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.

Religion, Mortality, and Our Shared Humanity

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August 18th, 2014

Discussions on religion often revolve around the profound differences which exist between people of various backgrounds of belief. How on earth, for example, can an atheist find common ground with a Muslim, or a pagan with a Baptist? Although the … Continue reading

Prayer Discounts End at North Carolina Diner

August 12th, 2014

For four years, Mary’s Gourmet Diner had offered discounts to customers who conducted public prayer before meals while charging the full price to those who did not pray before meals. After the practice came to its attention, the Wisconsin-based Freedom … Continue reading

Hobby Lobby, Satanists, and Pro-Life Propaganda

August 4th, 2014

The recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case was supposed to be a narrow ruling. Religious liberty would only allow for disregarding laws as they applied to a mandate for employers to provide coverage for contraception. It was … Continue reading

Clergy Decry Supreme Court Contraception Ruling

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July 9th, 2014

The fight to protect women’s reproductive rights from the encroachment of religious beliefs took a step backward recently when the United States Supreme Court ruled that corporations may deny employees contraception coverage on the basis of religious beliefs. Despite this … Continue reading

Mormon Church Ousts Ordination Rights Activist

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July 2nd, 2014

It did not take long for the Church of Latter-day Saints to respond when an international human rights lawyer challenged the church’s prohibition against ordaining women priests. Kate Kelly was finally excommunicated from the church she grew up in when … Continue reading

The Rise of the Themed Wedding

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June 20th, 2014

Imagine you are performing a wedding and the bride and groom roll up in a Delorean in a Back to the Future-inspired wedding. Extravagant props like this have become the centerpieces of themed weddings, which have seen a marked rise … Continue reading

Patty Duke Becomes Ordained to Marry Gay Couples

June 18th, 2014

In a move illustrating the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage, TV legend Patty Duke recently became an ordained minister online in the Universal Life Church. The actress, whom many will remember from her roles in The Patty Duke Show and … Continue reading

The World’s Most Beautiful Sacred Architecture

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May 19th, 2014

For millennia humans have been building grand structures to symbolize our deepest religious convictions. Some of these structures are mere relics eroded away by time, while others are only beginning to show signs of crumbling down into ruins. Some have … Continue reading

U.S. Supreme Court Says “Yes” to Prayer Meetings

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May 15th, 2014

Pretend for a moment you are Jewish lawmaker. How would you feel if your colleagues began a meeting by invoking the name of Jesus Christ? Would you try to ignore it, or would you feel marginalized and invalidated? The United … Continue reading

Was Jesus Christ Really Crucified?

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May 14th, 2014

Just a few days ago, an ancient Bible that suggests Jesus Christ was not crucified captured the public’s attention once again when it was installed in a museum in Turkey. The 1,500-year-old tome, written in Aramaic, purportedly contains the Gospel … Continue reading