The Cosmic Road Show
5-26, 2010 Twenty days on the road
with a traveling band of Urantia Book
evangelists by Andrea Barnes
with a new reader: "This guy was so happy to get the
book. He had read all the literature we gave away
and when he saw us on the street the next day he
practically begged us for a book! "
After spending 20 days on the road with "The Cosmic
Road Show" group, traveling band of UB evangelists,
I can tell you that there are A lot of people out
there hungry for the truth. And we have it in the
How many of you are thrilled you found the book? I
know I am! It has changed my life and given it
meaning that I cherish. Do people come up to me and
say, "Oh wow, what do you read?" No, they don't. And
even though we may live a perfect life, most people
do not ask others that question. So as far as
"living the teachings," I think that is all well and
good but if we are relying on that to spread this
gospel we are going to be waiting a long time. Did
Jesus tell his apostles, "Just live a good life and
others will come to you and ask what you are doing"?
No, he sent them out two-by-two to preach the
We have the new gospel, friends! Let's not hide it
under a bushel!
Aurora Hill, longtime
host of the Cosmic Cafe in Idaho, has a friend there
she's known for a few years. Recently this friend
found out about the Urantia book at one of Aurora's Cosmic Cafe sessions. She was angry that she had not
heard about the book before! There are friends,
co-workers, and others who would be disappointed
that we had not told them about this brilliant book.
I too am guilty of not telling a lot of people about
Think about how you found the book. Did someone
put themselves out there just a bit for you to find
it? Most people found it through a friend, or it
'jumped' off the bookshelf (someone had to put it on
the bookshelf), or it was sitting on the coffee
table, or they found a flyer about the book.
Whatever the case, someone put it somewhere that
it could be found. Someone went the extra mile to
make the book available.
On our tour, we placed Urantia
Book cards with info and a link
to www.Truthbook.com in all the Bibles we came across if
we stayed in a hotel. Think about how someone may be
reading the Bible and thinking, "Gee, I wish this was
easier to understand, more satisfying, more
complete," and then all of a sudden the card falls
into their lap!
When we went to a rest stop we placed the
tri-fold info on the Urantia Book in the slots where
they display the maps. Imagine someone in a few
years attending a conference and saying, "Yeah, I went
into this rest stop in PoDunk and there was this
flyer about the Urantia Book. I am so grateful that
someone left that there for me to find! I'd been
praying for the Truth!"
In Yellow Springs, Ohio, with the first study
group and their first meeting!
We put flyers and cards on bulletin boards,
placed books in libraries and coffee shops where
they have books for people to read. We kept the book
on the table while we were eating and people would
ask about it. We always had books and flyers with
us. The stories we have are amazing! Everyday we
came back as a group, after being out two-by-two and
told our stories about how a hungry soul was led to
the book by our ministry.
So my suggestion is, remember how you found the
book and think about how you might make it more
accessible in your community. Put cards and flyers
out there--fellow traveler Thomas Orjala and I can make all the cards and
flyers available to you. Make sure your library and
bookstores have them available. Host a Cosmic Cafe
where the discussion of the book is welcome. Buy a case of books and give them out--they
are not expensive. Put an ad in
talking about the book. Run an article in your local
health magazine (click
here for a rough draft of my article in the
Temecula CA "Healthy Times Magazine" which has a
circulation of about 100,000).
I also was fortunate enough to give the Sunday
sermon to my Unity church group. I titled my talk
"Tools that lead us to God". I discussed how there
are many tools like special books, music, nature,
friendship and many other things that can help us
establish that personal connection. I also gave them
a brief overview of the evolution of religion on
this planet. That sort of set the tone for--see
how far we've come as a planet--God continually
wants to reveal himself to us in a variety of ways--there are lots of tools that lead to God--and
here is one of them--it's called the Urantia Book.
I went on to give them a fairly detailed outline of
the book and the questions it can answer. I
didn't answer the questions, only let them know they
are answered in the book--oh, and by the way, we
have a spark of God within us which is the icing on
the cake for connecting with God--why don't we all
try it now. And I proceeded to lead them on a nice guided meditation at the end of my talk. After all,
using any book as a springboard to develop a
personal relationship with him is the whole point.
During the guided meditation I talked out loud
just like I talk to my Adjuster. I always start by
exclaiming how amazed I am that God has provided a
way for me to talk/commune with him anytime,
anywhere. It's mind boggling! I didn't want to put
the emphasis on the book but on just getting to know
God. I admonished them to spend some time every day
with God. (What's a good sermon without some type of
I had four books for sale and they were gone within
minutes after the service ended; three others now
want a book and we are now having a study
group at the church every Thursday evening! Woo hoo! My new
group consists of four to eight readers all over the age of
seventy!--all sincere truthseekers who are so thankful to
find this dear revelation.
As we traveled along
the East Coast, Ohio, Michigan and New York, we brought many new
readers into existing groups and even started a new
group. There are Road Show Groups
forming now and preparing for the trip into Salt
Lake City next year. Ask
Thomas Orjala if you
are interested in joining. It's a lot of fun!
So, I say let's be the hands and feet of God down
here. He needs our help to get this revelation out
to the world. A new day is dawning and we are the
ones that can make this happen. The celestial
helpers are counting on us to get out there and make
the book available.
Patrick Yesh reads from the Urantia Book as we
While saying goodbye to Teuvo Orjala by praying
around him and holding him, a man comes up later to
ask us who we are. He is a minister from Africa and
was happy to receive the book. He'll take it to
Africa with him.
Working the art festival in Ann Arbor.Told lots
of people about the book! One guy will take it back
to Laos with him.
Patrick Yesh tells a woman about the book. She comes
to the Cosmic Cafe we host the next day at the
library and brings a friend who is influential in
Thomas sets a sign on a table outside a coffee shop
that says "get a free Urantia Book ask me how" Lots
of people stop and learn about the book, a few are
Andrea Barnes, Maria Thornton (a new reader in Ohio)
and Patrick Yesh discuss the UB with Christians who
believe it may be the work of the devil.
We are invited to speak after the service in an Ann
Arbor church. Twenty-six people listen to us
describe the UB. Eight books are given away and 4
of them show up at the house for a meeting!
A group of existing and new readers meet at John
Causland's in Ann Arbor.
At Phil Taylor's home in Maine where we invigorated
the study group there with new enthusiasm and
listened to Lou Bartolomeo speak... brilliant day!
Above: See Andrea on Strange Universe (1997),
together with Richard Omura, Norman Ingram, Don
Roark, and Don Morton, at Venice Beach, California.