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.
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, grew up with The Urantia Book; his mother and father raised him with it. He has struggled to integrate its subtle and rugged truths into his life, while striving to remain humble and avoid the zealous proselytizing of his younger days. Brad hails from the fair mountains of northern Arizona, from a small town struggling to evolve into a true city suited to the times. Brad enjoys Symmetry of Soul's weekly learning and reflection. He tends to ask questions and share anecdotes from his lifetime so far with the Fifth Epochal Revelation.
Andrea Barnes grew up in Denver and discovered The Urantia Book in Ft. Collins, Colorado in 1977. She has been reading ever since. She attended study groups in Denver and then, after moving to California, continued to attend and host study groups for years. After raising her children her goal was to learn more about the book and serve. She was on the General Council for the Urantia Book Fellowship for 6 years. Most importantly for her she found the online study group, Symmetry of Soul, and her prayers for in-depth study were answered. She has been an avid listener and sometime co-host over the years. While her understanding of the book is still in its beginning stage she brings probing questions to Symmetry of Soul.
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.
James Woodward (emeritus)
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. James is an emeritus member of Symmetry of Soul--one of the original co-hosts--and retired from Symmetry of Soul in 2018.