Conan O’Brien Ordained by Universal Life Church Monastery

October 28th, 2011
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As New York Magazine‘s Vulture blog has just announced, Conan O’Brien, will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of his Late Night TBS talk show, by officiating the same-sex marriage of a longtime staffer.  We’re proud to confirm that Conan is … Continue reading

Does Reading the Bible Make People More Liberal?

October 27th, 2011
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Frequent Bible-reading can make people more liberal, posits a Baylor University doctoral candidate in his master’s thesis, contradicting commonly-held stereotypes about liberals and conservatives. (That is something for ULC wedding officiants to ponder, given their need to identify potential adversaries … Continue reading

Turning the Traditional Wedding on Its Head

October 25th, 2011
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For many brides-and-grooms-to-be, the image of a young woman in a fluffy white dress being led by her father down the aisle to say “I do” to a stern man in a sober black suit has grown stale, and a … Continue reading

What’s So Wrong With Halloween?

October 24th, 2011
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As Halloween approaches, many families are preparing for fun parties, trick-or-treating, apple-bobbing, and pumpkin-carving, but one pastor is waging a spiritual “battle” against the “evils” of the holiday through a process of Christianization. The new, Christian version of the co-opted … Continue reading

Sex, Race, and the Biology Excuse

October 20th, 2011
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Digging Up Dinosaurs Have you ever heard anyone exclaim, “It’s biology!” when confronted with the problem of male promiscuity, or the disproportionately high number of black people in American prisons? Perhaps their wording was “It’s genetic!” Either way, it shows … Continue reading

‘Til Death Do Us Part

October 17th, 2011
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“Until death do us part,” may no longer apply if a new proposal in Mexico City is adopted. Legislators are considering assigning an expiration date to all nuptials with a minimum period of two years per couple. Should you decide … Continue reading

Weddings Go High-Tech–But Is It Enough?

October 16th, 2011
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With the flurry of new gadgets flooding the market, it is only a matter of time before high technology completely transforms the way weddings are held. While this change has its drawbacks, it has a vast number of benefits and … Continue reading

Christian Professor: “Did Jesus die for Klingons too?”

October 15th, 2011
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Did Jesus die for Worf too? One man has attempted to answer this very question. A while ago on the ULC Monastery blog, we discussed what discovering extraterrestrial life would mean for religion, but we did not exactly address how … Continue reading

“Occupy Wall Street” Draws Religious Progressives

October 12th, 2011
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Religion and liberal progressivism have become increasingly polarized in the United States, but new grassroots forces are rising to reunite the two. Typically religion has been absent from left-wing protest movements, but the Occupy Wall Street movement which has spread … Continue reading

Christian Teens Embracing “Sinful” Sexual Relations

October 11th, 2011
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While a growing number of American teenagers are leaving church and religion, those who do stay are exhibiting decidedly impious behavior when it comes to sex. A study cited in Relevant magazine indicates that premarital sex rates among evangelical Christian … Continue reading