ULC: Review of a Decade

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January 12th, 2015

Where We’ve Been For the past decade, the ULC Monastery has worked tirelessly to secure your rights as a minister. We have lobbied and even threatened litigation against states and clerks of the court that have refused to recognize our … 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

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

Religion, Mortality, and Our Shared Humanity

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August 18th, 2014

Discussions on religion often revolve around the profound differences which exist between people of various backgrounds of belief. How on earth, for example, can an atheist find common ground with a Muslim, or a pagan with a Baptist? Although the … Continue reading

Easter, Secularism, and Social Responsibility

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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

Rethinking Our Attitudes about Sin

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February 17th, 2014

As we move closer to the Carnival and Lent seasons, many Christians are beginning to reflect on the juxtaposition of Carnival’s sinful pleasures, and the self-restraint and reflection of Lent. With this in mind, it behooves us to re-consider what … Continue reading

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