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

Escaping Oppressive Religious Indoctrination

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October 11th, 2012

Did you or someone you know grow up in an ultra-strict religious community? You may have felt weighed down, abused, or even afraid for your safety. Recently on Huffington Post Live, Nate Phelps told the story how he escaped from … Continue reading

Youth Abandon Organized Religion For Online Ordination

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October 9th, 2012

Young Americans are turning away from organized religion more than ever, it appears, as religion becomes more intertwined with U.S. politics. Robert Putnam, a Harvard political scientist and public policy professor who has been following the trend closely, spoke on … Continue reading

Good News for ULC Pastors: Mindfulness Can Improve Your Mood

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October 1st, 2012

Does having a bad day make you more prone to violence? By now many of us are familiar with the dizzying array of studies on the relationship between spirituality and well-being, with some researchers suggesting belief in God reduces stress … Continue reading

Did Jesus Have a Wife?

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September 21st, 2012

“You’re a fit dude. You wear sandals. You spend all your time hanging around 12 other guys. People were starting to talk,” said T.V. talk show host and comedian Stephen Colbert in a joke about a mysterious papyrus fragment referring … Continue reading

Should ULC Ministers Embrace the Dalai Lama’s Views on Religion?

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September 19th, 2012

The Dalai Lama raised more than a few eyebrows recently when he said that “religion is no longer adequate” for resolving ethical dilemmas in the modern world. The words have surprised some, given the fact that the Dalai Lama is … Continue reading