USUA Conference in Nashville
"Disseminating the Teachings: Strategies for Sharing Personal Truth."
April 29 - May 2, 1999
A scholarship program was set
up for this conference in Nashville, which helped youths who could afford
to make the trip to Nashville but could afford only part or none of the
registration, food and lodging fees. Carpools were planned and 13 or 14
of us attended. Together at a conference, it felt like suddenly there
was the beginnings of a community, a solid network of young readers, who
will enthusiastically continue to join the rest of the active readership.
Since that conference other young readers have been starting projects.
April Helen is starting a newsletter to go out to young readers, and Merindi
Swadling just did a presentation at a conference in Australia about being
a young reader and her recent experiences.
I'm constantly impressed as
I get to know more and more readers of my generation that most of them
have their priorities straight. At one point the young readers who were
in Nashville, most of us having been raised by reader parents, were interviewed
and video taped. Several long time older readers observed the interview
and expressed how glad and surprised they were that we all seemed to "get
it". They said that we "got" the overall picture and ability to see what
is important, which it felt like it took them 20 years to "get", and things
which some people still haven't "got" after 20 years of Urantia Book study.
One of them jokingly said she felt like she could die, and the revelation
would be left in good hands.
be of good cheer,