Symmetry of Soul Hosts
Dr. Chris Halvorson
Chris Halvorson has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado Boulder and worked as a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder from 1987 through 2013. He discovered The Urantia Book in 1990, started leading a weekly study group in 1995, and then transformed it into a public discussion group of Perfecting Horizons Institute (PHI) in 2013. PHI is the educational outreach of Perfecting Horizons, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that serves inquisitive-minded people from all over the world, challenging them to discover fresh big-picture insights and new ways of thinking for themselves, encouraging them to draw a personal living philosophy out of an expanding relationship with true science and true religion, and to apply it to everything they do. Writings by Dr. Halvorson, plus video and audio recordings of his public discussion groups about The Urantia Papers, are available in the library at Perfecting Horizons Institute.
James Woodward discovered The Urantia Book in 1973. In the early 90s he began attending study groups and social events in Southern California, joining Urantia Association International (UAI) in 1993. Following a variety of volunteer positions in UAI, James joined the staff of Urantia Foundation in 2000. He served in the Reader Services Department for five years and then became Executive Director of UAI, serving until July 2008. He is a musician and continues to be involved in Urantia Book study groups and social activities.
Kermit Anderson, M.Ed., MA, has been a student of The Urantia Book since 1969. Beginning in 1975 for forty years he and his wife Jackie hosted a Urantia Book study group in their Southern California home. During that time Kermit and Jackie were active in the First Urantia Society of Los Angeles (FUSLA) since re-named The Urantia Book Los Angeles Society (UBLA), serving in a number of leadership positions. In 2011, following retirement from 30 years of work in the fields of medical genetics, genetic counseling and genetic screening with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California, Kermit became a regular co-host on the Symmetry of Soul broadcasts. The Andersons currently live in the Portland, Oregon area and attend the Portland West Side Study Group.
Brad Garner, MS, is a lifelong student of The Urantia Book, having grown up in a household of readers. He has attended study groups in various cities, has wrestled with integrating its truths into his life, and now enjoys this weekly study with his co-hosts. Brad calls the mountains of northern Arizona home but temporarily is living in Texas where he grew up. His job as a mid-career federal scientist puts him on the road a lot.
Ann Garner (emeritus)
Ann was introduced to The Urantia Book in 1979. Over the years she has been a study group facilitator. During the 90s she was a member of The Fellowship General Council and Director of North America Area Coordinators. She also served at Whole Life Expos throughout the U.S. introducing the book. Ann is an emeritus member of Symmetry of Soul--its original producer--and retired from Symmetry of Soul in 2015.