Kill ‘Em All?

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April 27th, 2015

For many years, lethal injection has been the preferred method of state-sanctioned executions in America’s prisons, but that may not be true for long. The ethics of lethal injection have been called into question multiple times in the past decade … Continue reading

Grave Concerns

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April 23rd, 2015

Is Heaven segregated? Is there one section reserved for blacks and perhaps a separate, but equal section for whites? I think most of us would be quick to say that this isn’t the case, supposing we believe in the afterlife. … Continue reading

Global Meltdown

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April 21st, 2015

Global warming exists. At least so say the vast majority of scientists. Sometimes called climate change, it is the phenomenon of the overall average temperature of the planet going up as a result of carbon dioxide trapping heat and throwing … Continue reading

The Marriage Fight in Alabama

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February 27th, 2015

Years ago, Alabama, like many states, took a stand for conservative Biblical principles by defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. That’s why for proponents of marriage equality, it was almost too good to be true when … Continue reading

Minister Resolutions for the New Year

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December 29th, 2014

The New Year is upon us and as we gather to celebrate with our friends and families, you will undoubtedly hear about resolutions. January 1st brings with it a renewed focus on the possibilities for the future. Universal Life Church … Continue reading

Responding to the Death of Fred Phelps

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March 24th, 2014

“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

Do “Hellish Beliefs” Cause Unhappiness?

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March 3rd, 2014

Does belief in hell affect your emotional state? Previous research has suggested that countries where there is a strong belief in a punitive afterlife experience less crime and more economic prosperity, but it seems there is a trade-off—people who dwell … Continue reading

The ULC Monastery and America’s New Marijuana Laws

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November 13th, 2012

The 2012 United States election presented a mother lode of surprises, from the first gay marriage measures approved by popular vote to a ceiling-breaking number of women elected to Congress. It also heralded a new era in access to marijuana, … Continue reading

Living by the Bible for a Year

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November 1st, 2012

How would you like to live an entire year following the Bible’s instructions on female conduct? Rachel Held Evans of Dayton, Tennessee, did exactly that, then wrote a book about her experience. Although she has faced criticism by the evangelical … Continue reading

Ordained Pastor Hails Court Ruling against DOMA

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October 22nd, 2012

In yet another victory for the marriage equality movement, a U.S. federal appeals court in New York ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, just months after another federal appeals court in Boston made a similar ruling. The Reverend … Continue reading