TO: General Councilors, society Presidents, and Field Representatives
We should like to report on things which the Administrative Committee
is discussing so that if some of you have suggestions we can receive them
before we make recommendations to the Executive Committee.
A report from the Field Representatives expresses strong approval of
the Executive Committee Letter and communicates their intention to share
problems and suggestions with the Executive Committee. We welcome their
thinking and their help. Julia reports three more study groups in the West.
The Executive Committee will be making decisions concerning the next
General Conference in the near future. The Administrative Committee will
probably recommend that the next General Conference be held in the summer
of 1978 and that a Planning Committee composed of Councilors from various
sections of the country be appointed who would function during the next
year and that an Expediting Committee composed of people from the Chicago
area be selected who would be in charge during the following year.
Various people have recommended that we re-think standards for members-at-large.
Comment has been made that the Brotherhood constitution speaks of them
in terms of "exceptional cases" and outlines the governing process
of the Brotherhood as basically through societies and their representatives.
Standards for membership-at-large, some have suggested, should encourage
individuals to form study groups and eventually societies. Another issue
raised is that a mechanism be provided whereby persons desiring to become
members-at-large and the Brotherhood get to know each other better before
they are admitted to membership. The primary purpose of these standards
is not to "weed out people who might cause trouble." There are
no standards which will accomplish this purpose. Standards should have
a positive purpose. We might also decentralize the Brotherhood by again
having persons living within a hundred miles of a society apply to that
society for membership. Still another issue is making provision for eliminating
people who have lost interest in the Brotherhood from the membership rolls.
Suggestions have been made to consider modifying the procedure for chartering
societies. It has been recommended that the Charter Committee appoint a
Growth Evaluation Committee composed of experienced Urantians from various
parts of the country to assist study groups who desire to become societies
in a self-study and make recommendations for development and growth thereby
helping them to become viable societies. Each Growth Evaluation Committee
would be composed of different people specifically selected for their rapport
with a particular study group.
Several people have recommended that we take a more systematic approach
to fund raising. It has been suggested that an Ad Hoc Committee be appointed
to assist the Finance Committee in raising special funds for publishing
new translations of the Urantia Book and to assure the upkeep of the building
in which the Foundation and Brotherhood offices are housed.
We intend to continue the study of long-range goals of the Brotherhood.
The administrative Committee with the help of others will be formulating
a statement early next year which will be submitted for further refinement
to the ex Committee and eventually the General Council.
From the foregoing observations you can see that many difficult decisions
need to be made and we are less likely to make immature and unwise recommendations
to the Executive Committee if you will share your ideas with us.
Glen Thorsander of Minneapolis was accepted as a member at large.
The following people were appointed to fill vacancies on committees:
Marion Oestmann on the Judicial Committee, Mark Kulieke on the Publications
Committee, Goriann Harris on the Finance Committee, and David Renn on the
The Executive Committee accepted Paul Snider's letter (7/8/76) of resignation
as editor of the Urantia Journal with regret. We respect Paul's carefully
considered judgment and decision in this matter and we are most appreciative
of his willingness to continue to serve informally as a consultant to Mary
Lou Hales, David Elders, and Linda Buselli to whatever extent they desire
as they formulate the coming issues of the Urantian Journal.
Many of you are probably taking vacations this month. We wish you pleasant
experiences and hope that you return refreshed. You might think of some
of these issues and write us about them when you get home.