We, the undersigned, facing for the first time a season of
independent association with each other, you, and the Urantia
papers, have been impelled to newly appraise the situation in which
we find ourselves, and in which we may ultimately find ourselves, in
relation to the Urantia Revelation.
Owing a responsibility to the Revelatory Corps, we view the future
gravely and with yearning for an auspicious introduction of the
Urantia Book to the world.
In a very few years, it may be possible to look upon the printed
Book we have so long followed in manuscript form with mingled awe,
reverence and thanksgiving.
We know the Urantia papers plan has been in the making for many
years. We know that it has evolved and changed, sometimes radically,
in the past.
We know that opinions held by the Contact Commissioners in the past,
have on occasion been altered or modified under new light and in new
We know that the papers themselves, at the hand of their high
creators, have been changed and amplified and made to evolve as our
mortal minds were put to them.
We know that the Angels of Progress are not entirely pleased with
what we have thus far done in contemplation of publication,
protection and dissemination of the Urantia Revelation.
All of the above emboldens us to suggest that in this vital and
pregnant period, the group mind of the Forum should be employed to
analyze and appraise the potentials inherent in the coming months.
We believe the Forum people as a group should turn with the most
earnest effort toward the consideration and development of as much
sound groundwork as is possible in all the practical aspects of this
Respectfully, but most earnestly, we request an opportunity to know
all the facts in connection with, and all the provisions concerning,
the Urantia Book and the proposed associated organizations as their
plans exist today.
To this date, no group opportunity has been offered to study, to
freely discuss or to examine the charters, articles of
incorporation, by-laws, et cetera, of the several contemplated
To this date, earnest Forum members, many with sound experience,
judgment and ability, have had no opportunity for frank and full
expression of opinions based on familiarity with these organization
plans which have been brought to elaborated state by the Contact
Commissioners and outside aides.
We believe legal talent is justifiably used in formulating certain
instruments which implement the Urantia Book plans. But we do not
feel that Forum people should be excluded from full and complete
understanding of all instruments identified with the Book for which
we have a grave and undeniable responsibility as individuals.
Our responsibility incurred through months or years as Forum members
does not drop from our shoulders with dissolution of the Forum as a
formal body. All of us will be affected vitally by the future of
this Book—and in view of the responsibility we feel toward it, and
which the Book imposes upon us, we feel we have a right to
understand all the terms of contracts or of formal organizations
which have grown out of our collective experience.
There have been no restrictions on our examining, handling and
reading—individually or in groups—the Papers which must transcend
all the man-created documents to which we have not had free access,
and about which our fullest judgment has never been brought.
We believe it is relevant that our questions were sought in
connection with the Revelation itself. Our judgments, we have reason
to believe, were observed and weighed again and again in connection
with matters of great importance to untold unborn generations of
men. The Forum has been used as a sounding board against which
revealing truths were tried.
We believe our group should be trusted with the very natural task of
serving as a human jury in connection with some of the proposals
about which we are not fully familiar.
We believe there is sufficient intelligence, experience, and good
judgment in the Forum group to provide fair analysis and invaluable
reaction in the grave matters of the foundation, the brotherhood,
the publication plans, et cetera—which are, after all, the proposals
of mortal men.
Respectfully we submit our opinion that it should be not only the
privilege, but the unmistakable duty of the Forum group, to
sincerely and prayerfully ponder what is projected in connection
with the Revelation to which our hearts, our minds, our hopes and
our aspirations have been dedicated.
We, the undersigned, deem it incumbent upon ourselves—and such
others of our group as feel a responsibility toward the Urantia
Revelation, but whose wishes we have not ascertained in the
matter—to turn our attention now to friendly and sincere
consideration, analysis and appraisal of the man-made plans for
dissemination and protection of the God-made manuscript which is so
dear and important to us all.
We propose, preferably with help from you, to follow our consciences
and promptings in this matter. We seek your permission to discuss
these organization and publishing affairs deliberately, without
haste and by arrangements as our group may elect in terms of full
meetings, committees, report-backs, et cetera—but in any event first
as follows: (a) Forum Room, 533 Diversey Pkwy., (b) beginning
Sunday, September 13th, 1942, (c) under the leadership of a chairman
of our own choosing, (d) with the essential papers, charters,
articles of incorporation, et cetera to be made available to a
We point out and commend to your consideration the following:
A. There is no need for—and there is great weight of solemn honesty
and sincerity against—precipitant action under present circumstances
in finally and formally closing up publishing, and, or any
organization affairs which have been forming for at least ten years.
B. Forum people cannot have been expected to assimilate from an
annual reading the essential forms, many ramifications, connotations
and potentialities in a formidable series of documents which legal
talent and highly intelligent laymen took months and even years to
C. Morally and ethically, those whose lives may be affected
profoundly by these organizations and arrangements are entitled to
analyze what their years of interest, good faith and forbearance
helped bring into reality.
D. Legally, those who provide financial support for any collective
effort are entitled to a full accounting and understanding of the
potentials of the corporate or other bodies their contributions are
used to bring into being, or to which their contributions are
E. Should this specific group be denied the privilege of
deliberately considering and fully understanding these subjects
because it is feared the group will disagree on details, fail to
appreciate the problems involved, or disapprove of some phases of
the plans—that fear augurs ill for the Urantia Book if ever it is
launched into the world with such plans for its cradle.
F. We believe that unity, if not uniformity, should prevail in our
small Forum group which has been so signally blest in this
association. We believe that such unity should be achieved as a
matter of deliberate accord—not through blindness, unawareness, or
inadequate consideration. We believe that our unity should come out
of frank discussion, magnanimous give and take and a fair humility
toward the views of others.
We do not question the sincerity, honesty or conscientiousness of
any associated with this matter.
We do question the infallibility, the inviolability, the longtime
perspective, the soundness and the validity of any complex set of
legal plans destined to vitally affect the futures of men if such
plans cannot stand the scrutiny, inquiry, examination and analysis
Dear friend, may we have full and adequate enlightenment, your
further confidence and your cooperation?
[48 members of the Forum]