General Councilors, Society Presidents, and Field Representatives
All of you will soon receive copies of Urantia Foundation's letter to
the First Urantia Society of Oklahoma dated 12/27/76 referring to the Confirmatory
Agreement and the response of the Oklahoma Society dated 2/18/77, along
with my letter to Tom Kendall regarding the problem.
The Executive Committee discussed the problems related to this agreement
and there seemed to be a cautious optimism that a solution could be found
which would be satisfactory for both the Foundation and the Oklahoma Society.
As soon as the Foundation's legal counsel has time to study these matters
we will discuss possible solutions to the problems involved.
Carolyn Kendall, Chairman of the Planning Committee for the 1978 General
Conference, held a committee meeting Saturday afternoon. The Conference
will be held August 13-18, 1978 at George Williams College on Lake Geneva,
Wisconsin. Carolyn gave a thorough report on the facilities at the George
Williams College and made suggestions regarding committees needed to conduct
the conference. The college can handle as many as 700 people and has many
classroom and recreational facilities. We hope to send out our first letter
announcing the conference in January, 1978.
The Field Representative workshop was a productive and rewarding experience.
One can observe a growing rapport, openness, and integrative growth in
the leadership of Urantia Brotherhood. Increasingly the underlying We-They
atmosphere between headquarters' people in the field is disappearing. We
are dedicated to continuing the open, honest, and warm communications which
can bring unity of purpose within the Brotherhood without expecting unity
in ideas or methodology.
Art Born gave a financial report which revealed that we have pledges
for only about one-third of the Brotherhood budget ($56,000) this year.
Observations were made suggesting that we should have a committee to develop
systematic stewardship promotion which would result in organized personal
contact with of the Brotherhood.
George L. Park of Hampton, CT, Peter L. Laurence of Armonk, NY, and
Mrs. Christine N. Evans of Honolulu, HI, have been accepted as members-at-large.
Field Representative, Dr. Richard F. Prince, has moved; his new address
is: 1655 Los Altos Road., San Diego, CA 92109, and his telephone number
We are enclosing a copy of the new membership-at-large application form
Recently, I read about a psychology professor who conducted a work experiment.
He hired a man to hit a log with the blunt side of the ax, telling him
he would be paid twice his normal hourly rate. The fellow lasted a half
day and quit, saying, ''I have to see the chips fly.''
Our work in the Kingdom must be meaningful. Although we cannot always
"see the chips fly,'' we must feel that we are engaged in significant
activity. I would urge you not to allow others, including those of us on
the Executive Committee, to frustrate you or to divert you from creative
service. Remember that your highest loyalty should be to the indwelling
direction of the Father. As long as you are following this guidance your
service will be meaningful and fulfilling. And your life will be filled
with joy; few people are effective unless they enjoy what they are doing.
Meredith J. Sprunger, President