Transgender worshipers in Pakistan.
December 2nd, 2016

Back on November 20, churches all around the United States held services to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, a national event honoring transgender victims of violence worldwide – of which there are many. At a gathering in New Hampshire, 107 … Continue reading

A domestic violence victim with her hand to her lips.
October 20th, 2016

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and organizations around the country are holding events to highlight the issue. Those showing support include many churches and religious groups. Although nobody doubts they have good intentions, their efforts are undermined by claims … Continue reading

A pro-LGBT group protests the Anglican Church's stance toward gay marriage.
October 7th, 2016

“Hate has no place in the house of God” – Desmond Tutu In early 2015, the Episcopal Church (the U.S. branch of the Anglican Church) voted to formally allow same-sex marriage. Few were happier to hear the news than Gene … Continue reading

The various religions have differing takes on the transgender issue.
September 5th, 2016

Lately, the lives of transgender people seem to be all over the news. For example, after a much-publicized transition from male to female, the press continues to document all the minor details in Caitlyn Jenner’s life. Policymakers have crafted transgender … Continue reading

Many people argue that Christian religious freedom is discriminatory
July 12th, 2016

Religious freedom has been a hot topic across America in recent years. It has generated contentious debate around the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion, and, specifically, how far this right should extend. Since Christianity is the dominant … Continue reading

Supporters of marriage equality gathered in front of the Supreme Court last year
June 24th, 2016

It’s June 26, 2015: All eyes are fixed on the front steps of the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. Suddenly, several people burst out of the doors, come bounding down the steps, and break into a sprint across the courtyard … Continue reading

Women everywhere suffer from religious oppression.
June 17th, 2016

Anyone who argues that men and women are fully equal must not study religion very closely. While most contemporary religious views support equality of the sexes, there still exist plenty of traditional religious sects and organizations which teach otherwise. In some cases, … Continue reading

Flowers being placed at a memorial in front of the Stonewall Inn in New York City
June 16th, 2016

As we reflect on the tragedy in Orlando with heavy hearts, it’s only natural to look for answers. Why did this happen? Some point to lax gun control laws, and others the rise in Islamic terrorism. Both are valid points, … Continue reading

orlando shooting
June 13th, 2016

We, like millions of others throughout the United States, are sad, angry, and scared. On Sunday morning, clergy and staff of the Universal Life Church woke with heavy hearts as we learned of the devastating terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida. … Continue reading

Elsa, the main character from Disney's "Frozen"
May 25th, 2016

Could we soon see Disney’s first lesbian princess? In the fairy tale world, princesses usually end up falling in love with a prince charming. Never before has a princess character identified as a member of the LGBT community – but that could soon change. … Continue reading