||"Spiritual growth is mutually stimulated by intimate association with other religionists. Love supplies the soil for religious growth… " (1094.2)|
Boulder is outstanding in beauty, progressive culture etc., but most important for us is its vibrant and comparatively large reader community. That is why Boulder was a favorite stop on the young reader tours and recently some of us aged "ubyouths" organized a younger-reader-oriented conference in 2009 in Boulder – which was amazing! My family and I are spending this fall in Boulder while I am on paternity leave since we want to be part of a center of 5th epochal culture. I think the sparse younger generations would benefit greatly from a center/centers of Urantia activity and culture – I certainly dream of being part of one - and we hope to eventually move to Boulder for the longer term to pursue these dreams. After so many years of traveling thousands of miles to try to get groups together who all live so far apart, I really look forward to one day living closer to many of you and building up a dynamic local next-generation community together.
The Details: This gathering will be rather intimate and informal (but not unfocused). Around twenty to thirty younger generation readers (mostly in their 20s and 30s) are expected to participate. The program will be well-rounded and designed to make most meaningful use of our precious time. As always, an underlying focus of this type of gathering is establishing, maintaining and strengthening friendships (I was going to write "lifelong" friendships but …we don't expect them to be THAT SHORT!) In addition to sharing about our lives and spiritual strivings, the program will include outdoors activities, interacting with Boulder readers, UB study, and more. We will devote some time to the question of dissemination and outreach. Themes that we will explore will center around Jesusonian living as well as community. What are our goals? What is the best path toward the highest good for the future of our community? What might 5th epochal culture look like and how can we cultivate it?
Costs, food and lodging: There is no registration or event fee. Participants will basically merely need to bring enough money to feed themselves – sometimes we will eat in town and sometimes we will pitch-in on home-cooked meals. We expect the majority of visitors to stay at the house that will be used as a base for the gathering or in other reader-homes in the area if needed. This option is wallet-friendly but could mean sleeping-bag-and-pad-on-floor-style. Inexpensive hostel and motel rooms are available for those who prefer.
Let us know as far in advance as possible if and when you are coming and we will work out the details! We hope to be seeing you very soon! Your brother, Mike MacIsaac
(The photo at the top is of younger generation readers at the 2009 Boulder conference, the picture on this page is from when the young reader tour stopped through Boulder in 2003)
Spiritual growth is mutually stimulated by intimate association with other religionists. Love supplies the soil for religious growth… (1094.2)
You cannot truly love your fellows by a mere act of the will. Love is only born of thoroughgoing understanding of your neighbor's motives and sentiments. It is not so important to love all men today as it is that each day you learn to love one more human being. If each day or each week you achieve an understanding of one more of your fellows, and if this is the limit of your ability, then you are certainly socializing and truly spiritualizing your personality. Love is infectious, and when human devotion is intelligent and wise, love is more catching than hate. But only genuine and unselfish love is truly contagious. If each mortal could only become a focus of dynamic affection, this benign virus of love would soon pervade the sentimental emotion-stream of humanity to such an extent that all civilization would be encompassed by love, and that would be the realization of the brotherhood of man. (1098.3)
Discussion topics on the theme of community and our community potentials
Try to have the most rewarding and constructive discussion don't get bogged down in these questions if you prefer or feel lead to discuss other themes. I know that there are far too many questions here to satisfactorily discuss in one afternoon too but you might continue to think about them in the future. Community is such a broad theme and we could easily discuss it for weeks – these discussions are some of the bricks in the mansions of our future.
Discuss your community hopes and dreams for our families or future families?
How can we best strive for the highest "5th epochal culture"? What should we strive for and how? Looking at previous generations what pitfalls should we avoid and what should we learn/perpetuate from them?
How can we overcome difficulties of being so geologically spread out? Have you / could you considered moving to Boulder :) or other place to build up a center of Urantia activity and culture?
Do we live like we really believe in the realities that the revelation teaches? What might/does that look/feel like?
Any specific ideas or suggestions on projects or ways to focus our energies etc?
What can we do to foster a community that people who have not yet discovered the UB are drawn to?
Should we be adding more "dimensions" to our movement to compliment the study group and conference traditions? (what kinds?)
Do you have any suggestions or ideas concerning projects or adventures that we might undertake in the coming years?
Should we think about how we can strengthen the fabric of our "net" that keeps us in contact? Should we formalize our connections or organizing/ form some kind of groups that stay closely in contact in spite of geographic distances or something like that? (group "buddy systems" etc?)
Discussion topics on sharing our spiritual lives, community growth, potential "outreach" ideas and so forth.
What are your thoughts on reaching out to and stimulate connections / building community with and activity among those that are in isolation or "on the periphery" of the movement, the "outermost layers of the onion"?
To what extent are we or aught we to be "in the closet" concerning our Urantia-involvement?
What are your thoughts about "evangelism" or aggressive outreach concerning the UB or the basic truths found in the UB?
Ideas on more "organic" or subtle "natural" ways of community growth and stimulating interest?
What "has worked" or has not worked for you / for us?
Any ideas for creative outreach that you think would be particularly fun or enjoyable?