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July 16, 1971

Newly elected officers of societies have been reported as follows: First Urantia Society of Wenatchee Lewis A. Clark, President; Raymond V. Mathews, Vice President; Ernest Mehl, Secretary and Treasurer.

First Urantia Society Herman Schell, President; Katharine J. Harries, Vice President; Lillian A. Wallin, Secretary; Helen Carlson, Treasurer.

First Urantia Society of Los Angeles -- Jeffrey Bedell, President; Scott Forsythe, Vice President; Patricia Bedell, Secretary; Richard Ziglar, Treasurer

Orvonton Urantia Society of Chicago Frank Sgaraglino, President; Olga Unverzagt, Vice President; Carolyn Kendall, Secretary; Ambernette Olstad, Treasurer.

Many people are finding Clyde Bedell's CONCORDEX very helpful in the study of the Urantia Book. It will help you find and coordinate what the Urantia Book says in many references and on many subjects. The price is $8.50 and the shipping charge is now 28 cents.

We have for sale the Urantia Foundation's folder entitled "An Artist's Conception of the Master Universe" which contains four colored maps of the universe plus descriptive texts, and other quotations from the Urantia Book. The price is $1.00. You may purchase these folders singly or in quantities.

Our Urantia Brotherhood ship was launched in 1955. None of us had experience in any similar venture and we did not know what to anticipate. Some expected early acceptance by a large number of people. But we were soon to realize that many individuals preferred not to be unsettled by any new ideas, and wished to keep their religion undisturbed. However, we did find that there were spiritually hungry souls who quickly were attracted to these teachings, and the Brotherhood ship began to move from its moorings. We are finding that there are hundreds, yes thousands, who are yearning for truth, whose minds are open, and who are looking for enlightenment, who are yielding to the gentle leading of the Spirit of Truth.

Realizing all this, we must let the desire to prompt the prime purpose of the Urantia movement transcend all other motives. Any personal, circumscribed, or selfish interests must give way to whatever is best for the Brotherhood. We are all placed here with an immediate task to perform. We are torch-bearers and we can be privileged in leaving our imprint on this world even as we are developing a spiritual counterpart that will carry us to a more glorious life of enhanced service.

All along the way we can be refreshed by drinking of the springs of the supernal words of life and inspiration from our amazing revelation that includes the words of truth and life of our Master Son. And we can become strengthened as we re-read the admonitions of the Solitary Messenger who was part of the revelatory corps:

"You could be so comforted and inspired, so enthralled and intrigued, if you would only allow the Adjuster constantly to bring forth the pictures of the real motive, the final aim and the eternal purpose of all this difficult uphill struggle with the commonplace problems of your present material world...Why do you not allow the Adjuster to strengthen you with the spiritual truths of cosmic power while you wrestle with the temporary difficulties of creature existence? Why do you not encourage the heavenly helper to cheer you with the clear vision of the eternal outlook of universal life as you gaze in perplexity at the problems of the passing hour? Why do you refuse to be enlightened and inspired by the universe viewpoint while you toil amidst the handicaps of time and flounder in the maze of uncertainties which beset your mortal life journey? Why not allow the Adjuster to spiritualize your thinking, even though your feet must tread the material paths of earthly endeavor?" (p. 1225, Par. 4.5)

"Good humor and the smile of happiness are among the most powerful and influential of the human assets of religious propagation."


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