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URANTIA MOVEMENT HISTORY
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harold & martha sherman
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pdfForum Data and Apocrypha
Appendix of The Sherman Diaries, Vol. 2
 
The Forumites
compiled by Saskia Praamsma
pdfHow the Papers Came Through
Chapter 8 of Sherman Diaries, Vol. 2
 
The 1942 Petition
Presented to Dr. Sadler by 48 Forumites
pdfForum Days
from How I Found the Urantia Book
 
533 Diversey Parkway
compiled by Saskia Praamsma
pdfChildhood at the Forum
by Mark Kulieke (SGH, August 1993)
 
pdf"I Remember the Forum"
Early HIFTUB stories with pictures
 
pdf"Until We Meet Again"
Compiled by Saskia Praamsma
 
pdfPlan for the Urantia Book Revelation
by Carolyn B. Kendall 
 
Major Growth Steps in the Urantia Movement by Meredith Sprunger
How I Found the Urantia Book
Compiled by Saskia Praamsma
My Own HIFTUB Story
by Saskia Praamsma
The Split - A Blessing in Disguise
by Saskia Praamsma
What is the IUA?
Descriptions from two official sources
No Urantia Church - Not Yet!
by Saskia Praamsma
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onlineA History of the Urantia Papers
by Larry Mullins
 
Open Letter to Larry Mullins
from Niann Emerson Chase (2003)
 
Three Histories
by Matthew Rapaport
pdfSeparate Publishing of Part IV
Is Harry McMullan breaking copyright laws?
 
pdfThe Jesus-A New Revelation Debate
Readers' pro and con viewpoints
 
A Box of Chocolates
by Phil Geiger
The Value of an Accurate History
by Saskia Praamsma
HAROLD SHERMAN
Harry J. Loose
Mysterious Forumite and Sherman mentor
 
Harold and Martha Sherman
and their relation to the Urantia work
 
Part One: Book Publishing
Sherman's 1942 suggestions for Dr. Sadler
 
Part Two: Organizations
Sherman's 1942 suggestions for Dr. Sadler
The ARA Messages (1941-42)
Sherman's TA communications
"Pipeline to God"—Chapter V of How To Know What to Believe by Harold Sherman
onlineRebuttal to "Pipeline to God"
Clyde Bedell's lengthy response
 
onlineResponse, "Pipeline"/HTKWTB
Meredith Sprunger's comments 
 
Editor's Note for Sherman Diaries
Saskia Praamsma
The Sherman Diaries
Editors, Saskia Praamsma, Matthew Block
pdf Letter from Ingo Swann
Friend of the Shermans shows appreciation
 
pdf Editorial, The Sherman Diaries
Review by Larry Mullins
 
Postscript to Urantia, The Great Cult Mystery Martin Gardner, 2008
Translation histories  
[English] The Italian Translation Project
[Italian] La Storia de Il Libro di Urantia
pdfJ.J. Benitez: J.J. The Baptist?
by Rosey Lieske and Olga Lopez
 
pdf Translations 2010
Urantia Foundation News
 
Coming soon  
SIR HUBERT WILKINS
HISTORICAL IMAGES
 

NO URANTIA CHURCH - NOT YET!
Copyright © 1998 Saskia Praamsma

HAVING LIVED in several different countries, I know firsthand that what is considered perfectly normal in one culture is regarded as absurd in another. As a child I moved from Holland to Australia, and was set free with all my Dutch quirks in an Australian school. Everything about me was considered foreign and strange by my Aussie peers. By the time we emigrated to the United States nine years later, I had successfully eradicated all traces of Dutchness from my person and passed admirably for a fair-dinkum Aussie. Arriving in Los Angeles, I soon discovered that I was no longer required to be an Aussie. Once again, my odd speech, dress and mannerisms set me apart as an alien, and I immediately got down to the business of becoming a replica of Sandra Dee. No sooner had I transformed myself into a passable facsimile than I was sent to school in Holland. “At last I’m going home to be with my own kind!” I thought, and was shocked when my Dutch schoolmates looked upon me as an American curiosity.

So you see that each regards the other as peculiar—and I was dealing with three “white” cultures!

Hugging, for instance, is a harmless practice. Most Urantia Book readers hug each other when they get together, whether they know each other well or not. Yet, for a while I lived in a country in Asia where hugging was not a common mode of expressing affection, where people didn’t openly touch each other in public. If these people saw a group with a Big Blue Book hugging each other all the time, they might say, “That book is not for me.”

“No revealed religion can spread to all the world when it makes the serious mistake of becoming permeated with some national culture or associated with established racial, social, or economic practices.” [ 2064]

“The gospel of the kingdom was to be identified with no particular race, culture, or language.” [2064]

Rather than form a church just yet, let’s do whatever we can to get the book into the hands of educated people in all the countries of the world. Let’s exercise patience and restraint now, and not try to see results in our own lifetime—we can always follow the growth of the revelation from our mansion world vantage point. Do we want to look back in three hundred years and see that the Urantia movement failed because it had become a Western religion? Let’s forget about ourselves and consider the needs of the rest of the world, where they still require books and translations. For our next vacation, why not pick an obscure destination and place a book or two in the local library? Those who are ready for the teachings will be led to find the book, in the same way that we were each led to the book we found.

Picture the midwayers, how they work invisibly and anonymously behind the scenes. It would be ideal if we could remain a low-key brotherhood until the book has reached the rest of the world, where they may be ready for it but not if it comes with a peculiar flavor dressing. When that day comes we can jump up and down and hug the daylights out of one another. Let’s be far-sighted, not short-sighted.