Georgia Urantia Conference 2017
Friday, December 1, to Sunday, December 3, 2017 at the Macon/Mercer Hilton Garden Inn
"Religious peace – brotherhood – can never exist unless all religions are willing to completely divest themselves of all ecclesiastical authority and fully surrender all concept of spiritual sovereignty. God alone is spirit sovereign. You cannot have equality among religions without having religious wars unless all religions consent to the transfer of all religious sovereignty to some superhuman level, to God himself." 134:4.4-5 (1487.1-2)
The 2017 Georgia Urantia Conference is designed to address the question of how readers of The Urantia Book can discern the foundations of and teachings on the evolving Christianity and effectively intervene in the discussion that is defining itself as the emergent church.
You are invited to join long time and experienced readers, Dana and Dennis Kersey in exploring the topic, “Emerging Christianity, Then and Now,” at the first planned Georgia Conference, December 1-3, 2017 at the Macon/Mercer Hilton Garden Inn.
Mercer University has a long tradition of combining religion and the demands of following Jesus. In recent history, the university withdrew from the Southern Baptist Convention over issues of race and academic freedom. A “Peace Fountain” in Tatnall Square Park marks past achievements in racial harmony. We plan to dismiss around the fountain on Sunday morning after a full day of meetings, meals and hopefully, homegrown entertainment. On Friday evening, attendees have the fine option of attending “Lessons in Carols” at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church near the campus performed by the Mercer Singers who performed at Carnegie Hall last year.
Dennis Kersey will trace some of the “Interfaith Influences” from which the earliest forms of Christianity emerged. These include clues from The Urantia Book that point to Egyptian, Zoroastrian, and Buddhist concepts and practices, most of which were first absorbed by post-exilic Judaism.
Dana Kersey will lead the group in a “shared inquiry” discussion on how The Urantia Book informs our interface with the church and other Christians today. Participants will practice the ancient form of reading divine texts, Lectio Divina, with related quotes from poetry, literature, philosophy and The Urantia Book.His Teachings In the 21st Century? This question calls us to explore what we know about Jesus’ teachings, his personal religion, and his message to us today. The program will inspire us to be true followers of Jesus and his teachings, and become the leaders and teachers of the future.
David and Marilyn Kulieke, from the First Society of Chicago, are coming to offer a national and international perspective on our theme and to encourage study group formation in Georgia. David is chair of the Education Committee for the General Council of the Fellowship.
Dick Bain has offered to join us via Zoom thereby bringing his expertise in the science, teachings, and understanding of the movement.
Let Dana and Dennis know if you would like to offer thoughts, music or artistic abilities to enrich our conference.
We have the meeting room reserved for up to eighty attendees and plan to begin Saturday at eight over coffee and Danish rolls, break at noon for box luncheons in our assigned room and attend a catered banquet that night. Impromptu entertainment is planned to follow the banquet. Please offer any ideas or expertise you may have for this time. The meeting room we have reserved is to be arranged in the round to maximize interaction and accommodate up to eighty attendees until ten o’clock. We can gather again at the nearby Peace Fountain in Tatnall Square Park for a few words and a farewell on Sunday morning.
Participants will be travelling from and around Georgia, bringing together a diverse and enthusiastic group of the readership of The Urantia Book. You are invited to come and participate in the fellowship and study.
Early registration is strongly encouraged for this weekend event. Meals and the meeting room must be guaranteed well in advance. Onsite rooms or near-by rooms should be reserved by attendees.
Your pre-registration covers our meeting room a box luncheon, a banquet supper on Saturday night, drinks and snacks.
Accomodations are the responsibility of the attendees, and reservations can be made at the Macon/Mercer Hilton Garden Inn, 1220 Stadium Dr., Macon, GA 31204, (478-741-8527) www.maconmerceruniversity.hgi.com or across Mercer University Blvd. at the new Marriott.
Let them know that you are participating in the Georgia Urantia Conference for a room discount.
- Registration received by Thursday, November 9, 2017 will be $50.00 per adult.
- Registration received after this date will be $65.00 per adult.
- Children are welcome.
If you'd rather mail your registration form, download the registration form here and mail it, along with your check to: Georgia Conference 2017, c/o Dana Kersey, 4351 Loch Lomond Dr., Macon, GA 31217
Finally, if you are interested in participating and/or helping with logistics, call Dana at home (478-743-2867), cell (478-737-9612) or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
- Joseph Campbell