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Scientific Symposium IV: Science and Spirituality

August 18 - August 21

$75.00 - $285.00

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Scientific Symposium IV: Science and Spirituality

 Encompassing the celebration of the birth of Jesus and a spectacular total solar eclipse

It is with a great and joyous anticipation that we await the first solar eclipse to come across North America in several decades.  This amazing eclipse will stretch all the way across the United States of America from Oregon to South Carolina (view the path of the eclipse here). The wonderful thing for Urantia Book readers, is that this eclipse will occur on Jesus’ 2023rd birthday!  What a great event to honor our Sovereign and friend Jesus of Nazareth.  Jesus shared our fascination with the heavens:  “He rejoiced to contemplate the Father through the inspiring spectacle of the starry realms of the Creator Sons.” (167:6.5)  And as a child “He evinced a troublesome penchant for lying on his back and gazing wonderingly up into the starry heavens long after his usual bedtime in this well-ordered Nazareth household.” (123:3.10)  We too will share this joy and inspiration.


We are hosting the fourth Scientific Symposium.  These symposia had their origin in 1988 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The second was held in 1991 in Oklahoma City. The third was also in Oklahoma City in 1994.  In the tradition of these symposia, we will be celebrating the fourth Scientific Symposium in the same spirit that gave rise to so much wonderful thinking on how the Urantia papers correlate with current scientific understanding.  Urantia Foundation recently sponsored a well-received and in-depth Scientific Symposium earlier this year.  However, the depth of this small meeting at Urantia Foundation was much more specific to a more limited population of truly impressive thinkers about science and the Urantia Book.  Our Scientific Symposium as in the past, will be a larger event and will be geared more toward the generic reader of the Urantia Book.  In other words, the science topics will be so well known to the presenters, that they will be able to make their subject matter understandable to nearly anybody.

Presentations will be relatively brief, lasting 20-25 minutes with poetry and artistic creativity woven between scientific presentations.  If you would like to present or do a 10-minute artistry segment, please open the appropriate form below, print it, fill it out, and mail it or email it to:  Tom Allen, 5908 Burnham Place, Oklahoma City, OK 73132 or tommykaren1@att.net.  If you have questions, please call Tom at (405) 570-6862.

SSIV 20 to 25 Minute Presentation Proposal Form

SSIV 10 Minute Presentation Proposal Form

Where and When

This exciting event will be held at the Wilderness Camping and Retreat Center near Lawson, Missouri on August 18-21, 2017.  An extraordinary solar eclipse will occur on the occasion of the celebration of the birth of our lord and master, Jesus of Nazareth.  The retreat center is very near to the center of the solar path.  The duration of totality will be 2 minutes and 38 seconds and will occur at 1:08 pm on Monday, August 21st.  We will be in a very dark location, away from lights, so celestial observations at night should be spectacular.

This conference will be a delightfully balanced jubilee of both Science and Spirituality.  A Sunday night banquet will be devoted to marvelous, worshipful remembrances of Jesus and his remarkable life.  Several remembrance presentations will occur along with music and poetry.

The Wilderness Camping and Retreat Center is an adventure in the middle of nowhere with minimal light pollution from cities. There is a new moon during our stay, the skies will be black at night and star gazing will be perfect.  We’ll have scopes for viewing at night and on August 21st, we’ll experience something special and unique:  a total eclipse of the sun that will literally be right over us.  We’re in the perfect location for this eclipse.

Capacity for the camp facilities is limited, but we can accommodate outdoor camping. We will do our best to accommodate everyone.

Wilderness Camping and Retreat Center


Get your airplane tickets to Kansas City early, as plane seats are likely to be scarce the longer you wait. This eclipse will consume the attention of the entire United States, and people will be coming in droves to see it.

We have a driver available to take you from the airport directly to the Wilderness Camping and Retreat Center from the airport. We will try our best to fill up his van so your cost will be as little as possible. We’ll have a list of registrants and will try and coordinate travel time to split the cost of the shuttle.

Please contact us if you want to bring an RV. There are several spots for RV parking, 4 with electricity, and there is a common dumping station.


This is an adult conference. Child programs and daycare will not be provided, so parents are beholden to watch and entertain their children at all times.

Lodging and Meals

We will literally be in the wilderness and the lodging at the conference is two large houses. Each home/lodge has 6 bedrooms with 5 twin beds and one bunk bed.  We are charged per bed so if you don’t buy the entire bedroom, we’ll be filling up those beds. Get ready to make friends. The lodges have full kitchens which will be stocked for breakfast and comfortable living rooms.  There are plenty of bathrooms and showers to accommodate everyone. Also offered are RV spots and tent camping.

All tickets that include lodging also include meals for 3 nights and 4 days.

Commuters can purchase a meals option for $75.

For RV parking and meals, it’s $120 ($40 per day).

For tent space and meals, it’s $96 ($32 per day).

Additional Questions and to Volunteer

For International questions please contact:
Antonio Schefer – conferences@urantia-association.org

For registration questions please contact:
Karen Allen – tommykaren1@att.net

For program questions or to request a presentation spot please contact:
Tom Allen – tommykaren1@att.net

Music Chair:
Mike Woods – urantiamike@gmail.com

To volunteer please contact:
Susan Cook – solonia@juno.com

We need volunteers for the following:
1. Help orient people to the grounds
2. Help keep two refrigerators stocked with snacks
3. Set up simple breakfast Saturday, Sunday and Monday
4. Help people with their luggage
5. Transportation coordination from airport to fill up the van (I really need help here)
6. Volunteer to gather leave time from attendees for airport runs.

Finally, to donate to the scholarship fund, please click the Donate button at the bottom of the page.


The Urantia Book Society of Oklahoma
Urantia Association of Kansas City
The Heart of America Society



August 18
August 21
$75.00 - $285.00


Susan Cook
(816) 716-0330


Wilderness Camping and Retreat Center
34030 W. 204th St.
Lawson, MO 64062 United States
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(816) 826-8373

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