of the Brotherhood along with the May
issue of the Bulletin.
Arthur Born reported that a follow-up letter to the Finance Committee
solicitation letter for 1977 resulted in responses from 80 individuals
with pledges of $3,729. This brings the total to 382 individuals (out of
1470 solicited) responding with pledges of $46,866.98.
The Foundation last month was asked about the advisability of the Corporation
acting as the primary distributor of the Concordex to bookstores. They
have recommended that the Brotherhood Corporation not become the main distributor
for the Concordex. The Corporation concurred with this recommendation and
will continue to sell only to individuals.
The Judicial Committee handed out recommendations concerning member-at-large
representation at the Triennial Delegate Assembly, the question of determining
a quorum at Executive Committee meetings, and the concept of autonomy in
Briefly, the Judicial Committee recommended that we should not have
members-at-large representatives on the Triennial Delegate Assembly. For
the purpose of computing three-fourths of the entire membership of the
Executive Committee (14), the number is eleven. If the Executive Committee
is reduced by death or resignation to 13 or 12, a quorum would be 8 or
7 respectively. Urantia Societies serve under a federal type constitution
which gives them a large degree of autonomy in local affairs, but they
are neither sovereign nor absolutely self-determinative. Their freedoms
and responsibilities are defined by the constitution. The Executive Committee
will consider these recommendations at the June meeting.
The Foundation lawyers are working on a revision of the Confirmatory
Agreement which the Foundation will submit to the Executive Committee as
soon as it is completed.
There is a correction in the address of David Gray, President of the
San Francisco Bay Area Urantia Society. The correct address is: 1630 McGee
Avenue, Berkeley, CA 49703.
Wilbur T. Dillon of Vista, California, Michael E. Collins of Carden
City, Kansas, Laurence R. Whelan of Ventura, California, and William Lindsay
of Honolulu, Hawaii, have been accepted as members-at-large.
We should like to send our best wishes to the Eastern Regional Conference
which meets at Pascoag. Rhode Island, May 14, and to the Third Oregon Conference
which meets at Indian Mary Park, north of Grants Pass, May 20, 21, and
The Fraternal Relations Committee is preparing a reading list on the
religions of the world. They have revised the Speakers Bureau guidelines
and are preparing a statement of Urantia Brotherhood's relationship to
the religions of the world.
The Domestic Extension Committee is preparing a packet of information
concerning Urantia Foundation and Urantia Brotherhood which might eventually
be handed to news reporters when they inquire about us. This packet would
be used with discretion. The committee is sending gift books to fifteen
The Committee on Education is working on a number of projects: suggested
curricula for students interested in various educational objectives, formulating
behavioral objectives in Brotherhood educational activities, and developing
a workshop format for the 1978 General Conference.
As I am heading into the last couple of weeks of my official association
with Indiana Institute of Technology, I hope all of you are easing into
the warm, open-air activities of summer..
M.J. Sprunger, President