General Councilor Positions Open

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Dear Society Officers, 

Two seats have become vacant on the General Council (GC) for a terms potentially ending in July, 2018.

To be eligible to serve on the General Council, a person must be a member of the Fellowship, either a Member at Large or a Society Member. In addition, the Fellowship's constitution requires that you must have read The Urantia Book in its entirety, at least one time.

General Councilors are typically elected by the Triennial Delegate Assembly (TDA). Every three years representatives from regional Urantia societies come together with the task of electing or reelecting 12 full term Councilors. (This last happened in July of 2015.) A full term lasts for nine years. Occasionally someone resigns before their term has expired and the GC fills this seat temporarily until the TDA can convene again and elect someone to finish the remainder of that term. 

The General Council is a deliberative body which guides the overall direction of The Urantia Book Fellowship. The GC elects the Fellowship's 5 officers as well as the chairmen/women who head up our 9 standing committees. These 14 people are called the Executive Committee. The GC also has the power to create by-laws and change the Fellowship's constitution. To read more about the General Council and The Fellowship's constitution, go to this page: http://www.urantiabook.org/index-about-the-urantia-book-fellowship.htm

Membership on the GC involves attending just two meetings per year. Meetings are held over a weekend and are in a variety of locations across North America. Meetings typically occur in February (in a warm climate) and again at the close of, and in conjunction with, the Fellowship's summer conference. General Council meetings typically begin on Friday evening for about 4 hours, then resume on Saturday morning for 8 hours and again on Sunday morning, ending at noon. Sometimes another day may be added to the GC meeting for a retreat. Saturday night is usually held open for a social with readers from the area where the meeting is held. We vary the location of meetings to allow for this fellowship and to facilitate local readers getting to know the leaders of the Fellowship. This event is often a highlight at Council meetings.

Meeting agendas typically consist of reports by the officers, and standing committee chairs, discussion of policy, and proposals for new arenas of service and dissemination. Meetings are presided over by the Fellowship's President and are run according to Roberts Rules of Order.

It's important to note that Councilors must be able to cover their own costs to attend meetings. This includes travel to the meeting, hotel room, and meals. Occasional financial assistance may be available to Councilors if circumstances leave them unable to meet these expenses.

Being on the Fellowship's General Council is an amazing experience. Some General Councilors have served for 2, 3 and 4 consecutive 9-year terms. Lifelong friendships are established and the beauty of deliberation, group wisdom and teamwork is illuminated in remarkable and inspiring ways.

If, after reading this and checking in with our Father, you feel you would like to join the long list of General Councilors who have served the Urantia movement faithfully for 60 years, click here and fill out the application:           

Application for Organizational Service

If you applied to be considered at the TDA and would like to be considered again, please let me know, there is no need to fill out another application.

Thanks in advance for your consideration and your willingness to serve! Please feel free to pass this on to any qualified person you believe would be interested.

In faith and friendship....Paula