A Spirituality Podcast for Truth Seekers
Are you ready to courageously follow your own sense of mercy, justice, and truth? Are you searching for religious teachings that make sense? Are you having a hard time accepting teachings which seem spiritually unholy and untruthful? Then, have we got a show for you! The Cosmic Citizen is a show for progressive religionists and spiritual people who are ready to find a spirituality worthy of an age of science and enlightenment.
Our hosts, Paula Thompson, Andre Radatus , Chuck Thurston and Marvin Gawryn are ministers, students and scholars of The Urantia Book, all with at least four decades of experience with it. We sometimes interview guests on topics related to modern and progressive spirituality, but most often we explore The Urantia Book together on air. We embrace diversity, civil and intelligent dialogue, and a willingness to serve a purpose that is true, beautiful and good. Please join us!
This week we continue our study of Paper 6 - The Eternal Son. We will be studying Section 3. Ministry of the Father's Love, and Section 4. Attributes of the Eternal Son.
Paper 6 of The Urantia Book is about the Eternal Son, who is the second person of the Paradise Trinity and the perfect expression of the Universal Father. The paper describes the identity, nature, attributes, and functions of the Eternal Son, as well as his relation to the other members of the Trinity and the creation. The paper also explains the origin and ministry of the various orders of the Paradise Sons of God, who are the offspring of the Eternal Son and his associates. The paper concludes with a discussion of the Paradise Sons of God as the revealers of the Father’s love and the upholders of his justice in the universes of time and space.
Consider these statements from Sections 3 and 4 of Paper 6.
6:3.1.The Son shares the justice and righteousness of the Trinity but overshadows these divinity traits by the infinite personalization of the Father's love and mercy; the Son is the revelation of divine love to the universes. As God is love, so the Son is mercy.
6:3.2.The Eternal Son is the great mercy minister to all creation. Mercy is the essence of the Son's spiritual character. The mandates of the Eternal Son, as they go forth over the spirit circuits of the Second Source and Center, are keyed in tones of mercy.
6:4.7.The Original Son is universally and spiritually self-conscious. In wisdom the Son is the full equal of the Father. In the realms of knowledge, omniscience, we cannot distinguish between the First and Second Sources; like the Father, the Son knows all; he is never surprised by any universe event; he comprehends the end from the beginning.
We hope you can join us on Saturday for another deep dive into The Urantia Book, and a comprehensive study on The Eternal Son.
Paula Thompson, Co-host
Paula Thompson began studying The Urantia Book early in 1976, when she committed her life to personal spiritual growth and ministry. In 1983, Paula began coordinating and facilitating public outreach with The Urantia Book. Since then, she has traveled extensively in the USA, Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and Central and South America publicly introducing the book. She co-founded and has hosted The Cosmic Citizen since 2008.
In 1989, she went to work for the Jesusonian Foundation and served as Executive Director there until 2006. She managed outreach activities, book distribution, and the Good Cheer Catalog of Urantia study aids and supportive works. She also oversaw the development of numerous outreach efforts, most notably the beautiful website www.Truthbook.com .
In 1994, Paula was elected to the Urantia Book Fellowship’s General Council, where she served for 27 years. In 2006, she took over as Executive Director for The Fellowship. She recently retired after serving in that capacity for 16 years
Andre Radatus, Co-host
The Urantia Book’s truths have spoken compellingly to André since 1976 revealing God more fully than any other compendium of truth. For him, it is the “the ever-illuminating 'Handbook Earth’ speaking of dozens of spiritual realities never-before-known. He has participated in or co-led many different study groups and formats since 1978. Canadian-born son of eastern European immigrants, he is the father of three adult children.
André emigrated to the United States in 1980 to teach and tutor at a Urantian-founded school for learning-difference youngsters until 1995.
André participated in the first-hosted Urantia booth disseminating the Book and its teachings in Denver, Colorado in the early-1980s. He is a member of Rocky Mountain Spiritual Fellowship and its parent The Urantia Book Fellowship since 1989, its General Council since 2016, and International Fellowship Chair since 2019.
He joined the UrantiaUniversity Board of Trustees in 2010, has Chaired and Cochaired its Curriculum Committee since 2012, and is on its Urantia Education Center’s Teacher Training Program team since its inception in 2019.
André first cohosted The Cosmic Citizen with Christilyn Biek Larson in March of 2012 and has cohosted regularly with Paula Thompson and the gang for more than ten years.
Marvin Gawryn considers himself incredibly lucky. Fifty years ago, when he was seventeen and barely sentient, at his high school job at one of the first metaphysical book shops in Los Angeles, he stumbled upon The Urantia Book. It has shaped his entire adult life from that day forward.
He has participated in and led study groups weekly for forty years, and served in numerous leadership roles with Urantia Book Fellowship and other service organizations. His dearest friends are fellow readers. He is the author of “Reaching High: The Psychology of Spiritual Living”, and has presented workshops at many movement conferences. He was especially fortunate to serve as Chair of the Fellowship’s Liaison Committee during eﬀorts to restore cooperative relations with Urantia Foundation and UAI after the turbulence of the 1990’s. He is currently a member of the Standard Reference Text Committee, and of UUI’s Curriculum Committee.
Marvin is semi-retired after 30 years in practice as a Family Therapist, and currently works as the Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada. He has, over the past thirty years, researched and oﬀered workshops on the socialization of religion material in The Urantia Book, and in 1988 completed a two year Certificate of Theological Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in the history and sociology of religion.
He is President of the Family of God Fellowship (familyofgodfellowship.org), which is dedicated to helping people live their lives more fully in spiritual family relationship, and to spreading Jesus’ gospel as expressed in The Urantia Book — a thrilling and dynamic Way of Life in the Family of God.
Most importantly, Marvin and his lovely and wise wife, Francyl, continue to enjoy the remarkable experience of serving as parents to two amazing young women, their husbands, and two beloved grandchildren. “Such a life on such a planet!” 111:7.5
Chuck Thurston began his study of The Urantia Book in the mid-1970s. After exploring many other sources of spiritual insight, the discovery of The Urantia Book and its teachings marked the beginning of a new and profoundly life-changing growth in understanding of the nature of God and the meaning of our existence.
Over the years since then, Chuck has been closely involved with the international community of readers and students of The Urantia Book and has offered many workshops and presentations at annual conferences and other gatherings. He is currently a co-host on the Saturday morning Cosmic Citizen Blogtalk Radio broadcast and is working with Derek Samaras on the production of UBN (Urantia Book Network) video podcasts on a variety of topics.
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