Does the Pope Really Care if You Believe in God?

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September 16th, 2013

Recently on the ULC Monastery blog we discussed Pope Francis I’s unprecedented statement that atheists can enter heaven, too. Now the leader of the world’s largest Christian denomination has qualified this statement by suggesting that following one’s conscience is more … Continue reading



Religious People Are Less Intelligent than Atheists, Study Suggests

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September 5th, 2013

Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, if you can believe the findings of a recent study on the relationship between religion and intelligence. The findings will undoubtedly ruffle the feathers of many devoutly religious people. We should be careful … Continue reading



Traditional Fur Hats Violate Animal Rights, Rabbi Says

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August 30th, 2013

Chasidim, or Hasidic Jews, should stop wearing traditional fur hats because it constitutes animal cruelty, a rabbi recently declared at an animal rights conference. Contrary to the widespread assumption that religious conservatives view animals purely as resources to be used, … Continue reading



Women May Soon Become Ordained Bishops in English Church

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July 12th, 2013

If the majority of decision-makers have their way, women may soon be allowed to become ordained bishops in the Church of England (CoE). The church’s ecclesiastical governing body, the General Synod, recently voted to allow women bishops, although it will … Continue reading



Pope Makes Bold Statement about Atheism and Redemption

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May 24th, 2013

“If you do not believe Jesus Christ died for your sins, you will go to hell.” Christians and non-Christians alike are familiar with these unwavering words, which form the cornerstone of most Christian theology. The belief has not gone unchallenged, … Continue reading



Are Universal Life Church Ministers “Interspiritual Revolutionaries?”

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May 14th, 2013

By now it should be apparent that young people are becoming increasingly disabused by religion and leaving conventional churches in ever growing numbers, but are they seeking a spiritual alternative, and if so, what? In a recent Huffington Post article, … Continue reading



Religion as Reality T.V.: What Will It Mean for Online Ordination?

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May 7th, 2013

What would it be like to peer, with a mere flick of the remote control, into the lives of a family of Orthodox Jews living in Queens, New York? Perhaps you would like to catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of secret … Continue reading



The Dalai Lama’s Arguments for a Female Successor

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May 3rd, 2013

The Dalai Lama has announced he approves of a woman taking his place when he dies. The leader of Tibetan Buddhism revealed his thoughts on a female successor during an interview with Cathy Newman, a newscaster for Britain’s Channel 4 … Continue reading



Does Meditation Make You a Better Minister?

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March 8th, 2013

Many Universal Life Church ministers are familiar with the growing body of research indicating that meditation calms the nerves, improves concentration, and even yields measurable health benefits. Now, a new study from the University of Toronto suggests that meditation may … Continue reading



Will the English Church Ever Let Women Become Ordained Bishops?

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November 28th, 2012

As the United States experienced a wave of social progress in the wake of its last general election, the United Kingdom saw a significant setback with the Church of England’s decision to reject women bishops. The nation remains one of … Continue reading