The Universal Life Church Blog

The Universal Life Church Monastery is the only interfaith ministry worldwide that opens its doors to all who seek to become an ordained minister or wedding officiant. We enable all faiths; Christian, Jew, Mormon, Pagan, Wiccan, Baptists, and Atheists to join our Church. We are a non-denominational congregation of children from the same universe.

Google’s Artificial Intelligence Engine is “Dreaming”

google, dream, ai
July 29th, 2015

Google’s search engine sorts information from all over the internet and organizes it to help connect us with the information we want and need. The site’s programmers have recently given it a new, and arguably more intriguing way of using … Continue reading

Rachel Dolezal: Black or White?

Rachel Dolezal
June 29th, 2015

Rachel Dolezal was thrust into the national spotlight when her White parents spoke to the press and identified their daughter as a white woman who, for years, had been posing as Black in Spokane, Washington. Dolezal was the director of … Continue reading

Pope Says Climate Change is Real, and it’s Our Fault

pope climate change
June 29th, 2015

Francis Said What? Pope Francis recently released his encyclical, the open letter titled “Laudato Si” and subtitled “On Care For Our Common Home.” As expected, the 187 page document is a call for a major shift in cultural perspectives on … Continue reading

Supreme Court Rules on Gay Marriage

supreme court, gay marriage, same-sex marriage, marriage equality
June 26th, 2015

This post was last updated on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 to reflect continued events and challenges in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision. The conservative Supreme Court has just ruled in favor of marriage equality, bringing it to all 50 states! This … Continue reading

A Heritage of Hate

flag on fire
June 24th, 2015

Since 2009, we have been claiming that the Confederate battle flag is not some simple display of heritage, as many of its defenders would claim. Several states’ secession papers acknowledge that the creation of the Confederate States of America centered … Continue reading

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Remembering Kalief Browder

kalief browder oil painting
June 15th, 2015

Last Saturday, a young man named Kalief Browder took his own life at the age of 22. Browder spent the last six years of his life as an example of the brokenness of the American justice system, from racism, to … Continue reading


Obama as a tokin' bloke
June 3rd, 2015

Should pot smokers go to jail? Many politicians on both sides of the aisle sure think so, despite having a hazy past with pot themselves. Presidential candidate Jeb Bush is one such person. His rival for the Republican nomination, Rand … Continue reading

The New Normal: Marriage Equality is an International Right

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June 2nd, 2015

Very soon, the Supreme Court of the United States will make decisions about several landmark cases concerning same-sex marriage. Should the justices decide that denying same-sex couples the right to marry is unconstitutional, it would create a fast track for … Continue reading

Eyes In the Skies

nazca lines, extra-terrestrials, aliens, ancient
June 2nd, 2015

Between Lima and the southern Peruvian city of Arequipa, there are massive drawings of plants and animals baked into the desert sand. They were carved by the Nazca people hundreds of years ago. They have been studied by archeologists, ethnologists, … Continue reading

Making Sense of the Josh Duggar Scandal

josh duggar
May 29th, 2015

A lot of ink, digital and otherwise, has been spilled over the incestuous child molestation scandal surrounding TV’s Duggar family, the darlings of the conservative Christian “quiverfull” movement. The chatter around the scandal can be confusing, so let’s start by … Continue reading