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SSIV August 18-21

                   Scientific Symposium IV

                    August 18-21, 2017

Origin

When I found out about four years ago that a total eclipse of the sun would occur on August 21st 2017, on the 2023rd birthday of our Lord and Master, it immediately occurred to me to have a Scientific Symposium conference over the weekend prior to the Monday eclipse. There has been a rich and popular tradition of having Urantia Book inspired talks about science beginning in the 1988, SSI  in Tennessee. Oklahoma City took over the mantle and sponsored SSII and SSIII in 1989 and 1994. Berkeley Elliott spearheaded these conferences and because she would have been 100 years old on August 23, 2017, this makes this symposium special for the memory of her service.

Knowing that Susan Cook was well acquainted with how to organize a conference, I casually asked her for advice on how to create SSIV over this amazing weekend. She barely let me finish asking her for advice, before she interrupted me and immediately volunteered to be the Conference Chair. I was thrilled and knew that something really special was going to happen.

SSIV History

When you have four years to prepare for a Urantia conference, there are many things that can be dreamed of and problems to solve. Susan immediately went to work and secured a Methodist youth camp near Lawson Missouri which was nearly dead center in the path of the solar eclipse. We were thrilled and well on our way. Then in 2015, the Methodists decided to sell the camp and we were suddenly without a place to have our conference. Undeterred, Susan began looking around for new venues in the path of the eclipse. In the meantime, investors bought the camp at auction and placed it in the care of the current and past camp director, Bo Tucker, who then contacted Susan to see if we still wanted to have our conference there as promised by the Methodists. Susan of course said YES! with a thrill passed onto me that you can only imagine.

Buck Choquette, Robert Aponte, Tom Choquette, Susan Cook and I all showed up at the Wilderness Camping Retreat Center on Wednesday August 16 and began the construction of the venue that would turn out to be almost mortally paradisiacal. Huge crates of food were brought in and stored. The plenary area was prepared with seating for 100 and the sound and sight was perfected. Bedding arrangements were handled with care by Susan.

One thing that makes a Urantia conference so successful (and they all are) is the willingness of so many people to volunteer. When profits and payrolls are not included in the price of admission, volunteerism is the driver of success.

Margaret Thompson coordinated transportation to and from the airport with the inexhaustible help of Mike Wood who was in constant motion driving to and from KCI. Larry Harrison brought his 11 passenger bus to bring them in. These workhorses did amazing service in what they did. They never missed a soul.

Tom Choquette and Susan Cook ran multiple times to Costco for food supplies. Jeremy Allen also shopped with them some. Jake Thompson headed up a team of volunteers who worked their fingers to the bones quite joyfully and provided the participants with a most extraordinarily delicious meal plan for two and a half days. Jeremy Allen is a true Vegan Gourmand. Karen, Jeremy and Jake came in on Thursday and began the work of feeding more or less 50 hungry people the most tantalizing array of carne, vegetarian and vegan cuisines. No diet was left out, and the food was beyond good. It was morontial!

But it just wasn’t about the cooking and eating. Volunteers had to be recruited to do the hard unsung hero work of clean up. And clean up the volunteers did! Susan recruited volunteers to work, many times missing the plenary art and science presentations to perform the unheralded but necessary work of cleaning up. Karen Allen and Dan Casko were tireless and efficient at such a vital job. Evette was ubiquitous. Noah Wood and Steve Law were reliable. Margaret Thompson triple timed as transportation coordinator, cook and clean up artist. Shifts for clean up were well organized and efficient.

Steve Sawyer displayed his gorgeous art and Rick and Susan Lyon had their wares available which added to our financial stability and the material and spiritual  joy of patrons.

Program

As Program Chair, I figured that I would be herding cats, but it was not so. The flow of the program was surprisingly lacking in technical difficulties (with a few minor exceptions.) With the inestimable help of Buck Choquette and Robert Aponte, we pieced together the mechanical and musical nuts and bolts to provide a media of success for all. I need to thank each of the science talk presenters and recognize their willingness to share their insights so selflessly:

Stuart R Kerr III – The Fourth Triunity and the Generation of Cosmic Energy

Sonny Schneider – Finaliter Transcendation.

David Neufer – The Absolute Pattern

Larry Geis – Conscious Dying in Loved Ones

John Lange – Urantia Perspective on Health Care Reform

Mike Woods – Water DNA and the Magic that Binds Them

Philip Calibrese – Faith Helpers

Tom and Patricia Strawser – Spiritual Engineering – The Harmony of God and Science

Larry Johnson – Ultimations and the Internal Electron Geometry

Aprilhelen Morgan and Todd Scarborough – Perfecting the Human Trinity

One signature beauty of how this program would fulfill our souls with comfort and unity, was to have Artisans perform their art or music between each presentation or at least every 20-25 minutes. The mix of science and art verified the unity of God as consisting in all things. I recognize them now:

K Brendi Poppell (the first person I called to be a part of this conference)

Steve Sawyer

Robert Aponte

Christina Seaborn

Buck Choquette

Olga (never caught her last name)

Bill Graham

Bob  Solone

What superlative can I use to indicate how beautiful this was? The balance separated but also unified the strong spirit of truth realization that, “Even now you should learn to water the garden of your heart as well as to seek for the dry sands of knowledge” (48:6.32) 

We got both!!

There was a volunteer duty that I was not sure was going to fly, but fly it did. The Urantia Corps of Worship Conductors (UCWC) organized and provided worship in the morning and before meals. Bobbie Dreier lead the team unselfishly. There were even 6 people who got up at 4:00 am on Monday morning to celebrate noon in Israel which was the actual birthday time of Jesus’ birth.

Special recognition must go to Antonio Schefer who was involved with the planning of this conference from the beginning. He spread the word through social media quite efficiently and took on the task of video recording all the presentations. Hopefully the fruits of his video labor will come out soon and we can all enjoy the fruits of his unselfish labor.

Only one night were we able even partially to enjoy the night sky as the weather was not cooperative. Nevertheless, on Saturday night we enjoyed gazing with powerful telescopes at Andromeda, Sagittarius and other night sky notables. Dawn Grant gave us this instruction. She is employed by the Wilderness Camp and is an amateur astronomer.

Sunday Night Banquet

There were more people who showed up on Sunday to either spend the night or come in from distant hotels to enjoy our banquet and to be around for the eclipse on Monday. Our remembrance banquet was special as we hosted over 60 souls to eat a delicious rack of lamb or to enjoy Jeremy’s tasty and nutritious vegan meal.

Once we were through eating and the volunteer cleaning staff had about finished, we had a remembrance in the dining hall. Many touching remembrances were heard by all, reinforcing the presence of Jesus and inspiring us to carry out his great proclamation to carry this gospel into all the world.

We moved upstairs and began the plenary appreciation of the significance of Jesus” birth and bestowal. Bill Allen began with a lovely rendition of “Birthday Party of the King.” Steve Sawyer and Tom Choquette were the speakers, variously giving their interpretations of the Master’s life. Of course as she had many times throughout the days of the conference, Brendi Poppell delivered another of her wonderful remembrance poems about Jesus and his teachings. Bill Graham, Robert Aponte and Christina Seaborn backed Dan up. I sang a song entitled “Behold the Man.” The evening basically concluded with a concert with an encore by Bob Solone and Christina Seaborn playing several songs, but especially in my mind, “Here Comes the Sun.”

Eclipse

Weather was always in the back of my mind in hopes that we would have a beautiful clear day to bring in Jesus’ birthday with such a cosmic event. Usually, the temperature in August will hover around the upper 90’s and be clear. If you had told me four years ago that on August 21, 2017 that there would be three large thunderstorms on that day beginning at 8 am in the morning, I probably would have begun looking for another clear venue to see the eclipse. Chances of success would be very low.

But this was our fate. An early morning thunderstorm lasted until about 11:30 am.  We all rushed out to the viewing field and set up our blankets and chairs. Mostly cloudy skies prevailed, but intermittently the sun would creep out of the cloudy shadows and show the face of a reluctant sun. By 11:45 am the partial eclipse was well underway. Periodically the sun would creep through the curtains of cloudy obstruction and thrill all of us with whoops of joy as we pressed our eclipse glasses to our eyes and viewed with rapt attention at the amazing event unfolding before our darkened eyes. Shouts of “Happy birthday Jesus!” and songs like “Please Don’t Take our Sunshine Away.” enveloped us all. When the sun periodically dipped behind the clouds our minds were in anxious anticipation and hopes that we would, again, be fortunate sons and daughters.

AND WE WERE!! Beginning at 1:08 pm on a warm August day, amidst the high humidity cushion between two huge storms, we gazed for two minutes and thirty eight seconds at the most amazing totality in awe inspiring rapture. Whoops and screams of joy abounded as if we had just won a championship football game in the last second, or hit a home run in the bottom of the 9th inning with 2 outs to win the game.

Once the diamond ring reappeared as totality finished its complete shadow and as we were cheering and hugging each other in rapt joy, a strange series of thundering booming occurred for several seconds making us all wonder what in the world it could be. Firecrackers? Thunder? Sonic booms? First, no firecrackers would have been allowed in the camp. Rule that out. Thunder and lightning storms were distant and well before and after the time of totality. Rule that out. Was a military or NASA jet on a scientific mission following the eclipse at sonic boom speeds? Possible, but local media would have been alerted to this, as faster than the speed of sound air travel is basically forbidden over the continental US. OR was the little known and poorly understood phenomenon known as “infrasound” responsible? I can’t explain it here, but here is a link to read about it:

https://www.universetoday.com/14435/solar-sonic-boom-eclipses-may-genera...

This is a rare occurrence, and we all were privy not only to a visual optical experience but also to an auditory or hearing manifestation as well. Todd Scarborough is pursuing the science of this event and our group may have an opportunity to testify about the veracity of the phenomenon.

We hugged and kissed and said our goodbyes as we were forced to leave the field because of the next approaching thunderstorm. This one lasted all afternoon. Another huge storm arose that night causing major deadly flooding in parts of Kansas City.

I am scientifically minded, so I could never believe that the powers that be could have been responsible for allowing us to see totality. After all, “the rain falls on the just and the unjust.” But we all were secretly hoping that the Master Force Organizers would grant us this birthday wish of clear skies for our Master’s birthday. If they did, we’ll hear about it on Mansonia.

SSIV Destiny

We presented the idea that SSV should happen along the eclipse line of 2024 when a total eclipse of the sun will occur extending from before Mexico to beyond Canada on April 8th 2024 which happens on a Monday, and is also the day before the resurrection of Jesus, “the time of the tomb.” What a great time to have a SSV before such a religiously significant event. Coincidentally, April 8th in the Western hemisphere is actually April 9th in Palestine which is the actual date of Jesus’ resurrection. This is a significant date for Urantia Book believers exclusively. Many are thinking of where our next SSV should be. Stay tuned.

Conclusion

A handful of believers spent the night on Monday night. A study group on the evening of Jesus’ birthday studied paper 196 on the Faith of Jesus. It was a great remembrance.

Would we have done things differently? The answer to this question is always yes, but when your expectations are exceeded a thousand fold, how can it be better? If you were not there and are reading this, I am sure you wish you were. The fellowship and socialization was divine, the venue was favorable, the scientific presentations were enlightening, the art was vivifying, the food was marvelous, the presence of Jesus was palpable, and of course the eclipse was spectacular.

Thank you is not even enough to say to everyone involved with making this a most successful conference. I am on my knees to the devotion and work put in by all the volunteers.

I know this is long, but I had to write it to document not only the great traditions of Scientific Symposium’s, but to hold on to the memories so vital to self satisfaction and attainment. As Rodan says:

(160:4.12) Train your memory to hold in sacred trust the strength-giving and worth-while episodes of life, which you can recall at will for your pleasure and edification. Thus build up for yourself and in yourself reserve galleries of beauty, goodness, and artistic grandeur. But the noblest of all memories are the treasured recollections of the great moments of a superb friendship. And all of these memory treasures radiate their most precious and exalting influences under the releasing touch of spiritual worship.

So it has been, so shall it be, and so it is,

Tom Allen,

Program Chair, SSIV

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Frustration

Frustration

“the feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something”
“the prevention of the progress, success, or fulfillment of something”

  There is a quote that appears to be from an anonymous source that refers to “frustration” and I think it defines the way I feel better than anything that I can come up with myself, and it simply says “I can’t tell if it is killing me or making me stronger”.

  In just a few months I will be in my 70th revolution around the sun, so I must presume that from the absence of the demise of my existence, by all accounts is quite healthy and strong.

  In my pursuit to try to understand my frustration and to identify what it is that is frustrating me, and has been for the past 50 years I came across another word (in the UB, more on that later) that helped me come to some resolution, and that word is “curiosity”.

  I returned from Southeast Asia when I was 20 years old and I can honestly state that is when my curiosity began and put me on the road that I am still on to this day.

  Why the human race is so hell bent on trying to kill each other? The year I was there, 1968, saw 16,592 young men shipped home to their loved ones, the most of all the years in that conflict. Many time I could have been counted in that number of casualties. Many times I’ve ask myself why I wasn’t?

  I ask a young Baptist Minister this question early on that was sent by a friend, and he said he would get back with me. Never saw him again!

  I joined a 7th day Church, much like the 7th day Church that Dr. Sadler was involved in during his early years. We were quite familiar with Ellen White and her teachings. This sustained me for many years and I do not regret my involvement with them. I learned a great deal from the study of the Old and New Testament that I still value today. But in the end, they still could not answer my questions.

  I read some of the Torah ,some of the Talmud, some of the Quran and others. Looked at what Carl Sagan, Emanual Velikovsky, Noam Chomsky, and many other great minds and what they had to say.

  And then one day, quite by accident while talking to my older brother on the phone he asked if I’d had ever heard of a Dr. Sadler and the Urantia book? That was about 5 years ago. Well, I can state without a doubt, that is the day that changed my life! That started me on my “new” journey that answered every question that I’ve ever had and ones that I didn’t know to ask. It explained who Jesus was, his mission, and what “HIS” true Gospel (Good News) is. What is “HIS” true Gospel? The Truth!
182:1.9 I am the way, the truth, and the life.

  This is the point where I have to ask myself a serious question, and I don’t know if I’m going to like what I find out, but I am more than willing to live with the answer.

  Why did it take me so long to find the Truth? Why was the UB held back from me for so long? Was it waiting on something in me to grow? My education? I could have very easily been a part of the early UB group. Did they not want me there? To be honest, I am not the least bit disappointed to have missed those turbulent years! And there is no amount of argument that can convince me that the Revelators watching did so with anything less than disappointment! I am sure there are reasons and one day I’m again sure they will let me know.

  I know that I ask the hard questions, of myself and of others. The world cannot hide or ignore the “Truth” much longer!

  My curiosity and frustrations have taken me down many roads, and where I find myself now is quite alright with me. My commitment is made!

  I know I started this post out on the word “frustration” but I’m going to end on the word “curiosity”.

14:5.11 Curiosity—the spirit of investigation, the urge of discovery, the drive of exploration—is a part of the inborn and divine endowment of evolutionary space creatures. These natural impulses were not given you merely to be frustrated and repressed. True, these ambitious urges must frequently be restrained during your short life on earth, disappointment must be often experienced, but they are to be fully realized and gloriously gratified during the long ages to come.

Rickey H. Crosby (Petitor Veritatis) 

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The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.
   --Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662)

(1:2.7) The existence of God can never be proved by scientific experiment or by the pure reason of logical deduction. God can be realized only in the realms of human experience; nevertheless, the true concept of the reality of God is reasonable to logic, plausible to philosophy, essential to religion, and indispensable to any hope of personality survival.

(101:1.1) Religion is not the product of reason, but viewed from within, it is altogether reasonable.

(103:7.1) Science is sustained by reason, religion by faith. Faith, though not predicated on reason, is reasonable; though independent of logic, it is nonetheless encouraged by sound logic.

    Blaise Pascal  19 June  was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalising the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote in defence of the scientific method.
    In 1642, while still a teenager, he started some pioneering work on calculating machines. After three years of effort and 50 prototypes, he built 20 finished machines (called Pascal's calculators and later Pascalines) over the following 10 years, establishing him as one of the first two inventors of the mechanical calculator.
    Pascal was an important mathematician, helping create two major new areas of research: he wrote a significant treatise on the subject of projective geometry at the age of 16, and later corresponded with Pierre de Fermat on probability theory, strongly influencing the development of modern economics and social science. Following Galileo Galilei and Torricelli, in 1647, he rebutted Aristotle's followers who insisted that nature abhors a vacuum. Pascal's results caused many disputes before being accepted.
    In 1646, he and his sister Jacqueline identified with the religious movement within Catholicism known by its detractors as Jansenism. His father died in 1651. Following a religious experience in late 1654, he began writing influential works on philosophy and theology. His two most famous works date from this period: the Lettres provinciales and the Pensées, the former set in the conflict between Jansenists and Jesuits. In that year, he also wrote an important treatise on the arithmetical triangle. Between 1658 and 1659 he wrote on the cycloid and its use in calculating the volume of solids.
    Pascal had poor health, especially after the age of 18, and he died just two months after his 39th birthday.

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Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.
  --Viktor Frankl, (1905 –1997)

(175:2.2) Many times has this unreasoning and un-Christlike hatred and persecution of modern Jews terminated in the suffering and death of some innocent and unoffending Jewish individual whose very ancestors, in the times of Jesus, heartily accepted his gospel and presently died unflinchingly for that truth which they so wholeheartedly believed. What a shudder of horror passes over the onlooking celestial beings as they behold the professed followers of Jesus indulge themselves in persecuting, harassing, and even murdering the later-day descendants of Peter, Philip, Matthew, and others of the Palestinian Jews who so gloriously yielded up their lives as the first martyrs of the gospel of the heavenly kingdom!

(99:4.6) During the psychologically unsettled times of the twentieth century, amid the economic upheavals, the moral crosscurrents, and the sociologic rip tides of the cyclonic transitions of a scientific era, thousands upon thousands of men and women have become humanly dislocated; they are anxious, restless, fearful, uncertain, and unsettled; as never before in the world's history they need the consolation and stabilization of sound religion. In the face of unprecedented scientific achievement and mechanical development there is spiritual stagnation and philosophic chaos.

    Viktor Emil Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, which is a form of existential analysis, the "Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy". His best-selling book Man's Search for Meaning (published under a different title in 1959: From Death-Camp to Existentialism, and originally published in 1946 as Trotzdem Ja Zum Leben Sagen: Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager, meaning Nevertheless, Say "Yes" to Life: A Psychologist Experiences the Concentration Camp) chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate, which led him to discover the importance of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most brutal ones, and thus, a reason to continue living. Frankl became one of the key figures in existential therapy and a prominent source of inspiration for humanistic psychologists.

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When you re-read a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in yourself than there was before.
  --Clifton Fadiman, editor and critic (1904-1999)

(126:3.6-8) In the course of this year Jesus found a passage in the so-called Book of Enoch which influenced him in the later adoption of the term "Son of Man" as a designation for his bestowal mission on Urantia. He had thoroughly considered the idea of the Jewish Messiah and was firmly convinced that he was not to be that Messiah. He longed to help his father's people, but he never expected to lead Jewish armies in overthrowing the foreign domination of Palestine. He knew he would never sit on the throne of David at Jerusalem. Neither did he believe that his mission was that of a spiritual deliverer or moral teacher solely to the Jewish people. In no sense, therefore, could his life mission be the fulfillment of the intense longings and supposed Messianic prophecies of the Hebrew scriptures; at least, not as the Jews understood these predictions of the prophets. Likewise he was certain he was never to appear as the Son of Man depicted by the Prophet Daniel.
    But when the time came for him to go forth as a world teacher, what would he call himself? What claim should he make concerning his mission? By what name would he be called by the people who would become believers in his teachings?
    While turning all these problems over in his mind, he found in the synagogue library at Nazareth, among the apocalyptic books which he had been studying, this manuscript called "The Book of Enoch"; and though he was certain that it had not been written by Enoch of old, it proved very intriguing to him, and he read and reread it many times. There was one passage which particularly impressed him, a passage in which this term "Son of Man" appeared. The writer of this so-called Book of Enoch went on to tell about this Son of Man, describing the work he would do on earth and explaining that this Son of Man, before coming down on this earth to bring salvation to mankind, had walked through the courts of heavenly glory with his Father, the Father of all; and that he had turned his back upon all this grandeur and glory to come down on earth to proclaim salvation to needy mortals. As Jesus would read these passages (well understanding that much of the Eastern mysticism which had become admixed with these teachings was erroneous), he responded in his heart and recognized in his mind that of all the Messianic predictions of the Hebrew scriptures and of all the theories about the Jewish deliverer, none was so near the truth as this story tucked away in this only partially accredited Book of Enoch; and he then and there decided to adopt as his inaugural title "the Son of Man." And this he did when he subsequently began his public work. Jesus had an unerring ability for the recognition of truth, and truth he never hesitated to embrace, no matter from what source it appeared to emanate.

    Clifton Paul "Kip" Fadiman (May 15, 1904 – June 20, 1999) was an American intellectual, author, editor, radio and television personality. He began his work with the radio, and switched to television later in his career.

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A Watch in the Night

    A Watch in the Night

    I don’t think that anyone can seriously dispute the fact that we are living in a very interesting time in history, unless you’ve got your head buried in the sand so deep that the only thing sticking out is your feet! The US political stage changes by the minute and gives the news outlets material that they haven’t seen in decades. The world events (or should I say chaos) takes backseat to the the politics, but it’s there, if you want to see how our fellow humans and brethren are faring on this planet.

    2017 is turning out to be a year that has already seen its share of events that will be analyzed, scrutinized, theorized, politicalized and recorded about in future history books that are already being written as we speak.

    One event that is about to take place that is grabbing world attention is the forthcoming, once in a lifetime solar eclipse, and if your not a UB reader and haven’t heard of it you would be in that “feet sticking out of the sand” category!

    There is also an event that some say is of great prophetic significance that will happen on September 23 of this year. It seems that on this date, the sun will be in the constellation Virgo (the virgin), along with the moon near Virgo’s feet. Additionally, Jupiter will be in Virgo, while the planets Venus, Mars, and Mercury will be above and to the right of Virgo in the constellation Leo. Some people claim that this is a very rare event and that it supposedly is a fulfillment of a sign in Revelation 12:1-2 reads:

“And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.”

    The purported prophecy from John describes "a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head." The proponents of the Revelation 12 Sign say that the woman represents the constellation Virgo and the crown of twelve stars represents the nine stars of the constellation Leo in conjunction with Mercury, Mars, and Venus. The moon appears to be under the "feet" of the constellation Virgo in September 2017 and the sun will be passing through the constellation, which they say is what is meant by the woman being "clothed with the sun".

    The second verse of the twelfth chapter goes on to say that the woman "was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth." Some Christians suggest this will be fulfilled because the planet Jupiter will be traversing the constellation after having undergone apparent retrograde motion. After entering what they perceive to be Virgo's "womb", Jupiter exits the lower part of the "womb" 42 weeks later, which is the approximate length of a human gestation (normal gestation periods lasting from 37 to 42 weeks).

    It was also discovered that the apparent retrograde of Jupiter in the womb of Virgo was preceded by C/2017 E1 (Comet Borisov) which is being called the Conception Comet. This comet traveled from the loins of the constellation Leo to the womb of the constellation Virgo just before the entrance of Jupiter into the womb. Some proponents of the Revelation 12 Sign are suggesting that this comet represented the divine insemination of the woman, which subsequently produced the male child (Jupiter).

    It is also interesting to note that Revelation 12 Sign also coincides with the High Holy Day of Rosh Hashanah on the Jewish calendar, which is also called the Feast of Trumpets. (See Ricks Blog, Feast of Dedication) The Feast of Trumpets is the first of the Fall Feasts and its timing is traditionally based on the visibility of the new moon, which in 2017 is expected to be between September 21st and the 22nd. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year celebration, in this case marking the end of the year 5777 (sometimes abbreviated to the 777) and the beginning of 5778. ( see Ricks Blog 777) The Feast of Trumpets in Jewish tradition is believed to be a day when the dead will be resurrected and judgement will begin while Christians believe the period describes the tribulation period found in the book of Revelation.

    The complete astronomical alignment occurs on September 23, 2017. Interpretations of Revelation 12 vary, but the general consensus of those groups suggests that the September 2017 alignment is the Great Sign which is described in this passage of Scripture: that the woman represents the nation of Israel, (Who is Israel? Ricks Blog to come) which they believe is about to enter into a multi-year period of Tribulation,

    The apocalyptic symbol of a woman in labor is found throughout Jewish and Christian Scriptures, which proponents suggest is evidence of the September 2017 alignment's importance in prophecy. These particular Scriptures include Isaiah 13:6-13, Isaiah 26:17-21, Isaiah 66:7-11, Jeremiah 30:4-11, Jeremiah 49:23-27, Micah 5:3, Matthew 24:8, Mark 13:8, and 1 Thessalonians 5:3.

    While critics can divide the individual aspects of the Revelation 12 Sign in order to debunk its rarity, it is the combination of the many facets of the sign that create its one occurrence in history.

    Our time hear on this planet is but a blink of an eye to the Father and it says that a thousand years is but a watch in the night. In paper 176 our Creator admonishes us to be wise regarding the ripening of an age, and that we should be alert to discern the signs of the times. For me, that is what I will do !

“2:2.2 There is finality of completeness and perfection of repleteness in the mandates of the Father. "Whatsoever God does, it shall be forever; nothing can be added to it nor anything taken from it." The Universal Father does not repent of his original purposes of wisdom and perfection. His plans are steadfast, his counsel immutable, while his acts are divine and infallible. "A thousand years in his sight are but as yesterday when it is past and as a watch in the night." The perfection of divinity and the magnitude of eternity are forever beyond the full grasp of the circumscribed mind of mortal man.”

Rickey H. Crosby (Petitor Veritatis) 

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The world is more malleable than you think and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape.
  --Bono, musician and social activist (b.1960)

(195:0.3) Upon such a stage of human society the teachings of Jesus, embraced in the Christian message, were suddenly thrust. A new order of living was thus presented to the hungry hearts of these Western peoples. This situation meant immediate conflict between the older religious practices and the new Christianized version of Jesus' message to the world. Such a conflict must result in either decided victory for the new or for the old or in some degree of compromise. History shows that the struggle ended in compromise. Christianity presumed to embrace too much for any one people to assimilate in one or two generations. It was not a simple spiritual appeal, such as Jesus had presented to the souls of men; it early struck a decided attitude on religious rituals, education, magic, medicine, art, literature, law, government, morals, sex regulation, polygamy, and, in limited degree, even slavery. Christianity came not merely as a new religion—something all the Roman Empire and all the Orient were waiting for—but as a new order of human society. And as such a pretension it quickly precipitated the social-moral clash of the ages. The ideals of Jesus, as they were reinterpreted by Greek philosophy and socialized in Christianity, now boldly challenged the traditions of the human race embodied in the ethics, morality, and religions of Western civilization.

(195:6.9) The materialistic sociologist of today surveys a community, makes a report thereon, and leaves the people as he found them. Nineteen hundred years ago, unlearned Galileans surveyed Jesus giving his life as a spiritual contribution to man's inner experience and then went out and turned the whole Roman Empire upside down.

    Paul David Hewson (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best known as the lead vocalist and primary lyricist of rock band U2.
    Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School where he met his future wife, Alison Stewart, as well as schoolmates with whom he founded U2 in 1976. Bono soon established himself as a passionate frontman for the band through his expressive vocal style and grandiose gestures and songwriting. His lyrics are known for their social and political themes, and for their religious imagery inspired by his Christian beliefs. During U2's early years, Bono's lyrics contributed to the group's rebellious and spiritual tone. As the band matured, his lyrics became inspired more by personal experiences shared with the other members. As a member of U2, Bono has received 22 Grammy Awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    Bono is widely known for his activism for social justice causes, both through U2 and as an individual. He is particularly active in campaigning for Africa, for which he co-founded DATA, EDUN, the ONE Campaign, and Product Red. In pursuit of these causes, he has participated in benefit concerts and met with influential politicians. Bono has been praised for his philanthropic efforts; he was granted an honorary knighthood by Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom for "his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work", and has been made a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters). In 2005, Bono was named one of the Time Persons of the Year.
    Outside of the band, he has recorded with numerous artists. He has collaborated with U2 bandmate the Edge on several projects, including: songs for Roy Orbison and Tina Turner; the soundtracks to the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and a London stage adaptation of A Clockwork Orange; and the refurbishment of the Clarence Hotel in Dublin. He is Managing Director and a Managing Partner of the private equity firm Elevation Partners, which has invested in several companies.

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In words as fashions the same rule will hold,
Alike fantastic if too new or old;
Be not the first by whom the new are tried,
Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
  --Alexander Pope, poet (1688-1744)

(66:6.2) Slavery to tradition produces stability and co-operation by sentimentally linking the past with the present, but it likewise stifles initiative and enslaves the creative powers of the personality. The whole world was caught in the stalemate of tradition-bound mores when the Caligastia one hundred arrived and began the proclamation of the new gospel of individual initiative within the social groups of that day. But this beneficent rule was so soon interrupted that the races never have been wholly liberated from the slavery of custom; fashion still unduly dominates Urantia.

    Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) was an 18th-century English poet. He is best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer, and he is also famous for his use of the heroic couplet. He is the second-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations after Shakespeare.

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When the work you put in is realized. Let yourself feel the pride but always stay humble and kind.
  --Tim McGraw (born 1967)

(39:4.13)  It is not so much what you learn in this first life; it is the experience of living this life that is important. Even the work of this world, paramount though it is, is not nearly so important as the way in which you do this work. There is no material reward for righteous living, but there is profound satisfaction—consciousness of achievement—and this transcends any conceivable material reward.

(48:6.37) You will learn that you increase your burdens and decrease the likelihood of success by taking yourself too seriously. Nothing can take precedence over the work of your status sphere—this world or the next. Very important is the work of preparation for the next higher sphere, but nothing equals the importance of the work of the world in which you are actually living. But though the work is important, the self is not. When you feel important, you lose energy to the wear and tear of ego dignity so that there is little energy left to do the work. Self-importance, not work-importance, exhausts immature creatures; it is the self element that exhausts, not the effort to achieve. You can do important work if you do not become self-important; you can do several things as easily as one if you leave yourself out. Variety is restful; monotony is what wears and exhausts. Day after day is alike—just life or the alternative of death.

(134:9.7) During this final period of Jesus' work at the boatshop, he spent most of his time on the interior finishing of some of the larger craft. He took great pains with all his handiwork and seemed to experience the satisfaction of human achievement when he had completed a commendable piece of work. Though he wasted little time upon trifles, he was a painstaking workman when it came to the essentials of any given undertaking.

    Samuel Timothy "Tim" McGraw  is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He has been married to singer Faith Hill since 1996, and is a son of the late baseball player Tug McGraw.
    McGraw began singing in a neotraditional country style, but starting with 1997's Everywhere, he developed a more crossover-friendly, country pop sound, making him one of the first male Country singers of his generation to crossover to Pop. McGraw has released fourteen studio albums (eleven for Curb Records and three for Big Machine Records). 10 of those albums have reached number 1 on the Top Country Albums charts, with his 1994 breakthrough album Not a Moment Too Soon being the top country album of 1994. All of these albums have produced 65 singles, 25 of which have reached number 1 on the Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay charts. Three of these singles — "It's Your Love," "Just to See You Smile," and "Live Like You Were Dying" — were the top country songs of 1997, 1998, and 2004 according to Billboard Year-End. He has also won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 11 Country Music Association (CMA) awards, 10 American Music Awards, and three People's Choice Awards. His Soul2Soul II Tour with Faith Hill is one of the highest grossing tours in country music history, and one of the top 5 among all genres of music.
    McGraw has ventured into acting, with supporting roles in "The Shack" (film, 2017), The Blind Side (with Sandra Bullock), Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, Tomorrowland, and Four Christmases (with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon), and lead roles in Flicka (2006) and Country Strong (2010). He was a minority owner of the Arena Football League's Nashville Kats.
    In acknowledgement of his grandfather's Italian heritage, McGraw was honored by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in 2004, receiving the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Music during the Foundation's 29th Anniversary Gala.

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SSIV Presenters Request

Friends,

    The Scientific Symposium IV is jut around the corner. http://tsquest.org/event/scientific-symposium-iv-science-and-spirituality/ We still have a few presentation slots to fill, so if you are coming August 18-21, please let me know if you have a topic of scientific interest to present at the conference. These are the topics already accepted: Ultimaton speculations, health and nutrition, eclipse science, superuniverse speculations, fourth triunity, science of spirituality. Bring forth the best of your spirituality and scientific knowledge. 

    Artists are invited to provide 10 minute garden watering relief between the scientific dry sands of knowledge with poetry, dance and music.

Tom Allen Program Chair, SSIV

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