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.

Tradition vs Inspiration: On God, Gays, and Divorce

St. Peters
October 20th, 2014

For progressive Catholics, it was yet another resounding victory—or so it seemed. The pope had issued a statement seeking even greater acceptance of gay people and remarried Catholics. Before the media fanfare had died down, though, conservative Catholics responded to … Continue reading

Heaven’s Bloodlust

Pakistani Talibans get military training at the Pak-Afghan border in South Waziristan
October 6th, 2014

A recent ISIS video begins with a group of men as they come into focus, beating on the door of a Syrian policeman’s home at midnight. He answers and is grabbed, shackled, and blindfolded with a bag over his face. … Continue reading

Religious People Aren’t More Righteous, Study Says

October 1st, 2014

Religious people might not be the paragon of virtue and morality that some think they are, according to a recent study. The study suggests they are just as likely to behave badly as secular people. Whether they like it or … Continue reading

If God Destroyed the Universe

physics, religion, hawking, universe, god particle
September 17th, 2014

It sounds like something straight out of a science-fiction novel—a shockwave rips through space, obliterating all matter in its path and re-constituting it in new and bizarre ways. In fact, it is not a work of science-fiction, but the musings … Continue reading

ISIS’s Genocidal War in the Middle East

Me and the Iraqi Christian girl mentioned above during our first patrol to her neighborhood near COP Titanic. Taken early 2008 in Mosul, Iraq
September 17th, 2014

As each day brings more terrible news from the Middle East, a war-weary American public may be tempted to look the other way. This is understandable because of the brutal and unusually evil nature of ISIS, even by middle-eastern standards. … Continue reading

Mars Hill and Minister Integrity

September 10th, 2014

Ministers are central figures in the lives of many. Parishioners look up to their local clergy for wisdom, guidance, and advice on spiritual matters. To say the least, it comes as a shock, then, when the moral integrity of a … Continue reading

A Ballot or a Bullet?

Ferguson Protest, courtesy of Elvert Barnes
September 8th, 2014

America continues to quiver in the aftermath of the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri earlier in August. The non-stop media coverage of the ongoing protests in the small St. Louis suburb only serves to perpetuate the … Continue reading

Remembering Reverend Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers officiates wedding, courtesy of Robert Evans
September 5th, 2014

On the afternoon of September 4, 2014, we lost one of our most cherished Universal Life Church ministers, Joan Rivers. Joan passed away, at the age of 81, from complications encountered during vocal cord surgery. This loss is particularly painful … Continue reading

Paul McCartney Marries Couple Onstage

August 29th, 2014

It was almost certainly the highlight of the young couple’s life. There was Paul McCartney, former member of the Beatles, smirking at them from the stage as they held up a sign asking him to marry them. With most big-name … Continue reading

Religion, Mortality, and Our Shared Humanity

photo by Tom Hussey
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