Our Merried Life

From Symmetry of Soul (symmetryofsoul.org), an ongoing endeavor to study The Urantia Papers in a synthetic wholeness. A married couple study together and discuss how to live the teachings in their marriage, as a companion to the flagship Tuesday-evening broadcast.

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6 days ago

Can equality coexist with subordination and dependence in a marriage? How do we know we're correctly interpreting the divine truth behind these English words, anyway? Join us in this continued discussion of the "transcendent pattern" for marriages and family organization set by our Universe Creator Son and Universe Mother Spirit, highlighting Paper 33, section 3.

Are you Starfleet material?

Friday Apr 12, 2024

Friday Apr 12, 2024

In Star Trek's sci-fi universe, the best of the best are not only extremely intelligent scientists, but also demonstrate excellent physical fitness. During his 12th year, Jesus appreciates demonstration of physical prowess among the Greeks, which troubles his father. We expand the conversation to consider the need for balance in body, mind, and spirit. We also discuss Jesus' experiences with his elders and mentors. What contributes to effective mentorship spaces? We cover Paper 124, sections 2-3.

Ideal of Marriage, Part 1

Friday Apr 05, 2024

Friday Apr 05, 2024

Our local universe Mother Spirit subordinates to our local universe Creator Son and pledges fidelity and obedience, while the Son acknowledges his eternal dependence on the Spirit. Their relationship is, "in deed and in truth, the high ideal of the family and the human institution of voluntary marriage." What does this mean for marriages today?

Thursday Mar 28, 2024

Jesus enjoyed much educational freedom in "a splendid environment for working out his own life problems with a minimum of educational guidance..." When is "educational guidance" too much vs. too little? We also discuss the juxtaposition of Jesus' courageous willingness to challenge his teachers and defend his viewpoint, while also being "disinclined to defend himself...from injustice or...personal abuse." We cover Paper 124, sections 0-2. Audio quality was affected by technical recording issues.

Did Jesus Go to Sunday School?

Thursday Mar 21, 2024

Thursday Mar 21, 2024

Jesus was taught about God. We shouldn't "force a ready-made adult [religious] experience" on children (100:1.3), but we can also observe that Jesus' parents and religious community purposefully used stories, nature, and scriptures to help curate his religious education. How can we apply this as parents today? We cover Paper 123, sections 5 and 6.

Friday Mar 15, 2024

We consider Jesus' seemingly innovative yet natural approach to prayer; the parenting technique which won his willing cooperation; and the significance of the "real education" he received through mingling with his fellow men. How does this apply to parents today? We cover Paper 123, sections 3, 4, and 5.

Thursday Mar 07, 2024

We consider how Jesus' earthly parents facilitated a "parental exchange" with his Father in heaven. What are the unique offerings of the mother-child relationship versus the father-child relationship for a child's religious growth? We cover Paper 123, Sections 2 and 3.

Did Little Jesus Set the Table?

Thursday Feb 29, 2024

Thursday Feb 29, 2024

As two prospective parents, we're looking for family models. What can we learn from Joseph and Mary and the home education they provided Jesus of Nazareth? We focus on Paper 123, sections 0 through 2.

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