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.

Donning the Mantle of “Priestly Activism”

priest purple
January 29th, 2015

For many of us, the word priest conjures up images of old men in long robes walking down aisles swinging censors from side to side, or standing stonily at pulpit reciting liturgies in long-dead languages. The reality is much livelier … Continue reading

Interfaith Ministry: Are We Up to the Task?

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January 27th, 2015

This article was submitted by guest blogger R.D. Pickett, author and ULCM Pastor   Interfaith ministry, are we up to the Task? This is an easy question right? Not really. In a perfect world I would say sure, but let’s … Continue reading

ULC: Review of a Decade

decade in review
January 12th, 2015

Where We’ve Been For the past decade, the ULC Monastery has worked tirelessly to secure your rights as a minister. We have lobbied and even threatened litigation against states and clerks of the court that have refused to recognize our … Continue reading

Free Speech, Reform, and the Paris Murders

paris not afraid
January 12th, 2015

How should Universal Life Church ministers respond when people are murdered for insulting the religious sensibilities of radical jihadist Muslims terrorist? Should they stand on the side of free speech, or that of political corrected religious tolerance? The recent executions … Continue reading

Running from Marriage Rights

lesbian wedding
January 9th, 2015

As marriage equality sweeps across the United States, ordained ministers are left to figure out their role in the institution. For denominations that have fundamental disagreements with same-sex marriages, do they continue to officiate ceremonies or do they abdicate the … Continue reading

How the Faithful Can Help End Transgender Suicide

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January 5th, 2015

How do we respond when a teenager kills herself because her family refused to accept the gender she identified as? The tragic story of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender girl who committed suicide after years of anguish over her family’s refusal … Continue reading

Minister Resolutions for the New Year

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December 29th, 2014

The New Year is upon us and as we gather to celebrate with our friends and families, you will undoubtedly hear about resolutions. January 1st brings with it a renewed focus on the possibilities for the future. Universal Life Church … Continue reading

Do Animals Go to Heaven?

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December 17th, 2014

All dogs do indeed go to heaven, as do cats, horses, and sugar gliders the pope declared in a recent weekly address at the Vatican. Animal rights advocates have praised the announcement, while theological conservatives have remained skeptical. The pope’s … Continue reading

Would You Baptize an Alien?

little aliens
December 10th, 2014

Discovering extraterrestrial life would certainly be a game-changer for humanity, but some people are refusing to let such a prospect shake their religious faith. On the contrary, they see it as an opportunity to share the “good news” of their … Continue reading

I Can’t Breathe!

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December 9th, 2014

Should the police be allowed to arrest you, give you a ticket, or just choke you to death for committing a misdemeanor? A grand jury in Staten Island thinks so. They were examining the case of Eric Garner, a black … Continue reading