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48We are dedicated to helping all people expand awareness of their inner Light and to pray more effectively.

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Announcing UR Advance – November 6-8, 2015

UR Advance 2015: A Gathering of Joy: Igniting the Spark of Laughter, Illumination and Love

Presenters include Jonna Rae Bartges, Mary Nadler, Lisa Rankin, Carol Stroupe, and Rev. Kiah Abendroth.   Special Saturday Concerts with Richard Shulman and Jonn Serrie, who will feature a laser light show. August Worley will be there on Saturday with Pyradym sound healing machine.

Cost for event: $70 (if pre-registered) plus lunch on Saturday. Events are individually priced, also. For information, call the Light Center at 828-669-6845. E-mail:

To arrange lodging at the UR Lodge, please call 828-669-0474.

A Gathering of Joy: Igniting the Spark of Laughter, Illumination and Love

Even in Jim Goure’s most profound and spiritual presentations, he could toss out a little quip or ironic observation that would always bring his audience to laughter. In that moment, hearts opened wider, and people relaxed into the deeper connection they could suddenly feel with Jim, each other, and God. Jim knew that humor and joy created a healing “safe space” for transformation.

This Advance is dedicated to the pursuit of joy and happiness, those divine energies that gently raise us into a Christ Conscious state of Oneness and compassion.

Joy is contagious – when one person is happy, that elation quickly spreads. Catch it at this Advance, and become a carrier.

This weekend we’ll be gently weaving together inspiring presentations, uplifting music and a feeling of spiritual community, all punctuated with bits of laughter and joy.