June 28th, 2012

Lately, on the ULC Monastery blog, we’ve been taking an in-depth look at scientific progress in the search for extraterrestrial life, asking our ordained ministers and wedding officiants how they think discovering life beyond Earth would affect religion. According to … Continue reading

June 26th, 2012

What does cutting-edge research in cosmology mean for the work of those who want to become a minister? Will new insight into the origin of the cosmos render the online church irrelevant? At a recent conference in Santa Clara, California, … Continue reading

June 25th, 2012

A group of sixty-six U.S. Republican lawmakers have accused the U.S. Air Force of nurturing “a culture that is hostile toward religion.” In response, the Air Force has asserted that service members maintain the right to exercise their religion freely … Continue reading

June 21st, 2012

Religion has long been viewed as a deterrent to immoral behavior, but individual religious beliefs may play a particularly important role. A recent study published in the Library of Science Journal PLoS ONE suggests that places where people believe more … Continue reading

June 19th, 2012

A recent study suggests that the United States stands to gain a lot by revoking the tax-exempt status of churches and other religious organizations. In fact, the country could gain billions of dollars annually to fund public services and help … Continue reading

June 18th, 2012

With the recent surge in efforts to roll back advances in women’s reproductive rights and marriage equality for gays and lesbians, it’s easy to believe the United States is becoming more religious than ever. However, a new survey by the … Continue reading

June 15th, 2012

We interact with water every day.  It’s in our cells, we consume it, wash with it and even play in it.  For us – for life in general – there’s no denying its importance.  But what metaphysical properties does it … Continue reading

June 13th, 2012

While the rest of the developed world has moved on, the United States languishes in a protracted, politicized debate over contraception funding. Now, anti-abortion activist David Bereit has joined a coalition of groups opposing the contraception requirement of America’s Affordable … Continue reading

June 11th, 2012

2012 marks the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witch Trials, among the most infamous witch trials in Britain. In commemoration, a local artist proposed a hillside art installation in Pendle, where the accused witches lived, but local officials ultimately rejected … Continue reading

June 7th, 2012

The Vatican is ramping up its efforts to rein in a host of unruly nuns. A few days ago, it criticized a group of U.S. nuns for teaching “radical feminist ideology,” focusing too much on poverty, and turning a blind … Continue reading