Members of the Universal Life Church
January 11th, 2019

Membership in the Universal Life Church represents the invaluable right to freedom of religion, and we must defend this right when challenged by traditional bodies who view the ULC as illegitimate, argues guest writer Mark DeFillo. Continue reading

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July 26th, 2013

A few weeks ago, we discussed the story of Margaret Doughty, the British woman applying for U.S. citizenship who cited conscientious objection to military service on secular grounds. (Doughty was eventually granted exemption on her own terms.) Now humanists are … Continue reading

ordained online, get ordained
July 16th, 2013

Do ministers provide essential services to members of society? Should members of the clergy be brainstorming ways to overhaul their ministries and remain relevant in the twenty-first century? A new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center suggests most Americans … Continue reading

get ordained, ordained online, famous people ordained
July 15th, 2013

Imagine having your wedding officiated by “Kramer”, the quirky character from the hit 1990s television sitcom Seinfeld. Surprisingly, reality might not be so far-removed from fiction: it turns out Kenny Kramer, the real-life inspiration behind the fictional Cosmo Kramer, has … Continue reading

Universal Life Church, theocracy
April 11th, 2013

A bill that would have made Christianity the official religion in the U.S. state of North Carolina became history when it was struck down by the speaker of that state’s House of Representatives, continuing the long streak of success for … Continue reading

March 21st, 2013

Much has been made in the media lately of the rise of the “Nones”, but are Americans really becoming secular as quickly as news outlets suggest? Results of a new survey confirm this view, claiming that religious affiliation is undergoing … Continue reading

get ordained as a bishop, female, Universal Life Church
November 28th, 2012

As the United States experienced a wave of social progress in the wake of its last general election, the United Kingdom saw a significant setback with the Church of England’s decision to reject women bishops. The nation remains one of … Continue reading

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

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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

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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