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.

Easter, Secularism, and Social Responsibility

April 18th, 2014

If you were raised Christian, you probably spent Easter Sunday eating chocolate rabbits and hunting for pastel-painted eggs. Perhaps as you grew older, the significance of Easter faded away into the mists of Christian legends about Christ’s resurrection (along with … Continue reading

The Growth of Bible Skepticism in America

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April 14th, 2014

“For the Bible tells me so”. Most Christians in America probably remember singing these very words as children in Sunday school. It is a simple proclamation that if the “Good Book” says so, you can be sure it is true. … Continue reading

The Wedding Vow: Ever Changing Pledge of Devotion

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April 9th, 2014

“To have and to hold”. “To love and to cherish”. Such phrases have left an indelible mark on our understanding of what it means to unite in holy matrimony, at least in Western Christianity. But what are the origins of … Continue reading

Jimmy Carter on Religion and Sexism

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March 27th, 2014

How has religion contributed to the oppression of women and girls? Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter explores this question in a recent interview at The Huffington Post Web site, concluding that religious fundamentalism has misused religious texts to undermine gender … Continue reading

Responding to the Death of Fred Phelps

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March 24th, 2014

“God Hates Fags”. The phrase has become synonymous with bigotry in the United States, particularly the fundamentalist Christian cult known as the Westboro Baptist Church. A new chapter in the church’s history began on the 19th of March with the … Continue reading

Noah’s Ark: Moral Lesson, or Barbaric Myth?

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March 17th, 2014

Many of us remember learning about the story of Noah’s Ark in Sunday school. Most likely, we learned from our parents and Sunday school teachers about God’s overflowing capacity for redemption and forgiveness. Now that Hollywood is giving its take … Continue reading

Do “Hellish Beliefs” Cause Unhappiness?

March 3rd, 2014

Does belief in hell affect your emotional state? Previous research has suggested that countries where there is a strong belief in a punitive afterlife experience less crime and more economic prosperity, but it seems there is a trade-off—people who dwell … Continue reading

The Problem with Arizona’s “Religious Freedom” Bill

February 26th, 2014

  How would you like to walk into a diner, sit yourself down at the counter, and order a coffee and apple pie only to be told you have the wrong skin color? It wasn’t very long ago that such … Continue reading

Breaking the Chain of Greed

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February 24th, 2014

Have you ever felt torn over parting with a dollar bill that you know, deep down inside, could be better used by a beggar on the street? Perhaps you stopped for a moment to ponder the question, ultimately shoving the … Continue reading

Celebrating the Spirit of Carnival

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February 20th, 2014

What makes millions of people around the world don colorful costumes, dance and cavort in the streets, and throw lavish feasts during the month of February? Believe it or not, the Carnival season (known widely as Mardi Gras in the … Continue reading