Urantia Book Readers Online Network

Words From Our Manager

Dear Members,

To meet the constant challenging needs of evolutionary growth we present to you our statement of purpose, our mission, our values and guidelines for UBRON members.

As UBRON evolves it will need upgrading and updating from time to time, and so will these guidelines. We hope you will let us know your thoughtful and constructive suggestions. UBRON has undergone many changes over the past few years. This statement, as of July, 2019, clarifies what UBRON is and what guidelines will be used.

For now, we utilize the Golden Rule and a basic honor system where members are expected to "self-govern" unless some extenuating circumstance arises. You can always see the guidelines at the link here on the website. Members may contact the manager, the owner, or the administrator to see what can be done in cases where it is needful.

The mission and guidelines are a continual work in progress and the owner, manager, and administrator continue to guide the route to UBRON's destiny. You will be kept informed of major changes and your input is welcomed.

UBRON's goals are:

1. Learning about and helping others learn about "The Urantia Book"
2. Fostering the Religion of Jesus and the Golden Rule
3. Building global fraternity among all religions

The founder of UBRON, Susan Sarfaty, created a motto for UBRON:

"If it ain't love, it ain't real."

Please read the full guidelines below and decide if UBRON's goals match yours. If so, please join with us. If not we wish you well as we part ways. By making posts on our forum, you agree to our guidelines.

Thank you one and all for what you have done to keep the benign virus of love alive. May your good work be expanded every day through this unique web opportunity and its topical Forum. It has been created to be a haven for student-readers of "The Urantia Book" and sincere interested parties from all types of faiths.

Patrick McNelly - Network Manager

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Welcome to the Urantia Book Reader's Online Network (UBRON) Come in and surf around!

UBRON is a privately owned and operated website. It is a social network/discussion group type of platform. It is subscription based with a topical forum and many other perks. UBRON is the sole property of Bruce Schuman, UBRON's programmer.

Patrick McNelly is the Manager and Holly Carmichael is the Administrator. We both volunteer to be of service to this network. You may contact us privately through the information in our profiles if you need our assistance.

The UBRON software system, developed by the owner, Bruce Schuman, has the potential to become a backbone software system for Urantia Book related organizations to use to network and communicate with other readers all over the world. It also has the capability to assist users in developing study (focus) programs and related UB projects. It can expand to meet many of the ever-growing needs of our international community of readers. As with all software, it is getting to be very old. We are fully aware it needs a big upgrade!

PURPOSE AND MEMBERSHIP

The main purpose of UBRON is to provide a benign, independent, safe, place for people honestly interested in "The Urantia Book" to come together to share and to learn about it. We encourage all members to help each other.

We are here to help readers from around the world write about their insights and questions about the book, on how to spread the teachings to the world, and we aspire to be an example of how we can live these teachings. Therefore, when making posts, uploading pictures, documents and sharing links, please make sure it's about the business of UBRON's mission.

For now, we utilize the Golden Rule and a basic honor system where members are expected to "self-govern" in a friendly and cordial atmosphere. If some extenuating circumstance arises, you can always see the guidelines at the link here on the website. Members may contact the manager, the owner, or the administrator to see what can be done in cases where it is needful.

Members are not required to believe in "The Urantia Book", but all are required to have a genuine interest in it, and must agree to respect our purpose and honor our guidelines as we interact with one another here.

The UBRON network and forum serves to help spread the "The Urantia Book" utilizing the philosophy of the "benign virus of love" as it goes hand in hand with "The Urantia Book" and the well known worldwide "Golden Rule".

DONATIONS

WE NEED YOUR HELP

We accept voluntary contributions and donations to support future system upgrades, updates, fixes, routine software maintenance, and other administrative and server costs. Your financial support will enable us to add the necessary enhancements that will make UBRON current, user friendly, more interactive with and of service to the worldwide Urantia Book reader's community.

We can not afford the upkeep without your support, and we are truly grateful for anything you can do to help.

Currently there are several areas in the website that need fixes and upgrades. If you encounter a problem, or have a helpful idea please contact us privately as we can not read all the forum posts every day and your correspondence on the topics may be overlooked.

Please contact Patrick McNelly privately (pmcnelly@gmail.com) to inquire further about making much needed and appreciated donations to this noble cause.

WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

WHY MEMBERS ONLY

Membership on UBRON is currently free, and all members are literally guests of the owner, Bruce Schuman. Please treat this network like a friendly living room and remember the honor system. The main reason you are here is to be about "The Urantia Book".

UBRON is a "members only" network, meaning that only subscribed members can enjoy the perks and privileges offered by the website such as creating or participating in a focus group or writing posts and interacting on forum topics, having access to the archives, advertising your web site, posting pictures, taking polls, perusing member's profiles and generally utilizing all the myriad sections of the network.

The members only policy is necessary due to the sometimes unstable nature of the way the internet can be abused and in no way constitutes an exclusive club or a cult.

You are a member so you can safely use this website/software on the 'net to be about "The Urantia Book". Like most responsible software providing social interaction on the internet, utilizing the members only option protects members from unwanted hacks, trolls, impostors, solicitations, or other unsavory or vulgar behaviors by those who would deflect the readership from its intended purpose including those who would disrupt the peace and fraternity of UBRON.

Dual memberships are not allowed on UBRON nor are anonymous names or obviously fraudulent registrations. Each member may have one profile. It isn't necessary to make new profiles if you forget your username and password or if your email account is defunct.

PROBLEM SOLVING

It is your responsibility to know the guidelines, the mission and the purpose of this site. You agree to be self governing insofar as possible. You are expected to be aware of what to do if a situation arises that you can not handle amicably yourself.

It's always best to try and settle your differences without involving the moderators or the membership, but sometimes this becomes impossible.

If you encounter a problem with another member you should not try to problem solve it on the forum. We are humans, and people encounter difficulties when trying to work together. Because we do not screen the posts and do not police the forum, it may become needful for you to notify one of us to the issue. If you don't we may never know about it.

We do not consider arguing and bickering on the forum to be appropriate and if you respond in kind on the forum to someone who has been rude, unruly or nasty then you are perpetuating the offense. Rather than get into trouble over it, try our suggestions below.

We will not discuss individual details of any of our moderation decisions on the public forum. In the event of disputes or clarification on any of the guidelines we have the final say.

We expect all members to conduct themselves in a civil, friendly, and respectful way when writing posts. Think before you post. Is your post respectful? If not, do not post it. The ideal is to keep the forum a wonderful place to come to. The Golden Rule is our umbrella. Self-governance means you are responsible for your own conduct. It is likewise appropriate to help each other if the need arises.

We encourage you to try a Jesusonian approach to solving problems among members of UBRON because it's inappropriate to do it on the forum. If you have an issue with someone, it is not appropriate to fight about it on the forum. Instead, you could opt to go privately with one another to deal with it in a friendly way to try to better understand one another. By taking personal or chronic differences of opinion with another member off-list, the rest of the readership will not be exposed to inappropriate, lengthy, and/or redundant personal arguments and bitterness that derail our reason for being here. You also have a chance to win them over as a friend. When so doing, try to be loving, courteous, civil, and polite.

If, after considering this an option, you decide you do not want to do it, it is, of course, freely your choice & up to you. However, be careful not to then fight it out on the forum. You could end up suspended or booted or banned. The topics at UBRON are not there for that purpose. Their descriptions are found at the link. See "GUIDELINES" below for more information.

It is not the responsibility of UBRON mangers, owners or administrators to problem-solve matters that may develop between members. Posts are not pre-screened nor are they policed. We neither have the time or ability to do this. We prefer your conduct and behavior are that of self-governing, peaceable, adults who are friendly and generally kind & helpful. But, if a difficult situation develops you may certainly contact Bruce, Patrick, or Holly privately to see what can be done. Again, if you don't notify one of us when an there is an issue getting out of hand, we may never know about it unless you do.

All public behavior and posts on UBRON are expected to follow the "GUIDELINES" below.

FORUM, FOCUS GROUP, ACCOUNT & SUBSCRIPTION MANAGEMENT

Members must manage their own subscriptions to the Topics, Polling, and Focus Groups. You will not receive e-mail from the forum unless you choose to in your account settings.

The UBRON Forum is set up on a topic and Focus Group basis, and there are several topics in the drop-down menu to choose from when you create a post for discussion. The topics are wide ranging, and descriptions for each are found at the link. We hope your posts are thoughtful, informative and enjoyable fare for the many readers who come along.

Please log in and manage your account. Take some time to familiarize yourself with how UBRON works at the website. Understanding what it offers, how it works, and where things are is critical for an optimal experience. Information is available on several "Help" menus on the UBRON main page.

Leave your e-mail options set to NO if you do not want to get messages sent directly to your e-mail account. If you leave your e-mail settings set to NO, you must still be subscribed to a study group or to a topic to be able to participate on it here on the website.

If you are going to be away from your computer for any length of time, please log in and set your e-mail options to NO to avoid clogging up your personal inbox. Often we get returned mail because in-boxes get full.

If you change Internet Service Providers, please be courteous and change your UBRON e-mail address as well or your account will be set to "Bad Address" status. You never need to create a new profile even when the listed email address is no longer in use.

Choosing "Forum e-mail," subscribes you to email messages of the posts on the topics you subscribe to without having to log into UBRON (www.ubron.org) to read them. Subscribing to email is not required but you must subscribe to a topic to participate on it either way.

We encourage the full and appropriate use of the settings & tools in your profile, which are dedicated to providing you with the best experience.

UBRON has a library hosting Links and Documents and a gallery for photos. You the members may add and delete material and links that are appropriate for our purposes. Please keep your stuff up to date.

GUIDELINES

UBRON will follow this set of guidelines in cases where posting and membership privileges are in question.

Our guidelines are posted here to ensure that you know what is expected of you. This applies equally to the List Owner, List Manager and Administrators, as well as all members of UBRON.

As an internationally based community, we welcome people from all faith traditions and backgrounds. Feel free to discuss how you came across the Urantia Book, and how its teachings have changed your life or just use it to network with other Urantia Book readers. The Urantia Book is spreading into many other countries, and we have many members across the globe.

For now, we utilize the Golden Rule and a basic honor system where members are expected to "self-govern" unless some extenuating circumstance arises. You can always see the guidelines at the link here on the website. Members may contact the manager, the owner, or the administrator to see what can be done in cases where it is needful.

Keep it friendly and respectful. Think before you post. Is your post respectful? If not, do not post.

This is not a forum set up for selling general goods and services such as AVON products or E-Bay Shops, although there is a topic called the "Business/Commercial" for members to link to their web sites, discuss their private business ventures, and to let other members know about their commercial interests. You may share your charities and relevant pursuits on the appropriate topics. This is certainly encouraged.

Decisions about membership privileges are solely up to the discretion of the Owner, Manager, and/or the Administrator. You may correspond with them privately about such matters. We recommend civility and respect if you do. We do not discuss it on the forum.

While the Golden Rule is the umbrella for our guidelines, we have identified and listed some specific things UBRON does not consider to be acceptable here, but there are yet other unsavory things we may or may not have listed, but may or may not deem appropriate as applicable:

Contentious discussions -- particularly discussions related to external political issues and the internal political and/or legal issues confronting the Urantia movement must be kept friendly and to a minimum but generally they deteriorate and are often not appropriate. It is more centering to focus on the book instead.

Alleged messages or "transmissions" from "celestial beings" or from the Teaching Mission or other similar fringe groups would better take place in other groups dedicated to these issues. While UBRON does not take any official position on these matters, there are other places more appropriate. We are about "The Urantia Book". If you do not feel this policy best serves your purposes and needs, then we wish you well as we part ways .

Discussions on the public Forum of the decisions of the owner, list manager or administrators

Going off on a tangent for a bit is fine and understandable in most cases, but completely changing the topic should be avoided - just start a new thread on the appropriate topic.

Discussion on the Forum of recently suspended members

More than one membership

Fake accounts, false names

Libel, slander or defamation posts, posts that belittle others

Advertisements unrelated to the Urantia Book Community

Chain letters Having more than one profile/account/membersip is not allowed.

"Auto-reply out-of the office messages." If we receive such messages, your dynamic e-mail option will be set to "No."

Messages posted to multiple topic discussion groups

Private messages from other members without their permission

Messages posted from other lists without the permission of the sender

Off-color jokes

Nudity or porn

Persistent swearing or cursing or generally offensive language

Threats against anyone

Name calling, obvious offenses and insults, personal attacks

Obvious copyright violations

Messages that deal with illegal activities

Intentionally sending viruses or hoaxes

Managers, administrators, and the list owner reserve the right to determine if the content of a message is inappropriate for this forum of Urantia Book readers, and whether or not it falls within the parameters listed above. We reserve the right to determine appropriate action. In the internet medium this sometimes takes several days. Repeated or extreme violations may result in permanent "read only" status. The determination of the offense and the period of time for a suspension are solely at the discretion of the list owner, manager and/or administrator and shall not be the subject of debate or discussion on any of UBRON's Forum Topics or in any of its Focus Groups' public debate or discussion areas on UBRON.

We reserve the right to suspend any part of or all membership privileges with no explanation, at any time, as we deem wise and appropriate for the sake and well being of the general membership of UBRON.

We recognize that all "disciplinary" decisions necessarily involve subjective interpretations, and we make no claim to flawless judgment. We can only hope and pray that our decisions are guided by a group wisdom inspired by the Spirit of Truth. When our judgments fail that high standard -- as they sometimes inevitably will --we ask for your forgiveness when these honest errors occur as well as for the forgiveness of the Father of us all. If we have been in error, we will try to correct our errors in a timely manner for the good of the membership.

In order to keep this a friendly and spiritually fragrant list, we ask that the members please maintain civility in both their public and private communications. Challenging ideas is appropriate; attacking persons or the list managers and owners is not. Administrators reserve the right to use their judgment to identify what constitutes inappropriate behavior and to respond accordingly with public or private warnings.

Ongoing discussions about other members detract from the spirit of our purpose and may be cause for posting or membership privileges to be suspended.

No messages sent to the Forum or Study Groups are pre-screened or censored by the UBRON management, so it is your responsibility to follow our guidelines and be self governing.

If you receive a warning about a post on UBRON, you are strongly encouraged to stop such behavior immediately and seek resolution to the conflict off-list. Do not fight it out on the forum. Repeat offenders could have their posting rights immediately suspended to minimize future breaches and distractions to the purposes of our forum.

Again for emphasis, all public discussions - positive or negative - about such warnings or member suspensions on any UBRON topic list are not allowed and will likely be a cause for the immediate suspension of posting privileges.

Please contact Pat McNelly directly at pmcnelly@gmail.com with list management questions. Joining UBRON constitutes an agreement with these policies. If the preceding guidelines are unacceptable to any member, please let me know and we will set your membership options accordingly.

Opinions expressed by members of UBRON are their own and not necessarily those of the list owner, assistants, the list manager or the superb teachings in The Urantia Book.