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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.

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?

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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

Nonviolence and the Ferguson Ruling

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December 3rd, 2014

What is the appropriate response to court decisions which seem to play down violence against black people? Should we re-examine the tenets of nonviolence established by civil rights figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., to determine whether they are really … Continue reading

Male Gods and Gender Roles

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November 26th, 2014

The gender you ascribe to God might reflect your attitude about women and sexual minorities, a new study suggests. In particular, it appears that belief in a male god correlates with greater opposition to same-sex marriage, since the latter conflicts … Continue reading

Summoning the Demon

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November 20th, 2014

Elon Musk has been a thinker and innovator his whole life. He cofounded the online service of PayPal in his twenties. He built the luxury electric car company, Tesla Motors, where he now serves as CEO and chief product architect. … Continue reading

Take the Babies?

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November 10th, 2014

A common adage reminds us that it takes a village to raise a child. It follows that when a parent or parents are unable (for whatever reason) to adequately care for that child, the village becomes responsible for rearing him or … Continue reading

God Made Gays

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November 10th, 2014

Vatican City, Vatican – This month, Pope Francis recently sent tremors through the Catholic Church. Bishops and other religious leaders gathered to discuss issues concerning families at the Synod. Though in the end, hardly any official doctrine was changed, one … Continue reading

Tradition vs Inspiration: On God, Gays, and Divorce

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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