Nike shoes on fire
September 11th, 2018

Just when it seemed like the nationwide debate over former NFL player Colin Kaepernick was dying down, Nike poured some high-intensity fuel on the fire by featuring the controversial figure in a new ad campaign. Now churches are urging people to donate their gear instead of burning it in protest. Continue reading

New Beginnings logo
July 24th, 2018

Today, domestic violence is understood as a far more complex issue than it once was. Instead of being seen as a couple’s personal business, and thus not worth meddling with, our society now fully recognizes the insidious nature of the problem and how outside assistance can be a lifesaver – literally – for victims of abuse. Continue reading

Giving to charity
December 12th, 2017

Giving money to charitable organizations makes us feel good about ourselves, but is it always a good thing to donate? Can giving to charity actually be a waste? Continue reading

A sign warning not to feed the homeless
July 13th, 2017

Way back in December, we wrote about the growing trend of cities criminalizing homelessness. As was the case then, churches continue to be on the front lines of this fight. The past few years has seen the number of homeless … Continue reading

A homeless man sleeps beside a building
December 28th, 2016

The Patapsco-Lodge Forest Cooperative Parish is no stranger to homeless outreach. However, they never imagined being punished for it. The Maryland congregation has been serving hot meals to the homeless every Friday night for over 20 years, and church officials … Continue reading

February 9th, 2016

People’s needs can vary greatly; some might need money while others simply need someone to talk to. You have probably found yourself in situations where you needed to help someone. Once you helped the person, you likely had a feeling … Continue reading

Good measure, pressed down
April 30th, 2015

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” -Luke 6:38 Jesus spoke … Continue reading

Greed - Universal Life Church Monastery
April 17th, 2014

“Greed is a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, inasmuch as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things.” So wrote Thomas Aquinas, the immensely influential philosopher and theologian. This is an excellent summary of what … Continue reading

A man donates his shoes to homeless girl
December 6th, 2013

  “Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.” -Mahatma Gandhi Virtuous Charity is a sense of love and kindness towards all others. It is considered the ultimate perfection of human spirit because it both … Continue reading

Universal Life Church, offering
February 7th, 2013

Pretend you are a struggling restaurant server scraping by to make ends meet. You get back your customer’s bill and read the following words scrawled all over it: “I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?” This is precisely … Continue reading