Building on a strong religious foundation from her childhood, Elisabeth engaged in an intensive personal search for God and ultimate meaning and purpose in her life in her late 20’s. Following a transformative enlightenment experience when she was 26, she trained intensively as a Zen Buddhist monk for many years in both the Soto and Rinzai schools of Zen.
After many years of contemplative Zen practice, she discovered The Urantia Book in 1984, immediately recognizing the authenticity of its unequalled spiritual teachings and depiction of cosmic Reality. Ever since then she has devoted herself to its in-depth study and to the service of sharing the light and love of this revelation of God with others.
The Urantia revelation re-ignited her passion for the religion of the spirit, for the original way that Jesus lived and taught, and also led to the pursuit of graduate training at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) in Menlo Park, CA.
Early in her studies she recognized the Divine Mother aspect of Deity and her appearance in different forms among the world’s religious traditions, but often with a diminished presence compared with the male representation of God across cultures. She questioned whether this imbalance in representation was harmful to the progressive growth of society and the process of evolving religious culture in terms of attaining full equality of the sexes and a respect for all life on the planet.
Faced with the question of how planetary civilization might advance if the reality of Our Mother God, in the context of the spiritual Family of God, was more fully revealed and incorporated into the ongoing evolution of planetary culture, Elisabeth joined the OMG team to help develop ways to achieve this goal.
Elisabeth has been a Trustee of UrantiaUniversity since its inception in 2009 and currently serves as an instructor and Executive Director of UrantiaUniversity Institute.