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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
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
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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
 
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HAROLD & martha Sherman and the Urantia Book

The following historical outline has been widely accepted by believers in the Urantia Book, though the lack of firsthand documentation makes it impossible to verify its accuracy.

SOMETIME between 1906 and 1911, in Chicago, a man in his sleep began to transmit communications from celestial personalities. Subjects included the nature of God, the structure of the universe and its divinely planned development, the angelic hierarchy, life on other planets, the origin and history of our world (known as Urantia), the life and teachings of Jesus, life after death, and our eternal destiny as citizens of a friendly universe.

The scope of knowledge and depth of wisdom of the communications were so extraordinary, that the man became a patient of Dr. William S. Sadler, a well-known psychiatrist and author. The doctor, a noted debunker of spiritualism, was forced to take the case seriously and stenographers were called in to transcribe the voluminous material.

Dr. Sadler, his wife Lena, their son Bill, their adopted daughter Emma (Christy) Christensen, Lena’s sister Anna Kellogg and Anna's husband Wilfred Kellogg became the custodians of the manuscripts and were known as the "contact commission.” The transmitter of the information was known as “the contact personality” or “the sleeping subject.” His name was never revealed.

Around 1924 the Sadlers began inviting individuals to weekly meetings at their residence at 533 Diversey Parkway, to study and discuss the teachings that were coming through. This group grew to hundreds who came and went through the years. They were encouraged to ask questions, and the content of the papers would sometimes be modified by the celestial revelators in response. The members of this group, known as the Forum, signed a pledge of secrecy not to discuss the material outside their group.


The Forum in 1934 [collection Ticky Harries]

In 1941 Harold and Martha Sherman were introduced to the revelations by Harry Loose, a former Forumite with mysterious connections to the phenomena, and they joined the Forum. To study the material more closely they moved to Chicago and lived across the street at 530 Diversey Parkway from May 1942 until May 1947. Their fifteen handwritten notebooks describing the Forum sessions and the teachings themselves survive as what may be the only firsthand record and have been published as The Sherman Diaries.

In 1955 the completed series of papers was published as The Urantia Book, since 2002 in public domain. [Read or download the Square Circles Publishing version online

In 1976 Harold Sherman wrote a book called How to Know What to Believe, which included a chapter on their experiences with the Urantia Forum entitled "Pipeline to God."    

 
533 Diversey Parkway, with Sherman's handwriting

[L-R] Christy, Lena Sadler, Dr. Sadler, Bill Sadler

Anna and Wilfred Kellogg

Harold and Martha Sherman

530 Diversey Parkway