Universal Life Church

Paul McCartney Marries Couple Onstage

August 29th, 2014

It was almost certainly the highlight of the young couple’s life. There was Paul McCartney, former member of the Beatles, smirking at them from the stage as they held up a sign asking him to marry them. With most big-name … Continue reading

Patty Duke Becomes Ordained to Marry Gay Couples

June 18th, 2014

In a move illustrating the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage, TV legend Patty Duke recently became an ordained minister online in the Universal Life Church. The actress, whom many will remember from her roles in The Patty Duke Show and … Continue reading

The Growth of Bible Skepticism in America

April 14th, 2014
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“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

The Wedding Vow: Ever Changing Pledge of Devotion

April 9th, 2014
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“To have and to hold”. “To love and to cherish”. Such phrases have left an indelible mark on our understanding of what it means to unite in holy matrimony, at least in Western Christianity. But what are the origins of … Continue reading

Responding to the Death of Fred Phelps

March 24th, 2014
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“God Hates Fags”. The phrase has become synonymous with bigotry in the United States, particularly the fundamentalist Christian cult known as the Westboro Baptist Church. A new chapter in the church’s history began on the 19th of March with the … Continue reading

Wedding Bells Ring at “Vegas of the Midwest”

February 18th, 2014
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Do people spend too much money on weddings? The alternative for many is the drive-through “quickie” style of weddings performed at places like A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. Now, a husband-and-wife pair of ULC ministers have brought … Continue reading

Feds Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in Utah

January 16th, 2014
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Same-sex marriages performed in Utah while it was legal will be recognized by the federal government, announced U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. Although the events in Utah are a partial setback for loving couples and marriage equality advocates, … Continue reading

Scientologists Gain Equal Marriage Rights in Britain

December 17th, 2013
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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

America’s Best Christian

December 12th, 2013
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You may have heard of Mrs. Betty Bowers, the wealthy, elegantly dressed, neatly coiffured brunette who gives lessons on being a good Christian while browsing the premier designer department at Neiman Marcus. The toffee-nosed ambassador of “godly” virtues routinely skewers … Continue reading

New Series Explores Secrets of the Bible

November 15th, 2013
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The History channel no longer hides the fact that it has done away with history programming in favor of programming on religion and conspiracy theories as well as reality television, earning criticism from scientists, scholars, and skeptics. Earlier this year … Continue reading