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100th Anniversary of the First Meeting of the Forum

  • 2023-02-10
  • 6:30 PM (CST)
  • 2023-02-11
  • 5:00 PM (CST)
  • Chicago, Illinois and Virtual

Celebrating the Birth of the Forum on February 11, 1923:

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the First Meeting of the Forum 

First Society for Readers of The Urantia Book will be

hosting the 2023 Midwest Conference. This conference

celebrates the role of the Forum, established on

February 11, 1923, in the revelatory process and

publication of The Urantia Book. It explores the origin

and history of a unique group of individuals who met

weekly as members of the Forum to listen to and

discuss the newly revealed material. Their dedication

and loyalty to the Urantia Project enabled them to

support the revelators in the creation of an epochal

revelation which would be understandable by the

human mind. 

In 1955, Urantia Brotherhood was established and

in 1956 First Urantia Society was installed. Many of

those participating in the Forum became the original

members of First Urantia Society, ending their days of

service in the Forum.

Our Conference Chair, Emily Deam, President of

First Society, is pleased to share the tentative program

for the conference, included on the next page.

Please join us to celebrate! 

2023 Midwest Conference for Readers of The Urantia Book

An In-Person and Zoom Conference

Friday, February 10, 2023

6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Central Time Study Group and Social

Saturday, February 11, 2023

9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Central Time Program and Lunch

Conference Location:

Urantia Foundation, the Forum Room 533 W. Diversey Pkwy.
Chicago, Illinois 60614


Start a new email thread and send to

In the Subject Line, put “Midwest Conference 2023” and your name.

In the text, list the names and contact info. for all individuals attending, and whether they will be in-person or on Zoom.

The $40.00 in-person Registration Fee can be paid upon arrival. Donations from Zoom participants are welcome.

Questions: Contact Ken Keyser by email at or by phone at (773) 338-1127.

Overnight Accommodations Nearby:

The Willows Hotel, Chicago
The Hotel Versey
Days Inn, Chicago or, consider a nearby B&B

Parking is available on-street or at a nearby parking garage only.

Celebrating the Birth of the Forum on February 11, 1923

Hosted by First Society for Readers of The Urantia Book Midwest Conference 2023 Tentative Schedule (all Central Times)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2023 5:30 6:15 PM Registration

6:30 8:30 PM Study Group and Social
The Gift of Revelation Paper 92:4 (page 1007) followed by a Social

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023 Live streamed on Zoom from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM also 8:00 8:45 AM Registration

9:00 9:15 AM Welcome (Emily Deam, President First Society)
9:30 AM Meditation and Prayer (Marilynn Kulieke)
10:15 AM Presentation: Origin, History, Destiny (Barbara Newsom)

10:15 -10:30 AM Break
1 1:15 AM Video Presentation: The Urantia Book: The Early Years.”

(Marilynn Kulieke)

11:15 AM 12:00 PM Presentation: The Mystique of February 11 (Larry Bowman, a Member of the Forum)

12:00 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 1:45 PM Breakout Group Discussion: What Questions Would You Ask the Revelators? (Multiple Facilitators)

1:45 - 2:00 PM Break

2:00 2:45 PM Report Back on Group Discussions (Emily Deam and Facilitators)

2:45 3:45 PM Presentation: Destiny: The Future of Urantia (Barbara Newsom, Ken Keyser, Tom Sadler)

3:45 4:30 PM Group Discussion on Destiny (Barbara Newsom)

4:30 5:00 PM Tour of the Urantia Foundation Building (Ken Keyser)

5:15 7:00 PM Optional family style dinner at

Pars Cove Restaurant, 435 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago, IL 

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