Who are we?

Grand Canyon Urantia Society, or GCS (officially Grand Canyon Society for Readers of The Urantia Book) is a group of Arizona Urantia Book readers and is a local chapter of The Urantia Book Fellowship. It is the purpose of GCS to devote its energies to making The Urantia Book known and available to all.

At the heart of GCS is a network of longtime friendships and personal relationships that have lasted more than thirty years. For this purpose, we periodically gather together for fellowship and various social events. Regular local Urantia Book study groups also foster group interaction and dialogue for both new and longtime readers. We welcome and encourage new friends—members and non-members alike—to join us for many of our events.

Society membership offers the opportunity to participate in an organized approach to the principles and teachers of The Urantia Book. The society encourages its members to express their commitment to The Urantia Book at a degree beyond the study group level by creating more opportunities for spiritual fellowship, service, and growth.

One of the unique aspects of our Society is the commonality of our goals while fostering individual expression. As such, individual members and friends of GCS have developed or promoted related projects that GCS encourages and supports when possible. Since our formation, we have hosted local and regional workshops, retreats, and conferences, as well as booths at local Expos and Urantia Book introductions at various locations in the Phoenix Valley.

From a humble beginning of loose-knit study groups in the late 60s and 70s, local readers s combined for the first three-day conference hosted in Arizona in 1982. Later in 1986, Service Opportunity Network (S.O. N.) was formed by local readers Joshua Wilson and Bob Dominski and became our first local organization. Grand Canyon Society grew out of  S.O.N., and in May of 1990,  Grand Canyon Society for Readers of The Urantia Book was charted by the international organization, The Fifth Epochal Fellowship, now called The Urantia Book Fellowship.  Through each of these stages, we have hosted workshops, regional conferences, helped with an International Conference, hosted social events as well as outreach projects. Today, we go by the name Grand Canyon Urantia Book Society.

July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

  • President: Joshua Wilson
  • Vice President: Andrew Story
  • Secretary: Larry Bowman
  • Treasurer: Bruce Wenger
  • Membership Chair: Beth Wenger

We welcome members and non-members alike to our social functions and events.  We encourage and welcome any person with a sincere desire to learn and understand the teachings of The Urantia Book to join GCS.  For more information or to apply for membership, contact any current member or the current Membership Chair, Beth Wenger, at bethwenger7@gmail.com or call at (602) 971-8247. Include in your email your contact information (name, email, phone) and a little bit about your interest and history with The Urantia Book.

Yearly Events

March – Highway Clean-up service project on I-17

Spring -Annual Banquet and Membership Installation

June – Annual Membership Meeting

August – Jesus Birthday Celebration

October – Highway Clean-up service project on I-17

December – Christmas Party

Throughout the year, we may also host informal study groups or presentations (Statewide Meetings) and social or outreach functions.