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This week on Cosmic Citizen we’ll explore the topic of individual spiritual growth in relation to community, with one of our most popular return guests, Harvard Divinity School Graduate, Angie Thurston. This has been a well-established focus of Angie’s nationally recognized research efforts, and ongoing projects. We look forward to hearing more about her efforts in this important realm. This is an exciting arena of exploration for youth who are looking for new approaches to personal growth and spirituality. We’ll supplement our discussion with selected readings from the Urantia Book from Paper 101, The Real Nature of Religion, which describe God-knowing responses to difficult life situations.
We will also look at a few passages from the book that address spiritual community as a relationship between “the part and the whole,” as in this example:
2:7.11. "Brotherhood constitutes a fact of relationship between every personality in universal existence. No person can escape the benefits or the penalties that may come as a result of relationship to other persons. The part profits or suffers in measure with the whole. The good effort of each man benefits all men; the error or evil of each man augments the tribulation of all men. As moves the part, so moves the whole. As the progress of the whole, so the progress of the part. The relative velocities of part and whole determine whether the part is retarded by the inertia of the whole or is carried forward by the momentum of the cosmic brotherhood."
Angie will be in conversation with her dad, Chuck Thurston, and we will welcome invited callers to join the discussion. Please join us.