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Dearest Participants,

We hope the following will suffice in explaining (for the purpose of understanding, not justifying) our misdirected actions. We humbly offer our apologies. Here we go:

Several persons emailed and asked us (very respectfully) what happened to the discussion thread that disappeared last week. Not knowing proper protocol, we severed the thread. Perhaps a more direct way to explain our action is:

1. Origin: The idea for this forum stems from one of our favorite quotes in The Urantia Book. “Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.” SERVICE was a key ingredient.

2. History: We were on the road for four months last summer visiting study groups across the U.S. To our delight, we encountered numerous UB readers who were involved in many different types of purposeful service projects. Some were fully developed and in place, some had ideas but needed help in bringing them to fruition, others were looking for direction in ways to serve.

3. Destiny: Our intent for “Service With A Smile” is to connect those with similar ideas for service projects and for them to capitalize on each other’s experience. To give people a forum where they can exchange ideas about the projects they are developing or share formulas that are working. An added benefit would be that those looking for ways to serve could find something they felt comfortable with and had “directions”.

4. Downfall: It was brought to our attention that some “rules of the road” had been breached in the discussion. Our thoughts were that the thread didn’t appear to be directly connected to a service project (not necessarily a correct determination). We were out of town attending an important meeting and were concerned about it being up for the weekend, so…we hit the BUTTON…again we apologize.

Our hopes are that those who participate in “Service with a Smile” will inspire and be inspired to take action in their communities, Urantia or otherwise, toward making the world a better place. We can do this by touching those around us.

We’re not justifying deleting the discussion, just giving insight into our motives. We are learning procedure and will be for a while. Please be patient.

Everyone’s input is valuable and appreciated.

Blessings,
Bill & Share

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"Service...is productive of the highest satisfaction and is expressive of the divinest dignity. Service--more service, increased service, difficult service, adventurous service, and at last divine and perfect service--is the goal of time..." p.316


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Hi Share and Bill,

It's a challenge to keep the discussions that pop up directed toward the topic of the forum but it makes it so much easier for readers if things are kept in line. If a topic wanders you should be able to split it and move the offshoot to a more appropriate forum, or if that doesn't work you can ask that it be moved and we'll figure out how to do it.

Don't worry about the mistake -- we've made a few, I've made a few, it happens, it's okay.

Larry


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