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

Religion, Mortality, and Our Shared Humanity

August 18th, 2014
photo by Tom Hussey

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

Prayer Discounts End at North Carolina Diner

August 12th, 2014

For four years, Mary’s Gourmet Diner had offered discounts to customers who conducted public prayer before meals while charging the full price to those who did not pray before meals. After the practice came to its attention, the Wisconsin-based Freedom … Continue reading

Hobby Lobby, Satanists, and Pro-Life Propaganda

August 4th, 2014

The recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case was supposed to be a narrow ruling. Religious liberty would only allow for disregarding laws as they applied to a mandate for employers to provide coverage for contraception. It was … 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 World’s Most Beautiful Sacred Architecture

May 19th, 2014
golden temple

For millennia humans have been building grand structures to symbolize our deepest religious convictions. Some of these structures are mere relics eroded away by time, while others are only beginning to show signs of crumbling down into ruins. Some have … Continue reading

The Growth of Bible Skepticism in America

April 14th, 2014
Bible, ulc, universal life church, christianity

“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
wedding ceremony, perform a wedding, wedding vows, universal life church, ulc, wedding officiant, marriage

“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
Christian Fundamentalist Fundamentalism Sign

“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

The Problem with Arizona’s “Religious Freedom” Bill

February 26th, 2014
Arizona Flag

  How would you like to walk into a diner, sit yourself down at the counter, and order a coffee and apple pie only to be told you have the wrong skin color? It wasn’t very long ago that such … Continue reading