Body & Spirit, Inc. was formed to formalize the
relationship of the Urantia Book readers in Tallahassee,
Florida. Although the group initially gathered to read the
Urantia Book, we were really put into high gear when for ten
years we were taught by a celestial teacher named “Will” who
encouraged us to spend time with God every day, to provide
selfless service and to treat everyone like our brother or
sister. [Read more of this story in Fred Harris's online
Time]. These spiritual lessons were the springboard
for much of what we have done thereafter.
People affiliated with MBS have come and gone over the
years, but presently the board and members are Paula
Helen Luke, Judy Langston, Linda MacDonald,
Anne Bowman, Steffani Murray, and Fred
Harris. MBS is also affiliated with
Association for Light and Life.
Just a few of the
things that Mind, Body, and Spirit have sponsored or supported over
1. We sponsored the
Network of the Heart gathering at a Methodist retreat center
in Fayetteville, Arkansas,in 1994.
We edited and published (with Byron Belitsos and Elianne Obadia)
The Center Within, Lessons from the Heart of the Urantia
3. We sponsored eight
years of Celestial Nights, February gatherings of our friends
at the beaches of North Florida. Read about and relive
4. We built a
Temple to the Father
in the woods near Tallahassee.
5. Every week we
publish a Urantia Book quote in the local newspaper along with an
invitation to the public to attend our meetings (and some did).
We didn’t know if anyone was reading them, but when we stopped for a
few weeks, we heard from some people that they missed seeing them,
so we continued. You never know.
6. MBS is a church
recognized by the IRS and contributions to MBS are tax deductible.
As a result, we have raised funds and contributed funds to many
different projects, including:
Pato Banton's Music
(and we sponsored two shows here in Tallahassee
and he has played at a local high school both times)
Atlantis/Mission to Eden (with Robert Sarmast).
Prison seeding of the
Light worldwide placement of the Urantia Book (with
Free Schools World Literacy
(Sue Tennant, Mark Bloomfield, Saskia Raevouri, Dr. John Lange)
Mission to Africa 1998
Urantia Book seeding project (Norman Ingram)
South African Urantia
Book seeding (with Mark Bloomfield)
The Shelter (several of us
also serve food to the homeless every week)
The Crop Walk (Paula
The Christmas Connection
(we have adopted families each Christmas)
Camp Goodness (Judy
Langston’s annual camp for teens)
Teens at Camp Goodness
Patagonia Seeding Mission
(with Pradhana Fuchs and Jon deToy)
Richard Knox, spiritual
Words of Christ (narration by Pato Banton)
Sewing Machine Project (The Women’s Corps: Meredith
Tenney, Cathy Harrell)
Scholarship/Dormitory/Wheelchair Fund in conjunction
with FreeSchools World Literacy (Saskia Raevouri)
The Kenya Glory Church Mission
(Ron & Cathy Harrell)
Tallahassee Habitat for
Humanity (Fred Harris)
Banton's 50-State Tour
Pakistan Flood Relief
Fund/Nadia Gill 2010
Disabled Girls Project 2010
Scholarship Fund 2011
[ABOVE] Anne Bowman, Paula Sutton, Fred Harris, Helen Luke,
(front) Anne's son Alex.
[BELOW] Steffani Murray, Judy Langston, Linda MacDonald
The purposes of the Corporation are:
This Corporation is a church with purposes which are
solely and entirely charitable, religious,
spiritual, educational and scientific, and within
such type of activities, its purposes include:
A. To foster faith in God, by the primary
means of disseminating the teachings of The Urantia
Book through a ministry of tolerance of other
beliefs and loving concern for all men and women.
B. To deliver the good news of the one God in
heaven and the gift of eternal life which all
receive by faith.
C. To proclaim the salvation of God for all
people, and to minister to the sick and afflicted,
and set free those who are bound by fear and
enslaved by evil.
D. To establish, operate, support and
encourage spiritual centers and communities which
will assist in the search for truth, beauty and
goodness in everyday lives, through concepts
presented in The Urantia Book and in other spiritual
E. To support, encourage and strengthen all
religious institutions toward the fulfillment of
their unique potentials in ministering to the
spiritual needs of the public.
F. To aid, support, maintain, and assist, by
gift, donation or otherwise, established religious
or charitable institutions, whose objects or
purposes are to give religious, spiritual,
educational or charitable assistance to children,
maimed, crippled, aged, indigent or needy persons,
or to aid, support, maintain, assist, give, or
donate to such individuals who are deserving of
charitable or spiritual assistance.
G. To assist by gift, loan, or otherwise such
talented, industrious, or needy persons, as shall be
selected by the Directors of this Corporation, to
pursue their religious or spiritual studies in any
school or university approved by such Directors.
H. To proclaim this gospel of the fatherhood
of God and the brotherhood of people to all nations
and races and ever be wise in our choice of methods
for presenting the good news.
I. To maintain as its symbol the banner
of Michael, the material emblem of the Trinity
government of all creation, the three azure blue
concentric circles on a white background.
These three concentric circles are emblematic of the
infinity, eternity, and universality of the Paradise
J. To operate through its officers, Directors,
committees, or other agencies.
& Spirit, is recognized as an entity where
contributions to it are tax deductible for federal
income tax purposes.
attached IRS ruling.