Scientologists Gain Equal Marriage Rights in Britain

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December 17th, 2013

As ULC ministers, we sometimes take our religious freedoms for granted. We usually think of LGBT people when we think of couples fighting to have their marriages legally recognized, but religious minorities also struggle to have their marriages legally recognized … Continue reading

“To Heaven and Back”: Three Powerful Near-Death Experiences

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December 5th, 2013

What does it feel like to die? This was the question explored in Anderson Cooper Special Report: To Heaven and Back, which aired recently on CNN and featured the personal testimony of three individuals who died and came back to … Continue reading

Uniting Traditions with the “Menorah Tree”

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November 18th, 2013

You have probably heard people say that the benefit of having divorced parents is that you get twice as many Christmas presents. It might also be said that the benefit of having both Jewish and Christian parents is that you … Continue reading

A ULC Minister Asserts Environmentalism as Religion

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October 16th, 2013

Can environmentalism be a religion? Of course it can, according to a Universal Life Church minister, Ken Layne. On his blog on Gawker, Layne explains that environmentalism shares many of the characteristics of conventional religion, but it is relevant to … Continue reading

Evangelist Billy Graham Blasts “Trendy Religion”

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October 10th, 2013

Do religious trends pander to self-centered desires? Evangelist Billy Graham suggests they do in his new book, The Reason for My Hope: Salvation, which is due for release on 15 October. In it, he criticizes churches for compromising the integrity … Continue reading

Does Belief in God Give Life Greater Purpose?

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September 23rd, 2013

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania suggests that people who strongly believe in God are more likely to reject the notion that life has no purpose than people who believe less strongly in God. Even so, most people … Continue reading

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