Excerpts from Urantia Foundation’s “Declaration of Trust”,
...their raison d'Ítre.
DECLARATION OF TRUST
creating Urantia Foundation
2.1. PRINCIPAL OBJECT:
The object for which this Foundation is created is the promotion, improvement, and expansion among the peoples of the world of the comprehension and understanding of Cosmology and the relation of the planet on which we live to the Universe, of the genesis and destiny of Man and his relation to God, and of the true teachings of Jesus Christ; and for the inculcation and encouragement of the realization and appreciation of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man-in order to increase and enhance the comfort, happiness, and well being of Man, as an individual and as a member of society, through the fostering of a religion, a philosophy, and a cosmology which are commensurate with Man's intellectual and cultural development.
2.2. CONCORDANT OBJECTS:
The concordant objects for which the Foundation is created are to perpetually preserve inviolate the text of THE URANTIA BOOK and to disseminate the principles, teachings, and doctrines of THE URANTIA BOOK.
DUTIES OF TRUSTEES
3.1. PRESERVATION OF TEXT OF THE URANTIA BOOK:
It shall be the primary duty of the Trustees to perpetually preserve inviolate the text of THE URANTIA BOOK, and the Trustees shall use and employ such means, methods, and facilities and apply and expend as much of the Trust Estate as in the judgment of the Trustees shall be necessary, proper, or appropriate, for the preserving and the safekeeping of copies of the original text of THE URANTIA BOOK, duly authenticated by the Trustees, from loss, damage, or destruction and from alteration, modification, revision, or change in any manner or in any particular.
3.4. DISSEMINATION OF TEACHINGS OF THE URANTIA BOOK:
It shall be the duty of the Trustees to disseminate the teachings and doctrines of THE URANTIA BOOK and to devise. to develop, and to effectuate means and methods for such dissemination, and to apply and use the Trust Estate for the accomplishment of that end.
4.2. SUBSTANTIVE ESTATE DEFINED:
The Substantive Estate as used herein shall mean and shall be comprised of and include the following:
(a) The plates or other media for the printing and reproduction of THE URANTIA BOOK and any and all translations thereof, including not only the plates transferred to the Trustees concurrently with the execution of this Declaration of Trust but also such plates and other media for the printing and reproduction of THE URANTIA BOOK as may from time to time be made; and
(b) Such authenticated copies of the original text of THE URANTIA BOOK, but not less than three (3) such copies, and such authenticated copies of all translations thereof and such authenticated copies of each and every edition and publication of THE URANTIA BOOK from time to time produced, as the Trustees in their sole discretion and judgment shall from time to time determine necessary for effectuating the purposes of the Foundation, including all replacements of such copies as from time to time shall be made.