Are Secular People More Compassionate?

May 18th, 2012
Compassion and religion

Popular belief states that religion teaches people to have compassion for one another, but is this really the case? A new study suggests that people who are not interested in religion are more motivated by compassion to show generosity than … Continue reading

Ministers Search for the Spiritual Brain

April 30th, 2012
The human brain - how much control does it have over one's spirituality?

Where in the brain does God reside? Does spiritual experience originate in the mind? Such questions are nearly unanswerable, but scientists are beginning to paint a clearer picture of what happens inside our brains during moments of spiritual insight. We … Continue reading

Is the “Divine Feminine” Really Just a Stepford Wife?

March 26th, 2012
Gaia Feuerbach

Maybe you are one of them–women, and even some men, who have secreted away from the church pew to summon the goddess in the sacred grove. The trend is growing, it seems. More people are searching for spiritual fulfillment by … Continue reading

“Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus” Video Sparks Furore

January 20th, 2012
Church service

Just two days after it was posted on Youtube, the video had racked up over 2 million views and now has over 15 million. The number of comments now totals over 30,000. In it, the author, Jefferson Brethke, recites a … Continue reading

Opening Doors for Student Ministers

January 9th, 2012
college students gets ordained online

Students across the country sign up to become legally ordained online at the Universal Life Church Monastery. We focus on the impact of the economy on this trend and growing student interest at one such college, the University of Georgia. Continue reading

Why Should Church and State Be Kept Separate?

November 16th, 2011
Church and State

By now many of us are familiar with the right-wing argument that religion and government are inextricably intertwined, that the two have always mixed and can never be completely separated, and that the Constitution does not bar religious influence in … Continue reading

Protecting Bullies in the Name of Religion

November 16th, 2011
Michigan Flag

It’s almost impossible to believe that a lawmaker would try to insert a religious exemption into a proposed anti-bullying law, but that’s exactly what one Michigan senator tried to do. Now, however, it looks as though that exemption will be … Continue reading

Does Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Send the Right Message?

November 8th, 2011
Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Upon its release, Lady Gaga’s dance hit “Born This Way” instantly became a brazen vindication of homosexuality’s biological basis. The LGBTQ community revelled in the message that homosexuality was immutable and therefore deserved society’s approval. The problem, though, is that … Continue reading

Does Reading the Bible Make People More Liberal?

October 27th, 2011
Woman Reading Bible

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